Boston is full of history, perfectly situated on the East Coast and offers several sights the entire family will enjoy. From baseball games at Fenway Park to tours of the city where Revolutionary War soldiers once walked, you'll learn a lot while having fun.
Boston is one of America's oldest cities. It's beginnings date back to 1630, and Boston was a cradle of the American Revolution as Colonists fought to break away from British rule. With so much to offer vacationers, it's no surprise that Boston welcomes in millions of visitors this each year.
While visiting Boston, stop by the Tea Party Ships and Museum. You'll also get to see a live theatrical performance of a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party and an original 1773 tea crate from the most important event leading up to The American Revolution. Visitors can check out the Meeting House and hear the story of the night before the Boston Tea Party as well as first-hand accounts of the patriots who organized it. The museum also includes Griffin's Wharf, a 3D holographic experience taking you back to the streets of Boston in 1773. The kids will feel like patriots as they board restored tea party ships Eleanor and Beaver. For a truly unique look at history, don't leave without seeing the one of the oldest Boston artifacts, the Robinson Half Chest, which is one of only two known tea chests from the Boston Tea Party.
One of the most well-known attractions in this New England city is Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" offers tours and the chance to see where some of baseball's traditions originated. During a tour you'll view Pesky's Pole up close and even purchase tickets for a seat atop the Green Monster, a 37-foot tall wall in left field.
Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy lunch at the Boston Esplanade. This park sits alongside the Charles River and offers a pathway for walkers and cyclists as well as breathtaking views of the skyline. There are free concerts and public festivals throughout the summer months and the Esplanade is the perfect place for a picnic with the family.
For a more modern take on Boston, head to the Institute of Contemporary Art. This structure houses an eclectic mix of modern art and fun displays to spark your inner creativity. The museum was initially founded in 1936 as the Boston Museum of Modern Art.
You can get a picturesque view of Boston when you head to HarborWalk. This attraction is located on the waterfront and meanders through several neighborhoods such as Chelsea, North End, Downtown and Dorchester, giving you an inside look Boston's local life. This open space is home to several restaurants and is considered one of the city's best spots to visit.
Things to Do in Boston
The Freedom Trail: While staying in Boston, be sure to wander along the 2.5-mile long Freedom Trail. This brick lined route will take you to 16 historic sites that explore Boston's past and the city's part in the American Revolution. The trail starts at the Boston Common Visitors Center and ends at the USS Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Sites along the trail include the Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, King's Chapel and Burying Ground, Old Corner Bookstore, the site of the Boston Massacre, the Bunker Hill Monument and the Paul Revere House.
Boston Children's Museum: For more than 100 years, the Boston Children's Museum has been providing family fun through innovative and meaningful exhibits. Your kids will love the hands-on activities and learning experiences focusing on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness, and the arts. The Science Playground is a three-story structure and there are exhibits where the children can make art and even visit an authentic Japanese house.
Old State House: Boston was the heart of the American Revolution and the Old State House was the headquarters where patriots formed important ideas about American democracy. This is where America's forefathers, led by Samuel Adams, debated British rule and taxation while clashing with the Royal Governor. The Old State House is the oldest and most important public building in the city. It has been around for almost 300 years and was the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre. This is also where the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time, includes the red velvet suit worn by John Hancock when he was sworn in as governor as well as a vial of tea from the Boston Tea Party and a musket used at the Battle of Lexington.