Where to find fun places in Boston

Boston

Massachusetts

Boston is the largest city in the New England region in the northeastern United States and the cradle of American history. The lively metropolis combines the past and the modern and presents itself with a rich art and cultural landscape, great sights and an impressive gastronomic scene.

Boston is known not only as the cradle of the United States, but also as Walking city. The city with its European flair can be wonderfully explored on foot and discover great museums, culinary highlights and important historical milestones on the Freedom Trail.

This enables a bird's eye view Skywalk Observatory in the Prudential Center and for a short, entertaining break you should Faneuil Hall Marketplace visit. Restaurants, shops and street performers await here.

Art lovers will also find something in Boston. The historic, but at the same time trendy metropolis is one of the oldest, wealthiest and most culturally attractive cities in the USA. Boston has many museums, such as the John F. Kennedy Museum, the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, and the Old State House. in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston impressive art from all over the world is exhibited and that Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum comes up with masterpieces by Titian, Rembrandt, Veronese and John Singer Sargent. Everything about one of the most famous presidents of the United States can be found in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum learn

The city has a lot to offer for those interested in history. On the Freedom Trail you can immerse yourself in the exciting past of Boston and the USA and on the other side of the Charles River in Cambridge awaits the oldest university in the USA.

If you are a sports enthusiast, you should play a game of the Red Sox or the Patriots in Fenway Park Stadium not to be missed.

In addition, the city is an excellent starting point for a tour through the diverse region of the New England states. From here you can explore the wild and romantic Atlantic coast with its harbor towns and white sandy beaches or enjoy the nature in the interior, which impresses with its wooded mountain ranges, lakes and rivers.

Freedom Trail

Fans of American history who want to learn more about the Revolutionary War can hike Boston on the “Freedom Trail". The approximately 4 km long path through the city center of the metropolis leads along 16 historically significant places and arenas of the independence struggle with Great Britain.

The path is marked with a red line on the sidewalk and leads past historic churches, old tombs, unique museums with special collections and the warship USS Constitution. A guided tour with a tour guide dressed appropriately for the 18th century is particularly impressive. The first part of the route leads visitors interested in history through the city center and Old Boston with the Old State House and Faneuil Hall. The second section winds through the streets of the North End over the Charles River to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum®

Interactive time travel to the 18th century
At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum®, visitors can take an interactive journey back in time to the 18th century, when the first course for the American ... more +

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South end

Massachusetts was the first US state to make marriage possible for same-sex couples. In the heart of the metropolis of Boston is the neighborhood, which is popular with gays and lesbians South end with elegant Victorian brick houses, boutiques, bars, cafes and excellent restaurants along Tremont Street.

The Calderwood Pavilion and the Boston Center for the Arts make the neighborhood a hotspot for culture vultures too, and great shopping is just a short walk away on Newbury Street.

Boston Light: The Footsteps of the Drowned

Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor is the first and oldest lighthouse in the USA and was looked after by a US Coast Guard guard until 1998. The adventure begins with a guided boat tour where visitors learn about the maritime history of the Boston Harbor Islands. On the way to the Boston Light you pass two more historic lighthouses. In Little Brewster Island, the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area heard, you climb the 76 steps and two ladders of the Boston Light, and the spook begins: America's first lighthouse keeper, George Worthylake, drowned with his wife and daughter in 1718 when their canoe capsized right off the coast - if you are very quiet you can still hear her steps in the old walls. Mysterious! (www.nps.gov/boha)

Brewery tour in Boston

Boston is world famous for seafood. And a freshly tapped beer goes well with these culinary delicacies from the depths of the ocean. This is one of the most famous brewing products Harpoonwhose brewery organizes regular factory tours. (www.harpoonbrewery.com)

Oldest university in the USA and modern technology center in Cambridge

On the other side of the Charles River you will find the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the elite university Harvard two giants from science and research that guests can visit on guided tours.

Harvard University

Many model students dream of it all their lives Elite Harvard University studying at Cambridge and are deeply impressed when they first step on campus. Harvard University was founded by religious colonialists in 1636 as a training center for clergy. (harvard.edu)

Guided tour through the campus

Today visitors can take part in free tours of the impressive campus. The entertaining "Hahvahd Tours“, In which students not only tell funny anecdotes and life on campus, but also tell about the history of the elite university and prominent alumni such as Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg.
Highlights of the tour of America's oldest university include a visit to the historic Harvard Yard, the John Harvard Statue, the famous University Library and Memorial Hall.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Also founded on 1861 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers free student-led tours (mitadmissions.org)

Adams National Historical Park in Quincy

In Quincy, about 10 miles south of downtown Boston, is the Adams National Historical Park home. In addition to the birthplaces of John Adams, second President of the United States and his son John Quincy Adams, sixth US President, the spacious area also houses the White House for the summer months, a library, a coach house and The Old House at Peacefield , in which four generations of the Adams family lived between 1788 and 1927. Visiting the buildings is only possible with a guided tour from April to November. The well-tended park, on the other hand, is open to visitors all year round. (nps.gov/adam/)

A journey through time with John F. Kennedy

Probably the most famous US president was born in Brookline, five miles west of downtown Boston on May 29, 1917. Today the colonial-style house in which the 35th President of the United States spent the first three years of his life is part of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site and open to the public. National Park Service rangers lead interested visitors through the neighborhood and the house, which houses 172 original Kennedys' pieces. (nps.gov/jofi)

Kennedy and his whole family regularly spent the summer months in Hyannis, Cape Cod John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum documents his stays between 1934 and 1963 in a multimedia exhibition.

That too John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston is devoted to the life and presidency of JFK. This is where, among other things, the original documents and correspondence of the Kennedy government are kept. (jfklibrary.org)

But not only in Massachusetts you can walk in the footsteps of the Kennedys. In Newport, Rhode Island, the future president married Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee Bouvier in 1953 at St. Mary’s Church.

Toilets, bathtubs and pipes as far as the eye can see

The exhibition in The Plumbing Museum in Watertown, Massachusetts, is not only curious but also educational. Many pieces date from the 18th century and tell the history and development of plumbing in the United States. The museum is a tribute to plumbers, engineers and inventors, whose work and creativity have contributed significantly to the development of society - American culture with a difference. In addition to all kinds of plumbing tools and accessories, there are antique toilet chairs, bathtubs with claw feet, ornate washbasins and a replica of Marcel Duchamp's work of art “Fountain”, a urinal that has been converted into a fountain. (theplumbingmuseum.org)

Boston Duck Tours

If you want to get to know the city on an unconventional tour, you should take a tour Boston Duck Tours Companies. The provider's amphibious vehicles move on land and water and transport the participants to the most unusual places in the city.

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Shopping in Boston

The metropolis is proving to be a true shopping paradise. The trendy and elegant shops in the are particularly recommended Newbury Streetwho have favourited hidden treasures in the shops at Harvard Square and the one located directly on the water CambridgeSide Galleria with its large selection of boutiques and branches of well-known department stores.

These are some of the most famous and beautiful shopping centers in Boston Prudential Center and the Copley Place, both of which are located in the heart of Copley Square and where visitors will find exceptional shops and excellent dining options in an exclusive and tasteful atmosphere.

Even in the legendary Faneuil Hall Marketplace You should definitely stop by, an old market hall that houses over 100 shops, including both individual boutiques and big brand names. In the wonderful restaurants of the Marketplace you can dine and recharge your batteries and then go on a shopping spree with your credit card.

To the numerous Designer outlets The Boston area is also quick to get to. The Wrentham Village south of the city is New England’s largest outlet center with 170 shops, offering the best designer labels and well-known brands at spectacularly low prices. Bargain hunter's paradise is just 35 minutes from downtown, and many of the major Boston hotels offer specialty shopping trips with direct transport.

The shopping center is on the doorstep of Boston in Somerville Outlets at Assembly Row with around 35 shops and several restaurants. The center is only three subway stops from downtown Boston and 3 miles from Boston City Center. In addition to top brands, you will find regional delicacies as well as art and music performances and the whole thing integrated into a nice, green park. The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for the little ones and a cinema can also be found in the complex. (www.assemblyrow.com)

Boston Marathon

Every year in April the starting signal for the longest running marathon in the world. More than 30,000 amateur and professional runners will then again cover the 42 km long, partly hilly route from Hopkinton to Boston. Those who prefer not to run at New England's most popular sporting event but rather to cheer can do so along the route with 500,000 other spectators. (baa.org)

Restaurants

If you want to fortify yourself in Boston, you can do so at the Time Out Market in the Fenway district. The culinary hotspot combines the best food in Boston under one roof and consists of 15 restaurants, two bars, a show kitchen and a shop. You can try everything from delicacies from Asia and the region around the eastern Mediterranean to Franco-American and Italian creations to sweet sins from the patisserie.

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Convenience in the Boston Innovation District

The rooms of The Envoy Hotel were designed with great attention to detail: with traditionally manufactured design objects, reclaimed wood and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal a view of the harbor and the city. Other features include a special work area with six interactive computer touchscreens and a 370 square meter bar on the panoramic roof terrace. In addition to cocktails, there are also local beer specialties, including a type specially brewed for the hotel. In the Outlook Kitchen restaurant, the chef serves modern, seasonal cuisine.

Loews Boston Hotel in the former police headquarters

The former Boston Police Headquarters in the historic Back Bay neighborhood is one of the city's landmarks. Built in 1925 in the midst of Prohibition and moved into in 1926, the limestone building, which is based on the Italian Renaissance style, served as the headquarters of the Boston Police Department until 1997. In 1978, the main entrance of the seven-story house had a brief Hollywood appearance in the thriller "The Brink’s Job" starring Peter Falk, which brought the Boston heist of the century at the Brinks security company to the big screen.

Under the motto “Room to be free”, hotel guests of the Loews Boston Hotel have been spending the night in the venerable police quarter from the Prohibition era since 2004 - and in contrast to the time it was built, voluntarily and extremely comfortably. The hotel now has 222 rooms, two luxury suites and a spacious presidential suite.

Go Boston Card

Boston Harbor laid the foundation for the city's growth. It went down in history as the venue for the Boston Tea Party in 1773. The 45-minute guided harbor tour, part of the Go Boston Card, leads to some of the American Revolutionary War scenes, including the Old North Church, the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, and replicas of the Boston Tea Party ships. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the world's oldest seaworthy warship, the USS Constitution. It was launched in 1797.

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