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Welcome to Boston

With a brassy revolutionary spirit, Boston invites visitors to explore America’s past and vibrant culture. Trace the Freedom Trail through the heart of the city, where colorful neighborhoods are dotted with historic sites and parks. Try the chowder at Boston’s oldest restaurant, head to the Italian-accented North End for cannoli and pizza, or snack on hot dogs in the stands at Fenway Park. Browse collections of masterpiece artwork in the city’s many museums, then get beyond the city limits on a day trip to old-fashioned villages, Cape Cod’s sandy beaches, or one of New England’s top shopping destinations.

Top 10 attractions in Boston

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Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard

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Martha's Vineyard gained national attention as the setting for the movie Jaws in the 1970s, but notable figures were spending their summers soaking up the sun on this picturesque island off the coast of Cape Cod long before the movie. Cozy inns, fine dining, and golden-sand beaches characterize this scenic coastal retreat.More
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Fenway Park

Fenway Park

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Boston’s most cherished landmark isn’t Bunker Hill or the Tea Party Ships, but rather old Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. A must-see for sports enthusiasts as well as history and architecture buffs, Fenway Park is famous for its uniquely shaped playing field and towering left field wall known as the Green Monster.More
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Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

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Taking in 16 of Boston’s most famous cultural and historical sites, the 2.5-mile-long (4-kilometer) Freedom Trail winds through downtown Boston, from southerly Boston Common, the nation’s oldest public park, to the Bunker Hill Monument on the north side of the Charles River. The red-brick path and its designated stops, including colonial-era churches, museums, and meeting houses, make for an excellent introduction to Boston and its role in the American Revolution and United States history.More
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Skywalk Observatory

Skywalk Observatory

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Set on the 50th floor of Boston’s Prudential Tower, the Skywalk Observatory offers 360-degree views of the city and surrounding landscape. Here you can learn about notable landmarks, visit the onsite Dreams of Freedom Museum, or venture two floors up to enjoy a meal at the Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge.More
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Plimoth & Patuxet

Plimoth & Patuxet

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Plimoth & Patuxet, formerly Plimoth Plantation, is a living history museum that attempts to portray the first colony of English settlers to arrive in the New World in the 1600s. You’ll meet historical reenactors who speak and look the way the Pilgrims did as you explore the faithful recreation of a chapter in American history at a Smithsonian-affiliated museum.More
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New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

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Teeming with more than 15,000 sea creatures of all sizes, shapes, and colors, the New England Aquarium is a giant fishbowl of sea life, and it’s one of Boston’s most visited family attractions.More
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Mayflower II

Mayflower II

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The story of America’s first settlers comes to life on a visit to the iconic Mayflower II. Travelers can venture aboard a life-size replica of the famous ship and interact with costumed characters who describe what life was like on the high seas.Visitors can learn about early navigation techniques and explore exhibits that highlight the lives of the ship’s first passengers. Experts will share stories about ancestors and crew while still leaving plenty of time to comb through artifacts and photos, too. And perhaps most impressive of all, the Mayflower II provides travelers with the chance to see just what it was like aboard what is arguably the world’s most famous ship.This iconic boat is the perfect way to bring history to life and an ideal stop for families with children on a journey through New England. Whether it’s visiting the ship on its own, or combining a tour with the Plimoth Plantation and the Living Museum, a stop at the Mayflower II is bound to be a memorable part of any American history-themed vacation.Please note: the Mayflower II is currently undergoing renovations. It is scheduled to sail to Boston in mid-May, then back to Plymouth on May 21, where it will reside permanently.More
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USS Constitution

USS Constitution

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Built in 1797 and named by George Washington, the 3-masted USSConstitution frigate in Boston is the US Navy’s oldest commissioned ship and one of the world’s oldest warships. Visitors can go aboard the ship, docked at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard and restored to its original glory, to explore an important slice of US history.More
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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One of Boston’s leading art institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum occupies an early 20th-century mansion that’s modeled on a medieval Venetian palazzo. The 2,500-strong collection—which belonged to the city’s arts patron Isabella Stewart Gardner—features paintings, sculptures, and furnishings.More
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Paul Revere House

Paul Revere House

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Located in the North End and built around 1680, the Paul Revere House is the oldest building in downtown Boston. It is famous for being the house Revere left from on the night of his famous “midnight ride” to warn his compatriots that the British were coming to arrest them in 1775. He lived there with his family from 1770 to 1800.More

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Top activities in Boston

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Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

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Very awesome experience
Thomas_S, Feb 2022
Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise
I got to see the USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young and Ft.
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Great tour of Boston.
Bruce_S, Feb 2022
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops
The trolley made it easy to see the sites.
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Great fun.
MarleneMerical, Dec 2021
Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour
It is a great way to see a different side of Boston.
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Total recommend
MarleneMerical, Dec 2021
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops
The trolley is a great why to see Boston.
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Our favorite tour by far….
Claire_A, Dec 2021
Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours
It was so comprehensive, we saw all the big attractions and then some special extras.
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Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours
Great way to see city.
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Very nice boat ride, a...
Aurora_M, Nov 2021
Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution
Very nice boat ride, a lots of things to see and learned from Boston ‘s History.
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If you go anywhere, go here
Zachary_W, Nov 2021
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission
My #1 recommendation of where to visit while in Boston!
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Boston's North End Small-Group or Private Walking Food Tour
Wonderful way to see a great area of Boston and a national treasure.
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Great TOUR!
Lisa_M, Nov 2021
Best of Boston Tour
We were able to see parts of Boston we couldn't reach by foot.
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Matthew_S, Oct 2021
Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour
It was informative, entertaining, and one of the most fun things I've done in Boston.
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Great pick for something to do in Boston
Candice_W, Oct 2021
Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
It was amazing to see these animals in there natural habitat.
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Best way to travel
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Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry
Always love traveling to Salem from Boston on the Ferry to visit family and friends.
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Great day in Boston
Susanne_T, Dec 2021
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops
Got to see the Harvard Band marching through the streets and performing Christmas music.
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It really is the best of Boston, fantastic.
Bertha_c, Oct 2021
Best of Boston Tour
The whole tour was great, first time in Boston , I got to see a lot, and Mohammed our tour guide was wonderful, from Harvard university, to ssr ship, the bout ride, little Italy, and much more, I would recommend this 100%.
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SUE_R, Oct 2021
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with Harbor Cruise Option
My first time in Boston, great way to see the city.
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A Boston Must See Tour
Jessica_P, Oct 2021
Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark
We got to see everything in the ballpark and this was my favorite thing we did during our time in Boston.
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Totally worth it
Maria_P, Oct 2021
Boston to Plymouth Day-Trip including Quincy, Plimoth Patuxet and Mayflower II
Great way to see history in Boston and Plymouth.
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Seeing Boston
Debbie_T, Oct 2021
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with Harbor Cruise Option
We had a great time was able to see Boston Highlights this way for about 5 hours and most of drivers made it special with the history
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Kathleen_L, Nov 2021
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops
Great way to see Boston!

All about Boston

When to visit

After a bone-chilling winter, Boston knows how to party once summer arrives. Peak season prices come with perks such as baseball games at Fenway Park and festivals including Boston Pride, Harborfest, and Comic Con. Visit in early autumn for discounted rates and a chance to admire New England’s famous fall foliage before the freeze sets in.

A local’s pocket guide to Boston

Angelica Pella

A native New Englander, Boston-based Angelica spends as much free time by the ocean as possible, and her favorite coastal town is Newport, Rhode Island.

The first thing you should do in Boston is...

explore each of the downtown neighborhoods on foot. Walking the Freedom Trail, either independently or on a tour, is a good way to get started.

A perfect Saturday in Boston...

starts with brunch at Lincoln Tavern and includes a walk along the Waterfront or Seaport, shopping at Faneuil Hall, and an Italian dinner in the North End, with espresso martinis at Caffè Vittoria afterward.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Fenway Park. It's the oldest ballpark in America and great even for non-baseball fans. Take a stadium tour or catch a Red Sox game during baseball season.

To discover the "real" Boston...

stop by some of the historical sites, such as the Paul Revere House or Bunker Hill Monument, or catch a Red Sox, Bruins, or Celtics game. It doesn’t hurt to try a lobster roll either!

For the best view of the city...

take a harbor cruise, get drinks at a rooftop bar (try the Envoy Hotel), or walk across the Harvard Bridge and see Boston from the Cambridge side of the Charles River.

One thing people get wrong...

is not visiting other parts of New England, like Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport, Cape Cod, Salem, Portsmouth, Portland, or Kennebunkport.

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