Boston Harbor Cruises

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  1. 1
    Up to 55% Off Trolley Tour and Harbor Cruise
    $38 $20 0.1 miles
  2. 2
    Up to 45% Off Speedboat-Captaining Experiences for Two
    North End
    $159.95 $99 0.1 miles
  3. 3
    Up to 57% Off Boston Ghost & Legends Lantern Tour
    North End
    $50 $25 0.2 miles
  4. 4
    Up to 50% Off Sunset Harbor Cruise
    $56 $28 0.3 miles
  5. 5
    Up to 22% Off Sunset or Day Sail for Two
    $104 $81 0.3 miles
  6. 6
    Up to 58% Off Lessons at City Golf Boston
    Multiple Locations
    $200 $99 0.3 miles
  7. 7
    The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum – 70% Off
    $20 $12 0.4 miles
63 Long Wharf Boston, MA 02110


At the age of 16, Matthew "Matty" Hughes became the youngest-ever licensed captain in the port of Boston. Funneling his passion into a career, he founded Boston Harbor Cruises in 1926 to lead tours up the Charles River. What began as a two-man, one-boat operation has grown tremendously throughout its more than 90-year history, now encompassing a 21-boat fleet and more than 250 employees who transport more than 2 million passengers.

The Boston Harbor Cruises's staff handles all things nautical, from whale watching and speedboat tours to wedding receptions and celebrations for special occasions. Because dolphins are hard to saddle and refuse to obey verbal commands, Boston Harbor Cruises also navigates the waters with ferries and harbor cruises that explore the historic and romantic sights of Boston.

Though the leadership has changed, Matty's grandchildren Rick and Chris Nolan still perpetuate the traditions of Boston Harbor Cruises, furthering one man's obsession with the harbor and inspiring future generations to create their own memories on its calm waters.