Description: The duck boats tour the City of Boston using an amphibious vehicle. Tourist sightsee the many landmarks of Boston including, but not limited to, the Prudential Tower, the Old South Church, Beacon Hill, Bunker Hill, the site of Cheers, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Location: Tours depart every 80 minutes from the Prudential Center, the Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium. All locations are MBTA accessible.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, rain or shine.
Price: The cost is $39.50 for adults; $33 for seniors 62+ and military; $27 for children (3 to 11) and $10.50 for children (under 3).
Description: The Black Heritage Trail® explores the history of the 19th century African American community of Boston. The trail consists of 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street.
Location: 15 State St. near the State St. Blue and Orange Line stops.
Hours: Since the tour is self-guided, there are no formal hours.
Price: The self-guided walk tour is free of charge.
Description: This is a bike tour that covers most of the city. It brings you to many different areas including the North End, the Charles River Esplanade, Boston University/Kenmore Square, Fenway Park, Copley Square, Back Bay/South End, the Boston Common, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and Long Wharf.
Location: 103 Atlantic Ave. near the Aquarium Blue Line stop.
Hours: Tour times are 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Price: The cost is $55 per rider with a $20 option to extend the bike rental until the end of the day.
Note: There are also options for Tour de Cambridge, Family Friendly Tour de Boston, Bikes at Night, Funway at Fenway, and the Emerald Necklace Tour.
Description: The American League East Champion Boston Red Sox holds daily tours of their home field, Fenway Park. See the home of Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Big Papi. It’s a one hour walking tour, highlighted by the viewing of the Green Monster, the Pesky Pole, and the classic hand-operated score board.
Location: 4 Yawkey Way. Green Line at Kenmore or Fenway Station.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with public tours departing at the top of the hour. Please note that the last tour departs three hours before game time on game days.
Price: The tour price is $18 for adults and $12 for children.
Note: Unfortunately, the Red Sox are playing away from home at the time of the conference.
Description: The Freedom Trail offers a unique experience where residents and visitors can become familiar with great stories of a people rising up against a mighty nation to demand civil liberties and freedom. The Freedom Trail offers Walk Into History tours, Reverse Walk Into History tours, North End tours, and Boston Town Crier tours.
Location: The main location is at 44 School St., Suite 250 near the State Street stop of the Blue Line and Orange Line.
Hours: Tours start on the hour and half hour during many of the business hours of the day. They change often, so please check the web site.
Price: The public walking tours are $12; $10 for seniors and students; and $6.50 for children (6 to 12).
Description: The collection at the three museums (Arthur M. Sackler, Busch-Reisinger, and Fogg) includes about 250,000 objects in all media, ranging in date from antiquity to the present and originating in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
Location: 32 Quincy St. (Busch-Reisinger and Fogg); 485 Broadway (Sackler). Red Line at Harvard Square Station.
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed on July 4th).
Price: Admission is $15 for adults; $13 for seniors (65+) ; $10 for non-Harvard students (18+) ; and free for Harvard faculty, staff, and students as well as Cambridge residents. Massachusetts residents are admitted free on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Description: This institute is located in a new 65,000 sq. ft. building on Fan Pier. It has both galleries and performance space. The exhibits include the first major museum surveys of works by Tara Donovan, Damian Ortega, Shepard Fairey, and Mark Bradford.
Location: 25 Harbor Shore Dr. near the Waterfront Silver Line. It’s a short walk from the World Trade Center or Courthouse stop.
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The institute is closed on the Fourth of July.
Price: The cost is $15 for general admission; $13 for seniors; $10 for students; and free for those under 17.
Description: The museum houses art collection of world importance which includes significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculptures to tapestries and decorative arts.
Location: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115. Fenway-Kenmore Neighborhood.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and closed Tuesdays.
Price: Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors (65+); and $5 for college students with an active ID.
Description: The Legoland Discovery Center Boston is an indoor family entertainment center located in Somerville. Popular attractions include Lego rides, a soft play area, and a 4D cinema.
Location: 598 Assembly Row at the Assembly Square Orange Line stop.
Hours: Standard operating hours are Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with attractions remaining open two hours after the last admission.
Prices: The costs range from $14.95 for individual admission at a selected date and time to $29.95 for flexible entry and a LEGO collectible.
Description: This Boston landmark has over 700 interactive exhibits. The museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building each day, along with shows at the Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni IMAX theater.
Location: 1 Science Park at the Science Park MBTA stop on the Green Line.
Hours: Saturday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Price: The cost is $25 for adults (12+); $21 seniors (60+); $20 children (3 to 11); and free for members.
Description: The principal feature of the Aquarium is the Giant Ocean Tank, which is a cylindrical 200,000 gallon tank that simulates a Caribbean coral reef. The tank houses bonnethead sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, moray eels, barracuda, and many smaller reef-living fish.
Location: 1 Central Wharf at the Blue Line Aquarium stop.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Price: The cost is $26.95 for adults; $18.95 for children (3 to 11); and $24.95 for seniors (60+) with children (under 3) and Aquarium members admitted for free.
Description: Take the Fast Ferry to Salem to see historical landmarks such as the Witch House, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Nathaniel Hawthorne house. Walk along cobblestone streets and dine at great restaurants.
Location: 1 Long Wharf near the Aquarium Blue Line stop
Hours: The ferry departs Boston at 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m, 2:30 p.m, 5:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. (except Saturday, it’s 9:00 p.m.). The ferry departs Salem at 7:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. (except Saturday, it’s 8:00 p.m.). Check web site for Fourth of July schedule.
Price: The cost is $45 for adult round-trip; $41 for senior round-trip; and $35 for children round-trip.
Description: The Swan Boats are a fleet of dual-pontooned pleasure boats which operate in the pond at the Boston Public Garden. It’s a peaceful, relaxing 12-15 minute ride. They are pedaled by Boston-area high school or college students.
Location: The Boston Public Garden with the official address as 4 Charles St. The closest MBTA stop is the Arlington St. stop on the Green Line, however this is walking distance from the hotel.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, weather-permitting.
Price: The cost is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children (2-15).
Description: The boat takes you to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, which is a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, and sea birds. You’ll have a good chance of spotting humpback, finback, minkes, and pilot whales.
Location: 1 Long Wharf near Aquarium Blue Line.
Hours: The boat leaves at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., Noon, 2:30 p.m, 3:30 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, and Fourth of July only), and 5:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, and Fourth of July only).
Prices: The cost is $53 for adults; $45 for seniors, $33 for children (3 to 11), and $16 for children (under 3).