John Hancock Tower
John Hancock Tower
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This striking I.M. Pei edifice, famous for its beauty and infamous for falling glass panes, is Boston's tallest building. After terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the popular 60th-floor observatory was permanently closed due to security concerns.
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Neighbourhood: Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
How to get there
  • Back Bay • 3 min walk
  • East Berkeley St • 3 min walk
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David-Kevin B
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Although it has been rechristened with the lackluster moniker, 200 Clarendon Street, the minimalist building, characterized by windows of blue glass, will always be The John Hancock Tower.  The building, designed by the world-renowned firm of I. M. Pei & Partners, achieved that rare feat of becoming instantly iconic and singularly defined Boston's skyline. Depending on the weather, season of the year and time of day, the building itself disappears against bright blue skies while simultaneously reflecting the buildings and neighbourhoods surrounding her base.
Written 9 February 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,173 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This mid-century skyscraper has long been the tallest building in this part of town and thus a landmark, but frankly, the style is boring and uninteresting and thus you will not want to visit.
Written 4 May 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This huge skyscraper certainly sticks out on the skyline as there is nothing quite as high nearby. Does not have a lot of character and has never been given much love by the locals. You can see it from all over.
Written 24 June 2020
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tobibetnolan
Williams Bay, WI26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The elevator to the 95th floor is quick. The staff is nice, great view, great place to get a drink. Must get a pic in the ladies bathroom
Written 26 February 2020
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Lorry
Cambridge, MA329 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Largest skyscraper in the Boston but no observation deck. Good point for direction but not much else you can do at this tower. Some posters seem to be confusing this Hancock tower in Boston with the Chicago one which does have an observation deck for tourists.
Written 14 October 2019
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Brian J
Long Island, NY1,020 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
we had a few extra hours on a Sunday and decided to go. the views were terrific! we did the"tilt" and while it was very exciting, it was incredibly quick.
Written 11 August 2019
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BeeVale
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
While the view is absolutely amazing and the audio tour very informative and interesting, along with the other interactive parts of the exhibit (game show & dramatic actors video), the cost is quite high. I paid around $72 for entry for 4 people. I don't understand why it's so expensive. There were 2 employees at the ticket booth taking payment & handing out the audio devices, but other than that, it is all self-guided.
Written 29 July 2019
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Michael C
Chester, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Although the drinks are expensive it's worth a visit and avoid the cost of the observation deck. You might have to queue, so go after lunch and before early evening.
Written 15 July 2019
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manson2017
Manila, Philippines4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
The view in John Hancock Tower is magnificent. My husband & I enjoyed the delicious food in the penthouse restaurant. The waiters were all accommodating & kind. My husband & I had a great time watching the sunset & the sea bay area. Its truly a romantic place for couples.
Written 21 April 2019
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY15,091 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The John Hancock Tower is a sleek and shiny 60-story, 790-foot skyscraper in Boston. You can see it across the sky line.
Written 4 March 2019
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