Skywalk Observatory

Skywalk Observatory, Boston: Hours, Address, Skywalk Observatory Reviews: 4.5/5

Skywalk Observatory
4.5
Observation Decks & Towers
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
How to get there
  • Prudential • 3 min walk
  • Copley • 5 min walk
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Kelley I
Austin, TX5 contributions
This has been closed since March
Oct. 2020 • Family
We spent an hour parking and walking around to find correct entrance. We finally talked to security who informed us it closed in March along with the restaurant. Nowhere did we see online it was closed. In fact one website was selling tickets! Google even has not updated this.
Written 11 October 2020
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Katie S
Andover, UK78 contributions
Amazing views of Boston
Dec. 2019 • Couples
I would recommend visiting the observatory at the start of your visit to Boston. We went here on our last day and it was so interesting to see where everything was in the city. I think if we went on our first day we may of planned our days a little better.

It was great to wonder round and listen to the history of the city and hear more about the landmarks.
Written 20 September 2020
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Rolshchikov-Dmitry
Moscow, Russia480 contributions
Great views over Boston
Nov. 2019 • Solo
As far as I know, this is the highest publicly-accessible observation deck in Boston. It provides great views of the city. The are a lot of informative materials. The staff is friendly. The deck isn’t crowded. Even though the deck’s lights are dimmed after sunset, it’s not easy to take photos due to reflections, but it’s an issue for most of the observation decks, not just this one. If you have troubles taking photos, just watch, enjoy and remember :)
Written 22 March 2020
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Life’s2Short
East Longmeadow, MA13 contributions
Informative, nice views, clean
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Great views 360 degrees around the whole tower, lots of educational displays and short movies about history of boston, etc. It’s all indoor, which makes it nice year-round, but for me to give the 5th star it would need the addition of an outdoor section (even if it was a small one) to get the full raw experience of being up that high and fully soaking in the city view. Good activity for an hour or two, worth it.
Written 14 March 2020
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lynnr69
Northallerton, UK48 contributions
Amazing experience and history lesson
Feb. 2020
Loved our visit here, definitely worth the entrance fee. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the audio device you carry around explains both the history and views as you look out over the city and surrounding areas. We had a beautiful sunny morning when we visited so could really see for miles. My daughter asked if she could use her UK student card for discount and this was easily accepted. Lots of information on how Boston was built with immigrants from all over the world, and continues this tradition now. Very poignant in today's climate.
Written 5 March 2020
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jessnich
New Jersey108 contributions
Fantastic views
Feb. 2020
Sadly the skywalk will soon be closed but the views up top were amazing and we received top notch service form the staff!
Written 24 February 2020
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Fiona F
Petts Wood, UK91 contributions
It’s a tall building with amazing views
Feb. 2020 • Family
I don’t think this would have been on our radar if it hadn’t been for the CityPass. I went about an hour before sunset on a weekday and it was quite quiet and so we got some good views. Simple concept. The included audio guide is essential to get any real value out of the visit. However I would have liked some more skyline pictures or staff to point out things to help pick out key buildings to have made this a five star.
Written 18 February 2020
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Newyorkfan40
Walsall, UK268 contributions
Great once we actually found the building
Feb. 2020 • Couples
This was an interesting and informative tourist thing to do while in Boston, gave a lot of information regarding the immigration of many different cultures back in the day while being able to look out over Boston.
The most difficult part was trying to actually find the place. As we are from the UK unless we had already arrived somewhere and sorted the wifi then we only had basic Google maps and it kept walking us back and forth along the street with the building registered as in the street behind with no way of getting to that street, no where does it tell you to walk into the shopping centre and you will eventually find a sign for the Skywalk
Written 16 February 2020
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Cat D
10 contributions
Great views!
Jan. 2020
I went during the day and the views were great! Price wasn't terrible as we got student discounts. However, it went by quicker than we imagined. Nevertheless, something everyone should do at least one in Boston. An activity for all ages as it has little things to do on the floor as well (history lessons, games, videos, etc.)
Written 11 February 2020
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Steve R
Temecula, CA2,104 contributions
One of the better observatory
Feb. 2020
The Skywalk Observatory is one of the better observatories that you will visit. Very spacious, lots of windows and a true 360 degree views. It is quite pricey for what you get though. I could see paying $10-$15 for this but $21 seems excessive.
Written 6 February 2020
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