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Boston Tourism: Best of Boston

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Walk the Freedom Trail the first time you visit Boston and you'll quickly get a sense of this coastal city's revolutionary spirit and history. But make sure you also explore some of Boston's fine museums (try the Isabella Stewart Gardner, featuring masterpieces displayed in their collector's mansion) and old neighborhoods (like the North End, Boston's Little Italy). You can't claim to have experienced real Boston culture, though, until you've watched a Red Sox game from the bleachers.
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Boston With the Whole Fam

For a big city, Boston has major kid-appeal. First there's the magic of Fenway, then there's the "oversized playground" vibe of Boston Common. And don't even get me started on the city's famed cannoli. Here's a roundup of sights and attractions that appeal to kids of all ages.
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  • New England Aquarium
    5,617 reviews
    Penguins! Seals! Balloonfish! This aquarium has it all. You could easily spend a full day here, just bobbing around among the tanks and pools spotting your favorite critters.
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    6,239 reviews
    Sneak in another teachable moment by taking the kids to see this vessel and museum. Kids will appreciate touring an 18th-century ship (shiver-me-timbers!) and adults can dive into the Revolutionary history documented here—or take a breather in the tea room.
  • The Mapparium
    898 reviews
    What kid doesn't want to step into a giant globe and go exploring? The Mapparium offers exactly that.
  • Boston Children's Museum
    974 reviews
    No family trip would be complete without hitting the Boston Children's Museum, a wonderland with playspaces, an art studio, a maze, a nature walk, and more. This is the perfect spot to hold up during a rainy day.
  • Boston Duck Tours
    7,157 reviews
    Ducks on parade! These Duck Tours are operated by a fleet of land/water hybrid vehicles that can give you a great overview of the city and its landmarks. Plus, they're super fun to ride in.
  • J.P. Licks
    127 reviews
    I scream, you scream, we all scream for J.P. Licks! This is kid-pleasing ice cream in oodles of flavors.
  • Fenway Park
    16,550 reviews
    Come here to root for the home team or just take a tour and soak up that Big League energy.
  • Modern Pastry Shop
    2,117 reviews
    The biggest debate in Boston is who makes the best cannoli. Some swear by Mike's but my vote goes to Modern. Feel free to taste-test both!
  • Freedom Trail
    17,329 reviews
    Sneaking in a little history lesson while sightseeing is what Boston is all about! Set off on the Freedom Trail and you'll cover several Revolutionary sights in the space of an afternoon.
  • Swan Boats
    265 reviews
    A Boston rite of passage, the swan boats delight children and adults alike as they glide across the pond.
  • Boston Common
    6,404 reviews
    Boston Common and the neighboring Boston Public Garden is a great place to let kids work out all their wiggles among some of the prettiest turf the city can offer.
  • Making Way for Ducklings Statues
    61 reviews
    Kick off your trip with a visit to this iconic duckling statue. Locals will often dress these ducks up in themed clothes, so you might see them decked out in tiny sports jerseys.
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