Things To Do

Sightseeing

Old State House

Finished in 1796, the Old State House is located in Hartford, Connecticut, the capital city. Consisting of Federal style, Victorian, and Colonial Revival architecture, the Old State House is a three-story, National Historic Landmark found on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old State House is also home to the Joseph Steward Museum of Curiosities – showcasing Connecticut specific exhibits, and offering tours of the original legislative rooms. The Old State House is also the site of the Old State House Farmers’ Market.

BostonTea Party Ship

Experience one of the most important events leading up to the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum floats in Fort Point Channel and offers a hands-on adventure back in time through virtual exhibits and restored tea ships.

Faneuil Hall

Strolling through the outdoor marketplace at Faneuil Hall is one of the most iconic things to do in Boston. Located in downtown Boston, steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil Hall Marketplace boasts more than 100 of the finest shops and specialty pushcarts, 14 restaurants, and over 36 international food vendors. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a dining and shopping extravaganza, where street performers entertain the crowds and a variety of food vendors offer something for every appetite.

Paul Revere House

Built in 1680, the Paul Revere house is the oldest building in Boston where Patriot Paul Revere lived during the 1770’s. Today, the home, still standing at 19 North Square, is a National Historic Landmark, and is a popular tourist destination for those drawn to the history behind Revere’s famous “Midnight Ride”. Your tour of his home, now a national landmark, offers a rare glimpse of life in colonial America.

Boston’s Tall Ships

Relax and enjoy the sights and splendor of Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands when you visit the harbor and climb aboard one of the breathtaking tall ships that call Boston Harbor home. Go back in time aboard the 125-foot Liberty Clipper. Take the wheel, fire the cannon, throw tea in the harbor, or just sit back and enjoy the view.

Old South Meeting House

Come visit and experience one of America’s most important colonial landmarks and where the Boston Tea Party began! Explore the buildings rich history through interactive exhibits and rare artifacts. Built in 1729 as a Puritan meetinghouse, this museum and historic site, located on the Freedom Trail, was once the location of many meetings leading to the American Revolution, including the tea tax debates.

Salem

Widely known as the site of the witchcraft trials of 1692, this colorful, coastal city has much to offer both residents and visitors. With a diverse population, a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture and amazing stories that span almost four centuries.

USS Constitution

The USS Constitution is an important part of Boston history and was one of the US Navy’s six original frigates. Known as “Old Ironsides”, this ship never lost any of the 40 battles it was in. It is the world’s oldest custom-built warship and is now open for guided tours that are given by actual active duty sailors from the USS Constitution.

Freedom Trail

Boston’s Freedom Trail is a red, mostly brick, path that runs through downtown Boston and leads to sixteen significant historical sites. The 2.5-mile walk from the Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown is popular with tourists. Part of the Freedom Trail overlaps with the much longer Boston Harbor Walk. The Freedom Trail is a unit of Boston National Historical Parks.

Bunker Hill Monument

The site of the first major battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775, the 221-foot granite pillar contains a spiral staircase to the top, providing a spectacular view of the area. Tours are given throughout the day.

North End

The North End Boston, also known as Little Italy, is a vibrant community that is also home to numerous historical landmarks, including sites along the Freedom Trail such as the Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground and the USS Constitution. Paul Revere was born in the North End, and the house that he lived in is now a landmark site along the Freedom Trail as well.

Aquariums

New England Aquarium

Enjoy one of Boston’s most popular attractions. Located on the Boston waterfront, explore the oceans and visit thousands of marine animals in three levels of world-class exhibits. Sea turtles, penguins, sharks, seals and other creatures reside at the recently renovated aquarium. During your visit be sure to see the iconic Giant Ocean Tank, home to a four story reef and more than 2000 aquatic animals.

Museums

Boston Children’s Museum

The Boston Children’s Museum is one of the largest children’s museums in the world, offering several floors of hands-on exhibits. Here kids can enjoy a day of learning and fun exploring exhibits which include a three-story climbing structure, art studio, science playground, construction zone and much more.

The Museum of Science

The Boston Museum of Science has something to offer anyone interested in learning. Science comes alive at this museum with over 700 interactive exhibits that feature hands-on adventures for visitors of any age. During your visit, don’t miss the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the five story Mugar Omni Theatre. Families traveling with children age eight or younger can visit the Discovery Center for an exploration of various science topics.

Harvard Natural Museum

At Harvard’s most visited attraction you can explore 12,000 specimens from around the world including dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and hundreds of animals. Get close to the world’s only mounted Kronosaurus, a 42 ft.-long prehistoric marine reptile. Come see the world famous exhibit of 3,000 ‘Glass Flowers’, amazingly realistic models of flowering plants and fruits created in Germany by father-son glass artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from 1886-1936. The museum is a 7-8 minute walk through historic Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square Red Line ‘T’ station.

JFK Library & Museum

At the Nation’s official memorial to John F. Kennedy, you can actually sit at JFK’s Oval Office desk, glimpse rare family photos and view video clips of press interviews. Twenty-five multimedia exhibits, including three theaters and period settings, offer an exciting experience of President Kennedy’s days in office.

Mary Baker Eddy Library & Museum

The Mary Baker Eddy Library explores the life and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy, a New England woman who defied conventional nineteenth-century thinking to become an influential religious leader, teacher, publisher and businesswoman. The library is also a museum and features a grand Hall of Ideas, Press Hall, Newsroom Gallery and the famous Mapparium exhibit. The sound and light show offers a unique outlook on how ideas have the power to inspire individuals and change the world. The library hosts many events that are free to the public.

Isabella Gardner Museum

Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo and surrounding an interior courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the world. The historic galleries contain more than 2,500 extraordinary collections by Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Degas, and Sargent. Experience contemporary and historic exhibitions, America’s oldest museum music program, and an artist-in-residence program that provides ongoing inspiration for visitors. All named “Isabella” are admitted free in celebration of the museum’s founder.

Harvard Square

Harvard Square is a world-renowned shopping, dining, cultural and historical destination. Located in the center of Cambridge and across from Harvard University, there are many stores and restaurants that can be found in this area.

Tours and Excursions

Old Town Trolley Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours is one of the oldest trolley-style tour operators in Boston. They offer a 1 hour and 50 minute narrated excursion that is provided by knowledgeable and trained staff. The vehicles resemble trolleys of long ago, with brass rails and old-fashioned wooden seats. Boston is a historic city, and touring the ancient streets in a picture-windowed trolley is a good way to capture the spirit of the city. Old Town has the largest fleet of trolley busses and mini-coaches in the city, allowing the most frequent pick up and drop off service.

Duck Tours

Boston Duck Tours is a great way to start off your visit to Boston. This fully narrated historic tour takes place in authentic WWI amphibious vehicles through the streets of Boston and into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Tourists can find two departure points: one at the Museum of Science and the other at Prudential Center.

Plimoth Plantation/Mayflower

Venture back in time to another world to historic Plimoth Plantation where you will become part of the Pilgrim’s 17th century world. Accompany Pilgrims as they go about their daily tasks in this living museum. Experience what it was like to come to this foreign place and build your own future. End your tour with a visit to the Mayflower II, Plymouth Rock or a climb on Cole’s Hill.

Harvard Walking Tour

Enjoy a one-hour guided tour, given by a current Harvard student, and learn what it would be like to attend Harvard University. The tour will walk you through the Cambridge campus and will educate you about college life in Boston. Walk past historical Harvard Yard and Harvard Square as you hear stories about famous alumni and learn about the school from a student perspective.

Sam Adams Brewery Tour

Most of us know that Samuel Adams played a role in the American Revolution, but you should also know he was a brewer whose namesake brewery put American craft brewing on the map in the 1980s. During the Sam Adams Brewery Tour you will experience the brewing process from start to finish while you enjoy sampling a taste of history.

Charles Riverboat Cruise

A Charles River cruise shows you Boston sites from a completely different perspective. On these 60-minute small boat cruise tours you will be taken around the Charles River Basin as the Captain points out the most historic sights on each shore. The riverboats used in these Charles River cruises feature panoramic windows so you can view all the spectacular sights along both banks of the river. The Charles Riverboat Company offers a variety of sightseeing and sunset cruises on the Charles River and Boston Harbor.

Swan Boats of Boston

The Swan Boats of Boston are located at Boston’s gorgeous Public Garden. The 15-minute pedal-powered boat ride, one of the most iconic sites in the city, takes guests on a leisurely paced tour around the garden’s lagoon, giving a unique glimpse of the garden’s 24 acres of blooming flowers and lush lawns.

Boston Bike Rental

Explore all the history and charm of Boston on your own time with this 24-hour Boston bike rental. You will be provided with a hybrid bike, bike lock, helmet and a map of popular Boston bike routes. Our pickup location, located across the street from Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, is a perfect location to begin your biking adventure. Within minutes, you can be pedaling in the North End, past the stately brownstones in Beacon Hill or riding around the Boston Common. Contact Urban AdvenTours to begin your biking experience today.

Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

Explore the most filmed area in Boston while taking the Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour. This unique walking tour of Boston Common and Beacon Hill will guide you through the places you’ve seen on screen and turn them into a reality. On the Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour a local actor will be your guide, leading you to over 30 area locations seen on screen while giving you inside behind-the-scenes info about the Boston TV and filming industry.

Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour

Take the ultimate tour of Boston with On Location Tours’ Boston TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour. Local actors will provide behind-the-scenes filming details and endless entertainment knowledge during these unique TV & movie tours making this more than your average Boston sightseeing expedition.

Zoos

Franklin Park Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre zoo nestled within Boston’s historic and largest park, Franklin Park. Located just four miles from downtown Boston, the zoo opened to the public in 1913, and is currently operated by Zoo New England, which also operates the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. For a truly unforgettable experience, visit the Tropical Forest and view the most innovative indoor gorilla exhibit in the world while you stand face-to-face with western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations.

Entertainment

TD Banknorth Garden

Since opening in 1995, more than 30 million people have visited the TD Garden to see the NHL’s Boston Bruins, NBA’s Boston Celtics, and the NLL’s Boston Blazers as well as other sporting events, family shows, concerts, ice shows and much more.

Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England is one of the best destinations for family fun. Included with your park admissions to modern and classic thrill rides and roller coasters you can experience Hurricane Harbor, New England’s largest water park which boasts two 500,000 gallon wave pools, more than a dozen slides, Hook’s Lagoon, a children’s play area, Typhoon water coaster and Splash Island. With an array of free concerts, entertaining shows, and special events there is no end to the fun!

Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre Boston is a medium-sized, formal seating-only venue with a rich history of live performances. This venue seats 2,700 and features some of Boston’s top live events.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park has been a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike for over 100 years. Home of the Boston Red Sox, this classic sports center is one of the most famous baseball fields in the world. No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”.

Harvard Square

Harvard Square is a world-renowned shopping, dining, cultural and historical destination. Located in the center of Cambridge and across from Harvard University, there are many stores and restaurants that can be found in this area.

Hospitals

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mass General is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and a biomedical research facility located in Boston, Massachusetts. The hospital is the third largest in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. Mass General conducts the largest hospital-based research program offered around the world.

Spaulding Rehab Hospital

The 132-bed rehabilitation teaching hospital, located in Boston, is the official teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School’s Department of physical medicine and Rehabilitation and the main campus of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is a member of Partners Continuing Care under Partners HealthCare, a non-profit organization that owns several hospitals in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Founded in 1824 and known locally as Mass. Eye and Ear, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is a specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. The 42-bed independent specialty hospital is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and primary teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. Located at 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston Children’s is adjacent to its teaching affiliate, Harvard Medical School. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, the Boston Children’s Hospital offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber is a major affiliate of Harvard Medical School located in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston, Massachusetts. As a clinical partner of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital Dana-Farber is able to attract many of the best physicians and scientists in the world to share in their mission. Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is a founding member of the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Dana-Farber is one of the world’s leading cancer centers and has been consistently rated a top cancer hospital.

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and is recognized internationally for its excellence and innovation in patient care, biomedical research, and education and training programs for physicians, scientists and health care professionals. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is committed to providing the highest-quality, patient- and family-centered care. Regarded as one of the safest hospitals anywhere, BWH was a pioneer developer of computerized physician order entry to prevent medication errors./p>

Colleges/Universities

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

One of the most well-known and respected universities in the world, MIT encompasses various academic departments with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. Over 57 Nobel Prize winners are associated with the school, 23 of which are alumni and ten who are currently on staff.

Harvard University

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most admired and prestigious universities in the world. Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the country’s oldest institution for higher learning and was named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard. Notable alumni include eight United States presidents.

Lesley University

Lesley University is a private, coeducational university that offers more than 20 undergraduate majors and over 90 Adult Bachelor’s, Master’s, Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study, and PhD programs at its Cambridge and Boston campuses, as well as off-campus and online programs. Although Lesley offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields, it is renowned for its programs in education.

Suffolk University

Originally founded as purely a law school, Suffolk University now comprises a college of arts & sciences, business school and art & design in addition to the law school and is the eighth largest university in Metro Boston. Located in downtown Boston, the school offers both full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate programs.

Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College is a two-year, multi-campus community college that provides higher education and job training services at two campuses and three satellite locations, and is the largest community college in Massachusetts. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts where more than 67 percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC’s students are women. The college also enrolls more than 800 international students who come from approximately 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.

Northeastern University

Founded in 1898 and located in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston, this private, educational research university has eight colleges and offers undergraduate majors in 65 departments, in addition to over 125 graduate programs.

Boston University

Boston University is one of the most vibrant universities in the world. With over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 140 countries, the college serves as a cultural and educational melting pot. Over 10,000 faculty and staff work in 16 schools and colleges, covering 250 fields of study across its Charles River and Medical Campuses.

Boston College

Boston College is a private, coeducational university with approximately 13,000 students located in the Chestnut Hill suburb of Boston. The school offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. In addition, the college offers highly ranked liberal arts programs in nursing, engineering, and business for undergraduates.

Tufts University

Home to the nation’s oldest graduate school for international relations and best known for its emphasis on international studies and public services, Tufts University offers excellent programs in many different areas and is viewed globally for its extensive liberal arts and engineering programs. Located just outside Boston in Somerville, MA, the university is recognized as having one of the nation’s elite undergraduate and graduate programs.