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Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

1. Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Board a sightseeing cruise in Boston and take a tour around Boston Harbor. Experience breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and vividly told stories of Boston's past and present as you admire the city's sights from the water. Depart from Long Wharf, then Cruise past the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US Navy warship afloat today, marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and catch a glimpse of the fabled Old North End Church steeple. Hear heroic tales told by expert narrators and learn about local legends from the Revolutionary War. You'll also discover how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. Enjoy the best view no matter the weather, with spacious outdoor viewing decks when the weather is fine, and indoor spaces with large windows if you want to be indoors. Onboard refreshments and snacks are also available for purchase.

Boston: Harvard University Guided Walking Tour with Student

2. Boston: Harvard University Guided Walking Tour with Student

Join a student-led walking tour of America's oldest university, Harvard. See the historic campus through the eyes of a student and visit highlights, including the John Harvard Statue and Memorial Hall. Beginning in the heart of Harvard Square, you'll be led into the historic Harvard Yard by an enthusiastic Harvard student. Enjoy the sights while your guide entertains and inspires with tales of Harvard history and personal experience at the university they call home. You'll get an up-close look at major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, the John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, and Widener Library. You'll even become privy to a few Harvard secrets along the way! Whether you're a student visiting colleges or a family on vacation, the Hahvahd Tour is undoubtedly the top way to see Harvard.

Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

3. Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

Admire the sights of Boston with a 2-hour lunch or 3-hour dinner cruise on Boston Harbor. Savor an extensive buffet aboard the Spirit of Boston, and visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the city glide by. Upon arrival, receive a personal greeting and have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private table, feast on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you eat, listen to tunes from an onboard DJ. After your meal, go out on deck for panoramic city views. SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes, and Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets, Creamed Corn and Cheddar Cheese Casserole, Mashed Potatoes Entrees Baked Ziti Pasta, Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder, Filet Honey, and Sesame Chicken, Italian Beef Meatballs, Braised Beef Short Ribs Desserts Seasonal Spirit Dessert Display Please note that menu items are subject to change.

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo

4. Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy the spectacle of the Boston Lights once again illuminating Franklin Park Zoo with sparkling new lantern additions, plus a few returning favorites. Experience over 50 displays of hundreds of magnificently crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres for this seasonal event. Walk through glowing corridors of lotus and sunflowers. Discover luminous scenes from the rainforest, whimsical ocean displays with creatures of the deep, glowing stretches of bamboo, traditional Asian lanterns, and a stunning 66-foot-long rose corridor. Immerse yourself in luminous animal and ocean scenes, traditional Asian lantern displays, and a stunning 164-foot-long phoenix, lighting up the dazzling night sky. New this year is a colossal 82-foot-long octopus tunnel with blinking eyes and color-changing tentacles, sure to dazzle and delight guests of all ages.

Foxwoods, CT: 33-Story Building Zipline Flight Pass

5. Foxwoods, CT: 33-Story Building Zipline Flight Pass

Journey to the rooftop of Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 feet off the ground. Feel the cool, crisp, air under you as you soar over the treetops at nearly 60mph, arriving a mile away at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, with a smile from ear to ear! There is no other experience in Boston, New York or America quite like it! If you wish to visit the Pequot Museum after your flight, a $10 discounted entry ticket is available for purchase at the front desk. Once your flight is complete, a complementary shuttle will return you from the Musuem landing area back to the HighFlyer ticket counter. Souvenir photos and merchandise are available for purchase before and after your flight.  

Boston: Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Interactive Tour

6. Boston: Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Interactive Tour

Considered the most important event that led to the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party was part of a resistance movement in British America. Be part of this event that changed history on an interactive tour. Meet live characters, see replica ships, and learn about the people involved. Take a handbill from one of the colonists and find out what part you’ll play. In the meeting house, hear the story of the night of December 16, 1773 and receive your own mohawk disguise before the march to Griffin's Wharf begins. Experience the thrill of throwing a crate of tea into the sea and explore the replica ships that recreate the original vessels from the 18th century. Inside the museum, travel back in time with 3D holographic characters and watch British soldiers and colonial patriots argue right before your eyes. Then experience the battle inside the giant wraparound theater for a complete history lesson.

Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

7. Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Franklin Park Zoo and enjoy a day filled with meeting hundreds of remarkable species from around the world. Explore the 72-acre zoo nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Make your way around at a leisurely pace as you go from exhibit to view remarkable species that call the zoo home. Visit exhibitions such as the Kalahari Kingdom, Giraffe Savannah, Nature’s Neighborhoods, and the Outback Trail. Stand face-to-face with western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations. Come across ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, and a giant anteater. Discover African lions, Masai giraffes, Grevy's zebras, cute red pandas, prairie dogs, kangaroos, and emus.

Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

8. Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

Journey back to the 17th century at Plimoth Patuxet and experience a unique immersion experience. The main campus includes two living history exhibits (Patuxet Homesite, 17th Century English Village) the Craft Center, Davis Gallery Exhibit in the visitor center, four retail stores, a cafe, and Nye Barn where some of the Rare Breeds animals live in addition to the Village to portray the Pilgrim story. After you view the orientation film in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, begin your experience at the historic Patuxet Homesite on the banks of the Eel River where guests learn about the Native peoples who have lived here for over 12,000 years. Learn about the indigenous heritage of the Northeast from contemporary interpreters who discuss the 17th-century life-ways of a culture that continues to thrive today. Following the path, your next stop is the Craft Center where you will meet Plimoth artisans reviving historic crafts. Restrooms and refreshments are available here. Then, proceed to the 17th-Century English Village, a journey 400 years back in time. Plymouth Colony comes to life in a recreation of the early English Pilgrim settlement, complete with timber-framer houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens and heritage breed livestock. Historical performers, portraying real people who lived in Plymouth Colony, will educate and captivate with stories of the Mayflower's crossing, life among the Pokanoket and other nearby Native people. Help with chores, learn a dance, sing a song, or serve in the militia drill under Captain Standish's watchful eye. Back in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, you will find Plentiful Café, where a wide selection of culinary treats from history, including Wampanoag and pilgrim foods, can be found. Try a 17th-century recipe cheesecake or the sensational Indian pudding. Upgrade to a Combo Ticket or Heritage Pass to include a visit to Mayflower II or/and Plimoth Grist Mill. The iconic Mayflower II is docked on Plymouth's historic waterfront and welcomes visitors to climb aboard and experience what the 1620 crossing was like for the Pilgrims. Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill on the original site of the Plymouth colony, within walking distance of the Plymouth waterfront and downtown, and approximately 2.5 miles north of Plimoth Patuxet. Journey back in time to the first water-power-driven grist mill in the country still in operation.

Stoneham, Massachusetts: Stone Zoo Entry Ticket

9. Stoneham, Massachusetts: Stone Zoo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Stone Zoo and enjoy a day filled with meeting many of remarkable species from around the world. Explore the 26-acre zoo nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Make your way around at a leisurely pace as you go from exhibit to view remarkable species that call the zoo home. Visit exhibitions such as the Himalayan Highlands, Yukon Creek, and the Caribbean Coast. Marvel at the majestic snow leopards, Caribbean flamingos, macaws, scarlet ibis, and a family of bush dogs. See the white-cheeked gibbon exhibit to observe the incredibly agile, and always active, gibbon family. Discover black bears, two-toed sloths, jaguars to the cute group of North American river otters.

Boston: Sunset Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

10. Boston: Sunset Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

Set sail onboard a genuine tall ship such as the 125' Schooner Liberty Clipper or the 67' Liberty Star and be transported back in time. See the Boston skyline, its harbor, and the different neighborhoods from the water during this sunset cruise. While breezes keep you cool you are welcome to help the crew hoist the sails the old-fashioned way (use those muscles) or just relax, enjoy a drink, and watch as others haul sails. Take a turn at the helm (steering wheel). Both ships offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Do you think you might get hungry while you are onboard? Bring your favorite take-out and make it a picnic (sorry, no coolers or BYOB permitted). Choose between a 1.5-hour cruise on the 67" Liberty Star or a 2-hour cruise on the 125" Liberty Clipper.

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What people are saying about Boston

Such a cool experience! We went on the lunch cruise, the food was very good and was a great selection. We also had a big margarita and got to bring the glass home with us, thought that pretty cool. The views of the Boston Harbor were awesome. The staff were so nice and friendly really made the experience even better. We would definitely come back and do it again.

We thought the whole experience was great. The guides/actors did an incredible job, had great enthusiasm, and made it educational but 'fun' considering the topic. It was very well run and organized.

Was a very enjoyable cruise and our guide was amazing. We learned so much history on the hour cruise. Well worth it and very informative.

The harbor cruise was enjoyable and informative. The boat is comfortable and it was great seeing things in the harbor.

Lily did a great job leading our tour group and she provided excellent information!