Top attractions in Boston
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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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This was a fantastic tour! My husband and I took the tour with our two kids, age 6 and 14. It was enjoyed by all! The tour guide was informative and gave a good history of the ballpark. We even got to go inside and sit in the Press Box! I would advise others that there was a moderate amount of walking (roughly one mile) including some stairs inside the stadium. They did offer an elevator for those who needed it. My only complaint was it was a rather warm day and after all of the walking it would have been nice to have ended the tour at a concession stand or somewhere with the availability of cold drinks. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Boston. Further, can recommend the Bee Bop Irish Pub in the Fens (where a perfect stranger sketched us while we had lunch and gave us the sketch as he left!) and Beer Works across from Fenway Park for after tour drinks and a delicious giant soft pretzel.
This was an amazing whale watching cruise. We saw over 10 whales up close and personal. Several in the distance. I would highly recommend this tour. They guarantee whale sightings and will give you a free cruise ticket that never expires if you don’t see a whale. They drive you out to a protected area 1 1/2 hours out. You watch for whales in this protected area for an hour. Then another hour and a half back. It could last 3-4 hours depending on how long it takes to find them. You could see the sprays in the distance of the humpbacks. Three huge humpbacks surfaced within a few feet from us and lazily took in air and you could see their blow holes so well. Then they dove down. What an incredible experience! There is a great guide from the New England Aquarium on board keeping you posted on where to look.
What a wonderful experience! First I was running a little late after taking the subway and walking to the bus. Someone from the tour called me to see if I was still coming and directed me so I was able to arrive in a timely manner and find my way. Thank you for that!!! Our guide Sam was so knowledgeable and fun to listen to. He is a very amazing man and I am grateful to have experienced this tour with him as guide. I was very taken with the beauty of the area. I love the Alcott House tour and the Lexington and Concord area. I love history and Sam filled in all the blanks and then some! If you are looking for a tour of Boston and the surrounding area this is the best one to do. Sam makes you want it to never end and to come back soon and when you do say "hi" to Sam for me!!
Everything about this sunset sail was wonderful. We had great weather. The boat was beautiful and the crew was super friendly. They even had blankets for us when it got a little chilly. Beverages were available for purchase and some passengers had brought picnics with them, which looked fun. There were about 30 people on our cruise so it was not crowded and there was ample seating. We would go again!
The Boston Duck Tour is a must. Our guide had us laughing for an hour and a half while learning fun facts about Boston. This is a "must do" if you visit Boston. Don't miss a chance to see the sights & get a feel for where you might want to go to see more of what Boston's all about. Double Thumbs-up for the Duck Tours!!