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
My wife and I booked this tour last minute (as we were visiting Boston on a very last minute whim). Everything about this was amazing. Our tour guide, Betty, was beyond phenomenal; she was knowledgeable, entertaining, creepy (in the best way) and engaging. You could tell she loves her job. It was freezing and pouring, and we still had the best time doing it. Betty did her best to keep us in the driest parts of the cemeteries, but honestly we would have stood knee deep in water to partake in this again. We cannot recommend this tour more highly. We will 100% do it on a future visit again. I’m so happy my wife convinced me to do this.
It was a really nice time I went with my son and my husband. I did visit the Stoneham zoo two weeks prior. I would say the big difference between the two zoos is taking very clearly marked the route you were supposed to take, which made it so we did not miss any exhibits. When we were leaving your zoo we realize that we missed part of the zoo. Some more directional help or clear a path would be helpful.
Ended up going there because Franklin Park was sold out for the day. It's smaller than Franklin Park, which is expected in a small town. We ended up getting there around 2pm and many of the animals, especially cool ones, were asleep. Otherwise it's was a nice day out.
My group and I really enjoyed our tour! Our guide was really patient with all the distractions in the city, really engaging and did a great job. The stops we made had interesting backstories and our guide told them well.
Very spacious zoo, plenty of room to distance from others and still experience the attractions! Loved all the exhibits! The rainforest attraction was under construction. The animals were beautiful!