Activities in Boston
by Michele Alperin
Even without the nearly unlimited possibilities of surrounding towns, the city of Boston's cultural, historical, entertainment and sports venues will keep visitors coming back. Reaching back to its founding in America's pre-Revolutionary days, it has had ample time to develop a rich tapestry of activities.
Walk the Freedom Trail
Follow the red brick or painted line past 16 historical sites in downtown Boston, including the Old North Church, two burying grounds and Paul Revere's house.
Take a Ferry Ride
This ferry ride takes you from Long Wharf over to visit the U.S.S. Constitution, first launched in 1797 and a hero of the War of 1812.
Visit Art Museums
At the Museum of Fine Arts, spend hours soaking up paintings and drawings, sculpture and decorative arts that include the world's largest collection of Millet's work and one of the most extensive of Monet's outside of Paris. Or stroll through the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's small but world-class collection, set in the three-story mansion around a courtyard.
Indulge in Sports Fandom
Boston is a city where the fans are so passionate that they themselves are worth a look when you try baseball with the Red Sox, football with the Patriots, hockey with the Bruins, or basketball with the Celtics.
Wander the Neighborhoods
Try Newbury Street for its elegant townhouses, shops and restaurants; Beacon Hill for its colonial feel; and the North End for bustling Italian markets and restaurants.
Sop Up Culture
Check out offerings at the Opera House; theatres like the Colonial, Wilbur, Shubert, Lyric Stage and Wang Center for the Performing Arts; the Boston Ballet; and Symphony Hall.