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Boston Attractions

Boston Public Garden

With a Victorian touch of beautiful and tasteful flowery displays, the Public Garden is the first public botanical garden in America. Throughout the years, it has maintained its Victorian traditional feel and has become one of Boston’s greatest attractions. The Swan Boats, one of its most famous attractions, was invented in 1877 by Robert Paget and has been a family run business since that time. In operation from April to September, the Swan Boats are inspired by the famous Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin where the Knight of the Grail crosses a river in a boat pulled by a swan.  The Boston Public Garden, with its vibrant floral displays, is considered a Boston treasure.


New England Aquarium

The main attraction of the aquarium is the iconic Giant Ocean Tank.  It holds 200,000 gallons of salt water and recently completed a top to bottom transformation. It’s most famous star is Myrtle the green sea turtle—she has lived there since 1970!  The aquarium has over 8000 aquatic sea creatures for you to view and learn from. Along with the many viewable aquatic creatures, there is also a penguin pool and 25,000 gallon shark/ray tank to experience. With specialized family activities and the Simons Imax Theatre there is much to do and see for all ages.


Freedom Trail

If you are looking for an afternoon of being actively engaged in American history, then the 2.5 mile long brick-lined route of 16 historically significant sites may be something of interest. Some of the famous stops include Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Benjamin Franklin Statue, Massachusetts State House, along with many more historically captivating stops.


Faneuil Hall

Although not originally its purpose, Faneuil Hall played a vital role in politics that helped shape the Nation’s history. A well-known stop on the Freedom trail, it has served as a market place and meeting hall and is surrounded with many restaurants, stores and hotels. This historic landmark is where the famous protests against the Sugar and Stamp Acts took place and is a great way to spend a fantastic afternoon.


Benjamin Franklin Statue

The Boston Latin School, founded in April 16, 1635, is the oldest and first public school in the country. The statue of Benjamin Franklin stands on the location of the original schoolhouse foundation. Not only is the schoolhouse itself a fascinating icon, but is also the place where four signors of the Declaration of Independence attended school-- Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine.  One of the 16 stops on the Freedom Trail, the Statue and the Boston Latin School are historical treasures that are waiting to be explored.


Museum of Science

This museum serves as an educational playground filled with engaging activities such as watching a chicken hatch or witnessing how lightning is created.  With many activities to explore, such as computers, technology, maps, models and more, there is an abundance of learning and fun that can be enjoyed by all ages. For children, there are special exhibits that use science with objects such as skateboards to help shape an understanding of physics. The Hayden Planetarium has a state-of-the-art art projections system which displays beautiful stars. It offers programs about black holes and other interesting mysteries pertaining to our solar system. Whether you spend a couple hours or an entire day at the museum you will have much to do, explore and learn.