How To See Boston In 1 Day

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If you’re heading to Boston and have only one day for sightseeing, don’t let your friends tell you it cannot be done. With the right amount of planning, you can see some of the best and most famous places in the city.

9:00am – Walk the Freedom Trail
This is a suggested start time and of course, if you’d like to get an earlier start on your day, that is a great option. The Freedom Trail consists of 16 historical sights and is a 2.5-mile walk. You can take your time and see all the stops at your own pace but plan on spending about an hour and a half. The great thing about this is that you’ll be seeing many of the most significant American Revolution sites during this tour.

Included on the trail are Boston Common, Paul Revere’s House, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Old State House, Old South Meeting House, the Bunker Hill Monument, Faneuil Hall, Granary Burying Ground, USS Constitution and more. There’s an entrance fee to some of these sites, and it may take a little longer to complete all of them depending on how long you’d like to explore each. Another option instead of walking is booking one of the Boston tours from Old Town Trolley to maximize your time.

Swan Boats at Boston Public Garden

11:00am – Take a Swan Boat Ride
After the trail, head over to Boston Public Garden and have an authentic Boston tourist experience. Our nation’s first public botanical garden, this is a National Historic Landmark and a fun, relaxing spot to see in Boston. Spend a leisurely 15 minutes riding on the famous Swan Boats and enjoying the scenery.

12:00pm – Say Cheers!
By now you might be getting hungry, or at the very least, thirsty. Get over to the historic landmark pub that was the basis for the famed TV-sitcom, Cheers. The neighborhood pub is one of those must-see spots in Boston. Stay for lunch, get some great pictures, and enjoy a nostalgic look at this popular destination.

1:00pm – Check Out Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is one of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and experience a journey back in time as you view gas streetlamps, federal style row houses, and a collection of magnificent architecture. You could do some shopping or simply enjoy the beautiful setting.

2:00pm-Take Yourself Out to a Ballgame
One of the most well known ballparks in the world, Fenway Park is definitely worth a visit. If it’s baseball season, you may want to consider seeing a game, but keep in mind that every game since 2003 has sold out, so you may have to call in some favors! They offer daily tours year round that take about an hour. With it’s unique design and Green Monster, Fenway is considered to be America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.

Old State House and Massacre Site

3:30pm – Be a Part of the Boston Tea Party
Head back to town and make your way over to the Congress Street Bridge to tour one of the most unique museums in Boston. Walk through the doors and become part of the events that took place more than 230 years ago. You’ll meet the colonists, march to the harbor and throw tea overboard. You’ll also walk aboard authentically restored Tea Ships, experience multi-sensory, holographic technology and see one of only two tea chests still in existence.

Image of Faneuil Hall Exterior

5:00pm – Check Out Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market
A historic spot that has served as a marketplace for the city since 1742, Faneuil Hall marketplace has over 150 shops and restaurants and is a great way to wind down after a day of whirlwind sightseeing. Often, there are a variety of street performers on the promenade entertaining visitors with their juggling, magic, musical and comic talents.

6:00pm – Have a Taste of Italy
Before heading back to your hotel, take a meander over to Little Italy. Here you can enjoy a delicious Italian meal and explore Boston’s North End neighborhood-the oldest residential community in the city.