Faneuil Hall Marketplace
This national historic site, known as ‘the Cradle of Liberty’, is one of Boston’s best-loved landmarks. Built in the 1740s, Faneuil Hall is still a popular meeting place. Street performers entertain on the pedestrian zone outside the elegant Great Hall. Nearby, browse numerous stores in the North and South markets. If you’re feeling hungry take a look inside Quincy Market Food Colonnade.
The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a two-and-a-half mile heritage walk that skirts past 16 of the historic sites in downtown Boston, including the Massachusetts State House. Join guides wearing 18th-century-style costumes to hear about incidents that shaped the city and America as a whole. The 90-minute guided tours begin at Boston Common or Faneuil Hall, telling the story of Boston’s role in the American Revolution.
Sink a beer – or two
Enjoy a beer after learning how it’s produced during a free, hour-long tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery. The brewery is a popular destination, particularly on Saturdays, so arrive early to ensure you get a ticket as reservations aren’t possible. Alternatively – or additionally, if you like your ale – take a tour of the Harpoon Brewery, which has a sizable beer hall in the Seaport district.
Whale watching tours
Board a boat at the harbour to take a whale watching tour, which lasts around three hours. The best time to do so is from May into October, when migrating humpback, minke and finback whales gather on the Stellwagen Bank, a nutrient-rich underwater plateau. You might also see dolphins and seabirds, including shearwaters, cormorants and storm petrels.
Watch a pro sports game
Boston is the home to the Celtics NBA basketball franchise, Bruins NHL ice hockey team and the Red Sox baseball club. Even if you’re in Boston out of season, you can join a tour of Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox. One of America’s oldest ballparks, it opened in 1912 and still has vintage seating in the grandstand. Revisit the careers of famous players and explore the grounds on a one-hour stadium tour.
Boston Common & Public Garden
Strolling Boston Common’s 44 acres gives you fine views of the city’s high-rise skyline. It also allows you to tick a heritage box – it is America’s oldest public park, having been established by Puritan settlers back in 1634. During summertime the hill beneath the Soldiers and Sailors Monument is a popular picnic area, while in winter the Frog Pond is turned into a skating rink.