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Top Things To Do In Boston

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Few U.S. cities can claim the history that Boston offers as a matter of course. From the clock tower that sent Paul Revere on his midnight ride to neighborhoods that have changed little for generations, Boston has much to offer. And for those who want to immerse themselves both in Beantown's history and modern points of interest, below is a list of Boston's top things to do. Wise travelers will take advantage of the "T," the nation's first subway line, as well as heeding Boston's moniker as "America's Walking City."


  • New England Aquarium

    New England Aquarium

    With the four-story Giant Ocean Tank as its centerpiece, the New England Aquarium features more than 40,000 creatures, including Myrtle, a 500-pound (227 kilograms) green sea turtle that reigns within.

    What to Do
    Be sure to visit the Edge of the Sea touch tank, the East Coast’s largest hands-on tidal pool experience, with bonnethead sharks and cownose rays.

    What to See
    Penguins, sea dragons, and Atlantic harbor seals that romp in a natural setting.

  • Museum of Science

    Museum of Science

    Three levels of engaging exhibits showcase the museum’s theme: "Science is an activity."

    What to Do
    Discovery Center is a haven for children under the age of 8, with activities designed just for them. Savvy older siblings can visit with Ada and Grace, the two virtual guides in Cahners ComputerPlace.

    What to See
    Everyone can enjoy the indoor lightning show created by the world’s largest Van de Graaff generator and the Charles Hayden Planetarium which reopened in early 2011 after a $9 million renovation.

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Opened in 1998 to become the public face of three research museums, the Harvard Museum of Natural History boasts more than 12,000 specimens.

    What to Do
    Find the spectacular Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Flowers, astonishing both for their beauty and botanical accuracy.

    What to See
    Before leaving the museum, be sure to see the 42-foot (13 meters) skeleton of Kronosaurus, a prehistoric marine reptile; the 1,600-pound (726 kilograms) amethyst geode; and the Great Mammal Hall.

  • Skywalk Observatory

    Skywalk Observatory

    As New England’s tallest vantage point, Skywalk Observatory offers 360-degree views of Boston and its surroundings from 750 feet (229 meters) above the ground.

    What to Do
    "Acoustiguide" audio players provide age-appropriate facts while detailing the view below, while the on-site Dreams of Freedom Museum celebrates the contributions of the city’s many ethnic groups.

    What to See
    A video aerial tour of the city with Wings over Boston, that lets visitors soar above their surroundings.

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    This art collection spans the globe as well as the history of mankind.

    What to Do
    Enjoy works by Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and Renoir, to name a few.

    What to See
    The new Art of the Americas Wing, which opened in November 2011, adds 51,338 square feet (4,769 square meters) to the museum, doubling the number of works from the collection that can be on view at a single time.

  • RevolutionaryBoston℠ at the Old State House

    RevolutionaryBoston℠ at the Old State House

    Built in 1713 to house the offices of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Old State House is the city’s oldest surviving public building. It was just outside the building’s doors that five civilians were killed by British troops in 1770, an event known as the Boston Massacre. On July 18, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read publicly from the Old State House’s second-floor balcony.

    What to Do
    Take a themed tour, offered every afternoon.

    What to See
    Visitors can see tea from the Boston Tea Party and John Hancock’s coat.

  • Boston Common

    Boston Common

    A choice bit of real estate set off in 1634 to serve as a "cow pasture and training field," Boston Common is now an integral part of the city’s life.

    What to Do
    Depending on the season, the park attracts picnickers in summer and ice skaters (who flock to Frog Pond) in winter.

    What to See
    Public gatherings are – literally – common; well-known speakers include Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem. Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ famous sculpture honoring the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment is located at the park’s northeast corner.

  • The Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail

    Established more than 50 years ago, those who follow this 2.5-mile (4 kilometers) path will take themselves past 16 nationally significant historic sites. This is one of the top things to do in Boston for all history buffs.

    What to Do
    Well marked by either red bricks or red paint, the trail includes the USS Constitution, launched in 1797; Faneuil Hall, where plans for the Boston Tea Party were laid; the Old State House; and Boston Common.

    What to See
    The Bunker Hill Monument, where the reward for a mere 294 steps to the top of the obelisk is a spectacular view.

Use a Boston CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission at most of the attractions listed above. Plus, CityPASS holders avoid some ticket and entry lines, which means less time waiting and more time doing. Boston CityPASS includes admission to the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a choice between either the Harvard Museum of Natural History or RevolutionaryBoston℠ at The Old State House. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee.

CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating Boston attractions. Use our Boston City Pass and discover these top places to visit and things to do in Boston.


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