It’s no secret that Boston is full of important sites from the founding of America. In addition to these historical places, you also find relaxing public green spaces, quaint neighborhoods, and scenic whale-watching harbor cruises. Here are seven fun ways to experience this All-American city.
(1) Acorn Street
Sloping down Beacon Hill, Acorn Street is one of the most photographed places in Boston especially with its Instagram fame. Why you might ask? When on this cobblestone street, you feel like you have traveled back to the late 1800’s. Beautifully preserved Federal-style row houses stacked along original cobblestones in this affluent residential neighborhood. It is quite picturesque! Just so you know, a lot of people come to the quaint street for everything from selfies to engagement photos.
Be mindful of the residents by respecting their space.
(2) Boston Public Garden
In the heart of the city you find Boston Public Garden, an oasis of fascinating botanical selections of trees, plants, and flowers. Stroll around a while and then find a bench to enjoy this famous landmark. For a real taste of history, take a ride on an iconic Swan Boat, owned and operated by the same family since the 1870s. Sit back and relax both on the water and on terra firma in this beloved city park.
(3) The Freedom Trail
Lace up your sneakers and walk The Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile-long path through downtown Boston. The path leads to 16 historic American Revolution sites including the Paul Revere House, USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill Monument. 18th Century costumed guides can take you on a 90-minute tour or venture out on your own. Download The Freedom Trail Official App for a self-guided tour to help inform you along the way.
(4) Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Since 1742, Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and meeting hall for the people of Boston. In this structure, the first rumblings of our American Revolution were felt. Today, visitors browse the shops, dine at numerous eating establishments, listen to live music, and watch street entertainers. A popular stop for tourists, it’s a highly trafficked area, but a must-experience place.
(5) Eat a Lobster Roll
In the heart of lobster country, a lobster roll is a must-have. Enjoy your tasty sandwich hot buttered or cold with mayo. Either way, the always-fresh lobster is out of this world flavor. Eating like the locals can’t be wrong.
(6) Historic North End
North End is Boston’s oldest neighborhood and happens to be the city’s Italian neighborhood. Come hungry and stroll down Hanover Street to find numerous Italian restaurants, pizzerias, and dessert shops to satisfy your cravings.
One of the most popular dessert shops is Mike’s Pastry. Grab your pastries to go, and then continue down the street until you find Paul Revere Mall – look for the enormous Paul Revere statue and the white steeple from the historic Old North Church. It’s a beautiful green space to relax, devour your dessert, and soak up some history.
(7) Whale Watching
Have you ever seen a whale out in the wild? Board a high-speed catamaran from Boston Harbor Cruises to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary – a feeding ground for whales. Here you can see several species of whales while learning from New England Aquarium naturalists. Book an early cruise as the day goes on the whales are less hungry. If there are no whale sightings on your trip, you will receive a free ticket for a future trip.