New England’s cultural and financial centre, Boston is a sight to behold from ground level, but perhaps even more impressive from up high in the sky.
With their wrap-around windows and ability to fly at low altitude compared with planes, helicopters offer a truly unique vantage point for seeing a city and its surroundings. In Boston there are a glut of great views to be enjoyed, from the city’s 18th and 19th-century Federal-style buildings, to its glistening skyscrapers, to its bustling harbour. We’ve picked out 3 of the best Boston helicopter tours currently available.
Helicopter Tour with Options
This tour package offers thrill-seekers the chance to choose between three different experiences: a 30-minute city tour, the same tour but with the thrill of having the helicopter doors off as you fly, and an extended 45-minute tour that adds on extra time so you can soar over Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, an urban oasis close to the city centre. During the city leg of the tour, you’ll get to peer down at iconic landmarks such as the Prudential Tower, Fenway Park, MIT, Harvard University, and Harvard Square. Tours depart from and return back at the conveniently located Norwood Memorial Airport. From $268 per person.
Boston Executive Helicopters Tour
Operated by Boston Executive Helicopters, who run tours and on-demand charter services across New England, you can pick from a range of destinations for your adventure in the sky. On arrival, guests are transported to one of their spacious, comfortable, luxurious and climate-controlled turbine-powered helicopters at Norwood Municipal Airport, around 20 miles south of downtown Boston. You’ll then board your helicopter complete with noise-cancelling headsets, custom leather seating and interiors, then sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Boston Executive Helicopters will fly you anywhere in the region and are able to provide custom quotes. 25-30 minute tours of Boston from $599 per group in a single-engine helicopter (up to 4 people), and $899 for 20 minute tours in a twin-engine helicopter (up to 5 people).
Night Helicopter Tour
Boston from above is a sight to behold at any time of day, but is perhaps at its most striking after dark. This 45-minute night tour takes you over the city with bright glowing lights shining from every street and the skyline lit up. Whether you’re marking a special occasion or seeking a truly immersive experience, this tour promises to transcend the ordinary. The tour price includes free parking, your personalised helicopter ride with a highly-skilled pilot, an opportunity for photos before, during, and after the flight, and complimentary post-flight snacks and beverages in the lounge. There are also several optional add-ons including gift boxes, Go-Pro videos to capture and relive your flight, and a VIP Luxury Experience package during which every detail is taken care of for you. From $299 per person.
By Paul Joseph