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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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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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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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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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Boston North End

Boston North End

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Boston’s oldest residential neighborhood, the North End has been inhabited since the 1630s and is now the city’s Little Italy. Visit to see a variety of historical and cultural attractions, such as the Paul Revere House (the starting place of his famous “midnight ride” in 1775) and enjoy Italian-American fare.More
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Boston Common

Boston Common

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The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. At 50 acres (20 hectares), it is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The historic park was once a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War.More
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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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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

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Relive the events of December 16, 1773 at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Located in Boston Harbor, this floating museum provides visitors with an immersive experience, complete with full-scale replica tea ships, live costumed actors, a multi-sensory documentary, interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, and more.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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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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Faneuil Hall is a bustling marketplace best known for its ever-changing lineup of street performers and its central location on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Tourists and locals alike flock to the complex’s shops and Quincy Market, featuring 30-plus food stalls selling everything from exotic coffee to fresh seafood and artisanal bread.More
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Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

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Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library contains over 23 million items, making it the second largest public library in the U.S., after the Library of Congress. Of those millions, about 1.7 million are rare books and works, including medieval manuscripts and incunabula (a book or pamphlet printed prior to 1501 in Europe). Among the rare books are also the personal library of John Adams, early editions of works by William Shakespeare, drawings from Thomas Rowlandson and musical archives from the Handel and Haydn Society.The McKim Building, with its vast research collection, and the Johnson Building, where you can find the circulating collection, are two of the most important parts of the library. The McKim Building is even a National Historic Landmark. And while the library system technically includes a whopping 24 branches, the original Copley Square location offers plenty to see, including Bates Hall, the Chavannes Gallery, the Abbey Room and the Sargent Gallery.More

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Sightseeing on a Budget in Boston

Must-See Museums in Boston

Must-See Museums in Boston

Top Parks and Gardens in Boston

Top Parks and Gardens in Boston

Top activities in Boston

Harvard University Campus Guided Walking Tour
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The Revolutionary Story Tour

The Revolutionary Story Tour

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Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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Boston Ghost Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

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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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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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Pall's Boston Super Tour
John_K, Nov 2021
Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours
Great way to see city.
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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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Fun and Informative
Michael_G, Nov 2021
Boston's North End Small-Group 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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Our guide Bernard was...
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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Scenic, Historic, Customizable, Friendly & 5 Stars!
Mike_P, Oct 2021
Boston Private City Tour
This is the best way to see the most of Boston in 4 hours.
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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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Boston first-timer
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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Loved captain Matty! His...
Kathleen_L, Nov 2021
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops
Great way to see Boston!
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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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Fun cruise
Matthew_C, Sep 2021
Sunset Sailing Cruise on a Tall Ship in Boston Harbor
Such a nice way to see the city!
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Boston Tour
Patricia_P, Nov 2021
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops
We are from the Philadelphia area, and it was nice to see another port city!
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Best experience
Loris_H, Aug 2021
Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor
I would recomend it to every one to do it when they whant to see Boston from another point
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Good activity with teens
Jennifer_S, Aug 2021
Boston Ghost Tour
Fun way to see Boston at night.

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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