Sightseeing in Gloucester

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch – Up to 49% Off Excursions

Gloucester

$48 $28

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A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

Up to 58% Off Paddleboard Tours

Gloucester

$130 $60

Standup-paddleboard tours explore the Essex River salt marsh, creeks, and coastline

40% Off Whale-Watching Cruise

Gloucester

$48 $29

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View humpback and fin whales as they feed and play within close range of the 115-ft. boat "Hurricane II"

40% Off Sail on Schooner "Fame"

Downtown Salem

$35 $21

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Passengers board replica of early 1812 privateer schooner Fame for a 90-minute sailing trip on historic Salem Sound

Up to 43% Off Newburyport Whale Watch Tour

Newburyport

$48 $29

Passengers head out to sea aboard a custom whale-watching craft to enjoy the majestic mammals, aided by an onboard naturalist

Up to 61% Bike Tour of Newburyport

Newburyport

$96 $39

Explore downtown Newburyport’s historic sites as well as Plum island during informative bike tours

Up to 67% Off Lunch in Lighthouse for Up to Four

Newburyport

$900 $299

Meal of soup or salad, entree, and dessert at a private table with harbor views from the top of a historic lighthouse

50% Off Tickets to the American Independence Museum

Exeter

$12 $6.75

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View a Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence as well as historic furnishings, textiles, and military ephemera

Up to 56% Off a Wine-Tasting Experience

Sweet Baby Vineyard

$34 $15

Sip six samples of wine while snacking on cheese plates; take home souvenir wineglasses and wine purchased with a discount

Up to 53% Off Reptile Tour from Zoo Creatures

Plaistow

$16 $8

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Get cozy with a pink and purple python or alligator during this reptile tour

40% Off Introductory Helicopter Flight Lesson

North Andover

$215 $129

FAA-approved helicopter flight instructors; aspiring aviators pilot a Robinson helicopter for 20 minutes while an HD video camera records

Up to 53% Off at Griffin Photography Museum

Winchester Center

$28 $14

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Three galleries showcase up-and-coming photographers, in addition to well-known contemporary artists and celebrity photographers.

50% Off Zombie Problem-Solving Game

Boston

$28 $14

Work with teammates to solve clues and find the key that opens the escape door before being grabbed by a zombie chained in the corner

Up to 27% Off from Boston Super Tours

Boston

$33.33 $25

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Hop on and off a trolley tour that stops at Boston's most iconic landmarks, or see the city by land and sea during amphibious Duck tours

Up to 58% Off from Boston Civil War Tours

Boston Common Visitor Center

$12 $6

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Tour highlights locations where abolitionists spoke, demanded fugitive slaves be freed, and united to save the Union

Up to 56% Off Two- or Three-Night Stay at Rock On Rentals

Boston Bay Marina

$989 $499

Guests spend nights in luxurious houseboats, and explore the city via unlimited complimentary water-taxi rides to the heart of downtown

Up to 58% Off Walking Ghost Tour

Irish Famine Memorial

$30 $15

Guides lead 90-minute walking tours by lantern through historic streets of downtown Boston, sharing stories and reported ghost sightings

Up to 55% Off Trolley Tour and Harbor Cruise

Boston

$38 $20

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Historical sites headline a trolley tour and a 45-minute harbor cruise affords sweeping views of the city

The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum – 70% Off

Downtown

$20 $12

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Experience the American Revolution through Revolutionary-era artifacts & live performances, then tour the Boston Massacre site out front

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 57% Off Boston Ghost & Legends Lantern Tour

North End

$50 $25

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Uncover the secret macabre history of Boston during a 90-minute guided nighttime tour

50% Off New York Tour from Go Go U.S. Tour

Boston

$70 $35

All-day tour takes groups around some of NYC's most famous sites including Times Square and Rockefeller Center

Up to 58% Off Freedom Trail Tour

Downtown

$29.90 $14.95

Costume-clad tour guides lead visitors along the Freedom Trail passing by historic landmarks and imparting facts about revolutionary figures

Up to 56% Off Tour of Bully Boy Distillers

Boston

$40 $20

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Tours travel past mash tanks & copper stills to see how the distillery produces rum, vodka & whiskey

Up to 54% Off at Animal Adventures

Bolton

$24 $12

Exotic animals rescued from neglect or abandonment interact with visitors during tours led by wildlife experts

Up to 65% Off BYOB Island Picnic to Spectacle Island

Boston

$120 $59

Three-hour excursion ferries passengers to a verdant island in Boston Harbor for picnicking, hiking, and more

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Bell-in-Hand Tavern

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 46% Off Body Worlds Exhibit at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall

$23 $12.50

More than 200 authentic human specimens give spectators a look at organs, muscles, and blood vessels during this exhibit at Faneuil Hall

Charles Riverboat Company - Up to 41% Off

East Cambridge

$17 $11

Captain and crew lead river tour or sunset cruise past Harvard, Fenway Park, and historic sights along Charles River

50% Off Cambridge Historical Tours

Cambridge

$30 $15

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Guides dressed in period clothing lead guests around famous locations, sharing more than 400 years of history

Up to 43% Off Harvard Walking Tour

Cambridge

$21.90 $13

Harvard students steer groups to notable landmarks such as the John Harvard statue and Harvard Yard while imparting college factoids

Up to 53% Off Harvard Walking Tour for 2, 4, or 6

Harvard Square

$40 $19

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Current Harvard undergraduates divulge university history, stories from current students, and facts about famous alumni on 70-minute tours

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In 2000, an educational outpost named Maritime Gloucester was birthed to help develop sea-faring talents. In a little over a decade since, the popularity of both the venue's educational programs and exhibits have transformed it into a bona fide information source about Gloucester Harbor.

In addition to the center's weekly and daily programming, site tours, and special events, the on-site museum offers a maritime wallop. It gives visitors access to boatloads of exhibits and attractions, each of which celebrate Gloucester's storied relationship with the sea by delving into the city's maritime past, present and future. The Sea Pocket aquarium, for example, encompasses outdoor saltwater touch tanks where customers can handle specimens of local marine life. Boasting the oldest continuously-operating marine railway in the United States, the grounds also contain a working Dory Shop, a large wharf yielding striking inner harbor views, and an oversized 12-foot lobster trap that allows for human entry. One of the most popular attractions occurs out on the water. Captain Burnham sets sail in the 55-foot Schooner Ardelle, a replica of a fishing schooner built in 1845—the same year the underwater blimp, The Hindensplash, horrified onlookers by losing control and floating violently to the surface.

9 Harbor Loop
Gloucester,
MA
US

In 1799, Salem’s weathered seafarers founded the East India Marine Society and began to assemble “natural and artificial curiosities” brought back from their journeys to Asia, Africa, and other distant lands. Over the following centuries, the collection grew, and while it did, the Society evolved through various shapes until it became the Peabody Essex Museum. Today, more than 1.8 million of these works invite visitors to explore the world in a facility that underwent a $200 million transformation in 2003.

The majority of works now rest in a Moshe Safdie–designed glass-and-brick building, focused around a sunny atrium whose various architectural silhouettes echo local forms. This new building joins the East India Marine Hall, built by the seafarers’ society in 1825 and dedicated in a ceremony attended by President John Adams. Today, that National Historic Landmark hosts society-member portraits and a number of the hall’s original objects; in other galleries, paintings and sculptures by Japanese, Indian, and Chinese artists hang on the walls or perch in glass cases like pies with personal-space issues. Guests can also tour Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside of China and a 200-year-old structure with intricate carvings.

In 2013, the Peabody Essex Museum will add exciting new displays to its rotating special exhibitions, from Faberge treasures to impressionistic masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Manet, as well as modern African-American art and contemporary art from India. After marveling at the skill and diversity of the artwork, visitors can drop by the Atrium Café or the Garden Restaurant for a bite to eat.

East India Square, 161 Essex St
Salem,
MA
US

Fast Frame originated in Europe and now has more than 300 locations worldwide. With the understanding that people are prone to changing their minds, the teams at these 300 Fast Frame stores back up all their custom-framing projects with a 30-day design guarantee, giving patrons a month to decide if they want to swap their memorabilia for one of more than 2,000 other frame styles, paying the price difference if applicable. For each project, a team with more than 60 years of combined experience performs the work onsite, generally completing designs in less than a week and sometimes on the same day. In addition to photos and diplomas, customers can commission shadowboxes or framing of bulkier items, such as jerseys or baby’s first rap sheet. For all finished projects, Fast Frame secures its craftsmanship with a lifetime warranty.

1016 Paradise Rd
Swampscott,
MA
US

Housed within the antiquated Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum, the Andover Historical Society preserves artifacts and archival records from Andover’s storied 350-year history. Within the more-than-100-year-old building, visitors can experience what it was like to live as a middle-class family in the early 19th century or peruse the vast library archives. The society also hosts events within the community, including the seasonal Tree Time display and lectures on the town’s history.

97 Main St
Andover,
MA
US

Named Best Family Destination (Indoor) by Northshore magazine in 2010, Imajine That diverts the minds of children with a 12,000-square-foot interactive, educational playspace. Pint-size imaginations roam free in 12 Imajination stations, where miniature post offices, grocery stores, and mortgage brokers let little ones mirror their grown-up wranglers. Kids can leap and bound through the dragon bouncy house and giant Jurassic climbing structure, or color canvases at the arts and crafts station. Membership includes monthly passes for one child and two adults (a $20 value) or two children and two adults (a $30 value), which allow unlimited play throughout the month, and kids can be brought in by babysitters, family members, and other childproof adults.

354 Merrimack St
Lawrence,
MA
US

The Histrionic Academy follows the enduring footprints of America's first steps, bringing to life the iconic men, women, and events that helped forge the United States into existence during the Revolutionary era. Throughout the extended, 90-minute Tour the Freedom Trail walking tour, groups weave across the first 1.2 miles of Boston's Freedom Trail behind the proverbial torches held by guides dressed in colonial garb. Up to 16 of the city's historical landmarks along the tour's route act as links to the past, enabling tour takers to see the actual locations where Paul Revere famously hung out and memorized the horse alphabet.

In addition to Freedom Trail adventures, The Histrionic Academy also swings open its vault of knowledge during school field trips and a variety of other tours. The Plymouth Night tour raises hairs by shuffling visitors through haunted locales beneath the eerie glow of the moon while hunting for ghosts and ghouls in their paranormal hangouts, learning about the dark shadows cast by the city on a hill and the proper safety gear needed for attempting to climb to the moral high ground. The Salem's 1692 tour relives the hysteria of witch hunts by sailing through city streets atop gas-powered brooms.

1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston,
MA
US