John Jeffries House

Things To Do

Boston is a unique city that offers travelers a wealth of historical and cultural attractions. Many people live and work in the downtown area, making Boston a fantastic walking city. Here you’ll find museums, restaurants, and shopping -- all within easy reach.


Tours and Cruises


Shopping and Fun

The Children’s Museum
(617) 426-8855
300 Congress Street

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
(617) 929-4500
Columbia Point

Museum of Fine Arts
(617) 267-9300
465 Huntington Avenue

Boston’s most comprehensive art museum is especially well-known for its collections of European paintings, European and American decorative arts and furnishings, Egyptian sculpture, and Asian fine and decorative arts.

Museum of Science
(617) 723-2500
Science Park

Explore over 400 interactive exhibits, the Mugar Omni Theater, the Thomson Theater of Electricity, and the Hayden Planetarium.

The New England Aquarium
(617) 973-5206
Central Wharf

See the moray eels, sea turtles, sharks, and tropical fish that live inside one of the world's largest cylindrical saltwater tanks. The aquarium also features seal lion shows, whale watches, and an IMAX theatre.

USS Constitution Museum
(617) 426-1812
Building 22, Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy Yard

Located adjacent to the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, this museum offers hands-on exhibits, displays of historic artifacts, and computer simulated re-enactments.

Tours and Cruises

Boston Duck Tours
(617) 723-DUCK

Your tour begins at the Prudential Center as you board your "duck", an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. You’ll cruise by Bunker Hill, Boston Common, Copley Square, Quincy Market and many other city landmarks, then splash down into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skyline!

Tours run from April 1 to December 1 and depart rain or shine, 7 days a week, every half hour from 9 a.m. to approximately one hour before sunset. The tours are approximately 80 minutes long.

Boston Harbor Whale Watch
(617) 345-9866
60 Rowes Wharf

Whale watching boat the Majestic runs from late June to early September.

Discover Boston Trolley Tours
(617) 742-1440

Take a two-hour narrated sightseeing tour of Boston and Cambridge aboard a gleaming white old-fashioned trolley. Points of interest include Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and the USS Constitution.

Discover Boston also offers harbor cruises and a limousine service.

Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
(617) 269-7150

This narrated tour reveals the darker side of Boston. Hear stories about the city’s most sinister characters, from the Angel of Death to the Boston Strangler, and step inside two of the oldest graveyards in Boston.

Tours run year-round Thursday through Monday, and daily from late May through early November. Reservations are required.

Odyssey Cruises
(800) 946-7245
Rowes Wharf

One of the largest fine-dining cruise ships on Boston Harbor, offering lunch and dinner cruises and a Sunday jazz brunch.


Blue Cat Café (American)
(617) 247-9922
94 Massachusetts Avenue

The Bull and Finch Pub (American/pub)
(617) 227-9605
84 Beacon Street

Clerys (modern Irish/American)
(617) 262-9874
113 Dartmouth Street

Kashmir (Indian)
(617) 536-1695
279 Newbury Street

Legal Sea Foods
(800) 477-LEGAL

Locations at 26 Park Plaza, 100 Huntington Avenue, 800 Boylston Street, and 255 State Street

Maison Robert (French)
(617) 227-3370
45 School Street
Margo (bistro)
(617) 670-2033
185 State Street at the Harborside Inn

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
8 Park Place

The Rack (billiards club and American fare)
(617) 725-1051
24 Clinton Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Ristorante Limoncello (Italian)
(617) 523-4480
190 North Street

Vinny Testa’s (Italian)
(617) 262-6699
867 Boylston Street

Union Oyster House (seafood)
(617) 227-2750>
41 Union Street

Shopping and Fun

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
(617) 523-1300

Built in 1742 for both the commercial benefit of Boston and as a meeting hall, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace now houses over 50 shops, 14 full-service restaurants and 40 food stalls.

Jillian's Boston
(617) 437-0300
145 Ipswitch (behind Fenway Park)

Entertainment complex featuring virtual games and sports, pool tables, racing simulators, and dining. For ages 18+ after 7 p.m.

Newbury Street

Newbury Street runs from the Public Gardens to Massachusetts Avenue and includes 8 blocks of upscale clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelry, antiques, and fine dining. The area is also architecturally and historically rich, with many of the buildings constructed in the late 19th century.

The North End

While there are a variety of over 500 businesses located in the North End, the area is most well-known for its Italian restaurants, delis, cafes, specialty food shops, and bakeries. If you’re hungry, this is the place to be!