My Boston Trip
1 hide detailMulti-terrain touring vehicles
Our Local Expert Says:
This is a great way to get a quick tour of the city (it goes by fast). When the captain of your tour asks, don't hesitate to volunteer to drive the boat in the Charles!
A fleet of Ducks, brightly colored, vintage World War II amphibious vehicles provide 80-minute, narrated, half-land, half-water tours of Boston. Do not be alarmed when your Duck abandons its wheels and lowers itself onto the Charles River! Tours depart on the half-hour and cover many of Boston's downtown tourist attractions. Keep in mind: Tour guides encourage quacking! Tickets, which may be purchased two days in advance, often sell out quickly, especially on summer weekends.
2 hide detailA significant history
Faneuil Hall is of a greater historical interest than any other building in the United States. In September 1742, Peter Faneuil, a French merchant, decided to build it for the people of the town. Many famous orators of the country's history have addressed the public here. This area is a true reflection of the culture, history, and local ambience. Every year, performers audition to perform during tourist season but not many win a gig as a juggler, musician or artist. You can shop in the underground or get souvenirs like rare photo prints. Faneuil Hall is staffed by National Park Service Rangers from 9a-5p, except when used for public functions. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Park Rangers offer historical talks about Faneuil Hall every half hour on the second floor.
3 hide detailMake way for ducklings...
A trip to Boston is not complete without a visit to this attraction. From mid-April until mid-September, you can take a quick tour on a paddleboat decorated as a swan. These tours have been run by the same family for over a hundred years in the Boston Public Garden, which was the setting for the famous children's story, "Make Way for Ducklings". You will understand why as you glide among the hundreds of ducks that call the Garden pond home. You may see a couple of real swans, too.
4 hide detailBird's eye view
For a breathtaking view of the city and surrounding area, take a trip to this skywalk observatory. The windows here present a vista of Boston in all directions. On a clear day, visitors can see the mountains of New Hampshire. Museum-like displays offer detailed information on the history of Boston's geography. See their website for information on prices and further details.