Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Long Wharf: Come aboard at one of Boston's best places for shopping, dining, and sightseeing, home of the New England Aquarium, the Navy Yard, and much more.
- Harbor Islands: See this national park area from your boat as your guide tells you about its complex ecosystem and the historic events that unfolded there.
- Boston Light: This National Historic Landmark on Little Brewster Island in the outer harbor dates back to 1783, and is still manned by a civilian – who wears a bonnet.
About this Boston, Massachusetts tour
The city of Boston has a famously colorful history. You probably read about it in school, but when you find yourself in the actual settings where history happened, that's a whole different story. And in the case of Boston's harbors, it's a page-turner.
This is where Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty boarded three ships on a winter 1773 night, pushed 90,000 pounds of tea overboard, and pushed the colonists and the British closer to war.
It's where the American frigate USS Chesapeake sailed impetuously out to battle the British HMS Shannon in an extremely intense War of 1812 confrontation – only to be captured in minutes. Its dying captain uttered a last instruction that's still famous today (see below).
The harbor's also a modern environmental success story. It's transformed from a notoriously polluted dumping ground into what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now calls a "great American jewel" – and a popular place to fish, swim, paddle, sail, and play on the beach.
So step aboard, settle in, and listen up as this entertainingly narrated cruise passes historic and present-day landmarks, an impressive city skyline, working wharves and piers, and rustic harbor islands. Including two-acre Little Brewster, where you'll see Boston Light – America's oldest constantly manned lighthouse, sitting on the site of a 1716 light that was sacked by the Brits on their way out of town after the Revolutionary War. This is America's last manned light station, though its 70th keeper isn't a man. She's Sally Snowman, a civilian whose tireless commitment to preserving the area's history includes wearing a colonial frock and bonnet.
Like we said, colorful history.
They gave it up anyway
During the War of 1812, the USS frigate Chesapeake, under the command of Captain James Lawrence, sailed defiantly out from a blockaded Boston Harbor to challenge its British adversary despite orders to avoid conflict. All went bad quickly in a violent battle that left Chesapeake trapped and unable to defend itself. As its mortally-wounded captain was carried below deck, he cried out "Don't give up the ship…" – still a slogan of naval bravado today. Alas, his ill-tested crew in fact surrendered the ship minutes later.
Please make your way to 1 Long Wharf; Boston, MA 02110 to being your adventure.
This tour is not available on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
The boat wheelchair accessible, however, the restrooms are not wheelchair accessible.
Boat Tour, Family Friendly, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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