A must-see for history buffs and fans of all things nautical, Boston Light has a storied role in the city's history. The original lighthouse on the site was destroyed by the British during the Revolutionary War, and the restored tower—raised to its current height in 1859—sports a beacon that's still operated by the Coast Guard.
The best way to see this National Historic Landmark is on a cruise. Lunch cruises, dinner cruises, and lighthouse sightseeing cruises on Boston Harbor all typically glide past the Boston Light. If you want to head inside the lighthouse, you need to book an appointment-only seasonal group tour. Easily pair a visit to the Boston Light with a day exploring the Boston waterfront, or shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.