When visiting Boston, tourists have hundreds of fun, historical and educational activities to choose from. However some of these activities may be of particular interest to those who care for nature, environmental issues or even just lowering the carbon footprint of their vacation. Here are some tourist-friendly activities that keep the earth in mind.

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Museum of Science

The Museum of Science is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the Boston area. Its exhibits make learning about science fun for all ages. There are many exhibits relating to nature. From the “Big Bang” and dinosaurs to space travel and climate change, the Museum of Science has a host of activities that spark curiosity and give visitors a sense of exploration and discovery.

New England Aquarium

Visiting the aquarium is a great activity for any day of the year. In addition to learning about different species of fish and checking out the newly renovated big ocean tank, visitors have the opportunity to learn about climate change issues. The aquarium focuses on teaching the public about climate change by having a permanent exhibit at the aquarium and by organizing a free lecture series on how climate change is affecting the oceans. 

Boston Harbor Islands

The harbor islands, just off the coast of downtown Boston, are a preserved National Park. The islands have incredible views of the Boston skyline and are the perfect destination for a picnic or hike in the spring and summer. 

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The series of parks throughout Boston that makeup the Emerald Necklace Conservancy are the perfect places for a long scenic walk or bike ride. Visitors will be able to admire Boston’s green space and conserved land. This beautiful space is an underestimated tourist activity that is rich in both nature and local culture.

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Harvard Museum of Natural History

For people that have already been to the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is another wonderful museum option. This museum has an impressive collection of preserved animals, gems, minerals and fossils. The biggest, most amazing draw of the museum, however, is the glass flower collection. The collection boasts over 3,000 models of real plant species.

Boston Green Cruises

Boston harbor cruises are a popular tourist attraction, and Green Cruises provides a more energy-efficient option. In fact, Green Cruises are net-zero emissions. Tourists can take a tour by water to see some of the most famous places in Boston, including the U.S.S. Constitution.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.