Massachusetts’ capital and one of the largest cities in the United States, Boston has a lot to offer to travelers. Founded back in 1630, Boston is also one of the oldest cities in the country.
Know for the popular 2.5-mile Freedom Trail with a lot of historic sites to visit, Boston is a place you must visit at least one in your life.
However, if you wonder what the best places to visit in Boston, keep on reading are.
We’ve crafted a list of the best places to visit on your stay starting with the Freedom Trail, the once a meeting house and a big marketplace, Faneuil Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts and many others.
If you want to visit, know that you can do it throughout the year because this city is a year-round attraction.
If you want to attend the Patriots Day, visit on the third Monday of April to remember the beginning of the Revolutionary War and attend the famous Boston Marathon. If you want to attend some of the summer festivals like Boston Harborfest, visit in July.
And if you want to be a part of an Italian-American fest, visit between late July and August. Foliage season is also a popular time to visit.
10. Freedom Trail
If you want to start your exploration of Boston by foot, visit the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail in the heart of Boston. 16 historic sites pass it you can admire and learn more about the history of the country.
If you decide to visit, keep in mind that the first stop is the Boston Common, an educational center where you can pick up a map.
And the last stop represents the Bunker Hill Monument. It’s a granite monument to mark the battle of June 17, back in 1775 between the colonial forces and the British.
While going towards the State House, you will spot the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial and the beginning of the Black Heritage Trail.
It connects historical spots telling the history of African Americans in Boston. Most of the attractions are free of charge.
9. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
While in Boston, you can’t miss visiting the oldest market combined of three historical buildings, the Faneuil Hall Market.
It was once a meeting house; however, today, it’s one of the most popular shopping centers in Boston. It has a lot of restaurants and shops to enter on your visit.
You can enter the famous Quincy Market filled with a lot of people of different nationality and cultures. It’s a place with a vibrant and lively atmosphere.
It’s a great place to visit if you want to see historical sites and many shopping centers
8. North End
Often referred to as Boston’s Little Italy, North End represents a maze of tiny streets lined with some of the oldest buildings in the city.
You can check most of the historic sites in the North End by walking the Freedom Trail. The place is also filled with many cafes, Italian restaurants, pastry and antique delis shops on Hanover Street.
You can also visit the second oldest burial land in Boston along Charter Streets, Snow Hill, and Hull. It’s called the Copp’s Hill Burying Ground from 1659.
7. Museum of Fine Arts
If you’re an art enthusiast, or artist yourself, you will enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts.
It’s the fifth biggest museum in the country with over 450,000 art pieces, which makes it one of the most comprehensive collections in the United States.
Words aren’t enough to describe how amazing this place is. You will get to see some of the best art pieces of all times like Monet’s paintings.
There’s a specific section dedicated to his work. If you plan to visit, know that you won’t be able to explore it entirely in just one visit, so we recommend you step by twice or more if you want to get the whole experience.
A nice overall ambiance. Amazing collections and also good places to eat.
6. New England Aquarium
Home to thousands of aquatic animals, the New England Aquarium is the ideal place to visit if you’re a nature enthusiast.
You can observe and learn about different water animals starting from small blue penguins, to giant Pacific octopuses, to Striped Pyjama sharks.
If you visit between April and November, you will catch the New England Whale Watch and the Simons IMAX Theatre. It’s a beautiful giant aquarium that will keep you and your children entertained for the entire day.
If you plan to visit, the best time to buy your tickets is early in the morning. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time in line. It’s a must-visit place for all ages that provides a tremendous educational experience.
5. Boston Public Garden
If you want to visit a beautiful botanical garden in Boston, visit the Public Garden. It’s the first garden of such kind in the United States.
And it’s every nature enthusiast’s dream come true. It has monuments and fountains everywhere you turn.
It’s clean and well-landscaped, if not the paradise on earth.
If you’re lucky enough, on your visit, you can spot a wedding ceremony.
Two of the most impressive and most popular attractions of this garden are the Swan Boats and the Mike Way for Ducklings sculptures.
You can feed the squirrels in the area together with your children. They’re not wild but friendly.
In overall, it’s a historic urban park with greenery making it a relaxing place. Restaurants, cafes surround it, and it’s the ideal place for running or jogging.
4. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Located among the Islands of Boston Harbor, the Boston National Recreational Area is a nice walk offering picturesque views.
It’s spread around Deer Island and if you plan to visit, don’t forget to bring snacks and a bottle of water because it will take a while before you fully explore the place.
It’s a beautiful area for group sightseeing, leisure strolling, and personal exercise. If it’s a sunny day, don’t forget to bring sunglasses.
Most visitors recommend the place and refer to it as the hidden gem of Boston. It’s got great views, greenery, a fresh air, and a peaceful atmosphere.
Finding a parking spot can be a problem if you visit around 12 pm. It’s best to come early in the morning.
3. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
If you want to educate yourself and learn more about American history, especially about President Kennedy, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
As you may or may not know, Kennedy was the 35th president of America, and he was an inspirational leader. Unfortunately, he was assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, Texas.
And if you want to learn more about his life, his presidency, and his work, the presidential library and museum is the best place to visit.
You will see a whole collection of photos and stories about him. It’s a fantastic building and a place worth your visit.
There’s also a small cafe offering different snacks to enjoy after exploring the area.
2. The Institute of Contemporary Art
If you prefer contemporary art, or you’re an artist yourself, or you like to enjoy beautiful exhibitions and art pieces, visit the Institute of Contemporary Art.
It was founded in 1936 as the Boston Museum of Modern Art with a mission was to represent and display contemporary art.
So, if you’re looking for an artistic place with creative walls offering a splendid panorama of the Harbor. Visiting the site is definitely worth the entry fee. There’s also a gift shop you can visit and get yourself creative gifts.
One of the most popular places to visit in Boston is the Waterfront. It’s located downtown and represent a series of walkable wharves on the Harbor with seafood places to eat, hotels and marinas.
While visiting, you can also set foot at Rose Kennedy Greenway. It’s a set of parks with food trucks, public art, fountains and a carousel.
If you visit Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, you can enjoy views of the harbor. It’s the perfect place to visit with family and friends and spend some quality time together.
What’s your favorite one on the list? Which one would you visit in Boston?