Recommended Boston Attractions
Black Heritage Trail
The Black Heritage Trail explores the history of Boston’s all-free African American community during the 19th century as it moves past 14 pre-civil war structures, many of which were stops on the “Underground Railroad.” Begin the trail at the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial on Beacon and Park Streets across from the Massachusetts State House. You may take the self-guided tour or one given by the National Park service.
Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is a highlight not-to-be-missed by kids of all ages. Exhibits of all kinds feature arts, culture and science. Kids interact as they enter exhibits, participate, and explore! There is a rock to climb, a child-size construction zone, an art studio where they can paint, and even a short play they can act out! The museum is located across the Congress Street Bridge.
Address: 308 Congress Street, Boston
Phone: (617) 426-6500
Boston Common, America’s oldest public park and the anchor of the Emerald Necklace, is a system of parks connected through Boston. Nearly 50 acres large, the park has been used as a grazing area for cattle, campground for British troops and a place for public hangings. It is also the starting point for the Freedom Trail.
Address: Between Boylston, Park, Tremont and Beacon Streets.
Boston Harbor Cruises
Explore Boston in 1 hour aboard Boston Harbor Cruises or experience a unique opportunity to observe whales on 3 or 5 hour whale watching cruises.
Address: 63 Long Wharf, Boston
Phone: (617) 227-4321
Boston Massacre Site
The Boston Massacre, a turning point leading to the American Revolution, has its site marked by a cobblestone circle in front of the Old State House.
Address: Devonshire and State Street intersection.
Boston Public Garden / Swan Boats
24 acres make up the Boston Public Garden. Highlights include manicured paths and the charming “Make Way for Ducklings” statues. Take a leisurely ride aboard the famous Swan Boats, pedal-powered gondolas operating in the summer months since 1877.
Phone: (617) 522-1966
Boston Public Library
Designed as a “palace for the people,” it is the oldest large free-lending library in the United States. Visit the breath-taking Bates Hall, the library’s magnificent reading room. It is the only public library to house a Presidential Library, that of John Adams, the second president of the United States of America.
Address: 666 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston
Phone: (617) 536-5400
Boston’s Original Chocolate Tour
Phone: 1 (617) 269-7150
In Season: Saturdays from January – April
Bunker Hill Monument
June 17, 1775 marks the date of one of the Revolutionary War’s earliest confrontations – the Battle of Bunker Hill. British troops suffered many losses as Americans held back their fire with inaccurate muskets until the last possible “whites of the eyes” moment. Just a short walk from the USS Constitution, take the 294 steps of the obelisk honoring the this battle that turned the tide of the American Revolution. View exhibits depicting the battle and stroll the park setting.
Address: Monument Square, Charlestown
Phone: (617) 242-5641
Charles River Esplanade / Hatch Shell
The Charles River Esplanade is another land set aside in Boston for the public to enjoy. While walking the long park edging the banks of Charles River Basin, watch the rowers practice or watch a free concert or play at the famous Hatch Shell.
Address: 287 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Phone: (617) 824-4273