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3 days in Boston

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3 days in Boston
Boston is packed with things to do, and three days can give a nice taste. Prepare for history, culture, plenty of good food, and lots of walking.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Day 1
Freedom Trail
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Freedom Trail

There are at least seven Different Tour Companies that tour guests on the Freedom Trail:  The Freedom Trail Foundation :Daily tours every hour on the... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Most major cities have something like it now, but this was one of the first urban historic shopping districts and its success inspired many... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Boston Common
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Boston Common

Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog Pond, Boston's oldest public park is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Boston Public Garden
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Boston Public Garden

This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America's first public garden.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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North End
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North End

This Italian neighborhood, Boston's oldest, is known for its wonderful restaurants and historic sights. Walk the cobblestone streets to take in the architecture and aromas of delicious food, and visit Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church while you're in the neighborhood.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
Harvard University
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Harvard University

Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the illustrious alumni are civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois, philosopher Henry David Thoreau, writer Gertrude Stein, composer Leonard Bernstein, cellist Yo Yo Ma and seven U.S. presidents.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Harvard Museum of Natural History

This is the public museum of Harvard's three research museums. More than 12,000 of the 21 million specimens are on display, including the renowned collection of 3,000 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants used to teach botany to students in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and other prehistoric mammals... More

This is the public museum of Harvard's three research museums. More than 12,000 of the 21 million specimens are on display, including the renowned collection of 3,000 'Glass Flowers,' amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants used to teach botany to students in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and other prehistoric mammals as well as more than 500 current day mammals, including skeletons of a rhino, hippo, giraffe and three whales. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Mt. Auburn Cemetery
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Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior, recognizing it as one of the country's most... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Back Bay
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Back Bay

This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in Boston--started as a bay. The bay was filled in during the 19th century to create the area now known by the name Back Bay. The area is known for its Victorian brownstones, the Boston Public Library, shopping, office high rises and upscale hotels.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Prudential Center
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Prudential Center
Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
Black Heritage Trail
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Black Heritage Trail

Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The tour's focus is on the years between 1783 when... More

Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The tour's focus is on the years between 1783 when Massachusetts abolished slavery to 1865 when slavery was abolished nationwide after the Civil War. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Massachusetts State House
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Massachusetts State House

Designed in 1798 by renowned architect Charles Bulfinch, the historic building is dominated by a magnificent gold dome.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Beacon Hill
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Beacon Hill

The famous Boston Brahmin neighborhood of red brick sidewalks, cobblestoned streets, elegant townhouses and gas street lamps.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Museum of Fine Arts
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Museum of Fine Arts

Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Fenway area of Boston features a fine art collection housed in a building that is a work of art in... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

Fenway Park is the oldest Major League baseball park in the United States. Its small, intimate atmosphere really allows you to feel like you are "in... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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