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With its colonial past, proud artistic heritage, and rich collegiate tradition centered on Harvard University, Boston bustles with cultural experiences. Here’s how to tap into the city’s cultural offerings, from visiting its great art and science museums to sampling its diverse food scene.
Chart Boston’s revolutionary heritage along its Freedom Trail—the red-brick path that links locations associated with the city’s role in sparking the American Revolution. Tours typically cover the Old State House, Boston Common, and other highlights and offer the advantage of a guide to recount the stories behind the sites. Combine a tour with time at the harborside Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum to learn about the incident that helped trigger the revolution, and take a harbor sightseeing cruise for panoramic views of Boston’s historical waterfronts.
Boston offers numerous museums that celebrate its arts and scientific heritage. Head for Fenway to visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and nearby Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, explore the waterfront Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and roam the Museum of Science and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum—the Go Boston sightseeing pass includes entry to all five. Other must-visits include the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Museum of Natural History, both in Cambridge.
Downtown Boston melts into a mosaic of small neighborhoods with their own individual atmosphere and cultural heritage. Cross the Charles River to absorb the bookish-yet-boho vibe of Cambridge and Harvard Square; immerse yourself in the Italian-American North End; discover the contemporary art galleries of fashionable SoWa; or pedal cobbled Beacon Hill and Back Bay on a bike tour.
Boston’s food scene reflects the city’s multicultural roots. Enjoy classic New England seafood eats such as lobster rolls on a tour of the Public Market; savor Italian pastries and pizzas in the Italian-American North End; or treat your tastebuds to Boston’s artisanal chocolates and beers with a guide to lead you to the top purveyors.
Boston and baseball go hand in hand, and Fenway Park stadium is the US’s oldest temple to the game. Exploring the 1912 ballpark, home to the Boston Red Sox, delivers a fascinating insight into Boston’s baseball culture. Tours are popular—be sure to prebook to secure your place on a day that suits you.