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Tourist Offices

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Address: , 136 Blackstone Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
Telephone: +1 617 973 8500.
Opening times: Website: http://www.mass-vacation.com/

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Address: , 2 Copley Place, Suite 105, Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: +1 617 536 4100.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0830-1700.

Website: http://www.bostonusa.com

Tourist information booths are located at Boston Common and the Prudential Center, 101 Huntington Avenue.

Tourist passes

The CityPass (www.citypass.com) offers up to 47% off combined prices to must-see attractions - Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium, Skywalk Observatory and the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Old State House. It lasts for nine days and can be purchased from the attractions on the day or online in advance.

The GoBoston Card (www.gobostoncard.com) offers a one- to multi-day card for free admissions to over 50 attractions, plus shopping, restaurant and lodging discounts.

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau's website (www.bostonusa.com) lists further deals, including BostonUSA Specials discount coupons and the Family Friendly Pass.

Attractions

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

The ‘Tea Party' was an act of rebellion against British rule and in particular against new taxes, imposed on, among other commodities, tea. The protest took place on 16 December 1773. A group of Bostonians, disguised as Mohawk Indians, boarded the tea-clipper Beaver and threw all of its cargo into the harbour waters. Visitors can discover the full story on-board a full-size replica ship, Beaver II.

Address: Seaport, 306 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Telephone: +1 866 955 0667.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-1700 (Apr-Oct); daily 1000-1600 (Nov-Mar). Tours start every 30 minutes.

Website: http://www.bostonteapartyship.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museum of Science

Boston’s amazing Museum of Science has more than 600 interactive exhibits exploring technology, computers, complex systems, energy, maps, models and dinosaurs. Aside from the world’s largest lightening bolt generator, the museum also houses the Charles Hayden Planetarium and a Discovery Centre dedicated to hands-on fun for even the youngest enquiring minds.

Address: West End, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: +1 617 723 2500
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0900-1700, Fri 1000-2100.

Website: http://www.mos.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Harvard's six museums

The Harvard Art Museum, which is housed in a state-of-the-art structure designed by architect Renzo Piano, brings together the 250,000 strong collection of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur Sackler museums, which cover European, Asian, Islamic and Indian art. Outside the Yard, the Museum of Natural History is renowned for its display of authentic-looking, hand-blown glass flowers, while the Semitic Museum has a collection of Middle Eastern art and archaeology. Finally, the Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology covers exhibits of archaeology and cultures from six continents.

Address: Cambridge, , Boston, MA 02138
Telephone:
Opening times:

Varied.

Website: http://www.harvard.edu/resources-offices/museums
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA’s impressive collection spans from 6,000BC to the contemporary works of such artists as Andy Warhol and Rineke Dijkstra. Of note is the museum's Asian collection. Its Temple Room has the finest Buddhist collection outside Japan, and its small Impressionism gallery displays significant works by Renoir, Monet, Cassatt, Degas, Pissaro and Cezanne.

Address: The Fenway, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: +1 617 267 9300.
Opening times:

Sat-Tues 1000-1700, Wed-Fri 1000-2200.

Website: http://www.mfa.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Boston Harbor Islands National Park

On a sunny day, the Boston Harbor Tour is a pleasant way to while away three and a half hours. The 45-minute ride to Little Brewster Island is a lesson in history, lighthouses and shipwrecks. Along the way is Spectacle Island, with a past that runs the gamut from a home to an 18th-century quarantine hospital, a resort and even a garbage dump.

Other interesting islands in the 34-island national park area include Long Island (not open to the public) and Georges Island. Its Fort Warren served as a Civil War jail. The first US lighthouse (1716) was built on Little Brewster Island. Although the British burned it when they left, it was rebuilt in 1783. Visitors can climb its 76 winding steps and two ladders for an amazing view of the Boston skyline.

Address: Boston Harbor Islands National Park, , Boston,
Telephone:
Opening times:

 See website for opening times.

Website: http://www.bostonharborislands.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

New England Holocaust Memorial

Representing the Jews killed in the Holocaust are six glass columns, each etched with a million names. During the winter, smoke rises from each, a grim reminder of the mass murders committed and the concentration camp ovens. The memorial is located on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. It is designed to offer an opportunity for reflection on the meaning of oppression – and freedom – and on the importance of a society’s respect for human rights.

Address: Congress Street near Faneuil Hall, Carmen Park, on the Freedom Trail,
Telephone: +1 617 457 8755.
Opening times:

Daily dawn-dusk.

Website: http://www.nehm.org
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Prudential Centre Skywalk Observatory

The best view of Boston is from the 50th floor of the Prudential Building. From a height of 213m (700ft) there is a 360-degree view of the city and its environs. An audio tour detailing the city's many points of historic and cultural interest is also available in English, French Canadian and Japanese.

Address: Back Bay, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Telephone: +1 617 859 0648.
Opening times:

Daily 1000-2200 (March-Oct); 1000-2000 (Nov-Mar).

Website: http://www.prudentialcenter.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Boston Children's Museum

Considered one of the top three children's museums in the country, this interactive, educational space will keep kids aged 10 and under amused for hours. Focusing on arts, culture and science highlight exhibits include intercultural immersion experiences, a three-story climbing structure and a hands-on construction site. In nice weather there’s also ample space to play outside in the waterside park.

Address: Seaport, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Telephone: +1 617 426 6500.
Opening times:

Sat-Thurs 1000-1700, Fri 1000-2100.

Website: http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museum of Afro-American History

New England's largest Afro-American museum is housed in two 18th century buildings: the African Meeting House, the country's oldest black church and meeting house, and Abiel Smith School, the country's first school for African Americans. The museum is also a source of information about and the final destination of the Black Heritage Trail.

Address: Beacon Hill, 46 Joy Street, Boston,
Telephone: +1 617 725 0022.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1600.

Website: http://www.afroammuseum.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

New England Aquarium

Step inside and discover the world of the underwater. A spiral ramp ascends four floors while circling a giant saltwater tank and passing a critical care ward for sick animals, a touch tank, penguins, a coral reef, sharks, eels, turtles and lots of other creatures of the deep which serve to awe and educate visitors. Daily programs include penguin presentations, tank dives and seal training exhibits. There is also an IMAX theatre featuring films with an aquatic theme.

Address: Waterfront, 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: +1 617 973 5200
Opening times:

Sun-Thurs 0900-1800, Fri-Sat 0900-1900 (Jul-Aug); Mon-Fri 0900-1700, Sat-Sun 0900-1800 (Sep-Jun).

Website: http://www.neaq.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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The Liberty Hotel

Prison chic is made a reality in the Liberty Hotel. For 120 years, the Charles Street Jail held some of Boston's most infamous criminals but in 2001, Liberty designers converted the building into a classy, unique hotel. Much of the décor mirrors the building's 20th-century charms, including The Clink restaurant which features authentic cell bars and the main lobby that reveals the inner atrium of the original prison. Far from being prison-like, this upscale hotel boasts all the necessary 21st-century amenities along with stunning views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline.

Mandarin Oriental

Located in the cosy Back Bay the Mandarin Oriental combines comfort and style to produce one of Boston's most luxurious and trendy hotels. Rooms resonate with classic oriental styles with a modern flare and boast beautiful views of the Back Bay cityscape. After a long day of touring and shopping enjoy a soak in the oversized Jacuzzi baths or indulge in a massage at the Mandarin Oriental's five-star spa. Perfect for a business retreat or a relaxing holiday the Mandarin Oriental will not disappoint.

Harding House

This classic, baby blue Victorian guesthouse has fourteen handsome rooms decked out in all-American style with quilts, patterned rugs and dark hardwood furniture. The period character of the house gives the place a warm, homely atmosphere which is reinforced by the freely available cakes and coffee, Thursday evening wine tastings and the generous home-cooked breakfast, which is included in the price.

Liberty Clipper

Between June and September only, board one of Boston's elegant tall ships for an alternative, budget accommodation option. Moored in the historic waterfront district of Boston, a block from the North End and Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, you will be offered a choice of one of six cabins all featuring a skylight, hot/cold water, three shared bathrooms and three shared showers. This is definitely an experience.

Oasis Guest House

This modest 30-room guesthouse is located in one of Boston’s best neighbourhoods and offers simple but comfortable accommodation in a series of attractive brick-fronted buildings. Rooms are simply furnished with queen beds, armchairs, TVs and generic prints. The price includes free internet access, use of the kitchen facilities and a complimentary breakfast.

HI Boston

This cheap and cheerful hostel offers 481 beds in total, and is niftily located in the Theater District/Chinatown area. There is a games room, cafe bar, internet access and laundry facilities. If you're not a member of Hostelling International, you have to pay a daily $3 charge, but this is still one of the cheapest, centrally located accommodation options around.