|What to See & Do in Boston MA|
|You'll find plenty to interest you in Boston. The challenge is to arrange your time. Below is a short list by category of the top things to see and do.|
The Freedom Trail, a downtown walking tour, takes you to many spots and sights important to American colonial and revolutionary history, but you needn't walk when there are "trolleys," buses and even amphibious "ducks" to show you the sights. More...
Besides the Freedom Trail, here are my suggested walks:
Beacon Hill to Faneuil Hall Walking Tour: see the major sights right in the city center
Boston's museums are
world-famous, whether you're looking
for ancient art, the latest in cutting-edge
design, scientific wonders, or a marvelous
museum built just for kids. More...
Common, but that famous
central park is only one of the jewels
Necklace," seven miles
(11 km) of urban green spaces designed
by landscape artist
Law Olmsted. More...
Symphony Orchestra season
runs from October to May, followed by concerts
on the Charles
especially the Boston Pops'
July 4th concert
with cannons and fireworks. Then there's First
Night, and the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day. More...
The traditional kids' delight is a Swan Boat cruise on the lake in the Public Garden, setting for the children's classic storybook, Make Way for Ducklings. Something wilder? Climb aboard a WWII amphibious vehicle for a Duck Tour. More...
From the MBTA's 10-minute F4 Long Wharf—Charlestown Navy Yard ferry cruise across Boston Harbor to an all-day excursion to the Harbor Islands, Boston, a city on the sea, has lots of fun boat trips to offer. More...
Beacon Hill, its quaint streets lined with 19th-century Federal and Greek Revival townhouses
Massachusetts State House (1798), Charles Bulfinch's gold-domed masterpiece
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston's "stomach" in 1825, now restored (1970s) to be its "palate"
Old North Church (1723), Boston's oldest, most graceful and historic
Trinity Church (1877), Henry Hobson Richardson's harmonious Romanesque Revival masterpiece
John Hancock Tower (1974), the towering mirror-glass rhomboid designed by I M Pei and Partners
Science Center, with
its dignified Mother Church, reflecting
pool, and clean-lined tower
—by Tom Brosnahan