Top Picks in Boston
Collected by Stacey Zable, AFAR Contributor
44 School St #250, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Taking the self-guided Freedom Trail tour was amazing! A nice walk, a history lesson and beautiful architecture... Follow the red brick line and the trail will take you to 16 places of historic importance in the colonial revolution. Pop into the ...
18 Brattle St #352, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Restaurants, cool shops and street performers make this historic area exciting whether you’re just grabbing a coffee or a slice of pizza or sitting down for a fine-dining experience. A must-stop is the Harvard Book Store, family-owned since 1932....
32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Get three museums in one, with the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum and Arthur M. Sackler Museum joined under the same roof, thanks to a 2014 renovation by architect Renzo Piano. The joint collection across all media boasts more than 250,000...
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, USA
The assassination of Boston’s favorite son is burned into the memory of most Americans who lived through that tragic moment in history, but the JFK Presidential Library and Museum is a celebration of John F. Kennedy’s life, not his...
332 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
The English Puritans settled Boston’s oldest neighborhood in the early 1600s, but today it’s best known as the city’s Little Italy, home to many Italian restaurants and shops. Much of the Freedom Trail makes its way through the neighborhood, as...
1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114, USA
This 80-minute tour onboard a “Duck,” a World War II amphibious landing craft, takes you through the streets of Boston and then drives right into the Charles River for a different view of Boston and Cambridge. The narrated tour provides a good...
1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA
Boston Harbor Cruises offers a variety of ways to explore the city’s waters. Take a high-speed catamaran on a three-hour whale-watching tour, or climb aboard Codzilla for a 40-minute thrill on a boat speeding up to 64 kilometers (40 miles) per...
150 Pier Four Blvd, Boston, MA 02210, USA
Hop on and off the green-and-yellow buses as often as you want for one price as you explore Boston and Cambridge. Stop at more than 21 of Boston’s top sites, including the Seaport and even out to Cambridge and Harvard Square. Stay on the custom...
4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Boston’s Public Garden is magical in the summer, with its many weeping willows and manicured hedges. Kids and adults alike will delight in a ride on the iconic Swan Boats, which float on the garden’s lagoon. The whimsical boats are foot-pedaled,...
310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
This building, a National Historic Landmark, has been described as the birthplace of the American Revolution, as citizens of the colony gathered here to discuss the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and other events of the day. Built as a...
74 Joy St #3, Boston, MA 02114, USA
Stroll through this 19th-century residential neighborhood located next to beautiful Boston Common and admire its landmarked Federal, Greek revival and Victorian architecture, dominated by brick row houses. You’ll also see 20th-century colonial...
306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
This floating museum provides an interactive experience for guests. With the help of live actors, high-tech exhibits and authentically restored tea ships, guests are transported to the historic event that took place on the night of December 16,...
206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109, USA
Explore the 300-year-old historic site where the Boston Massacre took place between British soldiers and an angry crowd in 1770. Themed tours focus on Revolutionary Women, Guns of the Revolution and the Politics of Fashion. You can also take a...
560 Boylston, Boston, MA 02116, USA
One of the reasons to visit Copley Square: It’s home to the Trinity Church, the 1877 building that’s one of H.H. Richardson’s most famous works, done in his signature Richardson Romanesque style. While here, stop in the Boston Public Library’s...
139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
The 20-hectare (50-acre) Boston Common is not only the starting point of the Freedom Trail, but also the oldest park in the United States, having been established in 1634. A number of historic moments have played out here, and not just during the...
Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
Now through 2017, visitors can see the historic USS Constitution in dry dock as it undergoes a major restoration right outside the USS Constitution Museum. Inside the museum, learn about the restoration of “Old Ironsides,” as well as how it has...
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
If you love art in all its many forms, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston is a 'must-see' destination. They have a great collection of Impressionism and Asian art works, from Monet and Van Gogh, to Chinese furniture and Japanese paintings, as...
48 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970, USA
About 26 kilometers (16 miles) north of Boston, the town of Salem is best known as the site of the Salem witch trials of 1692. The Salem Witch Museum uses stage sets and life-size figures to provide an introduction to the trials and the period in...
Lexington, MA, USA
Learn more about the American Revolution with a tour of Lexington and Concord, outside of Boston, where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired on April 19, 1775. See the Lexington Battle Green, which is also the town center, and...
1305 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169, USA
Fifteen minutes south of Boston is the town of Quincy, where you’ll find the John Adams and John Quincy Adams Birthplaces, which are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the United States. The Old House at Peace Field, built in 1731, was the...
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