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Boston: New England Aquarium Entry Ticket

1. Boston: New England Aquarium Entry Ticket

Start your visit to the New England Aquarium at the charming penguin colony, before experiencing 360-degree views of the spectacular new 4-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with more animals than ever before. Take a stroll on the spiral walkway around the reef as sea turtles, sharks, moray eels, and tropical fish glide through their vibrant habitat. From sea jellies to sea dragons, you will explore the planet without leaving downtown Boston. The Aquarium is a treasure trove ready for exploration by families and ocean lovers. Your admission ticket includes entrance to the following exhibits: Amazon Rainforest Head to the Amazon rainforest without leaving Boston. The New England Aquarium’s 6 Amazon exhibits allow you to dive into the Amazon River and climb through the dense forest without getting wet or needing bug spray. Several of the exhibits feature large windows that reach nearly to the floor, providing perfect viewing opportunities for small children. Atlantic Harbor Seals The harbor seals exhibit is the only one you can actually visit before buying your Aquarium ticket. Watch the seals swim, play, and sleep, and learn more about them during a free training session. The 42,000-gallon harbor seal exhibit is located outside on the Front Plaza, to the left of the Aquarium’s front doors. The exhibit is open to the New England weather, which suits these New England creatures perfectly. Blue Planet Action Center This dynamic exhibit presents the serious challenges facing the oceans and showcases the Aquarium's global leadership in searching for solutions, through its interactive displays, interpretive presentations, and small live animal exhibits. Coral Reef Center At the top of the Giant Ocean Tank, a glass railing maximizes your view of many of the predators swimming high in the water column. You can now easily recognize creatures resting on the tank’s bottom more than 24 feet below. That exceptional viewing is enhanced by a theatrical-quality lighting system that is built into a beautiful blue reflective ceiling dome. A new exhibit gallery on the same level showcases reef biodiversity and gives visitors a closer look at a hidden world populated by unique coral reef animals. The Giant Ocean Tank The 4-story Giant Ocean Tank features a brand new coral reef, an underwater communications system, large windows, and hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, including sea turtles, stingrays, eels, and fish. At its deepest point, the exhibit goes down 26 feet, is 40 feet wide, and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water. The water is heated to between 72 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the perfect temperature range for this tropical exhibit. The exhibit is so big that it was built first and then the rest of the Aquarium was constructed around it. Gulf of Maine The Gulf of Maine stretches from Cape Cod to Canada and includes Boston Harbor and the Stellwagen Bank. The water is cold but bursting with life. As you explore exhibits ranging from shore to deep-water boulder reefs and sandy sea floors, you will encounter lobsters, cod, goosefish, and giant sea stars. The 6 Gulf of Maine exhibits cover more than half of the Aquarium’s third level. Pacific Community Reef Dive into the tropical waters of a Pacific coral reef and get to know some of the rainbow-colored fish that call it home. This 5,100-gallon exhibit houses nearly 70 different kinds of tropical reef fish. Marine Mammal Center Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber northern fur seals lope in this beautiful open-air exhibit space. Learn about the challenges marine mammals face in the wild, and get a new perspective on these fascinating marine mammals. Penguins The Aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins who live in a bustling colony found on Level 1 surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank. The Aquarium breeds African penguins as part of a Species Survival Plan and promotes educational programs about penguins. Seadragons Every visit to the New England Aquarium should include a stop at the seadragon exhibit. There are only 2 seadragon species in the world, and this stunning exhibit displays both of them. The leafy seadragon and the weedy seadragon both use their exceptional camouflage to hide from hungry predators. Challenge yourself and see how many seadragons you can find during your visit.

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Boston: 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

2. Boston: 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Bring history to life as you take to the open sea for a fully narrated 90-minute tour around Boston Harbor. Cruise past the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy, the USS Constitution, marvel at the Tea Party ships, and catch a glimpse of the Old North End Church. Listen to heroic tales and local legends from the Revolutionary War, and learn about the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the nation, the Boston Light. Cruise past Boston's working port and marvel at examples of extravagant waterfront living.

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Harvard: 70-Minute Harvard Tour

3. 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.

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Boston Tea Party: Ships & Museum Interactive Tour

4. 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 1-hour 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 historical lesson you’re not likely to forget!

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Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

5. 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.

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Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

6. 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 Romain 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.

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Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

7. Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

The Boston All-Inclusive Pass by Go City provides you access to over 40 of the area’s top activities, attractions, and tours for a single low price. Enjoy the freedom to do and see what you want while saving up to 45 percent compared to the cost of individual tickets. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price. Take a Trolley Tour, visit the New England Aquarium, explore the Museum of Science, and get your thrills at Six Flags. These and many other options are included in the cost of your Boston All-Inclusive Pass. A free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Included Attractions: Boston Duck TourHistoric Sightseeing CruiseCityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 2-Day TicketNew England AquariumOld State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo TicketFenway Park TourUSS Constitution MuseumMuseum of ScienceFreedom Trail Foundation Walk Into History TourPaul Revere HouseMuseum of Fine ArtsSalem Witch MuseumSam Adams Brewery Tour with Complimentary GlasswareBoston Children's MuseumSwan Boats of BostonHarvard Walking TourHarvard Museum of Natural HistoryJFK Presidential Library and MuseumEdward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States SenateBoston Movile Mile Walking TourPlimoth Patuxet plus Mayflower II or Grist Mill ComboCharles River CruiseLEGOLAND Discovery Center BostonSix Flags New EnglandFranklin Park ZooIsabella Stewart Gardner MuseumInstitute of Contemporary ArtPeabody Essex MuseumHouse of the Seven GablesMary Baker Eddy Library & MappariumBoston Bike RentalBattle Green TourBuckman TavernPeabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyOtis House MuseumLouisa May Alcott HouseConcord MuseumOld Sturbridge VillageHyannisport Harbor CruiseJohn F. Kennedy Hyannis MuseumCape Cod Canal CruiseHighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort CasinoBoch Center Wang Theatre ToursThe MIT Tour

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Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 3 to 5 Attractions

8. Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 3 to 5 Attractions

Marvel at the wonders of the sea with a visit to the Boston favorite New England Aquarium, explore the city aboard a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or choose a Boston Sunset Cruise. Purchase the Boston Explorer pass to save time and money, compared to general admission prices. Take the stress out of sightseeing with a multi-attraction pass that is accessible straight from your mobile phone (also available to print-at-home) and is valid for 60 days from your first visit. Simply browse your digital guidebook for where to go next, show your pass to be scanned at the entrance or ticket office, and you're in! Choose any 3, 4, or 5 attractions or tours from the following: - Boston Duck Tours- New England Aquarium- Historic Sightseeing Cruise (seasonal)- CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 1-Day Ticket- Old State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo Ticket- Boston Sunset Cruise (seasonal)- Museum of Science (skip the ticket line privileges)- Freedom Trail Foundation Walk Into History Tour- Fenway Park Tour- 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- Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate- Boston Bike Rental- Boch Center Wang Theatre Tours

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

9. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Discover the many LEGO® attractions found at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston. Enter the factory tour to learn how LEGO bricks are made in so many shapes and colors. Go on a Kingdom Quest adventure ride where you can hop aboard a royal chariot to save the princess in an interactive journey. See famous LEGO characters on the big screen, like The LEGO Movie™ A New Adventure, at the 4-D LEGO Cinema. Go faster and higher on Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where you control an enchanted cart to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Explore MINILAND, a Boston cityscape made entirely out of LEGO Bricks — over 1.5 million to be exact. Build friendship in LEGO Friends Olivia’s House and create new colorful additions to add to their growing town. Get a selfie with a LEGO Friend during the visit too. Create a LEGO racing car at the LEGO Build & Test and race vehicles on the test track for the quickest time.

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Boston CityPASS®: Save 45% at 3 Top Attractions

10. Boston CityPASS®: Save 45% at 3 Top Attractions

Boston CityPASS has collected the top must-see, must-do attractions and priced them 45% less than the same tickets purchased separately.   Boston CityPASS includes admission to: 1. New England Aquarium- Let your imagination swim wild! Marvel at the bustling penguin colony and soak in views of the spectacular four-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with more than 1,000 animals. Plus, don’t miss seals, sea lions, and the hands-on shark and ray touch tank during your unforgettable Aquarium adventure! 2. Museum of Science- Just imagine getting up close and personal with a 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil, witnessing an indoor lightning storm and taking a journey inside the human body. With 700 interactive exhibits, exciting temporary exhibitions, daily presentations, and live animals, there is something for everyone! Create, experiment and have fun at the Museum of Science! Plus your choice of admission to 2 of the following: 1. Franklin Park Zoo - Explore 72 acres of wildlife habitat in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. See wild faces from wild places—from fuzzy forest dwellers to winged wonders. Visit Serengeti Crossing to see zebras and ostrich, experience farm life, and visit the tropics with ring-tailed lemur and gorillas. Be inspired by the Zoo’s mission to protect and sustain the natural world and learn how you can contribute to wildlife conservation. 2. Boston Harbor City CruiseEnjoy the sea breeze, spectacular skyline, and ocean views. Discover the historic and contemporary sites and nuances of Boston Harbor during this fun, informative, and fully-narrated 90-minute boat cruise. 3. Harvard Museum of Natural History Spark your curiosity in the natural world at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, located on the campus of the oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S., steps from the picturesque Harvard Yard. See dinosaurs, whales, and hundreds of wildlife specimens from around the world.

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What people are saying about Massachusetts

Loved the tour. Short and sweet but gives you a good sense of the school and it’s history. Our guide was the owner of the company and went to Harvard as well as his father before him. Loved the personal anecdotes. Great tour overall and well worth the small fee.

Great history and tour. Very informative. Parents did not control their children. They were screaming and running around and I could not hear the guide.

Amazing historical tour and really when you can toss the tea overboard. Then tasting the teas they originally had was really cool!

Easy to book. Cancellation policy generous. Tour was enjoyed by all even though we went out on a rainy December afternoon.

Scotty was great! Knowledgeable and funny. We had a fantastic time.