Exploring Boston

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:

Blue Hills Reservation- Hike over 7,000 acres with scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, from the rocky summit visitors can see over the entire metropolitan area. www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/blue

Boston Harbor Islands- improving public knowledge and access with opportunities for education, recreation, and restful solitude within an urban area. Ferries leave from Long Wharf every hour. www.bostonharborislands.org 

Arnold Arboretum- of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills station. www.arboretum.harvard.edu

Revere Beach- America’s First public beach established in 1896. You can take the MBTA Blue Line to the Revere Beach stop. www.reverebeach.com

Freedom Trail- a 2.5-mile, brick-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. www.thefreedomtrail.org/

Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo- engage yourself in an experience that integrates wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education. www.zoonewengland.org

INDOOR ACTIVITIES:

Skywalk Observatory- Boston’s only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. More details: www.prudentialcenter.com 

Museum of Science- More than 700 permanent, hands-on exhibits are enhanced by live stage presentations and science interpreters offering one-on-one challenges. More details: www.mos.org

MIT Museum – Free admission 5 – 8 p.m. on the second Friday of each month and on Sundays from 10 a.m. – noon, excluding April 14 & 21, 2013. More details: www.web.mit.edu/museum/

*Museum of Fine Arts- one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450000 works of art. More details: www.mfa.org

*Isabella Stewart Gardner- visual splendor of a courtyard garden and surrounding galleries—a feast for the senses. More details: www.gardnermuseum.org/

*Institute for Contemporary Art- rich and diverse schedule of exhibitions, live music, performances, talks, and family activities. More details: www.icaboston.org/

* Free access with your Harvard ID

 Please note: some of these attractions are seasonal and you should check their websites for accurate information.