There are tours that take you to historical destinations, and then there are tours that take place on them. Consider tours aboard the Joseph S. Kennedy UB85 a little of both. This 50-foot Navy utility boat was built in 1985 and was assigned to the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Roosevelt. Today, it charters passengers to historical sites such as the Charlestown Navy Yard, site of the U.S.S. Constitution and the World War II destroyer U.S.S. Cassin Young. The boat also ferries guests to one of the National Park Harbor Islands, where history and modern day converge in the form of festivals and events. On George Island, for example, passengers will find beer tastings and weekly recreations of Civil War-era baseball games, complete with original uniforms, original rules, and instant replays performed by actors.
Originally built to sail around the world, the New Horizons motorsailer now spends its days providing Maine hospitality to its guests while gliding along the scenic Northeastern coast of the United States. After boarding the sailboat, groups can take in the sweeping views of the New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and past the Statue of Liberty, while sipping drinks and savoring treats such as the classic Maine lobster roll, which can be purchased on board. Seafarers may also embark on special voyages, such as Lobster Day Sail picnics. With its spacious design, semi-private upper deck, and modern sound system, the New Horizons can handle events that range from large family gatherings to old-fashioned ocean-drinking contests.
Boston’s Finest Tours unveils the City on a Hill’s hidden charms to residents and visitors with five unique seasonal tours. Native Bostonians John Feeley and Cheryl McDonald lead tours dressed as their midcentury counterparts, Jonathan Wendell Holmes and Frances Appleton, while sharing tales of the city’s history and culture. The ghost tour of Beacon Hill thrusts patrons into close encounters with specters, and on the Irish Heritage tour, trolleys roll through Eire-influenced sites including the Boston Public Garden and Fenway Park. The Beacon Hill tour begins with a sighting of the State House’s brilliant gold dome before groups stroll down the brick sidewalks of Mount Vernon Street, the cobblestone corridor of Acorn Street, and the legendary Boston Strangler’s daily jogging route.
City Wine Tours' experienced wine ambassadors take groups on enlightening viticultural explorations in New York City and Boston. Each two-hour walking tour stops by upscale restaurants, neighborhood boutiques, and hidden grape-springs known for their unique wine offerings. Guests sip and sample along the way, trying up to six different varietals, while guides expound on wine tasting, pairing, and history. That focus on entertaining education has proved a winning formula?City Wine Tours' walking excursions have been praised by media outlets including Zagat and the Boston Globe.
Launched in 1948 by Chicago shipwright Henry C. Grebe, the Full Moon is an antique, 65-foot motor yacht that ravels constantly. In the winters, it cruises the waters of southern Florida, but it returns to New England once it gets warmer, taking passengers on voyages throughout Boston Harbor. Onboard the Full Moon, passengers can take in skyline views and sunset vistas from the sea.
The refitted vessel features wooden decks and varnished rails, as well as intimate gathering areas and seating scattered across the boat. A sun-soaked bow presents passengers with unblocked views of the surroundings. The covered aft deck and indoor salon areas let passengers relax away from the elements.
The Bay State Cruise Company is probably best known for its fast ferry service between Boston and Provincetown, which zips passengers between the two cities in 90 minutes. The company also has a traditional ferry, which takes three hours each way, but costs much less and is available only on Saturdays. All ferries are seasonal, running from mid-May through mid-October. The boats are comfortable, with plenty of seating inside and out, and drinks and snacks are available. In the summer, the company also offers music cruises on the weekends that sail around Boston Harbor, with live acts, DJs and dancing. You can also set sail on the Fourth of July, when the USS Constitution makes its annual turnaround. As the ship slowly floats along, passengers can enjoy the view and a buffet lunch. The ferries can also be chartered for private events.