Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center

4/5 (1 Reviews)
At the 50th floor of the Prudential you'll find the famous Skywalk, Boston's only sky-high vantage point. On a clear day, see all the way to New Hampshire. And at night, the entire skyline stretches before you. For everyone, but the faint of heart.
  • Adult gate price $16.00
  • Child gate price $11.00
  • Add to pass

The Prudential Center’s Skywalk offers New England's only skyscraper observatory with breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Boston and beyond! The observatory in this unique landmark building offers engaging interactive exhibits that give visitors a real flavor of Boston’s distinctive culture and neighborhoods. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of the layout of Boston and the surrounding area, and an appreciation for the beauty (both natural and manmade) of this New England capitol city!

The unique 40-minute ‘Acoustiguide Opus Touch’ self-guided player details the city's historic past and current sites as you stand and observe from 52 stories high. A multi-media movie theater features films including Wings over Boston and Dreams of Freedom that give context to what you’re seeing. Coincidentally, the Dreams of Freedom Immigration Museum is Boston's only educational immigration experience, and is a great way to learn about the city’s multiculturalism.

The Skywalk Observatory is the ideal place to begin a tour of Boston, offering unparalleled views of the city. Think of the Prudential Center as Boston’s Empire State Building! On a clear day, you can see up to 100 miles away and far out to sea as well. Visitors are able to get a bird's eye view of Boston's Hancock Tower, Fenway Park, the Boston Common and Public Gardens, the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, the Charles River, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, MIT, Harvard University, and countless other Boston landmarks.

Stunning views, fresh and innovative cuisine, and exceptional customer service have made the Skywalk Observatory a highly sought-after locale for social events and parties, and you’ll soon see why! Surrounded by the area’s largest hotels, and walking distance to Back Bay and Copley Square, the Observatory has become a popular setting for parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and is a popular hangout on New Year’s Eve.

The view from the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center gives you a great perspective on Beantown that can’t be found anywhere else in the city, and provides a great way for tourists to orient themselves to Boston’s various landmarks. Don’t miss your chance to stand atop Boston’s beloved Prudential Center and see all of Boston before taking on the sights and attractions of the city at ground-level!

Reviews for Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4 out of 5 stars (based on 1 customer ratings)
Average Rating for Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Tried it? Write a Review
Reviewed by 1 Customers Sort by:
Displaying Reviews 1-1 of 1 Back to Top Previous | Next
Nice Observation Deck
By The River Isla Verified Reviewer from Manchester, NH on
Late Hours, stunning views
On Small Side,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center:

An observation deck is always on my list of "must-sees" whenever I visit a new city. This is a worthy stop on any Boston itinerary. While small, the views are stunning. In my opinion, they are best experienced in the early evening. Make no mistake, this isn't the caliber that you will come to find at Top of the Rock in NYC (with outdoor vantage points and heated tiles) or the iconic Space Needle in Seattle, but it is very good in its own right. I make it a point to do a "weekend staycation" in Boston every year and the Skywalk is always on my list. Every time I visit, I notice something new.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes / No- You may also flag this review.

Phone: (617) 859-0648


Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street
50th Floor
Boston, MA 2199


November - March: 10:00am - 8:00pm (last elevator up at 7:30pm)
April - October: 10:00am - 10:00pm (last elevator up at 9:30 pm)

January 22- Closed at 2:00pm
January 24- East View Only at 4:00pm
January 25- North Half closed at 4:00pm
January 30- North Half closed at 3:30pm
January 31- North Half closed at 5:00pm


Skywalk Observatory also functions as a banquet facility and may be closed on occasion for private events or inclement weather. We recommend calling ahead to ensure that they are open during the time you wish to visit.


Christmas Day
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations not required


Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street
50th Floor
Boston, MA 2199

Public Transportation

Take the T: Green Line E" train to Prudential stop."

Getting In

To access the Skywalk, enter through the Lower Lobby of the Prudential Center (800 Boylston Street) - look for the sign that says Skywalk in the Belvidere Arcade. Proceed down the escalator in front of the Prudential Tower, turn left and take the elevator to the 50th floor. Exit the elevator and present your pass at the ticket desk. Enjoy the View!

Save even more with these pre-built discount packages that include Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center bundled with other great Boston attractions.

  • Loading Packages…