Boston has been shaped and defined by its history for hundreds of years. In fact, it’s the only American city with the most of colonial war history. It’s a little wonder that many historians consider it to be the birthplace of America’s spirit of independence.
Sites that mark the crucial role played by the Sons of Liberty during the Revolutionary War attract millions of guests globally. But while most of the city’s tourist attractions focus on its fascinating past, the city is also famous for its thriving arts, delicious local seafood, culture scenes, and scenic harbor front.
Whether you’re visiting the city for the first time or the 50th time, here are our five top tourist attractions worth your time in this beautiful city. While at it, be sure to find a good place to live during your stay so you can enjoy your time in Boston to the fullest.
The Cheers Bar that opened in 1969 was a long-standing neighborhood pub in Boston that inspired the popular TV show ‘Cheers’. Originally known as the Bull & Finch Pub, the bar gained notoriety after its interior was used in the TV show’s opening sequence.
This historic landmark pub was eventually renamed Cheers Beacon Hill and has become one of the city’s must-see stops for tourists. You can take pictures or walk down the famous stairs or alternatively enjoy some delicious food and a drink at the pub.
It also has a souvenir shop if you want to buy glasses, t-shirts and other stuff from the show.
Fenway Park is arguably America’s most beloved Ballpark and one of Boston’s iconic landmarks. It was built in 1912 making it the oldest ballpark in major league baseball. It has been the home of the Boston Red Sox since its construction.
The baseball stadium offers various shows all year round such as concerts and sports games. However, scoring a ticket to a big game or concert can be difficult because the stadium has the lowest seating capacity.
Fortunately, you can always go on a guided public tour of the ballpark. It is a 60 minutes tour that allows you to take a behind-the-scenes look and learn about the stadium’s popular games.
If you’re a sports fan, this is a must-see attraction. One of its distinctive features is the Green Monster, an infamous left-field wall that makes it hard to predict the outcome of the games being played.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that features 16 of Boston’s historical sites. It is marked by a red strip to guide you through the city’s most famous revolutionary and colonial war sites.
Take a walking tour of the trail and get to discover the city’s historical sites such as the Old State House, the USS Constitution, Beacon Hill, and the Paul Revere House built in 1680.
The best way to experience the trail is taking a guided tour alongside knowledgeable and charismatic guides. Besides, the trail is budget-friendly because most of the 16 sites don’t charge admission fees.
Boston Common and Public Garden
The Boston Public Garden, established in 1837, was the first botanical garden in the United States. It is located next to the Boston Common and together they form the city’s largest green space.
The Boston Common is landscaped with fountains, shady trees, and ponds making it the perfect place to relax and take a break from excursions and sightseeing. The public garden is beautifully designed with statues, pathways, willow trees, and flowers. Watching the tulips bloom and change color can leave you feeling elated and high-spirited.
Bring a picnic basket, a book or a Frisbee, and enjoy some peace and quiet in this jaw-droppingly gorgeous garden. You can also take a romantic boat ride with your beloved on the iconic swan boats that were launched in the 1870s.
Other fun activities that you can do at this location include feeding the ducks, taking pictures, ice skating during winter, and touring the spectacular gardens.
A vacation is never complete without a shopping spree. Faneuil Hall is a bustling marketplace with many vendors selling a wide variety of items such as custom-made jewelry, artwork, local handicrafts, decorations, antiques, accessories, clothing and shoes.
The Faneuil Hall was built in 1742 by Peter Faneuil with fund he acquired during the slave trade. It was nicknamed the ‘Cradle of Liberty,’ after becoming a meeting spot for patriots thirsting for freedom.
The market stalls occupy the building’s ground floor. These are some of the best places to enjoy delicious seafood dishes like shrimp cocktails, fried calamari, grilled salmon, and native oysters.
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Museum is on the fourth floor. It houses the uniforms, paintings and weapons of significant battles.
The hall also provides different forms of entertainment like face painting, street performers, tour options, and ping pong games.
Each of the five attractions described here reveal to you a significant aspect of what makes Boston special. You get to experience the city’s unique history as the oldest city in America and its modern identity as the oceanfront dynamic city with top cultural venues, terrific restaurants, and beautiful neighborhoods.
We hope you enjoy your trip to Boston!