Calling all history lovers, Boston is the city for you! Our team put together a comprehensive guide to the best attractions in Boston and how to get the absolute most out of your trip!
Day 1: Freedom Trail
To get the most out of your trip to Beantown, start out by mapping out what stops along the Freedom Trail you’d like to visit. Boston is known as one of the most walkable cities in the world so when you visit Boston, take some comfortable shoes and plan your route on foot. The Freedom Trail is a great way to understand where some of the most poignant parts of American history happened.
Official sites on the Freedom Trail include Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel, King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Benjamin Franklin Statue and Boston Latin School, Old Corner Book Store, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution.
Once you’ve walked the Freedom Trail, you’ll have a comprehensive idea of some of the sights that you’d like to see in Boston. From there, you can plan each day around the area that you’ll be in.
Day 2: New England Aquarium/Harbor Cruise
The New England Aquarium is a great place to get close to marine wildlife that you may not otherwise see. The aquarium can take a long time to get through, so this can make a great half day spent in one of the best aquariums in the northeast.
We really enjoyed the touch tank. If you have kids, we highly recommend it, but it’s great for adults too. During the touch tank encounter, you can get up close with sharks and sting rays.
The aquarium is also home to 80 penguins! These little tuxedo animals are freely running around in the Penguin Colony. Visitors can watch them play, swim, preen, and bray. You can also head over to watch the seals and sea lions!
Keeping with the water theme, after a day full of exploring the ocean depths at the aquarium, why not head out on a harbor cruise? With plenty of combo tickets to choose from, we picked the whale watch cruise.
Whale watch cruises are available from the New England Aquarium during the summer months. The cruises depart as early as 9:00 AM and as late as 5:00 PM. These tours run for roughly 3 hours so plan accordingly.
Day 3: Urban Adventures
After a visit to Quincy Market, you’ll probably be pretty full from all the different foodie options presented, so why not take a bike ride all around the city? Cue Urban AdvenTours.
You’ll work off all the seafood and dirty water hot dogs when you take this tour. The 12 mile bike tour will take you to some of the famous sights people seek out when they visit Boston. Take the tour during a home game for the Boston Red Sox and you’ll hear cheering or booing, depending on the score of course!
Sights included on the AdvenTours City Views Tour will include Fenway Park, the Christian Science Center, Boston Common, the Back Bay and South End, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Charles River Esplanade, the North End, and Copley Square.
The tour includes everything you need: a bike, a helmet, and a water bottle. Be prepared for quite a leg work out! If another tour isn’t on your ideal list, take a shot at exploring Boston yourself with a bike rental from AdvenTours.