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Boston's Tall Ships

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In the mid-1800s, Boston Harbor was filled with spectacular coastal schooners. Go back in time aboard the 125-foot Liberty Clipper. Take the wheel, fire the cannon, or just sit back and enjoy the view.
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The history of Boston can be overwhelming, and after touring the many important downtown sites, you may jump at the chance to experience a change of scenery. Get another authentic taste of Boston—one that can only be experienced on the open water- and check out Boston’s Tall Ships! Head over to the harbor for a maritime treat and climb aboard one of the breathtaking tall ships that call Boston Harbor home. You can sit back and enjoy the sights and beauty of Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands with the beautiful Boston skyline in the distance serving as a stunning photographic backdrop.

The 125-foot Liberty Clipper is a gaff-rigged topsail schooner, fashioned in the stately tradition of the spectacular wind-driven coastal schooners of the mid-1800s. This class of schooner helped to create the rich nautical history of Boston and New England. Boston's Tall Ships brings you a hands-on boating experience and a great way to learn why Boston has consistently been among the country’s great nautical strongholds.

Ships must meet strict requirements to be categorized as Tall Ships, and the Liberty Clipper is an authentic example. A schooner is a type of ship characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails, with the forward mast being no taller than the rear mast. Schooners like Liberty Clipper were historically used by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries, and then adopted by America in the 18th century, where they became more widely-used than anywhere else.

Boston Tall Ships brings you an authentic experience in one of America’s most historically important bodies of water. It was here in Boston Harbor that American colonists protested high taxes on goods such as tea by dumping the stuff over the sides of ships, and firing canons in displays of their own military prowess. Enjoy a pristine cruise aboard Liberty Clipper that will take you back in time and give you a new appreciation for Boston as one of America’s greatest maritime cities.

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5
Beautiful sail!
By beatyscience Verified Reviewer from Warren, PA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston's Tall Ships:

We upgraded to the Tea Party Reenactment Cruise and our reenacter,Josiah Quincy, was knowledgeable and fun. Hear! Hear!He shot at some "pirates" and we threw tea overboard. We raised the sails "heave ho." It was a jolly good time. Great for kids.

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5
Great change of pace
By Glen Verified Reviewer from Ontario Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston's Tall Ships:

Other than only being able to book this 3 days ahead there was no other faults. A great break from the hustle of our other 4 days. You get to help to set the sail ( alot of tugging here). They take you out sailing for an hour and an hour back. Great view of the city without being crammed in like the whale watching trips.

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5
Beautiful Scenery, Unique Experience
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
Pros:
Friendly Crew, scenery
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston's Tall Ships:

A nice, relaxing cruise around the harbor. Remember to bring a jacket with you! We went in the middle of June and it was VERY chilly! We upgraded to the Boston Tea Party cruise. It was entertaining. Due to the steep up-charge for the Tea Party cruise I wouldn't say it's a must do, the only draw back is I wish they would do and talk a little more about the history.

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3
Impressive Boat
By Hot Rod Rider Verified Reviewer from Staten Island, NY on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston's Tall Ships:

The boat was impressive - a true Tall Ship! And the staff was knowledgable and had a sense of humor to boot. The only drawback was the weather, which I know they can't control, but it affected how far and fast we could sail. If it's a beautiful sunny day, I would probably give this 4 stars.

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Boston's Tall Ships details

  • Seasonal attraction
Phone: 617-742-0333
Address
67 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 2110
Hours
June 5 - September 22: Daily sails at noon and 3:00 pm
Sailing schedule subject to change, please call ahead.
Office Hours: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Please check in and pick up tickets 30 minutes before sailing time.
Note
Tickets to Boston's Tall Ships may not be available June 28 - July 7 due to some special events on the water. Please call in advance to inquire about tickets and mention that you are a Go Boston Card holder.
Closings
June 28 - July 6 for Harborfest. May be closed major U.S. holidays and for special events.
  • Seasonal
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations required

Directions and transportation

Address
67 Long Wharf
Boston, MA 2110
Public Transportation
Take the T: Blue Line to Aquarium stop. The main office is located on Long Wharf, adjacent to the Aquarium. Walk past the Long Wharf Marriott toward the water. After the Chart House Restaurant, the office is on the first floor of the last building on Long Wharf, just past the main entrance to the building. Look for the “Boston’s Tall Ships” sign hanging over the #67 doorway.

Admission and Offer Information

Reservation required

Present your pass at the main office of Boston's Tall Ships. To reach the office, walk past the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel (on the side closest to the Aquarium) toward the water. After the Chart House Restaurant, the office is on the first floor of the last building on Long Wharf. Look for the “Boston’s Tall Ships” sign hanging over the doorway to #67.

Note
Reservations are required and are accepted no earlier than three days prior to the sail. Subject to availability.

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