Boston is one of North America's most beautiful cities, offering visitors a unique blend of historical sites and modern attractions, beautiful waterfront views and lush parks, wonderful hotels and restaurants, and more exciting events and things to do and see than you can possibly fit into one visit.

Whether you're planning your first trip or have been here dozens of times, you'll find plenty to explore and enjoy.

Welcome to, an independent travel and tourism guide packed with all the information you need to make the most of your Boston vacation!

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What to See & Do in Boston

George Washington statue in Boston's Public Garden


Historic sites along the Freedom Trail, the Waterfront, museums, Newbury Street shopping - so much to see & do!  
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Boston duck boats on the Charles River

Discount Cards

Want to save money on popular attractions, museums, and tours?  Check out these popular discount cards
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Boston tours, cruises, sightseeing

Tours & Cruises

Guided tours, Harbor cruises, hop on hop off trolleys, duck boats, whale watching - so many fun ways to see Boston!
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Boston hotels from budget to luxury


Choose your Boston location, pick your hotel and amenities - you'll find great choices from budget to luxury
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Boston's Theatre District shows

Entertainment & Dining

Theater, concerts, shows, comedy clubs, winning sports teams, nightlife, top chef-owned & bistros
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Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox


Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Boston Marathon
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Carousel on Boston's Greenway

Kids & Teens

From Make Way for Ducklings and carousels to Harbor cruises and campus tours, Boston offers family-friendly activities for kids & teens
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Boston shopping - everything you need to know

Shopping in Boston

Newbury Street boutiques, shopping malls, historic markets, art galleries, and discount outlets make Boston a top place to shop
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Boston Public Garden in May

Parks & Gardens

Explore Boston's famous parks, exciting waterfront, and hidden gardens - find your perfect spot to smell the roses
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Boston Biggest Events & Holidays

July 4th fireworks - Photo credit: istock/sorsillo
July 4th fireworks - Photo credit: istock/sorsillo

Our Boston Event Calendar shows you the whole year at a glance.  You can also find interesting events and things to do each month: 

Favorite Boston Attractions

Boston's Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

Coral reef in New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Faneuil Marketplace in Boston

Faneuil Marketplace

Fall foliage tours in Boston

Fall Foliage Tours

Boston Concerts

Boston Concerts

Boston Theatre District

Boston Theater

Whale breaching near Boston Harbor

Whale Watching Cruises

Boston beaches

Boston Beaches

Plan Your Boston Vacation

Find the perfect Boston hotel for your budget and location preferences, a trip planning guide and checklists, recommended guidebooks, and the essential travel and vacation information every Boston visitor needs.

Best Boston guidebooks


Whether you are planning your first trip, a family vacation, or a return visit, check out our recommended Boston guidebooks
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Map showing Boston neighborhoods

Boston Maps

Need a Boston map?  We recommend our favorites - and as a bonus, almost all of them are free and easy to get
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Trinity Church in Boston's Copley Square


Everything you need to know about Boston weather, getting around, how to eat a lobster, what to pack for your trip
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Cruise ship coming into Flynn Cruise Port in Boston

Cruise Port Visitors

Boston's cruise terminal, luggage storage, nearby hotels, shore excursions
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Fun Ways to See Boston

Get Deals & Discounts

A Boston vacation can be more affordable than you realize, especially if you take advantage of all the ways to save.

Hotel Buckminster in Boston

Hotel Bargains 

Find the cheapest hotels in top central locations
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How to save on top Boston attractions

How to Save BIG!

City passes, discount tickets, hotel deals, Restaurant Week, & more ways to save - why pay full price?
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Cheap Flights to Boston

Cheap Flights

Find our best tips for saving money on flights while getting the biggest value for your travel budget
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Wang Theatre in Boston

Discount Tickets

Enjoy Boston shows, cruises, attractions, and tours on the cheap by getting half-price and discount tickets
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Need a Boston Hotel or Apartment?

Use this handy map from to find the perfect place to stay.  Just enter your dates to find what's available, see the best rates, and make your reservations.

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Thanks for visiting Boston Discovery Guide.

We hope you will have a wonderful time during your Boston visit - and enjoy this spectacular city as much as we do!

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