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Explore and enjoy one of the most picturesque cities in all of the United States, offering a large variety of history, delicacies, art, and so much more. As one of the oldest cities in the US, Boston, Massachusetts holds some of the country’s most precious gems—captivating and charming, to say the least.
As a tourist, the Freedom Trail is an absolute must-see during your visit to Boston. Stroll along the long red brick strip for 2.5 miles and come face to face with 16 of the most important sites that paved the way to American freedom. Not only will you get to see famous Colonial and Revolutionary War sites along your Freedom Trail walk, but you will also get to see a good number of other attractions that are closely related to America’s fight for liberty. This includes the USS Constitution, the country’s oldest commissioned warship famous for its role in the War of 1812, now a museum open to the public. The Freedom Trail is really the best place to start regarding Boston tourist attractions, as you will see some of the most iconic attractions all along your walk. You could even choose from one of the many tours that are provided for your walk “walk through history.”
2. Fenway Park
Immerse yourself in a true Boston experience and attend a Red Sox game with a group of friends. Fenway Park, the home field for the Boston Red Sox team from spring until fall, is one of the spots that reflect Boston’s true character as a city. It is known to be the oldest and smallest ballpark in all of America. Grab yourself a Red Sox T-shirt and join in the chanting fans singing Sweet Caroline near the game’s finale. After a game, check out some of the best bars that Boston has to offer, all throughout the Fenway neighborhood.
But Fenway Park does not only host Red Sox games; if the Red Sox are not in town during the time that you are visiting Boston, you can still visit Fenway, or attend some of Boston’s most high-spirited summer concerts and winter events.
Come and entertain yourself to a Boston Ballet performance, a famous Broadway show, and so much more, at some of the world’s “state-of-the-art” performance spaces all along Boston’s Theater District. Boston’s Theater District is indeed a very popular tourist attraction for Boston tourists, not only due to its beautiful performance spaces and famous theatrical shows, but also for the many restaurants all around this area. Grab a delicious dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar, or enjoy a post-theater night with live music at Boston’s beautiful Beehive Bar.
The USS Constitution, as previously mentioned, is the country’s oldest commissioned warship famous for its role in the War of 1812 which today has turned into a museum. Boston’s Tea Party Ships & Museum offers a truly immersive experience, which makes you feel like you are traveling back in time to America during the 16th century, and the events that led up to the American Revolution. Get entertained while learning about some of the United State’s most important history, by being taken back to the historic December night of 1773 when the Sons of Libertyhad their tea party in Boston Harbour.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) holds a tremendous number of treasures and art gems. From the ancient world, to contemporary art, the MFA has it all. Browse the museum’s exquisite boutiques, take a break from roaming around the arts and have a delicious dinner at one of the museum’s many dining options, and browse the museum’s epic bookstore. The MFA also offers a special event, the MFA Late Night, on specific days during the week.
The New England Aquarium is located in Boston’s downtown waterfront. Explore giant coral reefs, tropical fish, and some of the rarest water species, amongst them the frisky northern fur seal and the African penguin. The New England Aquarium is one of Boston’s top attractions not only for sightseers, but for locals as well. Visit the aquarium and enjoy some expansive views of Boston Harbor.
7. Beacon Hill
“Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is a place frozen in time.”
Don’t miss out on the elegant architecture that Beacon Hill has to offer. What makes Beacon Hill so special is that is the town in which Boston’s very first European settler built himself a cabin, during the very early 17th century. It is no surprise that the red brick strip of the Freedom Trail passes by this historic neighborhood; a mark for religious freedom, equal rights, and the active abolition of slavery in the United States.
Indian Pudding, Boston’s famous clam chowder, Boston Baked beans, you name it. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is located in the heart of downtown Boston, and consists of South Market buildings, Quincy Market, and North Market. Shop and dine, while soaking in this festival marketplace which dates all the way back to 1742. As a matter of fact, Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been a world food destination for more than 40 years. Street performers take over the streets with their unique entertainment shows, while tourists roam around exploring top notch unique, authentic restaurants.
“I loved being in Cambridge. I think about it often. It was this great little capsule of time to me.” – Jessie Mueller
Cambridge is one of Boston’s most prestigious towns, home to two world-class universities: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. Walking around Cambridge, you will notice a mixture of locals, tourists and students, enjoying the stunning architecture and large array of cozy coffee shops, fun bars and unique restaurants that Cambridge town has to offer.
10. Newbury Street
Enjoy delicious dining, luxurious shopping, unique boutiques and iconic architecture, while taking a stroll on Boston’s famous Newbury Street. Newbury Street is known as Boston’s main fashion district. It is a top attraction for sightseers visiting the Boston area, as well as a hot spot for locals looking to enjoy a sunny Massachusetts day. Feel like being indoors? Check out Boston’s Prudential Center and “discover the taste of Italy” at Boston’s popular Eataly food court, or browse around Boston’s lavish Copley Place. Prefer soaking in the sun’s rays? Walk along Newbury Street and make your way to Boston’s spectacular Public Garden— America’s very first Botanical garden. You can really spend an entire day exploring Boston’s very alluring Newbury Street. It will almost feel like you are taking a day trip to Europe!