Simply said, there are LOADS of Boston attractions. If you're short on time you'll want a game plan before you get there. Between the world famous museums, special events and performance venues, I promise you won't be bored. And whether you indulge in chocolate or dabble in history, there's probably a tour for you.
One tip before you arrive - choose a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions as Boston's weather can be a bit variable. Fortunately, a lot of the sights are quite close together so you can change your plans fairly easily.
On our last trip I was excited to bring Siena to the New England Aquarium. We took the T to Park Street and were going to walk the rest of the way.
When we got outdoors, we realized it was such a glorious day that we changed our plans on the spot.
We walked the opposite direction through the Boston Common (where Siena had her first carousel ride) and the Public Garden (home of two landmark Boston attractions: the Swan Boats and the "Make Way for Ducklings" statue). Then we crossed the street for a Ma Clavin's Bahston Clam Chowda, a Burger Meister and a beer at Cheers (yes, super touristy, but that's what we were there for)!
If you wanted to make a bigger day of it, you could take a few hours after lunch to walk the Freedom Trail. It starts right at the Boston Common and is a rockin' way to get to know downtown (as well as some of America's most defining history).
Only a few days later we went to the Boston Science Museum. It was another glorious day as we did the 30 minute walk from my sister's house in Somerville. By the time we left the museum two hours later (note: that's not really enough time to do it justice but we had to be somewhere), it was pouring!
Fortunately, in the lobby of the museum there are free phones specifically for calling the taxicab company of your choice. We went with the top one on the list and were impressed with how quickly it arrived.
If you do find yourself with a few rainy days, don't fret. There are plenty of rainy day Boston attractions around. For many it's all about the museums, but you can always go for eating and shopping if you prefer!
If you're looking for the truly quick and easy way to plan your Boston vacation, start by downloading our Boston Tourism Essentials eBook. It's like our family's personal Boston travel guide and we consistently get fantastic feedback on it.
What do you love most about living in or visiting Boston? Share your Boston attractions tips here!
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Today's visit to the MFA
Having visited the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts in Boston) from time to time for many years, I am truly overwhelmed by what a magnificent museum it is. Not …
Gardner Museum Boston
Gardner Museum Boston Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) was a fascinating and exuberant woman who took great pleasure in the cultures of …
Boston Museum of Fine Art Not rated yet
Museum of Fine Arts Boston Earlier this year, my 3-year old's preschool took the whole school for a special field-trip to the Boston Museum …
You don't have to pay full price to see Boston's top attractions...
Click here to learn which Boston Discount Card is right for you
Head from Boston Attractions to our Boston Tourism Homepage