|Venue name:||Prudential Center & Tower|
800 Boylston Street
between Dalton & Exeter Streets
|Opening hours:||Open Skywalk Observatory Mar-Oct 10am-9.30pm daily. Nov-Feb 10am-8pm daily. Shops 10am-9pm Mon-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Copley, Hynes or Prudential T .|
|Price:||Admission Skywalk Observatory $11; $7.50-$9 reductions.|
A standard-issue shopping mall plus office complex hybrid, the Pru, as it's commonly known, is frequented by local workers and tourists alike. The mall forms the base for the 52-story tower above. Since the closure of the John Hancock observatory deck, the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor has been Boston's lone skyscraper viewing point. The glassed-in walkway offers a 360-degree perspective from a height of 750 feet; on a clear day, you can see as far as 80 miles in any direction, and two audio tours, picking out historical sites, are available. The classic Top of the Hub Restaurant & Lounge, two floors up, is recommended more for the fabulous view than for the food.