I'm looking for a place to take pictures of Boston, esp. Back Bay's brownstones. What is a good place to have a bird's eye view of Boston? Some place free and open to tourists would be great!

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A great place to have a bird's eye view of Boston is the Skywalk Observatory. It is located at the top of the Prudential Center. Please find the link below:


It is not free but it isn't too expensive and open to the public

Ticket Prices:
Adults $19.00
Seniors $15.00
Children under 12 $13.00
Student with college ID $15.00

  • Skywalk observatory is permanently closed as of Spring 2020, so this is no longer an option. A new observation area may reopen in the future, but is not guaranteed.
    – Andrew Ray
    May 28, 2021 at 20:22

The Prudential center is a great place to see it. Directly above the observatory is the bar Top of the Hub
You can go up without any charge and buy a drink at the bar and walk around and enjoy the views.

Here's a picture I quickly snapped on my phone from last year at the Top of the Hub bar: enter image description here

  • Top of the Hub is also permanently closed as of Spring 2020, so this isn't an option anymore either.
    – Andrew Ray
    May 28, 2021 at 20:23

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