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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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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 Public Library

Boston Public Library

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The Boston Public Library was founded in the mid-19th century and serves millions of Bostonians annually. This sizable public library is the second largest in the US—next to the Library of Congress—and its original Copley Square branch includes two landmark buildings, the Bates Hall reading room, and cafés where you can grab a pick-me-up.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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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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Quincy Market

Quincy Market

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The main hub of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market has attracted locals and visitors alike for nearly 200 years. The historic food hall located within a Greek Revival-style building is packed with more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food court stops—plus stalls and pushcarts selling everything from exotic coffee to fresh seafood and artisanal bread.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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Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

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Crowning Boston’s Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House is the seat of Massachusetts’ government and one of many sites on the city’s Freedom Trail—a red-brick route connecting its American Revolution-related landmarks. Opened in 1798, the gold-domed building has an impressive interior filled with art and historical artifacts.More
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Granary Burying Ground

Granary Burying Ground

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The Granary Burying Ground was founded in 1660 and the cemetery is a key stop on the Freedom Trail. This colonial sight is perhaps best known for its esteemed residents, and the gravestones are a who's-who of 17th- and 18th-century New England notables. Important Bostonians interred here include Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, among others.More
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Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden

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The Boston Public Garden is a 24-acre (10-hectare botanical oasis of Victorian flowerbeds, verdant grass, and weeping willow trees shading a tranquil lagoon. It is a respite from the bustling city all year round, and is awash in either seasonal blooms, gold-toned leaves, or untrammeled snow. Adjacent to Boston Common, the garden is part of the city’s Emerald Necklace system of parks that connect via parkways and waterways.More
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Boston Old State House

Boston Old State House

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Built in 1713, Boston's Old State House is the city’s oldest public building and considered pivotal to prerevolutionary US history. Dwarfed by Boston’s skyscrapers and a fixture on its revolution-tracing Freedom Trail, the onetime government building is now a museum to the city’s revolutionary era and the events that kindled the American Revolution.More

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Top activities in Boston

Martha's Vineyard Daytrip from Boston with Round-Trip Ferry & Island Tour Option
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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
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Sunset Cruise
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Sunset Cruise

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Best of Boston Tour

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Boston to Plymouth Day-Trip including Quincy, Plimoth Patuxet and Mayflower II
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Freedom Trail: Small Group Tour of Revolutionary Boston (2.5 Hours)
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Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise
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Signature Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

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Boston from the Charles!
Kailey_M, May 2022
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
I’vi have been to Boston many times throughout my 34 years living in the area but was happy to see the city from a different side.
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Beautiful Architecture on Beacon Hill
patriciah_b, May 2022
Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay
Got to see and learn about the beautiful architecture of Boston & where some of the rich and famous lived on Beacon Hill.
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Makes for a great fun night!
Danielle_F, May 2022
Boston Boo's and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl
We got to see a few parts of Boston, hear some spooky stories and best of all: explore pubs/bars we would not have found on our own!
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Amazing experience
Lucilla_G, May 2022
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
It is the perfect way to see Boston from different point of view, especially when you have just few days to spend in the city.
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Enjoyable walking tour
Oliver_G, May 2022
Freedom Trail: Small Group Tour of Revolutionary Boston (2.5 Hours)
Great way to see Boston
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Fun day in the bay
Joe_E, May 2022
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with Harbor Cruise Option
Nice way to see Boston and the skyline.
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Boston by bus
Paul_D, May 2022
Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours
Learned so much about the history, it was great to see the sites with a knowledgeable guide!
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Wow…great tour
Chris_R, May 2022
The Revolutionary Story Walking Tour in Boston
Go on this tour to see how everything came together in Boston!!
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I traveled to Boston for...
Annie_E, May 2022
Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option
We arrived a day early to see the city and could not have picked a better way to see the city and sample all the amazing food that it has to offer.
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Great Tour
John_B, May 2022
Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours
Amazing way to see Boston..
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Best Trip
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Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark
This was worth every penny, got to see the whole stadium with no one there, also got to see the team warm up.
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Entertaining
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Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise
the sunset was beautiful definitely one of the best things to do in boston with friends or family !!
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Ron_K, May 2022
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 14 Stops
Gave us ideas and recommendations of what to do for the rest of our stay in Boston.
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Best Way to See the Sights!
Cynthia_L, May 2022
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 14 Stops
A great opportunity to see the sights of Boston!
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Such a fun tour!!
Amy_K, May 2022
Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour
It was fun to see the city of Boston and get some stories of history throughout the tour.
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Fantastic Experience! A Must Do
SpookyLu_R, May 2022
Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour
One could fall it a tourist trap but it has been a very enjoyable experience.
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Great Duck Tour
Russell_G, May 2022
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
You get to see a lot and it was a nice taste of Boston
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You won't regret! Sully is the man!
mary_g, Apr 2022
Boston Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Best way to see Boston!
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Great way to see Boston!
Jerry_T, Mar 2022
Boston City View Bicycle Tour by Urban AdvenTours
A great way to see Boston!
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Super simple and easy to use
Matthew_B, Mar 2022
Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours
It’s was super easy to get into all the attractions.

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.

People Also Ask

How do I spend a day in Boston?

If you have just one day in Boston, discover historic highlights of the Freedom Trail (including Faneuil Hall and Boston Common) before walking or biking along the Charles River. You can also admire city views on a Boston Harbor boat tour, browse boutiques on Newbury Street, and explore Boston's lively Chinatown.

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What is Boston is famous for?

One of the country's oldest cities, Boston is famous for its history, boasting landmarks such as Faneuil Hall and the Paul Revere House. It's also known for its world-class universities (including Harvard, technically in nearby Cambridge), seafood, and sports: don't miss the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Is Boston a safe city?

Yes, Boston is generally a safe city, and its most central neighborhoods typically have lower crime rates than outlying areas visitors are less likely to explore. Like any major city, it's worth being street-smart: be attentive to valuables (especially in crowded areas where pickpockets may operate), and take caution at night.

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How can I spend 3 days in Boston?

Three days is plenty of time to discover Boston's highlights. On day one, tour the historical landmarks along the Freedom Trail. On the second day, explore nearby Cambridge (and Harvard University, its top highlight). Devote the third day to Boston's characterful neighborhoods such as Back Bay, Fenway-Kenmore, and Chinatown.

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What should you not miss in Boston?

Boston is full of unmissable sights, and no visit is complete without a stroll on Boston Common, a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and a trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's also worth visiting Harvard University in Cambridge—and indulging in a lobster roll at a seafood restaurant.

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Is Boston expensive?

Yes, Boston is expensive. It was recently ranked the third-most expensive city in the United States, and high-end hotels and top-drawer restaurants cost a pretty penny. That said, there are plenty of budget-friendly options in Boston, from strolls along the Freedom Trail to brewery tours at Sam Adams and cheap eats in Chinatown.

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