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Getting to the city from Boston’s Logan Airport is pretty straightforward – a free Silver Line Rapid Transit service from all terminals to South Station in the city. Blue Line Subway services are also available, while those intending to use public transport frequently during their stay here should pick up a CharlieCard, which offers discounts on travel and entertainment.

History

The capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England, Boston has been the site for numerous events that changed the course of US history, including the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. The city has since grown into a thriving multicultural metropolis whilst retaining its historical landmarks and preserving its colonial heritage.

Anyone travelling to Boston for the first time has to try the Freedom Trail, a red brick path through down-town Boston that leads visitors to 16 significant historic sites including Massachusetts State House, Benjamin Franklin’s statue, the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s House and the Bunker Hill Monument.

Sport

Spend a couple of days in Boston and you’ll soon realise that you’re among the most fervent sports fans in the world. Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, is well worth a visit, while the Bruins (Ice Hockey), the Celtics (Basketball) and the New England Patriots (American Football) are all highly illustrious teams. 

Fun for kids

There’s plenty to keep kids happy too. The New England Aquarium, the Franklin Park Zoo and the Museum of Science are just a few of the child-friendly options. If they get hungry, head to the historic North End for great restaurants and people-watching opportunities. Throughout Boston, seafood, particularly clam chowder, is the local speciality.

It's a big city, but you can cover the centre on foot in just a couple of hours .Though, if your feet need a rest, the subway (known as the T) is great way to get around – your CharlieCard will come in handy to keep the cost down here. 

Shopping and Nightlife

A popular destination for shoppers from all over the world, Boston offers local delights and international brands in equal measure. Newbury Street, The Prudential Centre and Copley Place Mall are a must for serious shoppers, while Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and “Southie” are packed full of homegrown treasures and keepsakes.

Boston boasts a lively nightlife scene, particularly on Lansdowne Street near Kenmore Square but when you do decide to retire for the night, the city offers hotels and guesthouses to suit every budget. Want to do Boston without blowing a fortune? Check out our list of free things to see and do in the city.

Five for free

  • Boston Common

    The oldest park in America, Boston Common’s lush surroundings provide the perfect contrast to the concrete and red brick structures of the city. The park comes to life in spring, provides free theatre performances in summer, puts on a stunning display of autumn foliage from October and offers ice-skating on the Frog Pond in winter.

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  • Harvard University and Square

    You can’t talk about Boston without mentioning Harvard, one of the most historic and prestigious universities in the world. Spend an afternoon strolling around Harvard’s ivy covered buildings, once home to the likes of TS Eliot, JFK, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Harvard Square contains numerous shops, bars and restaurants and also plays host to more than 300 registered street performers.

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  • Bunker Hill Monument

    This 221-foot obelisk commemorates The Battle of Bunker Hill, which took place during the Siege of Boston early in the American Revolutionary War in 1775. Climb the 294 steps to the top of the Monument for unparalleled views of the Boston skyline.

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  • Sam Adams Brewery tour and tastings

    Bostonians are beer lovers, which you’ll notice by the number of breweries in the city. So, as well as enjoying a tipple at one of Boston’s legendary bars, a trip to its most popular brew house, the Sam Adams Brewery, is worth the effort. Based in Jamaica Plains, the brewery offers free tours of the facility and free tastings.

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  • Sample of North End

    One of Boston’s most culturally diverse areas, North End is renowned for its fine dining, delicious gelato, and colourful personalities. Nicknamed Boston’s ‘Little Italy’, it is also the city’s oldest residential community. In his 1948 book, ‘About Boston’, David McCord said of the North End, “This is the real Boston; this is America, old and new.”

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