If you’ve only got 1/2 a day to spend in the city, you’ve still got options to have some fun. How about a whale watch? You can even take a 3-hour whale watch on a high-speed catamaran. After that, have lunch at one of the many new restaurants on the revitalized Boston waterfront.

For the sports fan, take a tour of Fenway Park, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012. Afterwards you can grab a burger at one of the great sports bars in the Kenmore Square area.

Boston is alive with arts! You could visit an exhibit at one of Boston’s world renowned museums. The Museum of Fine Arts; the Institute of Contemporary Art; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or the Sackler Art Museum at Harvard University just to name a few. The Theater District now extends to the South End and the new stages at the Boston Center for the Arts. For shoppers, Prudential Skywalk Observation Deck provides stunning views of the city and the harbor. Newbury Street is a stroller’s paradise – galleries, boutiques, and sidewalk restaurants cater to the fashionable and the funky.

Cross the Charles River and you’re in Cambridge. Affectionately dubbed “ Boston ’s Left Bank,” the city is home to two of the nation’s most eminent educational institutions, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both schools offer campus tours and an impressive array of art, ethnological, and science museums. Cambridge ’s multicultural heritage is reflected in a dizzying array of ethnic restaurants clustered around Inman, Central, and Harvard Squares. Don’t miss the musicians, artists, puppeteers, and jugglers that roll out their crowd-pleasing acts on the sidewalks of Harvard Square . The city’s many bookstores cater to a well-read crowd. The Longfellow National Historic Site was George Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters and, later, the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a favorite destination for bird watchers, nature lovers, and walkers.