Boston is positively steeped in history. Founded in 1630 by English Puritans fleeing religious persecution, it went on to be the setting of the American Revolution and the infamous Boston Tea Party. Unlike any other city in America, Boston's narrow streets and brick buildings give it an almost European flavour. It's affectionately known as 'America's greatest walking city', with most of its places of interest within easy walking distance of each other.
The city's food and drink scene is the envy of America, with some of the freshest seafood and perfectly-brewed local beer. So whether you're a history buff, a foodie or just enjoy long walks with beautiful cityscapes, there's something for everyone here in Boston.
What Not To Miss
The Freedom Trail
The number one thing to do in Boston also happens to be completely free! Walk the 2.5 mile long path through 16 of Boston's most historic landmarks, and see how a nation was born.
The site of the Boston Tea Party, and an important port in U.S history, Boston Harbour is now designated a National Recreation Area, with historic lighthouses and a Civil War era fort.
Sam Adams Brewery
Tour the brewery and taste some famous beer fresh from the tanks. Tastings are free but a suggested donation of $2 goes towards helping the local community.
Museum of Science
A Boston institution, the MoS plays host to some of the most striking scientific exhibitions in the East, including the Hall of Human Life, Making Models and To The Moon.
Museums and Galleries
This historic market place is located along the Freedom Trail and is the site of many famous speeches by Samuel Adams and James Otis calling for independence from Britain.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Learn about the story of the Boston Tea Party and be transported back in time to 1773 with a realistic re-enactment, including throwing tea into the harbour!
Museum of Fine Arts
One of the largest museums in the United States, containing nearly half a million works of art, you could spend days admiring pieces from artists such as John Singleton Copley and Mary Cassatt.
Boston Public Library
Founded in 1848, the second largest library in the USA is still free to browse, and the building is just as impressive as the 23 million items inside.
Museum of Bad Art
Feel better about your terrible art skills at the Museum of Bad Art, the world's only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.
At the Mary Baker Eddy Library, you’ll find a three-story stained glass globe visually depicting the way that different ideas have shaped the world since the 1930s.
Places To Visit
The stadium has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912, and the best way to soak up that All-American atmosphere is to get tickets to a game. Schedules don't match up? Take a tour of the stadium instead.
Boston's oldest residential community is a compact, walkable district containing some of the best Italian restaurants in the city, along with charming cobblestone streets and some some wonderful public art.
One of the most prestigious Ivy League universities in the country, a trip to Boston simply wouldn't be complete without a student-led tour around the grounds, libraries and museums.
Boston Public Garden
Located in the heart of Boston, this public garden is immaculately groomed and is the best place in the city to relax, enjoy the colourful flora and savour a picnic.
The starting point for the Freedom Trail, the common is also a fabulous place to relax on a sunny day. During the summer there are frequent festivals across the common. Check online for schedules.
Bunker Hill Monument
Built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, this 67-metre granite structure offers wonderful views of the city to anyone willing to make the 294 step climb to the top.
The tranquil, tree lined streets of Beacon Hill are a stark contrast from the bustling city. Don't miss the Massachusetts State House at the top of the hill, with its signature gold dome. This is where you’ll find home of the hit US sitcom 'Cheers'. Wind down with a mug of beer and some pub fare at this classic bar, and find out if everyone does indeed know your name.