The 10 Best Things to Do in Boston, Massachusetts

Walk the Freedom Trail the first time you visit Boston, and you'll quickly get a sense of this coastal city's revolutionary spirit and history. But make sure you also explore some of Boston's fine museums (try the Gardner, featuring art masterpieces displayed in their collector's mansion) and old neighborhoods (like the North End, Boston's Little Italy). You can't claim to have experienced real Boston culture, though, unless you've watched a Red Sox baseball game from the bleachers.

1. Freedom Trail

Boston, MA 02109 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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4.5 based on 16205 reviews

Freedom Trail

The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour of American Revolution sites. It starts at the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, and ends at the famed Bunker Hill Monument.

Reviewed By kwnike13 - Grand Island, New YorkGrand Island, New York

Historic!

No matter your age, this is the thing to do in Boston. Whether you just love walking, history, being outdoors, whatever it is, you will enjoy walking along this trail and experiencing so many historic places. You can spend days along this trail by stoppin

2. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3409 Sights & Landmarks, Arenas & Stadiums
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4.5 based on 15356 reviews

Fenway Park

Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home field since 1912. The most distinctive feature of this classic baseball park is the 37-foot-tall left field wall, known as the "Green Monster."

Reviewed By kchri3767 - Minneapolis, MinnesotaMinneapolis, Minnesota

Wonderful tour with knowledgeable staff!

My husband and I decided to participate in the 3pm guided Fenway tour. Prepare to be at the venue ready to go at least 15 minutes from your scheduled depart time. Our tour guide (I believe his name was Ned) was a GREAT guide. We were able to go all around

3. Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave, Avenue of the Arts, Boston, MA 02115-5597 Museums, Art Museums
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5 based on 7800 reviews

Museum of Fine Arts

Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.

Reviewed By pts1170

Outstanding

Magnificent collection with extensive breadth of cultures and art forms. Immaculately presented rooms with perfectly displayed exhibits. Lighting was excellent too. The whole place, including the new wing, was such a pleasure to experience. Truly an exemp

4. Boston Public Garden

4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114-4602 Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 9270 reviews

Boston Public Garden

This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America's first public garden.

Reviewed By AlexandriaSion - Sion, SwitzerlandSion, Switzerland

Beautiful even in the rain!

We had no idea that a Boston was chilly and wet in May, but that was not going to stop us! The gardens are small but charming, manicured impeccably, the trees are lovely, and so carefully maintained. Some novel topiary- and of course the small lake and br

5. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210-1027 Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Ships, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 5790 reviews

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American History! It’s more than a stroll through historic artifacts – it’s an adventure! Located on the Congress Street Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, this floating museum is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel. Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773. Stop in at Abigail’s Tea Room for teatime and visit the Gift Shop for special souvenirs. It’s educational, entertaining and enlightening — an experience not to be missed by adults and children of all ages. Your tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will last approximately one hour and will take you through a variety of displays that are interconnected. The tour is designed to give you the opportunity to participate, explore and learn about the people, events and consequences that led up to the American Revolution in the order in which they actually occurred more than 230 years ago.

Reviewed By MeryMeCo - Galesburg, IllinoisGalesburg, Illinois

The whole experience was wonderful

It was a cold, rainy, dreary day in April when we arrived a little early for the "show."We were hungry so we went to the Abagail Adams Tea Room for some warming coffee and cookies and scones. Nice place. Good scones.Then it was time for the show. As other

6. North End

Boston, MA 02109 Other, Sights & Landmarks, Neighborhoods
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North End

This Italian neighborhood, Boston's oldest, is known for its wonderful restaurants and historic sights. Walk the cobblestone streets to take in the architecture and aromas of delicious food, and visit Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church while you're in the neighborhood.

Reviewed By NVLisa - North Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaNorth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Love the North End Italian District

Only wish I'd had more time to explore, as the day was coming to an end when I stumbled into what felt like the set of a mafia movie. Narrow streets, brick, fire escapes everywhere and cool signs for all the Italian deli's, restaurants and pizzerias. Hope

7. John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 Traveler Resources, Museums, Specialty Museums, Libraries, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 3640 reviews

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

Relive the Kennedy era in this dynamic combination museum and library, where your visit starts with a short film and then leaves you on your own to explore a series of fascinating exhibits, including the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space program, 1960s campaign paraphernalia and displays about Jacqueline and other Kennedy family members. The striking, I.M. Pei-designed building overlooks the water and the Boston skyline.

Reviewed By John G

Spent a nice afternoon

Neat ...history surrounds you...have been to a number of presidential libraries...the location is outstanding right on Boston harbor...was a little disappointed as part of exhibit was closed...but overall a nice interesting tribute to a beloved president.

8. Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St, At Copley Sq., Boston, MA 02116-2813 Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Libraries More
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4.5 based on 3743 reviews

Boston Public Library

On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America.

Reviewed By Randie A

More than Just a Library

I was strolling down Boylston Street and had time before my dinner reservations and decided to stop into the Boston Public Library. What a suprise I received. First of all the architecture is quite beautiful. The stairs to the second floor deserve your at

9. Boston Common

139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111-1318 Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 6063 reviews

Boston Common

Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog Pond, Boston's oldest public park is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.

Reviewed By MeryMeCo - Galesburg, IllinoisGalesburg, Illinois

Beautiful place to start or finish you walk

After we parked our car at the garage, we walked up the Freedom Trail to Boston Commons to do the Walking Tour. It is a beautiful park. It's so nice to see so much green grass and trees in the middle of a big city like Boston. It was a nice place to rest

10. Samuel Adams Brewery

30 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-2315 Food & Drink, Breweries
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4.5 based on 2366 reviews

Samuel Adams Brewery

Reviewed By jdsbiz98 - Danbury, ConnecticutDanbury, Connecticut

Tasty

Had a lot of fun visiting the brewery. While we waited for the tour they had a personality test room where you got to taste a few samples and answer questions. Got a cool lesson in ingredients and brew process. Jim Koch was there filing a commercial. The

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