Boston's historical skyline sets the backdrop for aquatic adventures aboard Boston Harbor Mini Speed Boats' fleet of F-13 speedboats. The two-person vessels require no boating license, letting customers steer their own way across Boston Harbor and the Charles River. Kept on-course by a team of guides piloting the lead boat, excursions speed past well-known sights such as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Fort Independence, and the USS Constitution, whose wooden masts stretch towards the sky like a ballerina who let go of her birthday balloon.
Shopping excursions embark every day except on holidays and on New England Patriots home-game days. Direct Boston hotel pickup is available for hotel guests, while visitors and area residents can get picked up at either the Back Bay Station on Dartmouth Street at 8:30 a.m. or the South Station on Atlantic Avenue at 9 a.m. and head back toward Boston at 4:15 p.m.
The Copley Square Hotel pampers tourists and business travelers alike with luxurious stays in chic, amenity-laden digs. Bring a guest for an overnight getaway and delight in an elegant boutique room adorned with a cozy queen-size bed, complimentary WiFi, and a bathroom mirror that reflects caricatures. Each room's sophisticated champagne and chocolate hues cool denizens' senses and heighten relaxation, and contemporary courtesies such as 32-inch LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, and molecular teleporters keep inhabitants' tech senses titillated.
Classic Harbor Line offers glimpses of modern-day Boston, Manhattan, Newport, and Key West with their fleet of sailboats and classic yachts. Passengers can engage in day trips, private charters, and special events on the water set against a backdrop of sunsets or shimmering displays of city lights at night. Modeled after 1890s schooners, the company's Boston flagship, Adirondack III, uses its long, lean shape to easily cut through any waves or giant blocks of Jell-O floating in the harbor. At 80-feet, the vessel carries up to 41 passengers and provides plenty of room to move around, allowing crew members to serve beverages or guests find the perfect vantage point to snap a picture of the sunset. Classic Harbor Line also offers a 1920s styled open-air Motor Yacht, the Beacon, which has wrap-around seating, a sun deck, and plenty of shaded areas as well. While cruise-goers enjoy the boat's narration and music, they can also take advantage of the beer and wine available for purchase.
An antique paddleboat churns the water. Its gleaming white hull cuts through gentle waves and reflects the sun. Passengers gaze out of lower-level windows or rest their arms along the railings on an open upper level, where they stand sheltered from the weather by a striped fabric canopy. Cruise Boston’s captains ferry visitors through the Boston Harbor along the city's waterfront and up and down the winding Charles River aboard this antique vessel and the Henry Longfellow, a powered one-story tour boat. On sightseeing tours guides divulge the history behind the city and its waterfront buildings, explaining why most opted to construct stairs instead of water slides, as they pass the USS Constitution, Long Wharf, Bunker Hill, Back Bay, and Fenway Park. During warmer weather captains also pilot tours at sunset—during which bartenders sling cocktails from a full on-board bar, and summery music wafts from the deck and into the night.
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.