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...
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
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...
Common, but that famous
central park is only one of the jewels
Necklace," seven miles
(11 km) of urban green spaces designed
by landscape artist
Law Olmsted. More...
The islands in Boston harbor have walking paths, picnic areas, swimming beaches, camping areas, and even a Civil War fortress.
If you have several summer days to spend in Boston and the weather is good, consider a half-day or day-long excursion to the islands.
From early May to mid October, Boston's Best Cruises ferries depart Long Wharf-North Pier and Quincy with service to the islands. In high summer, there's also service from Hingham and Hull on the South Shore. More...
A harbor cruise boat motors into Boston Harbor....
Whale Watch Cruises
Several companies operate whale watching cruises from Boston, including the prominent Boston Harbor Cruises. More...
Boston Harbor Ferryboats
The MBTA's F4 Long Wharf—Charlestown Navy Yard ferry can take you in 10 minutes from Long Wharf, near the New England Aquarium in Boston, to Charlestown Navy Yard to visit the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") and the Bunker Hill Monument. It saves you a 1-mile (1.6-km), 25-minute walk and gives you a mini-cruise of Boston Harbor as well.
Commuter ferries also operate between Boston and the South Shore cities of Hingham, Quincy and Hull.
Ferry to Salem
Ferry to Provincetown, Cape Cod
Ocean-going cruise ships dock at Cruiseport Boston, formerly known as the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.
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
Symphony Orchestra season
runs from October to May, followed by concerts
on the Charles
especially the Boston Pops'
July 4th concert
with cannons and fireworks. Then there's First
Night, and the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day.
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.
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
Science Center, with
its dignified Mother Church, reflecting
pool, and clean-lined tower