Visiting Boston This Fall

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If you are planning a family vacation, visiting Boston, Massachusetts in the Fall is a fantastic choice! The city comes alive with beautiful autumn foliage, crisp weather, and a variety of family-friendly activities. 

Boston is a popular tourist destination, offering a blend of history, culture, and modern amenities. Visitors come to explore its historic sites, enjoy its cultural offerings, and experience the unique atmosphere of this vibrant city. Boston is one of the oldest and most historically significant cities in the United States, with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1630.

The Boston CityPASS program bundles deeply discounted, prepaid admission to visit four top attractions into one easy-to-use mobile ticket. Visitors can now save 45% on combined admission to:

New England Aquarium

Museum of Science

Plus, the ticket holder’s choice of any two of the following:

Boston Harbor City Cruises

Franklin Park Zoo

Harvard Museum of Natural History

View Boston Observation Deck

Here are some of the top options:

Boston Harbor City Cruises

Take a break from seeing Boston by land to see it by sea! Discover the historic and contemporary sites and nuances of Boston Harbor during this fun, informative, and fully narrated 60-minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise. Enjoy the sea breeze, spectacular skyline and, ocean views, plus a full cash bar. With heated indoor cabins, you’ll be comfortable in any season. Reservation is required for this tour. For more information visit

Courtesy of Boston Harbor City Cruises. Boston Harbor City Cruises — The Frederick L. Nolan with the Boston skyline in the background.

Franklin Park Zoo

Explore 72 acres of wildlife habitat in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. See wild faces from wild places—from fuzzy forest dwellers to winged wonders. Visit Serengeti Crossing to see zebras and ostrich, experience farm life, and visit the tropics with ring-tailed lemurs and gorillas. Be inspired by the Zoo’s mission to protect and sustain the natural world and learn how you can contribute to wildlife conservation. For more information visit

Courtesy of Franklin Park Zoo. Tiger in the Tiger Tales exhibit area.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Spark your curiosity about the wonders of the natural world at Harvard University’s most-visited attraction. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located steps from the historic Harvard Yard and offers sixteen galleries, including the world-famous Blaschka Glass Flowers, thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones, dinosaurs, whales, and hundreds of wildlife specimens from around the world. For more information visit

©President & Fellows Harvard College. Harvard Museum of Natural History — Kronosaurus

Museum of Science

Just imagine getting up close and personal with a 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil, witnessing an indoor lightning storm, and taking a journey inside the human body. With 700 interactive exhibits, exciting temporary exhibitions, daily presentations, and live animals, there is something for everyone! Create, experiment, and have fun at the Museum of Science! Reservations are recommended. For more information visit

©Candy Kennedy/Museum of Science. Museum of Science — Children playing in the shadow of a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex

New England Aquarium

With more than one million visitors a year, and home to over 10,000 marine animals, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston. Come see the boisterous sea lions, waddling penguins, majestic sea turtles, and more during your unforgettable Aquarium adventure. Reservation required. For more information visit

New England Aquarium—Exterior. New England Aquarium — Exterior

View Boston Observation Deck

The newly opened View Boston Observation Deck is the city’s preeminent observatory experience, offering unrivaled 360-degree views of Boston’s breathtaking city skyline. The 59,000-square-foot destination features indoor and outdoor panoramic views of the city, an open-air roof deck, two dining destinations, state-of-the-art immersive experiential exhibits, and more. For more information visit

View Boston Observation Deck at Prudential Center 

Choice attractions do not need to be selected at the time of ticket purchase and can be visited in any order

The tickets cost $79 for adults and $67 for children ages 3-11. Once activated at the first attraction visited, Boston CityPASS tickets are valid for nine consecutive days starting with the first day of use. (Should travel plans change, City Pass, Inc., offers a risk-free, 365-day return policy on nonactivated tickets.) 

For more information, visit

Boston offers a wide range of kid-friendly activities and attractions that are perfect for families traveling with children, from Boston Children’s Museum to Tea Party Ships & Museum, rest assured your kiddo will be occupied! 

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