Tall Ships Boston Tour Schedule - 2017

Find out how to see tall ships in Boston

USS Coast Guard Eagle will come to Boston for Tall Ships Celebration
US Coast Guard Eagle

When tall ships sail into Boston in late June, 2012 to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, you'll get a glimpse of what the Harbor looked like back when these magnificent vessels ruled the seas. 

Even better, you'll get a chance to tour them and over a dozen other military ships from around the world as well as our own USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides." 

Or, get a close-up look at the tall ships from the luxurious comfort of your own lunch cruise around the harbor of Boston's famed Spirit of Boston, complete with a huge ship-top deck for your viewing pleasure.  Go straight to tall ships cruise information

Use the information on this page to plan your tall ship visit - and enjoy your time in Boston!


Tall Ships Tour Schedule and Locations

South Boston's Fish Pier

Ships: OpSail fleet of tall ships:  Cisne Branco (Brazil), Guayas (Equador), ARC Gloria (Columbia), Dewaruci (Indonesia)

Tour dates/times:  June 30 and July 1, 12 noon - 8pm; July 2 and July 3, 4pm - 8pm; July 4, 12 noon - 8pm; July 5, 4pm - 8pm

Closest hotels:  South Boston Waterfront Hotels

More about the South Boston Waterfront

Cisne Branco visit to Boston for Tall Ships ARC Gloria visit to Boston for Tall Ships Dewaruci visit to Boston for Tall Ships
Cisne Branco
ARC Gloria


Black Falcon Pier

Ships: HMCS Iroquois (Canada), HMCS Preserver (Canada), RFA Argus (UK), FGS Hessen (Germany) USS Gravely (US)

Tour dates/times:  June 30 - July 5, 12 noon - 6pm

More about Black Falcon Pier

HMCS Iroquois visit to Boston for Tall Ships USS Gravely visit to Boston for Tall Ships RFA Argus visit to Boston for Tall Ships
HMCS Iroquois
USS Gravely
RFA Argus


Charlestown Navy Yard

Home to: USS Constitution

Ships: USCG Eagle (US), USCG Juniper (US), NOAA's Thomas Jefferson research vessel (US), Thor Heyerdahl (Royal Norwegian Navy), HDMS Esbern Snare (Denmark)

More ships at Pier 1:  HMCS Kingston (Canada), HMCS Goose Bay (Canada)

Tour dates/times:  June 30 - July 5, 10am - 6pm

Closest hotels:  Constitution Inn and Marriott Resident Inn at Tudor Wharf, both in Charlestown, and Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel in the North End

RV Thomas Jefferson visit to Boston for Tall Ships HMCS Kingston visit to Boston for Tall Ships HMSC Esbern Shore visit to Boston for Tall Ships
RV Thomas Jefferson
HMCS Kingston
HDMS Esbern Snare


South Boston's North Jetty

USS Wasp - tall ships Boston paradeShip: USS Wasp (US warship)

Tour dates/times:  June 30, 12 noon - 4pm; July 1 - July 3, 12 noon - 6pm; closed on July 4th; July 5, 12 noon - 6pm

Location:  North Jetty is near the Black Falcon Terminal on the South Boston Waterfront

Tall Ship Cruises in Boston Harbor

Tall Ships Lunch Cruises on July 1, 2, 3, 5

Tall Ship cruise on the Spirit of BostonFor only a short time - July 1-5, to be exact - you can see Tall Ships up close from the best viewing spot of all - a special cruise in Boston Harbor on the Spirit of Boston.  Go up for the ship-top deck for the best views of the historic tall ships and military ships - but also enjoy the delicious all you can eat lunch buffet.  This special 4-hour tour is the best way to celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial - and get a sightseeing tour of Boston Harbor including views of the Boston Tea Party site, Bunker Hill, and breathtaking Boston skyline views.
Tall Ship Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Boston

4th of July Tall Ships Cruises

Boston fireworks and tall ships cruisesIf you want the ultimate Tall Ship viewing experience combined with Boston's world-famous July 4th celebrations, get on board for the most memorable of all Spirit of Boston tall ship cruises.  Opt for the lunch cruise, and you'll watch the thrilling Blue Angels air show overhead as you enjoy the delicious buffet.  Or choose the all-you-can-eat dinner buffet cruise to experience the magic of seeing the Tall Ships with Boston's spectacular fireworks in the background.
July 4th Lunch and Dinner Tall Ship Cruises


Boston Insider Tip

If you're planning a visit to Boston during late June - early July when the tall ships will be here, make your flight and hotel reservations as soon as possible.  Other hugely popular events taking place during this same time period include Harborfest and the July 4th Fireworks and Boston Pops Concerts - so the city will be packed!

Hotels near Spirit of Boston departure point

Seaport Boston Hotel near Tall Ship cruises

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel near  Spirit of Boston Intercontinental Hotel near Bank of America Pavilion Westin Boston Waterfront near Bank of America Pavilion Langham Hotel near Bank of America Pavilion in Boston


More Key Tall Ship Events Schedule Information

June 30, 7am - 11am - Arrival of Tall Ships in Boston Harbor; head to Castle Island to watch them arrive

June 30, 12 noon - Parade of Ships in Boston Harbor

July 2 and 3, 10am, Puopolo Park in the North End and 2pm, Boston Common - U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Jumps

July 4, 12 noon - 45 minute air show by the Navy's Blue Angels, while the USS Constitution performs its annual turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor; 12:17pm at Fan Pier - U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Jumps

July 5, 10am - 4pm - US Coast Guard base at 408 Atlantic Avenue in the North End will be open for tours


USS Constitution in Boston Harbor - Turnaround Cruise
USS Constitution in Boston Harbor - photo by Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens, U.S. Navy


Photo Credits

Thank you to the talented photographers who took the photos of these spectacular ships:

USCGC Eagle, courtesy of US Coast Guard
USS Gravely, by DCC Joy Davis, courtesy of USS Gravely Public Affairs
HMCS Iroquois, by Jim Henderson
USS Constitution, by Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens, US Navy
RFA Argus, by Adrian Jones
Cisne Branco, by Bruce Bodner
Dewaruci, by Bruce Bodner
ARC Gloria, by Luz A. Villa
USS Wasp, by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary L. Borden
HMCS Kingston, by G. Bouchard
RV Thomas Jefferson, by NOAA
Esbern Snare, by Lukasz Golowanow and Maciek Hyps, Konflikty.pl



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