No matter your reasons for visiting Boston, you’ll find plenty to see and do. Here, we’ve assembled a number of our favorite Boston attractions; you can use this guide to help plan your trip or feel free to just strike out on your own and see what you can uncover.
Erected to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, one of the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War, this 221-foot granite obelisk was completed in 1842. The top of the monument is reached via a spiral staircase of 294 steps, offering incredible views of the city.
Fondly known as “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship still afloat. Through its exhibits, the museum tells the stories of Old Ironsides, naval service, and maritime culture. The museum’s hands-on, minds-on environment will immerse you in the history of one of America’s finest vessels.
The USS Cassin Young was one of 175 Fletcher-class destroyers built during World War II. Originally built in San Pedro, California in 1943, Cassin Young was assigned to the Pacific Theatre. Now, she is preserved as a memorial ship; one you can visit to appreciate our naval history and the legacies of her crews.
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore one of the six original yards created (in 1800!) to support the then-young US Navy. The yard’s two most popular attractions, the wooden-hulled USS Constitution and the 20th century destroyer USS Cassin Young, offer you a unique opportunity to see the transition of the US Navy from timber to steel.
With 16 significant historical sites along its 2.5-mile length, Boston’s Freedom Trail is the perfect way to immerse yourself in our nation’s history. Beginning at Boston Common, America’s oldest city park and ending at the Bunker Hill Monument, you’ll get plenty of fresh air and exercise, too!
At nearly 40 miles, this near-continuous harborside walking path connects several of Boston Harbor’s finest sights, including beaches, parks, and museums. It winds through eight distinct Boston neighborhoods! Looking to experience the variety of Boston’s culture and history? A modest stroll here will have you well on your way!
This five-acre park runs along the Charles River and is characterized by sweeping pathways and a large oval grassy meadow.. It boasts an informal performance area (feel free to bring your instrument of choice!), a delightful playground, and a 690-foot cycling and pedestrian bridge that connects to Cambridge’s North Point Park.
Founded in 1780, the Warren Tavern is one of the oldest taverns in Massachusetts. George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Paul Revere are among those to have frequented the Warren Tavern in its early years. Located on the cozy streets of Charlestown, the Warren Tavern is an iconic destination for visitors and locals alike.
Known colloquially as “the Garden,” TD Garden is a multi-purpose arena that hosts sporting events as well as major international musical acts. TD Garden is the home of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.