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Although there is plenty to see and do here, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard Square really stand out. Copley Place and Boston Common also feature on nearly every Boston travel guide, and they simply cannot be missed.
If you're holidaying with the entire family, outings to the Salem Wax Museum and Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary will no doubt put huge smiles on everyone's faces! If you're up for a bit more adventure, Salem Willows Park and Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary are some other options.
Walking into New England Aquarium is like jumping off a boat into the ocean, but without having to take your clothes off! Here you'll get to see all sorts of incredible aquatic life.
Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the remarkable animal kingdom with a visit to the Franklin Park Zoo and the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. With a focus on conservation, education and fun, it's guaranteed to be a fun-filled day out for everyone!
If talking about combinations of hops and malt is your thing, then Boston most certainly has you covered. Test your skills on the latest drop as you learn about the brewing techniques they employ at the Samuel Adams Brewery. After that, when you're up for the next type, head over to the Harpoon Brewery.
Are you a motorhead who can't resist rumbling engines and the sound of squealing tyres? Then pop on over to the F1 Boston for a heart-pumping afternoon of high-speed action.
Want to spend a day sampling local wines? You can indulge your palate, as well as learn the art of winemaking used this region, at the Turtle Creek Winery.
You don't have to be an avid gardener to enjoy the exquisite gardens at the Back Bay Fens and Long Hill.
Remember those happy childhood days spent lying on the grass watching clouds float by? Relive that feeling at Boston Public Garden and Walden Pond. Arnold Arboretum and Castle Island are a few more spots where you can soak up a little greenery.
Whether you want to discover the best cafe or where to venture after dark, you'll find the information you're after at Lexington Visitors Center or Faneuil Hall Visitor Center. Concord Visitors Center and Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center are two more useful places to get the scoop on what’s happening around town.
At Prankers Pond and Cedariver you can go for a stroll around the waterline or simply enjoy the peace and quiet on the bank. If you're feeling extra enthusiastic, ask around if there are any open-water sports planned for the day. A drive to Bridge Island Meadows or Pulsifer's Cove is also a day well spent, if not for the interesting birdlife, then for some more sensational scenery.
Beautiful ocean views aren't the only things you can look forward to at Revere Beach. Keep your eyes open for soaring seabirds as well as little critters like crabs and jellyfish.
If you're looking to recharge those batteries, you'll find a range of nature reserves and parks to explore. Ease into it with a breath of clean air among the plants and animals at Breakheart Reservation or Cochituate State Park. Two further areas to check out are Minute Man National Historical Park and Liberty Wharf.
Wander the tranquil halls, study the exhibits and chat to the accommodating staff. The USS Constitution Museum and the Museum of Science are peaceful places to compose yourself and learn something new. Museum enthusiasts should also check out the Boston Children's Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Boats have played a large role in the development of many countries. Discover how the region was shaped by these adventurous sailors at the USS Friendship. For even more fascinating tales from the seven seas, set sail for the US Naval Shipbuilding Museum and USS Salem and the Hart Nautical Galleries at MIT.
The wonderful world of science never ceases to captivate us. Expand your knowledge on the latest and greatest in advances and achievements at the MIT Museum and the Warren Anatomical Museum. For even more eye-opening artefacts and displays, add the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Charles Hayden Planetarium to your schedule of discovery.
Broaden your knowledge on the natural world when you visit the Semitic Museum and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. With so many rare and unusual specimens on show in these buildings, you might not know where to start! Our planet's treasures are boundless, and you can discover more of them at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Art aficionados come from all corners of the globe to appreciate Boston's celebrated collections, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum are often among the first stops on their lists. The Rose Art Museum and the Harvard University Art Museums should also be a priority.
Calling all history fans! You can discover more about the rich and diverse past of the region at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and the Boston Tea Party Ship. For some more insight into past events, you might also like to check out the Museum of African American History and the National Heritage Museum.
Time spent looking back at history is never a worthless exercise. Let the Boston University and the Harvard University help you discover more about Boston's past. If that's not enough to satisfy the history buff in you, also check out the Northeastern University and the Bunker Hill Monument.
You'll probably come upon Longfellow Bridge as you explore Boston. This timeless structure was built in a different era and will remain standing for many years to come.
Travellers with a love of military history must see Fort Warren and Fort Sewall. Visualise the dramatic clashes that went on there and explore the ingenious defensive features that made them difficult to attack.
Discover the region's cultural beliefs at Old North Church and Trinity Church Boston. You can also find out if tours are available at Park Street Church and Old South Church.
They might not be on the cover of any travel magazines, but Copley Square and Kendall Square are still worth a visit. There's also plenty to keep you occupied at the Boston Athenaeum and the Mapparium.
Being the state capital, you'll have plenty of Boston hotels to pick and choose from. Presently, ebookers' hotel travel guide features 279 properties.
Shoestring backpackers and other penny-wise travellers will find a room rate to suit their budget at the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro or the Harvard Square Hotel. These places are proof that excellent service doesn't have to come at a high price. Maybe you'd rather live like a king or queen as the professional staff at the Mandarin Oriental Boston tend to every want and need? The Four Seasons Hotel Boston is yet another popular option for those drawn to the finer things in life.
Another great option is to stay near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. You can do this by booking a room at the Boston Harbor Hotel, just 0.7 miles away. Also popular is the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Downtown/Seaport, 0.3 miles away.
Enjoy the lush park area or explore one of the area's many historic buildings.
Once home to the famous patriot, this home was almost 100 years old when he and his family moved in.
Founded in 1870, this is one of the oldest museums in the United States.
Seemingly out of place, this modern skyscraper beautifully reflects the city's surrounding landmarks.
Known as Old Ironsides, this is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world.
This structure serves as a monument to those who lost their lives during the Battle of Bunker Hill.
View sea turtles, jellyfish and penguins, or enjoy a movie at the IMAX Theatre.
This charming ballpark is home to the famed Boston Red Sox.
Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, this Romanesque church was modelled after buildings in southern France.
With ample dining establishments, diverse shops and dazzling street performers, this marketplace is a great place to spend the day.
Order Boston cream pie at the historic Omni Parker House, where the pie and state’s official desert was first invented.
Zip around to city hotels and landmarks on Boston’s 125-station underground "T" train system for only $2 USD (kids ride free).
Come in August when more than 200 restaurants offer unique three-course prix fixe menus at a steal.
Get to know Boston with popular self-guided walks of the Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail and Boston HarborWalk, all of which are free.
Dine at The Union Oyster House, the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. with doors open since 1826. Enjoy New England faves like scallops, lobster, clams and scrod.
This authentic Boston pub serves cider, beer and fresh pizza.
Offering spectacular views of the city, this bridge overlooks the Charles River.
Both Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh worked at this historic hotel, which serves pot roast and other New England favourites.
Located in Bay Village, this charming eatery is known for its delicious breakfast and locally roasted coffee.
Located on Hanover Street, this bakery has been serving up tasty baked goods for over 50 years.
For the quintessential Boston vacation, early fall delivers in every way: Gorgeous fall foliage, cool temperatures, rowing regattas -- like the nation’s largest Head of the Charles celebration -- Thanksgiving dinner and hot toddies. If you don’t mind cold temperatures and snow, visit in winter when some hotels offer deeper discounts.
Spring is beautiful with blossoming trees, baseball at Fenway Park, Patriots Day and the annual Boston Marathon. Temperate weather is typical but often accompanied by rain through mid-June. Summers may be hot and humid, but there’s something special about a Boston summer vacation, especially over the 4th of July.
Like much of New England, Boston has four distinct seasons. Summers can be hot, humid and wet, while winters can be cold, snowy and windy. July is the warmest month, and temperatures can reach 23Â°C or higher. Winter temperatures can dip below the freezing point. With pleasant temperatures and a dazzling display of coloured leaves, fall may be the best time to visit. In December, you can dress up in colonial attire and participate in a re-enactment of the famous Boston Tea Party. If you are visiting in July, celebrate Bastille Day with a street party. During September, head to City Hall Plaza for a taste of Boston festival. Enjoy music, wine and food from some of the city's best restaurants.
Follow the "oohs" and "ahhs" to countless exhibits, including the Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the Mugar Omni Theater, the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, the 3-D Digital Cinema and the Butterfly Garden.
Journey into the life of John F. Kennedy Jr. at this popular Boston attraction where exhibitions include the space program, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy-Nixon Debate, the 1960s campaign and the famously sophisticated Jackie Kennedy.
Explore the city’s waterfront neighborhoods, downtown district and maritime industrial areas. (HarborWalk runs from Chelsea Creek to the Neponset River through East Boston, Charleston North End, downtown, South Boston, and Dorchester.) If you’re traveling by boat, hop off at boating centers and public launches connected to HarborWalk to see more of Boston Harbor.
Home to some of the most iconic American art collections in the world (this is Boston, after all) don't miss Paul Revere's Sons of Liberty Bowl, John Singer Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, and Joseph Stellas Old Brooklyn Bridge. The stunning Art of Americas Wing, new in 2010, is also worth a visit.
Step inside to witness the jaw-dropping Giant Ocean Tank. This awesome, 4-story, 200-gallon centerpiece exhibit swims with sharks, stingrays, barracuda, reef-dwelling fish and more. Enjoy seals, sea lions, trainer interactions and hands-on activities at the Marine Mammal Center. Countless other exhibits reveal penguins, sea dragons, jellyfish and more.
Who says you can’t sightsee and shop at the same time? Located on the 50th floor of Boston’s second tallest skyscraper, the Observatory offers a cutting-edge audio tour against 360-degree views of Boston and beyond. After a woozy, breathtaking twirl, take the elevator back down to shop at stores like Club Monaco, Sephora, Gucci and Saks.
Walk in the footsteps of America's forefathers on the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail. Highlights include Boston Common, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, the first public school in America, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House and Bunker Hill Monument.
For a twist on history, the ICA is living proof of the compelling tension between old and new. Founded in 1936, the museum re-opened in 2006 within a stunning glass and metal waterfront masterpiece. With a long-standing reputation for discovering Expressionists Edvard Munch and Cubist George Braque, the ICA’s exhibits are reliably provocative. The permanent collection includes works from Marlene Dumas, Thomas Hirschhorn and Shepard Fairey.
Designed in 1896, Boston’s six connected public parks and waterways span from the Back Bay to Dorchester with green open spaces, rivers and ponds, bridges, monuments and wildlife. Parks include Boston Common, Public Garden, Black Bay Fens with its Victory Garden and Jamaica Pond -- a favorite among runners, dog-walkers and skippers.
Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emerson College, Boston Public Garden, and Hancock Conference Center. Boston Common ...
Revere Hotel Boston Common£136Revere Hotel Boston Common£136
Located in Downtown Boston, this boutique hotel is steps away from Boston Opera House and Orpheum Theater. Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are also within ...
The Godfrey Hotel Boston£139The Godfrey Hotel Boston£139
Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Tower, Boston Public Garden, and Hancock Conference Center. Boston Common ...
Boston Park Plaza£77Boston Park Plaza£77
Located in Back Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Berklee College of Music and Hynes Convention Center. Copley Place and Boston Symphony ...
Sheraton Boston Hotel£110Sheraton Boston Hotel£110
Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from South Shore Plaza and within 9 miles (15 km) of John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and ...
Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree£82Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree£82
Located in Downtown Boston, this romantic hotel is steps away from Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Paul Revere House and Boston City Hall are also ...
The Bostonian Boston£153The Bostonian Boston£153
Located in Back Bay, this romantic hotel is steps away from Copley Place and Boston Public Library. Hynes Convention Center and Hancock Conference Center are ...
Copley Square Hotel£126Copley Square Hotel£126
Located in Back Bay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Copley Place, Hynes Convention Center and Boston Public Library. Hancock Conference Center and ...
Boston Marriott Copley Place£124Boston Marriott Copley Place£124
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