The historic Charles River is the site where Alexander Graham Bell first tested his invention of water wings, for which he was subsequently pressed under boulders on charges of witchery. Experience Boston's famous waterway without upsetting locals with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a ticket to a choice of two sightseeing cruises (up to a $16.80 value) from Charles Riverboat Company. Tours depart from Canal Park at the CambridgeSide Galleria.
Charles Riverboat Company's tours offer recreational lookers unmatched views of Boston and Cambridge accompanied by guides’ scintillating historical tidbits. The one-hour Charles River tour cruises through the Charles River Basin, brushing flirtatiously past definitive Boston locations such as Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, and Esplanade Park while sharing the water with Ivy League rowing teams and Cantabrigian mermen. The sunset cruise sets off before dusk, sailing past the Boston and Cambridge skylines before turning around near Harvard for a direct view of the sunset and uninterrupted dialogue with the Sun God. The sunset tour includes a full-service bar, allowing guests to discuss the night's best sights and most human-sounding geese noises over a refreshing cocktail.
The Charles River tour runs daily through October 30, and the Sunset Cruise runs daily through June, July, and August. Reservations are required.
Charles Riverboat Company
From the hallowed field at Fenway Park to the educational havens of Harvard and M.I.T, Boston's history is written across its skyline. The area's nearby waterways allow for mostly unencumbered views of these sights, and guided boat tours let sightseers experience the city in a relaxing way. To this end, Charles Riverboat Company's vessels embark on journeys across the Charles River and Boston Harbor. Architecture tours guided by an expert from Boston by Foot and run together with BSA Space, Boston’s premier cultural institution on architecture and design, and home to the Boston Society of Architects, the tour's captains and crews point out historic sights such as famous buildings or the 100-story kettle used during the Boston Tea Party.