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Downtown Boston

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Downtown Boston

Known for Historical Building, Tour and Aquarium

The heart of America’s revolutionary history lies in the center of this city. Uncover the story of the nation and enjoy excellent arts and dining venues.

How do you get to Downtown Boston?

Experience a turning point in American history in Downtown Boston. The storied city’s central district features famous revolutionary locations where the nation changed forever. This is not just an open-air museum, however. Hop between atmospheric restaurants, popular theaters and family-friendly attractions in this historic neighborhood.

Stand outside the Statue of Sam Adams to join the Freedom Trail, a walking route that follows the history of Boston, led by costumed guides. This neighborhood features sights such as the Old State House, which was colonial Boston’s seat of government, and the Old South Meeting House, where revolutionaries plotted and voted for the Boston Tea Party. Walk to the river to find a historic boat that houses the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

Stroll around downtown to see how other old buildings have been transformed. Attend a choral performance in King’s Chapel, an 18th-century church filled with revolutionary stories. Old City Hall was built in 1865 and today functions as a restaurant and office building.

Boston is also famed around the world for its residents’ love of sports. Join huge crowds of local fans at TD Garden, the home of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. The venue also hosts some of the world’s biggest musical acts.

Meet the ocean’s most beguiling creatures at the New England Aquarium, a visitor attraction and conservation center. Feel the coarse skin of fearsome fish in the Shark and Ray Touch Tank and marvel at the colorful Caribbean fish in the Giant Ocean Tank.

Spend your evening at one of the many theaters and arts venues in the district. The Orpheum is famed for its rock and pop concerts while the Boston Opera House hosts Broadway shows. Stop by The Wilbur to enjoy local comedy or live music.

Travel to Downtown Boston by train. Stop at South Station on the eastern edge of the neighborhood. Most of the cultural and historical attractions here are open throughout the year.

Things to do near Downtown Boston

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

In this horticultural wonder, ride an iconic swan boat, pay respects to North America’s very first tulip bed or simply lie back and watch as the world floats past. 

Let your inner-geek run wild amid the hundreds of innovative, hands-on exhibits at this Boston museum.

Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of academia at the architecturally rich, museum-filled campus of one of America’s most celebrated universities.

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

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Explore Boston's colonial past and thriving modern side with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Take advantage of discounted admission at area attractions, see the city at your own pace with unlimited rides, and enjoy a flexible route that features 18 stops throughout town.

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Immerse yourself in the marine world at the New England Aquarium. Explore more than 70 exhibits, including the Science of Sharks, Penguin Colony, and Giant Ocean Tank. Spot color-changing cuttlefish, leisurely sea turtles, and mustachioed fur seals.

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Grab a frothy pint and raise a toast as you bounce between 3 different microbreweries to explore the best creations from Boston's malt masters. Along the way, grab a delicious lunch at a locally loved restaurant and find out how to expertly pair your favorite brews with your favorite bites.

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Climb aboard a comfortable train, enjoy a scenic ride from the Big Apple to Beantown, and spend the day exploring this charming northeastern city. Check out the sights, uncover landmarks in a trolley car, stroll the grounds of Boston Common, and tuck into a delicious lunch along the way.

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Climb aboard for a unique mixture of dining, dancing, entertainment, and scenic views. The Spirit of Boston cruises year-round from Boston's historic Seaport District and offers up-close views of “Old Ironsides,” Castle Island, and the Harbor Islands.

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A friendly, charismatic wine ambassador leads you to hot spots in Boston’s South End, where you’ll be welcomed to a reserved table, with wait staff standing by, ready to serve pre-selected wines. Learn how to taste, pair and buy with an intimate group.

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