The fascinating and historic city of Boston can be found in the heart of Massachusetts. One of my favourite places in the United States, the capital city is less than four hours drive from New York and is well worth a visit. Since the city regularly receives a heavy blanket of snow in winter, autumn or spring are often touted as the best times to visit. When you do make your way to the waterfront city, be sure to check out our top things to do and see.
Situated in downtown Boston, the Quincy Markets will get your tastebuds going as you discover a historic hall filled with gourmet goods. From traditional clam chowder, giant slices of pizza and Philly cheese steaks to pretzels, donuts and ice cream, there is no calorie counting allowed here. You’ll also find plenty of shops and stalls to wander or simply grab your snacks and head outside to watch one of the popular street performers.
Boston is blessed with a beautiful waterfront that simply must be explored. In the afternoon, take a stroll on what is known as the Boston HarbourWalk. You may enjoy a guided tour to learn more about the city’s maritime history or if you prefer less structure, take a leisurely walk along the promenade. You will pass many iconic buildings and famous attractions, not to mention a collection of buzzing restaurants. Continue the adventure by jumping onboard a sunset cruise and sail through the picturesque Boston Harbour.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is worth a peek even if you are travelling solo. Certainly a popular one for families, this newly renovated attraction is filled to the brim with countless marine animals. The Giant Ocean Tank holds 200,000 gallons of water and offers 52 viewing windows for visitors to catch a glimpse of many tropical marine species. Expect to see turtles, penguins, seals, sharks and rays. Enjoy the latest nature film at the giant IMAX theatre or head out to the water on a whale watching expedition.
If you are after a bird’s eye view of the city, you have no choice but to head to the Skywalk Observatory inside the Prudential Tower. The city’s only sky high vantage point, the observatory offers sweeping views of Boston and beyond. Add an extra dimension to your trip with an informative audio tour. For discounted entry on Boston’s top attractions including the Skywalk Observatory, get your hands on a Boston CityPass.
The easiest way to get to Harvard University from the city is by subway. Hop on the train and you’ll find yourself stopping right outside Harvard Yard. Arguably one of the most famous universities in the world, you will stand in awe of the magnificent buildings as you wander the well kept grounds. There are a range of tours to enjoy, from audio tours to groups led by current students. Grab a piece of your own Harvard merchandise, attend a public forum or cheer on one of the crimson athletic teams.