Boston

Tour Boston’s Top 5 Attractions

Don’t get us wrong, these are definitely the city's most popular tourist attractions -- but for good reason. If you’re only in Boston for a couple days, you’ll still leave with the feeling that you really got to “see” Boston beyond your business hotel, friend's place, relative's home ... you get the idea.

For more information on historic Boston, wicked local eats, and the best beer spots, check out our complete Guide to Boston.

Andrew Malone

1. Freedom Trail

The No. 1 thing you should do while in Boston is to follow the 2.5-mile redbrick trail from Boston Common to Bunker Hill. Set aside 1 to 3 hours -- depending on whether you want to speed through the historical sites or go on a tour with a guide in Revolutionary garb. Be sure to pit stop for a "beah" at America’s oldest bar, the Bell in Hand Tavern.

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 2 if by sea” signal was sent.
Boston Common Visitor Information Center

139 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111

Call

Phone: 617-357-8300

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2. Faneuil Hall Marketplace

In the heart of downtown Boston, and along the Freedom Trail, is Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The original Faneuil Hall dates back to 1742 and the festival marketplace now encompasses the North Market, Quincy Market and South Market buildings.

If you don’t have much time, we suggest skipping 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 take 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.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109

Call

Phone: 617-723-9109

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3. Fenway Park

There’s nothing quite like taking in a game at Fenway Park, one of America’s most beloved baseball stadiums since it opened in 1912. But even if the Red Sox aren’t playing, you’ll want to swing by and visit the Green Monster on one of the 50-minute tours offered daily.

If you’re looking to grab a bite or a beer near the stadium, you can’t beat The Bleacher Bar, in Fenway itself. As the name suggests, it’s beneath the bleachers in center field with a window that looks directly into the park.
Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

Call

Phone: 877-733-7699

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