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14 Reasons Why You Should Visit Boston

Picture of Natasha Chang
Updated: 20 July 2017
Boston has it all, from history and character to world-class educational systems, successful sports teams, and more. But if that’s not enough to convince you that this city is wicked awesome, read on for 14 reasons to make sure Beantown is your next bucket list destination.

History here, there, and everywhere

Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States. Known as the “Cradle of Modern America,” the birthplace of the American Revolution can still be felt at every cobblestone corner. The Freedom Trail is an excellent way to see 16 historical sites placed all across the city. The location of the Boston Tea Party, the USS Constitution, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House are just some of the places you’ll visit on this two- to three-hour self-guided or guided tour. History isn’t just a footnote; it’s a way of life. So follow the red brick road and take a step back in time.

Courtesy of Boston Freedom Trail Tours
Courtesy of Boston Freedom Trail Tours

Fenway Park

Fenway Park, known as America’s Most Beloved Park, is the oldest ballpark in the States. It has been the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. It’s an experience to watch a game here, incomplete without a Fenway Frank and a beer in your hands. Spectators come to see the towering Green Monster, sing along to the famous Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ and squint their eyes for long fly balls lost in the Triangle.

Fenway Park | © Eric Kilby/Flickr
Fenway Park | © Eric Kilby/Flickr

Chow down on chowder

Are you looking to satisfy your fresh lobster craving? Boston is America’s seafood capital and rightly so, considering it’s right next to the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t leave without trying the New England clam chowder, a Boston classic.

Public gardens and outdoor venues

Did you know that Boston is home to America’s first public park and public garden? The public park is now known as the Boston Common, a perfect location for a picnic. It also has ball fields and the Frog Pond, which is a skating rink in the winter and a spray pool for children in the summer. But if you want a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with its tall buildings and hectic activity, visit the public garden for some greenery and relaxation.

Make Way for Ducklings

Watch out for the ducklings! Nope, not the duck boat tours that are hard to miss but rather a string of adorable copper ducklings located in Boston Common. Bostonians will dress up these little ducklings for the changing of seasons or any important day. Keep a close watchful eye, or you’ll miss them on your walk through the park.

“Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture, Public Garden - Boston | © Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr
“Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture, Public Garden – Boston | © Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr

Swan Boats

A perfect summer activity, the Swan Boats are a fleet of dual-pontoon boats that operate in a pond in the Public Garden. These boats have been in operation since 1877 and have since become a cultural icon of the city. It’s a little bit of an aquatic paradise in a bustling metropolis.

Swan Boats in the Public Garden – Kyle Klein Photography | © Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr
Swan Boats in the Public Garden – Kyle Klein Photography | © Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr

Charles River

Grab a kayak or a paddle board and situate yourself on the Charles River for a breathtaking sunset. The river is a popular destination for collegiate rowing teams practicing at the crack of dawn, but the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) leafy path known as the Esplanade on the Boston side of the river is also a popular route for runners. But whether you’re paddling through the river or admiring the view from the Esplanade, this is not something to miss when you’re in Boston.

Sunset on the Charles River | © Jeff Turner/Flickr
Sunset on the Charles River | © Jeff Turner/Flickr

Athens of America

Boston is a collegiate mecca, with 57 colleges and universities, including the world-renowned Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the city and surrounding area. At least a quarter of a million college students hailing from around the world make this city America’s youngest major metropolis. And thanks to these world-class institutions, Boston has the greatest concentration of living Nobel laureates.

Harvard Campus | © Niklas Tenhaef/Flickr
Harvard Campus | © Niklas Tenhaef/Flickr

Island hopping

The now clean Boston Harbor has 34 islands for visitors and locals to visit and escape the city. You can get out to Georges Island or Spectacle Island by taking a ferry from Long Wharf. From these islands, you can explore other islands around it as well. If you have a boat of your own, then your options are limitless.

Spectacle island | © Ray Di Ciaccio/Flickr
Spectacle Island | © Ray Di Ciaccio/Flickr

Boston Marathon Finish Line

On Patriots Day 2017, 26,411 runners finished the oldest annual marathon in the world, along with 53 wheelchair and 28 hand-cycle racers crossing the bright yellow and blue finish line. But perhaps what has solidified this event in the hearts of Bostonians is the significance of it outside of the sporting realm. When the bombs went off on April 15, 2013, the city came together like nothing else, and the phrase Boston Strong was born.

Boston Marathon Finish Line | © Sarah Nichols/Flickr
Boston Marathon Finish Line | © Sarah Nichols/Flickr

Museums suited for all interests

With over 60 museums varying in sizes all across Boston, there is probably a museum fit for everyone’s tastes. Some of the more well-known institutions include the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offers discounted tickets if you’re wearing Red Sox memorabilia and free entry if your name is Isabella.

Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

City skyline

Boston is smaller than most major cities, but its skyline features in the maze of winding streets (that really make no sense on the map) and steel towers of downtown. Stepping farther away breathes new life into the city, as the city skyline comes alive.

Boston Sky Line – Kyle Klein Photography | © Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr
Boston Skyline – Kyle Klein Photography | © Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism / Flickr

World-class arts organizations

Boston is home to one of the best symphony orchestras in the country and one of the world’s best ballet companies. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Ballet attracts talent from around the world to the city for performances and festivals.

Courtesy of Boston Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Boston Symphony Orchestra

The changing seasons

No city shows the beauty and adapts to the changing seasons better than Boston. This New England city survives the worst of the bitter cold winters, thanks to the best snow-removal system that puts other East Coast cities to shame. But the beauty of the city shines during the fall and spring months. There is nothing quite like it.

Franklin Park in the Fall | © Sarah Nichols/Flickr
Franklin Park in the fall | © Sarah Nichols/Flickr