Frequently Asked Questions About Cycleboat
Please contact us with any questions you can’t find the answers to here!
Q: Where does the tour start and how can I get there?
A: Our cruises depart from a few different locations, so if you are unsure, please check your email ticket. Our daily public tours depart from the Pier 6 Restaurant Dock. By public transportation, pier 6 is a 5 minute Uber/Taxi ride or a pleasant 15minute walk along the freedom trail through the Navy Yard National Park from the North Station T (green and orange lines) and Commuter Rail Station. You can also take the MBTA water shuttle from Long Wharf (Downtown) to Navy Yard Pier 4 (next to Pier 6) which departs every 30 min departs on the hour and half hour. Water Taxi connections to Pier 6 are available from many Boston Harbor locations.
If you are driving, Pier 6 parking lot fills up early. We recommend the Flagship Wharf parking garage, it’s less expensive and next to pier 6. There is also some street parking available with no time limit on weekends.
Another common departure point is Independence Wharf in the Seaport in front of the Intercontinental Hotel. You can navigate to the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Seaport Boulevard, walk towards the water and you’ll see us. If you are taking public transportation, we are a 5 minute walk from the Red Line South Station, 10 minute walk from the Blue Line Aquarium Station along the beautiful Harbor Walk or a 15 minute walk from the Green Line Government Center stop. If you are driving we recommend the Channelside Parking lot on weekends and the Independence Wharf Parking Lot for proximity.
Q: Do I have to pedal?
A: No! The captain can raise or lower the paddle wheel to reduce the resistance, making the pedaling easier (just like lowering the gear on a bicycle!) Since everyone works as a team, you don’t have to pedal the whole time. Most people take turns and have fun pedaling or just cruising. The captain can also supplement your group’s pedal power with the outboard motor.
Q: What should I wear or bring?
A: It’s unlikely you’ll get wet, but small splashes could happen. Dress for comfort outside, it can be a little windier or cooler on the harbor, so we do recommend an extra layer especially for evening tours. Sunglasses and hats are great but you will be seated under a large canopy shielding direct sun and rain. No need to bring a cooler as we provide an Ice Chest on board.
Q: Can I bring food and drink?
A: Sure! You can bring snacks, beer, wine, water and soft drinks on the tour. No hard alcohol/liquor is permitted. We provide ice in chests mounted between the pedaling stations.
Q: Is there a bathroom?
A: There is not a bathroom on the boat. We strongly encourage you to use the bathroom before your tour starts.
Q: What is your Cancellation Policy?
A: If we cancel a trip due to weather, you will either be rescheduled at your convenience or refunded 100%. Cancellations less than 48hrs in advance can not be refunded. Prior to 48hrs in advance can be rescheduled or refunded less a 10% administrative fee.
Q: Can Kids come on the boat?
A: Yes! Kids 6 and up can join any cruise. Please keep in mind that anyone is invited to bring their own alcoholic beverages on public tours. There is no minimum age for private charters, just let us know in advance so we can make sure to have appropriate lifejackets on board in case of an emergency
Private Cycleboat Pickup and Drop Off Options
Our normal Cycleboat tours are 1.5 hours in length and depart from the Pier 6 Restaurant Dock in Charlestown (Boston.) We would be happy to customize the length of your cruise and can offer many other pick up and drop off locations on the Boston Harbor or Charles River. (Fee adjustments may apply)
Combine your Boston Harbour tour with lunch or dinner! We can pick you up or drop you off at the Barking Crab Restaurant in Fort Point Channel or for fancier fare we recommend the Reel House Restaurant in East Boston and The Pier 6 Restaurant which is has a casual atmosphere and magnificent Boston skyline views.
Popular departure locations include:
- The Barking Crab restaurant, Independence Wharf, or the Moakley Courthouse Docks in the Seaport
- Reel House or Clippership Wharf in East Boston
- North End Harborwalk
- Encore Casino
- Kendall Square, Cambridge on the Charles River
Talk to us about custom cycleboat routes and pick up and drop off points. Private boat charters fit up to 16 people.
We’d love to help you set up a private booking! Fill out the form and let us know your preferred date and time. Please be in touch with any questions!
Waltham, MA 02453
We'd love to help you set up a private booking! You can reserve any tour with 16 spots available on the schedule (chose the discounted "full boat" price) or contact us with a preferred date, time, and departure location. Please be in touch with any questions!
CYCLEBOAT BOSTON, LLC