Boston from above: Visiting the Prudential Tower

One of the first things I knew I wanted to do when I started planning my trip to Boston was head to the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center. I think heading to the top of the tallest building is a great way to get a lay of the land in the new city, plus it provides great photo opportunities 😉


I was originally planning to visit after a Red Sox game, but the weather was grim and most of the observatory was closed for a private event. I came back the next day, when the weather was perfect and the entire Skywalk was open.


The observatory wraps all the way around the tower, letting you look out at Boston from every angle. It’s also home to the Dreams of Freedom museum, an exhibition celebrating immigration’s role in Boston’s history. I learned so much about the city’s history I didn’t know (something I thought impossible after walking the entire Freedom Trail!) plus it made me feel like I really got my money’s worth – although the views alone were more than enough!

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I highly recommend visiting the Skywalk Observatory if you’re ever in Boston. There’s also a lounge two stories up where you can grab a meal or just a drink. The ticket kiosk can be tricky to find (or maybe that’s just me!) it’s inside the Shops at Prudential Center (basically a shopping mall) on the ground floor near the escalators that go down into the basement. Alternatively, you can just take the elevator to the 50th floor and buy your tickets there! It might just be the New Yorker in me, but I thought the ticket prices were basically a steal. Don’t forget to check before your visit to make sure the whole space is open!

What’s your favorite place in the world to get great views?


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