Top attractions in Boston
Top 10 things to do in Boston
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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 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
Was a beautiful day which made this ride even better in Boston. We have bikes and came just to get the feel of the land. We know Boston well and now we know it better. Because of our guides. They were wonderful and concerning of each person on the tour with us. Very tentative. We needed a bandaid they got it! We saw so much and the ride was just enough. The hull was a bit much for this old lady of 56 but ,I made it without having to walk my bike up the hill lol. My first ride of the year and felt good. Would not bring a child under 12 We do come pretty close to traffic. And people. Have a great time everyone.
What an amazing time! The entire experience was wonderful. We saw so many whales, dolphins and seals. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the animals and the Boston Harbor. Also the kindness of the staff and crew was wonderful. On the way back I went to sit in the middle back to calm my motion sickness and immediately a staff member was helping. Just so kind and gracious.
We got tickets for the zoo through getyourguide - note the zoo is not doing guided tours during Covid so it was just regular entry, which is what we wanted anyway :) 2 adults 2 kindergartners had a great time. We particularly enjoyed the lions, gorillas and the bird temple. Would recommend for sure!
It was really fun. I would recommend getting a seat on the left side of the duck better picture taking opportunities than the right. The captain knew so much about Boston. Incredibly amazing
So much fun. Tour guide was fabulous. I had so much fun with my 26 year old daughter. I think I will suggest it for for other cities. Great way to spend time together!