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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Ellie was attentive and aware of each one of us as individuals and the ‘group’. On a Rainy cool morning she observed I was getting cold. She pointed out a nice little gift shop near-by on our walk and I bought a sweatshirt. Whew. She spoke with enthusiasm and was professional and fun. The tour content was good. Combination of current interests and glorious History of the past. I am now inspired to dig a little deeper and read more about a few areas of interest in more detail. Food was fab. We went back for seconds the next day. Loved the time she took to send us the Recap of the day to tuck away in our memory stash.....and be inspired for ‘the next time’.
The trip was great and we did see some whales and dolphins!! Unfortunately as we were outside we could not hear any of the commentary at all. When we mentioned this to one of the crew they said if we wanted to listen we had to sit inside, no-one had mentioned this and a lot if us were very disappointed. Also we were not given the guide book/leaflet which again was disappointing. Having said that it was an amazing 4 hour trip which we would thoroughly recommend.
I would not go to Boston without including this tour. My wife knows little or cares little about baseball. She loved this tour. It's not the Freedom Trail but it includes a sense of Americana and this majestic, unique park should be toured. Our guide was wonderful, answered many questions and seemed to enjoy the tour as much as we did. Simply had a great time!
The guides were genuine, historically knowledgeable, included participants in discussions and allowed questions. Exceptional guides who are ruining their voices trying to speak over city noises. Most tour guides around the world have amplified microphones. The Freedom Trail tour guides deserve the same. Diane Russell, Speech-Language-Voice Pathologist
The tour hits most of the main sights with sometimes fun, sometimes annoying commentary from the drivers. The tour is reasonable value if booked online. The main criticism has to be too few buses at peak times with long waits at the stops, so you wouldn’t want to hop on & off too many times.