“America is another name for opportunity.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some of the most important events in America’s independence took place in Boston. What better place to bring your family for a taste of American history. Boston’s many historical landmarks truly makes it one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. It’s also an exciting and friendly destination. And like London, Florence and San Francisco, it’s an interesting walking city. Everything is conveniently located, so you don’t need a car to get around.
Fun Boston Trivia
Did you know that the first public library in the country opened here, or that the first subway in America was builit under Boston Common? And where would we be today without the telephone? It was just across town in 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell first uttered the words, “Come here, I want you” during his famous call to Thomas Watson. We’ve sure come a long way since then!
Things To Do in Boston
Boston is home to some of the finest museums in the nation. It also has great theaters, gourmet restaurants, beautiful parks, fabulous shopping, and over 100 world-class educational institutions. The Boston Symphony Orchestra (“Boston Pops”) is one of the most renowned in the world. Harborfest is Boston’s weeklong version of the Fourth of July. It’s a fun time to visit the city. During this time, visitors and locals flock here for the Boston Pops 4th of July Concert on the Esplanade and Fireworks over the harbor.
Fun Boston Attractions
Have fun exploring Boston’s top attractions, including:
- Beacon Hill – Wander around this charming 18th century neighborhood, rich in history, elegant architecture and stately homes.
- Boston Common – visit the nation’s oldest city park and spend the day in nature. Enjoy walking, jogging, skating, and relaxing.
- Boston Duck Boat – hop aboard a renovated World War II amphibious vehicle and enjoy a fun narrated cruise as you pass top Boston attractions. Splash into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
- Boston Gardens and Swan Boats – enjoy a 12-15-minute ride aboard an iconic Swan Boat around the Public Garden lagoon.
- Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum – Relive the Boston Tea Party aboard the Brig Beaver, the Dartmouth and the Eleanor, replicas of the Tea Party Ships. Participate in an historical re-enactment with Paul Revere and Sam Savage, and throw tea chests overboard into Boston Harbor – your kids will love it!
- Copley Square – one of Boston’s most picturesque public parks, located in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood. It’s a fun place to hang out, relax and people-watch.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace – also known as Quincy Market, Boston’s top tourist attraction. Home to rows of food stalls, gift stores, gourmet shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes and pubs. It’s a fun place to spend the day, grab a bite and people-watch.
- Fenway Park -Opened in 1912, Fenway Park is the nation’s oldest Major League Baseball stadium. The famous ballpark is home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team. The stadium got its name because of its location in the Fenway neighborhood.
- Franklin Park Zoo – Open year-round, the zoo is located in Boston’s historic Franklin Park.
- Freedom Trail –
Visit Boston’s most historical sites on the city’s popular Freedom Trail. Walk past 16 of Boston’s most historic sites, including the State House and the Old State House (where the Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston), Faneuil Hall, Boston Massacre Site, Paul Revere House and the U.S.S. Constitution. Join the self-guided 2.5-mile-long Freedom Trail anywhere along the way or you can start at the beginning, at Boston Common’s Visitor Center.
- Museum of Fine Arts – the largest gallery in New England and Boston’s oldest museum contains a fine collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, furnishings and other art works.
- Newbury Street – visit fashionable Newbury Street, located in the Back Bay area of Boston. Popular with tourists and locals alike, its charming restaurants and coffee houses are a fun place to hang out and people-watch!
- New England Aquarium – explore vibrant coral reefs from the Bahamas and the tropical Pacific, to temperate Australia. Stand in awe of the four-story, 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank, home to sharks, sea turtles, and tropical fish.
- The Paul Revere House – the 17th century house is downtown Boston’s oldest building. Opened to the public in 1908, this national historic landmark is located on the Freedom Trail, between Faneuil Hall and Old North Church.
- USS Constitution and Museum – one of Boston’s most treasured landmarks. Nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” the ship is the oldest commissioned warship afloat. The ship and museum are located in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
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Explore the city on a fun Guided Walking Tour and see the Freedom Trail, Copley Square, Beacon Hill and Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston’s top tourist attraction. Take a scenic Harbor Cruise and enjoy panoramic views of Boston and Cambridge. Ride the Swan Boats in the Public Garden Lagoon, a Boston tradition since 1877. It’s a popular attraction so be prepared to wait in line. If you have time, take a leisurely journey up the Charles River and learn about its history. Hop aboard an Old Time Trolley or take a fun Boston Duck Tour around the city. Visit one of Boston’s fine museums and enjoy shopping along Newbury Street.
Take a fun Day Trip from Boston. Visit Cambridge, Lexington & Concord, New England Seacoast, Plimoth Plantation, Newport, Salem, and Cape Cod.
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The Best Time To Visit Boston
The best time of the year to visit Boston is during the late Spring, before a hot humid summer sets in. Or during September-October, when the trees offer a spectacular explosion of Fall colors – something we don’t get to see too much of here on the West Coast.