Na­tional Park Ser­vice Vis­i­tor Cen­ter

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His­toric Fa­neuil Hall serves as the Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s cen­tral point of in­for­ma­tion for Bos­ton Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park and the Bos­ton African Amer­i­can Na­tional His­toric Site. The revered Free­dom Trail des­ti­na­tion fea­tures high-tech, in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, a book­store and se­lect lo­cal ven­dors. Visi­tors who as­cend to the sec­ond floor’s Great Hall can learn more dur­ing the 20-minute “Cra­dle of Lib­erty” Fa­neuil Hall Talk, of­fered ev­ery half hour. Be­gin­ning April 18, NPS ranger-led walk­ing tours launch from here daily. Tours are free, but tick­ets are lim­ited. Open daily 9 am-6 pm. Fa­neuil Hall, 617.242.5642. BOS­TON DUCK TOURS— Bos­ton’s orig­i­nal 80-minute am­phibi­ous tour is nar­rated by “conDUCK­tors” well versed in lo­cal lore and com­bines a land tour with a splash in the Charles River. Tours de­part Pru and Mu­seum of Science ev­ery 30 min­utes daily from 9 am to one hour be­fore sun­set, and New Eng­land Aquar­ium daily from noon, all run­ning un­til one hour be­fore sun­set. Tours of­fered in 10 lan­guages, from English to Korean, Can­tonese, Ger­man, Ital­ian and Brazil­ian Por­tugeuse. Tick­ets: $10.50-37.50. www.boston­duck­tours.com. The Shops at Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 53 Hunt­ing­ton Ave. Mu­seum of Science, Science Park. 617.267.3825. BOS­TON PUB­LIC LI­BRARY ART & AR­CHI­TEC­TURE TOURS— Did you know that Amer­ica’s first free mu­nic­i­pal li­brary dou­bles as a mu­seum and a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­am­ple of early 20th cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture? The BPL’s guided tours take visi­tors be­yond the book­shelves of the 1895 McKim build­ing to ex­am­ine mar­ble, mu­rals, sculp­ture and other works by John Singer Sar­gent, Daniel Ch­ester French, Pierre Pu­vis de Cha­vannes and Ed­win Austin Abbey. Best yet, these tours are free. Departs Dart­mouth Street lobby M 2:30 pm, Tu and Th 6 pm, W and F-Sa 11 am, Su 2 pm. www.bpl.org. 700 Boyl­ston St., 617.536.5400. CHI­NA­TOWN MAR­KET TOURS— Michele To­por in­vites visi­tors into this en­clave on a 3.5-hour culi­nary tour that makes authen­tic Asian food mar­kets and restau­rants ap­proach­able. Learn about food tra­di­tions and his­tory like the ori­gin of Chi­nese moon cakes and bub­ble tea, se­lect ex­otic in­gre­di­ents, gain cook­ing se­crets about things like Can­tonese roasted meats, and sa­vor bench­mark fla­vors. Dim sum lunch in­cluded. Tours Th and Sa, 9:30 am-1 pm. Tick­ets: $69. www.boston­food­tours.com. Chi­na­town. Reser­va­tions re­quired: 855.249.1163. In­for­ma­tion: FEN­WAY PARK TOURS— Ex­plore Amer­ica’s fa­vorite ball­park. These 60-minute tours in­clude a visit to the Press Box, State Street Pavil­ion Box and the Green Mon­ster, but ar­eas are al­ways sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. Departs daily 10 am-5 pm on the hour; stops three hours be­fore home game time. Tick­ets: $12-18. bos­ton.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ ball­park/tour.jsp. Tick­ets are sold at the Gate D Ticket Booth, Yawkey Way at Van Ness Street, 617.226.6666. FREE­DOM TRAIL’S WALK INTO HIS­TORY TOUR— Led by 18th-cen­tury cos­tumed guides, this 90-minute walk­ing tours high­light of­fi­cial his­toric sites along Bos­ton’s iconic red-lined route. Departs daily year-round from Bos­ton Com­mon or Fa­neuil Hall. Tick­ets: $8-14. www.the­free­dom­trail.org. Bos­ton Com­mon, 139 Tre­mont St. 617.357.8300 Art­sBos­ton Booth at Fa­neuil Hall Mar­ket­place. OLD TOWN TROL­LEY— This 105-min. nar­rated his­tor­i­cal jour­ney takes in over 100 points of in­ter­est, in­clud­ing the Free­dom Trail, the Sea­port Dis­trict

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