Attractions in Boston
Not only is Boston the largest city in Massachusetts, but it's also the capital city of Massachusetts. Due in large part to its vast population and extreme popularity among tourists, Boston features many exciting attractions. From attending a baseball game at the historic Fenway Park to touring the spectacular Boston Museum of Science, there are many fun and entertaining things to do in Boston. Also, be sure to check out our Attractions Map to find the locations of these and other attractions.
Tour Fenway Park.
If you want to visit an authentic ballpark, look no further than Fenway Park. Also known as America's Most Beloved Ballpark, Fenway Park officially opened in 1912 and is regularly visited by baseball and history enthusiasts alike. If you want to get the most out of your visit to Fenway Park, consider taking a guided walking tour of the ballpark. Tours are give on both game days and non-game days. In addition to taking a guided tour of the establishment, be sure you attend a baseball game or two at Fenway Park. You can purchase tickets at the Red Sox ticket office.
Explore the Boston Public Garden.
Few public gardens are as beautiful or as relaxing as the Boston Public Garden. The Boston Public Garden was created in 1837 and is one of the areas most popular attractions. Besides boasting a wide variety of monuments, memorials and fountains, the Boston Public Garden also features an approximate 80 different species of plants and over 600 different varieties of trees. If you're looking for a great place to walk, run or simply relax and enjoy yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visiting the Boston Public Garden is the way to go, especially if you have little ones or a family in-tow.
Tour the Samuel Adams Brewery.
Few attractions in Boston are as entertaining as the Samuel Adams Brewery. Tours include a guided walk through the brewery and a tasting session in the tasting room. While the Samuel Adams Brewery can be a bit difficult to find, it makes up for its location by featuring friendly staff and short, yet spectacular informational tours. Free beer is perhaps the best thing about touring the Samuel Adams Brewery! If you're interested in all things beer-related, a visit to the Samuel Adams Brewery should be right up your alley.
Explore the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.
If you're an outdoor junkie, a visit to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park is essential. The park consists of an approximate 34 islands and peninsulas. Popular attractions at the Boston Harbor Islands National Park include a wide variety of historic lighthouses, a Civil War-era fort, multiple hiking trails, tide pools and even swimming, camping and picnicking areas. The most heavily visited islands include the Little Brewster Island, Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Peddocks Island, Lovells Island, Bumpkin Island and Grape Island, a popular wildlife haven. If you want to experience Boston's natural beauty, a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park is a must! Plan on wearing suitable shoes, preferably hiking boots, as many islands that make up the Boston Harbor Islands National Park aren't fully developed.
Tour the Boston Museum of Science.
Few attractions in Boston are as family oriented as the Boston Museum of Science. Popular attractions and exhibits include the Planetarium, the 3-D Digital Cinema, the Bird's World exhibit, the Beyond the X-Ray exhibit, the Butterfly Garden, the Cosmic Light exhibit, the Discovery Center exhibit, the How Your Life Began exhibit, the Live Animal exhibit and the interesting Colby Gun and Trophy Room exhibit. If you have children, be sure to check into the establishment's fun overnight program and many educational summer programs commonly offered.
Historic Pub Crawl Tour
The Revolution included speeches at Faneuil Hall and a meeting of the Sons of Liberty, but don't forget the plans that were concocted inside Boston's taverns. Follow an 18th-century costumed guide as he takes a stroll through four of Boston's pubs: Bell in Hand, Green Dragon, The Point and Union Oyster House. You'll sample a variety of Sam Adams beer styles, including lagers, ales and Hefeweizens. The tour includes some light fare, such as oysters, baked beans and beef stew. And you'll take home a Sam Adams historic pub crawl souvenir glass. Tours depart Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. from the Bostix booth at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. All participants must be 21 or older and show valid identification.
Boston Tea Party Re-enactment
You'll feel as if you're joining John Hancock and his Privateers as they raid British warships in the Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party Re-enactment Sail. Climb aboard the Tall Ship Liberty Clipper, which was named for John Hancock's ship, and help set the sails, then dig in for the fight. You can decide to be either a Colonialist Privateer or a British Jack Tar. Cannons will be shot and chests of tea will be thrown overboard.
Take a four- to five-hour cruise aboard a Mass Bay Lines boat to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a shallow submarine platform formed by receding glaciers about 18,000 years ago. Located about 25 miles east of Boston, the sanctuary is a protected area where whales feed. You are likely to see humpback and minke whales, white-sided dolphins, tuna and northern lobster. Marine biologists are on board to provide information about the wildlife.
The boats provide multiple decks for viewing and there are light snacks and drinks available. Whale sightings are guaranteed -- meaning if you don't see one, you will get a free ticket to take another cruise. The cruises depart from both Long Wharf and Rowes Wharf from April through October.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
The public museum of three of Harvard University's natural history institutions, the Harvard Museum of Natural History offers high-minded exhibits on science and nature. The museum is currently hosting an exhibit that provides an insider's look at the scientific study of climate. You will be transported back in time, investigate ice cores and deep ocean sediments and uncover clues that help scientists understand current climate change. Or check out the exhibit that looks at the evolutionary success of arthropods (insects, centipedes, crabs and the like). The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is made up of "squares" -- Harvard Square, Central Square, Porter Square, etc. -- and each neighborhood is a collection of restaurants, shops, bookstores and music clubs. Harvard Square in particular is a must-see, home to Harvard University, a grand campus that was founded in 1636 and is the oldest university in the U.S. Throughout Harvard Square, street musicians perform on the sidewalks and in the parks, and there are live performances in many of the clubs. Follow the brick sidewalks to an eclectic mix of book and music stores, performing arts theaters and museums. Recommended: Border Café and Curious George Goes to Wordsworth.