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RevolutionaryBoston at The Old State House

RevolutionaryBoston at The Old State House - Explore the Old State House and travel back in time to 1770 in Boston on the verge of the Revolutionary War. See historic rooms, exhibits, art and enjoy guided tours.

Museum of Science

Museum of Science - A museum dedicated to is to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society.

Skywalk Observatory

Skywalk Observatory - On the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower, enables visitors to discover all of Boston, from its founding to the present. It uses the panoramic views of the city as prompts to highlight people and sites, which make the city special. Twenty nine different exhibits present approximately 300 pieces of information that show what is behind the 360 degree view.

Colonial Theatre - The oldest continuously operating theatre in New England. Today the Colonial continues to present the best Broadway shows and world premieres using 21st Century technology surrounded by 19th Century elegance.

Suffolk Downs - When the Commonwealth of Massachusetts created the State Racing Commission in 1934 and legalized pari-mutuel wagering, the Eastern Racing Association wasted no time in constructing the state's first Thoroughbred racetrack, which it named Suffolk Downs.

Stone Zoo - Features South American grasslands, North American plains an indoor aviary focused on conservation of wildlife and lots more.

Quincy House - Built as a country estate in 1770, the Quincy House was originally surrounded by fields and pasture overlooking Quincy Bay. Its elegant architectural details, including a Chinese fretwork balustrade and classical portico.

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre - As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals.

Harvard Art Museums - While teaching and learning through direct contact with original works of art is central to the museums' mission, the importance of the wider reach offered by technology cannot be overestimated.

Fenway Park - Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled and today's stars still thrill Red Sox Nation. Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912.

Boston Tours - See all the important sites and attractions that make Boston such a great city. Experience the many highlights of Boston, Charlestown and Cambridge.

United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum - Home to the USS Salem, the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser. Come see this and other incredible vessels.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm - The oldest continuously working farm in the country; it was first deeded in the late 1600's. The farm is a popular, family-oriented apple-picking working farm, with animal attractions, train rides, stagecoach rides and more.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum - Dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.

Boston Harbor Cruises - Since 1926, Boston Harbor Cruises has been the city's premiere ticket to ride on Boston's extraordinary harbor. Cruises include whale watching, exclusive harbor island ferries, sightseeing cruises, private charters, special events and more.

Beacon Hill - The famous Boston neighborhood of red brick sidewalks, cobblestoned streets, elegant townhomes, and gas street lamps. Take a walking tour and admire this historic neighborhood.

Boston Common - The oldest public park in the country and the starting point of the Freedom Trail. A great place to sit and relax or enjoy a picnic.

Boston Movie Tours - Boston is home to nearly 400 movies and tv shows. This tour enables guests to visit sites around Boston where these shows were filmed.

Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops - World renowned orchestra, presents more than 250 concerts annually at Symphony Hall. Specializing in classical music as well as popular show tunes and other classics.

Boston CityPASS

Bunker Hill Monument - This monument stands 221 feet tall on Breed's Hill, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution on June 17, 1775.

Cheers - Located on Beacon Hill, this pub inspired the setting of the hit tv show "Cheers".

Coit Observatory - Coit Observatory Located at Boston University, this observatory offers free stargazing each Wednesday after 8:30 pm throughout the spring and summer.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market - Located in the heart of Boston, adjacent to the historic Faneuil Hall and close to many other historic attractions. You will find many places to shop and eat, as well as places for entertainment. One unique thing you will find here are street performers.

Frog Pond - Located at America's oldest public park, the Frog Pond is a place to enjoy outdoor ice skating during the winter months. In the spring and fall, the pond becomes a reflecting pool. In July and August, the Frog Pond becomes a wading pool for youngsters.

Gillette Stadium - From November to January, you can catch an NFL New England Patriots game. This stadium also features the New England Revolution, the region's major league soccer team.

Mary Baker Eddy Library - Explore the life of Mary Baker Eddy, who defied nineteenth-century thinking to become an influential religious leader, publisher, teacher and businesswoman. This museum also houses the famous Mapparium, a three-story, painted-glass globe.

New England Holocaust Memorial - This memorial was built to foster memory of one of the great tragedies of our time. The memorial features six luminous glass towers, each 54 feet high. The towers are lit at night. Located on the Freedom Trail.

Nichols House Museum - This four story town home was constructed in 1804 and is one of the earliest structures on Beacon Hill. This museum is open to the public and reflects the domestic life of a typical family of Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century.

Old Town Trolley Tours - Enjoy seeing the sites of Boston while riding in a trolley. You have the freedom to get on and off the trolley as often as you'd like; there's always another trolley coming along soon. Also offers a Ghost and Gravestones tour.

Public Garden - Home of the oldest botanical garden in the United States. This park is also home to the famous Swan Boats.

TD Garden - Catch a Boston Celtics basketball game at this stadium. The NHL Bruins also play here, as well as the New England professional indoor lacrosse team, the Boston Blazers.

The Freedom Trail - A 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that will lead you to 16 nationally significant historic sites. A place to learn about the rich history of the American Revolution.

The Old North Church - This church is most known for the night Robert Newman climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns, which signaled Paul Revere to take his famous ride. This even sparked the American Revolution. This church is also the oldest standing church building in Boston.

Swan Boats - Gracing the waters of the Public Garden, these swan boats have been a part of Boston for 130 years. Enjoy a ride in the boats, open April thru September, weather permitting.

Mapparium - This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Walk through the inside of this unique globe.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Displays an art collection of world importance, including works that rank among the most significant of their type. The collection comprised of more than 2,500 objects.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Museum of Natural History - Presenting the incomparable collections of these parent museums and the research of scientists across the University, it has a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses over 400,000 works of art. More than one million visitors each year experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium - The Aquarium's extensive collection includes the exotic and the familiar. More than 70 exhibits feature aquatic animals from as far away as India, the Amazon Rain Forest and Hawaii and as near as the Maine coast. And marine mammals make a big splash in daily presentations aboard Discovery, a unique floating pavilion.

New England Wild Flower Society - Explore and study the fascinating world of native plants. Whether you are interested in conservation and restoration of natural areas, or in creating beautiful and diverse habitats for your home garden.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology - Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology and houses one of the most comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western Hemisphere.

Museum of African American History - Dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

Larz Anderson Auto Museum - Home to "Americas oldest car collection". For over 75 years, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the collector car community through a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and lectures.

MIT Museum - Showcases the fascinating world of MIT, and inspires people of all ages about the possibilities and opportunities offered by science and technology.

Boston Children's Theater - For 75 years, the corporation now known as Boston Children's Theatre (BCT) has provided public services to the Boston Community. For the last 50 years, those activities have been devoted to children's theatre- 'Live Theatre for Children by Children .' BCT is one of the oldest children's theatrical organizations in the country.

Duck Tours - Land and water tour aboard a huge World War II Duck (amphibious vehicle) tours last about 80 minutes.

Museum of World War II - 10,000 square feet of display area, is described by London's Imperial War Museum as "a...private collection containing the most comprehensive display of original World War II artifacts on exhibit anywhere in the world".

Museum of Bad Art - The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush.

International Paper Museum - The first floor of the Carriage House is an active papermaking studio. Its main focus is on the technology of hand papermaking, emphasizing the making of paper for specific purposes, including paper as the basis of art forms.

U.S.S. Constitution Museum - Located in Charlestown, the U.S.S. Constitution was launched in 1797 and served in the Navy of the fledgling United States. Today, the Constitution remains the world's oldest fully commissioned warship afloat.

Franklin Park Zoo - Children and adults alike can experience hundreds of exotic animal species from around the world right in the middle of Boston! Explore the wonders of a tropical rainforest, the Australian outback, or the African Savannah in one of these exhibit areas.

Arnold Arboretum - Located at Harvard University, this arboretum has 265 acres of grounds filled with over 4000 types of trees. Open free to the public every day from sunrise to sunset.

Boston Ballet - One of the major ballet companies in North America and among the top companies in the world. Enjoy one of their performances, October thru May.

Boston Fire Museum - The museum preserves and displays fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area. Located in the old firehouse on Congress Street since 1983. Dedicated to informing vistors about the history of fire fighting.

Boston Opera House - Located in the heart of the theatre district, this opera house first opened in 1928. It is New England's premier spot for live entertainment.

Boston Public Library - Free tours of the nation's first public library. Tours highlight the architecture and works of famed sculptors and painters.

Castle Island - This 22-acre park is connected to the mainland by pedestrian and vehicular causeways. The dominating feature of the island is Fort Independence, a granite fort built between 1834 and 1851.

Chinatown - The only historically Chinese area in New England. Centered on Beach Street, this neighborhood borders Boston Common, Downtown Crossing, and the South End. Enjoy many markets and restaurants.

Copley Place - Located in the historic Back Bay, a fabulous shopping destination with 75 stores. This upscale center includes two levels of shopping, restaurants, office space, parking spaces and two hotels.

French Cultural Center - Devoted to promoting the language and culture of France. Hosts events for children and adults.

Gibson House Museum - A historic house museum of the Back Bay. Filled with original possessions and furniture. Visitors get a glimpse of the lives of a well-to-do Boston family.

Harvard Square - Owned by Harvard University, the nation's oldest institution, this square is a main part of campus. It offers dining, shopping, bookstores and historic sites.

Massachusetts State House Tours - Explore the oldest building on Beacon Hill. Free tours are offered Monday through Friday by reservation.

Newbury Street - Shop in some of Boston's most chic and fashionable stores. Eight blocks filled with dining, boutiques, and salons.

Old South Meeting House - In 1773 this meeting house held the mass protest meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party. It has served as an active gathering place for discussion and a sanctuary for free speech.

Paul Revere House - Paul Revere's home is still standing and is Boston's oldest building. Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800. It is from this home in 1775 that Paul Revere left to set out on his journey that would make him a legend.

Sports Museum of New England - This museum showcases the history of sports in New England.

Commonwealth Museum - The state museum of Massachusetts' history and people. Cases display the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, "John Adams" Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, and unique royal charters. Another featured piece is the copper plate Paul Revere used to engrave his image of the Boston Massacre. Free Admission

The Prudential Center - Features over 75 shops and restaurants. You can also find trolley tours and this shopping center.

Institute of Contemporary Art - The Institute strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

Old State House Museum - Within these walls, Samuel Adams, James Otis, John Hancock, and John Adams debated the future of the British colonies. The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from the balcony.

Boston Children's Museum - Exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. The Museum is the second oldest in the nation. The museum features a variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits that are great for children ages 10 and under. Some of the most popular are Climbing the Walls, Arthur's World, Bubbles, and PlaySpace.