There are few cities today that embody the past, the present, and the future as Boston does. Largely remembered for its important role in the American Revolution, Boston also has its feet planted firmly in the present, through its thriving arts scene, and the future, through its connection to the world’s leading academic institutions. But it’s more than that to those who come to visit it. Check out these top 10 things to do in Boston!
#1 – Go on a Boston movie tour
Fans of Good Will Hunting and Cheers will love this one. But is it any wonder that this picturesque and historic place has been the backdrop of so many films? See one of Jack Nicholson’s mob hangouts from The Departed, visit the bench from Good Will Hunting, and have a drink at the original Cheers with On Location tours.
#2 – Take a Freedom Trail pub crawl
Follow the Freedom Trail on this fun pub crawl. You’ll visit 4 historic pubs in the Faneuil Hall area of the Freedom Trail while being entertained by stories from the city’s past.
#3 – Go on a Somerville Food Tour
Located just north of downtown Boston, Somerville is home to a small-town feel with big city conveniences. Wandering these tree-lined streets is endlessly enjoyable, even more so when you’re stopping for a taste of Somerville’s finest on every block. Check out this Somerville Food Tour for authentic tastes of Somerville charm.
#4 – Visit Harvard
No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to Harvard. Check out this interactive walking tour where you’ll see the historic sites and hear the historic stories. You’ll visit the Harvard Lampoon, The Widener Memorial Library, the John Harvard statue, and more. But be warned—they do these tours in costume!
#5 – Enjoy the sweets of Bay Back
Don’t miss a chance to stroll the enchanting streets of Boston’s beautiful Back Bay. Even better—add chocolate and sweet tastings along the way. Cocoa Beantown offers unmissable dessert tours of Back Bay every Saturday at 10:15am. Learn all about Boston’s rich chocolate history while sampling some of its finest.
#5 – Take a harbor cruise
Hop abroad the most elegant sailing yacht in town and explore Boston’s Harbor in style. This sunset sail takes you through beautiful Boston Harbor where you can see the Boston Seaport District, The Moakley Federal Courthouse, the Inner Harbor Islands, and Castle Island, home to Independence Fort. Enjoy beer and wine from the onboard bar while taking in these salty sea breezes.
#7 – Travel the Freedom Trail
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, the Freedom Trail is a must-do when in this historic city. Only 2.5 miles long, the Freedom Trail traverses 16 important sites—meeting houses, churches, and private homes—where you can learn all about the places and the people who shaped the America we know today. Check out this tour which will take you along the trail with interesting stories to share on the way and scratch this one off your things to do in Boston list.
#8 – Visit Fenway Park
There are those who would say that no “things to do in Boston” list is complete without including a visit to Fenway Park. The historic stadium is, after all, home to some truly zealous sports fans. Book yourself into a Fenway Park tour to learn the social history of this most hallowed of places—or buy yourself a couple of tickets and experience the park the way it was meant to be experienced
#9 – Visit Boston’s historic North End
Home to the oldest part of the city, Boston’s North End is well worth a visit and tops most things to do in Boston lists. Here you can explore the city’s earliest structures and get a sense of the people and places that formed the personality and character of this remarkable place. See Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, Quincey Market, Paul Revere’s House, and more on this walking tour of the North End.
#10 – Go on an authentic fishing charter
What’s more Boston than fishing? Enjoy a half-day fishing charter with Down Cape Charters. These rich waters are home to many varieties of fish including striped bass, bluefish, and tuna. Departing from Harwich, this is a two-hour drive from the city center.
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