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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.

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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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What People Are Saying About Boston

I was driving with the godfather in Norma.

I think that he was a very good guide and I really enjoyed the whom your. He made the guests laugh and learning about the city at the same time. A very good experience I can only talk good about.
Boston Duck Tour: The Original and World-Famous Reviewed by Catherina, 10/23/2016

Amazing experience!!! Go to see- we where very lucky!!

Amazing experience, we will not forget for a very long time. The Cruz was a little long and make you feel sea sick because it's too fast and long but we were lucky, we saw a nine or ten whales, I was told it was not unusual, but usually you can see a three or four. Don't miss out!!
Whale Watching Cruise from Boston Reviewed by Rina, 10/20/2016

It was a great way to see the city. The driver was informative and fun

We took both the bus tour and the cruise around the bay. We enjoyed both. We already recommended it to others at ou hotel.

This was a very interesting and informative tour with a friendly guide

We learned a great deal about the history of Boston with a very entertaining commentary delivered by our guide. We saw a variety of interesting sites each with its own story. It was such a cold and windy day that we were almost tempted to cancel the tour but we were so glad that we chose not to. Our guide managed to shelter us from the wind as much as possible and we were enjoying the tour so much that we forgot about the weather!
Boston: 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour Reviewed by Sheila, 10/03/2016

Driver/tour guides were excellent on the two trolleys we rode

The system was very efficient. We ordered our tickets on line the day before the trip and had no major problems. The only caveat is that there are more than one Hop-on-Hop off companies so there was a bit of an issue finding the one for which we signed up but everyone we spoke to was very helpful in pointing us in the right direction.
Boston Freedom Trail Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley 2-Day Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/21/2016

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