What to Do in Boston
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
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,...
Charles St, Boston, MA, USA
Starting at the northeast corner of the Public Garden, and stretching to the end of Beacon Hill, Charles St. shopping offers a more boutiquey experience than its better known Newbury St. cousin. The feel is very European, with a mix of small...
374 Congress St #307, Boston, MA 02210, USA
One of the first things I like to find when visiting a new destination is a place to take a good walk. Winding through the city's waterfront neighborhoods, the design of the HarborWalk allows the public to connect with the cleaned and restored ...
1 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210, USA
The ICA stands at attention over Boston Harbor. All glass and modern angles, it is architecturally unique in the city's overwhelmingly brick landscape. Looking out over the water from the cantilevered passageway gives you a magnificent view. The...
161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970, USA
Weekend festivals, family art projects, special exhibitions; the Peabody Essex Museum is a place to gain insights into other cultures and make art come alive. Dating back to 1799, the original founders were sea captains from Salem who had traveled...
130 Congress St, Boston, MA 02110, USA
Post Office Square Park (also known as the Norman B. Leventhal Park) is located in the heart of Boston's financial district. Created when an unsightly parking structure was placed below ground, the park serves as an outdoor living room complete...
139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
The Boston Common, built in 1634, is America's oldest park and the start of the famous Freedom Trail. A beautiful spot to walk in all seasons and try to imagine the Redcoats making camp there in 1775. During the winter, the Frog Pond has a magical...
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
I get so excited when I visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It has so many diverse displays that there is something of interest for everyone. Drawn from specimens of Harvard's 3 research museums, it covers the categories of animal,...
100 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
The recently opened Boston Public Market is the only year round indoor market in the country to feature exclusively New England vendors. The bounty of 35 businesses representing farms, makers and food producers offers a cross section of all things...
Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
A trip to Boston, especially the first time, would be incomplete without a short walk across the Charlestown Bridge to the Navy Yard. Not only is the surrounding neighborhood filled with lovely colonial houses encircling the magnificent Bunker...
50, 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199, USA
Boston is a big city, yet it is possible to see all of the famous sights in one hour at one place: the Skywalk Observatory, inside the Prudential center. As a local, I go there often to see how the city and the view changes—spring's vivid color,...
343 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Boston has one of the most successful bike sharing programs in the country. With over 100 solar powered stations and 1000 bikes available, the Hubway system makes it easy to ride around the city. 24hr and 3 day passes are available for only $5 and...
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133, USA
Love history? Then don't miss at least part of The Freedom Trail. Two and a half miles of 16 sites steeped in history make up Boston's version of the 'Yellow Brick Road.' This time, the brown bricks start at the Boston Common, and lead you on a...
700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
I fell in love with the Boston's Central Library on my first visit, and have returned to its gorgeous stairs, painted walls, changing art shows, and literature finds at least once on every trip here. I could happily spend a few hours here,...
4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109, USA
370 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
Walking through the narrow streets of Boston's North End might have you thinking about a delicious Italian meal. Take the time, however to explore the area on Hanover Street where the surrounding brick buildings suddenly give way to a park where...
Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
A horrid thought, but this is the spot where that famous cry originated in 1775 at the Battle of Bunker Hill. If you dare, climb the 294 stairs of local granite, where you'll be rewarded at the top of the obelisk with a spectacular view of the...
58 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
King's Chapel, Boston's first Anglican church dates back to 1688, and has the oldest American pulpit still in use today. The bell that rings every Sunday calling worshipers to the still active church was recast by Paul Revere who claimed it was...
Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
Passing through the Egyptian-style granite gateway of the Old Granary Burying Ground one is instantly transported back in time to Colonial Boston, a place where cows roamed the streets and patriots abounded on every corner. This is perhaps one of...
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
While your grades might not get you admitted, anyone can take a walk in Harvard Yard. You can't leave Cambridge without having a look-see at the oldest institution of higher learning in the country. The campus shouts quintessential New England,...
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