Things to do

This city is full of history, architecture, culture, and sites to see throughout all 4 seasons.

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Museums

  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Boston Tea Part Ships & Museum
  • Harvard Art Museums
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Bunker Hill Museum
  • Harvard Museums of Natural History
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • MIT Museum
  • Museum of African American History
  • Museum of Science
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Nichols House Museum

*Some museums offer free or discounted entry on certain evenings/days

Landmarks

  • Boston Public Library
  • John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
  • Trinity Church
  • Citgo Sign
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Boston Massacre Site
  • USS Constitution
  • Charlestown Navy Yard
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Harvard Square
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old City Hall
  • Chinatown Gate
  • Old State House
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Harvard University
  • MIT
  • Berklee College of Music
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Mass Ave.
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Back Bay Mansions:  Probably my favorite thing to walk around and see
  • Beacon Hill:  Another area with gorgeous architecture
  • Boston University and Coit Observatory
  • Castle Island:  Around South Boston and known for the beaches and running trails
  • Copley Square and Copley Place
  • Boston Tea Party Site
  • Kenmore Square

Parks and Nature

  • Boston Common:  Beautiful area to walk along and see Boston's best architecture
  • Public Garden
  • Charles River Esplanade
  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • New England Aquarium
  • Emerald Necklace
  • Freedom Trail
  • Frog Pond

Sports

  • Fenway Park:  Home to the Boston Red Sox
  • TD Garden:  Home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins
  • Gillette Stadium:  Home to the New England Patriots and New England Revolution

Entertainment

  • Sam Adams Brewery:  Take a tour of the facility and have a tasting afterwards
  • Walking Tours:  With all the history in this city, taking a walking tour is a great way to get to know some historic facts and sites
  • Walk the Freedom Trail:  The trail is 2.5 miles and is full of history
  • Concerts:  There are free concerts each summer along the Charles River
  • Picnic in the Boston Common
  • Take a famous Boston Duck Tour:  A tour that goes from land to water--all in the same vehicle
  • Visit Cambridge for the day
  • Tour some of the famous colleges and universities:  MIT, Harvard, Boston University, etc...
  • Take a boat around the harbor
  • Visit the theatre or symphony orchestra
  • Opera:  There is the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera House, Symphony Hall, Boston Philharmonic, and a few other venues
  • See a lecture or reading at one of the local universities or colleges
  • Nightlife:  Boston's nightlife scene is not quite as lively as some other larger cities.  Bars and clubs close around 2AM leaving little time to be out and about.  Kenmore Square is a good area to find some bars and places to go out, along with a few areas around the downtown area.

Shopping

  • Newbury Street:  Gorgeous area with tons of shops, boutiques, and cafes that sit inside the colorful buildings and townhouses along the street
  • Quincy Market:  Tons of kiosks, bars, restaurants, shops, and places to explore during the holiday season
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • The Haymarket:  An open-air farmers market open on the weekends
  • Shops at Prudential Center
  • Copley Place
  • South End:  Lots of eclectic shops and interesting galleries
  • Beacon Hill:  Along the picturesque Charles Street
  • Downtown Crossing
  • Harvard Square:  Boutiques, bookstores, local shops, and other quirky places to check out