The Ultimate Boston Travel Guide: Must-see Spots in Beantown

The Ultimate Boston Travel Guide: Must-see Spots in Beantown

Everything about Boston is incredible; once you get used to the iconic accent. Here is a list of must see attractions that will make you feel love!

Boston is an amazing city with incredible history, people, and sites. If you've never visited or are a returning traveler, here are some of the best hotels, transportation, and sites the city has to offer. Boston has something for everyone who has even a single curious bone in their body. So, take a load off and discover one of Americas most important historical cities.

Places to stay

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is where affordability doesn't sacrifice comfort. The hotel, built in 1927, offers charm and comfort that newer and pricier hotels just can't touch. The location of the hotel is also hard to pass up, being just three miles from the Logan International Airport with shopping and performing arts opportunities just steps away from the front door. Still worried about amenities at such a low price? The hotel offers high speed internet access, David Barton Gym passes, and included are the Wall Street Journal and Boston Journal newspapers so you can keep up-to-date while on the road.

For more information visit: bostonparkplaza.com

Prices starting at: $88

Boston Harbor Hotel

Looking for a luxury hotel to lay your head? The Boston Harbor Hotel is the premier destination to stay. Located just off the harbor, you'll be treated to spectacular views of the city and boats as they dock. The amenities include high definition cable television, access to high speed internet with access to the New York Times, and turn-downs upon request. The hotel is also pet friendly, including pet walks and arranged pet day care. Kids are also treated exceptionally well with child sized robes, toiletries, and anything else that parents might forget!

For more information visit: bha.com

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Prices starting at: $261

Getting around

Need to get around town? Check out Boston's public transit system. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority offers several modes of transportation including bus, subway, rail, and even boat. Prices range by mode, but all are affordable, very eco-friendly, and is a much easier way to get around a city you aren't familiar with. If you are a smartphone user, download their app for easy on-the-go system maps and rider alerts.

Despite the stigma of public transportation, public transport offers a grassroots look at a city that is often overlooked by travelers. If you are culturally interested in a location, there is no better place than the T to discover something human.

For more information visit: mbta.com

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Places to Eat

Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi is a French inspired bistro that focuses on dishes that are both delectable and worth every penny. Boston is known for its sea food and this restaurant is where you can sample all the wonderful foods the ocean has to offer. Be sure to call in your reservation, seats go quick!

For the full menu visit: bistrodumidi.com

Audubon Boston

You haven't experienced a city until you've explored its bar scene. Audubon Boston is one of the best and is located near Fenway Park. If you're looking for a bite to eat, this bar has you covered. Along with your standard bar foods, such as burgers and fries, you can also find vegetarian options. If you are looking for something with a little more sophistication, the Audubon provides with dishes that include grilled sirloin and salmon almandine. Open late and ready for casual diners, this might be one of the best spots to eat with backing from the Boston Globe and Zagat.

For the full menu visit: www.audubonboston.com

Places to See

Boston Public Garden

Boston's Public Garden can claim two firsts: America's first public park and first public botanical garden. First established in 1634, the garden featured carefully planned sidewalks that made getting across town easy and efficient. The garden is of the Victorian aesthetic and begs for park-goers to set up for an afternoon tea.

The park features many recreational features, such as large swan boats, unusual plants, and intriguing works of art. To miss out on this opportunity would be a grave injustice to the city of Boston!

For more information visit: http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/emerald/Public_Garden.asp

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Cost: Free

Attraction type: Ecological

Ages: All ages

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Explore the endless wonders of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. There are limitless exhibits that will challenge and expand how you view nature. One of the most incredible exhibits is "Sea Creatures in Glass" by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. The museum touches on topics such as evolution, earth & planetary sciences, and mounted African wildlife.

If you miss this museum, you'll surely regret it! Be sure to schedule your visit around one of the lectures that the university that will surly double your intelligence.

For more information visit: hmnh.Harvard.EDU/home

Cost: $12

Attraction type: Ecological

Ages: All

USS Constitution

Take to the high seas of the 1700's on your tour of a ship that once was the pinnacle of naval technology. The USS Constitution Museum allows you to tour the ship and neighboring museum for a small donation of 5 to 10 dollars. If you enjoy models, the museum has an annual miniature boat show and demonstrations by the museums model ship guild.

Don't miss your chance to see the restoration of this proud and respect commanding naval superpower.

For more information visit: ussconstitution.com

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Cost: $5-$10 Donation

Attraction type: Historical

Ages: All

Boston Science Museum

Abandon look, but not touch here! Learn hands on fundamentals of science in advanced and interactive ways! The Boston Museum of Science, MoS, will inspire kids of all ages to understanding the world to a whole new degree. MoS brings in new exhibits often, such as "The Science Behind Pixar." The permanent exhibits range from a butterfly garden to life sized models of the Apollo and Mercury space capsules.

In addition to the many exhibits, you can also check out exciting IMAX films and ground breaking "4-D" movies that tickle your senses!

For more information visit: mos.org

Cost: $23+

Attraction type: Science

Ages: All ages

New England Aquarium

Sea turtles and sharks and penguins, oh my! The New England Aquarium, located in Boston, is where you want to be if you want to be face-to-face with adorable penguins and playful seals. The aquarium is know for its "Giant Ocean Tank," which is a four-story tank with large ports for guests to see 3,000 beautifully crafted corals and more than 1,000 live animals.

There is so much to see in one day, you might want to take two trips! Besides the animal exhibits there is also an IMAX theater, which is something to behold! If you are more of the adventure type, you can hop on a boat and go whale watching!

For more information visit: neaq.org

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Cost: $26.95 basic admission / $31.95 Combo w/ IMAX / $49 Whale Watch

Attraction type: Ecological

Ages: All ages

The Boston Museum of Fine Art

See the Rembrandt, Vermeer, Kenneth Paul, and many more amazing artists from around the world at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, MFA. Besides paintings, the museum also has performing arts, photography, and pottery exhibits. The art inside is also from artist throughout time, including the present and new exhibits are established on a regular basis.

A ticket to this museum runs for $25 with a bonus repeat day, if you didn't get to all the treasures this unique museum offers. Your ticket also includes tours and access to all galleries and special exhibitions at no extra charge.

For more information visit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions

Cost: $25.00

Type of Attraction: Cultural

Ages: All ages

Fenway Park

Boston wants to take you out to the ballgame at one of Americas most cherished ball-fields, Fenway Park. Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox, and is an excellent place to experience an American past time. The park, being one of the smallest in NBL, has been renovated numerous times since 1912 and features a few architectural quarks, such as the "Green Monster" and "Pesky's Pole." It truly is a site you have to visit.

If you are more interested in touring the facility, there are tours offered nearly year round and are available online. This location is perfect for those who love baseball and want to capture just part of the American dream.

For more information visit: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/

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Cost: $18 for a tour; $20 for bleacher game seats

Type of attraction: Historical and athletics

Ages: All ages

The Freedom Trail

If history is your bag, look no further than the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a red bricked path that cuts through the center of downtown Boston and features 16 historically significant landmarks, such as the USS Constitution and Paul Revere's house. The majority of the sites on the trail are free to explore or ask for a donation to help with preservation. If you are interested, there are regularly launched tours with a costumed guide or travel solo with a prepared audio guide.

This tour is an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to appreciate and experience the founding place of the American revolution. Who says learning can't be fun? Just be sure to set aside a large part of your day to this one of a kind opportunity no other city can offer.


For more information visit: http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

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Cost: Free or donation

Type of attraction: Historical

Ages: All ages

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