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Planning a short break to Boston? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Boston. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Boston. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Freedom Trail

16 historical sites are linked on this three-mile trail, marked by red paint.

The National Park Service offers a 90-minute guided tour, and points of interest include Old State House, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church. Call (+) 1 617 242 5642 or (+) 1 617 242-5689 for the schedule of guided tours.

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Boston Duck Tours

World War II amphibious vehicles have been put to peaceful and informative use in Boston. Painted in bright colours and filled with tourists they provide an 80-minute tour of Boston, half on land, and half on water, in the Back Bay neighbourhood. Admission is Adults $23, seniors, military personnel, and students $20, children (4-12) $13, children (under 4) $0.25. The nearest train is the Green Line T to Copley.

For more information phone (+) 1 617 723 3825 or (+) 1 800 226 7442, email

Paul Revere House

19 North Sq, This was the house where Paul Revere was living when he make his dramatic ride to Lexington on April 18, 1775. The house holds 17th and 18th century furnishings and artefacts, amongst them the famous Revere silver. Admission $3 adults, $2.50 seniors and students, $1 children 5-17, free for children under 5.

For more information phone 617/523-2338, or visit

New England Aquarium

The enormous 200,000-gallon "Giant Ocean Tank," of this Boston landmark, with its simulated Caribbean coral reef, sharks, moray eels, sea turtles and other marine creatures attracts hordes of children who gaze entranced at the creatures behind the glass. The New England Aquarium has become one of Boston’s greatest tourist attractions since its opening in 1969, and has a number of other attractions such as whale watching cruises and seal shows, sea otters, and penguins. Admission - $13.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $7 children 3-11.

For more information phone (+) 1 617.973.5200 or visit The nearest train is Blue or Orange Line T to State/Aquarium.

Boston Common

Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles and Boylston Streets, the almost 50 acres of Boston Common offers great recreation as well as an insight to the history of America in the number of monuments in the grounds. Designated as a public space as far back as 1640, the park has seen much history and many changes, from being an area where cattle grazed, to a camp for British troops, to a hanging ground for wrongdoers. The nearest train is the Red Line or Green Line T to Park Street and Green Line T to Boylston

U.S.S. Constitution

Climb aboard the oldest commissioned warship in the world, and step back in time to 1797 when she was launched. “Old Ironsides” fought in 40 naval battles, and was never defeated. She earned her nickname in an 1815 military engagement with the French, but their cannonballs ricocheted off her sides without inflicting serious damage. Naval personnel conduct free tours of the ship from 9.30am to sundown daily.

For more information phone (+) 1 617 242-5642, email or visit

Cheers Beacon Hill

84 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108, Fans of the hit TV series ‘Cheers’, will feel a sense of deja vu when they walk down Beacon Street in Boston and see the familiar facade of their favourite TV pub. Should they enter though, they might be a bit disappointed, as although drinks and food are served, the interior is nothing like the TV version. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Boston nonetheless. (There is another "Cheers" in Faneuil Hall) Located in Beacon Hill the nearest train is the Green Line T to Arlington.

For more information phone (617) 227-9605, email, or visit

Franklin Park Zoo

Located on Franklin Park Road, in the Grove Hall neighbourhood, the zoo is home to exotic animals from around the globe, and the natural habitats they live in, including a tropical forest, the savannah of Africa, and the Australian Outback. There is a petting zoo for children and a chicken hatchery in the "Franklin Farm" exhibit. Admission: USD9.50 adults; USD8 seniors; USD5 children 2-15. Group rates are available when arranged two weeks or more prior.

For more information phone (+) 1 617 541 5466 or go to

Bugs Bunny Film Festival

Every year in February, The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge (near Boston) puts on a week of riotous Bugs Bunny cartoons, including classic episodes such as “What’s Up Doc?” and the culture shock “Rabbit of Seville”.

The Brattle Theatre is located in 40, Brattle St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Metro Boston, and for more information visitors can phone (+) 1 617 876 6837 or go

Boston Harborfest

Held annually in June/July, the Harborfest coincides with 4th July celebrations, and has over 200 events, bringing over two million people to the city's waterfront.

Designed to commemorate the rich maritime history and heritage of Boston, the celebrations are a grand-scale, family oriented, festival of fun

For more information contact the Harborfest organisers at 45 School Street, Boston, MA 02108, tel. (+) 1 617 227 1528,


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