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6 Must-See Boston Neighborhoods & How to Visit

6 Must-See Boston Neighborhoods & How to Visit

History and cutting-edge culture live side by side in Boston, where neighborhoods go from historic Beacon Hill’s cobblestone lanes to downtown skyscrapers. Sample a little of each area to experience the city’s many facets. These are the key Boston neighborhoods for planning your trip.

 

Downtown/Financial District

For maximum contrast between old and new Boston, head to busy downtown, where glass towers surround Revolutionary sites and the Freedom Trail starts at Boston Common. Along with theaters and endless restaurants, this neighborhood includes some of the city’s top historic attractions: the Old State House, the Old South Meeting House, the Granary Burying Ground, and more.

 

North End

The longtime home of Boston’s Italian-American community, the North End keeps that culture alive with neighborhood festivals and the city’s best Italian fare. Sites such as the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and the Copp’s Hill Burying Ground are a must, but linger to enjoy the best of North End flavors. Favorite North End snacks include Italian sandwiches, thin-crust pizza, and slushy cups of Italian ice.

 

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill’s brick row houses and cobbled lanes are straight from a postcard, and the best way to enjoy the historic atmosphere is on foot, whether you’re exploring on your own or joining a walking tour. The Black Heritage Trail leads from Boston Common through Beacon Hill, highlighting a series of fascinating places on its way to the African Meeting House, the oldest Black church in the United States.

 

Waterfront

Stretching along Boston Harbor from Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the Waterfront neighborhood bristles with energy. The Boston HarborWalk follows the water’s edge past attractions including the New England Aquarium, one of the city’s best family-friendly sites. This is also the starting point for many Boston Harbor cruises.

 

Back Bay

Victorian brownstone houses lend an elegant feel to one of Boston’s most coveted neighborhoods. There’s plenty of sightseeing here, too. Check out the gorgeous interior of the Boston Public Library; stroll across Copley Square; then head to Newbury Street to visit boutiques, cafés, and stylish bars.

 

Fenway-Kenmore

Catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is an unforgettable Boston experience, but there’s plenty more to see in this bustling neighborhood. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed a string of parks called the Back Bay Fens that are a welcome slice of green in the heart of the city, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is among Boston’s most beloved art galleries.

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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

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Revel in the history of Fenway Park, one of baseball’s most beloved stadiums, during this guided tour. Revisit the careers of Red Sox greats like Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Carl Yastrzemski, celebrate the club’s numerous World Series titles, and tour famous stadium locales like the ‘Green Monster,’ ‘Pesky’s Pole,’ and the Fenway Park Living Museum.
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  • 1 hour
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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

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Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square & Back Bay
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Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square & Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston's North End

Boston's North End "Little Italy" Pizza, Cannoli, and History Walking Food Tour

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Enjoy some of the best pizza in Boston on this walking food tour. Stroll through the city’s oldest neighborhoods, including, appropriately, Little Italy on the North End. Walk along the Freedom Trail that leads to 16 historically significant sites, like Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and the USS ‘Constitution,’ to name a few. Visit some of Boston's best pizzerias and enjoy a slice at each. It’s a fun and flavorful way to get to know Boston.
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  • 2 hours
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Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass

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Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with the Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, over 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of days purchased.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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Boston City view Bicycle Tour

Boston City view Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Guided Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston
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Guided Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston

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Explore Boston's Freedom Trail on this informative and historic tour complete with a guide. Wander cobblestone streets, check out the architecture, and learn about the colorful past of this dynamic destination. Stops include Faneuil Hall, King's Chapel, Boston Common, and more.
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Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS

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Experience Boston’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Boston CityPASS. Visit the popular New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and relax on a Boston Harbor Cruises. Choose between the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Franklin Park Zoo to complete the experience. This Boston CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days from date of first use. Convenient mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from the attractions is not included.
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  • 9 days
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