Which Boston activities are worth seeing on a school trip?
Knowing what is available to you is imperative in planning an incredible experience for your students.
With many free things to do in the city, planning a school trip on a budget is very accessible. However, if your expenses allow, the following Boston activities offer an educational experience that is totally worth the price.
Student Group Rates:
$ = $10 or less
$$ = $11-20
$$$ = $20+
- USS Constitution Museum ($) – “USS Constitution’s past comes to life through objects, stories, and hands-on experiences with a visit to the USS Constitution Museum! From self-guided exploration in our award-winning exhibits to fun interdisciplinary programs with our talented staff, there is something for every type of group to discover.”
- Salem Witch Museum ($) – “The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History…the Witch Trials of 1692. The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt.”
- Mayflower II ($$) – “Visiting the ship Mayflower II is an extraordinary experience. The original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 no longer exists. The Plantation’s full-scale reproduction, Mayflower II, was built in Devon, England and crossed the Atlantic in 1957. The details of the ship, from the solid oak timbers and tarred hemp rigging to the wood and horn lanterns and hand-colored maps, have been carefully re-created to give you a sense of what the original 17th-century vessel was like.”
- New England Aquarium ($$) – “The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.”
- Fenway Park Tour ($$) – “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking leftfield. “
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library ($$)– “The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. “
- Museum of African American History ($) – “The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.”
- Swan Boats ($) – Take a ride on the Swan Boats, a fleet of dual-pontooned pleasure boats, in the Public Garden.
- The Sports Museum ($) – “At The Sports Museum, we celebrate the character of Boston sports — the unique brand of teamwork, determination, responsibility, courage, fairness, and other qualities of character possessed by our teams and athletes that make Boston “The Greatest Sports City in America.”
- Harvard Museum of Natural History ($) – “You won’t find exhibits like these anywhere else in New England. Comprehensive in scope, yet intimate in scale, the museum presents a rare glimpse at the exotic and a fresh look at the familiar.”
- Boston Museum of Science ($$) – View current temporary and permanent exhibits.
- Franklin Park Zoo ($$) – “Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the “crown jewel” of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System.”
- Boston Symphony Hall Tour ($$) – “Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of America’s premier concert hall. Experienced members of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers unfold the history and traditions of the Boston Symphony Orchestra-its musicians, conductors, and supporters-as well as offer information about the Hall.”
- Boston Duck Tours ($$$) – “The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you’ll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors®, who’ll be narrating your sightseeing tour of Boston. Then you’re off on a journey like you’ve never had before.”
- Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise ($$) – “History, character, sites, stories and more – Boston has it all. And Boston Harbor Cruises can show you this captivating city like no one else can.”
- Boston Tea Party Museum ($$) – “This floating Boston Museum is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel. Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773.”
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ($) – “Visitors to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are greeted by the visual splendor of the courtyard garden and surrounding galleries—a feast for the senses. The Museum was designed as a work of art in totality.”
- Prudential Center Skywalk ($$) – “The Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory is the only observatory in New England offering a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Greater Boston area and beyond…On a clear day, you can see up to 100 miles away—a great way to get acquainted with this lovely city. Visitors gain a bird’s eye view of Boston’s Hancock Tower, Fenway Park, the Boston Common and Public Garden, the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, the Charles River, MIT, Harvard University, and countless other Boston landmarks.”
- Mapparium ($) – “Plan your visit to this world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe — one of the key attractions at the [Mary Baker Eddy] Library. The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.”
- Boston Ballet Performance ($$$) – “Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.”
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