When it comes to history and culture, there are fewer cities as fascinating as Boston. Steeped in colonial history, the oldest city in America is the setting for forward-thinking transformation and innovation, which makes it one of the country’s most favored vacation destinations. With a huge arts and crafts scene, as well as mouth-watering cuisine, famous sports teams and beautiful hikes through the countryside, visiting Boston is an experience you will never forget.
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor vacation or you simply want to soak up the vibes of a new city, Boston has everything you could need and much more. Here are some of the best places to visit while you’re there.
For spectacular views of Boston and its beautiful surroundings, head to New England’s tallest vantage point – the Skywalk Observatory. With 360-degree views of the city from 750 meters in the air, the Skywalk Observatory offers plenty of photo opportunities, as well as the chance to see the city from a whole new angle. Take an Acoustiguide tour to learn super interesting facts about the Observatory and the city of Boston while you take in the amazing views.
Fenway Park is home to the 2018 MLB World Series winners, the Boston Red Sox. But you don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the appeal of visiting this incredible arena. Fenway Park is America’s oldest baseball stadium. First opened in 1912, it has since been the setting for action-packed baseball games for more than a century. Grab an all-American hotdog and soak up the action of a live game, or head to the Autograph Alley to see if you can catch a moment with one of the famous players.
Whatever the season, there is always something to see in Boston Common. From summer picnics in the sunshine to ice skating on Frog Pond in the winter, there is so much to do in this stunning park that it can be tricky trying to fit it all in! Beautiful fountains, ancient trees, and huge ballfields combine to make America’s oldest park a hub of activity all year round.
The fifth-largest museum in the United States, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is home to more than 450,000 works of art and attracts more than 1.2 million visitors every year. Founded in 1870, the museum is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with collections that span from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
Many people flock to Boston to take part in its Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile (4 kilometers) route which goes past 16 historic sites. Pick up a leaflet on the attractions at Boston Common before making your way over to State House. The route will take you via Old Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, and Old State House. The trail ends over the bridge in Charlestown, at the 8220-foot high granite Bunker Hill Monument.
If there’s one thing that Boston is known for, it’s the abundance of fresh seafood. Local specialties include oysters on the half-shell, creamy clam chowder, steamed lobster and “sacred cod”. Grab a bit to eat from one of the many food eateries as you sit back and soak up the stunning harbor views.
The stunning tree-lined streets and red-brick houses on the south side of Beacon Hill make it well worth a visit. A great example of how Boston’s upper classes have lived, Beacon Hill is lined with traditional shops and boutiques catering to the well-off residents of the area.
There are many guided tours around Boston that are super informative and allow you to cram as much culture and history into your stay as possible. However you choose to spend your vacation in Boston, just make sure you don’t miss out on that legendary chowder!