The Best Things to See and do With One Day in Boston

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Boston, Massachusetts, is a city steeped in rich history, vibrant culture, and remarkable innovation, and can easily be reached from a number of towns making it a perfect New England day trip

Known for its plethora of nicknames, including, Beantown, The Hub, and The City on a Hill, Boston, the largest city in New England, is famed for its pivotal role in American history, hosting events such as the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Today, this historic city has a thriving arts scene, world-class universities, and a vibrant sports fan base. 

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or just looking for a fun-filled day in the city, Boston has an eclectic mix of experiences that caters to all tastes and interests. 

In this post, I am sharing some of my top picks for the best things to see and do during a day in Boston.

Luckily Boston is a fantastic walkable city with many public transportation options, so you can see a lot of Boston in a day. However, even if you get an early start, you won’t be able to see everything on this list in a day- nor should you try. Enjoy your day in Boston and allow some free time to take in the atmosphere and perhaps wander off route. You never know what exciting pop-ups, activities, and experiences await you while exploring Boston. 

To help you plan the perfect day in Boston, I’ve included several Boston itinerary suggestions at the end of this post suitable for all different interests. Many attractions are convenient to each other, so, if you are in a group, it is easy to split up and reconvene later after everyone has the chance to see and do what matters to them most. 

Enjoy this list of the best things to see and do with a day in Boston.

Soak in American History along the Freedom Trail 

The Freedom Trail, apart of Boston’s National Historic Park, is a 2.5-mile-long path that takes you on a journey through the city’s rich history. As you walk the trail, you’ll come across 16 significant sites, all of which played an important role in the Revolutionary War and the development of the United States. 

There is plenty to uncover along the Freedom Trail, with museums, retired warships, churches, and historical sites oozing with American history. Expect the walk to take at least 90 mins to two hours, but up to 4 depending on how many attractions you visit and how long you spend at each one. 

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour or pay for a 90 min guided tour (Adults are $17). Either way, a Freedom Trail Tour is an excellent way to spend a day in Boston. There’s no shortage of historical buildings and interesting history perfect for the history buff in you. 

Below are all the attractions along the trail.

Boston Common

The Freedom Trail begins at Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, established in the 1600s. This historic park is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Downtown Boston. Many visitors enjoy this park’s Frog Pond, a popular spot for ice-skating in the winter, splashing in the water spray in the summer, or enjoying the reflecting pool in the fall and spring.

Large red brick building with gold dome

Massachusetts State House

Just a stone’s throw away from Boston Common is the Massachusetts State House, sitting adjacent to the Hancock Mansion. This impressive building, clad in gold leaf, has served as the seat of the state government since 1798. 

Park Street Church 

Next on the trail is Park Street Church, located on the corner of Tremont and Park Streets, famous for being a site of many firsts. Not only was the hymn “America” first sung here, but it was also where abolitionist William Llyod Garrison gave his first anti-slavery speech in 1829. The church’s distinctive white steeple reminds visitors of its historical significance.

Granary Burying Ground

Next to Park Street Church is the Granary Burying Ground, the final resting place for many notable figures from American history, including Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. It is the third oldest cemetery in Boston and is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought for the country’s independence.

King’s Chapel and Burying Ground

Established in 1630, the King’s Chapel Burying Ground is the oldest graveyard in Boston and was Boston’s only gravesite until 1660.  Notable burials include John Winthrop, William Emerson (father of Ralph Waldo Emerson), and John Davenport. 

Benjamin Franklin Statue and the First Public School Site 

The Boston Latin School, commemorated by a sidewalk plaque, is the oldest public school in America, established in 1635 as a boys-only public schoolhouse for college preparedness. Many important historic figures attended school here, including, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. Although the school’s location has changed, it is still operating today. The Boston Latin School became coeducational in 1972. The Benjamin Franklin Statue overlooks the site where the school once stood. 

brick building in a city scape

Old Corner Bookstore

This red brick building was established in the1700s as a drug store and became the site of well-known book publisher, Ticknor and Fields in the 19th century. They are responsible for publishing various classic literary works, including the Scarlett Letter and the Star Spangled Banner. During the Ticknor and Fields heyday, many excellent English and American writers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Harriett Beecher Stowe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, gathered at the Old Corner Bookstore sharing stories and inspiration at what became known as The Saturday Club.

Thanks to the non-profit group Historic Boston, Inc., this building was saved from demolition and turned into commercial property, now hosting a Chipotle Mexican Restaurant. A small plaque beside the door commemorates its affluent history but not much else.  

Old South Meeting House

Visit the Old South Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark and the birthplace of the Boston Tea Party. This building was a key meeting place for our founding fathers and continues to serve as a public discussion and debate space.

red brick building in the city

Old State House Museum 

As the oldest surviving public building in Boston, Old State House Museum is a great place to delve deeper into the city’s history and its role in forming the United States. For many years, this site was the center of business, political, and civic life in this area.

red brick building and floor plaque

Site of the Boston Massacre 

Just a block from the Old State House is the Site of the Boston Massacre, a pivotal event that galvanized the colonists against the British government. This historical site is located at the intersection of State and Congress Street in Downtown Boston. Today, you can see a medallion along the Freedom Trail that marks this site. 

Faneuil Hall Marketplace 

The Freedom Trail then leads you to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, also known as Quincy Market and the Cradle of Liberty. It is a National Historic landmark turned market with three iconic buildings – Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market. Throughout this shopping complex, you’ll find over 80 businesses with various local goods and worldwide cuisine throughout the many cobblestone promenades. Before it was a market, in the 1760s, it was a predominate meeting place for the Sons of Liberty, colonists, and other patriots to speak grievances and organize retaliation against British Policy. 

Paul Revere House 

A short walk away is the Paul Revere House, located in the North End, where the famous silversmith and patriot lived between 1770 and 1800. It is the oldest standing building in the city and offers a glimpse into what life was like during the colonial era. Plus, it’s the only Freedom Trail site that was also a home.

Old North Church

As you continue along the Freedom Trail, you’ll reach Old North Church in the North End, where Paul Revere started his famous ride to warn the colonists of the approaching British forces. This major site is known for its “one if by land, and two if by sea” lantern signal, which played a crucial role in the early days of the American Revolution.

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground 

Another significant site on the trail is Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the final resting place for many notable figures, including merchants, artisans, and ministers who lived in the North End. This peaceful location offers stunning views of the surrounding city and harbor.

USS Constitution

Apart from the Boston National Historical Park, the USS Constitution, which launched in 1797, is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat, and its unique history is well worth exploring. This ship also fought the British frigate HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812, where she earned the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

Waterfront harbor

Bunker Hill Monument

The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775. The Bunker Hill Monument commemorates this as the first major battle of the American Revolution, standing as a powerful symbol of resistance and resilience.

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Downtown Boston: There is plenty more American History sprinkled throughout the city, but if you have had your fill enjoy spending time in downtown Boston. It’s known for its famous harbor and waterfront trail, the Charles River Esplanade, along with excellent seafood restaurants serving oysters and lobster rolls and acres of green parks to enjoy.

Enjoy the Waterfront at Boston Harbor 

Nestled in downtown Boston, the Boston Harbor waterfront is a lively destination that offers a variety of attractions for visitors of all ages. One of the best things to do in this area is the New England Aquarium. This impressive facility houses thousands of aquatic animals, including sea turtles, penguins, and a giant ocean tank with a coral reef exhibit. The aquarium also offers interactive exhibits, live shows, and a 3D movie experience, making it a perfect place for families to spend a fun day together.

In addition to the New England Aquarium, the Boston Harbor waterfront boasts several other exciting experiences, like the popular Boston Duck Tours that depart right from the aquarium. These unique land and water tours allow visitors to explore the city’s rich history while cruising through the streets in a WWII-style amphibious vehicle. 

Another must-visit attraction is the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, a floating history museum where you can learn about this famous event that led to the American Revolution. You’ll even have the chance to participate in a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party by throwing tea overboard! 

Experience the Boston Tea Party Museum

This historical museum commemorates the significance of the Boston Tea Party, which took place on December 16, 1773. During the Boston Tea Party, American colonists, frustrated by British taxation without representation, protested the British Tea Act by boarding British ships and throwing chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.

The museum provides visitors with an immersive experience that allows them to learn about and relive the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party. It offers interactive exhibits, reenactments, guided tours, and historical artifacts related to the event.

Try a New England Delicacy at the Boston Public Market 

While exploring downtown Boston, venture down Hanover Street and visit the bustling Boston Public Market, where you can indulge in various mouthwatering local delicacies. 

No visit here would be complete without trying the famous lobster roll from Red’s Best, boasting a delicious combination of fresh lobster meat, lightly tossed with mayo or butter and served in a grilled, split-top bun. Pair your lobster roll with a bowl of creamy clam chowder, another New England staple, and you’ll have the perfect Bostonian meal. As you stroll through the market, take the time to sample other local treats, like freshly shucked oysters, homemade pastries, and traditional Italian dishes. 

Back Bay Area: This affluent neighborhood is known for its Victorian mansions along Commonwealth Ave., charming tree-lined streets, art galleries, and its crème de la crème of Boston shopping. 

Get some Retail Therapy on Newbury Street 

One of the most popular activities during a day in Boston is shopping on Newbury Street in the Back Bay area, known as the most expensive shopping street in Boston. Newbury Street is an eight-block stretch filled with high-end and mid-range shops, charming cafes, and art galleries, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring and shopping. 

With a mix of high-end designer stores, popular chain retailers, and unique local boutiques, there is something for everyone on this bustling shopping street. While you’re here, you can find designers like Valentino, Marc Jacobs, and Chanel, along with Zara, H&M, North Face, and Anthropologie. 

Snap a few Photos inside the Boston Public Library

While shopping in the Back Bay, stop by the Boston Public Library’s Central Library on Boylston Street. This historic site is not only an architectural masterpiece with Renaissance-style features and murals but also has an extensive collection of books, maps, and manuscripts. The library is a haven for book lovers, and there are many beautiful spaces inside to sit down and enjoy a good read. 

Don’t forget to snap photos of the library’s grand staircase, the stunning Bates Hall reading room, and the serene courtyard. The library also hosts various events and exhibits throughout the year, so check their calendar when planning a day in Boston.

Ride along the Charles River

If you want to enjoy the outdoors in the Back Bay, consider a paddling excursion along the Charles River or try walking or biking along the 17-mile Esplanade.  The river is a natural border between Boston and Cambridge and offers stunning views of the city skyline, historic bridges, and parks lining the riverbanks. 

Paddling along the Charles River is a fun way to spend a day and provides a unique perspective on the city and its surroundings. Several rental companies offer kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards.

North End: The North End is Boston’s oldest residential community, populated since the 1630s. This area has a predominantly Italian American community and is known for its delicious Italian restaurants and many historical sites along the Freedom Trail. 

Explore Boston’s North End 

Boston’s North End, affectionately known as Little Italy, is a vibrant and charming neighborhood bustling with history, culture, and mouthwatering cuisine. Walking through the narrow cobblestone streets lined with red brick buildings and colorful storefronts, you’ll likely catch the scent of fresh-baked cannoli wafting from the famous Mike’s Pastry. This iconic pastry shop has been delighting both locals and tourists for decades with its irresistible selection of Italian sweets and pastries. Trust me; you won’t want to leave without trying one of their famous cannolis – or maybe even a lobster tail or two!

The North End is also a haven for history buffs. Stepping into this neighborhood is like stepping back in time, with sites like the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House offering a glimpse into America’s past. The Old North Church, famous for its role in the American Revolution as the location of the “one if by land, two if by sea” lantern signal, still stands proudly as an enduring symbol of Boston’s rich history. 

Just a few blocks away, you’ll find the Paul Revere House, the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston and once home to the famed American patriot. And as you stroll through the neighborhood, keep an eye out for the Skinny House, a quirky, narrow dwelling known as the “narrowest house in Boston” and now a beloved local landmark. 

West End: Sandwiched between Beacon Hill and North End, this urban neighborhood is anchored by the Massachusetts General Hospital and iconic TD Gardens, New England’s largest sports and entertainment complex. Visit the West End to catch a professional game at TD Gardens, enjoy a concert or browse a museum or two.

Cheer on your Favorite Sports Team at TD Gardens

State of the art, TD Gardens hosts the NBA’s Boston Celtics and the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins along with plenty of big name concerts and exciting experiences. Check the TD Gardens event calendar here.

If you love Boston sports, a visit to The Sports Museum inside the Gardens is a great way to learn about local sports history and the role sports has played on the evolving Boston community. The museum is 1/2 mile long and guided tours are offered every half hour on non event days.

Watch a 4D film at the Museum of Science

Just across the Charles River is the Science Park, where you can enjoy the Museum of Science which includes an indoor zoo, a planetarium, and 4D theater. With evolving interactive exhibits pertaining to electricity, climate, plants and animals, there is always something new to explore.

Beacon Hill Area: Another historic neighborhood (and my favorite) in Boston is Beacon Hill. A picturesque community with cobblestone pathways, grand brownstones, tree-lined streets, and plenty of U.S. Civil War history. 

Walk Through the Boston Public Garden 

Nestled in the charming neighborhood of Beacon Hill, the Boston Public Garden is a true gem in the heart of the city. Established in 1837, this lush oasis holds the title of the first public botanical garden in the US. As you meander through the winding pathways lined with vibrant flowers, towering trees, and elegant statues, you’ll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Take a leisurely ride on an iconic Swan Boat, which have been gliding across the serene pond since 1877. While the Boston Public Garden is a splendid destination on its own, it also serves as a perfect starting point for a delightful walk over to the historic Boston Common, where even more picturesque green space and rich history await.

Immerse Yourself in Historic Beacon Hill

Nestled in the heart of Boston, Beacon Hill is one of the city’s most historic and affluent neighborhoods, boasting streets lined with elegant brick row houses, gas-lit street lights, and rich history. Acorn Street, often considered the most photographed street in the city and one of the best in America, is a charming cobblestone lane just off of historic Mt. Vernon Street. Exploring this enchanting area is like stepping back in time, with beautifully preserved architecture and a serene atmosphere.

As you wander through the neighborhood, you’ll find the Massachusetts State House proudly standing on Beacon Street at the top of the hill, overlooking the city. Along Charles Street, you’ll be delighted by various boutiques, antique shops, and local eateries. 

For those seeking to learn more about the area’s rich history, the Black Heritage Trail offers a fascinating 1.6-mile journey through the lives of African Americans who called Beacon Hill their home during the 19th century. The iconic Cheers Bar, featured in the beloved TV sitcom, can also be found in Beacon Hill. Although the series only used exterior shots for the show, it’s a great place to stop in “Where everybody knows your name“. 

Longfellow Bridge is another excellent spot to take a beautiful stroll during a day in Boston – it connects Beacon Hill to Kendall Square in Cambridge, offering fantastic views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline.

Fenway-Kenmore Area : A must-visit neighborhood for sports fans and art lovers.

Enjoy a Game at Fenway Park 

If you’re a true baseball fan, attending a game at Fenway Park should be at the top of your bucket list. Home to the MLB’s Boston Red Sox, this iconic stadium has hosted games since 1912, making it the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. 

While in Fenway-Kenmore, tour this historic venue, where you can learn about its rich history, explore the ballpark, and even get up close and personal with the Green Monster – the famous left-field wall. If you’re lucky enough to catch a game, soak in the atmosphere, cheer on the Red Sox, and feel the energy of thousands of fellow baseball fans.

Spend the Day at the Museum of Fine Arts

After getting your fill of baseball history, head over to the Museum of Fine Arts – one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, containing more than 450,000 works of art. Spend a day in Boston wandering through the vast galleries and exhibitions, marveling at the diverse collections that span the globe and the ages. From musical instruments to contemporary American art, the Museum of Fine Arts offers an abundance of exhibits for art lovers of all backgrounds and interests.

Marvel at the Greats at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

If you’re still craving more art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is just a short walk away. This unique museum, housed in a Venetian-inspired palace, features an intimate and eclectic collection of European, Asian, and American art. Among the many treasures on display are works by Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, and Sargent. The museum is also home to an exquisite courtyard garden, where you can wander through and admire the stunning flora and foliage. 

While there is plenty to see in this museum, it is perhaps best known for an unsolved art heist in 1990, where 13 priceless works of art were stolen and remain missing to this day. The empty frames still hang on the walls, serving as a haunting reminder of the theft and a testament to the museum’s resilience.

While exploring the Fenway-Kenmore area, the James P Kelleher Rose Garden is another must-visit. Located near both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, this rose garden is a serene and picturesque oasis in the bustling city of Boston. Featuring over 1,500 roses in various colors and fragrances, this is a popular spot during the day in Boston for strolls, picnics, and even weddings. Be sure to visit during peak blooming season (usually May) to experience the full beauty of this hidden gem.

Cambridge: Known for Harvard University, it is a fun area to explore on a repeat trip to Boston.

Harvard University 

A visit to Cambridge across the Charles River might be a bit ambitious on a one-day itinerary in Boston. However, if you have been to Boston before and already visited all the main sites, heading to Harvard University’s campus, more commonly known as, Harvard Yard, is a fun way to spend a few hours of your day!

Start by exploring Harvard Square, the neighborhood surrounding the university. Enjoy strolling around the stately brick buildings, bookstores, and indie boutiques. If you get hungry, there’s no shortage of several excellent restaurants, ranging from laidback bars to counter-service joints. There is even a Mike’s Pastry in Harvard Square that does not have the same long lines as the location in the North End does, but still has the same great-tasting treats!

With over 42 intercollegiate sports teams, including ice hockey, football, soccer, track, lacrosse, rowing, and swimming, consider attending a game if visiting during the season. Even if you are not a sports fan, visiting Harvard Stadium and Jordan Field is a fun way to experience a college field up close, stretch your legs, climb the bleachers for an ariel view, and snap a few photos from the sidelines. 

Charlestown: Boston’s oldest neighborhood, a historic waterfront area home to the Charlestown Navy Yard, Freedom Trail sites, and a Main Street filled with trendy kitchens and relaxed pubs.

A short walk across the Charles River along the Washington Street bridge will lead you to some major sites along the Freedom Trail, including the USS Constitution big ship and museum, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the landing site of Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Visit the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor’s Center and learn about the other big ships docked in the Harbor.

The waterfront is a great spot to watch the sunset and view downtown Boston’s skyline. If you are hungry, head to Brewer’s Fork for oysters and gourmet pizza, or dine along the waterfront at Pier 6 for fresh seafood and American fare.

Suggested Itineraries for one day in Boston

With so many options for fun things to do in Boston, it is always hard to choose what to do with just a day. Here are some itinerary suggestions for various interests to help you plan the best one-day in Boston itinerary. All of these itineraries consider travel times from attractions and can be enjoyed within 8 hours or less.

Best one-day in Boston itinerary for Sport Fans

TD Gardens and Sports Museum to Fenway Park

Even if you can’t catch a game live, visit the stadiums anyways. It is about an hour’s walk between the two or a 10 mins car ride. Walking allows you to stop along the way at sites including, Boston Common, the Public Gardens, the Museum of African American History, the Massachusetts State House or Boston Public Library. Walk through Back Bay and stop for a bite along Newbury Street or Boylston Street on your way to Fenway.

Best one day in Boston itinerary for Art Lovers

Boston Public Library – Kelleher Rose Garden – Museum of Fine Arts – Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Start at the Boston Public Library – Central Library on Boylston Street. Include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts in your day. It is about a 1.7 mile, 35 min walk between the three one-way. If you are visiting in May or June, make a quick stop at the James P Kelleher Rose Garden when the fragrant roses are in full bloom. It is very close to the Isabella Gardner Museum and stunning with rows of arched rose walkways.

The Best one day in Boston itinerary for History Buffs

The Freedom Trail! The trail goes through three main areas, Historic Downtown, the North End, Beacon Hill and Charlestown. Complete the entire trail or just do sections of it and visit more sites within the same neighborhood if you start to get an overload of history.

If you love baseball history add in Fenway Park or the TD Gardens Museum, which is convenient to the Freedom Trail (Fenway is a bit out of the way). It is about an hour walk or 20 mins in the car between the two areas.

Best one day in Boston itinerary for Foodies

It is hard to go wrong when making a dining decision in Boston. There is a plethora of different local cuisines the city has become famous for such as baked beans, Lobster Rolls, Boston Cream Pie, and Fenway Franks. Along with its quickly exploding international food scene, almost any neighborhood offers some spots that will please even the toughest food critics. Some of the best foodie neighborhoods are the North End, South Boston Seaport.

Make sure to visit China Town and Quincy Market (open 10am-9pm)

  • Best brunch spots include Bostonia Public House, Beehive Restaurant or The Bowery Bar if a boozy brunch is what you are seeking.
  • Find delicious Italian establishments lining the streets of North End. We loved our meal at Limoncello located at 190 North Street.
  • For desert try the cannolis and a homemade Boston Cream Pie from a local favorite, Mike’s Pastry. I’ve sampled almost everything they have and love it all!
  • Traditional New England fare in a family friendly relaxed atmosphere is what Neptune Oyster House does best. Enjoy fresh seafood, buttered lobster rolls, crispy fish and chips along with burgers and salads.
  • For southern American home cooking try the fried chicken and waffles or brisket and biscuits at Hunter’s Kitchen + Bar in South Boston Waterfront.
  • Head to Beacon Hill for upscale Italian-French inspired cuisine at No. 9 Park or the seaport district for some of the best rated restaurants in Boston including the French-Italian Menton and Japanese restaurant O Ya.
  • Back Bay is home to Deuxave, a newer award winning dining option serving modern French and American fare.
  • For a fantastic happy hour head to State Street Provisions near Boston harbor for $1 oysters 4-6pm Monday-Friday.

Best one day in Boston itinerary for Retail Therapy

While many Boston neighborhoods have their own shopping streets, a day spent in the Back Bay will give you the most variety offering high end boutiques to mid range shops and multi tiered shopping malls.

  • Newburry Street is the perfect outdoor shopping destination for high end retailers.
  • The next street over, Boylston Street has more mid range shops and plenty of restaurants.
  • A 5 minute walk from Boylston street is the two level shopping plaza Copley Place and the even fancier Prudential Center.
  • Charles Street in Beacon Hill is best for locally owned boutiques and gift shops.
  • Discount shops and Department Stores like Macys, can be found in downtown Boston at the 500 Washington shops.

The Best one day in Boston itinerary for someone who wants to see it all

With a combination of historic landmarks, tasty food stops and charming streets this is the best itinerary that includes a taste of it all.

Start your day with brunch in Back Bay, or a quick bite at Tatte Bakery & Cafe and then head towards the Boston Public Library- it is soo stunning!

Make your way through the Public Gardens toward Beacon Hill in about 15 mins. Stop in at the Cheers Bar before enjoying a quaint stroll down Acorn Ave or historic Mt. Vernon Street. Visit Charles Street for coffee or shopping before heading to the North End.

While heading to the North End, you’ll pass by a lot of Freedom Trail sites including, the Massachusetts State house, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, the Old State House and Faneuil Hall.

It is about a 30 min walk from Acorn Street in Beacon Hill to the start of the North End area and another 10 mins to the popular Old North Church Freedom Trail historic site.

Along the way try a sweet treat at Mike’s Pastry and then enjoy the Paul Revere House, Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Look out for the Skinny House, across the street from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. The North End is a great area for lunch and only a 20 min walk to another Freedom Trail Site, the USS Constitution, a retired navy ship and museum in the Navy Yard across the river.

If you aren’t interested in the big ships skip the 20 min one way walk to Charlestown and head out to the harbor towards Long Wharf, it is about a 0.5 mile or 15 min journey.

Watching a sunset over the water is a great way to end the day.

There are a lot of delicious spots to dine along the waterfront and in the harbor area. Legal Seafoods and State Street Provisions are two of my favorites. Stroll along the waterfront, enjoying the green spaces or take a tour from Long Wharf. The most popular ones are the Boston Duck Boat Tours and sunset dinner cruises.

The New England Aquarium is also a great family spot in the Boston harbor area and The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum a bit more south but another fun stop on a day itinerary. It closes at 5pm so plan accordingly.

It been a full day but if you have more left in you, consider a stop in China Town or a drink at one of Downtown Boston’s fun cocktail lounges like Offsuit or W Lounge.


A day in Boston is not nearly enough to take in all this lively historic city has to offer but it is a good start! I hope you enjoy your time in Boston and consider these day trips from Boston if you visiting for a long weekend or more. Cheers!

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