Top Things To Do In Boston

Save 47% on admission to the top 4 Boston attractions with CityPASS.

arrow-right-1

Few U.S. cities can claim the history that Boston offers. 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

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.

  • Included in CityPASS
  • time-clock-circle3 Hours

Museum of Science

Three levels of engaging exhibits showcase the museum’s theme: "Science is an activity." You'll be able to experience more than 700 exhibits, animal presentations, science demonstrations, and a 4-D theater.

  • Included in CityPASS
  • time-clock-circle3 Hours

Boston Harbor Cruises

Get a unique view of Boston by seeing it by sea. Enjoy a fun and information-packed 90-minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise aboard a Boston Harbor Cruises ship.

  • Included in CityPASS
  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Boasting more than 12,000 specimens, the Harvard Museum of Natural History was opened in 1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum.

  • Included in CityPASS
  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Franklin Park Zoo

With 72 acres of wildlife habitat in Boston's historic Franklin Park, meet hundreds of exoctic animals from around the world. Be inspired by the Zoo's commitment to conservation.

  • Included in CityPASS
  • time-clock-circle4 Hours

Fenway Park

Fenway Park is the nation’s oldest baseball stadium, and always has an impressive turnout. After opening in 1912, this park stands the test of time, with Red Sox players swingin’ bats for over a century.

  • time-clock-circle4 Hours

TD Garden

TD Garden, home to the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics, is a baby compared to century-old sites like Fenway Park. But with more than 30 million people gracing the Garden since its grand opening in 1995, there’s a lot to see and do.

  • time-clock-circle3 Hours

Boston Public Library

Visiting a library may not seem like a lot of fun on the surface, but as with most of Boston there's always more than meets the eye. At the Boston Public Library, you'll come out with more than just a book.

  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Comedy Show at The Wilbur

Built in 1914 by the Shubert brothers, this theatre is one of a kind. Instead of relying on European influences like most theatres do, the Wilbur is pure American. Revel in the laughs, and soak in the colonial architecture.

  • time-clock-circle3 Hours

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.

  • time-clock-circle4 Hours

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is home to many magnificent collections including treasures from Egypt and the ancient world, the finest collection of Monets outside of Paris, and a collection of Asian art.

  • time-clock-circle3 Hours

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.

  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall, a place of history and community, has been around since the early 1700s. A marketplace and a meeting hall wrapped in one red, white, and blue package, this landmark destination was the location of speeches from the likes of Samuel Adams and James Otis.

  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Boston Harbor & USS Constitution

The Boston Harbor is home to the USS Constitution, a famous naval vessel used during the War of 1812. After defeating the British warship HMS Guerriere, the USS Constitution was nicknamed "Old Ironsides" when its tough and rugged exterior remained unscathed after being blasted with enemy cannons.

  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

North End

The North End of Boston is comprised of many well-known historical sites. The majority of Freedom Trail exists in the North End neighborhood and is visited by more than 3 million people every year.

  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Old North Church & Paul Revere House

Both the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House are must-sees in the historic North End neighborhood. See for yourself the home of Paul Revere, the messenger who announced to the Patriot leaders that the British were coming.

  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Bunker Hill Monument

On June 17th, 1775, The Battle of Bunker Hill began. On this day, outnumbered and ill-prepared Americans braved the brute forces of the British Army. Today, the monument stands to represent the first great battle of the American Revolution and is part of the Freedom Trail.

  • time-clock-circle2 Hours

Use a Boston CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission at the top attractions in Boston. 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, Boston Harbor Cruises, and your choice between the Harvard Museum of Natural History or Franklin Park Zoo. 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 CityPASS and discover these top places to visit and things to do in Boston.

TD Garden Photo Credit
Wilbur Theatre Photo Credit
Franklin Park Zoo image Courtesy of Franklin Park Zoo

Plan your trip with offers from our partners.

Search 100s of travel sites at once.

Boston CityPASS has a rating of 4.6/5 based on 1258 reviews.