Boston’s role in American history is celebrated throughout the city in tours, monuments and museums, while its academic contributions and sporting accomplishments are also a source of ‘Celtic’ pride. Boston life is synonymous with the sea from its scenic harbour to world famous clam chowder and sprawling national parks. Its small and safe neighbourhood coupled with an efficient public transport system has earned Boston the soubriquet, the Walking City.
One of the most well-known streets in Boston is the upscale Newbury Street. Explore global fashion brands and specialist boutiques, enjoy local cuisine at its restaurants and cafés, or take in works of art at local galleries. Otherwise, picturesque period architecture lining the street makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll.
Discover the fresh produce, souvenirs and artwork to be found at the bustling Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Made up of Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market, it’s been considered one of Boston’s central meeting spots for hundreds of years. Indulge in a range of cuisine at the Quincy Market Colonnade, visit Cheers – an authentic replica bar based on a popular sitcom, or watch the antics of the local street performers.
You can also visit the other areas known for shopping including Copely Place, Harvard Square and the Back Bay area.
Delve into history on The Freedom Trail, a historical tour that takes you to 16 sites significant to America’s history, including meeting houses, monuments and the country’s oldest public park, Boston Common. Along with the Public Garden, the Common is the city’s main park and is both the starting point of the Freedom Trail and part of the ’Emerald Necklace’ – a network of parks that stretch across the city.
Boston is a city passionate about sport and it shows in the success of its teams at the national level. Watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park and experience the great American pastime, baseball. Or visit TD Garden, home to the city’s world famous basketball team, The Celtics, and also Boston’s championship ice hockey team, The Bruins.
Boston Harbor is a vibrant centre of activity. The HarborWalk stretches through several waterfront communities and districts of the city providing varied experiences and views. You may prefer to walk, cycle or just watch people as they pass. Out in the harbour you could enjoy a leisurely cruise or go whale watching.
Boston also has a range of fascinating world-renowned scientific institutions and museums like the Museum of Science, The New England Aquarium and the Franklin Park Zoo.
If you want to eat like a Bostonian, then get a meal at one of the food trucks you’ll see all around the city. During the warmer months the SoWa Arts Market is the ideal place to find some of the best food trucks all in one place. Hop from truck to truck for a taste of real Boston cuisine.
Some of Boston’s more famous dishes are clam chowder, New England lobster and Boston baked beans. In fact the city’s famous baked beans are the reason it’s also known as Bean Town.
You can get some of the city’s best chowder at the annual Chowderfest, or visit some of the past winners of the competition, which include Chart House, Captain Parker’s Pub and Hyatt Harborside Grill.
Much of Boston’s nightlife takes place above the city on its rooftops. Check out the wide range of themed pubs and roof decks all across the city, including sports lounges and restaurants overlooking the harbour or nestled between the city’s high-rise buildings.
Other areas popular for nightlife include Boylston Street, The South End, Allston and Harvard Square.
Not too far from the mainland are the Boston Harbor Islands, 34 islands that offer opportunities for camping, water sports, hiking and bird watching.
There are 40 miles of shoreline to be enjoyed in Cape Cod National Seashore. Along with sandy beaches the park has cycling and nature trails as well as educational programmes and activities.
A Native American trade route, the Mohawk Trail is found in Miller Falls. Beautiful all year round, its 50,000 acres of reservations, parks and woodland are particularly popular in fall when the leaves are changing colour. There are also campsites scattered throughout if you’re feeling adventurous.
Venture into the very distant past at the Nash dinosaur footprint quarry, located in South Hadley, where you can explore the collection of genuine dinosaur footprints preserved over millions of years.