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Boston the PERFECT Walking city

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Boston is not just one of America's favorite cities, it is a city in which a car is not necessary when exploring. Delightful sights, history and food.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

18 Places

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18 Places

Boston Public Garden

Gardens, Parks

Museum of Fine Arts

Art Museums

Granary Burying Ground

Cemeteries, Historic Sites

Chart House

Restaurants

Boston Common

Parks

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

History Museums, Ships

Omni Parker House

Hotels

Mike's Pastry

Restaurants

Beacon Hill

Neighbourhoods

Old North Church & Historic Site

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites

Parker's Restaurant

Restaurants

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks

North End

Neighbourhoods

Freedom Trail

Historic Walking Areas

Waterfront

Neighbourhoods

Old State House

Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums

Copley Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Old City Hall

Historic Sites

Emil F's City Tips

  • While in Boston you must eat: lobster, steamed clams (steamas), lobster roll, clam chowder (chowda), Parker rolls and Boston cream pie!!
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    Boston Public Garden
    Gardens, Parks
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    Emil F Says:

    Boston Public Garden is such a delightful and peaceful place. When we visit Boston we visit the Garden everyday.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take you time and make sure you explore every part of the Public Garden.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely place to relax 21/08/2018
    • Beautiful Landscape 20/08/2018
    • Boston Public Garden
    Address:
    69 Beacon St
    Boston, MA 02108-3422
    Phone:
    +1 617-723-8144
    Other:
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    Museum of Fine Arts
    Art Museums
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    Emil F Says:

    The Museum of Fine Arts is a must if you are an art lover. The entire experience is amazing and they have their own school of art.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress comfortably.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome Museum!! 20/08/2018
    • Great permanent collection and two very good special exhibitions on now 20/08/2018
    • Museum of Fine Arts
    Address:
    465 Huntington Ave
    Avenue of the Arts
    Boston, MA 02115-5597
    Phone:
    +1 617-267-9300
    Hours:
    Wed - Fri
    10:00 AM - 9:45 PM
    Sat - Tue
    10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
    Other:
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    Granary Burying Ground
    Cemeteries, Historic Sites
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    Emil F Says:

    Oh the Granary Burying Ground is just pure delight. You will find the graves of so many individuals from our history there, including Mother Goose!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress Comfortably and take your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating 19/08/2018
    • History 19/08/2018
    • Granary Burying Ground
    Address:
    Tremont Street
    (between Park and School Sreets)
    Boston, MA 02108
    Phone:
    +1 617-635-7389
    Other:
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    Chart House
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Soups)
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    Emil F Says:

    Incredible food you will find yourself going back time after time. This restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy all the culinary delights of Boston.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress business casual, unless you are going to the waterfront location and sitting outside then dress accordingly. Make sure you get a bucket of steamed clams!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #259 of 2,360 restaurants in Boston
    • Excellence Tinged with So-So 18/08/2018
    • Phenomenal Service 14/08/2018
    • Chart House
    Address:
    60 Long Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110-3602
    Phone:
    +1 617-227-1576
    Price range:
    US$41 - US$80
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Boston Common
    Parks
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    Emil F Says:

    The Boston Common is by far my favorite place to visit and spend time. When in Boston I go to the Commons every single day. There is great parking underneath also, which puts you in the center of the city with easy access.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you sit on a bench and people watch. This is also the place to catch the tour busses for a tour about the city if you do not want to walk.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Time to relax 21/08/2018
    • Beautiful park 20/08/2018
    • Boston Common
    Address:
    139 Tremont St
    Boston, MA 02111-1318
    Phone:
    +1 617-635-4505
    Other:
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    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    History Museums, Ships
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    Emil F Says:

    Even if you do not go into the museum or tour the ships it is fun to walk to the harbor and see this collection of history and take photos. If you have kids this is a must see as they will go bonkers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress comfortably.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Educational & fun 21/08/2018
    • Fun, interactive and educational 20/08/2018
    • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    Address:
    306 Congress St
    Boston, MA 02210-1027
    Phone:
    +1 617-338-1773
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Omni Parker House
    Hotels
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    Emil F Says:

    Stay in a piece of history and the most convenient hotel in the city. The Omni Parker house is across the street from the Boston Common and is home of the Parker Roll and the Boston Crème Pie so make sure you have both when you are there. Lovely hotel and a great base camp for exploring the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can't go wrong staying here this is the heart of Boston.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 86 Hotels in Boston
    • Stay here! 20/08/2018
    • Decent Hotel 20/08/2018
    • Omni Parker House
    Address:
    60 School St
    Boston, MA 02108-4109
    Phone:
    +1 800-578-2900
    Other:
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    Mike's Pastry
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Emil F Says:

    I have been going to Mike's Pastry for 40 years and when the flight is nearing Logan airport I already begin to think of all the things I want to get when I am there. I found Mike's back in 1973 and it was not as busy then as now and if there is a line, stand in it is worth every morsel and moment.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You MUST get a lobster roll and a cannoli..........the rest I will leave up to you.......
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 2,360 restaurants in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great cannoli 20/08/2018
    • Unimpressed 20/08/2018
    • Mike's Pastry
    Address:
    300 Hanover St
    Boston, MA 02113-1801
    Phone:
    +1 617-742-3050
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Wed - Thu
    8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
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    Beacon Hill
    Neighbourhoods
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    Emil F Says:

    What can I say .............Beacon Hill is a must and is on the walking tour of Boston. The gas lamps are still burning, it is home of Cheers for those who loved the show. Filled with charm and delight.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The area is hilly so wear comfortable shoes if walking.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool neighbourhood 19/08/2018
    • Neat neighborhood 19/08/2018
    • Beacon Hill
    Address:
    Between Beacon St and Cambridge St
    Beacon Hill
    Boston, MA 02108
    Phone:
    +1 617-227-4392
    Other:
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    Old North Church & Historic Site
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites
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    Emil F Says:

    Probably one of the most popular places to photograph is the Old North Church. It is home of the steeple where the lanterns and Paul Revere's ride in the battle for independence from Great Britain. So delightful to visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take your camera and take your time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take the tour! It’s worth it! 20/08/2018
    • Great tour of the catacombs 20/08/2018
    • Old North Church & Historic Site
    Address:
    193 Salem St
    Boston, MA 02113-1123
    Phone:
    +1 617-858-8231
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Parker's Restaurant
    Restaurants (American)
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    Emil F Says:

    While staying at the Omni Parker House you must eat at Parker's Restaurant at least once and you MUST have the Boston Crème Pie and Parker Rolls which were invented here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You will want to dress up for this one.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #167 of 2,360 restaurants in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So Much History Here!!!! 19/08/2018
    • Visited to try the Boston Cream Pie, you must do the same 13/08/2018
    • Parker's Restaurant
    Address:
    60 School St
    Omni Hotel
    Boston, MA 02108-4109
    Phone:
    +1 617-725-1600
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Other:
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    Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Emil F Says:

    Faneuil Hall Market place is a pure delight and it is easy to spend the whole day here eating and shopping. Faneuil Hall is fun to tour and the Quincy Market is pure heaven. Very relaxing shopping and dining experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress Comfortably and go hungry!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this place! 21/08/2018
    • Lots of History. 21/08/2018
    • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Address:
    1 Faneuil Hall Sq
    Quincy Market
    Boston, MA 02109-1604
    Phone:
    +1 617-523-1300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    North End
    Neighbourhoods
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    Emil F Says:

    The Old North End has changed much over the years. Before it was a quiet Italian neighborhood filled with great food and hidden gems. It was home of the Kennedy's. Today there are many more tourists and some of the great old places are gone, but there are plenty left.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, as you will want to explore lots here. Make sure you go off the main streets, as you will find all sorts of hidden gems.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • "Don't miss this neighborhood" 21/08/2018
    • Fun to visit, but avoid the homeless 20/08/2018
    • North End
    Other:
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    Freedom Trail
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Emil F Says:

    The Freedom Trail is the very best way to see all of Boston. If there is any possible way you can walk the trail it is a must do. You will see each and every important and interesting landmark along the way. There are great restaurants such as Ye Old Oyster House that you MUST stop in and have a bowl of clam chowder and an Indian pudding!!!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes and stop and rest along the way, lots of great restaurants to stop and have a snack and visit with the locals.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Meh! 21/08/2018
    • A great history lesson 21/08/2018
    • Freedom Trail
    Phone:
    +1 617-357-8300
    Other:
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    Waterfront
    Neighbourhoods
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    Emil F Says:

    The Boston Waterfront is filled with charm and great places to eat. It is the perfect place to take marvelous photographs and get great views of the Boston skyline. You can find all sorts of harbor tours here also.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear non-slip shoes and dress with a jacket if you are going out on a water tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretty 19/08/2018
    • So much to do, to eat, to see, to walk 15/08/2018
    • Waterfront
    Address:
    Congress Street
    Boston, MA 02110
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    Old State House
    Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Emil F Says:

    The Old State House is a must visit. So many people do not take the time to go in and take a tour. It is a most amazing place. Queen Elizabeth made a speech from the balcony during her visit to the place. If you are unable to walk to it, again the tour bus is the way to go.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A great part of American history.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visist if you at this end of town. 21/08/2018
    • Not worth the visit 20/08/2018
    • Old State House
    Address:
    206 Washington St
    Boston, MA 02109-1702
    Phone:
    +1 617-720-1713
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Copley Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Emil F Says:

    Copley Square is a great place to see the old meet the new as can be seen in the photographs. If walking there is too much, hop on the tour bus and see it that way.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take your camera......one of the most photographed places!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 420 things to do in Boston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Iconic Boston Square 21/08/2018
    • Nice 19/08/2018
    • Copley Square
    Address:
    560 Boylston St
    Boston, MA 02116-3603
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    Old City Hall
    Historic Sites
    See more photos
    Emil F Says:

    The Old City Hall is a delightful part of Americana and is fun to visit.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is not a must see; however, if possible it is a delightful part of history and very interesting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 420 things to do in Boston
    • Historical 19/08/2018
    • Iconic 29/07/2018
    • Old City Hall
    Address:
    45 School St
    Boston, MA 02108-3206
    Other:
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