Things to Do While You're in Boston . . .

Boston’s North End- Also known as Boston’s Little Italy. The North End is a tight maze of narrow cobblestone streets and some of the city’s oldest buildings. Italian restaurants and pastry shops pack this area, especially on Hanover Street. Some notable historic places to visit include:

  1. The Paul Revere House

  2. The Old North Church

Bostonians love pastries!  Some famous pastry shops to visit include:

  1. Mike’s Pastry
  2. Modern Pastry

Boston's North End

Tour historical sites along the freedom trail at your leisure! You can use the trail create your own walking tour here  (No charge)

For a guided walking tour click here

  1. Admission:

    1. Adults- $14

    2. Children (6-12)- $8

Walk the Freedom Trail

Duck Boat Tour

A leisurely way to see Boston.  Ride the Duck Boat and hop on and off to see the sights.

  1. Admission: $45

  2. Time: approximately an 80 minute tour

  3. Departure Locations (there are three to select from):

    1. The Museum of Science

    2. Prudential/ Copley (53 Huntington Ave.)

    3. New England Aquarium

Duck Boat Tour

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

  1. Admission: $15 for adults. Free for all children under the age of 18

  2. Map to museum from Gutman:


ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art)

  1. Admission: $15 for adults. Free for all children under the age of 17

  2. Map to museum from Gutman:


Boston’s Children’s Museum

  1. Admission: $17 (for adults and children)

  2. Map to museum from Gutman:


MFA (Museum of Fine Arts)

  1. Admission:

    1. Adults- $25

    2. Children 6 and under- free

    3. Children 7-17- $10

  2. Map to museum from Gutman:


Museum of Science

  1. Admission:

    1. Adults (12+)- $28

    2. Children (3-11)- $23

  2. Map to museum from Gutman:


New England Aquarium

  1. Admission:

    1. Adults- $27.95

    2. Children (3-11)- $18.95

Map to Aquarium from Gutman:  

Boston Museums

Boston Common- Created in 1634, this public park is the oldest city park in the United States and is located in downtown Boston.


Copley Plaza- Located close to Boston Common and all the outdoor shopping of Newbury Street. Some famous sites to see right in the plaza include:

  1. Boston Public Library

  2. Trinity Church

  3. Prudential Center

    1. Recommended for shopping and eating. Particularly worth checking out, the new Eataly Boston


Newbury Street- Eight blocks of restaurants and stores.  


Fenway Park- For any Baseball/ sports enthusiasts. While Gillette Stadium (home to the Patriots) is a long drive away, the historic Fenway Park is located right in the heart of Boston and easy to visit.

Downtown Boston

The Constitution is one of six warships authorized by a new United States Congress in 1794.  Constitution was built at Hartt's  Shipyard in the North En of Boston . Nicknamed "Old Ironsides" she defeated four British frigates during the War of 1812.  The Constitution resides in Charlestown and admission is free!

 U.S Constitution

Take an MBTA ferry to the outer islands. The commuter ferry runs between Boston, Logan Airport, Georges Island, Hull, and Hingham.  You can also catch a ferry to Salem or take the Charlestown Ferry to tour Old Ironsides. Check out the MBTA site here.

Or take a sunset cruise around Boston Harbor!

Boston Harbor Cruises

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

  1. Admission: Free

  2. Map:


The Cooper Gallery

  1. Admission: Free

  2. Map:


Harvard Museum of Natural History

  1. Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-18

  2. Map:


Harvard Art Museums

  1. Admission; $15 for adults, Free for all children under the age of 18


Harvard Museums

We hope that you have a wonderful time in Boston!

The READS Lab Team

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READS Lab, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA  02138

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