The stunning Boston Harbor studded with 34 islands invites the city's visitors to partake in one of the many types of cruises available. Explore Harbor Islands and other Boston’s important historical sites taking a Harbor cruise that can last from 45 min to 3 hours. You can admire tall ships and Boston’s skyline from the water, visit lighthouses and numerous islands. Various cruise companies offer voyages for every taste: specialty cruises serving gourmet food, providing music and dancing, nautically-themed cruises, winter cruises, and romantic sunset cruises. Visitors can also opt for a water taxi or harbour express shuttles to get virtually anywhere by water. Schedules and fares are available on cruise companies' websites.
Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) operates in Boston Harbor since the 1920s, with boats departing from Long Wharf, near the New England Aquarium. Others boats depart from Fan Pier and various wharves. If you want to check out the Charlestown Navy Yard and other significant sights, you should opt for the Super Duck Tours featuring both land and water cruising. Liberty Fleet sailboats provide daytime and sunset cruises for a relaxing outing. For a short option, you can choose USS Constitution Cruise boat that offers 45-minute tours with the emphasis on maritime history. If you prefer some thrill and wouldn't mind to get wet, try the turbo-charged Godzilla cruise. If you want to try some old-fashion spirits like grog, the so-called Rum and Revelry cruises are a great idea. The majority of tours run from May to mid-October except for Super Ducks—amphibious boats with heating inside operate from March to December.
If you have never been on a cruise of Boston Harbor before, try a Historical Sightseeing Cruise that runs for 90 minutes. If you are already familiar with Boston Harbor and not interested in sightseeing, then you can just take a ferry and visit the island of your choice. Georges Island can be easily accessed by a ferry. It is situated just 11 km (7 mi) from the city. The island is home to historic Fort Warren and the Confederate memorial. Spectacle Island and Lovells Island offer beautiful sandy beaches, just 20 minutes from the city. Or take a Salem Ferry to explore historic landmarks and excellent restaurants in Salem, MA. Most ferries run from May to October.