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Things to Do Before You Leave Boston

Getting to Know Boston 

Boston is a great city to explore.  We’ve compiled a list of websites to help you navigate the city, and make the most of everything it has to offer! --Resource for Boston area restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping, hotels, spa and beauty, events and many area services -- Be sure to check out “Best of Boston” – everything from dining to hair color! -- Boston's Official Website! --Guided walking tours of Boston  -- Great site to find info for tickets to the theater, symphony, museums, and high culture in the Boston area.  They also have student discounted tickets for some performances.  Great resource!

Things To Do

You know all the words to "Dirty Water," have been singing the lyrics "Boston you're my home" since you arrived in Boston, but how well do you really know your city? put together a list of the absolute must-sees in Boston before you graduate and move away. So get out your student ID and take advantage of some student discounts (where available) while you still can.

Take a Duck Tour
Experience Boston by land and by sea, all in one ride. The best part of the tour? You may even have a chance to drive the "Duck." Use your student ID for discounted ticket prices.             


Tour Fenway Park
Red Sox fan or not, this is a Boston must-see. And what better time than during the 100 year anniversary of Fenway Park? Don't forget to bring your student ID for a discounted price.


Visit the Boston Harbor Islands
Boston Harbor Islands are one of Boston's best kept secrets. Starting May 5, grab some friends, pack a cooler, and spend the day fishing, swimming, kayaking, or just soaking up the scenery.     


Kayak on the Charles River
We love that dirty water! Rent a single or tandem kayak and explore the Charles River Esplanade while getting in a great workout and enjoying a unique view of the city.


Take a ride on the Swan Boats
These family-owned boats are famed for their appearances in "Make Way for Ducklings" and "The Trumpet of the Swan," and aren't found anywhere but Boston. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a Boston tradition that is more than 130 years old. The Swan Boats are open seven days a week, weather permitting. Located in the Boston Public Garden.         


Go on a whale watch
You won't feel like you're still in Boston when you're aboard this high-speed catamaran. And the best part is, whale sightings are guaranteed. If you don't see any whales, you will get a free ticket for another trip. Stay for a drink after the cruise at The Landing, the outdoor patio bar located right on Long Wharf. $45 for adults, $35 for children; Boston Harbor Cruises.  


See a concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Take in a show while enjoying the ocean breeze. Located on Boston's Harbor, this open air venue overlooks the city skyline and offers state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting. Buy tix here.


Go to the Rooftop Pool at the Colonnade Hotel
If you're in Boston for the summer, there's no better way to beat the heat than visiting the Colonnade's rooftop pool.


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Boston Duck Tour
Fenway Park Tour
Boston Harbor Islands
Kayak on the Charles
Swan Boats
Whale Watch
Concert at the BoA Pavilion
Rooftop Pool at the Colonnade