Set on the 50th floor of Boston’s Prudential Tower, the Skywalk Observatory offers 360-degree views of the city and surrounding landscape. Here you can learn about notable landmarks, visit the onsite Dreams of Freedom Museum, or venture two floors up to enjoy a meal at the Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge.
Audio tours are included with admission and allow you to learn about key Boston attractions such as Harvard University, Boylston Street, Fenway Park, and Boston Common while you take in views from the observatory. Peruse the onsite Dreams of Freedom Museum to gain insight into the city's multicultural population, and visit the multimedia movie theater to see a film about Boston’s history and culture. The Boston City Pass, GoBostonCard, and Boston Explorer Pass all offer free or discounted admission to the Skywalk.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge, located on the Prudential Tower’s 52nd floor, offers an expansive menu and panoramic views of the city.
- Stop by the Prudential Center mall on the tower’s first floor to browse high-end shops such as Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.
- Purchase tickets to the observatory at a kiosk in the Prudential Arcade, up to 30 minutes before closing.
- Audio tours are available in English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Japanese, and Mandarin.
How to Get There
The Prudential Tower is easily accessible via the T (Boston’s subway system). Take the Green Line to the Prudential Center, Copley, or Hynes Convention center stops. Orange Line trains stop at Bay Bay station, which is just a few minutes away from the Prudential Tower. If you’re driving, there are several parking garages in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.
When to Get There
The Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory is open daily and has shorter hours in winter. Arrive late in the afternoon for the best sunset views, but be forewarned that late summer (July and August) afternoons can often be hazy in Boston. The observatory regularly closes for private events, so be sure to check the official calendar before planning your trip.
The Top of the Hub Restaurant
The Top of the Hub Restaurant is a worthy splurge for dinner, but the lunch menu is less expensive and still affords the same views. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid getting stuck at the crowded bar.