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Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

1. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour aboard Boston’s charming orange and green Old Town Trolley and visit more than 100 points of interest in the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to hop on or off all day and discover sights like the Boston State House, Liberty Wharf, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Take in double-decker height views while protected from the elements. The comfortable enclosed trolleys allow you to experience elevated viewing come rain, snow, or shine. Choose between 1-day and 2-day ticket options with free unlimited re-boarding. The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 14 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • Stop 1: New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Stop 2: Historic North End (Temporarily closed - The closest stops to Little Italy/North End are Stop 1 at 200 Atlantic Avenue and Stop 4 at 85 Causeway Street, both of which are a ten-minute walk to the heart of the North End.) • Stop 3: USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard • Stop 4: North Station/TD Bank Garden • Stop 5: Old State House (Temporarily moved - The temporary Stop 5 will be at 40 Water Street, one block south of the Old State House, next to Post Office Square.) * Stop 6: Beacon Hill/Antique Row • Stop 7: Cheers Bar "The Original" • Stop 8: Prudential Center/Skywalk Observatory (Temporarily closed - It is a five-minute walk to Stop 9 in front of the Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Ave.) • Stop 9: Christian Science Plaza/Symphony Hall • Stop 10: Copley Place Shopping Galleries • Stop 11: Copley Square/Trinity Church (Temporarily moved - The temporary Stop 11 will be at 500 Boylston Street, just across Clarendon Street, less than one block from the original stop location.) • Stop 12: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center • Stop 13: Boston State House/ Boston Common/Beacon Hill • Stop 14: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (discounted admission included)

Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

2. Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

Embark on a sightseeing sunset cruise on Boston harbor and soak up the views of the famous skyline. Admire city highlights, including the Inner Harbor Islands and the Boston Fish Pier.    Board an elegant sailing yacht, the ' Adirondack III.' Travel in style on a classic 80 foot pilot schooner that is comfortable and spacious. Glide smoothly over the water and have the option of purchasing a refreshing drink at the onboard bar. Admire views of the historic scenery of Boston Harbor as you pass by the Boston Fish Pier and the Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier. Capture pictures of Castle Island and the Donald McKay monument. Cruise through the Inner Harbor Islands. Step back in time as you cruise by the historic Charleston Navy Yard. Go by the lush greenery of the Waterfront Park and take in the modern architecture of buildings like the New England Aquarium. Take a selfie in front of the Boston skyline. Have your questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounding areas answered by the attentive crew. Hear facinating facts and old-time legends about the maritime world of Boston. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

3. Boston: Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Ticket

Discover Boston onboard an enchanting hop-on and hop-off trolley to see all the historic sights at your own pace. Choose from a 1-day or 2-day hop-on hop-off open-air trolley ticket, providing access to 9 stops, all conveniently located close to the city’s premier attractions. Friendly tour guides are on board, ready to narrate your tour, and you can join and end the tour at any of the stops along the route. Jump off in neighborhoods such as North End and Beacon Hill to explore further. Take the full 1-hour circuit non-stop to get a great orientation of downtown Boston or explore in your own time. Hop-on and hop-off trolley stops: • New England Aquarium - Shuttle and Ferry - Quincy Market – Faneuil Hall • Paul Revere House - Little Italy • North End - Old North Church • USS Constitution - Old Ironsides • North Station - TD Bank Garden Sports Museum • Old State House - Faneuil Hall – Boston Massacre - Government Center • Boston Common - Public Garden • State House - Beacon Hill • South Station - Convention Center - Children’s Museum

Boston: Downtown Harbor Sailing Cruise

4. Boston: Downtown Harbor Sailing Cruise

Experience Boston like never before onboard the 80-foot pilot schooner Adirondack III. Enjoy a round-trip of smooth sailing, with some invigorating speed to boot. Within minutes of leaving dock, you’ll forget the distractions of life on land as you experience the joy of a sailing adventure. Cruise past landmark attractions, such as the Boston Fish Pier, Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier, and Castle Island. Drift past the Inner Harbor Islands and see the historic Charleston Navy Yard. Look out for the green oasis of Waterfront Park and the home to hundreds of marine critters, including sharks and sea turtles, at New England Aquarium. Your knowledgeable captain and crew will be on hand to answer questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounds, from interesting facts to old-time legends. Wines and local micro beers are available to purchase onboard, while complimentary soda and water will keep you hydrated along the way.

Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 2 to 5 Attractions

5. Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 2 to 5 Attractions

Ensure a hassle-free trip with the Boston city pass that is accessible straight from your mobile phone (also available to print) and is valid for 60 days from your first visit. Save time and money compared to paying individual admission prices. Marvel at the wonders of the sea with a visit to the New England Aquarium, explore the city aboard a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or choose a Boston sunset cruise. Simply browse your digital guide for where to go next, show your pass to be scanned at the entrance or ticket office, and you're in. Choose any 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions or tours from the following: Tours and Cruises • Historic Sightseeing Cruise (April to October) • CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 1-Day Ticket (April to November) • Boston Sunset Cruise (May to September) • Fenway Park Tour • Boston Bike Rental • Boch Center Wang Theatre Tours • The Harvard Tour Museums and Places of Interest • New England Aquarium • Old State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo Ticket • Museum of Science • Harvard Museum of Natural History • Boston Children's Museum • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston • Museum of Fine Arts • Salem Witch Museum • USS Constitution Museum • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • JFK Presidential Library and Museum • Franklin Park Zoo • Peabody Essex Museum • Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions.

Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

6. Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Continue to Cape Cod and see its quintessential lighthouses and sandy beaches. As you drive, learn more about the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse, First Encounter Beach, Marconi Station, and more.

Boston: TV and Movie Filming Sites Private Tour

7. Boston: TV and Movie Filming Sites Private Tour

Drive around Boston on a private tour of popular filming locations for the biggest TV shows and movies. Visit cultural sites like Beacon Hill, Fenway Park, New England Aquarium, and Copley Square and discover the reason they’re featured so frequently on screens big and small. Meet your guide in the picturesque neighborhood of Beacon Hill, lined with cobble-stoned streets and Victorian-era buildings. Explore the larger downtown area to see where 8,000 windows exploded in a single stunt in Blown Away. See Copley Square, also featured in Blown Away, and the Boston Public Library, a common location for Boston-based movies, before heading north to Charlestown. Ride through the neighborhood where the dramatic chase in The Town took place and learn about the area’s history as a hub for mobsters. Grab a drink at L Street Tavern, the humble home of Good Will Hunting. Continue through the South Boston Waterfront and stop outside the New England Aquarium featured in Ted 2 and South Station, the bustling transportation center featured in Ray Donovan. Venture west to Fenway Park, the legendary baseball stadium home to the Red Sox and seen in movies like Ted, Fever Pitch, and many more. Continue around the city to recognize streets and buildings from The Departed, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Equalizer 2, Mystic River, and Legally Blonde. Finish back in the region of Beacon Hill at the Cheers pub whose charming exterior inspired the hit TV show. Part ways with your guide and head inside for a beer or continue your adventure around Boston.

Boston: Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Boston: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy the historical city of Boston in the beautiful state of Massachusetts and learn about its long and rich history on a self-guided audio tour. This incredible audio tour will show you sights such as the famous Boston Tea Party Museum and the historical John Adams Courthouse. You will also see the Old State House, the Massachusetts State House, the City Hall, New England Aquarium, and the Market. Educational and informative, this tour delves behind the scenes of old Boston allowing you to discover the city and travel back in time at your own pace. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the sights. 

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What people are saying about New England Aquarium

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,781 reviews

The wharf area was impressive. It was a great evening for sailing and the views were amazing. We enjoyed talking with the captain and the crew was professional and friendly. Fun times for sure, highly recommended!

It’s a generally good experience. I think the price is a little steep. But hey, inflation is rampant. They seats aren’t very comfortable. But the ride isn’t long and the guides are very Knowledgeable

It is a very good experience, the only thing I did not like is the schedule closes very early

Drivers gave excellent information and were very pleasant.

Very relaxing. The captain and crew were fantastic!