Tour Boston’s Top 5 Attractions
Don’t get us wrong -- these are definitely tourist attractions, but in the best sense of the term. If you’re in Boston for a couple days and only could see these 5 things, you’ll leave with the feeling that you got to “see” Boston and had a great time doing it.
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If you need to cut the tour a little short, a natural break is to follow the trail until the bridge and save the Bunker Hill Monument for another day. It’s definitely worth making it up to the North End to see Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church, where the famous “One if by land, and two if by sea” signal was sent. For more information, maps and tour schedules call 617-357-8300 or visit the website.
If you don’t have much time, we suggest skipping the chain stores like Ann Taylor and Urban Outfitters in favor of grabbing a bite beneath the Quincy Market canopies, picking up unique finds from pushcarts and pausing to taking in a street performance or 2.
Hours are generally 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday-Saturday) and 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday) with restaurants and bars staying open later and the Quincy Market Food Colonnade opening earlier. Discounted parking is available at the 75 State Street Garage, for more information call 617-723-9109 or visit the website.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite or a beer near the stadium, you can’t beat The Bleacher Bar, in Fenway itself. Like the name suggests, it’s beneath the bleachers in center field with a window that looks directly into the park. Call 617-262-2424 or visit the website for more information.
Pop into a coffee shop and stroll through the historic Harvard Yard, you’ll find maps and information at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, John F. Kennedy Street and Brattle Street. Follow Brattle Street outside the square and you’ll be walking along Tory Row, nicknamed for residents loyal to King George during the Revolution. You can also tour Longfellow House, the yellow mansion at 105 Brattle St that was home to poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For more information call 617-876-4491 or visit the website.
Afterward, make sure to take advantage of all that Beacon Hill has to offer. Just up Beacon Street is the State House, and across the street is the Public Garden where the Swan Boats will be out in the warmer months. Make your way to Newbury Street for some afternoon shopping (or window shopping) at the upscale boutiques.
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