The presence of educational powerhouses like MIT and Harvard hints toward the major influence higher education has on the city. A day can easily be spent admiring the scientific achievements of MIT in the university's interactive museum, or mingling with students within the ivy-covered walls of Harvard Yard.
The cradle of the American Revolution, Boston is home to some of the richest colonial history in the country. With its educational powerhouses and diverse neighborhoods, Boston is a must visit city where you’ll be immersed in the pride and passion of Boston sports while taking in the history that helped establish an entire nation. Here are our top 10 things that will give you a real Boston experience.
1. Tour the City by Land or Sea
You have a multitude of tour options like Boston Duck Tours, SuperTours, and Old Town Trolley Tours. Experience the sights and sounds of Boston with a tour that gives you the history of the City of Champions. Learn things about Boston that you never knew before.
A staple of Boston’s tourist destinations, the freedom trail is 2.5 miles of red brick trail that pass 16 of Boston’s most historic sites. You’ll experience the history of the American Revolution as you go to sites like the Paul Revere House, the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre) and the Bunker Hill Monument.
Is there a more iconic Boston site than Faneuil Hall? We can’t think of one. Here is where you’ll find the true taste of Boston. This bustling historic market offers endless shopping and dining options, and you may even catch a street performance or two. This well- traveled stop on the Freedom Trail is just a short walk from the New England Aquarium and is a must-have experience when visiting.
Welcome to Red Sox Nation! Here you can immerse yourself in one of the most intense sports scenes of all time. Enjoy some peanuts and crackerjacks while watching a game, and cheer as balls go sailing over the Green Monster. You can even take a tour of the historic park where baseball is forever, we suggest leaving your Yankee’s hat at home.
There are plenty of museums to explore - from the Museum of Fine Arts with its art and Egyptian and Roman collections, to the interactive exhibits at the Museum of Science with its family friendly adventures. The USS Constitution Museum gives you a chance to feel what it would have been like aboard Old Iron Sides, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History lets you see 12,000 different specimens and a chance to experience their multimedia gallery for a glimpse at the circle of life.
No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to Newbury Street. One of the hottest shopping districts in America, Newbury Street, offers specialty boutiques and fine dining all in the historical district. Shoppers will experience an electric atmosphere on a street that has everything you're looking for and even some things you didn’t know you needed.
7. Sample Some Seafood
You can’t come to Boston without sampling the seafood. Try out some creamy and delicious New England Clam Chowder at Legal Sea Foods, or get an amazing Maine Lobster at Anthony’s Pier 4. There’s no shortage of fresh fish and shellfish by the harbor.
8. Whale Watching
Hop on a boat with the likes of Boston Harbor Cruises and Harbor Express to go out into the harbor where you’ll get a chance to see some majestic wild sea life. If you're lucky you'll get to see whales and dolphins up close in their natural habitat.
9. Brewery Tours
Beer is a cultural phenomena in Boston which wasted no time in becoming the drunkest city in America after the end of Prohibition (according to the Daily Beast). What better way to celebrate this history that with a brewery tour! Head over to the Harpoon Brewery’s new tasting room, or take a tour through the iconic Sam Adam’s Brewery, and enjoy Boston’s best brews.
10. Night Tours and Local Haunts
So you’ve toured the sights of Boston in the safety of daylight, now it’s time to see the creepier side of the city. On a Ghosts & Gravestones tour or Haunted Boston Ghost Tour you’ll learn about the haunted history of Boston on a creepy trolley ride by lantern light, or become a paranormal investigator on the Boston Night Tour.