Visit Boston: Your Travel Guide

Boston is a city of contrasts. This clean, green and highly walkable nugget of a city is urban and lush, studious and rowdy, diverse and segregated. The beauty of this cultural, intellectual and political nucleus of the Northeast region is only outdone by the spirit of its people.

Things to Do in Boston

Faneuil Hall
This historic meetinghouse, where statesmen debate and give speeches, is part of a large indoor/outdoor food and shopping market. Prepare to be amazed by the 163-meter long smorgasbord of food vendors in Quincy Market. If it’s too crowded to eat inside, grab your grub to go and join the jovial crowd surrounding whichever juggler or breakdancer is performing there that day!
1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109
Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00.
Freedom Trail
Have a hearty breakfast, put on your walking shoes, grab a map (or an app) and take a self-guided tour through time. As one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston is replete with history. For 2.5 miles, the Freedom Trail traverses the city stopping at over a dozen iconic landmarks—all harboring sordid tales of high treason, revolutionary fervor and bloody massacres.
139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111 (Visitor Information Center)
Check website for details.
Boston Common
Here’s a piece of trivia for you: established in 1634, ‘the Common’ is America’s first public park. This lush and expansive park is 50 acres of foliage and flora surrounding a much-loved pond. Frog Pond, boasts ice skating in the winter, a reflecting pool in the spring and a spray pool and children’s carousel in the summer—it’s fun and games all year long!
139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Boston Public Garden
Perfect for romantic hikes, picnics with friends or tramps with energetic kids, this park is a tranquil urban oasis. Discover it in style in a swan boat tour around the pond. Or, go on a quest to find the bronze sculptures of 8-feathered heroes from the locally adored children’s book, ‘Make Way for Ducklings’, about a family of geese living in the Garden’s lagoon.
69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
Copley Square
This great little square is right in the center of some of Boston’s most significant architectural works, including, Old South Church, Trinity Church, the Prudential and the Boston Public Library. Loved by locals, this square is also where triumphant runners from the Boston Marathon cross the finish line every year — a feat celebrated by Hare and Tortoise statues in the square.
560 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Bunker Hill Monument
Up for a challenge? How about a 294 step climb up a granite obelisk? Built in the 19th century to commemorate the first major conflict of the American Revolutionary War, at 67 meters, the Bunker Hill Monument shoots up tall and proud out of the low rise landscape of Charlestown. Climb to the top for an awesome view of the harbor or marvel at its grandeur from below.
Monument Square, Charlestown, MA 02129
Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00.
Prudential Tower
Oh, ‘the Pru’. This imposing skyscraper is probably not the most beautiful, but it is the most recognizable edifice in Boston’s skyline. Come here to shop, dine or buy tickets for city tours. Or treat yourself to a lavish dinner at ‘Top of the Hub’ on the 52nd floor, then take in the spectacular city lights at the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th.
800 Boylston Street #50, Boston, MA 02199
Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00.
Newbury Street
Calling all shopaholics and fashionistas! Welcome to Newbury street—Boston’s most fabulous boulevard. Flanked by stunning 19th century brownstones, this tree-lined avenue has something for everyone. Go upscale at Chanel or Cartier, keep it modest at H&M or American Apparel or get funky at Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Whatever your flavor, you’ll find it on Newbury.
Newbury Street between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue
Fenway Park
Few things define Bostonians more than their love of the Red Sox. If you’re in town during baseball season, catch a game at Fenway Park and cheer for the home team with the locals (unless you’re a Yankees fan, in which case, prepare to be heckled). On your way in grab a famous Sausage and Pepper sandwich from the old-school vendors outside the stadium.
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
Check website for details.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the country and, boasting over 450,000 works of art, the most comprehensive collection in the Americas. This venerated cultural institution is adored by locals and visitors alike. Meander through and acquiesce to the splendor of Ancient Nubian jewelry, Japanese pottery, and French impressionism and more.
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Open Saturday-Tuesday 10:00-16:45, Wednesday-Friday 10:00-21:45

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Just loved the whole city. So clean, spacious, easy to navigate. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.
Lynne
United Kingdom
April 21, 2017
10
Exceptional
The marathon vibe and the town was just beautiful. Great people and good food . The lobster roll and sweet cream pie was amazing !
Kerry
Australia
April 21, 2017
8
Very Good
fantastic atmosphere in the city for marathon weekend. locals were really friendly and courteous. felt safe most of the time but not after dark in the underground
geoffrey
Australia
April 22, 2017
8
Very Good
Another great Marathon Weekend. Bostonians never disappoint. Thank you
Wesley
Canada
April 20, 2017
10
Exceptional
Probably one of the best places in USA for whom enjoy some European scent
Jose
China
April 20, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Boston

Loews Boston Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1,597 reviews

$254

Average price per night
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  • “very clean”
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Hotel 140

8.1 Very Good

Score from 2,077 reviews

$229

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  • “location was great”
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The Colonnade Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 869 reviews

$222

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  • “location was great”
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  • “great pool area”
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The Westin Copley Place, Boston

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1,081 reviews

$224

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Seaport Boston Hotel

9 Wonderful

Score from 1,763 reviews

$206

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Hotel Commonwealth

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 1,612 reviews

$237

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Boston Hotel Buckminster

8 Very Good

Score from 2,449 reviews

$209

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Taj Boston

8.9 Excellent

Score from 2,188 reviews

$239

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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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The Eliot Suite Hotel

9 Wonderful

Score from 1,230 reviews

$235

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Discover Boston

Popular Neighborhoods in Boston

Downtown Boston

125 properties

Go to Downtown Boston (or “Downtown Crossing” to locals) to get your shopping done. Here, you’ll find a nice mix of discount stores, high-end boutiques and everything in-between. For quality souvenirs, head to the historic Fanueil Hall Marketplace. Then, treat yourself to some “clam chowda” in a bread bowl at the bustling Quincy Market next door.

Theater District

50 properties

What’s bald and blue all over? The long-running Blue Man Group show at the Charles Playhouse! Catch a show, or Wang or Cutler Majestic theatres to earn some cultural kudos. A tip for the students: on the day of a show, turn up at the theatre of your choice and join the line of young intelligentsia's clamouring for discounted tickets.

Fenway Kenmore

44 properties

This humming district perfects a cultural waltz—Fenway Park brings you the rowdy fans and riotous nightlife, the concentration of university students provides a dose of worldly intellect and the cultural institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Fine Arts contributes the cultural zest. The choice is yours!

Back Bay

38 properties

Want to hang with the cool kids? Go to Back Bay! With plenty to see and do, this trendy area can’t be missed. Start off your jaunt with brunch at Stephanie’s on Newbury before ambling down (preferably wearing a large pair of sunglasses) with the rest of the in-crowd. Then, get some dessert and nerd out at the indie Trident Booksellers and Cafe.

Waterfront

16 properties

If a sailor’s life is the life for you, don’t miss the Boston Harbour (pronounced “Bahston Hahbah” by locals). Munch on some saltwater taffy while ambling along the Harbourwalk. If you get sea sick, pull up a chair at one of the many waterfront seafood restaurants. Then, walk off the calories… on your way to a sticky bun at the Flour Bakery nearby!

Chinatown

12 properties

Ah Chinatown, come for the food, stay for the bustling energy and culture. As the most densely populated neighbourhood in Boston, Chinatown succeeds in delivering big city moxie without being too overwhelming. Try some pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), perfect on nippy New England nights. Then, have an adventure… there’s plenty to uncover here!

Beacon Hill

10 properties

Colonial row homes, brick sidewalks and idyllic gas lamps… welcome to Beacon Hill. Stroll through this picturesque neighbourhood for the traditional side of Bean town. Start at the Esplanade and take in the views of the Charles River before making your way to the nearby Gardens. For a cool keepsake, check out Regency Antiques on Charles Street.

Financial District

10 properties

Impressive skyscrapers and suited up Bostonians make up most of the financial district, but more lies beneath for the persistent and curious traveller. Roll in some grass at the lovely Norman B. Levanthal Park or the Federal Reserve Plaza Parks before heading to “Biddy’s Early” — a beloved dive — for mozzarella sticks and a pitcher. Cheers!

Charlestown

6 properties

Visit Charlestown for a refresher on American naval history. Home to the Boston Navy Yard, this district is perfect for maritime enthusiasts. If it’s dry dock, take a free tour of the U.S.S Constitution; lovingly referred to as ‘Old Ironsides’. Explore her deck, chat up the sailors and take in the salty breeze of yore.

North End

3 properties

The North End conjures the sights, smells and sounds of old-world Italy. This historic area abounds with cozy restaurants serving up dishes straight out of grandma’s kitchen. For a delicious experience, indulge yourself at the popular Giacomos. Room for dessert? Family owned, Bova’s Bakery sells cannolis and other treats 24-hours a day!

Local Tips for Boston

John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Glauce by Glauce

A keen traveller and foodie, Glauce tried to tick off all the tourist sights while living in Boston.

Just off lively Harvard Square, this atmospheric brewpub traces some of its recipes back to John Harvard and William Shakespeare. Craft beers on tap range from light pale ales to rich stouts. It’s a great spot but gets packed whenever there’s a live band or one of their infamous quizzes.

  • 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • www.johnharvards.com
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-00:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30-02:00, Sunday 11:30-00:00
Mapparium
Sharia by Sharia

A self-proclaimed history nerd, Sharia appreciates a quiet place to reflect and relax.

Situated in the Mary Eddy Baker Library, this three-storey stained glass globe allows you to take a walk through the world – literally! Stroll across the bridge and take in the spectacular sight. Afterwards, duck into the library for a quiet haven where you can relax with a good book.

  • 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-16:00
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Jill by Jill

While completing her studies in Boston, Jill became fond of both literature and breakfast foods.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to catch up on some reading or your stomach is growling for some breakfast, this indie bookshop-meets-café is the perfect spot to get cosy with a novel and plate of huevos rancheros. Check the schedule for a list of upcoming author readings.

Belle Isle Lobster and Seafood
Marc by Marc

Marc may be based in New York, but he holds Boston’s local eateries dear to his heart and stomach.

Belle Isle is located just outside Boston, but rest assured – the quick journey is worth it. You’ll be rewarded with possibly the most delicious lobster rolls in the city. Huge, lightly dressed and super fresh, these delectable seafood sandwiches are the best of the best.

  • 1 South Main Street, Winthrop, MA 02152
  • Open Monday-Thursday 10:00-20:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-22:00, Sunday 11:00-22:00
Beantown Pub
Alejandra by Alejandra

Native Floridian Alejandra loves exploring Boston and finds the city’s rich history fascinating.

What could be more American than sipping a Sam Adams draught beer while looking out over the graves of Samuel Adams and other American Revolution War patriots? Just across the street from Boston Common, Beantown Pub is one of the few places in Boston where you can eat, drink and play pool.

Quincy Market offers a long avenue of food stalls. Amongst them you can find several selling lobster tail roll. I went for the daily special at the Boston Chowda Co. - a lobster tail roll with a side of soup or chowda. I can definitely recommend their New England Clam Chowda. I went back on my last day for seconds it was that good. Further afield in the North End you can find a host of Italian restaurants serving up seafood. I took the guide book's recommendation and tried Giacomo's on Hanover Street: busy, tightly packed tables, yet incredibly friendly and offering generous portions (albeit standard by America measures) of some lovely pasta with your choice of seafood and sauce. Expect to queue, but its worth it. Decent price too.

We went to Lolitas Cocina and Tequila Bar for tapas on Darmouth near Newbury. This place is dark and moody and romantic. Come early, the place is really busy with locals. The appetizers were really filling, drinks were great.

We have seen Blue Man Group several times, with different grandchildren, and are never disappointed. Entertainment experiences are generally good, with shows featured at the Opera House consistently very good.

Everything is accessibe and lost if you pay to do a tour.I do recommend the fab duck tour to get your bearings and have fun

Get a map from boston common info and do the freedom trail and a good way to get your bearings

Take public transportation and walk.

So much to see & admire

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Why do you recommend Boston for food?

for its seafood

Transportation

Boston Transportation

Air - Logan International Airport

Logan International Airport is located about 4 km east of the city centre. The most convenient way to reach central Boston is via the Silver Line Bus. The free service takes 15 minutes to reach South Station, where you can connect to the Red Line subway or the Commuter Rail. There are also free shuttle buses to Airport Station on the Blue Line subway. Alternatively, taxi stands can be found outside the airport, with rates starting at around USD 25 plus tip.

Train

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail connects travellers to points of interest outside the Boston metropolitan area, including Rockport and Providence (both around 1 hour 15 minutes away) and Worcester (1 hour 40 minutes). Trains depart from North Station and South Station and fares range from USD 2.10 to USD 11.50, depending on the number of zones you travel through. Online train timetables can be found on the MBTA website.

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Bus

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) runs a comprehensive bus system throughout Boston. Bus stop listings and timetables can be found on the MBTA website. You can pay in cash upon boarding (USD 2.10) or with a single-use CharlieTicket (USD 2.65) available from touchscreen machines in subway stations. Alternatively, rechargeable CharlieCard smartcards are available from select subway stations – these reduce the price to USD 1.60 per bus ride.

Taxi

Taxis are relatively easy to find in Boston city centre during the day, both on the street and at taxi stands. However, it becomes more difficult to find a cab late at night after the subway shuts down. Boston taxis also have some of the highest fares in the United States and are subject to frequent traffic congestion along the city's narrow, one-way roads. If you’re a smartphone user, one alternative is to download the 'Uber' app and arrange a car to pick you up.

Subway

Known as the T, the Boston subway is one of the USA’s oldest and is still the most efficient way to get around. Its colour-coded lines start between 05:00–06:00 and run until 02:00–03:00 (check MBTA website for details). A single-journey CharlieTicket costs USD 2.65 from the touchscreen machines found in the subway stations. Rechargeable CharlieCard smartcards are also available at select stations (listed on the MBTA website) and cut the price per trip to USD 2.10.

Car

Due to high traffic congestion and an abundance of one-way, narrow and seemingly meandering roads, driving in Boston is generally not recommended. If you do decide to drive in Boston, proceed with caution – the city is infamous for its rather aggressive drivers. In addition, on-street parking can be difficult to find, while fees run high for private car parks.

Food in Boston

Top Restaurants in Boston

Upscale Dining
American
Ruth's Chris
  • 45 School Street, Boston, MA 02108
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:30-22:00, Friday 11:30-23:00, Saturday 17:00-23:00, Sunday 17:00-21:00.
  • www.ruthschris.com
  • 001 6177428401
Upscale Dining
American
Mooo Restaurant
Cheap Eats
American
Wheelhouse
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Sakurabana Japanese Restaurant
  • 57 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-14:30 and 17:00-21:30, Friday 11:00-14:30 and 17:00-22:00, Saturday 16:00-21:00.
  • sakurabanaboston.com
  • 001 6175424311
Mid-Range Fare
French
Cafe Fleuri
Cheap Eats
American
Sam LaGrassa's
Mid-Range Fare
Seafood
Union Oyster House
Upscale Dining
American
Mooo Restaurant
Cheap Eats
American
Sam LaGrassa's
Mid-Range Fare
Seafood
Scollay Square
  • 21 Beacon Street #1, Boston, MA 02108
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 11:30-22:00, Thursday-Friday 11:30-23:00, Saturday 10:00-23:00, Sunday 10:00-21:00.
  • www.scollaysquare.com
  • 001 6177424900
Upscale Dining
French
No. 9 Park
Cheap Eats
Asian
Foumami
Mid-Range Fare
Seafood
Scollay Square
  • 21 Beacon Street #1, Boston, MA 02108
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 11:30-22:00, Thursday-Friday 11:30-23:00, Saturday 10:00-23:00, Sunday 10:00-21:00.
  • www.scollaysquare.com
  • 001 6177424900
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Neptune Oyster
Mid-Range Fare
Bar Bites
Slate
Cheap Eats
American
JM Curley's
Mid-Range Fare
Bar Bites
Slate
Cheap Eats
International
Lamber's Marketplace
Cheap Eats
American
JM Curley's
Cheap Eats
Japanese
Avana Sushi
  • 42 Beach Street, Boston, MA 02111
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-23:00, Sunday 12:00-22:00.
  • avanasushi.com
  • 001 6178187782
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Ristorante Saraceno
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Limoncello Ristorante
Upscale Dining
Italian
Bricco
Upscale Dining
Italian
Trattoria Il Panino
Upscale Dining
American
Society on High
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