Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and one of the most vibrant places on the East Coast. This seaside metropolis offers world-class dining, historical appeal, and a spirit all its own, so we teamed up with Expedia.com to bring you a few of the best things to do and see in Boston. To get your vacation started off on the right foot, check out the many Boston hotel options at
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1. Stroll down the most photographed street in America.
Acorn Street in Boston is one of those places that feels instantly familiar, probably because you’ve seen pictures of this quaint lane hundreds of times. The narrow Beacon Hill street is the most photographed in the entire nation, and it's easy to see why. Warm brick walls, classic painted shutters, and fluttering American flags give it undeniable charm.
2. Work up an appetite in Faneuil Hall.
Boston’s Quincy Market is home to Faneuil Hall, one of the must-see destinations in the city. Often referred to as the "Cradle of Liberty," it has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743. Step inside and you’ll be stunned by what appears to be an endless corridor of food vendors hawking everything from Boston baked beans to bubble tea. Head upstairs for additional seating or explore the basement shops flanking the hall. (4 S. Market St., Boston)
3. And work off your lunch on the Emerald Necklace.
The Emerald Necklace is actually a 1,100-acre string of parks and gardens that wind around the city of Boston. It was first designed in 1837 and is still being added to today. There are 11 main "jewels" on the chain, including lush spots like Boston Common, Olmsted Park, the Fens, and Arnold Arboretum. Biking or walking a portion of the Necklace is sure to reward you with stunning views and plenty of fresh air.
4. Hang out with seals and sea critters at the New England Aquarium.
Boston’s largest aquarium boasts everything from penguins to sea turtles. Wander in a spiral around the aquarium's massive central tank and get up close and personal with colorful fish and crabs. The exhibits here are very interactive – there’s a touch tank where you can feel starfish and clams and even a pool where you can stroke sharks and rays. (1 Central Wharf, Boston)
5. Take yourself out to the ball game at Fenway Park.
Fenway Park is the home of the Boston Red Sox and a major Boston landmark. This stadium has been around since 1912 and its quirky architecture and distinctive green hue give it plenty of character but what will probably stick in your mind (and your arteries) is the taste of the iconic Fenway Franks. (4 Jersey Street, Boston)
6. Have afternoon tea at the Boston Public Library.
If you think that heading to the library on vacation sounds like a dull idea, think again. The Boston Public Library is one of the most beautiful public spaces in the city. Its main reading room features rows of emerald lamps, soaring ceilings, and cathedral-like beauty. You can also head down to the library’s lush courtyard to read or sip coffee by the fountain, or even stop by The Courtyard Restaurant for an elegant tea service, complete with tiny cakes and scones. (700 Boylston St., Boston)
7. Or peruse the shelves of this cool outdoor bookshop.
Brattle Book Shop is an undeniably awesome spot for bookworms. They offer everything from rare tomes to bargain bestsellers, and even have a fantastic outdoor section. Browsing in the fresh air is a remarkably lovely experience. (9 West St., Boston)
8. Devour the best cannoli of your life at Mike’s Pastry.
If you have a sweet tooth, this place will send you into nirvana. Mike’s Pastry (300 Hanover St., Boston) is just one of innumerable bakeries, restaurants, and cafes in Boston’s Italian North End, but it’s definitely the most famous. Mike’s is renowned for its delicious cannoli, and lines can easily stretch down the block on a busy weekend afternoon. If you don’t fancy waiting, you can also head next door to Modern Pastry (257 Hanover St., Boston) for some equally delicious ricotta pie.
9. Skate (or splash) at the Frog Pond.
Boston isn’t known for its mild winters, so it makes sense that one of the most scenic public spots in the city is equipped to entertain in all seasons. The Boston Common Frog Pond is an ice skating rink in the winter and a spray pool in the summer. Families love to come here on a sweltering day to cool off, while couples can depend on a romantic evening gliding along the ice during the winter. (38 Beacon St., Boston)
10. Get a taste of something exotic in Chinatown.
Boston has one of the most vibrant Chinatowns in the country. With countless clothing boutiques, quirky gift shops, and East Asian cafes serving hot noodles and oodles of bubble tea, it’s like city within a city.
11. Check out some of the world’s top universities.
Boston is often called the "Athens of America," due in no small part to one incredible statistic: this one city is home to over 100 colleges. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are two of the heavy-hitters, and touring their gorgeous grounds in Cambridge is a true delight.
12. Walk the Freedom Trail.
This 2.5-mile route around Boston is more than just a walking path – it’s a celebration of our nation’s history and Boston’s close connection with the founding of America. The trail is marked by a thick red line that winds its way around the city, stopping off at 16 historically significant sites such as Old North Church, Granary Burying Ground, and the USS
Constitution. It’s the perfect way to experience a free guided tour of the city.
13. Indulge in a sunset seafood dinner on the harbor.
There’s no seafood like Massachusetts seafood, and Boston has some of the best. The Seaport district is positively lousy with restaurants serving everything from the finest lobster to cheap and yummy fried clams, but you can find great harbor views almost everywhere in the city. Head to Aragosta Bar and Bistro (3 Battery Wharf, Boston) for locally-sourced seafood and Italian fare, or try Sullivan’s (2090 William J. Day Blvd., South Boston) on Castle Island for views of the harbor that are unmatched.
Boston is a place like no other with an amazing range of things to do and places to see. You’ll fall in love with this city by the sea in no time. For more information about Boston and tips for visiting, click