Boston boasts a myriad of museums, historical sites, churches, universities, restaurants, and shops. Moreover, because the city is compact and flat and has an excellent public transportation system, exploring Boston on foot or with the “T” (the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) is quick, easy, and safe. Below is a list of just a few of the places in the area that you might want to visit. You may find other ideas and events at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://www.bostonusa.com.
Boston by Foot
Tours include the following:
Beacon Hill (Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m.)
The Heart of the Freedom Trail (Monday–Friday 11:00 a.m.)
Victorian Back Bay (Friday 2 p.m.)
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress St., Boston
Open Sat.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Adults $14, children 1–15: $14
Boston Duck Tours
Departure locations: Museum of Science, Prudential Center
Adults $34.99, children 3–11 $23.99 (obtain tickets as far ahead as possible)
Boston Harbor Cruises – Whale Watch
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston
Open Mon.–Thurs. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun. 1–5 p.m.
Free tours Mon. at 2:30, Tues. at 6, Wed. at 11, Thurs. at 6, Friday at 11
Call 617-859-2216 for more information
Fenway Park Tours
Tours are held daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on nongame days and three hours prior to game time when the Red Sox are playing at home. The Red Sox are on the road during Neutrino 2014. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 5 p.m. Tickets, $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 for students with a valid student ID and for children ages 3 to 15, are available at the Gate D ticket booth, at the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. Tickets are available for purchase the day of a tour on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Freedom Trail
Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont St., Boston
If desired, buy tour tickets for any tour, any date (adults $12, children 6–12 $6.50). Self-guided maps are also available.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford St., Cambridge
See the Glass Flowers and 16 galleries of animals, minerals, and more
Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Adults $12, children $8
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway, Boston
Wed.–Mon. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thurs. until 9 p.m. (closed Tuesday)
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults $14, children 13-17 $10
Museum of Fine Arts
Mon., Tues., Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Wed.–Friday 10 a.m.–9:45 p.m.
Adults $25, children 7–17 $10 (free after 3 p.m.)
Special guided tour arranged for Wednesday – see Companion Program
Museum of Science
1 Science Park, Boston
Open Sat.-Thurs. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m–9 p.m.
Adults $23, children 3–11 $20
Old Town Trolley
Hop-on hop-off bus tour with stops throughout Boston.
See Brush Hill Tours agent for more information.
206 Clarendon Street, Boston
Guided tours offered daily (adults $7, children under 16 free)
Call 617-536-0944 x225 for tour hours
USS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Admission by donation