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Things to know about boating in Boston

Taking an island cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy a day on the waters with your family. Rent a powerboat or a yacht in Boston and explore the waterways and see the city from a new perspective. No visit is complete without taking a beautiful twilight tour from a boat. Sit back and enjoy the dazzling city come to life and make memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’d prefer to explore by wind instead of a motor, rent a sailboat or charter a sailing tour while you’re staying in Boston. You can explore the waterways or Massachusetts Bay, and experience the liberating feeling that sailing the sea gives to anyone.

While on a boat or yacht charter, you can go all the way to the harbor islands. For a beach day, head to the Lovells Island or Spectacle Island and park your boat for a day of sunbathing. Cruise around different islands and different parts of the city to see more than you would on foot. Another option for those looking for a romantic option is to take a sunset cruise overlooking the Boston Skyline. Sunset Cruises in Boston are a great way to unwind or even set the mood for a perfect proposal.

Whenever you visit Boston, the Charles River and the Boston Harbor must be on your to-do list. There are almost 30 mooring available at the Boston Harbor and most piers offer the convenience of passenger pick- up and drop-off spots. The popular islands such as Peddocks, Bumpkin, Spectacle, and Georges offer free moorings in safe anchorage on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fishing charters and tours are a great experience to have while in Boston. It's a popular fishing destination and there is a deep fishing history in the city. The fishing around Boston includes both fresh and saltwater options.

For active and sporty travelers, check out your rental options for paddlesports. Rent a stand-up paddleboard or a kayak, or take a guided tour for a day of exercise and adventure.

Water Activities in Boston

Boston has traditionally been a seafaring city and has been one of the world’s wealthiest ports for centuries. Steeped in maritime tradition and history, boaters will enjoy the unique boating atmosphere. There are many islands and varied waterways that surround the city. Cruise on the Charles River, Neponset River, Mystic River, and of course the famous Boston Harbor. With so many water playgrounds to choose from, boaters will find that there are many kinds of activities that they can enjoy during their stay.

Although Boston remains a bustling commercial seaside city, it's popular with recreational boaters. Everything from palatial mega yachts to modest power boats is available to rent in Boston, so check out your options on GetMyBoat.

Other Things To Do

While on land, there are endless activities and things to see. Stop at Faneuil Hall to see the shops in this massive market. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy people-watching in this busy commercial area.

If you're a baseball fan, make sure you get to experience a ball game at Fenway Park. It's a historic venue that also hosts concerts and is home to the Red Sox.

Considering the important role that Boston played in shaping the history and foundation of the United States, it's the perfect city for a walking tour. Visit the Old North Church and the Old State House. Head to Newbury street if you're looking to do some shopping.

Marinas in Boston

A few of the top marinas in Boston include Constitution Marina, Boston Waterboat Marina, and Brewer Marina Bay Boston. These marinas are busy, with lots of boats cruising in and out of port, many to admire moored in their berths. A lot of the marinas in Boston have a lot of historical significance to the city, and they are easily accessible from the city center. Be sure to bring your camera to snap some photos in these idyllic spots.

Nearby Cities to Visit

Additional cities to visit include Quincy, Scituate, Gloucester, Newburyport, Portsmouth, and further inland, New London and Sunapee.

About Boston

Boston is an incredible city in New England to visit for a vacation. It’s rich in history, with fun nightlife and things to do and see. Summer in Boston is one of the best times to enjoy boating. The city experiences the maritime effect of the North Atlantic, making it a pleasant place to pursue various water activities. Many rivers run across the city, offering you plenty of opportunities to explore canoeing, kayaking, rowing, and more. Navigate the waterways in your own boat, or enjoy taking a tour in one of the cruises.

To get to Boston, you can take a flight direct to Boston-Logan International Airport and from there take a taxi, shuttle, or bus to the city center. You can also arrive in Boston by Greyhound bus or on a train from many other New England cities.

Boston Boat Rental FAQs

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Boston?

Boat rentals in Boston start at $150/hour for a basic powerboat rental for a city sightseeing tour in Boston. Prices for a boat rental or charter in Boston can go up to over $1000/hour for luxury yacht charters.

Where can I boat in Boston?

Popular boating spots in Boston include Lovell’s Island, the Charles River, the National Park on Harbor Islands, and other islands off the coast of the city like Spectacle Island, Thompson Island, and Nantasket Beach.

Do you need a boating license in Boston, MA?

You do not need a special license, however boaters under the age of 18 need to complete a boating safety course successfully and receive a certificate, and then they can operate a motor boat under adult supervision.

What is the best time of year to visit Boston?

The best time of year to visit Boston is during May and June or September and October. The temperatures will be pleasant without being too hot and you can enjoy the highlights of the city like boating, and sightseeing without huge crowds.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Boston.

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    Mary
    Book your "Party in Boston Today!

    We loved our experience! Bob was the perfect captain/host and the boat was incredible. There was so much space to lounge and look out at the water. Everything was in awesome condition. Bob was super responsive and right on time. Very much recommend going out for a ride!

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    Nicole
    Boston Harbor Tours with Captain David

    Captain Dave is so great! We were in a bind trying to get out to Lovells Island, since the inter-island ferry is closed due to the pandemic. I found Capt Dave and his vessel online, and he made the process so easy. He was super quick responding to all of my questions, the booking process was smooth, and everything on our island day went off without a hitch. Dave is personable, knowledgeable, and is clearly passionate about his work. We're already planning a 2nd harbor island excursion with him!

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    Tascha
    30' "After Hours" Cuddy Cabin in Scituate, Massachusetts

    We had such a great time with Wayne and he was so nice! He gave us a tour had a beautiful boat and had a beautiful boat ride. When the sun was setting he made sure to position the boat to get the perfect picture of us! We parked at the restaurant where we were having dinner after and walked to the dock to take off and when the boat tour was completed he brought us right to the restaurant for our reservations. Absolutely perfect night! Thank you Wayne🙏🏼🌊❤️🛥

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    Katherine
    Book your "Party in Boston Today!

    This was an exceptional experience from start to finish. The boat is beautiful, and Bob took us to great spots to soak up Boston and enjoy the day. I highly recommend to anyone celebrating a special occasion, or just looking to enjoy the Boston skyline from the best seat around.

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    Ani
    2018 Sea Ray SLX 400 in Boston, MA

    Scott was great. His goal was to make it the best day of our summer and it will be hard to beat. He is incredibly helpful and grilled burgers and onions for us. I would highly recommend using Scott for your next day on the water. The boat was so clean and had all the amenities you could possibly need.

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    Dave
    2018 Sea Ray SLX 400 in Boston, MA

    Scott is a very great cool guy my friends and I have a very good time. He was very easy to contact even when I contacted to book him last minute he was great with communication and even being a generous guy he gave us and extra hour of hanging out and partying!