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Best Things To Do in Boston

Boston's nearly four centuries of history are showcased by the city's must-see sites. Start your city tour on the Freedom Trail, which will lead you to landmarks like the Paul Revere House and Boston Common. Or, discover Beantown's artsy side at the Museum of Fine Arts and its fashion sense along Newbury Street. If you're a fan of baseball, you can't miss catching a game at Fenway Park, home to the beloved Red Sox. Though blowing through your travel fund is an easy thing to do in Boston, there are also plenty of things to do that won't cost you a penny; the lovely Boston Public Garden and the lively Faneuil Hall Marketplace can be experienced without you ever having to open your wallet.

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#1
Freedom Trail Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Stretching across 2½ miles, the Freedom Trail weaves past 16 of the city's most historical sites, including Faneuil Hall ... read more»

#2
Museum of Fine Arts
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you want to make the most out of the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the oldest art institutions ... read more»

#3
Boston Public Garden Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Although the Boston Public Garden sits right next to Boston Common, the two are actually quite different. The Public Garden ... read more»

#4
Museum of Science
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Take your young ones to the Museum of Science: There, they'll get to learn about astronomy, earth sciences and ... read more»

#5
Old North Church Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Most people who know anything about American history have heard of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, when he rode ... read more»

#6
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Boston is packed with cool outdoor spaces, but this nearly 1½-mile-long series of parks and gardens offers more than most ... read more»

#7
Boston Symphony Orchestra
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Even if you're not a classical music aficionado, you can't miss attending one of the Boston Symphony's ... read more»

#8
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: After Isabella Stewart Gardner's husband died in 1898, she bought land in Boston's Fenway area to open a ... read more»

#9
Fenway Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Fans of America's favorite pastime won't want to miss a game at Fenway Park. Home to the Boston ... read more»

#10
Boston Common Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The grounds of the Boston Common started as a cow pasture in the mid-1600s. After a few years, overgrazing became ... read more»

#11
Samuel Adams Brewery
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Touring the Samuel Adams Brewery is one of travelers' favorite pastimes. Recent visitors say the tours offer a comprehensive and ... read more»

#12
Boston Children's Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: With a giant milk bottle statue at the front of the building, it's hard to miss the Boston Children ... read more»

#13
New England Holocaust Memorial Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Gaze up at the six 54-foot-tall glass towers that comprise the New England Holocaust Memorial, and you're bound to ... read more»

#14
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Built in 1742 and now located on the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall's meeting hall has had a long and ... read more»

#15
Paul Revere House
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: For a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1700s, head to Paul Revere's former residence on ... read more»

#16
New England Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Your kids will find plenty to love at the New England Aquarium, starting with the harbor seals that hang out ... read more»

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