It’s easy to see why Boston is one of the most historical vacation destinations in the United States. Between the beautiful architecture, unique culture, amazing history and delicious food, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East Coast. Want to learn more about this amazing city? Here are 10 reasons to visit Boston!
1. You’ll find history everywhere
The historic North End of Boston is filled with iconic historical sites. One of the most famous spots to visit is the home of Paul Revere. This American revolutionary is most famous for his night ride on April 18, 1775 when he rode all the way to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the British’s fast approach. He lived to be 83 and is buried in Boston’s Granary Burying Ground. Want to learn more about this historical figure? Check out the Paul Revere House website!
2. Ride in a famous Duck Boat
Why choose between seeing the city from a bus or a boat when you can see it from both?! Check out Boston’s famous Duck Boat Tours which will take you around the city by both street AND water. The Duck Boat Tours began almost twenty five years ago and have since become an iconic part of the city’s landscape. As you explore Boston, you’ll see many of these iconic colorful boats drive by!
3. Experience fresh New England seafood
You really can’t go wrong with Boston food, but you can’t blame us for having some favorites! Do you want to experience some true New England Seafood? Try the Neptune Oyster! They feature an iconic “raw bar” where you can try oysters, sea urchins, octopus and more. They also offer a wide array of cooked seafood if that’s more your style. Try some delicious clam chowder or a famous Maine lobster roll!
4. Visit Fenway Park
If there’s one iconic Boston landmark every tourist should experience, it’s a tour of Fenway Park. It’s been the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912 and is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball! When you take a tour of Fenway, you’ll visit iconic sites around the stadium including Pesky’s Pole and the Green Monster. In 2012, the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
5. Marvel at the gorgeous architecture
Boston is home to incredible architecture that can be seen throughout the city. From Beacon Hill to Back Bay, the magnificent Victorian homes are some of the best preserved examples of 19th century architecture in the United States.
6. Walk the Freedom Trail
Take one walk on the Freedom Trail and you’ll see exactly why Boston is such a historic city! Walk this 2.5-mile path through downtown Boston to see 16 significant historical locations. According to the Freedom Trail website, you’ll see landmarks ranging from churches and cemeteries to state houses and schools, along with impressive monuments and even the USS Constitution, a beautiful ship that sits in Boston Harbor.
7. Explore fascinating museums
Whether you’re interested in American history, the fine arts, or science, there’s a museum for everyone! Explore the JFK Presidential Library and Museum or the Boston Tea Party Museum to learn more about Boston’s rich history. Meander through the Museum of Fine Arts to see interesting artistic exhibits. If science is more your thing, check out the Museum of Science right on the shore of Boston Harbor.
8. Discover the beautiful parks
Boston Public Garden is a spectacular place to explore. It’s the largest park in Boston and according to the City of Boston website, it was the first public botanical garden in America (established in 1837!). The park is modeled off of Victorian styled gardens, filled with vibrant floral beds and unique plants. Take a stroll through the winding paths featuring monuments and fountains, explore the lagoon, and don’t forget to stop and see the swan boats!
9. Immerse yourself in unique culture
A great example of Boston’s unique culture is the Blue Man Group, which features incredible performances in its Boston location. The performing arts company is known for its stage productions that incorporate a mix of unique music and art. The group’s motto, “Hard to Describe, Easy to Love” couldn’t be more true. This incredible show will make you laugh just as much as it will leave you amazed.
10. Experience a whale watch
If you’re visiting Boston between April and October, going on a whale watching cruise is a must. Sail into Boston Harbor and then out into open ocean as you search for humpback, finback, minke and pilot whales. Regardless of whether the whales are out to play, you’ll have the cruise of a lifetime. View some of Boston Harbor’s 34 islands, marvel at Massachusetts’ beautiful coastline, and see the picturesque lobster pots floating through the waves. It’s going to be a postcard picture moment no matter where you look.
If you’ve always wanted to explore Boston, join us on Dan O’Donnell’s Family Adventure – Boston, August 1-5, 2019. Call 800-383-3131 today to reserve your spot!
By Kaitlyn Pidgeon