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The Insider Guide to Boston

It’s one of the oldest cities in the USA, but there’s more to Boston than its history. It’s big on culture, has a sizeable student population, and if you like baseball, you’re in the right place.

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Let’s Go! The Main Attractions

It’s easy to get around on the T, as locals call the subway – so you can see a lot in a day. A trip to the Museum of Science is a must, and the New England Aquarium makes for a great family day out. Art lovers can get their fix at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, with its eclectic mix of African, European and Asian artworks. The gardens here are equally stunning. Or there’s the Museum of Fine Arts, which has an ongoing mural project to inspire “the hip-hop generation”. If the weather’s nice, stroll through the charming cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill. Then head to Boston Public Garden and take a ride on a swan boat, before checking out the bronze duck statues honoring the children’s book Make Way for Ducklings. Boston Common is popular in the fall when the trees are at their glorious best. Used as a camp by British troops during the American Revolution, it’s a stop on the Freedom Trail, which takes in churches, museums, meeting houses and other historic markers that tell the story of the revolution. There’s more history at Faneuil Hall, built in the 1700s. Nowadays it hosts events and, with Quincy Market, is home to more than 70 shops and outdoor food stalls, so stop here for a bite at lunchtime. For architecture fans, the brutalist City Hall is nearby, while the stained-glass murals at Trinity Church are stunning. In the evening, catch a show at the Boston Opera House, aka the Citizens Bank Opera House, and finish the night at one of the many Irish pubs throughout the city. If the Red Sox are playing at the local Fenway Park stadium, it could get lively!

Neighborhoods in Boston

FAQs About Boston

There’s no wrong time to visit, but fall is best. You’ll miss the summer crowds and you get some lovely autumnal foliage. Find out more here:

16 Things to Know Before Visiting Boston

These include Boston Common, Fenway Park and the New England Aquarium, but get the full scoop here:

25 Must-Visit Attractions in Boston

Take the T, Boston’s subway system, or rent a bike. Check out our guide to Boston bike rentals here:

A Guide to Bike Rental in the Metro Boston Region

Popular activities include exploring Faneuil Hall and catching a baseball game at Fenway Park. For more, check out our list here:

The Top 12 Things to Do in Boston

There are a number of great walking and hiking trails in and around the city, such as the Freedom Trail. Here’s a full list of the best:

The 6 Best Hiking and Walking Trails Near Boston, Massachusetts