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90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River

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    What to Expect
    This 90-minute tour offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin.

    The tour— narrated by a guide from Boston By Foot and co-sponsored by BSA Space, a center for architecture and design—includes landmarks such as Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, and the Hancock tower, as well as cutting-edge contemporary design by today’s top architects. These are simply the best waterfront views of Boston and Cambridge.

    Discover Boston's historic and contemporary architecture onboard Boston's only architectural cruise. Presented in partnership with Charles Riverboat Company, the Boston Society of Architects, and Boston by Foot, this narrated cruise is a favorite of both locals and visitors.

    Architecture Cruises depart from the CambridgeSide Mall.
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    Departure Point
    Cruises depart from outside the Food Court doors of the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall.
    Departure Time
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    2:30pm Architecture Cruise
    5/28/2019 - 9/2/2019Monday - Friday:02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    2:30pm Architecture Tour
    9/7/2019 - 10/27/2019Saturday - Sunday:02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    9/7/2020 - 10/27/2020Saturday - Sunday:02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    11:30am Architecture Cruise
    5/28/2019 - 9/2/2019Saturday - Sunday:11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

    9/7/2019 - 10/27/2019Saturday - Sunday:11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    1h 30m
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local guide
    • Sightseeing cruise by river
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Cruise started out with no issues. Our tour guide was charming and enthusiastic. He shared information about the river and adjacent buildings with great knowledge. So far so good. First problem- there are only two employees on board. The boat Captain and the tour guide,...More

    Thank geezerhippie
    CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Good Morning, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate the comments and will be sure to take all into consideration in the future to make our tours more enjoyable for our passengers. We understand that there were some...More

    Reviewed 22 July 2019

    When I traveled from Ontario to Boston for my fiftieth birthday this year, I made the decision to purchase a Go Boston Card. The Charles Riverboat Company cruise was one of the many activities to choose from. I love mini-cruises, and this one didn't disappoint....More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank AuthorCMelanson
    CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2019

    Hello, Thank you so much for cruising with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and had a great time! We hope you will join us again soon.

    Reviewed 17 June 2019 via mobile

    Came with a bus Group and took the store out of the CambridgeSide Galleria. It was informative and very relaxing. Would recommend this to anyone natives to Boston as well as tourists for all the history and gorgeous scenery that was covered in the 90...More

    Thank clevanchy5
    CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2019

    Hello! Thank you for bringing your group to cruise with us! We are very happy you had a nice time. Thank you for the awesome review and we hope to have your group on board again soon!

    Reviewed 16 September 2018

    Did the Architecture Cruise which has a guide from Boston on Foot. Thought we were doing the traditional Charles River but rather go through the lock and up into the harbor. Offered a nice history of the city that is different than a typical foot...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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    Reviewed 13 August 2018

    Booked this early in the week when the forecast looked better than things turned out. Got a good deal on Goldstar. Tried calling an hour before scheduled to make sure it was on but couldn't get thru to anyone so off we went. Boat left...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
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    Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
    I don't know - the company takes reservations 2 weeks or less before the cruise, so contact them on that date- Oct 8 - 14 days
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