Top 5 Touristy Attractions in Boston
Ah yes, tourist season. For your friendly neighborhood waitress, this is the time of the year that I thrive the most, but this is also some of the most stressful times for those traveling. Vacations are supposed to be fun, but figuring out what to do and where to eat everyday can be painstakingly annoying, especially in a city that was just voted the #1 “Best Summer Vacation Destination in the United States” by U.S News magazine (yeah, we’re that cool). So sit back and let me tell you the top five tourist attractions that you simply cannot miss in Boston:
- Quincy Market
Yes, the infamous Quincy Market is my top choice. With 32 various food stands inside and the countless restaurants outside, you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Be sure to come hungry- you’ll even be able to try some Boston baked beans and New England clam chowder without having to wait at a restaurant. This is also a fantastic option if you’re looking for a quick grab and go. The shopping center, activities, and of course, boat loads of history are right at your fingertips in this beautiful marketplace.
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library
There’s nothing quite like history with a view, am I right? For that reason I have chosen the JFK library as an awesome location to visit in Boston. The exhibits will take you on a journey through the presidency of John F. Kennedy as well as mention his and his family’s accomplishments. After touring the museum space, spending a few minutes in the pavillion section will be enough to take your breath away. The nine stories of all-glass paneling, the view of the harbor, and the amazing skyline are enough to plan a visit just here, but of course the museum is pretty cool too. For adults, the price is $14 for full admission to the museum!
- The Freedom Trail
Yeah, this one means putting a little bit more effort in on your part, but it’s completely worth it (and free!). Getting to see all of Boston’s major history through just a two and a half mile walk is a wonderful opportunity, and it’ll get your steps in for the day, so what’s not to love? There are sixteen stops along the route, but it will take you by so many other landmarks and areas that you can stop and see. With plenty of museums and food throughout the journey, this could fill an entire day if you really wanted it to.
- Institute of Contemporary Art
This is a fun option if you’re looking for art that is a little less boring than the Museum of Fine Art. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the MFA, but it can get a little boring. The ICA not only has a great view but also pieces that are always thought provoking. This is a fun trip for the whole fam that definitely won’t leave anyone feeling bored or ready to go home for the night. General admission is $15 for adults, but if you plan wisely, it’s free on Thursday between 5pm and 9pm.
- Fenway Park
You don’t even have to be a huge Red Sox fan to enjoy this one (although how could you not be). There are daily tours offered of the park, where you will be shown the behind the scenes that a regular fan attending a game doesn’t get. Plus, if you’re over in that area, there are a ton of places to grab some grub that ranges from different types of cuisine to quick bites as well. If you happen to tour on a game day, stay for the game and enjoy a Fenway Frank for dinner as you soak in that Boston pride. These tour tickets cost $20 for adults, but it’s so worth the price!
Between the many parks, gardens, and free attractions that Boston has to offer, spending money is essentially an option. My biggest advice would be pick an area to explore for the day, and stay over there- definitely don’t try to see the whole city in one day. There is way too much food to try that! And while you’re walking the freedom trail, stop by Mike’s pastry for cannoli and a coffee (I promise you this is the better bakery and the wait is more than worth it). The best way to see Boston is one step at a time, there is history everywhere you turn and a new opportunity for adventure around every corner. Happy travels!