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Boston: New England Aquarium Entry Ticket

1. Boston: New England Aquarium Entry Ticket

Start your visit to the New England Aquarium at the charming penguin colony, before experiencing 360-degree views of the spectacular new 4-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with more animals than ever before. Take a stroll on the spiral walkway around the reef as sea turtles, sharks, moray eels, and tropical fish glide through their vibrant habitat. From sea jellies to sea dragons, you will explore the planet without leaving downtown Boston. The Aquarium is a treasure trove ready for exploration by families and ocean lovers. Your admission ticket includes entrance to the following exhibits: Amazon Rainforest Head to the Amazon rainforest without leaving Boston. The New England Aquarium’s 6 Amazon exhibits allow you to dive into the Amazon River and climb through the dense forest without getting wet or needing bug spray. Several of the exhibits feature large windows that reach nearly to the floor, providing perfect viewing opportunities for small children. Atlantic Harbor Seals The harbor seals exhibit is the only one you can actually visit before buying your Aquarium ticket. Watch the seals swim, play, and sleep, and learn more about them during a free training session. The 42,000-gallon harbor seal exhibit is located outside on the Front Plaza, to the left of the Aquarium’s front doors. The exhibit is open to the New England weather, which suits these New England creatures perfectly. Blue Planet Action Center This dynamic exhibit presents the serious challenges facing the oceans and showcases the Aquarium's global leadership in searching for solutions, through its interactive displays, interpretive presentations, and small live animal exhibits. Coral Reef Center At the top of the Giant Ocean Tank, a glass railing maximizes your view of many of the predators swimming high in the water column. You can now easily recognize creatures resting on the tank’s bottom more than 24 feet below. That exceptional viewing is enhanced by a theatrical-quality lighting system that is built into a beautiful blue reflective ceiling dome. A new exhibit gallery on the same level showcases reef biodiversity and gives visitors a closer look at a hidden world populated by unique coral reef animals. The Giant Ocean Tank The 4-story Giant Ocean Tank features a brand new coral reef, an underwater communications system, large windows, and hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, including sea turtles, stingrays, eels, and fish. At its deepest point, the exhibit goes down 26 feet, is 40 feet wide, and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water. The water is heated to between 72 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the perfect temperature range for this tropical exhibit. The exhibit is so big that it was built first and then the rest of the Aquarium was constructed around it. Gulf of Maine The Gulf of Maine stretches from Cape Cod to Canada and includes Boston Harbor and the Stellwagen Bank. The water is cold but bursting with life. As you explore exhibits ranging from shore to deep-water boulder reefs and sandy sea floors, you will encounter lobsters, cod, goosefish, and giant sea stars. The 6 Gulf of Maine exhibits cover more than half of the Aquarium’s third level. Pacific Community Reef Dive into the tropical waters of a Pacific coral reef and get to know some of the rainbow-colored fish that call it home. This 5,100-gallon exhibit houses nearly 70 different kinds of tropical reef fish. Marine Mammal Center Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber northern fur seals lope in this beautiful open-air exhibit space. Learn about the challenges marine mammals face in the wild, and get a new perspective on these fascinating marine mammals. Penguins The Aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins who live in a bustling colony found on Level 1 surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank. The Aquarium breeds African penguins as part of a Species Survival Plan and promotes educational programs about penguins. Seadragons Every visit to the New England Aquarium should include a stop at the seadragon exhibit. There are only 2 seadragon species in the world, and this stunning exhibit displays both of them. The leafy seadragon and the weedy seadragon both use their exceptional camouflage to hide from hungry predators. Challenge yourself and see how many seadragons you can find during your visit.

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Boston: 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

2. Boston: 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Bring history to life as you take to the open sea for a fully narrated 90-minute tour around Boston Harbor. Cruise past the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy, the USS Constitution, marvel at the Tea Party ships, and catch a glimpse of the Old North End Church. Listen to heroic tales and local legends from the Revolutionary War, and learn about the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the nation, the Boston Light. Cruise past Boston's working port and marvel at examples of extravagant waterfront living.

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Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

3. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Climb aboard Boston’s charming orange and green Old Town Trolley and visit more than 100 points of interest in the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to hop on or off all day and discover the Cradle of Liberty’s many sights and attractions. From December to March, choose between the 1-day (silver), 2-day (gold), or 3-day (platinum) ticket options. From April until November, choose between the 1-day (silver), 1-day with harbor tour (gold) or 2-day with harbor tour (platinum) options. What better way to see Boston than by both land and sea? The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Friendly conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 18 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Historic North End • USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard • North Station/TD Banknorth Garden • Trolley Stop Store/ Theater District • Cheers 'The Original' • Copley Square/ Newbury St. Boutiques • Christian Science Plaza/ Symphony Hall • Copley Place Shopping Galleries • Back Bay and Hynes Convention Center • Charles Street/ Antique Row • Boston State House/ Boston Common • South Station/Boston Tea Party • Boston Convention and Exposition Center • Liberty Wharf • Seaport District All ticket options include discounted admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

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Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

4. Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

Your experience begins at the Aquarium “T” Station on the historic Long Wharf, the focus of Boston Harbor, and the economic engine of Boston for most of its history. From the harbor, continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, stop in front of the Old State House and site of the Boston Massacre. Was it really a massacre or maybe just great propaganda for the Revolution? Ask your expert guide about that one!  A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in America. You'll definitely want to have your guide snap your picture with the bronze donkey outside the entrance. On most weekdays, you’ll have a chance to see the government at work (or not) inside the inspiring, historic and beautiful Massachusetts State House, designed and built by famous federalist architect Charles Bulfinch in 1798. Outside the State House, take in the views of modern Boston, including the skyscrapers of Downtown, the Financial District, and the tallest building in New England: the John Hancock Tower.   Continue your journey through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to take in the quintessential architecture of Boston’s red brick row houses. Get out your cameras — this neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city. Finally, arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden, one of Boston’s favorite green spaces, where you’ll see locals walking the dogs, playing with the kids and enjoying lunch in the shade. Your guide will point you in the right direction, and will help with any and all recommendations for great things to do in Boston that evening and beyond. 

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Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

5. Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

Admire the sights of Boston with a 2-hour lunch or 3-hour dinner cruise on Boston Harbor. Savor an extensive buffet aboard the Spirit of Boston, and visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the city glide by. Upon arrival, receive a personal greeting and have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private table, feast on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you eat, listen to tunes from an onboard DJ. After your meal, go out on deck for panoramic city views. SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romain Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes, and Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets, Creamed Corn and Cheddar Cheese Casserole, Mashed Potatoes Entrees Baked Ziti Pasta, Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder, Filet Honey and Sesame Chicken, Italian Beef Meatballs, Braised Beef Short Ribs Desserts Seasonal Spirit Dessert Display Please note that menu items are subject to change.

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Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

6. Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

The Boston All-Inclusive Pass by Go City provides you access to over 40 of the area’s top activities, attractions, and tours for a single low price. Enjoy the freedom to do and see what you want while saving up to 45 percent compared to the cost of individual tickets. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price. Take a Trolley Tour, visit the New England Aquarium, explore the Museum of Science, and get your thrills at Six Flags. These and many other options are included in the cost of your Boston All-Inclusive Pass. A free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Included Attractions: Boston Duck TourHistoric Sightseeing CruiseCityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 2-Day TicketNew England AquariumOld State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo TicketFenway Park TourUSS Constitution MuseumMuseum of ScienceFreedom Trail Foundation Walk Into History TourPaul Revere HouseMuseum of Fine ArtsSalem Witch MuseumSam Adams Brewery Tour with Complimentary GlasswareBoston Children's MuseumSwan Boats of BostonHarvard Walking TourHarvard Museum of Natural HistoryJFK Presidential Library and MuseumEdward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States SenateBoston Movile Mile Walking TourPlimoth Patuxet plus Mayflower II or Grist Mill ComboCharles River CruiseLEGOLAND Discovery Center BostonSix Flags New EnglandFranklin Park ZooIsabella Stewart Gardner MuseumInstitute of Contemporary ArtPeabody Essex MuseumHouse of the Seven GablesMary Baker Eddy Library & MappariumBoston Bike RentalBattle Green TourBuckman TavernPeabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyOtis House MuseumLouisa May Alcott HouseConcord MuseumOld Sturbridge VillageHyannisport Harbor CruiseJohn F. Kennedy Hyannis MuseumCape Cod Canal CruiseHighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort CasinoBoch Center Wang Theatre ToursThe MIT Tour

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Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

7. Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

Enjoy a 2-hour experience (15-minute pre-boarding) in Boston Harbor. Step aboard the classic Northern Lights yacht, a coast guard certified vessel with an extremely friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew. The motor yacht Northern Lights is stylized after the classic New England 1920s style steamships. Sit back and relax in a climate controlled (with heating and air-conditioning) cabin, or enjoy the sea breeze on the open top deck. Be sure to visit a fully stocked bar on the main deck to purchase refreshments by credit card, to sip refreshing drinks as you cruise along the harbor. The Northern Lights yacht is one of the most comfortable and versatile cruise vessels in Boston Harbor, at 115 feet in length it features six bathrooms and provides ample seating throughout the ship for up to 149 passengers. Built for taking groups of people on spectacular sightseeing adventures, she is the perfect vessel for taking groups of friends and family out to see the harbor.

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Boston: Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

8. Boston: Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

Experience an elegant dining cruise on the Boston Harbor aboard the luxury cruising vessel, Odyssey. Your voyage begins with being welcomed aboard by the captain and crew. The ship's photographer will take a picture to capture the memory.  After being seated, enjoy your gourmet meal consisting of creative appetizers and entrees prepared fresh onboard daily by the executive chef. The wait staff will time your meal according to your preferences so you can savor every moment of your cruise.  The 3-course menu includes vegetarian, meat, and fish options. After your meal, listen to the live music or relax on one of three climate-controlled decks as you enjoy the scenery of the Boston skyline.

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Boston Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

9. Boston Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

A perfect way to wind down after work or begin a night of romance...    Experience a beautiful Boston harbor sunset on the water and see some of the city's waterfront landmarks as the sun dips below the horizon. You will be aboard the most elegant sailing yacht in town, Adirondack III - a classic 80 foot pilot schooner.     She is a smooth, gentle sailing vessel with some speediness to boot, the Adirondack III offers a comfortable ride for you and your loved ones.  Within minutes of leaving the dock, you'll forget the distractions of life on land, as you experience the ambiance of a sunset sailing cruise aboard a stellar vessel.  Enjoy the historic scenery of Boston Harbor:  The Boston Fish Pier The Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier Castle Island and the Donald McKay monument Inner Harbor Islands Charleston Navy Yard Waterfront Park The New England Aquarium Your knowledgeable captain and crew are always ready to answer your questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounding areas. From interesting facts to old-time legends, the maritime world of Boston has many great stories to offer. Ask them anything you'd like to know. Come enjoy the ride, see the sights and have a drink with us!

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Boston: Sunset Cruise

10. Boston: Sunset Cruise

Meet at Rowes Wharf and set off on a guided boat tour. This sunset cruise will give you unparalleled views of Boston's famous landmarks. Escape the heat and admire Boston’s beautiful skyline and the historic USS Constitution as the sun sets behind the city. Your expert guide will be able to tell you about some of the city's landmarks and history. As evening sets in, the sunset cruise will highlight popular and famous scenes set at Boston Harbor from both past and present. Snacks and cold beverages including water, juice and soda; as well as a full bar, are available on every boat.

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What people are saying about Boston Harbor

Great history and tour. Very informative. Parents did not control their children. They were screaming and running around and I could not hear the guide.

Tyler was an amazing guide. He was both friendly as well as knowledgeable about the history and stories that make Boston so fascinating. Thank you!

Easy to book. Cancellation policy generous. Tour was enjoyed by all even though we went out on a rainy December afternoon.

First time in Boston and this cruise was a perfect intro to the city! Definitely worth it!

Janet was fantastic. Made the tour fun and educational for my kids and me.