As with most historic cities in the US, Boston has a rich background and with that comes TONS of tourist attractions. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, the area played an integral role in our nation’s history and there are landmarks EVERYWHERE that celebrate this rich and amazing history. Unless you are coming to stay or for a very extended visit, you’ll need to prioritize your must see tourist attractions in Boston. There are some things that you just have to experience while you are visiting Boston. In case you are not as familiar with Boston as I am here is a list to help!
Sports Fans Must See Tourist Attractions in Boston
If you are a sports fans these are the places you will NOT want to miss when you are visiting Boston. Along with being home to some of the best teams that call Boston home, these locations are beautiful works of architecture and some even have historical cred of their own!
- Fenway Park: Home of the Boston Red Sox
- TD Garden: Home of the Bruins and the Celtics
If you can’t catch a game while you are in town I highly recommend that you swing by anyway just to take in the awesome and massive feel of these locations!
Museums & Historical Landmarks
Old churches are a HUGE part of the history of Boston…you know with Paul Revere and all that. I’d suggest you put these museums and historical churches on your must see tourist attractions in Boston list if you are a history buff or a lover of architecture.
- New England Aquarium: My person favorite. I love aquariums!
- Boston Athenæum: 19th Century Art, Library, Museum
- Symphony Hall: Home of the Boston Symphony since 1900
- MIT Museum: Awesome museum geared toward technology and science
- Trinity Church: Founded in 1773 and home to a congregation of nearly 3,000 households
- Harvard Museum of Natural History: an amazing natural history museum
- Old South Meeting House: Historic Church built in 1729
- Old State House: the original colonial seat and state capital.
- Institute of Contemporary Art: this waterfront contemporary modern art museum is a must see for any art lover
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: venetian style palace and art museum
- Boston Children’s Museum: an awesome option for a more hands on approach
- Old North Church: “One if by land, two if by sea” you remember now?
- Museum of Fine Arts: another must see museum for the art lover
Walking Tours and Parks
Sometimes the last thing I want to do is deal with stuffy old buildings and guided tours. If you are looking for more of a hands on approach to checking out Boston these are definitely some great options. Put these walking tours and parks on your must see tourist attractions in Boston list so that you can witness the historical aspects of the city without missing out on the amazing modern vibes of the present.
- Freedom Trail: 2.5 miles of pathway that will take you along 16 must see locations through Boston
- Boston Common: historical and gorgeous. Perfect for lunch or relaxing with a book!
- Public Garden: right next door to the Boston Common. Another great park area to explore and enjoy
- Boston Harbor: Home to the port of Boston
- Newbury Street: Must see for shopping and fashion enthusiasts
- Boston Harborwalk: open to the public and runs all along the harbor perfect for checking out the boats
- Boston Navy Yard: historic home of the navy battleships
- Black Heritage Trail: another awesome walking tour option
- Rowes Wharf: currently it’s a modern housing development in downtown Boston but you’ve got to go and see the arch. It’s pretty well known and it’s amazing to see in person.
- Charles River Esplanade: located on the Back Bay it’s another must see option for the outdoor lover