Things to do in Boston
Any trip to Boston would incomplete without a spin around Harvard University (or as the Bostonians would say ‘Hahvahd’). Located in the city of Cambridge, just north of Boston, and established in 1636, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning. Take a free campus tour and wander the prestigious university grounds.
Or explore Boston’s historical Beacon Hill neighbourhood. Known for its well-dressed homes littered with flower boxes and its gas lamp streetlights, brick pavements and narrow streets, this area appears untouched for 200 years. Keen photographers will want to head to straight to the top of the hill and snap the view from the gold-domed Massachusetts State House.
Any city with an Aqua Duck tour ought to be taken very seriously. The Boston Duck Tour does not disappoint – get aboard this amphibious vehicle for a tour cruising the streets and the Charles River all in 80 minutes. You can start the tour from New England Aquarium, which makes for a great day out in Boston. Located on the waterfront, New England Aquarium is a colourful and educational experience with over 8,000 aquatic creatures to gawk and ogle at including penguins, the giant Pacific octopus, sea lions and the ever-resilient moon jelly (jellyfish), which have been around since before the dinosaurs.
If you’ve come to shop, you’re in the luck - Boston is renowned for its shopping. The best shopping districts include Harvard Square, Downtown Crossing, and Newberry Street. Downtown Crossing is the largest shopping district and is bustling day and night with over 300 jewellers and 200 retail stores – your credit card will be burning a hole in your pocket.
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For a nostalgic walk down the path to American independence, you can’t go past the Freedom Trail. One of the US’s first historic walking tours, you’ll see 16 significant sites in downtown Boston on foot.
This Boston neighbourhood is the place to go for tree-lined streets, brownstone townhouses and heaps of genteel gardens belying its fluctuating fortunes and interesting history through the centuries.
Take us to the ballgame – or in this case, the home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park. This is the stadium where Babe Ruth and plenty of baseball luminaries made their names – it’s a Boston institution!
From Egyptian mummies to artworks by Monet and Van Gogh, you’ll be bowled over by the impressive collection housed in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts that’s a cross between London’s British Museum and Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Go to great heights at the Skywalk Observatory for a panoramic view of Boston and surrounds from 50 floors up. Pick out the landmarks or enjoy a cocktail from the Top of the Hub restaurant and lounge on level 52.