You’re in for an unforgettable adventure. From exceptional food, sporting events and musical venues to what we all know as the Cradle of Liberty, Boston is home to so many fascinating sights and points of interest that your toughest choice will be which ones to experience first. Read on for the most important reasons to visit Boston on your next vacation.
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As one of the most historic cities in the United States, Boston is where the events that sparked the American Revolution began, not to mention many other events that helped shape our nation. You cannot visit Boston without getting in some or all of the most significant historic sites. To see the most sights and learn all the interesting facts behind the people and places in the city, hop on the Old Town Trolley Tour. This is the most comprehensive sightseeing tour you’ll find in Boston, taking you past more than 100 points of interest including Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, the Old State House, Paul Revere’s house, the Old North Church and much more.
The tour is fully narrated, filled with great stories and all you’d want to know about the history of the city. You can get on and off the trolley at any of the 18 stops as much as you want, giving you time to explore the sights, grab a bite to eat at the original Cheers bar or wander around Boston Public Garden and take a ride on the Swan Boats.
Boston is home to some of the best museums in the Northeast. Whether you’re into art, history, maritime history, science or need a place for the kiddos to burn off some steam, Boston has it all. There’s the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum, the USS Constitution Museum and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. There’s even an entire museum dedicated to the Boston Tea Party.
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is the newest in the city and unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. It is located on a floating barge at the end of the Congress Street Bridge and visitors participate in the events that took place the night of the Boston Tea Party. Totally immersive, you get to march alongside costumed Patriots, throw tea in the harbor and walk on board authentically restored tea ships.
Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country. It is not only a historic sight, it’s also a must visit while in Boston. While it is likely the most well known of the Boston parks, there are a bunch of beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy while in the city. The Emerald Necklace, of which Boston Common is included, is a system of connected parks winding through many Boston neighborhoods.
Check out the Common for lovely scenery and to walk, bike, jog, play Frisbee or splash around at Frog Pond. Then check out some of the other parks in the Emerald Necklace, including Boston Public Garden, where you can ride the historic Swan Boats in spring and summer, Franklin Park, The Riverway, Arnold Arboretum, Back Bay Fens and more. Each holds its own unique charm and beauty.
If you come to Boston and don’t walk the Freedom Trail, you’re missing out. This 2.5 mile trail leads you to 16 of the most historic sites in the city, including the Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church (open summer time only), Granary Burying Ground, Kings Chapel and Burying Ground, the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre and much more.
You can walk the trail yourself or take one of the guided tours led by a costumed historian. This is an indoor and outdoor history experience perfect for adults and children of all ages.