Boston is one of the best places to visit for anyone who may still be deciding on where to go for vacation or what other cities they would like to visit. It has a population of over 600,000 people. If you’re planning a trip to Boston and need some recommendations, continue reading to see what Boston has to offer!
Boston Commons and Boston Public Gardens
These two are right next to each other. Whether you’re visiting in the summer or the winter, they are both beautiful places to visit. In the spring and summer, you’ll be able to take an incredibly relaxing ride in with the Boston Commons’ swan boat across the lake. As for the Boston Public Gardens, the flowers definitely bloom more in the spring, but in the winter they set up lights and decorations to make it more festive. In warmer temperatures, the Commons is a perfect place to set up a picnic. If you have kids, there is a small park in the commons for them to play at! There are hot dog and ice cream stands throughout the park, too, in case you need a snack. The Commons also has an outdoor place to play tennis, soccer, baseball - it’s a perfect place to get together with family and friends! During the winter, they do offer ice skating at Frog Pond, which is towards the middle of the commons. They always decorate the place with festive lights! So whether you’re visiting during warmer temperatures or colder temperatures, the Commons and the Gardens are perfect to visit.
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall is a marketplace with many options for you to choose from in terms of eating, shopping, or just hanging out. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a pretty huge place, as it consists of three different sections: Quincy Market, North Market and South Market. Each has different food selections, shops, and store to buy souvenirs at. You will be guaranteed to spend some time here.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
For anyone interested in art, this museum is highly recommended. It consists of three floors and artwork spanning from Contemporary art to European art to Asian art and more. They usually have a new exhibition every Spring, with Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris being their most recent one. So if you want to get lost in art for the day, this is the place for you.
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Boston Public Library and Copley Square
We know what you’re thinking - who wants to visit a library?! But we promise, this library is something you will want to see! Of course, you cannot bring food inside. The library is a great place to relax and get lost in the books. The architecture is also another reason why tourists and locals love this place so much. Throughout the library, they also showcase artwork and paintings from artists back in the 1850s, as well, so if you don’t have a book to read, you can always walk around the library and view the art. There is also an outside portion of the library. When you enter the library, there is an outside area where you can be surrounded by their gorgeous gardens and flowers. It’s a great way to get outside and smell the air if you’ve been inside all day. You can visit the library on your own, or you can sign up for a tour. As for Copley Square, it is an open field directly across from the library where you can relax, have a picnic, or just hang out!
Skywalk Observatory/Prudential Center
Prudential Center is a shopping area. There’s the Prudential Mall where you can spend the day shopping or trying different foods. If you love a good view, you can also go to the Skywalk Observatory: at the very top you’ll see the entire skyline of Boston. Whether you’re viewing it at night or in the morning, the view is gorgeous! While at the observatory, they have a small shop where you can buy souvenirs and snacks, just in case you get hungry! They also have a restaurant, Top of the Hub, where you can get dinner and a view!
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
This museum contains artwork and also a little garden on the bottom floor. From photos, it looks like it is outside but it actually inside! The garden is a perfect place to relax and enjoy each other’s company. And when you’re done relaxing, they have three floors of beautiful artwork for you to look at! It may take you a couple hours to get through everything. They also have a shop for souvenirs. Depending on the museum’s schedules, sometimes they have workshops where you can create your own artwork. One upcoming event is on Saturday, April 27th.
Harbor Walk, Waterfront, and Harbor Islands
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park is a beautiful area similar to the Boston Commons but smaller. It is located by Boston’s Harbor Walk. You can have a picnic here or eat at the surrounding restaurants. They have a couple fountains that are great for taking photos or great to hear the sound of water. You can also enjoy the waterfront view or even go on a cruise! At Rowes Wharf, you can take a ferry to a couple different harbor islands like Spectacle Island and Georges Island. So if you want to get away from the traffic, the city-life, and just spend your entire day on a beautiful little island, then the Harbor Islands are definitely recommended for you. You can bring your own food and activities, or you can purchase food in their shop once you arrive on the island. Each island also has their own kayak for you to use or you can spend the day hiking. Regardless of what you choose to do, the Harbor Islands are the best places to get away from the city life for a bit and relax!
Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s historic places and it is in the center of Boston. It is a beautiful neighborhood with cute little shops and boutiques within walking distance of each other. The neighborhood itself is very modest and it reminds tourists of older times. If you have time to visit this neighborhood, we highly recommend it because it’s such a gorgeous place to visit!
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Boston is well known for their sports, specifically the Red Sox. If you happen to be visiting during game season, we recommend it! Fenway Park is a gorgeous place, especially if the game is during warmer temperatures. You’re surrounded by people who are there to have a good time but also to cheer on their favorite sports team. So even if you may not like sports or don’t know anything about the Red Sox, it’s a great way to bring people together!
Newbury Street is just a 15 minute walk from the Public Gardens. It is an entire strip of stores and restaurants. There are so many options for you to choose from in regards to what to eat and where to shop. Street parking may be hard to find, but there are parking garages around. Walking around Newbury Street during the winter may not be ideal, as temperatures can drop below zero, but during the spring and summer, it’s a great time to visit! You’ll enjoy all the shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes Boston has to offer.
Whether you’re traveling to Boston to shop around, eat or visit attractions, these places listed are some of our most popular attractions. They have a wide variety of places for you to eat at, shop from, and to do activities. You’ll be sure to have a great time when you visit here and so, these are the places Bostonians highly recommend doing!
My name is Linda Tran. I'm 24 years old from Boston and I'm majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Social Media at the Southern New Hampshire University. A fun fact about me is that I learned coding and HTML at the age of 11.