Whether you’re visiting Boston this summer, or if it’s simply been a while since you’ve visited some of the city’s most frequented spots, here are 10 can’t-miss attractions to make sure and discover this season.
The islands are some of Boston’s hidden gems, just a stone’s throw – or a ferry ride, at least – from downtown. Grab the ferry from Long Wharf North to arrive at either Georges or Spectacle Islands, or transfer at Georges to arrive at one of Peddocks, Lovells, Grape, or Bumpkin. Thompson Island can be reached via a separate ferry that leaves from the EDIC Pier in South Boston. Fares are just $15 round-trip for adults, $9 for children ages 3-11.
With 20 million visitors per year, do you realize that more people visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace than do the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World (17.1 million)? Though it can be a tourist trap, that also makes it a fine place to sit in the sun and people watch, with visitors from all around the world visiting the marketplace.
Duck Tours are one of the most popular ways for tourists to visit some of the most historic spots in the city. There are two such companies within Boston – Boston Duck Tours and Super Duck Tours. Tickets range from $10 for children to $35 for adults, depending on which outfit, or tour you plan to take. See here for more information.
Spend a summer evening at Fenway Park, and it’s clear why it’s generally considered by many the best ballpark in the Major Leagues. Red Sox tickets – despite the “sellout” streak – can be had by visiting the box office most evenings, or by logging on to www.redsox.com. Tickets range from $12-$165, face value. Tickets can also be secured by visiting secondary ticket markets such as Ace Ticket and Stubhub.
The sights, sounds, and especially the smells of Italian cuisine filter through the North End like no other time of the year during summer. It’s the perfect place for a date night, to do some boutique shopping, or to grab a dessert at world famous bakeries Modern Pastry and Mike’s Pastry. A wide range of festivals also populate the neighborhood's streets every summer.
www.community-boating.org for complete information and pricing.
Harborfest is the annual six-day celebration surrounding the Fourth of July, one of Boston’s most popular evenings, when the sky lights up accompanied by the Boston Pops. But fireworks are just part of the festivities, which range from the popular Chowderfest to a whole host of activities throughout the downtown area. Visit here for more information.