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Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

1. Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

Spend more time sightseeing and less time traveling with a fast ferry ticket to Salem from Boston, or vice versa. Available as a 1-way or round-trip option, the hassle free journey takes a relaxing hour each way. Hop aboard at Boston’s Long Wharf, and in less than an hour you’ll be museum hopping and sampling the specialties of local chefs in Salem’s quaint neighborhoods. Discover unique boutiques for shopping and more. If you are staying in Salem but want to explore Boston, the fast ferry can speed you to Beantown in no time. Upon arrival, take a cruise along the Charles River, see all the monuments from the birth of America, or go for a walk on Boston Common. Forget the hassle of driving, finding a parking place, and driving back after a long day sightseeing and shopping. Let the ferry take the frustration out of your day. This service is seasonal and operates from May to October. Departure Times (schedule subject to change) May 14–October 31 2022 Round trip daily Boston-Salem-Boston: • From Boston: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM • From Salem: 4:00 PM One way daily: • From Boston: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM • From Salem: 7:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM June 23–October 31 2022 - extra ferries are as follows: One way: • From Boston: 8:30 PM only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays• From Salem: 7:00 PM only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Boston: Summer Nights Sunset Trolley Tour

2. Boston: Summer Nights Sunset Trolley Tour

Discover Boston’s illustrious story aboard Old Town Trolley on this exciting new sunset tour. Watch the city skyline fade into the night over the Charles River. See the moonlight light up Boston’s cobblestone streets and colonial architecture as guides show you the city’s most iconic locations. Take in all the picturesque scenery as you pass by iconic locations such as the North End, Boston Harbor, the Boston Commons, the Massachusetts State House, Boston Public Library, the Bunker Hill Bridge, TD Garden, the Museum of Science, Trinity Church, John Hancock Tower, and Cambridge. Discover the rich history of America’s Cradle of Liberty on this 90-minute tour. Witness history come to life as soft music and lively narration set the stage for a beautiful sunset over the Charles River.

From Boston: Guided Bike Tour of Cambridge

3. From Boston: Guided Bike Tour of Cambridge

Renowned as one of America’s most bicycle-friendly cities, experience the atmosphere and appeal of Cambridge during a 2.5-hour guided bike tour. Known as “Boston’s Left Bank,” Cambridge is a hotspot of the arts and home to MIT and Harvard University.  Begin this experience by meeting your  guide at the designated meeting point. Here pick up your helmet, water, and your bicycle or electric bike that will take you from Boston over the Charles River and into Cambridge.  From the cycling paths on the Charles River to the booming industry of Kendall Square, this tour shows you the most exciting and vibrant parts of Cambridge. You will visit some of Cambridge's most popular sites such as Harvard Square, The Stata Center, Longfellow Bridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Charles River with views of the Boston Skyline.

From NYC: Private Boston & Woodbury Common Outlets Tour

4. From NYC: Private Boston & Woodbury Common Outlets Tour

Get picked up early in the morning at a location of your choice between Lower Manhattan and 125th St. Meet your professional bilingual guide, then drive for approximately 4.5 hours to one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded in 1630, Boston was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution. Make your first stop at Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, take a short guided walk through the institution. Look over toward MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) before crossing the Charles River on your way to the house of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest baseball park in major league baseball: Fenway Park. The next stop is the Boston Common, the first public park in the United States. From there, let your guide lead you to several historic sites included on the Freedom Trail, and learn the history and significance of places like the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Street, the Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, and the Old North Church. End your Boston tour with free time to explore, shop, and have lunch at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. After, board your comfortable motorcoach for a 3-hour drive to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, which features 250 of the most sought-after, high-end designer brands including Armani, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Coach, Nike, North Face, Abercrombie, Adidas, Fendi, and Michael Kors. Enjoy plenty of time to shop before returning to New York.

Boston: Back Bay History and Culture Private Walking Tour

5. Boston: Back Bay History and Culture Private Walking Tour

Take a private walking tour of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood and learn about its history and culture. Enjoy beautiful views as you walk along the Charles River passing the area's trendy cafes, designer boutiques, and art galleries. Get picked up at a location of your choice in central Boston and head out to Back Bay to begin your tour. Let your guide create an itinerary that suits your interests or provide your own suggestions in this customizable private tour. Wander down charming streets flanked by elegant Victorian homes. Enjoy window shopping on the eclectic Newbury Street. Stroll along the Charles River and the esplanade while taking in views of Boston. Visit a historic church dating back to the 1800s. Choose a longer tour and you can take your time exploring the local side of Back Bay. Check out cozy bookstores and chic boutiques, stop for lunch or coffee at one of the many local restaurants, and see more of the area's historical architecture.

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What people are saying about Charles River

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4.7 / 5

based on 59 reviews

Very nice way to see Boston. To do at the beginning of your visit to Boston because the guide gives plenty of suggestions of things to visit and restaurants to try. The view is magnificent at sunset.

Our tour guide, Hambone, was phenomenal. He pointed out many sites and used different songs that added to the experience. He was very knowledgeable about Boston and answered questions easily.

What an amazing trip... the staff was courteous and helpful. Loved the historical tour!!

Lovely informative ferry ride and Salem is interesting for a few hours

Sat at the front of the ferry. Super fun and informative.