As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is rich in history and has a wealth of activities for any traveller to enjoy.
Here are ten must-see places to visit whilst travelling through Boston:
1 – Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the oldest and best known art institutions in the world. It is home to a wide range of art collections ranging from impressionist paintings to early America art. There are also great Asian and Egyptian exhibitions too. With late night opening Wednesday to Friday until 9:45pm, this museum is open well after other tourist attractions have closed so is easy to fit into most itineraries. Admission is usually $22 per adult but if you go after 4pm on a Wednesday, admission is by voluntary donation.
2 – The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a historic walk around Boston. There are a number of tour companies who offer guided walks of the trail which are around 3 miles long. Plenty of stops are scheduled in to look at the beautiful architecture of the buildings and to discuss historical events. Guided walks can last anywhere from an hour to 3 hours but there is also the option to follow the route yourself, without a guide. This allows you to extend the trail by stopping as you wish.
3 –Newbury Street
For those who love shopping, a visit to Newbury Street is a must. It is home to a number of high end boutiques, quirky shops and some trendy galleries which are all perfect for buying or simply window shopping, allowing you to take in the unique vibe. Newbury Street is also lined with cafes and restaurants, many of which have outdoor seating areas so you can enjoy your meal or drink whilst watching passers-by.
4 – Trinity Church
Whether you are religious or not, Trinity Church makes a great addition to any Boston itinerary. The church was built in 1877 and is steeped in history. You can choose to take a guided tour or opt to look around on your own with the assistance of a guide book. The church features a series of exquisite stain glass windows, fine decoration and beautiful architecture.
5 – The Old State House
For those interested in history and in particular the Boston Massacre, no trip to Boston would be complete without a visit to the Old State House. The first reading of the Declaration of Independence took place in this building and just outside its doors the first five people of the infamous Boston Massacre were murdered. There is also a museum inside which is rich in city, colonial and state history.
6 – Little Brewster Island and Lighthouse
Little Brewster Island is positioned in the middle of Boston Harbour and is home to the oldest lighthouse in the United States. During the summer months, you can enjoy a ferry over to the island where you can take in the surroundings and visit the lighthouse to see the lens which is hundreds of years old. Make sure you take your camera as you will capture some great shots including panoramic views of the harbour.
7 – New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium features more than 70 exhibits including a Giant Ocean Tank which houses a Caribbean coral reef along with an abundance of beautiful fish. The aquarium also includes sharks, rays and jelly fish as well as an open-air exhibit with Northern Fur Seals.
8 – Fort Warren
Fort Warren is located in Boston Harbour and was used during the Civil War to defend the main shipping channels. Today the fort is a popular tourist attraction with those interested in the history of Boston. There are several high-speed ferries which serve the island throughout the day with the fort itself being open to the public from May to October.
9 – The Waterfront
The pedestrianized waterfront allows you to amble along on foot or by bike taking in the scenery. From the waterfront you will be able to take in the fresh sea air, observe the various islands within the harbour and see some of the historical sites of Boston. Lined with boutiques, cafes, restaurants and pubs, it is a pleasant place to enjoy the sunshine during the warmer months.
10 – Top of The Hub
To really take in the sights of Boston, go to this observation deck where you can enjoy fine dining and stunning views over the city. To make the most of the views, be sure to visit on a clear day.
With so much to take in in Boston, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
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