Visiting Boston? As one of the oldest cities in America, Boston has enough great food, sports and culture to keep you busy for a lifetime. Fortunately, we’ve enlisted travel blogger Sher She Goes for the low down on the five must-visit spots in town that belong on any Boston bucket list!
Boston Bucket List
Before first visiting Boston, I knew what (I think) everyone knows. There is literally so much to do in this city.
What I only realized until after I visited, however, was how surprisingly small and walking-friendly most of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods truly are. This is great for visitors, of course, as everything Boston has to offer can be seen quickly and on a tighter time schedule, if necessary.
Whether you’re a history buff, Instagram star, craft beer aficionado, or everything and anything in between, there’s plenty to see and do in “Beantown”! Keep reading for 5 great ideas to experience the best of Boston!
Enjoy a Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston
When it comes to luxury hotels in Boston, trust me: it doesn’t get any better than this!
Situated directly across the street from the Boston Common – a gorgeous, green, and pedestrian-friendly park that resembles a smaller version of New York’s Central Park – the Four Seasons Hotel Boston literally oozes luxury.
In a city known for its close quarters, the Four Seasons Boston has spacious accommodations tastefully appointed with all the trappings of New England charm: mahogany bed frames and coffee tables, state-of-the-art bathrooms, and flowing drapes that flank gorgeous views of the Common and Boston Public Garden.
Also, the hotel’s location between the popular neighborhoods of Back Bay and Government Center serves as an ideal home base for exploring one of America’s most historically rich cities!
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Visit Copley Square and the Boston Public Library
Located in the hip Back Bay neighborhood, Copley Square is the perfect starting point to explore Boston’s history and culture.
Copley Square itself hosts attractions including the Boston Public Library as well as Old South and Trinity, a pair of churches over 140 years old.
Fans of architecture and photography will particularly enjoy the Boston Public Library, whose Reading Room and Atrium provide some stunning Instagram-worthy backdrops.
After you’ve snapped some shots, head a few blocks over to Newbury Street, Boston’s main boutique shopping thoroughfare, and pick up some last-second gifts for friends and family!
Stroll Around the Posh Neighborhood of Beacon Hill
Whether we’re discussing things to do in Boston during the snowy winter or the beautiful summer, visiting the posh neighborhood of Beacon Hill should never be too far down the list.
Located just due north of the Boston Common, Beacon Hill is a leafy residential neighborhood known for its boutique shops, independent restaurants and coffee shops, and expensive townhomes.
Names like Chestnut, Spruce, Lime, Branch and Cedar dominate Beacon Hill’s streets, but two can’t miss stops are Acorn Street, likely the most-photographed street in Boston, and Louisberg Square, known for its palatial Greek Revival townhomes!
Visit the Historic Sites of Government Center
Just a 15-minute walk northeast of Beacon Hill, Boston’s Government Center is known for its concentration of sights tailor-made for a crash course in Boston and American history.
Within several square feet you’ll find some of Boston’s most famous landmarks including Faneuil Hall, a famous Revolutionary meeting place, Old State House, Boston’s oldest surviving public building known for its 1776 Declaration of Independence reading, and the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre.
After you’re done with all this history, you can unwind at the nearby Quincy Market, a complex adjacent to Faneuil Hall known for its thriving restaurant and boutique scene!
Tour the Harpoon Brewery
After doing all this, you’ll probably need a drink!
Hop into a cab heading southeast of Government Center, and in 15 short minutes find yourself on the steps of the Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall.
Founded by 3 college students frustrated by the lack of American craft beer options comparable to what they found studying abroad in Munich, the Harpoon Brewery is often cited among the early standard-bearers (Harpoon was founded in 1986) of America’s craft beer renaissance.
The tour features stops throughout the entire brewery with helpful guides explaining everything from Harpoon’s history to its present-day manufacturing and distribution.
And, last but not least, the tour offers a special tap room stop where you can sample dozens of Harpoon beers, many of which are not widely available on the market!
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