4 water tours to explore Boston when it's too hot to walk around

This much is obvious: it’s hot in Boston. Whether you’re a tourist who wants to soak up the city without sweating it out on the sidewalks or a local who is just fed up with getting through the heat by hiding indoors, head over to the boats and enjoy Boston from the water with these tours.

Do you consider yourself an architecture fan (or an architecture fan in training)? Check out this 90 minute trip narrated by a nonprofit guide Boston on foot. Guides tailor tours to their specific groups and offer architectural facts, anecdotes, and even pop culture references the historical and contemporary architecture that defines Boston.

(Daily until September 3rd and on weekends until October 28th; reservation recommended; The tours start at Lechmere Canal Park on CambridgeSide. tTicket and planning information can be found here Here)

Hop on a DUCK, a WWII-style amphibious lander, to paddle the city’s streets and waters. “ConDUCKtors” provide colorful commentary as you pass popular Boston locations. Named one of the Top 10 experiences in the USAAccording to TripAdvisor users, the Boston Duck Tours take approximately 80 minutes.

(Daily through November 25; departures from Prudential Center, Museum of Science, and New England Aquarium; Reservations recommended; Ticket and appointment information can be found here Here)

Get on a ferry For a history lesson, stop by the Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill Monument, and Old North Church on this drive to the Charlestown Navy Yard. There you will have the opportunity to disembark to take a closer look at the USS Constitution, also known as the “Old Ironsides” The world’s oldest in service warship that is afloat.

(Every hour until November 18, although the USS Constitution is closed on Mondays; boats depart from Long Wharf; reservations recommended; see ticket and scheduling information Here)

It’s whale watching season in New England, and you can take a 3-hour cruise with naturalists from the New England Aquarium Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary looking for whales. Those aboard Boston Harbor Cruises’ custom whale-watching catamarans will have the opportunity to spot humpback whales, finbacks, minks, pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales, according to BHC website.

(Daily through November 18; boats depart from Long Wharf; reservations recommended; ticket and scheduling information can be found here Here)