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Visiting Boston

Visiting Boston
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Visiting Boston

Last updated 12/1/16

With our rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone.

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WALKING TOURS

There are a variety of free walks and trails throughout the City of Boston.

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

The City has a wealth of museums, with everything from The Museum of Fine Arts to the Boston Fire Museum.

 

SHOPPING AND DINING

Boston offers world-class dining and shopping options as well as local, artisan, and ethnic favorites. 

THEATERS AND VENUES

We have a number of places for residents and visitors to watch plays, films, and concerts.

SPORTS

With the recent success of Boston’s professional teams, there’s much to experience in the City of Champions.

FARMERS MARKETS

The Office of Food Initiatives helps to oversee almost 30 farmers markets in Boston.

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

America’s first historic walking tour

In just a few hours, you’ll see 16 historical sites and look back on centuries of history. The red trail painted on the ground serves as your guide.

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Public Art
Boston’s Public Art

Search Boston’s art collection, watch artist videos, access a map of public art installations across the City, and more!

Walk to the Sea
Walk to the Sea

This walk encompasses four centuries of Boston history. Mixing historical landmarks with Boston’s skyscrapers, this walk is truly one worth taking.

State House
State House

Tours last about 30-45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture of the State Capitol.

Bunker Hill Monument
Bunker Hill Monument

Climb the 294 steps up the famous monument for one of Boston’s best views.

Swan Boats
Swan Boats

The Swan Boats paddle passengers around the Public Garden Lagoon for a 15-minute peaceful cruise.

USS Constitution
USS Constitution

Visit the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.

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CrissCross Signal Spire

Public Art

CrissCross Signal Spire, 2015

Meejin Yoon’s dynamic light sculpture in Dudley Square encourages viewers to interact by tweeting #signalspire. Learn about this piece — and more — from Public Art Boston.

About Boston

About Boston
Digital Access Initiative

Learn about the City's effort to digitize records and make them available to the public.

Boston Records

View the City's collections through our online public access catalog

Boston's history

Understand Boston's history through our past Mayors, City Council members, and major land acquisitions.

Historic Burying Grounds

Burying Grounds

Granary

This burying ground was established in 1660 to alleviate overcrowding in the King’s Chapel Burying Ground. Learn more about Boston’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative.

Planning your trip

Keep these dates and events in mind as they are usually busy times in Boston.

To and from Logan Airport

BUS SERVICE

The MBTA offers free Silver Line bus service from all airport terminals to South Station.

FERRY BOAT

The MBTA offers ferry-boat service from Hingham or Hull to the airport, weather permitting.

SHUTTLES

Massport provides free shuttle-bus service between airline terminals and Airport Station on the MBTA’s Blue Line.

TAXIS

Boston police regulate all taxis and pedi-cabs. Learn what you can expect from your ride.