List of Things to See in Boston

List of Things to See in Boston
Boston is a coastal city that is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by Cape Cod and Boston Bay. It is a great place for boaters, as witnessed by the aquatic activities that occur on the Charles River every summer. Walkers can also have a great time, exploring the Freedom Trail or taking a leisurely stroll through the Boston Gardens. Here are a few suggestions for things to see in Boston.

Climb a Tower

The Bunker Hill Monument is located in the middle of a small park near Charlestown, an older section of the city. It's free, and the view of the city from the top of the observatory is quite extensive. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place here at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. From this place, there is a historic city trail (The Freedom Trail) that runs through the North End all the way to the Boston Commons. Many historic sights are located along the way; there's the Old North Church from where Paul Revere began his famous night ride. The best source of information is the Freedom Trail Foundation.

Freedom Trail Foundation
99 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA
(617) 357-8300
Thefreedomtrail.org

Bike Along the Charles River

The Charles River runs between Boston and Cambridge. It's graced with old stone bridges and many recreational boats that cruise the river in warm weather. Both sides of the river have paved pathways that make a superb bike trail. These paths continue along the edge of the water for many miles. You can also ride your bicycle across one of the bridges and continue your journey on the other side of the river. The view of the Boston skyline from the center of the river is excellent. There are many places on the Cambridge side where you can rent a bicycle.

Kayak To The Boston Harbor Islands

Tour the Boston Harbor Islands in a kayak. Outfitters, who lead Sea Kayaking tours to the many islands, can be found in Boston proper and Cambridge. Book a tour.

If you are experienced, rent a sea kayak and discover one of Boston's best kept secrets. Here is a link for kayak tours that are lead from one of the islands by the national park personnel.

Bostonislands.com
Harborexpress.com/harborislands
(617) 223-8666

Walk Through The Boston Gardens

The Boston Gardens are on the west side of the Boston Commons. It features a pedestrian bridge that crosses a picturesque pond. Stately "Weeping Willows" grace the water's edge, and numerous paved walkways lead through the garden portion of the park. This is a very nice place for a leisurely stroll, or visitors can take a ride in a "Swan Boat". The boats are located at 9 Arlington Street in Boston. The Boston Gardens are situated between Arlington Street and Charles Street at the west end of Boston Commons.

Cityofboston.gov/parks/emerald/Public_Garden.asp

Visit The Boston Public Library

This is a grand old public building that was built at the end of the 19th century. It is a great place to come read, check out an exhibition or admire the wonderful architecture. There is also a nice coffee shop and restaurant located inside. Admission is free and so is the internet. The library is located at Copley Square, where there is also a popular farmer's market that takes place during the summer and fall.

The Boston Public Library
700 Boyleston Street
Boston, MA
(617) 536-5400
Bpl.org

Article Written By Henri Bauholz

Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.

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