Right on the other of the T you can see Beacon Hill.
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It makes for an easy and fun day for all parties involved. I'm planning a trip to Boston soon so this saved me a lot of time on researching. What's the best bang for the buck in attempting to get a glimpse of Boston? We have 5 daylight hours on a Monday before heading to the airport back to Texas. I am a middle school Science teacher who'll be there in mid-October with my husband Architect and son high school Senior. Thanks for your input. We won't dare sleep late in the hotel! Thanks so much for this informative list!
I'm very glad to find your list. It's so timely as I'll take my family to visit Boston and Cape Cod next week. Thanks so much for taking the time to compile the list. Great information on the Boston area! Thanks for this, I am forwarding it on to some visitors to the area. Wow, I live in Boston and still had to look-up some cheap things to do today with my nephew. I love to fish and can do this for free either at Castle Island or Black Falcon, but not when it's raining as it is today! I love the fact that the Library gives free Museum and Aquarium passes! Thanks for the reminder.
I just moved to Boston and can't wait to check out all of these places. Is thank you enough to say to all of you? But i do thank you all sooooo much it is amazing there.: I lived in Boston for 2 years as a student, so a lot of things were free to me and never knew about the free passes offered by the BPL - thanks for that, as I'll be taking my 3 kids to the Aquarium this afternoon courtesy of my new membership!
We'll also be chacking out Quincy Market as it is Wednesday.
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Boston is one place on my list that I definitely want to visit for an extended period of time! Thanks for this amazing hub. I have been in the Boston area for 3 years now and have visited most of the things on your list and it is right on. The Arnold Arboretum Harvard University should be added to the list. It can be accessed by the Orange Line.
Wonderderful walk for spring, summer and fall. Thanks for all your helpful tips. Walking is definitely the way to explore Boston and its free. I was there last month to take my daughter to college and had the chance to explore few of the sites that was mention. I will be back and do the other places mentioned.
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Thanks to the people that provided recent corrections to some of the material on this site. I have updated the site to reflect these changes and added in a disclaimer on the hub for materials here for future reference. Great list, but one correction: It's also free to Bank of America card holders on the first weekends of every month. Don't miss the world famous Glass Flowers, dinosaurs, hundreds of animals, minerals, meteorites, new exhibits Headgear, Language of Color, more.
I'm planning a trip in September to see Boston and have been reviewing and researching the information you have provided. Hi, Thanks for the information. We are arriving into Boston on Tuesday and would love you to check out our facebook page ' Youdecidewhere'. We are travelling across America via socail networking and its The Americans that decide what we do. We would love suggestions of great things to do in Boston for 3 days thast a little bit different. Thank you for sharing this post. Although I have no plans of getting anywhere near Boston in the very near future, this info is surely nice to know tidbits about Boston.
Definitely, there's more to Boston than the Boston Celtics! Love your list of Things to Do in Boston! Another resources for Boston activities is FunFix:. I went to the free tour you mentioned at the Boston Public Library. It was definitely worth it. Our guide was exceedingly informative, and the art and architecture are spectacular.
And the price is right! The Gibson House on Commonwealth Avenue is a great museum of a house that has been kept exactly the same as it was back in the day. I would go in the cooler months though, because since it's the same, they don't have air conditioning. I had no idea that you can get free tickets from the library! I am a student, and cash is really tight, I look forward to it. The only suggestion i have is to include Castle Island in South Boston - so much history, it's fun to watch the planes take off from logan and watch the boats on the water, there are even tours of the castle from time to time - don't forget to walk the sugar bowl, and you can't go without stopping and getting a hot dog with everything and ice cream from Sullivan's.
My husband and I are visiting Boston in June, the first time for each of us. I'm glad I found this list!!! Thank you for compiling it and publishing it for the rest of us to enjoy! This is a very informative list. Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together.
It was really helpful and useful for my family. It is well written and you didn't miss a thing! Going to Boston for the first time over the 4th of July for a union convention. I'm not an experienced traveler but I've learned to Google "Things to do in Can't wait to share this with my daughter who is going with me so we can plan our days.
As a matter of fact Betty look for a new hub soon from me with a resource to another of my favorite spots in New England. I am so glad to have come upon your site because you have given me many new ideas for my future visits to Boston I'll use this myself although I've been living just outside Boston proper for many years. With three children, I'll take advantage of these free activities. Wait just a few weeks for it to warm up and the flowers to bloom in the Public Gardens - you know how great it looks then.
Fantastic hub, full of information.
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I have never been to Boston, but will use this hub as a guide if I ever do. Don't worry Jim I'm still finding stuff - free and paid - so missing places like you say is just an excuse to come back and visit again. We obviously missed some things last time we were in Boston! Sounds like another trip is in order! Thanks for your positive comments Sarah Marie and Amy Jane. I'm glad you both found it a useful guide. So glad Boston's now made it onto your wish list John. It was fun writing about a city I've come to know and love and exploring again some of the places I've visited many times with my family.
Thank you Addison, this defiantly puts Boston on my wish list for a visit, with that great information I feel I know the place already. Thanks for feedback Andrea - we tend to get even prouder when a New York sport's team is in town. Now I see why everyone from Boston is so proud of their city! Great job showing the highlights.
I feel like I've been given a private tour package from an expensive private guide. Yes, Boston can be pricey for accommodation, especially in the downtown and harbor areas. Look towards Back Bay and Copley Square areas as they tend to be more reasonably priced. I tend to steer people towards Trip Advisor as a site for checking out lodging as it contains reviews written by regular people. You can find it here: Wow, Cliff, this is such an informative page!
My sister is getting married this summer and Boston was on their short list for a honeymoon trip. I'll certainly send her a link to this page! By the way, they were concerned with the high cost of hotel rooms in Boston. Any chance you've done some investigating about good, lower cost places to stay? Glad you enjoyed it Vic. It is a wonderful city to visit - except in the winter.
For three months of the year life can be a little miserable. So come and see us any other months and you'll see Boston at it's best. What can I say that hasn't already been expressed above other than to say that your delivery of the information made it just that much more enjoyable.
I will definitely be adding Boston to my list of cities I want to visit during my travels. That's a lot of information. I was going to buy a guidebook before my trip out to bean-town this spring, but with this hubpage, I think I'm good to go! I've never been to Boston, but it's certainly added to my list of places now. You've really covered all of the angles with your map, the videos and even the free things to do. Haven't been to Boston in years,but remember it fondly and this was not only a trip down memory lane for me but a great resource for my next visit.
Thanks so much for putting it all together in such an informative, easy to read way.
Thank you for your comments Black Pearl. Maybe I'm biased but I've visited a number of cities around the world and I just find Boston so approachable and not at all overwhelming. Glad that came across in my selections and writing. Excellent, very informative hub. I have been to Boston as a tourist and from work and I agree with you, the best way to take in everything in Boston is to WALK and as you noted it is free, but in many instances it is faster also.
You have done a great job of covering all the areas and love the videos.
Just follow the red-bricked trail as it winds its way through 16 historical sites, including: The Black Heritage Trail Beacon Hill Beacon Hill is a distinctive Boston neighborhood with alleys, walled gardens and narrow, cobbled streets lined with original gas lights. The Irish Heritage Trail Downtown Neighborhoods Since colonial times, Boston has had a thriving Irish population which has shaped the art and political traditions of the city.
Bunker Hill Monument Charlestown The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, , and is mostly remembered because of the legendary command, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes! Constitution Charlestown Navy Yard This vessel was built in Boston and launched in to provide protection for American ships sailing the North African coast.
Catch a Free, Guided Tour Some buildings and places are so immense or significant that having a knowledgeable guide can really help you to appreciate them fully, and the sites on this list definitely fall into that category. Boston Public Library Copley Square The Boston Public Library in Copley Square is much more than just a collection of books, although if you measured it purely by its number of rare volumes, it would stand out as one of the greatest collections in the world.
Massachusetts State House Beacon Hill Charles Bullfinch's masterpiece sits on top of Beacon Hill and is the oldest surviving building in the area. The Custom House Boston Harbor This landmark building is one of the more distinctive shapes in the harbor area and used to be the tallest skyscraper in Boston.
Massachusetts Historical Society Back Bay The Massachusetts Historical Society collects, preserves and makes available to the public manuscripts and artifacts related to the state. MIT Campus Tour Cambridge The Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge is spread out over a huge area and encompasses unusual architectural styles, art collections and a crazy numbering scheme for its buildings.
Family Fun at No Cost I don't know about you, but every activity I do with my kids seems to empty out my wallet, and then they want to eat. New England Aquarium Central Wharf In the summer school vacation months, this place is better described as a "zoo" rather than an aquarium. Stargaze at Coit Observatory Boston University Looking for a heavenly experience after an early dinner on a cloudless Wednesday evening? Free on Wednesday from 4: The public library free-ticket program works here.
Harvard University Art Museums: The brewery offers tours on the hour every afternoon, but even without the tour, the large beer hall is a lot of fun, with experimental beers on tap that are unavailable elsewhere. Of course, the classics are available as well, as are soft pretzels and inventive dipping sauces. For a modern art experience inside and out, definitely make time for a visit to the ICA. With a relatively small permanent collection the ICA only started collecting art in the Institute of Contemporary Art dedicates itself to incredibly varied visiting exhibitions by talented contemporary artists.
It also hosts scores of events, including First Fridays concerts and parties, which are incredibly popular with local and something professionals — and often themed according to the art on exhibit. All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. Freedom Trail Historic Walking Areas. New England Aquarium Aquariums. Boston Public Garden Gardens, Parks. Museum of Fine Arts Art Museums. Museum of Science Science Museums. Central Wharf , Boston, MA Back Bay , Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts. The Institute of Contemporary Art.
Boston is generally a very safe city, but late at night, visitors are advised to avoid the Boston Common and some residential areas on the east and south sides of the city. The city is incredibly walkable and compact, with beautiful, historic streets. Boston's roads are infamously confusing, and parking difficult and expensive. Famous foods to try include the Boston cream pie, lobster rolls, and clam chowder.
Beers of choice are the local Harpoon and Sam Adams, ubiquitously available. For a great start to your day, choose from the number of great brunch and breakfast spots on Beacon Hill's Charles Street. Then dig deeper into history on the Freedom Trail! Shopaholics should allot a little time to stroll down Charles Street, home to some darling boutiques and antique shops. Ranked 29 of things to do in Boston. Certificate of Excellence If you opt for a self-guided tour, pick up a map at the information booth in Boston Common, and download the SmartPhone App, which offers fascinating stories and facts.
Consider booking a guided tour. The guides, who represent historic figures, are knowledgeable and entertaining, and there are various themes from the standard to pub crawls. Ranked 2 of things to do in Boston. Even if you don't visit, check out the Atlantic harbor seal tank, which is visible from outside the entrance as you walk by. Ranked 73 of things to do in Boston. Although the Freedom Trail passes through the North End, it's worth giving this neighborhood some extra time and eating a meal here, or at least grabbing a gelato or pastry.
Enjoy some green space and a pleasant view of the bay at Christopher Columbus Park. Ranked 9 of things to do in Boston. Within the park, look for the ducklings sculpture that depicts the characters from Robert McCloskey's Caldecott Medal-winning children's book, "Make Way for Ducklings". Set up a giveaway. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book? Click here Would you like to report this content as inappropriate?
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