Everyone knows about Boston’s status as the “Cradle of Liberty” and its historical significance, but a trip to today’s Boston offers so much more for students to explore. From experiencing some of the finest dancers and musicians in world class settings to going hands-on with a real squid and viewing the human body as never seen before, these top stops bring the arts and sciences to students in ways a video or textbook could never do.

Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet, Boston, Mass.
Credit: Courtesy Boston Ballet

Share an extraordinary experience with your students. Boston Ballet’s 2019–20 season explores new ways to tell timeless stories and showcases voices and visions that move beyond the ordinary. Groups of 10 or more enjoy discounts up to 40% on great seats. Plus, you’ll unlock access to special add-ons like backstage tours and dancer meet-and-greets. Email jfernandes@bostonballet.org or call 617-456-6343 to get started. For more information, visit bostonballet.org/groups.

The Museum of Science, Boston

Museum of Science, Boston
Museum of Science, Boston, Mass.
Credit: Courtesy Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum of Science, Boston is the place to learn, discover and have fun for every group size. Meet a 65-million-year-old Triceratops, witness indoor lightning, and explore worlds near and far in our Charles Hayden Planetarium and Mugar Omni Theater (featuring New England’s only IMAX® Dome screen). With countless interactive exhibits and activities, daily presentations — even live animals — there’s something for everyone! 

Gunther von Hagens’ “BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life,” featuring real human bodies, is on exhibit through January 5, 2020. You can experience both the wonders of the human body and the sensational science you’ll find throughout the museum! Details at mos.org.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, Mass.
Credit: Courtesy Boston Symphony Orchestra

Reservations are now being accepted for the 2019–20 Boston Symphony Orchestra season. Celebrating Andris Nelsons’ sixth season as music director, the 26 weeks of music ranging from favorites to newly-commissioned works will run through May 2, 2020. Be sure to ask about our “Working With the Masters”program, offering groups customized classes with our musicians! Email groupsales@bso.org or call 617-638-9345 to secure the best pricing and availability. For more information, visit bso.org.

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium, Boston
New England Aquarium, Boston, Mass.
Credit: Courtesy New England Aquarium

Experience our blue planet like never before! Anchored on Boston’s picturesque waterfront, the New England Aquarium is a destination for memorable close encounters with ocean animals. Get up close to lively penguin islands and exotic Amazon habitats and immerse yourself in dazzling tropical reefs. Gently touch a shark or ray in our touch tank or a variety of marine life in our hands-on tidepool. Bring your questions as our educators are excited to share their ocean knowledge. And when you visit the aquarium, you support the ocean and allow us to renew our commitment to protecting the blue planet! Learn more at neaq.org.

Boston Pops

Boston Pops
Boston Pops, Boston, Mass.
Credit: Courtesy Boston Pops

The Boston Pops 2020 spring season in May and June celebrates Keith Lockhart’s 25th anniversary as music director. Bring your group to one of Boston’s “must-see” attractions where “America’s Orchestra” performs programs that feature Broadway favorites, exciting guest artists and the party atmosphere of Pops table seating with fun food and drink options. Email groupsales@bso.oror call 617-638-9345 to stay up to date on the latest 2020 Spring Pops information. For more information, visit bso.org.

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