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Must Do Activities For First Time Visitors To Boston

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Visiting Boston for the First Time?

The city of Boston is filled with things to do from visiting popular museums to walking the Freedom Trail. Enjoy Boston’s rich history and see all the sights during your trip. After touring the major attractions, take a leisurely stroll around the Boston Public Garden or stop by for a refreshing drink at Cheers. Conveniently located near the trolley stops, these attractions are must-dos for first time visitors of all ages.

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Experience Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Stop #1

Since 1742, Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and meeting location in Boston. Many famous speeches by leaders such as Samuel Adams and James Otis have taken place in the area, leading many to refer to Faneuil Hall as “the Cradle of Liberty.”

Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Stop #9

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the 31st most visited art museum in the world as of 2012. Its vast collection of art and unique exhibitions make this museum a must-see for any Boston tourist or local.

Boston Tea Party Re-create the Boston Tea Party at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum – Stop #14

Since its grand opening in 2012, this Boston museum has delighted visitors with multi-sensory and educational experiences. You’ll meet colonists, explore replicas of the Boston Tea Party ships and even dump tea overboard in a re-creation of the famous Boston Tea Party.

Visit the Boston Children’s Museum – Stop #18

Located near the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the Boston Children’s Museum is a fun, family-friendly attraction. The Museum is home to the world’s first “hands-on” exhibit designed with young children in mind. Explore art, science and culture with an innovative twist.

boston-freedom-trailWalk the Freedom Trail – Stop #13

This 2.5 mile trail winds its way around Boston to 16 historical sites in the city, including the Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere House and Boston Common. You can enjoy Boston’s rich history during a Freedom Trail walking tour.

Visit the African Meeting House and Museum – Stop #13

Built in 1806, the African Meeting House is known as the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States. The Museum of African American History can be found inside the Meeting House and the area is a Boston African American National Historic Site.

Enjoy The Sports Museum – Stop #4

A must-see for any sports fan, The Sports Museum focuses on the history of sports in the Boston area, including teams such as the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. Boston is often called “The Greatest Sports City in America” and this museum pays tribute to the dedication and character of Boston teams.

boston-museum-of-scienceExplore the Museum of Science – Stop #4

Home to both a planetarium and IMAX theater, the Museum of Science is fun for all ages. The museum features the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator in the Theater of Electricity, among other educational and interesting exhibits about dinosaurs, nanotechnology, the moon and much more.

Watch a game at our Historic Ballpark – Near Stop #8

Our historic ballpark is the oldest professional stadium used in America. The stadium also hosted many World Series, including the 2007 World Series. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, making it both entertaining and historically significant. If you’re visiting Boston during baseball season, you won’t want to miss watching the team play.

Visit Cambridge, Home of MIT and Harvard

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University are two of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States. During a visit to Cambridge, be sure to walk or drive around these campuses to soak up some knowledge and check out the stunning architecture.

ghosts-and-gravestonesTake a Haunted Tour of Boston with Ghosts & Gravestones – Stop #1

To learn all about the city’s haunted past with a Boston ghost tour, Ghosts & Gravestones. This startling and scary tour is entertaining and educational for visitors and ghost hunters alike.

Visit the USS Constitution & Museum – Stop #3

The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still in operation. The ship served in both the War of 1812 and the American Civil War, among other notable battles. Visit the USS Constitution and Museum to learn more about this historic and magnificent vessel.

Stroll Around the Boston Public Garden – Stop #12

The 24 acre Boston Public Garden is a National Historic Landmark and holds great cultural significance. The Public Garden is included in author E.B. White’s novel The Trumpet of the Swan and Robert McCloskey’s children’s story Make Way for Ducklings. For a serene afternoon in Boston, spend some time at the Public Garden among its wide assortment of trees and beautiful statues.

Have a Meal or Drink at Cheers – Stop #7

Formerly the Bull and Finch Pub, Cheers is a restaurant and bar known as the exterior of the bar from NBC’s sitcom Cheers. For fans of the show and great food, stop by and have a meal or drink at Cheers during your time in Boston.

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