Explore Boston

Check out these activities to enjoy during the afternoons of the Annual Meeting!

Freedom Trail
Length: 1-2 hours
Price Point: $20-40 per person depending on tour (many options!)

Foundation’s most popular, introductory, tours highlight the diverse history that took place at 11 of the 16 official Freedom Trail historic sites, featuring Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel & King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Boston Latin School site/Benjamin Franklin statue, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Boston Massacre site, and Faneuil Hall. 



Boston Duck Tour
Length: 1 1/2 hours; Various times
Price Point: $50-60 per person

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. Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour of Boston Narrated tour of Boston by land and water with your own personal ConDUCKtor® Splash into the Charles River for breathtaking views of Boston See Boston landmarks like Boston Common, Old State House, Quincy Market, and Prudential Tower


Black Heritage Trail

The Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6-mile walking tour that explores the history of Boston’s 19th century African American community who primarily lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill.






Boston Museum of Science
Website: https://www.mos.org/
Price Point: $29 per person (time based tickets, Museum open until 5 pm)

The Museum of Science, Boston, offers visitors over 700 interactive exhibits, live presentations, and shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. The museum is also an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is home to over 100 animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated. The Museum of Science has also launched a new digital experience for audiences, MOS at Home. With multiple live presentations throughout the day, creative engineering projects, podcasts, kid-friendly activities, and more, the Museum is inviting the community to visit remotely for new content daily.

Boston Harbor Sailing Tour
Length: 1 1/2 – 2 hour options
Price Point: $50-60 per person (several companies to choose from)

See Boston Harbor’s sights from the water on this day sail aboard a replica of a pilot schooner. Step aboard the boat and sail off through the harbor, bound for Spectacle Island, Fort Independence, Castle Island, and Long Island. Listen to guided commentary on the harbor’s history and ecosystem while you sail, snapping photos of Boston’s coast from the water. Choice of Several departure times to fit your schedule departures throughout the day Water cooler available to fill your reusable bottles Choose between 1.5-hour or 2-hour duration Cash bar on board the boat serves wine, beer, and soft drinks

Boston Harbor Boat Tour
Length: 1 1/2 hours; Various companies
Price Point: $30-50 per person

Explore Boston Harbor and see the city’s historic sites while listening to live commentary on board. Pass landmarks like the Boston Tea Party ships, USS Constitution, and Boston Light—the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the United States. Historic sightseeing cruise of Boston Harbor Narrated tour with tales of the Revolutionary War, Legends of the Sea, and Boston’s Historical Figures See America’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse Sail through the Harbor Islands National Park Area and Boston’s working Port

Museum for African American History
Website: https://www.maah.org/ 
Price Point: $10 per person

The Museum of African American History occupies two adjacent historic buildings: the African Meeting House, the country’s oldest black church and meeting house; and Abiel Smith School, the country’s first school for blacks. The museum offers rotating exhibits about the historic events that took place here, and is also a source of information about – and the final destination of – the Black Heritage Trail.