As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston
is rich in history and culture. The city was the backdrop of many pivotal events during the American Revolution, and there are still signs of their significance today. Stroll through history, visit the iconic Fenway Park, try a variety of delicious cuisines, and see scenic cityscape sights. Here are the top 10 things to see and do in Beantown. With such variety, there’s bound to be something that fits everyone’s interests.
The Freedom Trail is a popular tourist attraction that will take visitors on a stroll through United States history. Take a guided tour, or walk on your own, to 16 locations that are significant to the country’s history. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) path is marked by a line of two red bricks, making it easy to start anywhere along the trail. See the site of the Boston Massacre, the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, and more.
Freedom Trail, Boston, MA, USA
You can’t come to Boston without checking out Fenway Park – the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Visitors who aren’t able to catch a ball game or arrive during the off-season can experience the home of Red Sox legends with a ballpark tour. Be sure to get a picture atop the Green Monster!
Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA, USA, +1 877 733 7699
Check out Fenway Park | © ChrisDag / Flickr
The North End neighborhood is the city’s oldest residential community – people have inhabited it since the 1630s – and is also home to the city’s finest Italian food. Walk through the streets and admire the architecture, hit the last few stops on the Freedom Trail, and then devour authentic Italian food at one of the many restaurants on the renowned Hanover Street. Don’t forget to purchase cannolis at the infamous Mike’s Pastry for dessert.
North End, Boston, MA, USA
Boston Public Garden
Be sure to take a stroll through the beautiful Boston Public Garden, located adjacent to the Boston Common. In the summer, visitors will find blooming tulips, ducks swimming in the pond, and swan boat rides. In the winter, visitors can skate on the frozen pond, when temperatures allow. The garden is also home to Nancy Schön’s Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, based on Robert McCloskey‘s famous children’s book.
Boston Public Garden, 4 Charles St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 635 4505
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum lovers will enjoy spending a few hours (or more) at the Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue. Commonly known as the MFA, it is the fourth largest museum in the United States and contains 450,000 pieces of art. Check out the visiting exhibitions or view some of the 11 permanent collections, including the Art of America, Art of Europe, Art of Asia, jewelry, and more.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 267 9300
The Boston Waterfront offers some of the best skyline views of the city. Take a stroll along the Harbor Walk, a public pathway preserving the waterfront, and snap some shots in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse for a stunning backdrop.
Waterfront, Boston, MA, USA
Appreciate the beauty of the Boston Waterfront | © Ashley Kane
Boston Public Library
Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library was the first publicly supported free municipal library in the entire world. It was also the first library that allowed book lending to visitors – talk about revolutionary! Bookworms and architecture lovers alike should stop by the library and peek into the remarkable Bates Hall. Visitors can also grab coffee or tea from the café and sit in the courtyard during the spring, summer, and fall.
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 536 5400
Explore the Boston Public Library | © Yuefeng D / Flickr
Newbury Street is a stunning shopping destination in Boston. Don’t be fooled, though, as the street isn’t only for fashionistas. The brownstones, trees, and gardens also make for a gorgeous walk. Wander into an art gallery, shop at high-end fashion stores, or eat at one of the many restaurants with windows overlooking the street.
Newbury Street, Boston, MA, USA
Go shopping on Newbury Street | © David Ohmer / Flickr
Take a Duck Tour
Duck boat tours are one of the most popular attractions in Boston during the warmer weather. Hop on a duck boat and cruise on wheels past some of the major sights in the city, including the State House, Bunker Hill, and Newbury Street. Then float along the Charles River, as the tour bus is also a boat, and take in beautiful views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
Faneuil Hall is a must-see destination for all visitors to Boston. The marketplace and meeting hall has been operating since 1743. It was the market house site of many of Samuel Adams’ and James Otis’ speeches, as they encouraged independence from Great Britain. Step inside the Quincy Market for a bite to eat from vendors with a range of cuisines or watch a street performance. During the winter, check out the enormous, intricately decorated 80-foot (24.3-meter) Christmas tree and holiday lights.
Faneuil Hall, 4 South Market Building, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 523 1300
Faneuil Hall during the holidays | © Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism / Flickr