The Greater Boston Area

Bordered by I-95, Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, Greater Boston is the metropolitan region of New England encompassing the state capital of Massachusetts, and its surrounding towns, which include Boston, Cambridge, Framingham, Worcester, Providence, Lowell, Nashua, Newton, Peabody, Quincy, Waltham and beyond.

As the most populous area in New England, the Greater Boston area is home to over 110 higher education institutions, including the nation's first, Harvard University in Cambridge. With some of the oldest and most visited historic sites in the US, Metro Boston played a significant role in American history as we know it.

Tour the city’s famous landmarks, such as the Freedom Trail, while exploring quaint neighborhoods in the North End or Back Bay of Bean Town. Taste the flavors of New England and sample some of the best cuisine in the nation, or visit world-renowned museums, discovery centers and top area attractions found in the greater Boston area.

Boston Skyline in Massachusetts

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Boston's Historic Past

The best way to tour the most iconic historical sites in Boston is to hit the Freedom Trail.  This 2.5-mile walk through Boston's colonial times allows visitors to explore many of the sites that played a critical part in the American Revolution. Follow the red brick path which starts at Boston Common, and passes through legendary landmarks like the Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, Ben Franklin Statue, Boston Massacre site, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument.

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

This all-American city means business when it comes to their sports teams. Expect to find lively crowds on game days and make sure you stop in to Fenway Park to see MLB’s Boston Red Sox at bat for a true ballpark experience. The NFL’s New England Patriots and MLS’s New England Revolution call Gillette Stadium home, where fans tailgate morning ‘til night. Head to TD Garden to catch a NBA’s Boston Celtics or NHL’s Boston Bruins game while in town.

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Tour Boston From Land & Sea

For a unique way to see the sights and tour Boston, experience Bean Town by land and sea. Hop on a Boston Duck Tour and literally ride on a World War II-style amphibious vehicle, led by ConDUCKtors through all of Boston’s most famous attractions, The thrilling Duck Tour concludes with a quick sail on and into the Charles River, providing jaw dropping views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

Golf in Massachusetts

Tee-Time Awaits

Golf enthusiasts in Boston don’t have to go very far to enjoy the rolling greens. Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods have numerous courses with a wide variety of terrains and levels of difficulty.  Set just outside of city center, Maplegate Country Club is a local favorite. Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard, the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Course in Brookline, and The International Golf Club Oaks Course in Worcester are all popular courses nearby.

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Museums, Arts & Culture

With a city so rich in culture, it’s not surprising to learn that Boston is filled with museums from fine art to old fossils. With one of the world's largest impressionist collections, visitors can tour Egyptian, European and Asian collections at Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Spend a day redefining play through interactive exhibits and challenging activities at the Boston Children's Museum. Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History for an in-depth look at pre-historic creatures that once roamed the earth.

Science Centers in Massachusetts

Science & Discovery

Packed with family-friendly experiments and perfect for all ages, visiting a science center while in Boston provides hours of entertainment the whole gang will love.  From a butterfly garden, indoor zoo, planetarium show and an IMAX theater, get amazed at the Boston Museum of Science. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a privately owned science institution located in Cambridge that has fueled many scientific breakthroughs and technological advances, making it one of the world's most prestigious universities.

Paul Revere and Old North Church in Massachusetts

Boston’s National Parks

Explore Boston’s rich history and beautiful landscapes by visiting Boston’s National Historical Park which offers guided tours through sites that showcase the American Revolution.  Set foot for the Freedom Trail, beginning at Boston Common, and make your way through key attractions that include, Charlestown Navy Yard, Faneuil Hall, Dorchester Heights and the Bunker Hill Monument. Over in Cambridge, visit the Longfellow House where General George Washington once lived, and later Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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