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View Boston Opens in Beantown

Unparalleled views, tasty cocktails, and elevated bites abound atop one of New England’s tallest buildings

By Madeline Fuerstenberg

View Boston
View Boston, a three-floor observatory, combines fine dining and education with breathtaking views of the historic city. || Courtesy of View Boston

View Boston, an observatory encompassing the top three floors of the Prudential Tower in Boston, Massachusetts, officially opened its doors to the public in June. At 59,000 square feet, locals and tourists alike may enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city spanning 33 miles, try something tasty at the Stratus cocktail bar or The Beacon Bistro, view interactive state-of-the-art immersive exhibits that showcase the city’s many neighborhoods and cultural landmarks, and much more.

“We are thrilled to share this remarkable experience with everyone who wants to explore the beauty and diversity of our incredible city,” says Bryan Koop, executive vice president for BXP’s Boston Region. “We believe that View Boston will become a must-visit attraction for tourists and a favorite spot for locals to gather and celebrate special moments.”

View Boston peaks at the Prudential Tower’s 52nd floor, known as The View, which features 24-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and uninterrupted views of Boston’s skyline. There, visitors can use digital maps called Virtual Viewers to zoom in on various points of interest. A floor down, called The Cloud Terrace, the space is perfect for photo-ops on the 360-degree open-air roof deck, which boasts an indoor-outdoor cocktail bar where guests can enjoy seasonally inspired craft cocktails and shareable small plates. On the 50th floor, The City, interactive exhibits include a 3D projection of the city, an immersive theater, and touchscreen technology for exploring various neighborhoods, attractions, landmarks, and restaurants. The Beacon, featuring a menu of regionally inspired dishes, is also located on this level—as is Studio 50, a private dining space.

“We are excited to officially open View Boston’s doors and allow guests to embark on an exciting journey through the city,” says Justin Rink, general manager of View Boston. “Our teams have worked tirelessly to develop an experience like no other, and we are grateful for their hard work and dedication. We invite both locals and visitors to experience the city in a whole new way and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Admission to View Boston ranges from $34.99 to $54.99. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Guests can purchase tickets and making dining reservations online. Stratus hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The Beacon operates daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.