The Best Boat Hire in Boston, MA

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Things to know about hiring a boat in Boston

Taking an island cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy a day on the waters with your family. Hire 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, hire 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 parts of the city to see more than you would on foot.

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 hire options for paddlesports. Hire 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 hire 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.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Boston.

  1. KR
    Luxury Pontoon Party Boat in Boston Harbor at the Constitution Marina!

    Fantastic experience! Tracy was extremely helpful before we went on the boat and Mike was a great captain. Great people and we had such a fun time. We went down the Charles river and back and the views were great. I would definitely book with them again.

  2. LL
    Book the Classic Bertram 26 Open Sport Motor Yacht in Boston, Massachusetts

    Patrick was a great host. We were six people and booked the boat for 2 hours. We thought it was a good amount of time to sightsee and spend a few min to swim in one of the islands. He was so accommodating and would definitely book with him again. Boat was as advertised. The 6 of us fit perfectly.

  3. BB
    Luxury Pontoon Party Boat in Boston Harbor at the Constitution Marina!

    Michael and Tracy were amazing hosts! We had 14 people and went out on a Friday afternoon for 3 hours. Tracy was super responsive and gave me all the details prior to our trip. Michael took us out to Spectacle Island where we all got to jump out and swim. We were initially concerned about the forecast, but Tracy reassured me that it would clear up and we had blue skies/sun the entire time. The coolers had fresh ice and we were able to play our music through the boat speakers. Micheal was incredible and knew his way around the harbor. (He also dealt with a bunch of crazy 25 yr olds and was super nice) We all had an absolute blast! And will definitely be booking again 10/10 🤌🏼🤌🏼🤌🏼🔥🔥🔥

  4. DA
    Book Your Time in Boston Today! Sea Ray Sundancer 500 Motor Yacht

    Everything was great! Bob and his crew were super nice. It was such a nice cruise. Very nice yacht, clean and well kept. I didn’t realize at first that we would have to walk along the outside to get to the front of the yacht, but it didn’t stop us! We were all over the boat and enjoyed every minute.

  5. AM
    Luxury Pontoon Party Boat in Boston Harbor at the Constitution Marina!

    We rented a boat for 2 hours for my birthday and had a great time. Tracy answered all my questions in advance and Mike was a great captain. Weather did not cooperate and half of our trip it was raining but the boat has a little roof, so we were able to stay dry. Built in speakers had very good quality sound. A cooler with ice and bottled water was provided. It was 9 people and we had enough space. Overall great experience and worth the money!

  6. OF
    Brand New 30ft 2021 Monterey Sport Yacht: Downtown Boston

    Jeff and his boat are an incredible experience. We took a tour of the harbor and saw the lighthouse, hopped off to see an island, and docked for some quick dips. Jeff was great about expectations, communication, and our itinerary. We took our 18 month old and Jeff was wonderful at helping us set up this experience for success. We'll definitely be back and would recommend. The boat is beautiful, clean, and very luxurious.