5 Best Activities in Boston


Boating on the Charles River. Source: Flickr user Leonardo Dasilva
Boating on the Charles River. Source: Flickr user Leonardo Dasilva

We love Boston! There is so many exciting things to do and see, it would be impossible to fit everything into one trip. To make life a little easier for you, we put together this short list of some of our favorite activities when we visit Beantown:

  1. Catch a Game: In case you haven’t noticed, Boston is a big-time sports town. Their four major league teams have been stacking up a slew of championships since 2002 (including one against our beloved Seahawks), so they must be doing something right. On top of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics, they also have the New England Revolution MLS team, several rugby clubs, and a Major League Lacrosse team. No matter what season you visit, there’s always an exciting game to watch, and thousands of screaming fans to watch it with.
  2. Visit a Museum: As one of America’s oldest cities, it makes sense that Boston would be home to world-class museums. There are so many museums in this town that you’re sure to find one to satisfy any interest. One of Boston’s most-visited attraction is the Museum of Science with over 700 interactive exhibits. The Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the world’s most impressive art collections totaling more than 450,000 pieces from around the world. The JFK Presidential Library and Museum sits on 10 beautiful acres right on the waterfront. Other favorites include the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Sports Museum, and the USS Constitution Museum.
  3. Ride a Bike: Whether you want to take a guided tour or just explore on your own, one of the best ways to see Boston is from a bicycle seat. Urban AdvenTours is a company that offers a variety of tours and rents out several types of bikes. Boston is also home to Hubway, an automated bike rental system that is perfect for short rides between destinations. You just pick up a bike at one of the 140 stations around town and drop it off at any station when you’re done.
  4. Boating on the Charles River: Spending time on the water is a time honored tradition for Bostonians. It’s easy to get out there yourself and have as much fun as everyone else. Try renting a kayak or paddleboard from Charles River Canoe & Kayak. If sailing is more your style, Community Boating offers classes for every skill level, and guests are allowed to join members for free. If you mingle on the docks, you can usually find someone looking for another person to sail with.
  5. Explore the Boston Harbor Islands: Dozens of islands make up this National Recreation Area, where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historical lighthouses, explore tidal pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking, or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston. To get to the islands, catch the ferry from Long Wharf-North to Georges Island, home of Fort Warren. From there you can connect to smaller shuttle boats that will take you to different destinations. You can also reach several peninsula areas by car: Deer and Nut Islands, Worlds End, and Webb Memorial.

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