Things to Do in Boston

Things to Do in Boston
There are thousands of things to see and do in Boston, Massachusetts. If you're interested in the outdoors, you have several different things to do in the city. Some of these events teach you more about the history of the city, while others just let you get your heart rate going.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail covers 2-1/2 miles of Boston and leads you through some of the more important and significant buildings in the history of the city. Most visitors can finish the trail in an hour, but you can spend three hours or more walking the trail and visiting the sites.

Wompatuck State Park

The Wompatuck State Park has 12 miles of bike trails and more than 200 campsites, including some with electricity. Another option is hiking or walking through the wooded areas. The woods include a spring, with fresh drinking water that's free for your personal use. There's also a lake inside the state park where you can boat or swim.

Wompatuck State Park
204 Union St.
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
(781) 749-7160
http://mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/womp.htm

Walden Pond State Reservation

The Walden Pond State Reservation is a National Historic Landmark and covers more than 300 acres of land, just a few minutes from the city. There are several hiking trails on the property, and many run past the one-room cabin where Henry David Thoreau lived before writing his book, "Walden." If you visit during the summer months, you can even swim in Walden Pond.

Walden Pond State Reservation
915 Walden St.
Concord, Massachusetts 01742-4511
(978) 369-3254
mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/

Charles River Canoe & Kayak

If you're interested in spending time in the water, your best choice is the Charles River Canoe & Kayak. This company offers canoe, kayak and rowboat rentals by the hour. You can take a longer trip down the Charles River or spend only an hour in the boat. The river is nine miles long and circles back around for easy returning of your boat.

Charles River Canoe & Kayak
2401 Commonwealth Ave.
Auburndale, Massachusetts 02466
(617) 462-2513
http://paddleboston.com/main.php

Castle Island

Castle Island is a small island off the coast of Boston and houses an early 19th-century fort that resembles a castle. You can take tours of the fort or just enjoy the surrounding area. There are hiking and walking trails on the island, which locals often use in the afternoon hours. The park and trails are free to the public, but a small fee is charged for tours of the fort.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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