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What are the can't miss things to do in Boston?

Spending a week in Boston!  What are your favorite activities and places to eat that you would want all visitors to see/do/eat in order to get a sense of Boston? 

9 Answers

answered by
Barbara from Cambridge (Massachusetts)

Do a "Duck Tour", they are whimsical and fun. You will see alot of the city and learn some interesting facts. Go to No.9 Park and sit at the bar for drinks and food and a good time. Check into Walking Tours, many fun neighborhoods to explore. Seafood is a must, go to Legal Sea Foods Harborside and you will have a front row seat of Boston Harbor or Select Oyster Bar right in center of Boston.  Many nice museums to explore as well. Definitley get over to Cambridge (Massachusetts) which is right across the river, take a taxi or Red line on the subway. There is a fabulous Italian restaurant called Giulia on Mass Ave right outside of Harvard Square. Harvard University offers a free tour. Mount Auburn Cemetery is rich in history, makes you feel like you stepped into Europe. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. No.9 Park (restaurant)
  2. Legal Sea Foods (restaurant)
  3. Select Oyster Bar (restaurant)
  4. Cambridge (Massachusetts) (city)
  5. Giulia (restaurant)
  6. Harvard Square (attraction)
  7. Mount Auburn Cemetery (attraction)
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answered by
Alexander from Carthage (Tunisia)

If there was one specific food to speak Boston's spirit to newcomers, I would gladly point to Boston's Clam Chowder.  

While there are numerous establishment serving very decent version of the star-dish, Christopher's in Porter Sq (Cambridge) might just be one of your best, for my tastes on the matter. 

Do not ommit to get yourself some fried oysters, around Boston Harbor (walking distance to City Hall Square, and Quincy Market)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Christopher's (restaurant)
  2. City Hall Square (attraction)
  3. Quincy Market (attraction)
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answered by
Irene from Boston

The Museum of Science in Cambridge has shows at the Mugar Omni Theater.  It's the bomb. 

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  1. Museum of Science (attraction)
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answered by
Andrew from Boston

Definitely visit the Freedom Trail and the USS Constitution if you're into history. There's the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Boston Common, and the New England Aquarium. Boston is full of history and you're bound to stumble into something if you're just walking around. Mike & Patty's has great sandwiches. Island Creek Oyster Bar if you like seafood.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Freedom Trail (attraction)
  2. USS Constitution (attraction)
  3. Museum of Fine Arts (attraction)
  4. Museum of Science (attraction)
  5. Boston Common (attraction)
  6. New England Aquarium (attraction)
  7. Mike & Patty's (restaurant)
  8. Island Creek Oyster Bar (restaurant)
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answered by
Jacqueline from Columbus, Ohio

A few different things:

Fenway Park tour is great even if you're not a red sox fan, a lot of fun history and a neat park.

The Mapparium at The Mary Baker Eddy Library is practically a secret, I know almost no one who has gone but everyone should: It's a stained glass globe 30 feet across that you walk through on a glass bridge, showing the world as it was in 1932 I believe. Fascinating and enchanting.

The Boston Children's Museum and New England Aquarium are both great for kids.

The USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") is very cool as well, and there is a free tour

Hanover St in the North End is fun just to walk down, experience the cobblestones and granite sidewalks, eat in one of the thousand Italian restaurants, and hit the pastry shops (Mike's Pastry) and argue over who makes the best cannoli.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Fenway Park (attraction)
  2. The Mapparium at The Mary Baker Eddy Library (attraction)
  3. Boston Children's Museum (attraction)
  4. New England Aquarium (attraction)
  5. USS Constitution (attraction)
  6. Hanover St (attraction)
  7. Mike's Pastry (restaurant)
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answered by
Gerry from Boston

must visit the Seaport District, about 40 new restaurants and bars, on the water, great new area of Boston!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seaport District (metro area)
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answered by
Anna from Athens

Boston is a very lively and walkable city and I'm sure you're going to like it! For starters do the Freedom Trail which takes you through the most important sites associated with the start of the American Revolution. Plus you're going to see most of downtown Boston and the North End in that way!

Beacon Hill is lovely for a walk (and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston. Definitely check out Acorn St which is said to be the most photographed street in the US. Relevant posts here:

Back Bay is another nice neighborhood. I recommend Newbury St and The Shops at the Prudential Center for shopping. Commonwealth Ave for a walk. Public Garden is also nearby. Relevant posts here:

Also the South End is a nice neighborhood to walk and has shops and restaurants on Dartmouth and Tremont streets. Relevant post here: 

then I suggest you go to Cambridge and visit Harvard SquareHarvard University and possibly Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Relevant post here:

Museum wise you can visit Museum of Fine ArtsHarvard Art Museums and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I've visited all of them, but if I had to choose one I'd probably go for the Fine Arts one, as it has more exhibits. Relevant post about the Harvard Museums here:

Last but not least, there are so many restaurants you can visit. here are my favorite ones

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Freedom Trail (attraction)
  2. North End (neighborhood)
  3. Beacon Hill (attraction)
  4. Acorn St (attraction)
  5. Back Bay (neighborhood)
  6. Newbury St (attraction)
  7. The Shops at the Prudential Center (restaurant)
  8. Commonwealth Ave (attraction)
  9. Public Garden (attraction)
  10. South End (neighborhood)
  11. Harvard Square (attraction)
  12. Harvard University (attraction)
  13. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (attraction)
  14. Museum of Fine Arts (attraction)
  15. Harvard Art Museums (attraction)
  16. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Nars from Boston

Here are somethings to consider:

Freedom Trail (If you enjoy walking/biking - consists of 16 stops)

Here's the

North End (for best Italian food)

Seaport Blvd (for seafood)

Boston Common (a freedom trail stop)

Faneuil Hall (a freedom trail stop)

Charles River Esplanade (For great views of Boston skyline)

Harvard Square

Here are some other ideas:

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Freedom Trail (attraction)
  2. North End (neighborhood)
  3. Seaport Blvd (attraction)
  4. Boston Common (attraction)
  5. Faneuil Hall (attraction)
  6. Charles River Esplanade (attraction)
  7. Harvard Square (attraction)
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answered first by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Hola Hannah. I always recommend Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace as my fab places to eat and buy unique souvenirs. The clam chowder and fish and chips are the best in town. Besides it is walking distance from New England Aquarium, The Childrens Museum and the Old State House.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Quincy Market (attraction)
  2. Faneuil Hall Marketplace (attraction)
  3. New England Aquarium (attraction)
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