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Top 5 things to do in Boston

New England Aquarium
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New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is a huge aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. As well as the thousands of species inside the main aquarium building, other attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons IMAX Theater and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch. Whale watching operates from April through November only.
Fenway Park
#2
Fenway Park
Fenway Park is the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. It is located on the south bank of the Charles River, five minutes' walk from Boston University.
Museum of Science, Boston
#3
Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum of Science is a huge science museum and indoor zoo in Boston, Massachusetts. It is focused on learning through fun and interactive exhibits. Highlights are dinosaur fossils, a dizzying hall of mirrors, and a full-size replica of the Apollo command and service module. It is located in Science Park, an attraction-filled land spanning the Charles River.
Go City: Boston Passes
#4
Go City: Boston Passes
The Boston Go City Pass grants you access to 22 of the city's most popular attractions. Choose from a list that includes the New England Aquarium, Salem Witch Museum, Museum of Science and a host of fascinating tours. You'll also save a pretty penny – up to 40% on gate prices – so all you need to worry about is perfecting your Boston accent.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston
#5
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is an indoor LEGO®-themed playground. Located close to Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, it houses 12 family-fun attractions including rides, LEGO® workshops, and even a miniature Boston made from over a million bricks!
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English

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Dialing code

+1 (area code is 617)

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST)

One of the oldest cities in the U.S.

Famous for its role in American history, Harvard University, and the strong accent of the locals (clam chowDAH, anyone?), Boston has plenty to see, do and taste for the inquiring visitor.

The ‘Athens of America’ is a bustling harbor city, where innovation and tradition share space on cobblestone streets.

Enjoy fascinating museums, stunning architecture, world-class dining and a lively nightlife in one of the East Coast’s most beloved cities. Soak in the history, snap the seasonal foliage, and enjoy the views of Boston Harbor from the water itself.

Getting around

The layout of Boston isn’t as grid-like as many other cities in the United States. As such, the streets have a slightly European feel. Boston is a delight to walk, but it’s big: don’t hesitate to try the convenient public transport. The bus lines and subway are owned by the same company, which makes things easier.

For a more scenic trip, water shuttles, ferries and commuter rails are available, but they’re less frequent and not always as convenient as the bus or subway. Boston is a highly bike-friendly city, just make sure you know the rules of the road if you decide to hop on two wheels.

Climate

Boston is a city that’s beautiful year-round, which is probably a good thing considering the weather can be unpredictable. Summer (or something a lot like it!) stretches from May to September, with periods of high heat and humidity.

The city is stunning during the autumnal months and well worth a visit, but beware of winter – the New England snow is a force to be reckoned with!

What to do in Boston for 3 days

Cruise across one of America’s most stunning harbors

Whether you’re looking for a crash course in American history on the USS Constitution or a whale-watching adventure, Boston Harbor has no shortage of opportunities for you to get out onto the water.

From luxury catamarans to genuine naval ships of old, keep your eyes peeled for leaping dolphins and your ears open for tidbits about the early days of the Great American Experiment.

Relive the rebellion at the Boston Tea Party Museum

You may not know the exact history, but there’s no doubt you’ve heard of one of the pivotal moments of the American Revolution: the Boston Tea Party.

Learn how America’s forefathers defied British rule over 240 years ago, at the very harbor where the proverbial herb went down. From interactive exhibits to full-scale replicas of two 18th-century ships, you'll enjoy the visit no matter your cup of tea.

Dive into the New England Aquarium

Explore the wonders of the ocean without ever leaving dry land! The New England Aquarium is home to some of the cutest, wackiest and most impressive marine creatures, including turtles, seals, octopi, jellyfish, sea lions, penguins, and even a green anaconda!

Drink in the sights of the aquarium’s 200,000-gallon giant ocean exhibit that recreates the depths below for our fishy friends, stroke the beautiful stingrays and enjoy a series of IMAX nature documentaries to learn more about the marvels of nature.

Smash out the best sites of Boston with the Boston Explorer Pass

When time is of the essence, it’s wicked smaht to make the most of every minute in a new city. That’s where the Boston Explorer Pass – covering admission to many of the city’s greatest attractions and tours – is worth its weight in gold (well, a little more than its weight, given… you know).

The pass includes the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the CityView Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Sightseeing Tour, the Skywalk Observatory, the Freedom Trail Walking Tour and many more.

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