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This city has bragging rights as the oldest of many things, but there’s more to Boston than first meets the eye. With a history dating back to the 17th century, the Athens of America is also home to cutting-edge museums, skyscrapers and infamous Harvard Square.

Take in the rejuvenated Boston Harbor by foot or hop a boat to the city’s islands. Watch a world-series team play baseball. Chow on fresh seafood or tour a local brewery. Marvel world-famous art collections (Museum of Fine Arts, ICA) or walk a historic trail.

Whatever you choose on your Boston vacation, let ebookers guide you with the best time to go, top 10 highlights and insider gems.

Top Boston attractions

Copley Square

Enjoy the lush park area or explore one of the area's many historic buildings.

Paul Revere House

Once home to the famous patriot, this home was almost 100 years old when he and his family moved in.

Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1870, this is one of the oldest museums in the United States.

John Hancock Tower

Seemingly out of place, this modern skyscraper beautifully reflects the city's surrounding landmarks.

USS Constitution

Known as Old Ironsides, this is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world.

Bunker Hill Monument

This structure serves as a monument to those who lost their lives during the Battle of Bunker Hill.

New England Aquarium

View sea turtles, jellyfish and penguins, or enjoy a movie at the IMAX Theatre.

Fenway Park

This charming ballpark is home to the famed Boston Red Sox.

Trinity Church

Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, this Romanesque church was modelled after buildings in southern France.

Faneuil Hall

With ample dining establishments, diverse shops and dazzling street performers, this marketplace is a great place to spend the day.

Insider tips for Boston travel

Restaurant Week

Come in August when more than 200 restaurants offer unique three-course prix fixe menus at a steal.

Self-guided walks

Get to know Boston with popular self-guided walks of the Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail and Boston HarborWalk, all of which are free.

Transportation

Zip around to city hotels and landmarks on Boston’s 125-station underground "T" train system for only $2 USD (kids ride free).

America's oldest restaurant

Dine at The Union Oyster House, the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. with doors open since 1826. Enjoy New England faves like scallops, lobster, clams and scrod.

Boston cream pie

Order Boston cream pie at the historic Omni Parker House, where the pie and state’s official desert was first invented.

Doyle's Braddock Café

This authentic Boston pub serves cider, beer and fresh pizza.

Harvard Bridge

Offering spectacular views of the city, this bridge overlooks the Charles River.

Omni Parker House

Both Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh worked at this historic hotel, which serves pot roast and other New England favourites.

Mike & Patty's

Located in Bay Village, this charming eatery is known for its delicious breakfast and locally roasted coffee.

Mike's Pastry

Located on Hanover Street, this bakery has been serving up tasty baked goods for over 50 years.

Best time to take a vacation to Boston

For the quintessential Boston vacation, early fall delivers in every way: Gorgeous fall foliage, cool temperatures, rowing regattas -- like the nation’s largest Head of the Charles celebration -- Thanksgiving dinner and hot toddies. If you don’t mind cold temperatures and snow, visit in winter when some hotels offer deeper discounts.

Spring is beautiful with blossoming trees, baseball at Fenway Park, Patriots Day and the annual Boston Marathon. Temperate weather is typical but often accompanied by rain through mid-June. Summers may be hot and humid, but there’s something special about a Boston summer vacation, especially over the 4th of July.

Like much of New England, Boston has four distinct seasons. Summers can be hot, humid and wet, while winters can be cold, snowy and windy. July is the warmest month, and temperatures can reach 23°C or higher. Winter temperatures can dip below the freezing point. With pleasant temperatures and a dazzling display of coloured leaves, fall may be the best time to visit. In December, you can dress up in colonial attire and participate in a re-enactment of the famous Boston Tea Party. If you are visiting in July, celebrate Bastille Day with a street party. During September, head to City Hall Plaza for a taste of Boston festival. Enjoy music, wine and food from some of the city's best restaurants.

Boston highlights

Museum of Fine Arts

Home to some of the most iconic American art collections in the world (this is Boston, after all) don't miss Paul Revere's Sons of Liberty Bowl, John Singer Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, and Joseph Stellas Old Brooklyn Bridge. The stunning Art of Americas Wing, new in 2010, is also worth a visit.

The Emerald Necklace

Designed in 1896, Boston’s six connected public parks and waterways span from the Back Bay to Dorchester with green open spaces, rivers and ponds, bridges, monuments and wildlife. Parks include Boston Common, Public Garden, Black Bay Fens with its Victory Garden and Jamaica Pond -- a favorite among runners, dog-walkers and skippers.

The Boston HarborWalk

Explore the city’s waterfront neighborhoods, downtown district and maritime industrial areas. (HarborWalk runs from Chelsea Creek to the Neponset River through East Boston, Charleston North End, downtown, South Boston, and Dorchester.) If you’re traveling by boat, hop off at boating centers and public launches connected to HarborWalk to see more of Boston Harbor.

Prudential Skywalk Observatory

Who says you can’t sightsee and shop at the same time? Located on the 50th floor of Boston’s second tallest skyscraper, the Observatory offers a cutting-edge audio tour against 360-degree views of Boston and beyond. After a woozy, breathtaking twirl, take the elevator back down to shop at stores like Club Monaco, Sephora, Gucci and Saks.

Harvard Square

Defined by the intersections of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street in Cambridge, the Square is home to Brattle Theater, Club Passim (legendary jazz), Grendel’s Den (famous eats), and the American Repertory Theater. Make like a local genius and stop at notable bookstores like the 1882-established Harvard Coop or stroll the Harvard University campus.

New England Aquarium

Step inside to witness the jaw-dropping Giant Ocean Tank. This awesome, 4-story, 200-gallon centerpiece exhibit swims with sharks, stingrays, barracuda, reef-dwelling fish and more. Enjoy seals, sea lions, trainer interactions and hands-on activities at the Marine Mammal Center. Countless other exhibits reveal penguins, sea dragons, jellyfish and more.

The JFK Presidential Library and Museum

Journey into the life of John F. Kennedy Jr. at this popular Boston attraction where exhibitions include the space program, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy-Nixon Debate, the 1960s campaign and the famously sophisticated Jackie Kennedy.

Institute of Contemporary Art

For a twist on history, the ICA is living proof of the compelling tension between old and new. Founded in 1936, the museum re-opened in 2006 within a stunning glass and metal waterfront masterpiece. With a long-standing reputation for discovering Expressionists Edvard Munch and Cubist George Braque, the ICA’s exhibits are reliably provocative. The permanent collection includes works from Marlene Dumas, Thomas Hirschhorn and Shepard Fairey.

The Museum of Science

Follow the "oohs" and "ahhs" to countless exhibits, including the Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the Mugar Omni Theater, the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, the 3-D Digital Cinema and the Butterfly Garden.

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Hilton Boston Logan Airport

Hilton Boston Logan Airport

One Hotel Drive, Boston
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (4 reviews)

This hotel is connected to Logan Airport terminals by a climate-controlled skybridge. A complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle is also available.

£162

£162
Revere Hotel Boston Common

Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St, Boston
4.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

The Revere Hotel is at the edge of the Theatre District, 1 block from the Arlington "T" Station and 2 blocks from Boston Common and the Public Garden.

£187

£187
Boston Park Plaza

Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in historic Back Bay, this hotel just completed a $100 million dollar renovation, and is 3 miles from Logan International Airport and 200 yards from ...

£152

£152
The Godfrey Hotel Boston

The Godfrey Hotel Boston

505 Washington Street, Boston
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Downtown Boston, this boutique hotel is steps from Boston Opera House and Orpheum Theater. Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are also within ...

£183

£183
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston

Club Quarters Hotel in Boston

161 Devonshire St, Boston
4.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located only 2 blocks from Faneuil Hall and Post Office Square, Club Quarters Hotel in Boston's financial district offers full-service accommodations in a club ...

£179

£179
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston

575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

This contemporary 16-story atrium hotel, which offers panoramic views of the Boston skyline and Charles River, is less than 2 miles from downtown Boston, Harvard ...

£123

£123
Copley Square Hotel

Copley Square Hotel

47 Huntington Ave, Boston
4.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Boston's fashionable and historic Back Bay is the setting for this fully renovated boutique hotel on Copley Square. Newbury Street shops are 2 blocks away, and ...

£185

£185
The Kendall Hotel

The Kendall Hotel

350 Main Street, Cambridge
3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Across from the Kendall Square transit station in Cambridge, The Kendall Hotel is ideal for exploring the Haymarket, Museum of Science, USS Constitution, and ...

£217

£217
Hyatt Regency Boston

Hyatt Regency Boston

One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (13 reviews)

This Boston theater-district hotel has direct access to the subways and is connected to Macy's at Downtown Crossing, within 2 blocks of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market ...

£182

£182
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