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.
Enjoy the lush park area or explore one of the area's many historic buildings.
Once home to the famous patriot, this home was almost 100 years old when he and his family moved in.
Founded in 1870, this is one of the oldest museums in the United States.
Seemingly out of place, this modern skyscraper beautifully reflects the city's surrounding landmarks.
Known as Old Ironsides, this is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world.
This structure serves as a monument to those who lost their lives during the Battle of Bunker Hill.
View sea turtles, jellyfish and penguins, or enjoy a movie at the IMAX Theatre.
This charming ballpark is home to the famed Boston Red Sox.
Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, this Romanesque church was modelled after buildings in southern France.
With ample dining establishments, diverse shops and dazzling street performers, this marketplace is a great place to spend the day.
Come in August when more than 200 restaurants offer unique three-course prix fixe menus at a steal.
Get to know Boston with popular self-guided walks of the Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail and Boston HarborWalk, all of which are free.
Zip around to city hotels and landmarks on Boston’s 125-station underground "T" train system for only $2 USD (kids ride free).
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.
Order Boston cream pie at the historic Omni Parker House, where the pie and state’s official desert was first invented.
This authentic Boston pub serves cider, beer and fresh pizza.
Offering spectacular views of the city, this bridge overlooks the Charles River.
Both Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh worked at this historic hotel, which serves pot roast and other New England favourites.
Located in Bay Village, this charming eatery is known for its delicious breakfast and locally roasted coffee.
Located on Hanover Street, this bakery has been serving up tasty baked goods for over 50 years.
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 23Â°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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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