The Prudential Tower, also known as the Prudential Building or, colloquially, The Pru, is an International Style skyscraper in Boston, Massachusetts. The building, a part of the Prudential Center complex, currently stands as the 2nd-tallest building in Boston, behind 200 Clarendon Street, formerly the John Hancock Tower. The Prudential Tower was designed by Charles Luckman and Associates for Prudential Insurance. Completed in 1964, the building is 749 feet (228 m) tall, with 52 floors, and (as of January 2021) is tied with others as the 114th-tallest in the United States. It contains 1.2 million sq ft (110,000 m2) of commercial and retail space. Including its radio mast, the tower stands as the tallest building in Boston, rising to 907 feet (276 m) in height.
A 50th-floor observation deck has been the highest such location in New England open to the public, as the higher observation deck of the John Hancock Tower (now 200 Clarendon Street) has been closed since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Scheduled to close permanently on April 18, 2020, the Prudential's "Skywalk" was closed until further notice in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Charles Rich | Feb 19, 2018
This is one of the first places you should go in the city. You get a better idea of where everything is because you can see it all from high above. With their audio tour you get a bit of history and a better idea of why an area around town is important and/or worth visiting.
Scott Pavlov | Mar 4, 2018
The prices are reasonable. You get a gorgeous view of the city but I feel it's best to go during the summer. It provides viewing machines as well as history stuff about the city.
Johnny H | Dec 21, 2017
A nice view all around Boston, with some great interactive displays which were actually very informative. Videos are also played on a loop in the theater of city views and Boston residents. The audio guide is also great, but can be a bit long to listen to it all. Overall well worth spending an hour or two here. Reasonable ticket price too!
jialin lai | Mar 1, 2018
Absolutely loved it! It's a great place to have a me-time. I went at night so the view was absolutely breath taking!
Sahil Sardessai | Jan 17, 2018
It's a satisfying experience. You get a handheld device for additional information on what you're looking at, out the window. The city looks beautiful from up here. The admission fee, at around $12, seems reasonable. Travelers to Boston shouldn't miss out on this.
Hilary Hamer | Apr 29, 2018
A bit pricey but on the right day with good weather the views are awesome. They've done a nice job with exhibits on the inside of the observation deck also, full of Boston's history. More interesting after living in Boston I think or with someone who knows the city well to point out landmarks and such. There is an audio tour (free) that does point out landmarks synchronized with different numbers around the deck, but did not use it.
Atchuta Srinivas Duddu | May 1, 2018
A really cool observatory. We get an amazing top view of Boston on all the sides. We get a personal guiding machine that narrates about the history of each part of Boston while telling us where to look. It is like getting an overall tour of the city, really good for those staying for just a couple of days.
Emma Georges | May 1, 2018
We went on a clear evening and stayed to watch the city light up. This building offers a beautiful, clear view all the way around of the city. It was not crowded at all when my group of thirteen people went. I would definitely be able to come and spend hours here again.
Ana Maria Adão e Silva | Apr 8, 2018
Really loved going up to the observatory. They have a free audio guide that explains what you’re looking at and a bit of the history of the city and its monuments. We went there before doing the freedom trail and learned a lot! The views are beautiful, specially on a sunny day. The entrance is inside the prudential mall.
C. Büker | Mar 10, 2018
Enjoyed it! 2 points: - I had to walk around a bit too find the entrance - I wished I was able to plug my headsets into the audio guides. (You have to put it close to your ear like a mobile phone)
Mukul | May 30, 2018
Best place of Boston. Had a great view of entire Boston. Wanted to see the night view but mistakenly I didn’t book the car parking time for long time. Evening comes little late late in Boston. I missed the great night view of one of my favorite city of America. Some full of informative shows were also going on, helped me to know the Boston history. I wanted to visit again this place.
Patty Misch | May 29, 2018
I went on an overcast day and it was still worthwhile. Great views of the city. Helps to see how it is all layed out. The audio was very helpful in understanding what you are looking at.
Kayla Stiles | Jul 11, 2018
Awesome experience. I went in thinking I was going to get one small view of the city, and ended up with more knowledge on immigration and a full 360 view of the city. $20 ticket includes 360 view, free audio tour (in many languages), and mini exhibits describing US immigration. Worth the money 110%.
Susan Hale | Jul 11, 2018
Views are amazing and the glass is extremely clean for that high up. The only downside is the price of $20 a person. I probably wouldn't do it a second time or bring others here because of the price. Luckily I was by myself and new to town so I was exploring on my own. It is very accessible to the train.
C Smoothsk8ter | Jul 9, 2018
Great views! It doesn't say anywhere but military is free. If you don't say something it's $20 per person. Lots of great history up there to check out. If you park in the garage you can go to the concierge and get your ticket stamped. Although the concier told me he wished the Skywalk would give military something to give to them to prove that they were up there. But he stamped it for me anyhow.
Travis Michalowski | Jul 14, 2018
This is probably the best way to see Boston. You don't see the overall beauty when walking the streets below. This is the tallest building, for now, in Boston. There are informational signs on the walls giving you a history lesson of Boston. Highly recommend you visit this place.
Jeremy Conley | Aug 16, 2018
I am giving the Skywalk a 3 star rating (neither please nor displeased). The tickets are $20 per adult. For $20, you get a view of the Boston area. Now the view was great, but not for the price giving we spent less than 30 minutes at the Skywalk. Boston has a lot more to offer and other ways to see the city. For me, it was a been there, done that, not going to do it again kind of thing.
Fab A | Aug 9, 2018
Great exhibit about how American history -- especially Boston and New England history -- is built on immigration. The interactive game show is fun to participate in, but I could do a smidge less of the computer-generated and salsa-dancing "Rosa Maria" that plays along with visitors. If that was mariachi music playing in the background during her introduction, I think there might be a racial stereotyping issue. Regardless, more people should check out this exhibit, as well the spectacular view of the city. I really hope more people would be enlightened despite the dominant hatred, ignorance and reptilian politics of our current national landscape.
Luna K | Jul 15, 2018
The Skywalk Observatory was a once in a lifetime experience. I say once and a lifetime for two reasons which I promise this review will cover below. For starters, let's talk about the entrance fee of $20 for adults and $16 for university students. Granted the fee does include the movie theater and the audio tour, it is still entirely too much. Neither one of those add-ons truly justifies the fee and I certainly believe the fee is preventing people from experiencing Boston from above. Now that the awkward money talk is out of the way, let's talk about what did good well. It was delightful to see so much of Boston with a 45 minute span! The day wasn't very cloudy for us so I got some good shots to send to friends and family. Additionally, the snarky immigration comments brought much needed perspective on the significance of diversity throughout Boston and our great nation as a whole. Overall this was a cool item to check off my Boston to-do list.
Pedro Reis | Aug 5, 2018
Awesome place to learn some of the best historical places to check in Boston. Strongly advise the visit! The view is amazing! It is a bit pricey so I suggest you visit it using a boston pass
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