Skywalk has been replaced by the exciting new View Boston, which opened in June 2023!

Find out more about this amazing three-level observatory deck.


Closed 2020. Replaced by View Boston.

The following section will provide all the information you need to find the Skywalk Observatory, get tickets ahead of time, and potentially even save money on admission.

This attraction is open from 10 am - 10 pm, and it’s a great place to visit after dark or at sunset.

If you’re looking for more activities after the sun goes down, read our post covering things to do at night in Boston.

How to Get Here

Entering the building can be a bit confusing.

As Boston’s second tallest building at 729 feet (222 m) tall, it is easily seen from the street, but you must enter the Prudential Center Mall at 800 Boylston St. to get to the lobby of the tower.

Where is the Prudential Center Boston

Once in the lobby, you have to check in with security, so make sure you have a photo ID with you.

The Nearest MTBA Station is Prudential Station (Green Line E Tram) (map).

Read our post on how to use the Boston T (subway)

Ticket Prices

Since the Skywalk Observatory is one of the highest observation decks in the city with one of the best views, you can expect admission to cost a bit more than other alternatives.

Skywalk Observatory View

That said, you can save money on tickets by using a tourist attraction discount pass (read below). 

  • $21/Adults
  • $17/Seniors
  • $17/Students
  • $15/Children
  • Free for Toddlers (3 and under)

More information or to purchase.

Included in the admission is an audio guide tour offered in two other Languages besides English (French Canadian and Japanese).

You’ll also get access to the Dreams of Freedom Museum and the Multimedia Movie Theater!

Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

The Skywalk Observatory is included on both major tourist passes in Boston.

This is a great way to save money on general admission prices, especially if you plan on doing a lot of things while visiting the city.

Tourist attraction discount passes work by bundling together several popular tourist attractions and tours into one discounted price.

They can also save you time by allowing you to skip the ticket lines at several locations.

Boston CityPASS

The Skywalk Observatory is one of four different activities included with this service. Rather than pay per activity, you’ll pay one flat price for everything.

Here are the attractions you can enjoy with this pass:

  • New England Aquarium | Normally $31
  • Museum of Science | Normally $29
  • Skywalk Observatory | Normally $21
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History | Normally $15
    • or Boston Harbor Cruises | Normally $33

The total value of all these activities is up to $114, and the price of the pass is only $64 for adults and $52 for kids.

At that price, you’ll essentially be paying $16 for your ticket to the Skywalk Observatory, which is $5 off the normal price.

This is a great deal, and it includes a lot of additional family attractions that usually cost even more!

Go Boston Card

If you’re planning to visit even more attractions, this pass includes 44 different things to do in Boston – including the Skywalk Observatory!

Here are a few of the activities included with the Go Boston Card:

  • Boston Red Sox Game | Normally $40
  • New England Aquarium | Normally $31
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Trolley | Normally $52
  • Six Flags New England | Normally $72
  • Skywalk Observatory | Normally $21
  • Franklin Park Zoo | Normally $20
  • Museum of Science | Normally $29
  • Museum of Fine Arts | Normally $25

Unlike the Boston CityPASS, this service is offered for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days in a row. This means that you can enjoy everything included on the discount pass for one low price.

A one-day pass is only $63, so if you use it for at least a few things in addition to the Skywalk Observatory, you can easily save money. Most people can find time to do at least 3-5 things per day.

Here is an example of how you can save money with even a 1-Day Go Boston Card:

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Trolley | $52
  • New England Aquarium | $31
  • Skywalk Observatory | $21
  • Museum of Science | $29

The total value of all these activities is $133, which means you’re saving about 53% on everything – a total discount of $11 off your tickets to Skywalk Observatory!

In addition to the discounts, this pass also includes skip-the-line privileges at some locations (such as the New England Aquarium and Museum of Science).

This is a fantastic way to save time while visiting all of the major attractions in the city.

About The Author

Brian Burgess

Brian was born in Cambridge and has been living in the Boston area all his life. He is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College with a degree in communications with a journalism/history focus. He has been leading tours for Free Tours By Foot Boston since it was started in the city of Boston in 2012, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of Boston's rich history with not only the guests on his tours, but with everyone he meets.
Updated: Juni 18th, 2023
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