Let’s face it. Panoramic, sweeping views often come with a price tag in Boston and any other city. Take the Top of the Hub, for example. It’s got perhaps the best view in Boston that you could ask for, but the food is mediocre and the prices are hefty. If you’re looking for some beautiful views that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, look no further than the Observation Deck at Independence Wharf.
This 14-story outlook has some stunning views of Boston Harbor, the Seaport, Fort Point, the Tea Party Museum, Atlantic Ave, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Plus it simply towers over the Lookout Rooftop’s measly 6th-floor view just across the channel at the Envoy Hotel (this view is admittedly very nice but the bar is hard to get into and has hotel prices).
There aren’t any frills at the Observation Deck (no benches, refreshments, etc.), but I suppose that’s why it’s free. Enter the Independence Wharf building (just next to the Intercontinental Hotel), and go to the front desk where they’ll check your ID. Then take the elevators to the 14th floor, follow the signs, and you’re there! There’s a binocular stand to help you enjoy the views from the deck, which spans the entire length of the building — from Atlantic Ave all the way to the channel in the back.
Make sure to hop on Instagram and post those beautiful pictures! Otherwise, did you even actually go there?