There’s always something fun going on in Boston. And no matter where your interests lie, you’ll find everything from culturally fascinating to seriously educational. The capital of Massachusetts is known for the many prestigious universities that call this place home, and it keeps the almost 400-year-old city young at heart. We hope you’re hungry, because Boston is also known for a great culinary scene. Here are some of the best things to do in Boston!
1. Check out the Museum of Fine Arts
Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts continues to grow, with more than 100 galleries housing over 500,000 objects. It houses one of the best collections of American art, among them works from historically underrepresented artists. It also has one of the most impressive collections of Korean art outside of the Korean peninsula, one of the world’s largest holdings of ancient Egyptian treasures, and a Japanese collection that’s the best in the country. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, because you’re going to do a lot of walking.
2. Explore Boston Common and Boston Public Garden
Boston Common is America’s oldest public park. Here, depending on the season, you can ice skate, play softball, tennis, or simply have a picnic and lounge with a book. Across the street, local Bostonians may just use the Public Garden to get from one side of the town to the other, but there is much to linger over here. Swan boats have been paddling here for over a century, in the lagoon that spans almost the entire length of the garden.
3. Walk the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail begins at Boston Common, and the 2.5-mile red brick path connects 16 nationally significant historic sites. From downtown Boston through the North End to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, they tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, and Paul Revere House charge admission.
4. Try some lobster rolls
There’s nothing more New England than some yummy lobster rolls. Whether it’s the classic variety on an unpretentious hot dog bun, or one of the modern interpretations by creative chefs in town, nothing is more delightful in Boston than fresh lobster rolls. Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood, Luke’s Lobsters, Neptune Oyster and Eventide Fenway are all really great places to check out.
5. Go on a cruise
For extra special things to do in Boston, get out on the water. Many will say that the best way to truly see Boston at its best is with a boat excursion. There are many different types of cruise to undertake in Boston, which feature food, drink, live music and dancing. Wildlife lovers will be thrilled to know that there are also whale watching cruises which depart Boston Harbor daily. The waters around Boston actually offer some of the best whale watching experiences in the U.S, so bring a sweater and keep your eyes peeled for the gentle giants of the ocean.
6. Marvel at the Boston Public Library
With a collection of more than 23.7 million items, the Boston Public Library is the third-largest public library in the U.S., just right behind the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. It is impressive in the way that not many libraries are. Talks, performances, book clubs and tours delight local and travelling culture vultures. At the center of the library is a cloistered courtyard, one of the city’s most beautiful, tranquil places to read a book.
7. Skywalk Observatory
For a magnificent view of Boston, take to the Skywalk Observatory where you can get a sweeping 360 degree bird’s eye view. Situated in the Prudential Tower, you can also learn about Boston’s history by listening to one of the available Acoustiguide tours which is available in different languages. Visit in the day or evening for the glittering night view!