Historic Sightseeing Cruise

Now Offered Year-Round

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They say you learn something new every day, and that will certainly be the case on this educational tour of Boston’s inner and outer harbors.


See the sights. Experience the history.

Boston's inner and outer harbors are awash in legend and lore. Not to mention beauty. On this fully narrated 90-minute tour, we’ll regale you with hero tales of the Revolutionary War, local legends of the sea, and stories of characters past and present. You’ll learn how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest in the country. Other highlights include the nation's oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park Area, Boston's working port and examples of extravagant waterfront living.

Cruise Route

We’ll regale you with hero tales of the Revolutionary War and local legends of the sea on this fully narrated 90-minute tour through Boston's inner and outer harbors. Learn how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. Other highlights include the nation's oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park, Boston's working port and examples of extravagant waterfront living.

Historic Sightseeing Cruise Schedule and Rates

2020 Schedule

December - March 27, 2020

  • Daily - 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Please Note: No service on New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

March 28 - June 26

  • Daily - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

June 27 - September 7

  • Daily - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM


September 8 - October 25

  • Daily - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

October 26 - March 26, 2021

  • Daily - 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM

2020 Rates*



Seniors (65+)


Child (3-11)**


* Rates are subject to 5% Boston Sightseeing Tour Surcharge
** Rates apply to children ages 3-11yrs. Children under 3 (ages 0-2) are free.

This cruise is a part of CityPASS. See Boston's top 4 attractions, hand-picked and packaged together at a 44% savings.  It's the best value for sightseeing Boston! To learn more, click here.

Add New England Aquarium admission when purchasing Historic Sightseeing Cruise tickets and save.


Group Tours

For groups of 25 or more, we offer discounted rates as well as extended personalized services.

Our Group Sales department is always on hand and prepared to help with any request including specialty or private tours, water transportation, deluxe boxed lunches and beverage services.

To learn more about our Group Tours services, please contact Doug Hall in our group sales office.  Or, tell us a little about your group and we’ll get right back to you.

We also offer privately chartered events on a collection of sleek yachts and passenger vessels.  To learn more about our Private Charters, please contact our Sales Team or share your event details and we'll reply with a custom proposal.

Rates and schedules are subject to change.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Historic Sightseeing Tickets

Waterfront and Center.

1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

The adventure begins at Long Wharf, just steps from the New England Aquarium, the North End, Faneuil Hall and other popular Boston landmarks.

Harbor Cruise FAQs

Do you recommend advance reservations?

We strongly recommend that you reserve your trip, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out.  

Can I make a ticket reservation online?

Yes. Click here to reserve your tickets online.

What happens if I've reserved tickets but can't make it for the cruise?

Advance-order tickets are non-refundable. But, they may be transferred to another day and time depending on availability. Transfers cannot be handled online, only over the phone or in person at any BHC ticketing location.

Is there food on board?

Our galleys offer a terrific selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, tasty snacks such as hot pretzels, popcorn and chips, nutritional bars, fresh fruit, nuts and cereals. Fruit juices, tea, sports drinks and other beverages are also available along with beer, wine and cocktails. Please Note: at sea, credit/debit card transactions are sometimes not possible, so it’s a good idea to have cash on hand.

Can I buy a cruise in combination with other attractions?

Yes, The Historic Sightseeing Cruise is a CityPASS attraction.  If space allows, CityPass holders may choose to take a USS Constitution Cruise or Sunset Sightseeing Cruise in lieu of the Historic Sightseeing Cruise.  Save 44% on admission to Boston's top 4 attractions including the cruise - your best sightseeing value!  Buy your CityPASS online today at or at one of our ticket booths.  Learn more

Do you offer discounts for large groups?

We do have discounted group rates for parties of 25 or more. Please see our Group Tours section for more information

Do you offer private charters?

We do have yachts and passenger vessels available to be chartered for private events on Boston Harbor.  Please email our Sales Team for more information.

Are gift cards available?

Yes. You may purchase gift cards online, over the phone or in-person at our ticket booths. Or use the information on our contact page to call or email us and we'll get right back to you.

For any other questions, please contact us directly at contact@bostonharborcruises.com

or Call 617-227-4321 or 1-877-SEE-WHALE (733-9425)