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Boston enchants with its cosmopolitan elegance and European flair. It's the place to stroll down American history lane and enjoy a day with seven innings at the nation's oldest major league ballpark. Fancy some arts and science? The city can arrange that, too.

Boston Common

Opened in 1634, the Common is the oldest city park in the US It was once a cow pasture, a camp for British soldiers during the Revolutionary War, and a place for public hangings.

Freedom Trail

For a great lesson in US history, follow the 2.5-mile trail that leads to 16 historical sites, such as Paul Revere House, and learn the impact they had in the American Revolution.

Paul Revere House

Visit the home of the man who warned of approaching British forces prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. The residence is also the oldest structure in downtown.

Faneuil Hall

Originally built as a commerce center by Peter Faneuil, it later became the site where colonialists first gathered in 1764 to protest against the Sugar and Stamp Acts.

USS Constitution

A crew member exclaimed that British cannon balls were bouncing off the sides of the ship during a battle in the War of 1812. The nickname "Old Ironsides" has stuck ever since.

Franklin Park Zoo

A highlight at the zoo is the Giraffe Encounter. The 30-minute experience lets visitors feed Beau, a friendly, 14-year-old Masai giraffe that loves his butternut squash.

New England Aquarium

Eight exhibits range from the Amazon, including an anaconda, to crystalline waters of Pacific Reefs. Don't miss out on amazing, 3-D films about the creatures of the deep, either.

Museum of Science

The MoS has been sharing natural history and science since 1830. From biology, to dinosaurs, to light and color, it's the perfect environment to indulge all the five senses.

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Fine Arts Museum

The collection is made up of art from around the world, including drawings by Picasso, plus 1,100 instruments and 27,000 examples of exquisite textile work.

Fenway Park

It's been home to the Red Sox since 1912 and is the oldest ballpark in MLB. The "Lone Red Seat" in the right-field bleachers marks Ted William's longest home run at the park.

Planning Your Boston Visit

Freedom Trail Tour

A 90-minute guided tour starts daily on the half hour from 10:30AM-3:30PM (May-Nov.) and departs from Faneuil Hall ArtsBoston Bostix booth. Alternatively, tours begin daily every hour on the hour from 11:00AM-4:00PM (April-Nov.) and depart from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center.
Price: Book in advance online and pay $13 (adult) and $7.50 (children 6-12), which includes a $1 donation to the Preservation Fund.

Fenway Park Tour

The ballpark offers various packaged tours. For a 60-minute guided Public Tour, purchase tickets at Gate D ticket booth on the day you would like to visit. Tours take places on the hour from 9:00AM-5:00PM. When it's a game day, the last tour takes place 3 hours prior to game time.
Admission is $18 (adult), $12 (children 3-15). All tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Location: 4 Yawkey Way

Zoo and Aquarium opening hours and tickets

The Zoo is open weekdays from 10:00AM-5:00PM and weekends and holidays from 10:00AM-6:00PM (summer schedule: April 1 - September 30). Price is $19.95 (adult). It's $5 per person for the ""Giraffe Encounter"" (times: 11:00AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM and each limited to 15 people). Location: 1 Franklin Park Road
The Aquarium is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM. Admission is $26.95, $31.95 with IMAX. Purchase tickets online and skip the wait in line. Location: 1 Central Wharf

MoS and Fine Arts Museum opening hours and tickets

MoS is open from 9:00AM-5:00PM Saturday - Thursday and Fridays from 9:00AM-9:00PM (Jan. 1 - July 4; Sep. 9 - Dec. 31); Saturday - Thursday from 9:00AM-7:00PM and Fridays from 9:00AM-9:00PM (July 5 - Sep. 7). Price is $23 (adult). Location: 1 Science Park
Fine Arts Museum is open from Monday - Tuesday from 10:00AM-4:45PM; Wednesday - Friday from 10:00AM-9:45PM; Saturday - Sunday from 10:00AM-4:45PM. Admission is $25 (adult). Location: 465 Huntington Ave.

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    To avoid the winter chill, and possible snowstorms, visit Boston between June and November, when the temperatures are mild and you can go to an outdoor festival or enjoy a baseball game.

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What people are saying about Boston

Great way to see some of the history of Boston

Had a great time on the cruise. It is a great way to see some of the history of Boston and it's surrounding islands. The narration was very well done and informative. We went in February so there were no crowds at all which I prefer.

Boston 90-Minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Kyler, 02/12/2018

Great way to get your bearings in a fantastic city!

Did this our first morning in Boston. Alan was informative and friendly, and the tour was exactly what we needed to learn the general background of the city and see some of the main sights. We were then able to revisit some of them at our leisure. This tour was a great start to the trip.

Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour Reviewed by Gillian, 02/06/2018

Great to see a different view of the habit and cityscape.

Great information. The things we were told were not repeated anywhere else. Very informative and enjoyable.

Boston 90-Minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Bradley, 11/14/2017

A nice ride! Comfortable and informative.

Great ride! Some nice history info given by the captain upon departure but not too much. Great seating, grab an inside booth in the fall! Brrrr! A little tricky to get to the boat from the ticket booth with the whale on top. Walk ALL THE WAY through the hotel when they tell you to go that way. The next booth to turn your voucher into an actual ticket, and the boat itself is on the other side.

Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets Reviewed by bridget, 11/05/2017

Really smooth sailing on a very well equipped boat with friendly staff

Lovely smooth boat ride over, interesting commentary and lovely staff and food. Couldn't ask for more