Top attractions in Boston
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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.
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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It was good. The day was absolutely beautiful. The boat and water spectacular. The service was good. Staff members nice and courteous. We thought there would be more sailing than the zig zag thru the harbor. We figured it would be a sailing trip not sit on the boat while we go thru the harbor. We also thought the captain or crew would point out different sites to see or things to landmarks to look for. That did not happen. The Captain seemed slightly preoccupied with his own guest on the boat. If you are looking for more description of the Boston sites you may be disappointed. The Boston Skyline is beautiful and it was pleasant to see it from the water. Overall we thought it was better than larger tourist boats.
All the drivers are knowledgeable with lots of information. Only 1 bad thing - since the bus travels half full (covid policy) and no one gets off at a spot, you have to wait on the next bus. We were told it would be 20 minutes, more like 35. We also did the Ghost and Graveyard tour. All the people involved were great dressed up in character and had loads of extra information. Overall, we were pleased and would do again.
Love History and I learned some interesting facts that might not be in books. Our guide was knowledgeable and very passionate about the way he told facts combine with paranormal stories. He managed to get everybody's attention and it was an easy walk the 90 minutes went by fast. We enjoyed it very much!
Tour guide, Chris & Tom, were friendly and very knowledgeable. Weather was a bit gloomy & rained a bit while we were on the island but it was still a nice trip overall. Recommend taking the 3-hour island tour especially during off-season as rental options may be limited. Ruby & Gabor USAF fr JBMDL, NJ
It was a nice break to have someone else drive down to Martha's Vineyard. Our driver was knowledgeable and entertaining. We stopped to stretch our legs along the way. The boat ride was smooth. Everything was on time. We had a great day.