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How to Spend 2 Days in Boston

How to Spend 2 Days in Boston

With two days in Boston, you have time for both a generous dose of American revolutionary history and to explore its more modern side. From charting the origins of US independence on its historical Freedom Trail to taking a whale-watching cruise, here are some ways to spend a perfect 48 hours in the city.

Day 1: Exploring the City

Morning: Boston has plenty to fill your first morning. Follow the Freedom Trail to sites including Faneuil Hall and the 18th-century USS Constitution warship, or explore Harvard University or the city’s museums. Walking and bike tours cover the top sights, or buy a discount sightseeing pass or hop-on hop-off ticket for more flexibility.

Afternoon: After a morning of sightseeing, dial up the adventure for the afternoon. Splash down into the waters of the Charles River on a Boston Duck amphibious tour, or if it’s whale-watching season (generally April-October), take to a high-speed catamaran to see whales in nearby Massachusetts Bay.

Night: Revolutionary history infuses every corner of Boston, making it especially atmospheric after dark. Explore the city’s secret lanes and spooky legends on a ghost-themed evening tour. Options include guided walks into Boston’s oldest lamp-lit districts and a trolley tour that takes you to the city’s haunted buildings and half-forgotten graveyards.

Day 2: Freedom and Food Trails

Morning: Delve into Boston’s revolutionary war heritage on its Freedom Trail. Take a walking tour along the redbrick trail to learn about its British colonial and patriot past, or see the sights from a private car. Finish at the Tea Party Ships and Museum in Boston Harbor to learn more about the war-sparking protests.

Afternoon: See a different side of the city on a tour of some of Boston’s culinary hot spots. Join a guided food walk around the city’s North End district—aka “Little Italy”— to taste its pizzas. Alternatively, opt for a tour of Beacon Hill to discover off-the-beaten path eateries and treats that many miss.

Night: At dusk, take a harbor cruise to relax after your sightseeing and watch the sunset from the water. Choose an all-singing, all-dancing boat with a dinner buffet and live entertainment, or opt for a mellower cruise that settles for serving up sundowner cocktails alongside the city views.

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Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
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Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

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Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 14 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 14 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.
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Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour

Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour

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Discover some of Boston’s deepest, darkest secrets on a “frightseeing” tour aboard the Trolley of the Doomed, which roams around the haunted streets and burial grounds of Boston. Your costumed host provides illuminating insights into the history of the city's spookiest sights such as Copp's Hill Burying Ground.
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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

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Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with Go City's Boston All-Inclusive Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, over 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of days purchased.
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Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours

Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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