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Places To Visit In Boston
While vivid remnants of the past are still pulsating in Boston, most travelers are pleasantly surprised to find an ever-evolving city home to several tech companies, brand-new startups, and top-notch universities. Add to that a delectable seafood-centered cuisine, plenty of green spaces, and a classic New England charm, and you have a city worth spending more than a weekend in!
Boston’s main airport is Boston Logan International Airport, which is perfectly located two miles from the city center. To get downtown using public transportation, you can take the SL1 bus that connects to the Red Line and Commuter Rail at South Station in downtown Boston. You can also take the Metro (Blue Line) at the airport, and then transfer to the Green Line at Government Center station and the Orange Line at State Street station, in downtown Boston.
Places to visit
Freedom Trail: A walk down Freedom Trail could be the perfect way for you to get a feel for the city. One of Boston's top-rated sights, this 2.5-mile-long path located in Beacon Hill takes visitors to uncover 16 sites that were significant to the history of the United States, including the Boston Common, the Old State House, the Faneuil Hall, and Paul Revere's House. Other important sights are the Old North Church, the site that launched the American Revolution, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the burying ground of merchants, artisans, and craftspeople who lived in the North End.
Quincy Market (Faneuil Hall Marketplace): Hungry? Then stop by the Quincy Market and grab a clam chowder-filled bread bowl at Boston Chowda Co.
Boston Public Garden (adjacent to Boston Common): Next stop: the Boston Public Garden for an idle post-lunch walk. Then, go to other must-see attractions in Beacon Hill, including the Instagram-worthy Acorn Street, the eye-popping Louisburg Square, and Charles Street, one of Boston's finest shopping areas.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: Aside from all Freedom Trail's historic sites (King's Chapel Burying Ground, the site of the Boston Massacre, the USS Constitution, you name it) there are more popular attractions in Boston. One of them is the Boston Tea Party Ship, a full-scale replica of an 18th-century sailing vessel.
Boston Public Library: Visit this library for its lavishly decorated interiors.
Fenway Park: Sports fans must take a tour of the colossal Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912.
Museum of Fine Arts: This museum houses more than 450,000 works of art.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: There you can marvel at paintings, sculptures, tapestries, and other decorative arts items.
Old South Meeting House: Make sure you also visit the Old South Meeting House, a historic Congregational church that was the organizing point for the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773.
Newbury Street: A lovely street lined with historic 19th houses.
Boston Day Trips: You can also go for day trips around Boston's nearby locations, including Lexington, where the first shot of the American Revolutionary War was fired, and the lovely Salem, also known as the "Witch City".
Boston Symphony Hall: Got time? Then watch a concert at the Boston Symphony Hall, which is home to the Boston Pops Orchestra, and it's richly decorated with 16 replicas of Greek and Roman statues.
Harvard University: No visit to Boston is complete without a visit to world-renowned Harvard University, which sits just across the Charles River, and the nearby Harvard Square.
Best time to visit
Late Spring and early fall are the best times to travel to Boston. From May to June the weather is mild and not overwhelming, with clear days perfect for outdoor activities, such as going for a ride in one of the Public Garden's iconic swan boats. To catch a glimpse of New England’s golden and burgundy radiant fall foliage, visit Boston in mid-October.
Events & Festivals
St. Patrick's Day (March): For over 100 years, St. Patrick's Day has been drawing millions of people to the city streets for a day filled with parties.
The Boston Marathon (April): New England's most widely viewed sporting event, attracting around 500,000 spectators each year.
Boston Harborfest (July): The largest Independence Day festival in the United States.
Flour Bakery & Cafe: To sweeten up your day, have a slice (or two) of the super delicate Boston cream pie at Flour Bakery & Cafe.
Beantown Pub: Need an extra kick of energy during the Freedom Trail? Then stop at Beantown Pub for their traditional Boston baked beans with brown bread on the side.
Mike’s Pastry: After running out of traditional Bostonian staple dishes, go to the North End to try the best cannoli in the city at Mike’s Pastry.
Boston Harbor Islands: Active and outdoorsy adventures will have the best time while uncovering the Boston Harbor Islands. Go hiking in the 114-acre Spectacle Island or take the kids to explore Georges Island, known for being home to the historic Fort Warren.
Museum of Science: Little ones will also love to visit the Museum of Science, which harbors an indoor zoo filled with wild creatures.
New England Aquarium (in Central Wharf): There, kids they’ll be able to meet thousands of marvelous marine creatures, from the giant Pacific octopus to the adorable green sea turtle.
Rose Kennedy Greenway: Within a walking distance from the New England Aquarium is located the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a verdant public park dotted with food trucks, several water fountains, and a one-of-a-kind carousel.