Fun Things to Do in Boston, Massachusetts

The swan boats in the Boston Public Garden are one of many fun activities available.
The swan boats in the Boston Public Garden are one of many fun activities available. (Image: swan-boats image by Valery Shanin from

As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston, Massachusetts features a wealth of history and culture. From historic sites and museums to popular sporting events, shopping, fine dining and an active nightlife, Boston offers a variety of enjoyable experiences.

The Freedom Trail

For a great way to see Boston, try walking the Freedom trail. The 2.5 mile walking trail features more than 16 historic sites including Boston Common, Old State House, Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall and the Bunker Hill Monument. You may take a guided or audio tour along the trail or do a self-guided tour at your own pace. For a break, stop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace for restaurants, shopping and street performers. The last stop on the trail features the USS Constitution (also known as "Old Ironsides"), which is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The Freedom Trail Foundation 99 Chauncy Street, Suite 401 Boston, MA 02111 617-357-8300

Fenway Park

The oldest major league ballpark in the United States, Fenway Park offers the complete baseball experience. The home of the Boston Red Sox, a game at Fenway Park is filled with enthusiastic fans and live music. The stadium still uses a hand-operated scoreboard and the left-field wall is often referred to as the “Green Monster.” Baseball season runs from April to October. You may want to purchase tickets in advance since games often sell out. If you visit during the off-season, Fenway Park offers tours.

Fenway Park 4 Yawkey Way Boston, MA 02215 877-733-7699

Boston Duck Tour

A Boston Duck tour offers a truly unique way to view Boston. Conducted in an amphibious vehicle, the tour starts on land and ends in the water. The tour includes the State House, Bunker Hill, Boston Common, Newbury Street and King’s Chapel. The tour concludes in the Charles River with views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. The 80-minute tour departs from the Museum of Science or the Prudential Center. A seasonal 55-minute tour departs from the New England Aquarium. The longer tour runs from the end of March through the end of November.

Boston Duck Tours 4 Copley Place, Suite 4155 Boston, MA 02116 617-267-3825

Boston Public Garden

The Boston Public Garden, built in 1837, contains stunning botanical gardens and a four-acre pond. Swan boats cruise on the pond from mid-April to mid-September. The boats are pedaled by an attendant and the ride lasts 15 minutes. The garden features several well-known statues, including one of George Washington and one based on the book “Make Way for the Ducklings.”

Boston Public Garden Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 617-635-4505

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