Visiting Boston is a treat for everyone because of the diversity, abundance, and quality of Boston attractions. The top Boston sights and attractions include everything from Revolutionary era historical sites, to cutting-edge museums, to cruises on the Harbor and everything in between. The charm of the city rests in quaint neighborhoods with deep historic and cultural significance, like the North End, Beacon Hill, and (on the other side of the river) Harvard Square.
Whether you’re visiting Boston for the first time or you frequent the Hub often, there’s so much to do and see. Take a look at our favorite Boston attractions to help plan your itinerary.
Freedom Trail Walking Tour
The Freedom Trail might be the most well-known attraction in Boston, with its red-brick trail covering 2.5 miles of the city. Sixteen authentic historic sites are found along the trail, most of them made famous from the American Revolution. With a Freedom Trail Walk into History Tour, your knowledgable guide—dressed in proper period attire—will lead you to sites such as the Massachusetts State House, King’s Chapel Burying Ground, the Old South Meeting House, the Old North Church, the Paul Revere House, and the USS Constitution.
New England Aquarium
After having gone under an intensive renovation, the “New Aquarium Experience” is now complete at the New England Aquraium. The famous Giant Ocean Tank, a 200,000-gallon tank at the center of main aquarium building, has been transformed for the 21st century and now is home to more than 2,000 animals! From the California sea lions and Northern fur seals in the Marine Mammal Center open-air exhibit to the blacknoe sharks and green sea turtles in the giant ocean tank, an exciting aquatic experience awaits you at the New England Aquarium.
Fenway Park Tour
Baseball is America’s favorite past time and Fenway Park is the oldest ball park in the country, so it’s no wonder that Bostonians and their neighbors take such pride in Fenway. One of the best Boston attractions for sports lovers, Fenway, home of the beloved Boston Red Sox, is filled with legend and folklore. As you walk the hallowed grounds, learn about the Green Monster, State Street Pavilion, Duffy’s Cliff, Pesky’s Pole, the Triangle, and the Lone Red Seat. Plan ahead and you could catch a game after your tour!
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art, or ICA, is the newest Boston art museum and features the most cutting-edge artwork in all mediums, from painting and sculpture to film and mixed media. The museum building is an attraction in itself, a vision dreamed up by award-winning architects overlooking the ocean from Boston’s revitalized waterfront. The building, which features a massive back deck on the water, includes ample interior and exterior space with components such as a performing arts theater, a media center, a bookstore, and 17,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Cape Cod, Nantucket, & Martha’s Vineyard
When thinking about Boston attractions, it can be easy to overlook the nearby vacationlands: Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. However, there are plenty of easy and enjoyable ways to trek down to the Cape and so much to do and see once you’re there. Take in the view from any of the beaches on the Cape or the Islands and you’ll know it was well worth the time it took to get there. Hop on the Provincetown Ferry or take the all new CapeCod Flyer to get to the mainland, then climb aboard the Nantucket Ferry or the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry to explore the gorgeous islands.
Visiting all these Boston attractions and many others is easy and affordable with the Go Boston Card, an all-inclusive attraction pass that boasts 53 popular attractions at up to 55% off the gate price. One pass is all you need to experience all that makes Boston such a treasured part of New England.