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This most glamorous of historic cities has plenty of relics from its colonial past -- but don't miss its more contemporary pastimes.

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If your only images of Boston are of history's most uncivilized tea party, young rebels planning a revolution over a pint and Paul Revere racing out of town on horseback, it's time for another visit. That doesn't mean you should skip the Boston Tea Party re-enactment, pass by the Green Dragon Tavern where the earliest stages of the American Revolution were planned or bypass the Old North Church where the lights were hung to warn if the British would invade by land or by sea; it just means you should keep in mind that Boston is a city full of surprises. After all, the Red Sox did come back from three games down to defeat the hated Yankees, win their first World Series since 1918 and reverse the "curse."

A walk on the Freedom Trail will satisfy the history buffs, while a walk down Newbury Street will satiate shopaholics; romance is found on the cobblestone street on Beacon Hill and in the Venetian-inspired gardens of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and, whether you find fun in a pint of Guinness or on a quacking tour bus, it's all there.

After you've seen the staple attractions, take time to explore the rest of the city. Head to the Italian North End or Chinatown, or spend a quiet moment in the Public Garden, the country's first public park. By the time you set sail, you'll be in awe of not only how much history is packed into this place, but also how much Beantown has to offer every visitor.

--by Genevieve Brown, Cruise Critic Contributor.

Photo courtesy of MOTT.
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Boston: Family Mini-Break
From learning history on the Freedom Trail to taking a Duck tour, families will never run out of things to do in kid-friendly Boston.
Boston: Couples Mini-Break
Start your romantic getaway with a stroll through the gaslit, cobblestone streets of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Boston: Senior Mini-Break
Though Boston is often touted as a "walking city," there's plenty of sedentary fun to be had -- like taking in a game at Fenway Park.
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