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Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

1. Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and meet hundreds of remarkable species from around the world. Explore the 72-acre zoo nestled in the historic Franklin Park. Make your way around at a leisurely pace as you go from exhibit to view remarkable species that call the zoo home. Visit exhibitions such as the Kalahari Kingdom, Giraffe Savannah, Nature’s Neighborhoods, and the Outback Trail. Stand face-to-face with western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations. Come across ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, and a giant anteater. Discover African lions, Masai giraffes, Grevy's zebras, cute red pandas, prairie dogs, kangaroos, and emus.

Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

2. Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

Go whale watching off the coast of Boston on a comfortable, high-speed catamaran with maximized outdoor and indoor viewing capacity. Look out for humpback, finback, and minke whales, as well as white-sided dolphins on this adventure cruise. Benefit from the best-guided experience, with professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the region's foremost authority on whale populations, on-hand to provide you with expert commentary. After you find your crew at the dock, board the high-speed catamaran that offers the fastest, most comfortable way to explore the Atlantic.  Make the most of the 3 outside viewing decks, climate-controlled cabin space with cushioned seating, tables, state-of-the-art sound and video systems, and a galley offering snacks and beverages for purchase. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for:  Humpback whales The humpback’s name comes from the way its back arches out of the water when preparing for a deep dive. “Megaptera” is its true scientific name, which means “large-winged,” in reference to its long flippers. Finback whales Finbacks are second only to Blue Whales in overall size, measuring in at 45-70 feet in length and weighing approximately 40 tons as full-grown adults. Minke whales A sleek, small dolphin-like baleen whale, Minkes are the most abundant whale in the world today with a population numbering well over 1 million worldwide. White-sided dolphins Found only in the North Atlantic, in waters just south of New England and north to Norway, these playful mammals feed on single prey such as squid, unlike whales, who feast on large numbers of small fish.

From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

3. From Boston: Coastal Maine Small Group Day Trip

Discover Maine’s southern coast on this day trip from Boston and See highlights including York, Kennebunkport, Nubble Light, and the Bush Compound. Soak up stunning sea views and learn about local history and culture. The day begins with pickup from your downtown hotel in Boston and heads towards York, Maine. Upon arrival, stop at the impressive Cape Neddick Light Station, which dates back to 1879. Learn about this iconic landmark and hear how it got its nickname, Nubble Light. From there travel to the town of Ogunquit and enjoy a stroll along Marginal Way. Soak up stunning coastal views and see the Atlantic Ocean beat against the cliffs. End the walk at Perkins Cove, where you can enjoy free time to shop or purchase a ticket for the Lobster Boat Cruise. Arrive at Kennebunkport next and spend a few hours exploring, shopping, and grabbing some lunch. You’ll also enjoy a trolley tour, narrated by a local, and see the impressive Bush Family Compound at Walker’s Point. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to Boston.

Stoneham, Massachusetts: Stone Zoo Entry Ticket

4. Stoneham, Massachusetts: Stone Zoo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Stone Zoo and enjoy a day filled with meeting many of remarkable species from around the world. Explore the 26-acre zoo nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Make your way around at a leisurely pace as you go from exhibit to view remarkable species that call the zoo home. Visit exhibitions such as the Himalayan Highlands, Yukon Creek, and the Caribbean Coast. Marvel at the majestic snow leopards, Caribbean flamingos, macaws, scarlet ibis, and a family of bush dogs. See the white-cheeked gibbon exhibit to observe the incredibly agile, and always active, gibbon family. Discover black bears, two-toed sloths, jaguars to the cute group of North American river otters.

From Boston: Newport Mansions Full-Day Trip

5. From Boston: Newport Mansions Full-Day Trip

Enjoy Newport on this van tour from Boston. See how the wealthiest families lived during the gilded age with a visit to the Vanderbilt summer home and the Elms Mansion. Along the way, enjoy some complimentary snacks and bottled water while reading over a provided Newport guide book. Begin with hotel pickup in a luxury minibus, where the approximately 2-hour journey to Newport starts. The first stop is the Breakers, the Vanderbilt family's summer home. Take a self-guided audio-tour and explore the 70-room summer cottage. Here, you can also spend some time exploring the cliffs on a scenic cliff walk. Next, it's back to the mini-coach for a bus tour of Newport, which passes St Mary's Parish, where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in 1953. After the bus tour, visit America's oldest existing synagogue, the Touro Synagogue. With your free time, you can do some shopping or have lunch on the waterfront. If you're a sports fan, you can enjoy discount admission to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Finally, visit the Elms Mansion, where you can take a 90-minute self-guided audio tour. After the tour, return to the minibus, sit back, and relax as you enjoy the ride back to Boston.

Boston: Fall Foliage Tour

6. Boston: Fall Foliage Tour

Journey on the Kancamagus Byway and stop at scenic viewpoints on this day trip from Boston into the White Mountains. View red, gold, and orange leaves along the way. Go on two hikes to capture pictures of waterfalls framed in autumn colors. Start with pickup from your hotel in the greater Boston area. Ride north into New Hampshire and experience the beautiful fall colors as you drive higher into the mountains. Make a short stop half-way through the drive where you can buy a coffee or cider. Relax, on the scenic drive along the Kancamagus Byway and make several stops for pictures of the mountains and leaves. Listen as your guide shares information about the region. Take 2 short excursions on easy hiking trails to view historic waterfalls. Then, enjoy a 1.5-hour lunch and shopping break in the mountain town of North Conway. This is a quaint town surrounded by snow-capped mountains and rugged cliffs. Head further into the White Mountains for the last stop near the spectacular Omni Mount Washington Hotel to marvel at New Hampshire's tallest and most extravagant mountain range. Finally, your guide will point out a few more interesting sights before the 2-hour journey back to your hotel in Boston.

Boston: Guided Seafood Tasting Tour

7. Boston: Guided Seafood Tasting Tour

This Seafood Tour will take you on a culinary journey along the Boston Harbor waterfront and into the city’s most historic neighborhoods. Stop off to sample local culinary delights and see a variety of landmarks with your tour guide. From the stunning Boston Harbor, follow your tour guide into the city, across the Rose Kennedy Greenway to two of Boston’s beloved historic landmarks, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, before heading to the city’s oldest restaurant. Along the way, you'll sample a variety of delectable local treats, such as a lobster roll, New England clam chowder, and fried clams.

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What people are saying about Boston

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 151 reviews

Hotel pick up and drop off were a bonus. Our guide was knowledgeable, kind and humorous. The bus ride was good and we had lots of scenic areas to view. We were never on the bus longer than 1 1/2 hours. We enjoyed everything about this trip and would book with this touring group again.

What an incredible experience! The entire crew was so kind, and very informative! We saw 2 groups of humpbacks and learned so much about them from our guide. You can tell this group is very passionate about what they do. Such a cool experience- highly recommend!

Great time! Our guide Lucy was very knowledgeable, friendly, and personable. We learned a lot about Boston and the history of the restaurants we visited. The food was fantastic and we had oysters for the first time- experience with having. Lol Highly recommend.

Amazing trip to whale watch. We were able to see tons of whales and seals along the way. The boat was crowded but still plenty of room to move around and enjoy the time on the boat! Amazing staff and well organized.

Great experience! Get there early so you can get a good spot. We went the first weekend of November 2022 and saw soooo many whales!