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Boston's Custom House

... a bird's eye view of cities and towns in and around Boston.

by Debbi Collar


Custom House Tower in Boston and a "Boston Strong" monument at City Hall Plaza

Four friends recently went out for another adventure. Our mission - a long awaited
journey to the top of The Custom House in Boston. It was a created adventure for us from
our watching Channel 5's TV program "Chronicle." The 496 foot clock tower was once the
tallest building in Boston. Now, it houses a Marriott Vacation Club Resort/Time Share and
is also home to a Peregrine Falcon family. A family of falcons has been there for nearly
20 years. Our hopes were to observe the falcons, who were nesting on the 29th floor.

Unfortunately, the observation deck was on floor 26. It held a wealth of information
about the falcons. Technical difficulties, though, marred the otherwise earthcamelive
videotape of the feathered guests residing on the 29th floor. Despite our disappointment
with our falcon watch part of the tour, part of the $5.00 observation deck tour, the
views were tremendous from high above this historic city. Tours are Monday-Thursday only
twice a day. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk. Chairs and tables are also set
out on the observation deck for visitors to sit back, relax, enjoy the views of the city
below, and after 6 o'clock, drinks from the bar below, both non alcoholic and alcoholic
can be brought up to the observation deck.


Sit back and relax on the observation deck chairs while taking in views of Boston's
waterway


As the wind lashed out at us, we continued exploring and taking photographs from all
angles of the observation deck.  


A bird's eye view of Boston from The Custom House Tower. The photo on the left focuses
on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the photograph to the far right, the Old North Church.


Inside, on the 26th floor, there were historic photographs of the city's past along with
explanations of the photographs. Other photographs included facts about the peregrine
falcons families.

There are many ways to travel into the heart of Boston, for those of us who are unable to
fly. Consider taking a commuter boat, the commuter rail, trains or buses.



The Leonard Zakim Bridge photographed from the observation deck of The Custom House
and view of the city's waterway


Should you not be able to take this worthwhile journey, earthcam live cameras have been
set up to focus on the falcons. At the time of this writing, the fledglings have not
hatched.

Just type "earthcamlive.Boston/Custom House Falcon Nest"into your search engine.


May 5, 2017




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