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Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

1. Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Experience breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and vividly told stories of Boston past and present, aboard this one-hour tour around Boston Harbor. Depart from Long Wharf, then Cruise past the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US Navy war ship afloat today, marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and catch a glimpse of the fabled Old North End Church steeple. From expert narrators, you’ll hear heroic tales and local legends from the Revolutionary War, and learn how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. The boat is equipped to give you the best view no matter the weather, with spacious outdoor viewing decks when the weather is fine, and indoor spaces with large windows if you want to be indoors. Onboard refreshments and snacks are also available for purchase.

Boston Tea Party: Ships & Museum Interactive Tour

2. Boston Tea Party: Ships & Museum Interactive Tour

Be part of the famous event that changed the course of American history on a unique and interactive Boston Tea Party Museum tour. Meet live characters, see authentically restored tea ships, and learn about the people and events leading up to the American Revolution. Take a handbill from one of the colonists and find out what part you’ll play. Hear the story of the night of 16 December 1773 in the Meeting House and receive your own Mohawk disguise before the march to Griffin's Wharf begins. Experience first-hand the thrill of throwing a crate of tea into the sea, and explore fully restored replica ships dating from the 18th century. Inside the museum, travel back in time with the 3D holographic characters and watch British soldiers and colonial patriots argue right before your eyes. Then experience the battle inside the giant wraparound theater for a complete history lesson.

Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

3. Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Franklin Park Zoo and enjoy a day filled with meeting hundreds of remarkable species from around the world. Explore the 72-acre zoo nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Make your way around at a leisurely pace as you go from exhibit to view remarkable species that call the zoo home. Visit exhibitions such as the Kalahari Kingdom, Giraffe Savannah, Nature’s Neighborhoods, and the Outback Trail. Stand face-to-face with western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations. Come across ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, and a giant anteater. Discover African lions, Masai giraffes, Grevy's zebras, cute red pandas, prairie dogs, kangaroos, and emus.

Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

4. Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

Admire the sights of Boston with a 2-hour lunch or 3-hour dinner cruise on Boston Harbor. Savor an extensive buffet aboard the Spirit of Boston, and visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the city glide by. Upon arrival, receive a personal greeting and have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private table, feast on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you eat, listen to tunes from an onboard DJ. After your meal, go out on deck for panoramic city views. SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes, and Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets, Creamed Corn and Cheddar Cheese Casserole, Mashed Potatoes Entrees Baked Ziti Pasta, Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder, Filet Honey, and Sesame Chicken, Italian Beef Meatballs, Braised Beef Short Ribs Desserts Seasonal Spirit Dessert Display Please note that menu items are subject to change.

Harvard: 70-Minute Harvard Tour

5. Harvard: 70-Minute Harvard Tour

What better way to see Harvard than through the eyes of a student! This tour is a 70-minute student-led walking tour of America's oldest university, designed to be a funny and educational journey through Harvard's campus. Beginning in the heart of Harvard Square, you'll be led into historic Harvard Yard by an enthusiastic Harvard student. Enjoy the sights while your guide entertains and inspires with tales of Harvard history and personal experience at the university they call home. You'll get an up-close look at major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, the John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, and Widener Library. You'll even become privy to a few Harvard secrets along the way! Whether you're a student visiting colleges or a family on vacation, the Hahvahd Tour is undoubtedly the top way to see Harvard.

Boston: Sunset Cruise

6. Boston: Sunset Cruise

Meet at Rowes Wharf and set off on a guided boat tour. This sunset cruise will give you unparalleled views of Boston's famous landmarks. Escape the heat and admire Boston’s beautiful skyline and the historic USS Constitution as the sun sets behind the city. Your expert guide will be able to tell you about some of the city's landmarks and history. As evening sets in, the sunset cruise will highlight popular and famous scenes set at Boston Harbor from both past and present. Snacks and cold beverages including water, juice and soda; as well as a full bar, are available on every boat.

Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

7. Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

Journey back to the 17th century at Plimoth Plantation and experience a unique adventure at attractions including the Wampanoag Homesite, 17th Century English Village, Craft Center and Nye Barn. Located 45 minutes south of Boston on Cape Cod Bay in Plymouth town, the site is also known as “America's Hometown.” Start at the Wampanoag Homesite on the banks of the Eel River and learn how the 17th -century indigenous people lived along the coast during the growing season. Discover how they planted their crops, fished and hunted, gathered wild herbs and berries for food and reeds for makings mats and baskets. Look at different kinds of traditional homes, including a mat-covered wetu (Wampanoag for "house") and a bark-covered nush wetu (house with 3 fire pits). Unlike the people you'll meet in the 17th-Century English Village, the staff at Wampanoag Homesite are not playing a role: they are all native people, either Wampanoag or from other native nations, and they will tell you about Wampanoag history and culture from a modern perspective. Next, go to the 17th-Century English Village to admire a recreation of the small farming and maritime community the pilgrims built along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. Watch the colonial pilgrim story brought to life by costumed characters and find modest timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of objects that the pilgrims owned. Nourish yourself at the Patuxet Café in the Visitor Center, where a wide selection of culinary treats from history, including Wampanoag and pilgrim foods, can be found. Try a 17th-century recipe cheesecake or the sensational Indian pudding! Upgrade to a Combo Ticket or Heritage Pass to include a visit to Mayflower II or/and Plimoth Grist Mill. The iconic Mayflower II is docked on Plymouth's historic waterfront and welcomes visitors to climb aboard and experience what the 1620 crossing was like for the Pilgrims. Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill on the original site of the Plymouth colony, within walking distance of the Plymouth waterfront and downtown, and approximately 2.5 miles north of Plimoth Patuxet. Journey back in time at the first water-power driven grist mill in the country still in operation.

From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

8. From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

Start your day with pickup from your downtown Boston hotel in a mini-coach for the 1.5-hour journey to the ferry in Falmouth, Cape Cod. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water while browsing the Martha’s Vineyard guidebook as you plan your 6 hours on the island. After a short ferry ride, prepare to discover the beautiful island. Choose from either joining a 3-hour guided tour or exploring it at your leisure. For both options, you will be provided with a discount card valid at some of the island's restaurants and attractions. Be sure to visit the amazing gingerbread cottages in the town of Oak Bluffs. See the town of Edgartown known for its whaling captains' homes and quaint downtown shops. Head to breathtaking Gay Head Cliffs and see the famous lighthouse in the town of Aquinnah. Bike and jeep rentals are available for purchase or use public transportation to see the island. After your day on Martha's Vineyard is complete and you return on the ferry, sit back and relax on your comfortable minibus ride back to Boston.

Foxwoods, CT: 33-Story Building Zipline Flight Pass

9. Foxwoods, CT: 33-Story Building Zipline Flight Pass

Journey to the rooftop of Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 feet off the ground. Feel the cool, crisp, air under you as you soar over the treetops at nearly 60mph, arriving a mile away at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, with a smile from ear to ear! There is no other experience in Boston, New York or America quite like it! If you wish to visit the Pequot Museum after your flight, a $10 discounted entry ticket is available for purchase at the front desk. Once your flight is complete, a complementary shuttle will return you from the Musuem landing area back to the HighFlyer ticket counter. Souvenir photos and merchandise are available for purchase before and after your flight.  

Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

10. Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

Weekends are a time for relaxing and getting your days started the right way. Join a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Cruise aboard the elegant Northern Lights to jump start your relaxation mode. While aboard, choose from a variety of mimosas and bloody Mary's. Enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet and select a cozy seat aboard the Northern Lights as you cruise around Boston Harbor to capture panoramic views of Boston. This is the perfect event for groups looking to entertain guests from out of town. You can see the sites without giving up a relaxing weekend. Small bridal parties can be accommodated and next day wedding parties. The Brunch Cruise offers the perfect event for individuals or a group looking to celebrate and relax. Also, see historic sites along the harbor such as: the harbor islands (Castle Island, Deer Island, Spectacle Island, Long Island, Lovells Island, Georges Island) Independence Fort, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Cassin Young, USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston’s Seaport District with historic Fishing Markets and Boston’s incredible skyline.  The brunch menu includes pastries, granola, yoghurt, smoked salmon, bagels, fruit, scrambled eggs, potato hash, bacon, ham, salad, and dessert.

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What people are saying about Massachusetts

Scotty was a great guide. He shared just the right amount of history to keep us interested and eager to learn more. In fact, we are getting one of the books he mentioned. The pizza and cannoli were delicious and made us want to return. I highly recommend this tour!

Excellent tour! Kevin has extensive knowledge about the history of the Harvard University, it’s buildings, famous people, customs, and traditions. I would highly recommend this tour!

Great tour! Guide gives the best history lesson you ever received while making it fun. We would even take the tour again. Highly recommend this one!

Wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Kept my 20 yo sons entertained, hard to do if not on a screen. Would recommend to anyone on the fence!!!

History lesson made fun thank you for a wonderful experience