I love Boston and feel completely lucky to live here. It’s a city rich in history and culture, beautiful to explore, and traversable by foot. I wish everyone could live here, but if you can only stop by for a few days or a week, here are some ideas of how to see the best of what Boston has to offer. These are the top 12 places to visit in Boston!
1. Walk the Freedom Trail, or just part of it, seeing how it could take days to traverse it in its entirety! Walking tours are available through the main website, and they do a very nice job of bringing the history to life!
2. Tour the Massachusetts State House and then grab a bite at the 21st Amendment, where some of the state’s finest politicians have debated and drank together over the years.
3. See a show at the Boston Opera House, where despite the incredible talent on-stage, the theatre’s architecture manages to steal the show!
4. Stay in a brownstone, in one of Boston’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods, like Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, or the North End. This authentic experience will make you feel like a Bostonian in no time!
5. Grab some fresh produce and snacks at the Haymarket Farmers Market (Open Fridays and Saturdays all year). Next door to that, there’s also now the Boston Public Market, which is an indoor artisanal market. Then walk over to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market to watch the street performers put on a show!
6. Walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway from South Station to the North End, and then reward yourself with a world-famous cannoli at Mike’s Pastry.
7. Take the T to the Prudential Center (Prudential stop), the Museum of Science (Science Park stop), or the Aquarium stop, and then hop on board a Duck Tour, the traditional land-and-sea tour of Boston!
8. Walk the Harbor Walk from Rowes Wharf to Long Wharf and then choose from the Boston Aquarium, a Whale Watching Tour, the Codzilla Ride, or a ferry to one of the Boston Harbor Islands. All are excellent options!
9. Enjoy a walk along the Esplanade, with beautiful views of the Charles River and Cambridge across the way. Then hop back over to the mainland and stroll down Charles Street, beside Beacon Hill, for some awesome boutiques and antiques shopping.
10. Walk through the Boston Common, the first public park in America! And then enjoy a classic Swan Boat ride in the Boston Public Gardens, the first public arboretum in the States. These are absolute must-see places to visit in Boston because they’re so historic and significant!
11. Grab a cup of coffee from Thinking Cup (between cross streets Berkeley and Clarendon) or Trident Cafe (cross street Hereford), and then walk up and down Newbury Street, enjoying the high end shopping and small boutiques alike. Notice the alphabetic cross streets as you go!
12. Spend a few hours wandering around the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Discount tickets are available if booked together and
There you have it, my suggestions of the best places to visit in Boston! There is so much more to see and do in this vibrant, historic, welcoming city. But if you’re just here for a short trip, this is a good way to start! What else do you love to do in Boston?
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