The Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory is located on the building's 50th floor. The tower is also known as "the Pru" to locals and is the second-tallest building in Boston behind John Hancock Tower. The Skywalk Observatory is the tallest open-to-the-public observation deck, as John Hancock Tower’s has been closed since Sept. 11, 2001.
Enjoy 360-degree views from the Skywalk Observatory, and if it’s your first time in Boston, be sure to grab the Acoustiguide audio tour headphones, as the guide details the city’s main points of interest. In addition to English, the audio tour is available in French Canadian and Japanese.
The first floor houses the Shops at Prudential Center, where anchor stores include Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. There are over 75 specialty retailers and even a functioning Roman Catholic Church as well. St. Francis Chapel is staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and is located inside the shopping center.
While you are up at the Observatory, head two more floors up to the Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge on the 52nd floor for spectacular views.
The Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory is open daily and closes earlier in the winter. Be sure to check the official calendar, as the observatory does close for private events. Note that months like July and August can be hazy, especially in the afternoon. It’s best to arrive late in the afternoon and hope for a good sunset view. If you plan to visit the Top of the Hub Restaurant without a reservation, you may find yourself stuck at the bar. It’s a pricey stop for dinner, but the set lunch menu is a pretty good deal.