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You'll find plenty to interest you in Boston. The challenge is to arrange your time. Below is a short list by category of the top things to see and do.



Boston Itinerary Planner

If you have 1, 2, 3 or 5 days to spend in Boston, use my Boston Planner to plan your time. More...

Guided Tours

The Freedom Trail, a downtown walking tour, takes you to many spots and sights important to American colonial and revolutionary history, but you needn't walk when there are "trolleys," buses and even amphibious "ducks" to show you the sights. More...

Walking Tours

Besides the Freedom Trail, here are my suggested walks:

Beacon Hill to Faneuil Hall Walking Tour: see the major sights right in the city center

North End & Charlestown Walking Tour: Paul Revere's house, Old North Church, Bunker Hill and "Old Ironsides"

Boston Museums

Boston's museums are world-famous, whether you're looking for ancient art, the latest in cutting-edge design, scientific wonders, or a marvelous museum built just for kids. More...

Parks & Gardens

Everyone knows Boston Common, but that famous central park is only one of the jewels in Boston's "Emerald Necklace," seven miles (11 km) of urban green spaces designed by landscape artist Frederick Law Olmsted. More...


Downtown Crossing may be Boston's most central place to shop, but there are many more, including such upscale boutique collections as Newbury Street, Copley Place and the Prudential Center. More...

Concerts, Events & Festivals

The Boston Symphony Orchestra season runs from October to May, followed by concerts on the Charles River Esplanade, especially the Boston Pops' July 4th concert with cannons and fireworks. Then there's First Night, and the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day. More...

Boston for Kids

The traditional kids' delight is a Swan Boat cruise on the lake in the Public Garden, setting for the children's classic storybook, Make Way for Ducklings. Something wilder? Climb aboard a WWII amphibious vehicle for a Duck Tour. More...

Boat Cruises

From the MBTA's 10-minute F4 Long Wharf—Charlestown Navy Yard ferry cruise across Boston Harbor to an all-day excursion to the Harbor Islands, Boston, a city on the sea, has lots of fun boat trips to offer. More...

Architectural Highlights

Beacon Hill, its quaint streets lined with 19th-century Federal and Greek Revival townhouses

Massachusetts State House (1798), Charles Bulfinch's gold-domed masterpiece

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston's "stomach" in 1825, now restored (1970s) to be its "palate"

Old North Church (1723), Boston's oldest, most graceful and historic

Trinity Church (1877), Henry Hobson Richardson's harmonious Romanesque Revival masterpiece

John Hancock Tower (1974), the towering mirror-glass rhomboid designed by I M Pei and Partners

Christian Science Center, with its dignified Mother Church, reflecting pool, and clean-lined tower

—by Tom Brosnahan

Boston With Kids

Finding Your Way Around

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About Boston

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Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, Boston MA

Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, Boston MA.


Swan Boats, Boston MA
Swan boats on the lagoon in the Public Garden.

Boston Common sign, Boston MA
Boston Common: Boston's central park.

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