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Summer With a Side of History in Boston
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Summer With a Side of History in Boston

Happy summer! We're thrilled to finally welcome the warm weather and beautiful beach days we have been dreaming about for months. Planning your next family vacation to Boston but not quite sure what activities everyone will want to participate in? Look no further than this fun-filled guide on the best Boston summer sightseeing and how to get the most out of your visit to one of the most historic cities in the country.

Freedom Trail

A Tall Brick Building
One of the best ways to learn about Boston’s history is to stroll this path and learn how our city came into existence. Explore sites such as the Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere’s House and the Old State House (above). This mile-long journey will take you far beyond modern-day Boston, with some help from the tour guides who dress as if they are still living in the past.

Swan Boats in the Public Garden

A Group Of People Riding On The Back Of A Boat

This famous Boston activity dates all the way back to 1870 and is a fan favorite to this day. If you're looking for a simple and relaxing way to try a classic local experience, you can't go wrong with taking a ride on these boats. Swan Boats became an official designated landmark in 2011.

A Sunset Over A Body Of Water

Boston Harbour Cruises

Continue your step back in time by cruising down the harbor to watch the sunset or “sea the stars” on one of the different cruise ships from Boston Harbor Cruises. 

Friday Flicks at the Charles River Esplanade

This year is the 34th annual Free Friday Flicks, a classic Boston summertime tradition for all ages. From now until August 23rd, come by after the sun goes down to watch family-friendly movies by the water. Each week there will be different games and giveaways to add to the fun by WBZ News Radio.

Photo: New England Aquarium/Facebook

New England Aquarium

Ideal for all ages, the New England Aquarium is a great place to take a break from the heat and explore extraordinary exhibits and ethereal sea creatures. While the aquarium has loads of educational resources, your visit will also be a ton of fun. Come and meet Myrtle the sea turtle, learn about the dangers of oil and gas in our environment, or admire the new 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling exhibit that highlights an Indo-Pacific coral reef.