There are countless ways to experience Boston, one of America’s shining jewels. Take a walking or trolley tour through the downtown streets, admire the incomparable beauty of Boston Harbor, plan a shopping trip to the city’s first-class stores and boutiques or simply soak in the sights and sounds of this dynamic New England destination on a park bench or from a seat in a café or restaurant.
There’s simply too much to do to mention here, but these are a few of our favorites:
- Follow the Freedom Trail. Boston is a city steeped in history, and the 2.5-mile redbrick Freedom Trail from Boston Common (America’s oldest public park) to Bunker Hill is one of the best ways to discover it. It’s definitely worth trying to make it all the way to the North End to see Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church. But, if you need to cut your tour short, you might want to follow the trail to the bridge and then go drink a “beah” at Bell in Hand Tavern — America’s oldest bar.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Visitors to Boston love to shop, and one of the best places to do that is Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Although the original hall dates back to 1742, the marketplace now encompasses the North Market, Quincy Market and South Market buildings and has something for everyone. Stroll through the stores, enjoy the historic architecture, grab a bite to eat and pause to watch a street performance or two.
- Fenway Park. There’s nothing like watching a game at Fenway Park, America’s oldest and unquestionably most beloved baseball stadium. But even if the Red Sox aren’t in town, it’s still fun to visit the Green Monster on one of the many daily tours.
- Cambridge. Home to two of the most prestigious universities in the country — Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Cambridge features stunning architecture and a wonderful assortment of restaurants and stores.
- Cheers. Who can resist a bar where everybody knows your name? Certainly not fans of the ’80s sitcom. You’ll want to make a stop here at one of Boston’s favorite social media photo spots.
- Boston Public Garden. The Public Garden, established in 1837, has the distinction of being America’s first public botanical garden. This well-organized garden features a beautiful assortment of flowers, shrubs and trees, as well as a 4-acre pond, the famous swan boats and two iconic Boston statues, Make Way for Ducklings (a sculpture of a duck with eight ducklings) and George Washington on a steed.
- Museums. Boston is rich with great museums and galleries. Two of the best are the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Among the oldest art institutions in the country, the Museum of Fine Arts features a world-class art collection. Its Art of the Americas wing consists of 53 galleries showcasing pieces from pre-Columbian times to the 21st century, and its famous European collection features renowned paintings by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Monet and Cassatt. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — built in 1902 and fashioned after the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice — showcases an outstanding collection of furniture, sculpture, rare books and photography.
So get out there and explore Boston. We think you’ll agree they city is a stylish blend of old-world charm and cutting-edge sophistication.