History bursts from nearly every street corner in this city, but the beauty of Boston is that one need not only be a history buff to enjoy all that the area has to offer. From museums to shopping to dining, Boston offers plenty for a variety of different tastes. But if you're starting from scratch, we suggest these 10 destinations in order to get you started.
The Freedom Trail presents the easiest way to soak in Boston’s sights and history, while getting some exercise to boot. The two-and-a-half-mile walk passes 16 significantly historic sights, including Boston Common, the Old South Meeting House, and the USS Constitution. Feel free to explore on your own, though tours are offered through the Freedom Trail Foundation.
Most residents consider it a tourist trap, but that doesn’t lessen its pull any on both visitors and natives alike. Part shopping, part dining, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace is always a bustling center of the city. It is just steps from most anywhere downtown, including Government Center, the Boston Harbor, and the North End, making it a perfect – yet busy – spot for lunch.
3. Duck Tours
4. North End
Here you’ll find the city’s Little Italy, with a bevy of Italian restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops lining the cramped streets. Ask any number of people for recommendations, and you’re liable to get different answers from everyone. Truth is, you really can’t go wrong, particularly on a sultry summer evening, when this neighborhood comes alive.
5. Fenway Park
Can’t score Red Sox tickets? No problem. You can still get to Fenway Park, even when the team isn't playing. The Sox give tours of the nearly 100-year-old ballpark daily, affording you the opportunity to go places in the park you normally wouldn’t on game day. Hint: Try the tour when the Sox are out of town. On game days, the visit can be shorter than normal.
8. Museum of Fine Arts
With nearly 450,000 works of art, the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most comprehensive museums in the world and the largest in New England. Its collection ranges from from contemporary art to textile and fashion art to art of the ancient world.