Planning a trip to Boston? Make sure you add a visit to the Skywalk Observatory to your Boston itinerary.
The panoramic windows from the top of Boston’s second tallest building provide guests with unparalleled views of the world class universities, hospitals, stadiums, and gorgeous architecture that makes Boston great.
Self-guided tours provide information and entertainment about Boston and neighboring communities, geographic landmarks such as parks and rivers, and famed structures like the Zakim Bridge and America’s most beloved baseball stadium, Fenway Park.
Check out our helpful guide for visiting Skywalk Boston. It’s packed full of ways to save on admission, tips for visiting, other nearby attractions, and much more.
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Skywalk Observatory Facts
- The Skywalk Observatory is located at the top of the Prudential Tower, which is also known as The Pru.
- It is the 2nd tallest building in Boston after 200 Clarendon Street, formerly known as John Hancock Tower.
- The Prudential Tower is 749 feet tall but including the radio antenna is 907 feet tall.
- It has 52 stories and the Skywalk Observatory is located on the 50th floor.
- Donovan Steel began building the tower in 1960 and completed construction in 1964. It was once the tallest building in the world outside of New York City.
Tips for Visiting the Skywalk Observatory
- Go during the day for the best views. With clear, sunny forecasts, you’ll be able to see all of the attractions mentioned in the tour and even catch a glimpse of all six New England states.
- Plan on spending at least an hour here. The tour alone takes 40-minutes to complete, but you’ll want to save some extra time to do some self-guided exploration of the exhibits, gift shop, and observation deck.
- Grab an Acoustiguide player and listen on as special guest narrators like Keith Lockhart and Freedom Trail guide Sam Jones walk you through the history of Boston and the SkyWalk Observatory.
- Use a Go Boston pass to save money on admission to this popular attraction and dozens more.
- Bring a camera and make sure to snap some photos of the gorgeous views.
- Active military personnel and their dependents, as well as Massachusetts Teacher Association members, are eligible for free admission with the proper identification.
What is there to see and do at Skywalk Boston?
Go on a self-guided tour
Just beyond the turnstile, you’ll find a rack of Acoustiguide Opus Touch audio players. Grab one and join in on the narrated tour – make sure to go right at the entrance in order to follow along properly.
Along the windows are small plaques with numbers. Entering a number into your audio player will start a recording that describes what can be seen at each vantage point. For the little ones in your party, a different number will provide a kid-friendly version of the same information.
Guest narrators like Sam Jones will help to paint a picture of Boston’s history and the many famous landmarks you can see from the top. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the red roof of the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in the Fens, or the black and white wings of the I.M. Pei designed John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum way out on Columbia Point.
When you are not listening, hang it around an elbow or your neck as you explore the interactive exhibits, take a selfie with the Boston Common and State House in the background, or pick up a souvenir in the gift shop.
Adult tours are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Mandarin, while the children’s version is English only.
Check out the exhibits
It would be easy to spend your whole visit staring out the windows at the breathtaking views. On the interior walls, however, are a number of interactive exhibits that should not be missed.
Here visitors can learn about the history of Boston, its geography, sports teams, famous residents, and more.
At the Coming to America exhibit, you’ll learn all sorts of cool facts, like the statistic that states that 1 in 5 Americans have an ancestor that migrated through Boston. While looking at photos and replicas of the small, simple bags early immigrants carried with them, two portraits magically come to life and tell their stories.
Play a game or watch a movie
The three computer terminals in the Who Wants to be an American? exhibit allow contestants to play along in a special game show. Instead of getting voted off the island or declared the biggest loser, the winner of this game will answer the most correct answers from the exam immigrants must pass in order to become citizens.
If you need a break and want to sit down, the movie theater runs two short films in a continuous loop. “Wings Over Boston” gives viewers an up-close feel of the entire city, and “Dreams of Freedom” is a multimedia journey through time.
Use the telescopes
At more than 700 feet up in the air, even nearby objects appear small and distant. By using one of the stationary telescopes scattered throughout, visitors can see the Harbor islands, suburban towns, and people and objects all over the city a little more clearly.
If you look hard enough, you may even see out to New Hampshire.
What attractions are near the Skywalk Observatory?
Not only does Skywalk Boston give guests an incredible view of some of the most exciting and interesting places to visit in in Boston, it is also located close to many of them. Visit Skywalk Boston first, and then make notes of the places described in the tour that you want to visit.
Fenway Park Tour
You can’t visit Boston without stopping at America’s most beloved baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Lucky for you, the ballpark is a short walk from the Prudential Center and a definite can’t-miss. Take a tour of the stadium and explore the surrounding restaurants and Yawkey Way.
Getting in: Fenway Park Tour tickets are included with Go Boston Card.
Boston is one of the most historically significant states in the country, so make sure to brush up on your history knowledge while here. Start with a Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Downtown Boston. Follow the 1-mile tour past 11 different landmarks and sites from the early days of the American Revolution.
Getting in: Freedom Trail Walking Tour tickets are included with Go Boston Card.
Boston Duck Boats
If you want a street and river level tour of the city, then you have to take a classic Boston Duck Boat tour. These leave right from the Prudential Center, so you’re already where you have to be. This high-energy will give you a unique perspective on Boston’s history and you’ll pass many famous parts of the city and Cambridge, too.
Getting in: Boston Duck Tour tickets are included as a premium option with Go Boston Card.
Explore the arts
Visit nearby art museums for a look at Boston’s best collections. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum are both located relatively close to Skywalk Boston.
At the Museum of Fine Arts, you’ll find a collection of over 450,000 works of ancient and contemporary art. Peruse pieces that paint a picture of Boston’s tasteful art scene and the creative spirit of New England. There are fifty-three gorgeous galleries, a gift shop, and a cafe to explore.
The Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum offers an intimate collection of fine and decorative art pieces housed in a 15th century, Venetian Palazzo-inspired building. The center of the complex serves as a gorgeous and lively garden, while the surrounding halls and exhibition are filled with equally as beautiful artwork.
Visit the Public Garden
In nice weather, nothing beats a stroll through the Public Garden, America’s oldest botanical garden. While you are there, take a leisurely ride on a Swan Boat under the world’s smallest suspension bridge.
Getting in: Swan Boat Ride tickets are included with Go Boston Card.
Where is there to eat near the Skywalk Observatory?
Directly above Skywalk Boston is the Top of the Hub, one of the finest restaurants in the city, and certainly the one with the best view. With onsite pastry chefs and florists, no detail is left out in ensuring an unparalleled dining experience. This is not a place for every tourist, however. The dining room requires business attire for lunch, and business causal for dinner.
For a more casual meal, the Prudential Center has more than two dozen restaurants and specialty food stores including Five Napkin Burger, P.F. Chang’s, Boston’s Eataly, and the California Pizza Kitchen.
Outside the Prudential Center, the Back Bay neighborhood offers an abundance of choices to suit every taste and palate. Try Chilli Duck Thai Cuisine for excellent fare from southeast Asia, or the Flour Bakery + Café to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Need to Know
- November 4 – March 8: 10:00am – 8:00pm (last elevator up at 7:30pm)
- March 11 – November 3: 10:00am – 10:00pm (last elevator up at 9:30 pm)
- Closings: Christmas Day. February 12th – North half closed at 3:30 pm and February 20th – ALL closed at 4:00 pm.
Directions & Address
Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 2199
Public Transportation: Take the T: Green Line “E” train to Prudential stop OR Orange Line to Back Bay stop.
Save on Tickets with a Go Boston pass
Remember, the Go Boston® pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes Skywalk Observatory tickets, plus admission to your choice of other top attractions.
Save up to 55% on top museums, tours, and activities vs. paying at the gate. Visit multiple attractions for one low price.
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