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Your Ticket to Boston's Top Attractions
The Go Boston Card offers you FREE general admission to Boston attractions including the New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, JFK Library, Franklin Park Zoo, Museum of Science, Freedom Trail, Duck Tours and more. You can go to as many Boston attractions as you like, once per day on your card.
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Boston Common and Public Garden
Bordered by Arlington, Boylston, Charles and Beacon Streets, Boston Massachusetts
Metropolitan Boston has been growing out from Boston Common since the 1600s. Just west from Boston Common is Boston's spectacular Public Garden, which boasts flowers and swan rides on the garden's lagoon during spring. Boston Common is the country's first public park and both Boston Common and Public Garden are natural starting points for exploring other Boston attractions.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Between North, Congress and State Streets, Boston Massachusetts; Tel. 617.338.2323
For over 250 years the Market place has been a meeting ground and a fresh produce maven for Bostonians. Part festival and part market, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a bustling complex of shops, food stands and historical buildings while street performers and musicians round out the entertainment. Don't miss Quincy Market's massive food court and get your Fanueil Hall Marketplace snow globe over in Fanueil Hall itself, nicknamed "The Cradle of Liberty."
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24 Yawkey Way, Boston Massachusetts; Tel. 617.267.1700
Seeing the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park is like being part of baseball history. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is America's oldest baseball park and is small compared to larger, corporate-sponsored baseball stadium counterparts, so it's behooves baseball fans who want to see the 37-foot hand-operated score board in action as well as the Boston Red Sox play on their home field. The Boston Red Sox play from April to September, and longer if they make the playoffs or the World Series (which they won in 1918 and have missed ever since).
John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston Massachusetts; Tel. 617.929.4523
An ode to the Kennedy epoch, the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum is a library, museum and research complex all in one overlooking the Dorchester Bay. Tours of the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum start with a JFK-narrated film about his life. Recent additions include an expanded exhibit on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Parking is free and the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum is open daily.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston Massachusetts; Tel. 617.267.9300
Famous for its Asian and Egyptian collections, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is also a must-see Boston attraction for its politically significant portraits of American greats like George Washington and Paul Revere, as well as New England period decorations and the world's largest collection of Paul Revere silver.
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf, Boston Massachusetts; Tel. 617.973.5200
More than 7,000 fish and ocean mammals call Boston's New England Aquarium home. A spiral staircase wraps around the Giant Ocean Tank, a great cylindrical aquarium filled with 200,000 gallons of seawater, a faux Caribbean reef and teams of fish (scuba divers jump in and feed the sharks five times a day). Touch starfish at the hands-on Edge of the Sea exhibit and catch an IMAX show in spring.
Sam Adams Brewery Tour
30 Germania Street, Boston Massachusetts; Tel. 617.368.5080
Every April (until the 31st), The Boston Beer Company opens its doors to the curious and offers tours of their Sam Adams Brewery. Tour the Boston Beer Museum and learn about Boston's long brewing past. And of course, sample the award-winning beers of Samuel Adams.
The Boston Harbor Islands
408 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 228 Boston Massachusetts; Tel 617.223.8666
Celebrate summer in Boston in and around the historic Boston Harbor. Thompson Island, the Inner Harbor, the Navy Yard in Charlestown, Piers Point in East Boston, and Boston Harbor Island National Park are easily accessible island and harbor retreats from Boston's urban bustle where visitors can hike, camp, bike, swim and fish. Open from May to October, take the T to the Blue Line Aquarium Stop and catch a Boston Harbor Cruises ferry to Georges Island. From Georges you can board a free water shuttle to one of five other islands.
The Freedom Trail
Begin at Boston Common's Visitors Center, Boston Massachusetts
Follow the redbrick trail to best appreciate downtown Boston and Boston's role in American history. The Freedom Trail meanders through downtown Boston hitting important Boston sites, including Park Street Church, the Old Granary Burying Ground (resting place for the remains of Paul Revere and Samuel Adams), The Old Corner Bookstore (a literary haunt once frequented by Hawthorne and Thoreau), and The Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre). Finally, self-guided walkers end up at Quincy Market and Fanueil Hall for some much-needed refreshments after traveling through hundreds of years of Boston history in just a day.