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The 15 Best Boston Tours
Get to know one of America's most historic cities with these tours.
Take to Boston's gorgeous streets to learn about its rich history. (Getty Images)
Hoping to experience Boston through the eyes of a local? A guided tour may be just the thing. Factoring in traveler sentiment and expert opinion, U.S. News selected some of Boston's best tours. Whether you're eating your way through the North End or zipping around Boston Common on a Segway, you'll see this New England city in a new light and learn some of its history along the way during these top Boston tours.
Note: Some tour providers on this list may be running more limited operations due to COVID-19 or may impose testing or vaccine requirements. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.
The Revolutionary Story Tour
Price: From $65 Duration: 4 hours
Many reviewers call this tour enjoyable and one of the best walking tours they'd ever been on thanks to the engaging guide. Led by a local resident with degrees in history, political science and public policy, the nearly four-hour tour takes visitors through the streets of Boston to chronologically retell the story of the American Revolution. Along the 3 1/2-mile jaunt, you'll pass by a dozen of the sites featured on the Freedom Trail , and you'll also hear about the key players in 18th-century Boston, including John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere.
Tours are generally offered Tuesday through Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Tickets cost approximately $65 per person. The company partners with another local guide to provide private tours.
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City Experiences by Hornblower – New England Aquarium Whale Watch Cruise
Price: Adults from $65; kids from $45 Duration: 4 hours
Hop on one of City Experience's high-speed catamarans for a whale watching excursion to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This area is a magnet for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine creatures who head there to feed. New England Aquarium naturalists on board offer their insights on whales, answer questions and explain whale behaviors, a big plus for travelers. During your approximately four-hour trip, you may see several different species of whales, including humpbacks, finbacks, minkes, sei whales and endangered right whales. Tours leave from mid-March through mid-November from Long Wharf, which is located near the aquarium. Tour frequency depends on the month, but there is at least one per day. Cruisers say the tour is fun and report seeing plenty of wildlife.
Tickets start at $65 for adults, $57 for seniors and $45 for children ages 3 to 11. Combo tickets that include admission to the aquarium are also available. The company also offers sightseeing and sunset cruises.
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CityView Trolley Tours
Price: Adults from $40; kids from $20 Duration: 1 hour
The family-friendly hop-on, hop-off CityView Trolley Tours offer a convenient and comfortable way to explore the city and visit its top attractions , something visitors (especially those in Boston for the first time) appreciate. Stops at the New England Aquarium, Quincy Market and Old North Church, among others, make it easy to access sites along the Freedom Trail and other neighborhoods. What's more, guides share fun and informational tidbits along the way. Trolleys run daily from mid-April to October from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
One-day tickets cost around $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 to 12. Note: While you can hop on and hop off the trolley as you please, tickets are only valid for one full tour loop. Two-day passes are also available.
Several of Boston's tours stop near Faneuil Hall Marketplace. (Getty Images)
Old Town Trolley Tours – Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Price: Adults from $50; kids from $30 Duration: 1.5 hours
Explore the top sights in Boston on this hop-on, hop-off trolley tour that makes 18 stops. Along the route, you can hop off and explore attractions like Faneuil Hall , the "Cheers" bar, the USS Constitution and the Old State House, and then hop back on at your leisure. Without getting off, you'll tour for about 90 minutes. Trolleys frequent stops approximately every 15 minutes. Participants praise the convenience this tour offers and rave about the entertaining, informative guides. Reviewers also say the tour is a great way to see the city without having to do a lot of walking. Trolleys run daily from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the time of year.
Tickets for the one-day tour, which allow for unlimited re-boarding, start at approximately $50 per adult and $30 per child ages 4 to 12. Tickets also get you discounted rates for a Boston Harbor cruise as well as discounted entry to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum . Two-day tickets, as well as the Ghosts & Gravestones evening tour are also available.
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Boston Pizza Tours – North End Pizza Tour
Price: From $49 Duration: 2.5 hours
Sink your teeth into some of Boston's best pizza on this 2 1/2-hour walking tour. You'll start your stroll in North End, which is considered Boston's Little Italy. Along the way, you'll pass by five sites on the Freedom Trail, including the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church . The tour cost includes three full-size pizza slices, water and a cannoli. Tourgoers applaud guides for their positive attitudes and entertaining, educational delivery of Boston history. Reviewers are also complimentary of the food. Tours are generally offered three times daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets start at $49 per person. Participants with dietary restrictions can still tour, but will pay $69 for gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan options. Tours are capped at 12 participants.
Fenway Park Tours
Price: Adults from $25; kids from $17 Duration: 1 hour
Baseball fans and history buffs relish the chance to take a behind-the-scenes peek at America's oldest ballpark . Even non-baseball fans find the tour worthwhile, according to reviewers. The one-hour tour takes visitors to important sites within the ballpark, including the world-famous 37-foot-high Green Monster. The excellent guides, full of Red Sox and Fenway Park trivia, offer an entertaining tour and are a hit with participants. Tours run year-round from 9.m. to 5 p.m. (at 10 a.m. November through March) and start on the hour.
Tickets start at $25 for adults and $17 for children ages 3 to 12. Fenway Park also offers a variety of other stadium tours, including Day Game Premium Tours and Fenway in Fifteen, a condensed 15-minute tour.
The Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway is a great outdoor space in the city. (Courtesy of Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway)
Boston Segway Tours
Price: From $69 per person Duration: 1 or 2 hours
Boston Segway Tours takes visitors on an adventure through the city on one- or two-hour tours. Since it's faster to glide than walk, you can cover much more ground on Segway than by foot. As you travel from Boston Common to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway , your guide takes you by some of Boston's most famous landmarks while always keeping an eye out for riders' safety, according to tour-takers. The longer tour includes a visit to Cambridge .
Participants must be 14 or older and weigh at least 100 pounds to ride; additional restrictions may apply. Tickets start at $69 for a one-hour tour and $99 for two hours.
Urban AdvenTours – City View Bike Tour
Price: From $60 Duration: 3 hours
Exploring Boston by bike is a great way to cover a lot of ground in an exciting, active way. Urban AdvenTours' flagship City View Bike Tour takes participants on a 10- to 12-mile trek through six different neighborhoods in about three hours. You'll bike through major Boston sites, such as North End, the Boston University campus and Kenmore Square, Fenway Park, the South End, Boston Common and Long Wharf. Along with the comprehensive overview of the city, riders commend the care guides take in making them feel safe. This tour rides daily at 10 a.m., with additional 2 p.m. departures on Saturday and Sunday during the summer months. The tour is best for those comfortable riding on city streets. Children must be age 10 or older.
Tickets start at $60; adults can upgrade to an electric bike for an extra $50. Urban AdvenTours also offers cycling trips through Cambridge and the Emerald Necklace park system, as well as a family-friendly tour for kids 10 and younger.
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Off The Eaten Path Tours
Price: Adults from $90; kids from $40 Duration: 2.5 hours
On this 2 1/2-hour food tour of the North End – Boston's famous Italian neighborhood – owner Paula Noukos promises more than just samples of tasty food. Besides stopping at popular spots, such as Bricco Panetteria and Galleria Umberto, you'll hear tips on how to shop for the best extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegars. You'll also learn about the history and architecture of this unique neighborhood, a highlight for reviewers. Travelers are also fond of the guide and appreciate her vast knowledge of the neighborhood.
Tours are generally offered Wednesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and are limited to 12 people. Tickets cost approximately $90 per person ages 11 and older and $40 for children 10 and younger.
For many visitors, the highlight of the Boston Duck Tour is when the vehicle dips into the Charles River. (Courtesy of Boston Duck Tours)
Boston Duck Tours
Price: Adults from $48.99; kids from $33.99 Duration: 80 minutes
Quack and splash your way around Beantown with the entertaining Boston Duck Tours, which takes passengers around Boston and into the Charles River on World War II-style amphibious landing vehicles. On the approximately 80-minute tour, entertaining "conDUCKtors" keep up a lively patter, describing neighborhoods, Boston history, architecture and trivia along the way. A highlight for many visitors is when the vehicle heads into the river offering a different perspective of the city.
Tickets start at $48.99 for adults and $33.99 for kids ages 3 to 11; discounts are available for seniors and children 2 and younger. Tours depart from the Museum of Science , the Prudential Center and the New England Aquarium several times a day.
Boston Crawling – Independence Pub Crawl
Price: From $75 Duration: 2 hours
Sip your way through the city at four historic watering holes on Boston Crawling's Independence Pub Crawl. On this roughly two-hour tour, you'll visit pubs that have historic significance, drink local brews and hear Boston's "secret" history as you barhop along the Freedom Trail. Reviewers say the tour is informative and fun and applaud the beer recommendations provided by the guides. Participants can take tours daily at 3 and 7 p.m. and must be at least 21 years old, regardless of whether they're drinking.
Tickets start at approximately $75, which includes four draft beers of your choice. If you prefer to purchase drinks as you go, tickets start at about $50.
PhotoWalks Tours of Boston – Freedom Trail
Price: Adults from $45; kids from $20 Duration: 1.5 hours
Explore the historic sites of the city and refine your photography skills at the same time on this 90-minute tour. In addition to visiting Freedom Trail landmarks, such as Boston Common, Park Street Church, the Granary Burying Ground and the Boston Massacre Site, you'll also learn expert tips on how to use your camera or smartphone to take the best pictures – a highlight for many participants. Reviewers are also complimentary of the insightful guides. Tours run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday year-round at 1 p.m.
Tickets cost approximately $45 for adults and $20 for youths ages 10 to 17. If you're interested in exploring other neighborhoods or topics, you can sign up for one of PhotoWalks' other tours, including Beacon Hill and the North End, among others.
Boston's Freedom Trail tours offer a glimpse into Boston's history. (Courtesy of the Freedom Trail Tour)
Freedom Trail Tours – Walk Into History
Price: Adults from $16; kids from $8 Duration: 1.5 hours
The nonprofit Freedom Trail Foundation leads the way on this 90-minute tour of the Freedom Trail – a milelong path that weaves past some of the city's most historic sites. A costumed guide, in character, leads you to 11 sites, including Boston Common, King's Chapel, the Old South Meeting House, the Boston Massacre site and Faneuil Hall. Reviewers rave about the guides and the characters they inhabit, and highly recommend this excursion over a self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail.
The foundation offers tours daily and tickets start at $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $8 for children ages 6 to 12. Other themed tours, including tours that focus on the women of the Revolutionary War and African American patriots, are also available.
Boston Foodie Tours – Boston Public Market & North End Tour
Price: From $85 Duration: 3 hours
Boston Foodie Tours explores two of Boston's famous mainstays: The North End and the Boston Public Market. After enjoying pizza, cannoli and bread in the North End, you'll wind your way to the market to sample doughnuts and ice cream, among other treats. Your tour concludes with a tasting of clam chowder and cornbread.
The three-hour tour costs approximately $85 and travelers say it's a great way to spend time in the city. Tours run Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The company also offers a comprehensive tour of the North End, plus a private foodie outing to Beacon Hill, among other options.
City Brew Tours – Original Brew Tour
Price: From $79 Duration: 5 hours
For an in-depth Boston beer education, City Brew Tours' five-hour Original Brew Tour is a great place to start. During the tour, you'll be chauffeured around the city in a comfortable van, visit four breweries (typically including the Samuel Adams Brewery ), get behind-the-scenes tours and enjoy up to 16 different local craft beers, including a beer-pairing lunch at Cambridge or Chelsea Station. Tourgoers laud the knowledgeable guides and love that driving isn't an issue. City Brew offers this tour Thursday to Sunday. They depart at 11:45 a.m., with an additional tour at 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
All-inclusive tickets – which include 16 beer samples – cost approximately $110. Those who want to pay as they go or join the tour but not drink will pay $79. All participants must be 21 or older to tour. A condensed 3 1/2-hour tour is also offered, as are private tours.
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Thought it was a cool and different way to tour the city of Boston. Friendly tour guide.. This is something I had fun doing but don't know if I'd suggest to a friend
The 2 hour Segway tour was a blast! Our tour guide Matt was excellent and it was worth every penny. Highly recommend this tour if you want to cover a lot of Boston in a short period of time.
All the highlights of the city with very knowledgeable tour guides!! Highly recommend for those wanting to hit the tourist spots!
Our guide Ariel was great! He made us feel comfortable on the segway and knew lots about Boston's history. He even had candy!
Our tour guide was funny and informative! Using the Segway was easier than I thought and we got to see a lot! My only complaint was that my radio was crackly so I missed some of the tour guide's jokes. But we saw so much more than we would have with a walking tour, and the guide took pictures and shared them for free. Thanks to the team for a great afternoon!
Captain Mykel was great! Even though I kept messing up, he never gave up on me and helped me! I recommend!
These people were SOOOO kind and SOOOO knowledgeable. I was born and raised in San Diego so i thought there was everything to know about my city but they taught me so much and it was so enjoyable too. Will never forget my experience with them and will definitely recommend it for my friends.
My dad, brother and me took the tour with Chevella. She was a great guide. Great experience, easy to learn to ride, definitely would do this anywhere I went to see the city. I was apprehensive when my brother suggested it but it was an absolute blast!
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Things to do in Boston
Locals share their favorite places to visit in boston in 2023.
From iconic sports stadiums to historic sites and charming neighborhoods, Boston has something for everyone! Whether you're looking for a fun day of exploring or a relaxing evening taking in the sights, this city has plenty of amazing places to visit. Here are some of our locals' favorite places to explore in Boston!
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1. boston children's museum.
With interactive exhibits and educational programs, it's sure to be an enjoyable time for both children and adults alike.
"Perfect mix of educational activities, fun and exercise (rock climbing, jungle gym, dancing lights, etc) for children and it’s all in one place! The Boston Children’s Museum makes learning fun." - Karen
"We love Sunday afternoons at Children's Museum. $1 per person. An actually affordable evening for families on a fixed income." - Jessica
2. Museum of Science Boston
With its variety of interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, and IMAX films, it's perfect for anyone interested in science. Plus, the museum offers a wide range of educational programs for all ages.
"Great variety for the large age range of my kids. Keeps my kids busy and interested for hours. There is really something for everyone here, including great live animal shows. The Museum of Science Membership is a great deal - the kids never want to leave." - Maria
"The discovery center is awesome for smaller children. Bring your lunch and eat it while watching the giant marble run. So fun!" - Ariela
3. New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is a must-visit spot for those looking to explore the ocean’s wonders! See amazing creatures like sea otters, penguins, and sharks in their natural habitats.
" Boston's Aquarium is educational and has fun things to do for the kids plus the staff is very engaging with kids." - Jan
"It's fun and exciting for the kids. It's a special adventure to the city and we get to see the dolphins and fish. Something they don't get a chance to see and do every day. Makes it really special." - Cherayna
4. Rose Kennedy Greenway
Take a stroll through The Rose Kennedy Greenway, the 15-acre park near downtown Boston. Explore the interactive art installations, attend a special event, or take a ride on the historic and whimsical Greenway Carousel featuring hand-painted animal figures to bring smiles to all ages!
" The Greenway is a great place for the children to splash in water on a hot day. There is also a carousel for them to ride. It's close to the North End, where you can go get some pizza or some goodies from the bakeries." - Cheryl
"Kids love the carousel - it's like Magic in the City!" - Angela
5. Lawn On D
Visit Lawn on the D, a unique art park located near South Station with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the views! Enjoy delicious food from local vendors, check out live music and special events, or relax in the lawn chairs while soaking up some sunshine.
"There are lots of fun public events going on at T he Lawn on D , like the Summer Block Party, summer movies, live music & oversized games for the kids. The swings alone are great. It's easy to get to. Something for all ages to enjoy." - Deb
6. Castle Island & Fort Independence
Step back in time at Castle Island and Fort Independence, a 22-acre National Historic Landmark located along the harbor. Explore the centuries-old fortification and check out the views of Boston skyline from its walls. Take a scenic walk around the island and don't miss the seasonal concessions on site.
"So much to see and do at Castle Island . We love walking the loop, catching a breeze, watching planes take off and land at Logan, playing on the playground and of course grabbing a snack from Sullivans." - Paige
"First off “Sullivan’s” for hot dogs! Then the kiddos spend some time in the playground. If we go on a Sunday, the Fort is open and they love going through it. Often a walk around the inner loop and then they get their ice cream. A great day for all." - Barbara
7. Franklin Park Zoo
With over 200 species of animals and several attractions, this zoo offers a fantastic day out for the whole family. Check out the stunning African Savannah and Gorilla Habitats, take a tram ride around the grounds, and witness live animal shows.
"Great day out with kids. Free parking and plenty of picnic areas. An oasis in the city of Boston. The gorilla exhibit, outdoor bird feeding area, lions, and huge playground are our favorites." - Mary
"The renovations and improvements they have made at Franklin Park Zoo are awesome. Kids love the outdoor nature area with giant nest to climb." - Jen
8. Boston Public Garden
Take a stroll through the lush greenery of Boston Public Garden and hop on board a Swan Boat for a tour of its serene lagoon. The park is also home to an array of statues, monuments, and other attractions. Explore the fragrant flower beds, take a ride on a carousel, or relax in one of the many public areas around the garden.
"The Boston Public Garden is accessible by multiple modes of transportation, lots of options of things to do (swan boats, frog pond, playground, carousel, etc.), different option for food (including bringing your own picnic). I have been bringing my daughter every summer since she was born, I can make a day out of it or just go in for a couple of hours." - Jessica
9. Boston Common & Frog Pond
Spend an afternoon in the peaceful surrounds of Boston Common for a perfect outdoor escape. Stroll along winding trails to soak up the natural beauty, have dun at the wading pool in summer or take a leisurely skate around the ice rink in winter months.
"It's easy to get to and centrally located. The green line has a stop at Boston Common . The Common has plenty of grassy areas, a playground, a carousel and Frog Pond wading pool, food, drinks, bathroom and sitting areas." - Keri
"There’s a playground and carousel nearby and the atmosphere is great. Kids have so much fun here and in general, it's such a happy place to be on a warm day especially." - Sue
10. USS Constitution (tie)
This restored warship is one of the oldest warships in the world, making it a great destination for history buffs. Climb aboard to explore its decks and get an up-close look at this remarkable ship. Immerse yourself in stories of years gone by while taking in breathtaking views of Boston Harbor.
"It is very cool to go on a ship that was built in the 1700s at the time of our first president, George Washington. It was commissioned by the navy. It is amazing that a ship that age is still around for us to tour." - Cheryl
"The USS Constitution Museum and Old Ironsides are free to visit, and you learn a lot of history. We like to take the Charlestown Ferry over from Atlantic Wharf." - Angela
10. Boston Duck Tours (tie)
Climb onto an amphibious vehicle and explore the city, coasting along the Charles River before taking a plunge into the harbor. With its unique combination of land and sea tours, duck tours offer a fun and fascinating way to discover all that Boston has to offer. Enjoy hilarious commentary from your knowledgeable guides as you take in some of Boston's most iconic sights.
"You get to ride on an amphibious vehicle through Boston and into the Charles River, learning history along the way. Boston Duck Tours are so fun!" - Jill
Now the hidden gems! The off the beaten path ideas, the stuff you may not have heard of already, but should certainly visit...
The Anchor at Shipyard Park
From its vantage point overlooking the harbor, visitors can take in breathtaking views of sailing boats and gorgeous sunsets. This unique spot also offers a variety of activities for visitors looking to explore and relax. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the harbor, a picnic on the beach, or fishing off one of the piers.
"A new beer garden in Charlestown that is family friendly! Great views, international beer selection, 90+ wines, and some delicious food options. Plus lots of fun activities and programming for kids! Win." - Jared
Arnold Arboretum & Jamaica Pond
Wander along winding trails and explore the area's lush foliage, with over 250 species of plants to observe. Take a boat ride across the tranquil pond, or enjoy a peaceful picnic on the lawn overlooking the banks of Jamaica Pond.
"In the spring it is fun to watch for turtles at the pond. I have seen logs with up to 6 turtles! The Arboretum is fun to run wild and free. No fear of vehicles, bikes or scooters!" - Jill
Boston Public Market
The Boston Public Market offers a unique experience for food lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike! Here, you can explore delicious local farmer’s market offerings like fresh fruits, vegetables, and gourmet foods. Discover unusual items from around the world or visit one of the many cooking demonstrations and workshops. Shop for handmade crafts, pick up an artisanal gift item, or simply relax in the seating area with a cup of coffee.
"Such a beautiful space filled with local vendors, and delicious foods. You can sample variety of things, connect with small businesses, sit and chat, or even take a cooking class." - Lindsay "The cooking classes at Boston Public Kitchen are terrific. Great way for kids to learn about turning a recipe into a dish, from prepping & measuring to serving. Love the kitchen space - for all ages!" - Lisa
Boston Harbor Islands
Take a ferry ride across the picturesque water and explore some of the most beautiful islands along the East Coast. Visit Fort Warren, or take a dip in the refreshing waters at Spectacle Island. Enjoy hiking trails, climbing walls, beaches, and more - all while taking in breathtaking views of Boston’s skyline.
"Who doesn't like a boat ride? It is great to see Boston from out in the harbor. It is also nice to see that the islands are not all built up like the city is. Each island is different. The island that has the fort is very interesting to children. Often there are special activities planned specifically for children on the islands." - Cheryl
Bunker Hill Monument
The Bunker Hill Monument is a symbol of the Revolutionary War’s first major battle, an event that changed the course of American history. Located in Charlestown, this granite obelisk stands proudly at 221 feet tall and offers beautiful panoramic views of the harbor. Take a guided tour or climb the 294 steps to its top platform and discover historical artifacts from the war.
"This is a fun challenge for school-aged kids who love to climb the stairs in a tower and look at the view. It's 294 steps up so it's definitely a workout! We like to make a day of it, walk over the bridge from downtown, then take the Ferry back to Atlantic Wharf." - Kristen
Christian Science Plaza Fountains
The Christian Science Plaza Fountains, located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, offer a tranquil respite from the city's hustle and bustle. Step into the calming oasis and watch as the 75-foot high granite walls are illuminated by thousands of lights. Let yourself be mesmerized by the synchronized music playing while witnessing colorful streams of water dance gracefully in waterfall-like cascades.
"The entire family can have fun splashing in the fountain, get in some exercise running after each other, and cooling off. Lots of great restaurants nearby to have lunch or a quick snack. The plaza is a beautiful promenade the city." - Tribora
Christopher Columbus Park
The Christopher Columbus Park in Boston is a gorgeous public space overlooking the harbor. Lined with lush trees, gardens and winding pathways, this park was designed to provide residents with a peaceful green oasis. Visitors can spend time at its fountain or take strolls along the pier while admiring the stunning views of the lighthouse and ships sailing by.
"Many fun events take place here, there is a playground nearby, lots of benches, open green space, a small spray fountain, waterfront views, and the Greenway Carousel is right across the street. Plus you can walk to North End or Quincy Market for food and ice cream." - Lily
Chez Vous Roller Rink
Chez Vous Roller Rink is a unique destination for fun-seekers! This roller rink provides a great way to get active while having a blast. With music blaring and colorful lights shining, visitors can put on their skates and enjoy a night full of gliding, twirling, and skating around the huge space.
"Another family fun place to roller skate to some great music. It’s a great roller skate rink that attracts diverse families." - Nadine
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is an organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the historic parks and parkways of Boston's Emerald Necklace. This green space is over a century old, with 7 parks that stretch from the Back Bay Fens in the south to Franklin Park in the north. The Conservancy ensures that these parks are kept green and inviting for visitors, with activities like biking, running, walking, bird watching and so much more.
"This park is close to the zoo, Jamaica Plain pond, Arnold Arboretum and other venues. It's a definitely a great place to get kids outside to hike and explore." - Nancy
Faneuil Hall is a historic marketplace and gathering place located in downtown Boston. Opened in 1742, this beloved landmark has been the site of countless famous speeches and debates that shaped American history. Today, Faneuil Hall is still a vibrant civic center for locals and visitors alike. With its cobblestone streets, vibrant eateries, museums, shops and more, there’s something for everyone at this iconic location.
"There is often entertainment here and street performers. There are lots of food vendors to choose from and some shopping. It is a great place for kids to pick up their Boston souvenirs. For a bit of history, visit the Great Hall (doors are right across from Quincy Market entrance) and the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Museum." - Sara
Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell
Fridays at the Hatch Shell are a highlight of summer in Boston! Every Friday night from late June through the end of August, movie fans can enjoy free outdoor screenings of classic films, all presented on the big screen alongside live musical performances. Nothing beats watching a movie beneath the stars with friends and family, so be sure to put this fun event on your calendar!
"Can picnic and watch a movie under the stars at the Hatch Shell. Something so cool about outdoor movie nights. Get there early for fun kids activities." - Ginnie
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile marked path that winds through downtown Boston, leading visitors through some of the city's most iconic and important sites. This popular attraction takes you back in time to explore the history behind the American Revolution. Follow the red brick road to visit 16 historical stops that tell the stories of those who shaped our nation’s birth. From churches, gravesites and monuments, to educational exhibits and interactive activities, you’re sure to have a memorable experience on this must-see trail.
"This tour is better for older children because of the amount of walking and because of the historical content. It is a great way to see what you read about in your history books." - Charlotte
"From start to finish, I felt like I was taking a journey back in time and learning more about the events that shaped our nation. The red brick trail is easy to follow, so I didn't have any trouble visiting the 16 historical sites along the way. Highly recommend this tour for history fans." - Nikki
Home to Fort Warren, which dates back to the Civil War era, the island contains a wealth of historical sites and artifacts that make it one of the most interesting places to visit in the city. Visitors can explore the fort's underground network of tunnels, view cannons and bunkers, and take part in interactive exhibits that detail its history.
"Spooky real fort, history, a playground, a boat ride, a picnic area... ALL THE THINGS!" - Amanda
"The kids love exploring the fort and the ferry ride is relaxing." - Heidi
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a treasured institution in Boston, and a must-see for art enthusiasts. The museum houses an incredible collection of European, Asian, and American artwork from the 15th century to present day. It also features stunning gardens that offer visitors a chance to experience nature alongside its wide range of masterpieces.
"This museum was once the home of the wealthy, well-educated Isabella Stewart Gardner. Her appreciation for great art and displaying it fittingly continues to astound people from around the world today. The best features include a beautiful courtyard with an Italian feel and a rotating display of seasonal flowers, and the artwork of many renowned painters including Rembrant and John Singer Sargent. This whimsical museum is small and suitable for young children to give them a sense of wonderment and appreciation for art." - Elizabeth
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Boston is a paradise for car lovers! Located on the grounds of the Larz Anderson Estate, the museum features an incredible collection of over 80 vintage cars from around the world. Visitors can explore the museum's galleries and learn about automotive history, from early prototypes to classic models to luxury vehicles.
"Fun and interesting all the vehicles in pristine condition very well kept and informative. Then after the museum we went to lars anderson park for a picnic playground and play fields a complete day of fun." - Jodi
Launch Trampoline Park
With over 8000 square feet of interconnected trampolines, the park offers an exciting range of activities for all ages. Visitors can take part in dodgeball games, basketball dunk competitions, gladiator jousting matches and more. There are also tumbling classes and fitness programs to help you hone your skills and get fit!
"My kids have a blast and hungry and tired when we are done. It's great place to have them play and get in loads of exercise." - Nadine
Mugar Omni Theater
The Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science in Boston is an incredible experience. With its 70mm film projection and five story high domed screen, the theater takes you on a journey through time and space. You can explore distant galaxies, go back in time to witness great historical events or get up close to exotic wildlife.
"The Mugar Omni Theater is an immersive experience that's sure to delight all ages!" - John
"The huge screen is amazing and the films show us places and nature close up, in a way we would never see otherwise. I have seen my children and my grandchildren mesmerized watching the films there." - Cherie
Enjoy a picnic on one of the many grassy areas, go for a refreshing walk along the pier, or spend a leisurely afternoon fishing off the dock. There's even an outdoor amphitheater where you can soak up some amazing music!
"Incredibly beautiful park with awesome views of Boston Harbor and the Boston Skyline. Splash park is a nice feature on hot days and the playground has lots of things for the little ones. Love walking along the tree-shaded pier. T stop is Maverick Station. Some say this is the best kept secret in Boston - I tend to agree.." - Elizabeth
Located in the center of the city, this grand fountain features three concentric rings that spray hundreds of gallons of water into the air. During day or night, visitors take pleasure in watching the fountain come alive with its displays of illuminated colored lights and its mesmerizing water jets.
"It's a fun area to cool off and share some smiles and make memories! There is so much to do on the Greenway in general, but on a hot day, nothing beats splashing in the fountains. In the evening, the fountain spray lights up which adds a whole new dimension to the fun." - Kate
Take in the breathtaking views from the water as you travel from one destination to another, often at a fraction of the time it would take to walk or drive.
"Affordable way to get around the city and catch some awesome views! We like to take a roundtrip ride for the views, the breeze and to watch the planes land." - Erika
"My girls & I love to take the Charlestown Ferry over to the USS Constitution Museum." - Sarah
Mayor Menino Park & Playground
Located in the historic Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, the park is filled with fun opportunities for play, including slides and swings, as well as an outdoor amphitheater for hosting concerts and performances. Jog or walk around the various pathways, have a picnic in the grassy meadow or take a stroll through the forested area.
"Awesome playground, fun equipment, beautiful views! It's also just a short drive away from downtown Boston, making it easily accessible for anyone looking for a fun day out." - Mark
Riding the T
You can feel the energy of the city as you travel along and make stops at popular attractions, neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. The T system is easy to use, making it an ideal choice for transportation.
"You don’t get much cheaper for an adventure, and they could ride it for hours if I let them!" - Amanda
"My boys love trains. We love to ride the commuter rail during off peak hours and watch the world go by." - Sallie
And last but not the least, some of our partners & friends providing tours in Boston.
Old Town Trolley
Taking the Old Town Trolley in Boston is a great way to explore the city! You can hop on and off at any of the stops and take your time visiting popular attractions, neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. The trolley is narrated by knowledgeable guides who provide interesting insight into the history of the city. It's also a comfortable ride that allows you to see much more than you would be able to on foot.
Boston Harbor Cruises
Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) is the nation's oldest and largest private operator of passenger vessels. BHC provides unique experiences that are sure to meet any adventure seeker's needs. The Cape Cod Fast Ferry offers affordable service between Cape Cod and nearby islands while Codzilla is an adrenaline-filled thrill ride that has become a popular favorite. There are also two pier side patio bars, The Landing at Long Wharf and The Landing at the Salem Ferry, offering scenic views while indulging in tasty food and drinks. In addition, BHC provides offshore support services for underwater survey, research and LNG work.
Urban AdvenTours offers bike rentals and guided bike tours of Boston - from historic landmarks to quaint neighborhood streets of Boston and Cambridge - for families, students and visitors. Their custom city bikes are top quality, well maintained, and comfortable. Bike tour routes are designed to be safe while covering a lot of ground in a short time. They are ready to show you a "wheely" good time!
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Boston Segway - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)
Boston Segway Tours
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