Boston, the state capital of Massachusetts is a historic city of contrasts. From the North End to Charlestown, Back Bay to the South End, the city shows its diversity of populations, languages, foods, and philosophies. With a population of over 600,000 residents, immigrants from every corner of the globe have been welcomed by the city and re-shaped into Americans whose memories and customs enrich the community. Ancient red brick sidewalks twist past handsome Federalist houses on the way to soaring glass towers housing state-of-the-art technology.
Small Journeys packages include a variety of historic and fun filled features. Walk the Freedom Trail, tour the Red Sox Fenway Park, visit the New England Aquarium and board the USS Constitution.
Boston Harbor cruises offer a cool break from the city. Follow the ride of Paul Revere into Lexington and Concord or take a trip back in time to the Salem Witch trials. Bring American history to life and enjoy the New England spirit with a trip to this great town.
Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II
Plimoth Plantation is a private, non-profit living history museum located 45 miles south of Boston in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. The museum include three major open-air exhibits: the 1627 Pilgrim Village, Hobbamock Wampanoag Indian Home site, and Mayflower II as well as other facilities, exhibits and programs. The past is just waiting to be experienced. Actors in period costumes speak in 17th century English while they go through the daily chores of the village.
The Mayflower II is a special exhibit that explores what the Colonists needed on their trans-Atlantic journey in 1620. See what they ate and how they survived during their two months at sea. Also learn what the Pilgrims needed to begin their new lives on land!
Museum of Science
The Science Museum is a world-renowned educational institution with over 400 interactive participatory exhibits. Visitors explore the world around them with daily live presentations, science theatre and 15 foot lightning bolts. The Museum offers a number of special exhibitions & theater shows throughout the year.
Boston Museum of Fine Art
BMFA is a world class art museum with superior collections and exhibitions offering a wide range of amenities, tours and exhibits.
Boston Duck Tour
“One big splash and the rest is history!” This fully narrated historic tour takes place in authentic WWI amphibious vehicles through the streets of Boston and into the Charles River.
Odyssey Dinner Dance Cruise\The Odyssey sets sail throughout the week. Enjoy an unforgettable three-hour dinner cruise or a two-hour brunch, lunch or moonlight cruise; Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.
Boston Harbor Cruises
Take whale watches from Boston or Provincetown. Experience a Boston Harbor Sightseeing Tour, Constitution Cruise, or Sunset Cruise. Discover Boston’s historic inner harbor for a quick and relaxing getaway or savor the view of a spectacular sunset from the water.
Skywalk Observatory & Exhibit – Prudential Tower
See Boston like you’ve never seen it, at the Skywalk observatory. Visit the new displays including Dreams of Freedom, featuring the Boston immigrant experience. Also take in the new Antenna Audio tour as well as the new theater, Wings over Boston. It’s an aerial tour of the city. The Skywalk Observatory offers breathtaking 360° views of Boston, over 700 feet in the air,
Six Flags Amusement Park
Most of the Boston National Historical Park sites are connected by the FREEDOM TRAIL. Recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the 3-mile trail is a walking tour of 16 sites and structures of historic importance in downtown Boston and Charlestown from the Old South Meeting House to the Old North Church.
Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market
The lively core of Boston’s historic waterfront is the nation’s premier urban marketplace. Housed in 3 beautifully restored 19th century buildings, its 125 shops & 21 restaurants offer tantalizing delicacies and unique gifts in a festive atmosphere that spills onto cobblestone streets filled with an amazing variety of street performers. An eclectic experience with something for everyone.
Old North Church
Built in 1723 and Boston’s oldest church building, Old North Church is where the signal was given to launch Paul Revere’s ride on April 18, 1775.
Fenway Park Tour
Tour the field of Champions. Boston’s American League baseball team and 2004 World Series Champions, the RED SOX, play in historic Fenway Park. Almost a century old and site of the 1999 All Star Game, Fenway Park hosts tours for the public and groups.
Cambridge/ Harvard Square
Just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge offers an exciting, multicultural setting where visitors from around the world can take in great art, classic and street music, bookstores and boutiques, tea or coffee – since the city is teaming with cafes. Tour the Campus of Harvard University or visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History,just a bridge away from Boston
Harvard Square began in 1630 as the Colonial village of Newtowne, which was chosen by the Proprietors of Massachusetts Bay to be the capital of their new colony. The village was the first planned town in English North America, and the streets laid out in 1631 are still in use today. Important structures survive from almost every period since the early 18th century.
Be welcomed aboard the USS Constitution or Old Ironsides, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world! Tours last approximately 30 minutes and occur every half-hour, with the last tour at 3:30pm.
The USS Constitution Museum brings to life the stories of the individuals who authorized, built, served on and preserved USS Constitution. Through hands-on exhibits, displays of historic artifacts, computer simulated re-enactments, and public programming, the Museum strives to make a personal connection to our American past and the heritage of USS Constitution.
Bunker Hill Monument
“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” This legendary order has come to symbolize the conviction and determination of the ill-equipped American colonists facing powerful British forces during the famous battle fought on this site on June 17, 1775. The battle is popularly known as “The Battle of Bunker Hill” although most of the fighting actually took place on Breed’s Hill, the site of the existing monument and exhibit lodge. Today, a 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution.
New England Aquarium
Colorful & educational exhibits featuring more than 8000 aquatic creatures. Highlights include a 4-story glass ocean tank that houses a coral reef display plus an outstanding variety of fishes, sharks & sea turtles.
Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book “Walden”, which is credited with helping to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement. The Reservation encompasses 400 acres which includes the 102-foot deep glacial kettle-hole pond. Mostly undeveloped woods, totaling 2680 acres, called “Walden Woods” surround the reservation.
Town of Lexington
Tour Lexington, Birthplace of American Liberty. Visit the Battle Green, historic homes, National Heritage Museum, and the Minute Man National Historical Park.
The home of Thoreau, Alcott, Emerson, Walden Pond, the American Revolution, and much more. The Concord Museum features a renowned historical collection including the 1775 Revere Lantern.
Visit the Salem Witch Museum and Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables. There is much more to this historic town though; for 200 years Salem was one of the busiest ports in North America. The most visible reminder that Salem was one of the first communities in America, and for a time one of the wealthiest, is its remarkable collection of pre-twentieth century buildings. The House of the Seven Gables complex features three 17th century homes. Two other important first period structures, the Corwin or Witch House (before 1672) and the Pickering House (1651) lie within the boundaries of the McIntire Historic District.
SAMPLE ITINERARIES & EXTENSIONS
Boston – 3 Days, 2 Nights
- Meet your Small Journeys guide in Boston or at the airport
- Freedom Trail escorted walk with historic sights
- Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall lunch and shops, Old North Church stop
- Boston Harbor Cruise at Long Wharf
- Fenway Park tour
- Dinner in Cambridge
- Cambridge, Harvard Square, campus walk
- Day 2
- Hotel breakfast
- USS Constitution
- Bunker Hill Monument
- Whites of Their Eyes multi media film
- New England Aquarium
- Retrace Paul Revere‘s ride (Cambridge-Arlington-Lexington)
- Lexington and Concord tour, Lunch in Concord, Walden Pond
- Dinner dance cruise, Hard Rock Café or Little Italy dinner
- Evening activity options (Shear Madness, Blue Man Group or other theatre)
- Meet guide in Salem
- House of the 7 Gables
- Salem Witch Museum
- Victim’s Memorial, Lunch in Salem at Pickering Wharf
- New England scenic shoreline tour (Marblehead, Rockport, Gloucester)
- Or Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II
Mystic Seaport and Aquarium
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