The capital city of Massachusetts, Boston, may be best known for iconic Bostonian accents and for its historically rich landmarks. When beginning research on interesting things to do in Boston, The Freedom Trail will be a top search result, without fail. However, this doesn’t mean it should be overlooked as an unoriginal cliché. The Freedom Trail is important in its own right, and allows visitors to be immersed in Boston’s historically significant past. It’s a great option for people visiting Boston with the intention of learning more about its history. Below is an alternative to this pre-existing city tour, which includes locations that reveal Boston’s place in present-day America.
1. Fenway Park
Home of the Boston Red Sox, this baseball field holds major historical significance in its own right. An icon of American sports history, this location is a great place to visit if you’ve got a sports fan in the group (unless they’re a New York Yankees fan). If your trip happens to be during the spring or summer, consider stopping by to catch a game (and maybe even a baseball)!
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2. Museum of Fine Arts
Just a 14-minute walk from Fenway Park, this destination is a must for anyone interested in arts and culture. Permanent exhibits include pieces hailing from almost every continent, including the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as entire collections revolving around jewelry and musical instruments. Regular admission is $25 for adults, but special events and pricing can be found on the official website, as well as hours and accommodations.
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3. Boston Public Library
On your way from the museum to this destination (a 25-minute walk or a 10-minute cab ride), take in the scenery by walking through Northeastern University’s campus. The library itself was established in 1848, and has become a landmark for knowledge and an inspiration for academia. It was technically the first free municipal library in the United States, and to this day there is no entrance fee.
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4. Boston Public Garden
Only a nine-minute walk from library, and originally called the Boston Common, this public park was America’s first, created in 1634. Full of vibrant plant life, monuments, fountains, and swan boats on a lagoon, this location is great for taking a break from city-life. Stroll around and take in Boston’s natural beauty and history at the same time.
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5. New England Aquarium
An 11-minute car ride from the park, the final destination on this list will take you out to Boston’s eastern borders, right along Boston Harbor. This aquarium offers special programs and classes, houses an IMAX Theatre, and even offers trips out on the Harbor to see whales, dolphins, and other marine life thriving in their natural habitat. Interactive exhibits help make this aquarium as educational as it is fun.
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Whether you’re interested in American history or looking to explore a thriving modern urban center, you’ll discover the best of both worlds in Boston.