Boston is not a big city and the best way to see most of the attractions is on foot. That said, despite its relatively small size, it certainly isn't lacking in things to see and do. To get the best value for money if you are spending a few days in the city, you should buy the City Pass which will allow you entry into a number of different attractions including the John Hancock Observatory, the New England Aquarium, the Gardner Museum and the JFK Library and Museum as well as several others. It can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre or at any of the aforementioned attractions and costs about $30.
Another good way to see a number of the city's attractions without spending a huge amount of money is to follow one of the many walking trails. The Freedom Trail is probably the most popular. Clearly marked by a path of red bricks, this tour takes you through the heart of the old part of the city to see all the different buildings and associations with the American Revolution. If this part of the country's history isn't your thing, however, you might want to give this a miss as it can be a little boring but it is a nice walk nevertheless. Other popular tours include the Black Heritage Trail and the Literary Trail.
As well as the host of museums and historical walking tours on offer, however, there are numerous other attractions which will appeal to those of you who tire of history after a while. Boston Common and the Public Gardens are both brilliant places to chill out on a summer afternoon and Boston is the only big city in the country which still has its common intact.
Another great way to spend a few hours al fresco is to take one of the many harbour cruises on offer. Costing about $15 they usually last about ninety minutes or so and travel to the thirty islands which make up the Boston Harbor Islands State Park.
And for those rainy days where picnicking in the park or sailing around the harbour just isn't possible, check out the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, the John Hancock Tower, Paul Revere House or any of the multitude of indoor attractions on offer.
800 Boylston Street, Boston, USA
Located on the 50th floor of Boston’s Prudential Tower, the city’s second tallest, the Skywalk offers 360° panoramic views of the city. To the east you can see the John Hancock Centre straight in front of you and Logan International Airport in the background, to the north is the Charles River and Cambridge while to the west you can see Fenway Park, home to the city’s famous Red Sox baseball team.
Admission $9.50 which includes audio tours. Open daily from 10am-10pm.
Central Wharf, off Atlantic Avenue, Boston, USA
Home to the world’s largest collection of sharks as well as over 2,000 other specimens, the New England Aquarium is well worth a visit. Live dolphin and sea lion shows take place several times a day and are included in the entrance price which is slightly higher at weekends but if you get there before 9.00am you get a discount. What are the odds?
Science Park, Boston, USA
Now it might not be everybody’s idea of a fun way to spend a couple of hours but you are in for a pleasant surprise. Far from the stuffy museums in many leading cities, the displays here are both interesting and interactive which makes it all the more fun and the Computer Museum where you can take the robot challenge is a very popular addition to the whole place.
30 Germania Street, Boston, USA
A tour of the brewery tells you how beer is brewed and lasts about forty minutes or so but it is the final part of the tour which will probably most appeal to you all – the tasting. Bear in mind, however, that this is New England and you will not even be allowed to sip a glass of Sam Adams without proving that you are over 21 so if you’re thinking of visiting to sneak some ale without ID forget it. Not going to happen…
, Boston, USA
Opened in 1912, Fenway Park is now the oldest and smallest baseball park still used in the major leagues. As a result the home of the Boston Red Sox has an air about it that you won’t find in any of the bigger, newer and more modern parks. It holds just over 35,000 and your ticket among the fans will cost you between $14 and $45 – a little pricey for field boxes but a seat in the bleachers or the grandstands should do you just fine.
Merchants Row, Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, USA
Built in 1742, this building was given to the city by Peter Faneuil and was used as a meeting hall during the American Revolution. Today it serves as one of the country’s most famous marketplaces and is an excellent place to experience the true sights, sounds and smells of Boston. And no they don’t stink, this refers to the culinary delights available in Faneuil Hall.
Long Wharf, State & Atlantic Avenue, Boston, USA
Consisting of 30 or so islands, this unique natural attraction lies about 45 minutes by ferry from downtown and is well worth the trip. Bumpkin Island, Grape Island, Great Brewster Island an more are home to some superb beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas and the like. And if you’re really taken with the islands you can always camp overnight – but only on designated islands so check before you set up your tent.
580 High Street, Dedham, Boston, USA
Museum of Bad Art, 580 High Street, Dedham Tel:325 8224
The name just about says it all. Home to art so bad, the patrons feel it really should not be ignored, it’s pretty hard not to be just a little tempted to check it out. And it is also rather encouraging for anyone who feels that they don’t stand a chance in the art world due to lack of artistic flair. In this place it’s a bonus.