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Downtown Boston

Timing and Safety

This section of Boston has a generous share of attractions, so it's wise to save a full day for visiting Downtown, spending the bulk of it at the New England Aquarium or the Children's Museum. There are optimum times to catch some sights: dusk for a romantic stroll along the waterfront at Rowes Wharf, and 10 and 4 on sunny days for the only tours to the top of the U.S. Custom House. But there's no need to visit the aquarium at a special hour to catch feeding timeā€”it happens five times daily. Downtown is a safe area, but the Financial District empties out after 6, so choose well-lighted streets when walking alone at night.

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