Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts, and one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the US. Its plethora of museums, historical sights, and wealth of live performances, all explain why the city gets 16.3 million visitors a year, making it one of the 10 most popular tourist locations in the country.
Although not in Boston, the neighboring city of Cambridge (just across the Charles River, home to Harvard and MIT) is part of the larger urban area and an essential addition to any visit to Boston.
Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region.Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.
There are several visitor pass programs that offer discounted or free admission to a number of the sites listed below, among them the GoBoston Card and the CityPass. Depending on the length of your stay and what you want to see, either program could potentially save you quite a bit of money.
* Boston Children's Museum, 300 Congress St.
* Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.
* The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 1 Oxford St,, Cambridge.
* Harvard Art Museum, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge.
* Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge.
* Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.
* Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway.
* MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
* Museum of Science, Science Park.
* New England Aquarium, Central Wharf.
* Mapparium, 175 Huntington Ave.
* Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.
* Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave.Cambridge.
* USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard.
* Warren Anatomical Museum, 10 Shattuck St.
* Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.
* Boston Harbor Islands State Park.
* Newbury Street Eight blocks of high-end boutiques, hair salons, and galleries.
* Boston Common and Public Garden.
* Community Boating.
* Freedom Trail.
* Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, downtown Boston.
* Boston By Foot. 77 North Washington St.
* Copley Square. Take a Duck Tour.
* Boston Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Av.
* Boston Pops Orchestra. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Av.
* New England Conservatory.
* Theater District. Washington St, Tremont St.
* Bicycling. 20 Park Plaza.
* Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory. Prudential Center.
* Urban AdvenTours Bike Tours.
* Sam Adams Brewery Tour.
* Harpoon Brewery Tour.
* Counter-Productions Theatre Company.
* Cape Cod Scenic Tours (Sightseeing Tours).
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