Updated: Jun 17, 2020
When I was younger, my grandmother took me on a trip and one of the places we went was Boston. I fell in love with the city so much that I made my parents take me and my brother a few years later. Even though I basically did the same things twice, I loved my second visit just as much as the first. Here are eight things to do on your trip to Boston:
1. Walk the Freedom Trail
I bet you could've guessed this one, but it is so true!! It's 2.5 miles long and has 16 awesome stops. Follow the red brick line through town and you'll see churches, cemeteries, Paul Revere's house, and so many other interesting sites. Make sure you wear walking shoes, because you will definitely need those at Bunker Hill. And that brings us to #2
2. Climb Bunker Hill Monument
Climb 294 steps to the top of Bunker Hill Monument for some awesome views of Boston. Like I said earlier, wear your walking shoes and make sure you are prepared to climb up a spiral staircase. It can be tough for some visitors, but there's definitely a rewarding view at the top!
3. Take a Boston Harbor Cruise
For amazing views of the Boston skyline, take the harbor cruise! Each type of cruise will take you to see different things around the city. Not only was it cool to see the entire skyline and learn more about the city, but it was also somewhat relaxing to "get away" from the city and be on the water. (I don't know why, but I've always loved the sound of a boat driving through the water haha)
4. Enjoy a Picnic in the Park
Go grab some food from a local grocery store or order take out and find a nice spot in Boston Public Garden or Boston Common. Boston Common, founded in 1634, was America's first public park! If you're not feeling Boston Common, go across the street to Boston Public Garden, America's first botanical garden! After you stuff your face full of delicious food, go for a peaceful swan boat ride around the lake.
5. Have Your Own Tea Party
Back in 1773, Americans protested taxation without representation by dumping tea from East India Company's ships into Boston Harbor. Head on over to the tea party museum before you try your hand at dumping tea into the harbor.
6. Experience Faneuil Hall
Built in 1742, Faneuil Hall was a meeting hall and marketplace. Now you can do some shopping, watch street performers, and eat at one of Faneuil Hall's 30 restaurants (maybe try some clam chowda ;) ). Don't forget to grab some ice cream in a cone from Quincy's Place!
7. Stroll Through Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is honestly one of the most beautiful neighborhoods I've ever seen! Charming, red brick homes with black accents line streets (some are even cobblestone!!) that are lit by antique lanterns. If you're going to get lost anywhere in Boston, this is where you want to be! It's so picturesque and dreamy!
8. Climb Aboard the USS Constitution
The USS Constitution, constructed in 1797, has sailed all around the world and was used in many battles. You can now explore the ship and learn about life aboard "Old Ironsides."
While Boston is full of history, you don't have to be a history geek to visit and love the city. There is definitely something for everyone in Beantown!!
Looking for accommodation?? Check out Omni Parker House, home to Boston Cream Pie!