The Best of Boston


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Are you looking for a quick getaway to a city that’s steeped in history and culture? Look no further than Boston, Massachusetts! With its charming cobblestone streets, world-class museums, and delicious seafood, Boston is the perfect destination for a weekend trip. But with so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate travel list to help you discover the very best of Boston. From exploring the Freedom Trail to indulging in a bowl of clam chowder at Quincy Market, our guide has everything you need to plan an unforgettable trip to Beantown. So grab your walking shoes and get ready to experience all that Boston has to offer!

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Top tourist attractions in Boston

Boston has a plethora of tourist attractions, but some of the top attractions that you should not miss are:

Bunker Hill Monument

The Bunker Hill monument’s historical significance makes it worthy of the walk there and is part of the Freedom Trail.  It is a 221 foot obelisk  and marks the site of one of  the American Revolution’s first conflicts.  Note that the monument is actually on Breed’s hill where the majority of the battle took place.  At the top of the monument is an observation deck which is reached via a 294-step spiral staircase and offers a panorama of the city. The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum presents exhibits about the historical battle.

Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

Located in Jamaica Plain and open daily, the Samuel Adams Brewery offers various experiences, events, tours and tastings. On Sundays they have live music in the tap room. Parking is limited at the brewery so public transportation is recommended.  It’s a short walk from the Stony Brook station on the MBTA’s Orange Line.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long trail that takes you through 16 historical sites that are significant to the American Revolution. The trail starts at the Visitor Center at Boston Common and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. You can take a guided tour or self-guided using the red-brick trail on the sidewalks.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park is a baseball stadium that opened in 1912 and is home to the Boston Red Sox. It is one of the oldest ballparks in the US and is a must-visit for sports enthusiasts. You can take a guided tour of the stadium and learn about its rich history. If you are visiting in the summer months, check out Fenway Parks concert schedule for a unique outdoor concert experience.

View from the bleacher seats at Fenway Park, Boston

Fenway Park, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest art museums in the US, with over 450,000 works of art. The collection includes works from all over the world and spans over 5000 years of art history. You can also enjoy special exhibits and events throughout the year.

Quincy Market

Quincy Market is also located along the Freedom trail and is a short walk from the State, Haymarket, and Government Center MBTA Stations. It’s made up of 3 market buildings and houses hundreds of shops and restaurants.  The market’s proper name is Faneuil Hall Marketplace as it was built as an extension of Faneuil Hall which in 1823 was no longer large enough to cater to the needs of the growing city of Boston.  The concept of the market was from the then mayor Josiah Quincy.  The market is a perfect spot to try some New England favorites such as clam chowder, Boston cream pie, Lobster roll and fresh seafood.  The market is open daily, and has entertainment from local performers.

New England Aquarium

You can see penguins being fed at the ground floor exhibit’s artificial islands. Afterward, head toward the 150,000-gallon tank to see sharks, sea turtles, sting rays and fish. You should plan to spend about two hours at the aquarium. This will give you enough time to explore the touch tanks as well as the animal exhibits. You should plan for more time if you want to take the whale watch tours, which last three to four hours, or the IMAX films.

North End

North End is Boston’s Little Italy and is known for its delicious Italian food. You can explore the narrow streets and alleyways and enjoy a cannoli from one of the many pastry shops.  My personal favorite is the Modern Pastry Shop, they only accept cash so be prepared.  You can explore this area on your own or reach out to us for a private food tour!

Harvard University

Venture across the Charles River and discover the prestigious Harvard University in Cambridge. Stroll through the hallowed halls of this renowned Ivy League institution, as high achievers and groundbreaking discoveries abound. Explore the stunning Harvard Yard, visit iconic libraries, or marvel at masterpieces within the Harvard Art Museums. Remember to unleash your scholarly spirit and absorb the intellectual energy that permeates the campus.

Boston Common and Public Garden

Escape the urban buzz and find solace in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the United States. Its sprawling grounds provide a serene oasis amidst the bustling city, offering the perfect spot for picnics, leisurely walks, or even a ride on the famous Swan Boats at the adjacent Boston Public Garden. Rides are available daily April-September weather permitting.  The Swan Boats are powered by the driver by pedaling! Be sure to soak up the history, as these verdant landscapes were witness to countless historical events.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Museum

Join in an immersive journey back to the pivotal event that triggered the American Revolution at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Step aboard historic replica vessels, engage with costumed actors, and even participate in the mock tea protest! This interactive museum offers an unforgettable experience, enlightening visitors of all ages about the bravery and audacity that changed the course of history. Afterwards you can partake in afternoon tea in Abigail’s Tea Room with a lovely view of the Boston skyline and waterfront.

Getting around Boston

Boston is a walkable city, and the best way to explore it is on foot. However, if you need to get around quickly, then the subway system, known as the T, is a great option. You can also take buses, taxis, or use ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Let’s Plan a Trip to Boston

With its wealth of historical attractions, diverse cultural offerings, and intellectual prowess, Boston captures the hearts of travelers from around the world. From exploring the Freedom Trail to diving into revolutionary history at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, this city has something to offer every visitor. So, what are you waiting for? Embark on your Boston adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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