10 Awesome Things to Do in Boston, MA

South End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
South End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

From Victorian style buildings and cobblestone paths to higher education and cutting-edge innovation centers, this slice of New England is a United States’ knockout gem. To make the most of your trip to Boston, Massachusetts, we’ve pulled together a few suggestions so you can be sure to see everything you want into a long weekend or short trip.

Take A Tour of Boston’s Green Oasis

Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

Located in downtown Boston and consisting of 50 acres of land, Boston Common, founded in 1634, is known as the oldest city park in the United States. In Boston Common, visitors can find the burial sites of the painter Gilbert Charles Stuart and the first American choral composer William Billings, as well as Revolutionary War’s prominent figure Samuel Sprague and his son, poet Charles Sprague. Adjacent to Boston Common, you will find the Boston Public Garden which was established in 1837 as the first public botanical garden in America.

Get a Window Seat to Admire All the City Landmarks

Top of the Hub, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
Top of the Hub, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

For a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience enjoying 360-degree spectacular views of Boston, head to the Top of the Hub at the top of the Prudential Center. Soaring 52 floors above Back Bay area, Top of the Hub serves its visitors upscale American cuisine, refreshing drinks, and delicious coffee on a daily basis.

Visit A Fun Little Street to Get Some Lovely Photos

Acorn Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
Acorn Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Acorn Street is one of the loveliest addresses in Beacon Hill and one of the most photographed residential neighborhoods in the whole city. In the area with the delicate row houses where tradespeople and artisans lived in the 19th-century, you can travel back in time to see how uniquely beautiful Boston looked even two centuries ago.

Shop Till You Drop at One of Boston’s Chicest Neighborhoods

Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

Newbury Street is a two-mile-long stretch characterized by many as the “Rodeo Drive of the East.” Featuring a high number of high-end and independent shops and dining establishments, Newbury Street can be easily compared to some of the most exclusive districts of New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Buy Some Fruit While Gazing at The City’s Architecture

Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

Located at the heart of the city of Boston, Copley Square, dedicated to Anglo-American painter John Singleton Copley, is the ideal place to stop for fresh fruit from local farmers or free outdoor entertainment. Some of the architectural structures you should see in the area are the Old South Church, Trinity Church, Boston Public Library, Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel and John Hancock Tower.

If You Want to Enjoy Recreational Activities

Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
Charles River, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

The Charles River is an 80-mile long river separating the city of Boston from Cambridge. The river is continuously traveling through 23 different towns and cities before reaching the Atlantic Ocean outside Boston Harbor. Follow the roughly three-mile leafy path known as the Charles River Esplanade and see local people sailing, kayaking, running and biking.

Explore One of the Cutest Local Neighborhoods

South End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
South End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

The South End, bordered by Roxbury, Back Bay, and Chinatown, is one of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The 300-acre area, which is nowadays very popular among the lesbian and gay community of Boston, has eleven residential parks, and numerous charming Victorian style residences.

Discover Boston’s Oldest Graveyard

King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

Founded in 1630, King’s Chapel Burying Ground on Tremont Street is the oldest cemetery in Boston. The first person who was buried in the land’s grounds was that of Isaac Johnson, the property’s original owner. King’s Chapel Burying Ground, where now only 505 headstones and 59 footstones remain, was the city’s only burial site from 1630 through 1660.

Enjoy the Tranquil Beauty of A Reflecting Pool 

Christian Science Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
Christian Science Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

The First Church of Christ, Scientist is located in the 14.5-acre Christian Science Plaza. Except for a fountain and reflecting pool, visitors in the plaza can admire a plethora of impressive buildings, such as the original Romanesque church which was built in 1894, its 1906 Byzantine-Renaissance extension, currently hosting one of the world’s largest pipe organs, as well as the Mary Baker Eddy Library inside the Christian Science Publishing House (1934).

Stroll Through Storied Harvard Square

Local musician "Guitar Bear" at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine
Local street artist “Guitar Bear” at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Photo by Katerina Papathanasiou/The Vale Magazine

Do not leave Boston without strolling through the historic Harvard Square at the intersection of Brattle Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and John F. Kennedy Street in Cambridge to absorb some of Harvard University’s Ivy League charm. The triangular plaza is adjacent to Harvard Yard featuring various commercial shops and free performances by talented local artists.

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