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Culture Lover’s Guide to Boston

Culture Lover’s Guide to Boston

With its colonial past, proud artistic heritage, and rich collegiate tradition centered on Harvard University, Boston bustles with cultural experiences. Here’s how to tap into the city’s cultural offerings, from visiting its great art and science museums to sampling its diverse food scene.

 

Uncover Boston’s Revolutionary Heritage

Chart Boston’s revolutionary heritage along its Freedom Trail—the red-brick path that links locations associated with the city’s role in sparking the American Revolution. Tours typically cover the Old State House, Boston Common, and other highlights and offer the advantage of a guide to recount the stories behind the sites. Combine a tour with time at the harborside Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum to learn about the incident that helped trigger the revolution, and take a harbor sightseeing cruise for panoramic views of Boston’s historical waterfronts.

 

Visit an Art, Science, or History Museum

Boston offers numerous museums that celebrate its arts and scientific heritage. Head for Fenway to visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and nearby Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, explore the waterfront Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and roam the Museum of Science and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum—the Go Boston sightseeing pass includes entry to all five. Other must-visits include the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Museum of Natural History, both in Cambridge.

 

Explore Beyond the City Center

Downtown Boston melts into a mosaic of small neighborhoods with their own individual atmosphere and cultural heritage. Cross the Charles River to absorb the bookish-yet-boho vibe of Cambridge and Harvard Square; immerse yourself in the Italian-American North End; discover the contemporary art galleries of fashionable SoWa; or pedal cobbled Beacon Hill and Back Bay on a bike tour.

 

Delve into the Eclectic Food Scene

Boston’s food scene reflects the city’s multicultural roots. Enjoy classic New England seafood eats such as lobster rolls on a tour of the Public Market; savor Italian pastries and pizzas in the Italian-American North End; or treat your tastebuds to Boston’s artisanal chocolates and beers with a guide to lead you to the top purveyors.


Discover Boston’s Baseball Culture at Fenway Park

Boston and baseball go hand in hand, and Fenway Park stadium is the US’s oldest temple to the game. Exploring the 1912 ballpark, home to the Boston Red Sox, delivers a fascinating insight into Boston’s baseball culture. Tours are popular—be sure to prebook to secure your place on a day that suits you.

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Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

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Revel in the history of Fenway Park, one of baseball’s most beloved stadiums, during this guided tour. Revisit the careers of Red Sox greats like Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Carl Yastrzemski, celebrate the club’s numerous World Series titles, and tour famous stadium locales like the ‘Green Monster,’ ‘Pesky’s Pole,’ and the Fenway Park Living Museum.
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  • 1 hour
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution

Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution

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See some of the top attractions in Boston from the waterfront on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Explore Boston Harbor and see the city’s historic sites while listening to live commentary on board. Pass landmarks like the Boston Tea Party ships, USS Constitution, and Boston Light—the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the United States.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

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Relive the most important event leading up to the American Revolution on this self-guided tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Take a journey back in time to the famous Boston Tea Party, an incident that changed the course of American history. It’s more than a stroll through historic artifacts, though. It’s truly one of the top-rated museums in the city of Boston. Explore authentically restored tea ships and throw the fated tea into Boston Harbor.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.95
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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

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

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Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with Go City's Boston All-Inclusive Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, over 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of days purchased.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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Boston Guided Brewery Tour with Tastings & Lunch or Dinner
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Boston Guided Brewery Tour with Tastings & Lunch or Dinner

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Learn about Boston’s thriving craft beer scene and sample a variety of libations on this morning or evening brewery tour. Get an inside look at how beer is made and learn about their operations as you visit breweries, cider houses, and distilleries. Visit brewpubs that may include the well-known Samuel Adams or gastropub Meadhall. Round-trip transportation in downtown Boston by air-conditioned van is included.
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  • 5 hours
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$115.00
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Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS

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Experience Boston’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Boston CityPASS. Visit the popular New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and relax on a Boston Harbor Cruises. Choose between the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Franklin Park Zoo to complete the experience. This Boston CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days from date of first use. Convenient mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from the attractions is not included.
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  • 9 days
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The Art of Paul Pedulla

The Art of Paul Pedulla

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Discover Boston’s thriving SoWa Art and Design District—and meet one of the city’s acclaimed local artists, Paul Pedulla—during this studio visit, talk, and neighborhood tour. Meet at Pedulla’s studio space; with a maximum of 10 attendees, this small-group tour provides an intimate way to learn about his work and about the Boston art scene. Following the tour and talk, you’ll receive a guide to SoWa’s other highlights, and can continue exploring independently.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Boston's North End and Waterfront Walking Tour

Boston's North End and Waterfront Walking Tour

Explore the historic streets and landmarks of Boston’s oldest section on a walking tour from downtown to the North End. Get a taste of Revolutionary New England as you visit key sites along the Freedom Trail, then immerse yourself in a colorful neighborhood with rich Italian American heritage. Follow in the footsteps of Paul Revere, the ‘Sons of Liberty,’ and generations of immigrants with an experienced guide that brings their stories to life.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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