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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.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    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 Experience! Cannot get this info by walking on your own!

Jeremiah provided a fun & educational tour for our group on the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere's death. In spite of the group's large size, he projected his voice & kept us together. His mix of humor and historical detail was very entertaining for all ages. Later in our trip my husband and I went back to some of the places we had visited for a closer look. Do not hesitate to sign up for this tour. We learned a lot while having fun.

Boston's Freedom Trail Walk Into History® Tour Reviewed by Susan, 05/19/2018

Foodie tour with a healthy serving of history!

A very well done tour, from the size of the group to the selection of food to the historic sites along the way. Start with lobster rolls and end with cannolis. Perfect! The guide was organized, knowledgeable and fun.

Boston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour Reviewed by Julia, 05/13/2018

My son and I had a great time on this tour, Awesome Morning!!

The tour guide, I forget his name, was awesome!! Great personality, big guy with puple beard. He made my son's day by letting him drive the duck boat while on the Charles River, the day before his birthday. Awesome tour, Awesome Guide, and great driver. My son had a great tour, which is great because he wanted to do this tour and it really made his day!!

Boston Duck Tour: The Original and World-Famous Reviewed by Joseph, 04/23/2018

Professional and fun, all at the same time

Very interesting walk around the freedom trail with our guide, Hannah Mather Crocker. Full of facts and stories to hold our attention.

Boston's Freedom Trail Walk Into History® Tour Reviewed by Angela, 04/14/2018

Great tour with so much information and beautiful sights of the campus

The tour guide Austin was absolutely amazing!!!! He answered all our questions and gave us so much information about each stop we made. It was a great day.

Public Tour of MIT Reviewed by Nicolette, 04/12/2018