Boston has been at the heart of political and social change in North America for four centuries. Read more.
Boston has been at the heart of political and social change in North America for four centuries. One of the oldest cities in the country, it continues to push boundaries, offering visitors cutting-edge culture, an array of museums, and spectacular architecture, all against the backdrop of its sparkling harbour.
Soak up the history
A great way to start exploring Boston is by walking all, or part of the Freedom Trail. The trail winds its way past 16 sites that were key in the story of the American Revolution including the Boston Commons and Bunker Hill Monument. You can opt for a guide, or grab a map and make your way along the four kilometre long trail yourself - the path is handily marked out with red bricks. For further historical insight, head to one of Boston’s newer attractions, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, which details the events that escalated into the American Revolution via interactive exhibits. Art lovers should be sure to visit the the Museum of Fine Arts, home to one of the world’s largest collections of Asian Art, and the architecturally impressive Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). The Seaport District where the ICA opened in 2006 is quickly developing into a hip area, and is a great place to find a delicious meal of fresh, local seafood.
A visit to Boston wouldn’t be complete without seeing historic Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, while another part of Boston’s history lies across the river in Cambridge, at world-renowned Harvard University. Take a free tour of the university (guided by students) and afterwards browse the bookstores in Harvard Square. For yet another perspective on the area, take a ferry out to the Boston Harbour Islands, a collection of 34 islands that are great for hiking, swimming and camping.
The centre of Boston is compact, not great for driving, but perfect for walking and cycling too. The Hubway bike share system of 1,000 bikes spread across 100 bike stations is popular, with 24 and 72-hour passes available at station kiosks. The city’s transport network - subway, bus, trolley car, and boat service - is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (commonly referred to as the ‘T’) and accessible with a CharlieCard or Charlie Ticket that can be purchased at stations and some retailers. Boston Logan International Airport provides connections to the city via commuter rail, bus, or a water shuttle to the downtown waterfront.
Where to stay
Visitors can base themselves in the city’s downtown area, close to the Public Gardens and the Common, and popular attractions like the busy Faneuil Marketplace. Lovely North End is one of Boston’s oldest districts; sometimes called ‘Little Italy’ due to its large Italian population, it is full of restaurants and bars. Back Bay, lying to the west of Boston’s downtown towards Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts, is a popular area to stay, with boutique hotels lining the river.
Landmarks in Boston
- Children's Hospital (20)
- Mass General Hospital (20)
- Back Bay Amtrak Station (34)
- Prudential Center (29)
- New England Aquarium (20)
- Boston Common (24)
- Copley Place (32)
- John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center (22)
- Boston-South Station (20)
- Boston University (20)
- Faneuil Hall (20)
- Boston Convention Center (20)
- TD Garden (20)
- Fenway Park (20)