Winter hours: we are open Thurs-Mondays, tours 10a-4p.
Plan Visit > Masks are mandatory for ALL guests.
Starting Jan 15: Per the City of Boston, ALL persons 12 year & older MUST show proof of vaccination to enter the museum. View Safety Guidelines >

The Most Scenic Views in Boston

Did you know that the Boston University Bridge is the only one in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane? If not, you’ll appreciate the uniqueness of this fact and the awesome views from this and many other scenic spots around the city. For those who love to capture natural beauty in the form of magnificent photos or indelible memories, the historic city of Boston provides its share of striking views. Here’s a list of the top spots you should definitely check out while visiting Bean Town.

Prudential Tower

In Boston’s Back Bay, the 52-story Prudential Tower offers visitors a panoramic view of the city that can’t be matched anywhere else. The Skywalk Observatory, on the 51st floor provides 360 vistas of up to 100 miles away. Visitors can also enjoy interesting displays, a video and an audio tour. Another option in the Prudential Tower is heading up to the top floor for a meal at the Top of the Hub Restaurant.

Bunker Hill Monument

For magnificent views of Charleston, the Boston Harbor, the Charles River and the city skyline, make the 294 step climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Located in Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Monument is 221 feet tall and commemorates the battle it’s named for.

Charles River

As Boston’s most famous river, the Charles River provides sweeping views of the city. Visitors can see such sights as the golden-domed State House, Beacon Hill, the Longfellow Bridge, the Esplanade, the Prudential Tower, the Hancock Tower and more. Because the river is 80 miles long, there are numerous vantage points to take in the picturesque vistas, including those on land and on water.

The Institute of Contemporary Art

Jutting out over the Boston Harbor in the Seaport District, the Institute of Contemporary art is not only architecturally spectacular, it’s an ideal place to take in the views of the city. Enjoy browsing through the galleries to witness masterpieces from leading and emerging artists. Then, have a cup of coffee in the café where you’ll experience breathtaking harbor views.

Fenway Park

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, a visit to this historic ballpark is an experience not to be missed. If you get a seat in the nosebleed section, you may not be able to see the game as well as you’d wish, but you’ll have a great vantage point for some awesome photos of the surrounding area.

Marriott’s Custom House

A hidden gem known among few tourists, the Marriot Custom House allows visitors an opportunity to witness a scenic view of downtown Boston on the observation deck.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Located in the water under the Congress Street Bridge, this floating museum is a sight to be seen. A visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum offers history buffs an immersive experience ranging from interactive exhibits to 3D holographic technology. Venture out to the authentically restored ships for a truly unique experience; visitors are able to toss tea overboard! While outside, get your camera ready for stunning views of the Boston cityscape.


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