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Massachussetts: 10 Great Things to do in Boston

Boston’s nearly four centuries of history are showcased by the city’s must-see sights. Start your tour on the Freedom Trail, which will lead you to landmarks like the Paul Revere House and Boston Common. Or, discover Beantown’s artsy side at the Museum of Fine Arts and its fashion sense along Newbury Street. If you’re a fan of baseball, you can’t miss catching a game at Fenway Park, home to the famous Red Sox. Though blowing through your travel fund is a cinch in Boston, there are also plenty of things to do that won’t cost you a penny; the lovely Boston Public Garden and the lively Faneuil Hall Marketplace can be experienced without opening your wallet.

1. THE FREEDOM TRAIL

Walk Into History and experience more than 250 years of history on Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail — the 2.5-mile red line leading to 16 nationally significant historic sites, each one an authentic treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1951, the Freedom Trail is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. Today the Freedom Trail is a world-renowned, signature tourist experience attracting over 4 million people annually to visit Boston’s precious 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century sites.

2. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

At once intimate and unparalleled in its grandeur, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum draws on the art collection of its eponymous founder. Within a Venetian-style palazzo, surrounding an elegant courtyard decorated in verdant plants, masterpieces hang next to architectural elements Gardner purchased from Europe. The ambience of the museum itself is a treasure, and the wonders it holds offer a one-of-a-kind experience. If you’re lucky enough to be in Boston during the third week of the month, soak up the museum’s monthly Third Thursdays event, when neighbours come together to sip champagne, listen to lively music in the courtyard, and laugh together over gallery games.

3. BOSTON DUCK TOUR

Hop aboard Boston’s Original and World Famous, Boston Duck Tours and enjoy a fully narrated, historic tour of Boston in a WWII style amphibious vehicle that travels on land and water. You’ll be greeted by one of our legendary ConDUCKtors, who’ll be narrating your tour. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, it’s time for a Big Splash as your ConDUCKtor drives the DUCK right into the Charles River for breathtaking views of Boston and Cambridge.

 

4. BOSTON TEA PARTY & SHIPS

At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American history through a multi-sensory experience that includes live actors, interactive exhibits, and full-scale replica 18th-century sailing vessels!

5. TAKE A TOUR OF FENWAY PARK

Since 1912, fans have flocked to Fenway Park to watch the home team play in the heart of Boston. It is referred to as, “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” by Major League Baseball and sports enthusiasts. Home to Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk, Rice, and Pedro to name a few. Take in the magnificent view atop the fabled Green Monster, standing 37 feet 2 inches high, overlooking left field. Take a tour through the hallowed walls and legendary moments of historic Fenway Park.

6. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Boston’s oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world’s most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.

7. SAMUEL ADAMS BREWERY

Despite its location outside of the city centre, visiting the Samuel Adams Brewery is a popular stop for beer lovers. This brewery location acts as Samuel Adams’ testing facility for new and specialty brews, which patrons can try. You can also take a guided tour of the facility to learn more about the brewing process.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, odds are you’ll enjoy checking out the Samuel Adams Brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighbourhood of Boston.

8. CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge, which sits about 3 miles northwest of Boston’s city center, is home to both Harvard University and MIT, but there’s more to see in Cambridge than just the schools themselves. The city features an impressive array of cultural institutions that feature collections and exhibitions ranging from fine art to technological innovations.

The Harvard Art Museums, which include the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum and Arthur M. Sackler Museum, house a wide range of periods, styles and mediums within their walls. Here, you’ll find a mix of modern photography, 13th century BCE sculpture, paintings from legends like Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso and Jackson Pollock, and much more. 

9. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving and providing access to the legacy of the 35th President of the United States. The Museum utilizes high definition, large-screen projections, interactive displays, re-mastered films and original artefacts from the life and times of JFK to bring to life President Kennedy’s 1000 days in office.

10. BOSTOM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Even if you’re not a classical music aficionado, you can’t miss attending one of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s world-renowned performances at Symphony Hall. The BSO began performing in 1881. Today, the symphony performs everything from family shows to traditional concerts and Boston Pops – a lively performance filled with singing and a variety of music. The BSO performs at Symphony Hall from September through April, then heads to Tanglewood (which is about 130 miles west of Boston) in the summer.

Best time to visit Boston

The best time to visit Boston is from June to October. Mild autumn weather makes touring around on foot a joy. And even though summer brings in swarms of tourists and expensive hotel rates, the sidewalk cafes, baseball games and outdoor concerts make it worth a trip. Winter is chilly, so pack a warm coat and a pair of boots if you decide to see Beantown sprinkled (or immersed) with snow. Another incentive for wintertime: you might catch a great deal on a hotel. If winter is too cold for you but summer and fall’s hotel rates fall outside your budget, try visiting at the start of the spring season.

Where to stay in Boston

1. ELIOT SUITE HOTEL (5-STAR)

Built in 1925, the historic Eliot Suite Hotel is located in Boston’s Back Bay neighbourhood. It offers an on-site sashimi bar and elegantly decorated rooms with down comforters and marble bathrooms.

The Eliot is less than five minutes away from Hynes Convention Center. Nearby shopping includes the Prudential Shopping Center and Newberry Street shops. Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is 1,000 yards away

2. THE VERB HOTEL

Featuring an outdoor pool, The Verb Hotel is located in Boston. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Fenway Park is conveniently located 200 yards from the hotel.

The charming rooms at the Verb Hotel feature private bathrooms, air conditioning and cable TVs.

Guests at The Verb Hotel are within walking distance from several dining options in the area.

3. MOROCCAN BOUTIQUE GUEST HOUSE

Featuring uniquely decorated suites, Moroccan Boutique Guest House is located in Boston.

The property is 2.1 mi from Boston Common, 2.7 mi from Copley Square and 3.6 mi from Fenway Park.

The Monument Restaurant and Tavern is located just steps from the property and serves wood-fired pizzas, steak, seafood; brunch on weekends.

 

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