9 Amazing Ways to Explore Boston Harbor: Summer Cruises, Whale Watching, and More!

Ready to make a splash this summer? Boston Harbor City Cruises (BHCC) and City Experiences have just unveiled a spectacular lineup of water-based adventures. From dining cruises to thrill rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the waves. Explore Boston Harbor These 9 Ways: Spirit of Boston is Back! The iconic Spirit of Boston is making a grand return after a top-to-bottom renovation. Thanks to the Boston Fire Department's swift response last year, this beauty is back and better than ever. It includes four levels of fun, with three indoor climate-controlled dining decks and two outdoor observation decks. Enjoy a buffet-style feast while dancing to live DJ entertainment and playing interactive games. It’s the perfect way to experience Boston’s skyline. New and Exciting: Boston Alive After Five Cruise Kick off your shoes and hop aboard the new Boston Alive After Five Cruise. It’s the ultimate evening escape, perfect for winding down after work or cranking up the fun after a day out. As you glide along the water, the breathtaking Boston skyline will be your backdrop. Whale Watching is Back Starting May 16, 2024, BHCC teams up with the New England Aquarium for the much-anticipated whale-watching cruises. Set sail to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and witness majestic whales and diverse marine life in their natural habitat. It’s a day trip that’s sure to leave you in awe. Elegant Odyssey Dining Cruises Fancy a bit of elegance? The Odyssey Dining Cruises are back, offering a refined experience with three-course plated meals, creative cocktails, and live entertainment. Whether it’s brunch, lunch, or dinner, these cruises are perfect for romantic evenings or special celebrations. You can even book private events and weddings! No better way to explore Boston Harbor at night. Provincetown/Cape Cod Yearning for a quick escape? The Provincetown/Cape Cod Fast Ferry has you covered. Zip over to the outer Cape on a high-speed catamaran, fully equipped with modern amenities. Explore the sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, and charming shops of Provincetown. With climate-controlled indoor spaces and breezy outdoor decks, your adventure starts the moment you step aboard. (Fun fact: I met Andy Cohen on one!) Spellbinding Salem Ferry If history and mystery are more your style, the Salem Ferry is your ticket to an unforgettable day. This high-speed vessel whisks you away to the colonial charm of Salem, home to cobblestone lanes, fine dining, and the renowned Peabody Essex Museum. With comfortable seating and a smooth ride, you’ll have more time to explore the spooky and historic sites. Escape to the Boston Harbor Islands Looking for a mini getaway without leaving the city? Explore Boston Harbor with The Boston Harbor Islands Ferry takes you to the largest recreation area in metro Boston. Think yoga on the beach, hiking, kayaking, camping, and even summer jazz concerts. Remember, it’s a carry-in, carry-out facility, so pack your picnic and enjoy a day in nature just minutes from downtown. Thrills with CODZILLA For adrenaline junkies, the CODZILLA Thrill-boat Ride is a must. This isn’t your typical boat ride—it’s a high-speed adventure with hairpin turns, 360-degree spins, and an original rock soundtrack. Strap in and prepare for a wild ride as CODZILLA roars across the water at up to 40 MPH. It’s a scream-worthy experience you won’t want to miss! Historic Boston Harbor Cruise Immerse yourself in Boston’s rich history with the Historic Boston Harbor Cruise. This one-hour narrated tour is packed with tales of the Revolutionary War and local legends. See iconic sites like the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the picturesque Boston Harbor Islands. It’s a history lesson with a view. So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re a local or just visiting and want to explore Boston Harbor, these experiences promise unforgettable moments a summer to remember.

More Local