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12 Best Things to Do in Boston

Boston is a city of neighborhoods because it possesses a distinct personality that evokes a powerful sense of place. Discover the quintessential blend of colonial history and cutting-edge innovation.

Here are the best things to do in Boston:

1. Explore the Boston Common

Boston Common
Source: Boston Common | The Boxer Boston

The Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States which dates back to 1634. Some of the fun activities you can do here include winter skating, riding the carousel, and getting refreshed at a summer spray pool.

Address: 139 Tremont St. Boston

2. Visit the Famed Residence of Paul Revere

Paul Revere House
Source: Paul Revere House | Boston Discovery Guide

Paul Revere is an American Patriot who was also a veteran of the French and Indian War. He is most known for taking part in the Boston Tea Party. He devised a system of lanterns that would serve as a warning for the British invasion.

The Paul Revere House is the patriot’s colonial home and was designated as a Boston National Historical Park.

Admission fees
$5.00 Adults
$4.50 Seniors & Students
$1.00 Ages 5-17

3. Be Amazed at the Interactive Exhibits of the Museum of Science

Museum of Science Boston
Source: Museum of Science | Blooloop

Get up close and personal with a 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil or be thrilled as you witness a storm in the museum’s Theater of Electricity! The Museum of Science located in Science Park gives you plenty of opportunities to explore exciting exhibits, hands-on activities, and immersive films.

Address: 1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston

4. Check out the Authentically Restored Ships at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Source: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

What’s better than a history museum? Well, it’s simple. A floating history museum!

One of the best things to do in Boston is to visit a place, unlike anything you’ve been to before. Here, you can see high tech and interactive exhibits, a tearoom, including a multi-sensory documentary called “Let it Begin Here.” The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will bring you back to the night of December 16, 1773, so be ready to meet the colonists and learn about the Sons of Liberty!

5. Discover the Art Treasures in Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Source: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum | Flickr/Irene de la Torre

Where else can you see significant European, Asian, and American art treasures? The answer is right here. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses a beautiful collection that includes sculptures, tapestries, paintings, and some decorative arts.

Why is this an intriguing place?

Aside from the art, many visitors flock to this museum because this is where the largest unsolved art heist took place. On March 18, 1990, two thieves walked into the museum dressed as policemen and walked out with 13 pieces of art. These 13 pieces were valued at half a billion dollars and includes the works of Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Govaert Flinck among others.

6. Uncover Political-History Artifacts at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum | Shutterstock/Marcio Jose Bastos Silva

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is specially dedicated to the memory of the nation’s 35th president. It features a collection of former President Kennedy’s life and work in the form of personal and presidential papers, oral histories, art and artifacts, and other photographs.

You’ll enjoy the moving multimedia exhibits which are fully immersive to any visitor. It is open 7 days a week. You may visit anytime from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

7. Tour Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo
Source: Franklin Park Zoo | Mommy Poppins/Kelley Heyworth

This 72-acre zoo lets you see gorillas, giraffes, lion zebras, tigers, and more. Aside from that, you can opt to host your own event at the zoo, sign up your little one as a camper during the summer break, or go on a behind-the-scenes tour.

8. See the Boston Views in the Skywalk Observatory

Skywalk Observatory View
Source: Skywalk Observatory | Trover/Donny Campos

If you’re a first time Boston visitor, you should put the Skywalk Observatory to the top of your list! The Skywalk Observatory offers a one-of-a-kind city view you won’t forget anytime soon. Would you believe that on a clear day, you can see up to 100 miles away? Well, that’s not a lie!

After you’re done getting acquainted with the lovely city, you can also check the Dreams of Freedom Museum to learn about Boston’s past, architecture, as well its rich global culture. This will truly enrich your whole Boston experience.

Boston Skywalk Observatory Website: http://skywalkboston.com/

9. Explore European and American Works at Harvard Art Museums

Harvard University also houses the Harvard Art Museums: the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Fogg Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. It includes outstanding pieces including Monet, as well as other treasures from different eras and cultures.

Ever since its construction, the art museums contributed to the development of art history, conservation, and conservation science.

10. Jog Around Emerald Necklace

Jog around Emerald Necklace and get your much-needed exercise in this 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways.

Tip: You can get a printed map at the Shattuck Visitor Center. You can also give your donation ($2.00) to help cover the printing costs that will be handy for future visitors like you!

Fun Fact: The father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, designed the Emerald Necklace.

11. Snap Photos Outside the L Street Tavern

L Street Tavern
Source: L Street Tavern | Chelsea Diana

The film “Good Will Hunting” popularized this warm and homey Irish pub.

If you can remember the Matt Damon film, you’d recognize the scene when Sean asks Will about what he really wants to do. Will then replies that he wants to move up to Nashua, “get a nice little spread, get some sheep, and tend to them.”

What you should expect:

  • There are a ton of tourists who visit this place just to relive the scene from the famous film. It may be hard to get the table where Will and his friends sat in the movie.
  • Don’t visit just because of Good Will Hunting. The place is a true neighborhood bar that offers good cocktails and a wide variety of beer.

12. Take Your Kids to LEGOland Discovery Center Boston

LEGOland Discovery Center Boston
Source: LEGOland Discovery Center Boston | Evan and Lauren Blog

The ultimate indoor LEGO playground is one of the best things to do in Boston any day! You’ll find that this is a family-friendly and creative destination that packs a lot of fun with their rides, LEGO build & play zones, cinema, and more.

Admission Fees
$27.95 Ages 2 and up
FREE Ages 2 and under

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