Quick Last Minute Boston Vacation Ideas
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If you only have a short time to stay while visiting the Boston area, you'll want to make sure that you get in as much as possible. Make sure to put the following items on your itinerary to make the most of your time.
Boston Attractions For Everyone...
- The Witch City Tour will take you to Marblehead to visit Abbott Hall and then it's on to the historical town of Salem where the witch trials of 1692 occurred. Here you will visit the Salem Witch Museum where you will learn the facts about the 17th century witch trials. Other stops on the tour include Hawthorne's Custom House and the House of the Seven Gables, which is the oldest surviving mansion in New England.
- Museum of Science. The Museum of Science has been an attraction for Boston visitors over the past 170 years. The museum displays exhibits that are informative and educational such as The Computing Revolution, A Bird's World, and Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic. This will be a stop the whole family can enjoy and learn from.
- Visit the New England Aquarium and see amazing aquatic creatures such as penguins, seals, sea lions, sea otters and more. The aquarium is also home to the Rescue and Rehabilitation Program. They have saved over 4,000 marine mammals and sea turtles since 1968.
Boston Attractions For the History Lover...
- At Plimoth Plantation you will step back into the 17th century. Visit the crafts center where you will watch 17th century clothing and furnishings being produced. Visit the Nye Barn where you will be able to visit with rare breeds of livestock and learn about how the organization that runs the plantation is trying to save them. Visit the Mayflower II where costumed staff will teach you about life aboard the ship. The most educational and entertaining place in the plantation is the 1627 Pilgrim Village where staff in costume will reenact daily life in 1627.
- At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, you can view exhibits such as the remains of the dodo bird, trilobites, meteorites, naturally formed crystals and gems, and an amazing exhibit displaying recreations of over 860 plants made out of glass in the 1880s.
- The Breakers is the 70-room mansion that was once home to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The home was built in 1895 and is a National Historical Landmark. The home sits on a 13-acre estate overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This is an enchanting home to tour.
Boston Attractions For the Architecture Enthusiast...
- While in the Boston area, be sure to take a walking tour of Beacon Hill. You will be treated to the sights of the elegant and historic homes located in Beacon Hill. The neighborhood features cobblestone streets and beautiful homes. It is also where America's first botanical garden is located.
- Pass through the Wadsworth Gate and enter Harvard Yard. There you will find the Wadsworth House, once the headquarters of George Washington. Also see nearby Cambridge Common where he took control of the Continental Army. The architecture of the area is breathtaking and the history is rich.