After a leisurely extended weekend back in New Jersey visiting with family and friends, I had planned a quiet Sunday at home. Reading. Television. Netflix. Cleaning my apartment. Grocery shopping. More reading. More television. Repeat. I managed to relax until 11:00 am, when my wanderlust got the better of me. Despite having just driven 700 miles between Wednesday and Saturday, I was in the mood to hit the road again and see what else New England has to show me. This time, it was to an observation deck 50 stories above the ground with a commanding view of Boston and its surroundings. Add in a visit to an old “home,” a gorgeous library, and a perfect summer day, and we had the making of a wonderful adventure.
Completed in 1964, the Prudential Tower is one of two major skyscrapers in Boston. The 77th tallest skyscraper in the United States, the Prudential Tower (or the “Pru,” as the locals would say) is located in the Back Bay neighborhood. Located on the 50th floor of the Pru, the Skywalk Observatory offers a 360-degree panorama of Boston. A restaurant on the 52nd floor, Top of the Hub, gives you the same view while you eat gourmet cuisine. “The Hub” is one of Boston’s nicknames, given to it by poet, doctor, and Harvard professor Oliver Wendell Holmes, who called Boston “the hub of the solar system.”
The Skywalk Observatory is open year-round, typically from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. An adult ticket is $17, children ages 3-12 are $11, seniors 62+ are $13, students with ID are $13, and toddlers can enter for free. Active duty personnel can enter for free, and owing to my membership in a professional organization for my job, I also paid nothing to tour the Skywalk today. Boston Public Library is free to enter and is open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday. For only the price of parking, I was able to tour two amazing sites and spend a beautiful day in the city. If you are in Boston for the first time, the Skywalk Observatory is a great way to orient yourself to the city. Boston Public Library is an amazing building, and worthy of a visit. Thanks for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead.