what to do in Boston

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Boston -

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There are lots of things to see and do in Boston, Massachusetts. Here are some suggestions for things to do

Popular things to do

  • City Tours
  • Personal Chef
  • Day Cruises
  • Parks
  • Walking Tours
  • Historical Tours
  • Monuments & Statues
  • Bus Tours
  • Full-day Tours
  • Theaters
  • Self-guided Tours
  • Photography Tours
  • History Museums
  • Hop on Hop Off Buses
  • Mountain Bike Tours
  • Historic Sites
  • Cultural Tours
  • Ghost Tours
  • Specialty Museums
  • Beer & Brewery Tours
  • Private Day Trips
  • Places to visit
  • Airport & Hotel Transfers
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Top Picks
  • Luxury & Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Multi-day & Extended Tours
  • Special Offers
  • Holiday & Seasonal Tours
  • Weddings & Honeymoons
  • Family Friendly
  • Shows, Concerts & Sports
  • Yoga Classes
  • Water Sports

Ships • History Museums

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Places to Visit • Sightseeing Attractions

Downtown

Places To Go • Shopping Centers

Specialty museums • points of interest and landmarks

Symphony

Children's Museums

Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront

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Famous Addresses in Boston

  • One Beacon Street - A skyscraper located at the intersection of Tremont Street and Washington Place. It is the 14th tallest building in Boston.
  • 8 Beacon Street – Late 19th and Early 20th Century House of the Osgood family: Dr. Osgood (who was born here), Margaret Osgood, and their daughters Gretchen and Mary.
  • 10½ Beacon Street – Boston Athenæum
  • 14 Beacon Street – The Congregational Church, site of the Congregation Library and the City Mission Society
  • 16 Beacon Street - Chester Harding House, now the Boston Bar Association, once housed the famed American artist Chester Harding from 1826-1830.
  • 22 Beacon Street – The Amory-Ticknore Building was constructed in 1804 by Charles Bullfinch. It has been used to host the Beacon Hill Studio for WFXT since the mid 1990s.
  • Massachusetts State House
  • 25 Beacon St - Former HQ of the UUA, now located at 24 Farnsworth St
  • 32 Beacon Street - George Parkman; building built by Cornelius Coolidge [2][3]
  • 34½ Beacon Street - formerly known as the headquarters of Family Service of greater Boston, a private, non-profit social service organization founded in 1835.
  • 39–40 Beacon St - Henry Wadsworth Longfelow courted and married Fannie Appleton
  • 42–43 Beacon St – painter John Singleton (Copley) lived here, as did David Sears (II), whose family built the Somerset Club.
  • 45 Beacon Street – 3rd Harrison Gray Otis House - now American Meteorological Society
  • 57 Beacon St - Thomas J. Eckly House, Ephraim M. Marsh, Architect (1819). Noted as Town Residences of George N. Black, Jr., also Owner of Kragsyde & Woodlawn Museum, His Asher Benjamin Ancestral Home in ME. Black was a Major Benefactors of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
  • 55 Beacon Street – Resident William H. Prescott had writer William Makepeace Thackerayan as a guest. The two houses are now known as the Headquarters House.
  • 84 Beacon Street – It’s been renamed “Cheers Beacon Hill.” Previously called the Bull & Finch Pub.

What travelers are saying

  • We couldn't access our room because there was too much traffic leaving the venue.
  • We walked the Freedom trail right smack in the center of the day when the crowd was at its peak. I'm betting it would be WAY better if you did it early in the morning. We went from Boston Common to the Faneuil hall so we didn't get a chance to walk the whole trail but what we saw was very impressive.
  • What an amazing museum! If you love the artwork and historical sites, then this is definitely a place you'll want to visit. We were there during the restoration period so we got to watch them work on the sculptures. It was fascinating to see how they went back through each piece and tried to figure out what exactly happened to cause the damage. It's a great learning opportunity and something you can do together with your kids. Plus, the museum offers special events throughout the year that you can attend. We ate in the cafe and it was okay, nothing spectacular. But again, location is everything and this place is right across the street from our hotel so we didn't mind. We'd go back just to hang out in the courtyard area. If you're traveling with children, you might want to consider taking them to the Children's Museum next door. That's where we took ours. It was a lot of fun and they loved seeing all the interactive exhibits. You can get information on upcoming shows and events on the museum website.
  • Great use of technology. Live people too!
  • If you want to see the city from a different perspective, visit during the day or evening.
  • While traveling to the four lighthouse sites, we were given an oral tour of the islands and lighthouses. Then came the actual visits to the lighthouses themselves. We stopped briefly at the major lights but didn’t stay long enough to see them properly. In general, a worthwhile trip.
  • It's a lovely garden to have in the middle of the city. Maintained gardens with plenty of benches...perfect for picnics.
  • A must-see if visiting Boston. The number of historical sites to absorb during John F Kennedy's political tenure is well worth the trip. Get tickets ahead of time to ensure you get to experience it at your own speed. The videos are packed full of interesting facts but will take longer than expected to watch. We were there about three hours and could have stayed longer. Highly recommended!
  • Great beer experience. I've been to many breweries around the country. Boston Brewing Company is among the few that make the experience both informative and entertaining. Nice work! I did the Signature Beer Experience (with Caleb as my host and Issac as my bartender) followed immediately by their Backstage Pass (with Kate as my host and Meg as my bartender) which was a bit more in-depth and more specific to their brewing process. Both were excellent. The Boston brew house is more of a research and development facility at this time, not a mass production plant like many breweries. I would highly recommend either separately or both together. Definitely plan ahead.👍
  • The hop-on and hop-off trolleys suggest it. Wow! It is very beautiful and nice and cool on a hot summer day. I spent about 10 minutes maximum but did not visit the newer part, which is said to be stunning, too.
  • I can't believe how many people say the Franklin Institute is just for little kids. My family and I visited the institute last month. Yes—almost everything is interactive. And guess what? Even the science experiments are interactive! The explanations were easy to understand. The science lab was spotlessly clean. The staff was friendly. They had lots of information about the science behind each exhibit. We spent an entire morning! The best part was the food court. The food was good and inexpensive. The service was fast and efficient. We'll definitely go back next year. Written July 21, 2020This is a subjective opinion of a user based on 2 reviewers and not of Yelp Inc.
  • What an incredible collection of works of fine arts and artifacts! Go through this carefully; I found each chamber having a QR code very helpful. I focused on items that attracted me and learned about them. The grounds are spectacular.
  • A beautiful place for walking year-round. It's lovely in spring when there are lots of flowers, and in autumn when the leaves turn golden yellow.
  • Great to explore - at your own pace! Images are allowed. You do need to pass through a security check before boarding the ship.
  • This is a great place to walk. The architecture is beautiful and there is plenty of shopping in the Back Bay neighborhood. A must-see spot on a Boston trip.

Frequently Asked Questions about Boston

  • According to TripAdvisor travelers, the best outdoor activity in Boston is visiting the Charles River Esplanade.
  • For the best day-tripping options from Boston, visit TripAdvisor for reviews and photos of the following locations: Martha's VineyardsDay trip from Boston with round-trip ferry and island tour optionMartha's Vineyards Day trip with optional island tour from BostonBoston to Plymouth day trip including Quincy, Plymouth Patuxet and Mayflowers Boston to Newport small group day trip including Breakers and Marble house admissionBoston to coastal Maine and Kennebunkport guided day trip with trolley tours all day-tripping options from Bostons on TripAdvisor
  • According to TripAdvisor travelers, the most popular activities for families in Boston include: