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From our location in the Back Bay, Loews Boston Hotel offers unrivalled access to the most popular tourist attractions in Boston. If you’ve got the time, you might want to just step outside the hotel, head in any direction and allow the city to unfold in front of you. On the other hand, if you’re one of those folks who likes to have a plan, we suggest you begin with The Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites. Then make your way to a restaurant or café in Boston’s famous North End.
Read on for more info on other not-to-be-missed Boston destinations.
The Boston Freedom Trail
Truly one of the most important things to do in Boston, The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, each one an American treasure. Visit a unique collection of churches, museums, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution.
Boston Public Garden
Get some sun at the Boston Public Garden, the oldest U.S. botanical garden situated down Charles Street nearby Boston Common. Be sure to see the Swan Boats and Boston’s Ducklings, one of the most famous Boston attractions.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is commonly known as the Quincy market and is an excellent place to shop and dine in Boston.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Witness the best of Boston on this 100-minute, fully narrated trolley tour. As the official tour of the Boston Red Sox, guests will enjoy 17 stops, including one at Fenway Park, where you may shop and dine. Each ticket comes with free admission to the Old State House Museum, a guidebook, and coupons worth over $50 in savings.
Boston Duck Tours
Take one of the most popular tours in and around Boston and see the best of the city in a combined land and sea tour. World War II vehicles take you on a drive through the most famous sites and attractions before setting you out onto the Charles River for a scenic harbor cruise.
Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library was built in 1848 and was the first free publicly supported municipal library in America and the first public library to lend a book and the first with a children's room. On the National Register of Historic Places, the library building is reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palace surrounding an open courtyard. It holds more than 650,000 photographs, 100,000 prints and 250 different papers in the “Newspaper Room.”
New England Aquarium
Gaze upon over 7,000 fish and aquatic mammals, including penguins, giant turtles, barracudas, stingrays and sharks. Watch as scuba divers feed the sharks and fish several times and get up close and personal with sea stars, sea urchins and horseshoe crabs in the tide pool.
Boston's North End
Explore the city's oldest residential district, where people have lived since its settlement in the 1660s. It is the birthplace of the Revolution and the center of Italian culture and cuisine. Take a stroll and stop for a cappuccino at one of the area’s many cafes.
Opened in 1986, Harpoon Brewery received the first permit in 25 years by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to brew and package beer. Visit for tastings, Tuesdays through Sundays, and enjoy a tour every Saturday and Sunday.
This vibrant center of life in the city of Boston offers over 300 independent jewelers and over 200 retailers. Specialty stores such as Bromfield Camera, Brattle Book Shop, and Windsor Button complement flagships like Macy's, H&M, and Borders.
If you are in Boston between April and October, attending a Red Sox game is practically mandatory. The team has played at Fenway since 1912, making the park the oldest facility in use by any MLB team today. Arrive early to experience the atmosphere of Lansdowne Street and pay your respects to The Green Monster.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra
301 Massachusetts Avenue / Symphony Hall
The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China. It plays an active role in commissioning new works from today’s most important composers and offers programs featuring great orchestral, operatic, and choral classics.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
This Boston museum of international art was founded by collector and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner and will inspire any visitor with its collection of masterpieces.
John F. Kennedy Library
Dedicated to the memory of our nation's 35th president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a must-see Boston attraction.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Welcome to the largest art museum in New England, renowned for possessing the largest collection of the works by French Impressionist, Claude Monet, outside France. The exquisite changing exhibitions are another famous attraction in this museum.
Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Considered New England's most visited cultural institution, the Museum encourages visitors to think like scientists through hands-on, minds-on experiences.
The Children's Museum
300 Congress Street
Kids love the Boston Children’s Museum, which aims to engage families and build communities to impact five outcome areas for children: Creative Kids, Curious Kids, Global Kids, Green Kids and Healthy Kids.
The Wang Center
270 Tremont Street
Boasting 3,600+ seats, the Wang Center hosts an impressive array of world-class Broadway, theater, music, dance, opera and film.
Bldg 5 Charlestown Navy Yard / Charlestown, MA 02129
View the oldest floating warship that is still in commission and learn more about the history of the United States Navy and America’s naval heritage.
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