The Top Things to See and Do in Boston


Steeped in over four centuries of history, Boston isn’t short of things to see, do, and explore.

The largest city in New England, the capital of the State of Massachusetts, and one of the most historic, affluent, and influential cities in the US, Boston is home to countless museums, historical attractions, and live performances – so it’s perhaps not surprising that it attracts over 16.3 million visitors each year.

With Georgian-style houses set against huge glass and steel skyscrapers, and venerable museums sitting alongside quirky contemporary galleries, there really is something for everyone in this vibrant city. 

So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite things to see and do during a whistle-stop tour of this amazing city.

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Visit the Boston Public Library

Although a library might not necessarily be the first place that springs to mind when you’re planning your holiday itinerary, the Boston Public Library is definitely worth a visit!

Designed by New York firm McKim, Mead, and White, the Library was opened in 1895. Since then, it has continued to attract visitors thanks to its vast murals by artists including John Singer Sargent, and its Italian Renaissance-inspired interior courtyard.

You’ll find the library on one side of the striking Copley Square, which is also home to other attractions such as Trinity Church.


Follow the Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile stretch boasting 16 historic sites from the Revolutionary War.

Following the red-lined route, you’ll take in museums and meetinghouses, churches and burying grounds, learning about the people who shaped the American nation.

If you don’t have the luxury of unlimited time, we’d recommend concentrating your efforts around the North End of the Trail, near to Boston’s Little Italy. Here you’ll find key attractions such as the home of Paul Revere, the Old North Church, and the Old State House Museum.

So, download a free map and plan your route around the sites that interest you most, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not take a costumed guided tour?

fenway park boston

Catch a game at Fenway Park

If you’re looking to take in the sights and sounds of Boston, taking in a game at Fenway Park is a must.

Home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park has become one of America’s most iconic baseball stadiums. So take a seat, grab a hotdog, and soak up the famous all-American atmosphere.¡

And if your visit doesn’t happen to fall on a match day, don’t worry, you can always take one of the 50 minute tours offered daily, all year round.

boston public garden

Explore the Boston Public Garden

Sitting right next to Boston Common, Boston Public Garden was established in 1837, making it America’s first public botanical garden.

As you explore the gardens, you’ll be treated to an abundance of beautiful flowers and trees, the colourful arrangements, and exotic plants. The Garden is also home to two of Boston’s most iconic statues: “Make Way for Ducklings”, a bronze sculpture of a duck and her eight ducklings, and the George Washington Statue, depicting America’s first president riding a horse.

Oh, and make sure you leave time for a Swan Boat ride on the park’s lagoon.

If everything that Boston offers has gotten you hankering to visit, then then why not do so on a cruise? Check out our huge range of Transatlantic Cruises or give our friendly experts a call on 0808 2746 777 for more information.

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