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Boston’s narrow avenues and intimate neighborhoods hold more American myths and legends than just about anywhere else in the country. Unravel the layers of one of the United States’ oldest cities by exploring the numerous historical sites stacked along Boston’s legendary neighborhoods.

Travel through time from key moments in history to today’s progressive Boston overflowing with culture, art, and museums. Partake in the long-standing traditions of the sports nation and join Bostonians at the infamous arenas of the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots. Visit Boston’s array of craft beers at many of the city’s pubs, experience Boston through our various authentic restaurants, and stroll through the celebrated streets from shop to shop. For every type of traveler and from snowy white winters to bright warm summers, Boston has something for everyone

Sports & Outdoors

TD Garden

Visit TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. The Boston Bruins are one of six teams to make up the original NHL and are the oldest NHL team in the United States. The legendary Bruins are known for their unrelenting game style, which has led them to six Stanley Cup Championship wins. Their amazing action on the ice is sure to be a highlight of your Boston visit. Seventeen-time NBA champs, The Celtics are the most winning franchise in NBA history and account for the highest number of retired numbers in all of American sports history. Come enjoy the history and tradition that is the Celtics and just maybe, let a little bit of their luck rub off.

Fenway Park

Soak up the rich history and heritage of the Boston Red Sox, a story of 86 years of heartbreak and frustration before the first of three World Series titles exorcised “The Curse of the Bambino” in 2004. Hear the echoes of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Yaz. Stare down the Green Monster, get a reporter’s view of the field from the press box, and browse the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Gillette Stadium

Come watch our beloved Patriots and the dynamic winning duo of Quarterback Tom Brady and Coach Bill Belichick, who have successfully made the New England Patriots one of the most winning NFL teams in recent history with record breaking numbers! Patriot home games have sold out every regular season, preseason, and playoff games since 1994.

Arts & Culture

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Revisit the site of our nation’s very first act of civil disobedience when over 5,000 colonists disguised as Indians dumped thousands of gallons of overtaxed tea into the Boston Harbor. Step aboard one of three fully restored tea ships where actors in period costumes assign you with a colonial persona and ask a few lucky ones to launch boxes of tea over the side. You’ll also find 3D Holograms along with talking portraits and can get an up-close look at the Robinson Half Tea Chest, one of two original Tea Party chests still in existence.

Trinity Church

Any architectural expert will tell you that Trinity Church is a masterpiece of American architecture. Perched on the east side of Copley Square, this grand Romanesque church was built in 1875 at a cost of $435,000 by American architect H. H. Richardson with an exterior of dark multi-hewed stone, beautiful stained glass windows, and stunning interiors. Set in the shadow of the glass-encased, 62-story John Hancock building, it captures the essence of Boston: the very old and the very new living elbow to elbow.

USS Constitution Museum

Better known as “Old Ironsides,” this iconic three-masted heavy frigate served the U.S. Navy from 1797 until 1934 and now rests at anchor in the Charlestown Navy Yard. It is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world with spectacular views of Boston Harbor and the city skyline. A staff of sailors offer tours of the ship, from the top deck to the gun deck below.

Historical Sites

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The Freedom Trail 

By far the most economical way to explore Boston, this 2.5mile red brick trail winds its way past 16 of Boston’s most iconic landmarks. Along the journey you’ll find colonial era churches, museums, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks, and one very famous ship — all teeming with Revolutionary War lore.

The Paul Revere House

See where the famous silversmith, whose midnight ride saved the city and kicked off the American Revolution, called home. This humble house dates back to 1680 and is the oldest building in Boston. Its cozy size gives visitors a sense of just how intimate family life was during the Colonial Era.

The Old North Church

The signal lanterns that sparked Paul Revere’s Ride were hung from the steeple of this symbol of the American Revolution. First welcoming worshippers in 1723, it’s one of the oldest still-functional churches in the country. Features include a 191-foot steeple, 37 basement crypts holding more than a thousand bodies, and rows of old pews where you can listen to a brief presentation from a church guide.

The Old State House

The seat of the Massachusetts State Legislature until 1798, this brick and wood structure is today dwarfed by towering glass and steel skyscrapers. Housing a museum dedicated to Revolutionary War history, it contains the balcony from where the Declaration of Independence was first read aloud to Bostonians.

Old South Meeting House

Erected by Puritan descendants of the original Massachusetts Bay Colony pilgrims, this meeting house held public gatherings as well as church services for a congregation that included Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin. It was also where more than 5,000 colonists met in secret to organize the infamous Boston Tea Party in 1773.

Granary Burying Ground

If any of Boston’s ancient cemeteries can be said to be more famous than the rest, the permanent resting place of John Hancock, John Adams, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams is probably it. Despite having about 5,000 people buried on its grounds, there are only 2,300 tombstones because each grave contains up to 20 bodies per family.

Bunker Hill Monument

During one of the Revolutionary War’s first clashes on June 17, 1775, the powerful British Army took heavy losses from a supposedly weaker colonial militia with supposedly inferior muskets who waited to fire until they saw “the whites of their eyes.” Be sure to bring comfortable shoes for the 294-step climb to the obelisk honoring a battle that military experts believe helped turn the tide of the American Revolution in our favor.

Kings Chapel Burying Ground

Here, the ghosts of Boston come alive like nowhere else. The tombstones in Boston’s only burial grounds for 29 years (1630-1659) are in remarkable shape when you consider the fact that they’re over three centuries old. You can still read the names of famous Puritans like Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off The Mayflower. Take the Ghosts & Gravestones tour and your spine will tingle with chilling stories like the tale of someone accidentally being buried alive in the late 1700’s.

Seasonal Festivities

Winter

City Hall Plaza

Located in the heart of downtown, ‘Boston Winter presented by Berkshire Bank’ at City Hall Plaza is adjacent to Ames Boston Hotel and is winter’s ultimate holiday destination. Open to the public with ticketed feature attractions, this winter extravaganza includes an ice skating path, expansive Holiday Market, Santa’s House, a chocolate factory, and more.

Ice Skating

Is there a more quintessential New England winter pastime than skating on a pond? Even in downtown Boston, this can be done. Head to the Boston Common Frog Pond for the best outdoor skating in the city. The pond opens for skating in mid-November and usually closes in March, with rental skates available.

Sledding

For kids of all ages, nothing beats the exhilaration of sledding down Boston Common’s gentle slopes (perfect for the younger set) and somewhat steeper knolls (made for daredevils and the well-insured). If cabin fever is beginning to set in, get the kids, grab a sled at any number of downtown stores, and head for the hills. This is city sledding at its best!

“Frostbite Sailing”

Only in Boston would you find people tough enough to go sailing in the dead of a New England winter. But that’s exactly what they do and there’s a method to the madness. After all, why let a little snow and ice keep you from having some of the most spectacular views of the city all to yourself? Sailing centers throughout Boston offer short cruises along the Charles and in the Harbor – just long enough for your toes to start tingling!

Spring

Boston Massacre Reenactment

Every March 7th, the city marks the anniversary of this infamous incident when a group of British Army soldiers killed five colonists and wounded six more in front of the Old State House. In addition to a reenactment of the shooting (with real muskets firing blanks), visitors hear about the events and attitudes that led to the fateful confrontation and see reenactments of lawyers John Adams and Josiah Quincy defending the British soldiers accused of murder.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

No one, and we mean no one, does St. Patrick’s Day like Boston, where everyone is Irish for a day. The festivities begin with a traditional breakfast featuring politicians singing limericks lambasting their colleagues and opponents. Afterwards, one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades showcases floats, bagpipers, Irish dancers, bands, and more as it winds by pubs overflowing with green beer and plenty of fellowship and good cheer.

Boston Marathon

As the starting point for one of the most famous races in the world, the quaint Boston suburb of Hopkinton assumes center stage each Marathon Day. From here, thousands of runners pound their way 26.2 miles up Heartbreak Hill, past the Boston College campus, down Commonwealth Avenue, and into Copley Place. Even if the idea of running non-stop for anywhere from two to six hours isn’t your thing, join the thousands of spectators who come out to cheer friends and family on along the route. They run, you party. Everybody wins.

Summer

Summer Concerts

From 60,000-plus crowds taking in acts like Bruce Springsteen and local boys made good Aerosmith at Gillette Stadium to smaller shows at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and free concerts and jazz shows along the waterfront, in Copley Square, and at the Hatch Shell, the Boston summer concert season has something for every music fan.

Whale Watching

In addition to sailors and swimmers, Boston draws another sort of crowd each summer: finback, humpback, and right whales that come to feast on mackerel, herring, krill, and other fish that breed in the Bay State’s waters. Whale watching charters throughout Boston offer a chance to see these magnificent mammals spouting, swimming, and breaching the water.

4th of July

As the crucible in which our nation’s independence was forged, Boston celebrates Independence Day with great fervor. Pack a picnic and head downtown to enjoy a day of food, music, and friendship. Later in the afternoon, the famed Boston Pops perform a concert by the Charles River before the day is capped off by a magnificent fireworks display over the city.

Sailing on the Charles River

With water on three sides, Boston is one of the best cities on the East Coast for quick boating and sailing trips. Whether you’d like to see the city from aboard an iconic tall ship or steer your own little sloop out into the harbor, you’ll find plenty of chances to get out on the water.

Fall

Fall Foliage Tours

As the leaves begin to change in an orchestra of blazing reds, fiery oranges, and deep yellows, you’ll see why New England is famous for its “nature’s fire.” Don’t worry, if you can’t get out of the city you’ll find a range of places to watch the leaves turn. Rent a bike and take a spin around the “Emerald Necklace”, a 1100-acre series of parks linked by parkways and waterways that includes the lush, leafy enclaves of Jamaica Plain, the Charles River Esplanade, and Arnold Arboretum.

Halloween Events

Think a city crawling with three-hundred-year-old graveyards knows a thing or two about spooks, specters, and goblins? Get your fill of chills with a tour of Boston’s most notorious graveyards and haunted houses. Hear stories that’ll make your skin crawl. Take the kids to the Franklin Park’s Zoo Howl, where you’ll find a haunted trick-or-treat trail and spooky maze, creepy crafts and games, and costume contests for all ages.

Head of the Charles Regatta

Stroll the shores of the Charles River, find the perfect spot, spread out a blanket, and join hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world as they cheer on crew teams and solo rowers who gather at Cambridge for this world-class regatta. In addition to nearly 60 racing events, spectators enjoy food and drink vendors, live music, and more.