What To Do In Boston (City Guide)

Guest Post Adam Wilson: Boston is one of the United States’ most energetic and cultural cities – the capital of Massachusetts, it is a historical New England city, rife with art exhibits and museums.

Sports lovers, especially Red Sox fans, run rampant, flaunting their jovial rivalry with nearby New Yorkers – Boston is large and packed with things to do, so unless you’re in town for a few weeks, you’ll have to choose your activities and events wisely…

Where To Stay

The Back Bay Hotel in Boston is one of the city’s landmarks and is located near the Charles River. Originally, the building was the Boston Police Department.

For travelers, this hotel is in a great location, whether you’re touring the area for fun or in town for business.

What To See

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Close by to the Boston Common public park is the Boston Public Garden.

Well known for its swan boats from 1877, the Garden’s lake is not to be missed.

Near Faneuil Hall you’ll find Quincy Market, which has both indoor and outdoor shops and restaurants, all set up as a marketplace – while you can walk to many of the sights around Boston, you may also want to take a Duck Tour.

If you have the kids along or want a romantic day date with your sweetheart, head to the New England Aquarium.

Historical Sites and Walking Trails

Take a stroll down the two and a half mile Freedom Trail. You’ll visit sixteen historical sites as you go. Start off with the oldest public park in the U.S., Boston Common.

You’ll also visit the Bunker Hill Monument. To ensure you’re heading in the right direction, follow the red-marked path. You can also snag a guidebook to help you figure out where to go and what to see.

Other notable sites you’ll pass include the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere’s home and several churches.

A second walking trail is the Black Heritage Trail.

While you won’t pass it on the Freedom Trail, history buffs will want to pay a visit to the New England Holocaust Memorial.

When in Boston, you can also see the USS Constitution, which is the United States’ oldest commissioned ship. If you visit Boston Harbor National Park, you’ll see the Confederate landmark of Fort Warren.

Pop Culture Attractions

If you’re a TV or movie lover, Boston is the place for you.

There are two Cheers bars, both a nod to the popular television show. One of the Cheers bars was used for the outdoor shots for the TV show.

The other bar, found in Quincy Market, is a copy of the show’s set. There’s also an interactive, Indian Jones-themed TOMB attraction with excellent special effects.

Shopping

If you’re interested in shopping, I’d highly suggest you check out Beacon Hill, which is chock full of charming townhouses and cobblestone streets.

This neighborhood has many shopping opportunities, too, like stylish Newberry Street. You can also visit Filene’s Basement, which has been a leader in retail since the 1900s.

Museums

Boston has tons of museums for both art and history lovers. There’s the Museum of Science, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and also the Museum of Afro American History. Bring the kids to the Children’s Museum of Boston, too.

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6 Responses to What To Do In Boston (City Guide)

  1. Tom - Active Backpacker November 8, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Awww, Boston looks COOL. Love the Cheers Bar haha!

    • Sofia November 10, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      I know, I wish more places had bars like that.

  2. Céline November 9, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Pretty photos!

  3. Addison S. @ Visa Hunter November 9, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    Great post and top recommendations. Boston indeed is a fantastic city – I particularly remember eating some awesome seafood and swilling cold beers at a waterfront spot called the Barking Crab.

    • Sofia November 10, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks for the tip about the seafood restaurant, sounds lovely.

  4. San Diego RV Camper November 12, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Boston looks so nice especially the garden. I love the outdoors and the lush green leaves in your picture. I have not visited Boston yet but I hope I can soon. Are there lots of campgrounds there too?