10 Must-see & do Attractions in Boston
Boston is full of fun things to see and do, but if you don’t have time to do everything on your list, consider this list of the top 10 must see attractions.
1. Freedom Trail: Three miles of trail connect many of the city’s most famed neighborhoods and historic attractions. Featured on the trail are. End up at the Boston Common and continue on to your second attraction.
2. Boston Common & Public Garden: You could spend an entire day relaxing, walking around, and people watching in these expansive grounds. Located just across the street from one another, the Common and the Gardens are home to the beloved Swan Boats, bronze ducks, and the Frog Pond.
3. Faneuil Hall: This historic indoor marketplace is not to be missed. Featuring the Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market in its great building, you can enjoy restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. In the summer months the square out front will be full of tourists and locals enjoying street performers, food from the stalls inside, and showing off their recent purchases to their friends.
4. Beacon Hill: One of Boston’s oldest and most beautiful neigborhoods, Beacon Hill is often the backdrop for the most beautiful photo you’ll take on your trip to Boston. Known for its brick and ivy homes, you’ll wish you could move into this cozy area. At its heart is Louisburg Square, a tree covered park perfect for resting your feet for a minute until you continue on with your adventure. Take in the many boutiques and restaurants before you head move on.
5. Fenway Park: Home of the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, this stadium is full of rich history and is sure to entertain, even if you don’t watch baseball. The park is known for preserving much of its history including much of the original seating, including the famous red seat which showcases the spot where the longest home run ever hit in the park landed. Don’t forget to take a picture atop the famed Green Monster, and take in the park’s living wall and urban garden where much of the produce is grown for the on-site restaurants.
6. Harvard University: Just a short commute from downtown Boston, Harvard is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the entire United States, and also one of the most beautiful and historic. Free walking tours of the grounds are held throughout the day, typically by students, will fill you in on the rich history of the school, as well as the beautiful art showcased throughout. Take in the neigborhood of Cambridge before heading back to the big city.
7. New England Aquarium: Situated on the waterfront boardwalk, the New England Aquarium houses one of the most expansive habitats of marine wildlife. Housed here are over 20,000 fish, a man-made coral reef, and exciting touch tank. Of the over 500 aquatic animals, you can see sharks, turtles, seals, and penguins.The IMAX theatre next door shows 40 minute nature films throughout the day. A day spent here will be one you and your family certainly won’t forget.
8. North End: Boston’s North End is home to the city’s Little Italy neigborhood, full of rich culture and history. Jutting into the Boston Harbor, explore the narrow streets full of delicious restaurants featuring traditional Italian fare from amazing pasta dishes to delicious cannoli and relaxing coffeehouses. Catch this hot area on your walk along the Freedom Trail and take in the Old North Church and historic Paul Revere House.
9. Boston Waterfront & Harbor: The Boston Harborwalk features almost 40 miles of pedestrian and biking paths with beautiful views and many attractions to visit along the way. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a fun area featuring a carousel, fountains, and linear park. If you’re hungry, have a meal at one of the many delicious food trucks featured along the trail.
10. Boston Children’s Museum: The amazing museum dedicated to the education of children, is truly a kid’s paradise. Housed inside are hours of fun for the family including exhibits on music, exercise, and comedy.