You may run into travelers who speak down upon being a tourist, or visiting touristy sites today. While we encourage visitors of Boston to seek out the unique, we’re also quite proud of the city’s most sought after, and popular landmarks. A town that’s rich with American history, and that also serves as a hub of esteemed culture and food—Boston is one of the best places to be a tourist.
Looking around to the area’s historical offerings, as well as timeless institutions like stadiums and breweries, we’ve broken down some of our favorite sites and groups to take your tourism to in Beantown.
Boston’s Historical Tours
The most popular and worth-attending historical tours in Boston take travelers through the Revolutionary Freedom Trail. Daily tours run for 90-minutes, and take walkers to sixteen historic sites around town. Among these coveted sites, attendees can look forward to visiting the Boston Common, Park Street Church, Old South Meeting House, Boston Massacre site, and Faneuil Hall.
For over a quarter century, Boston’s Duck Tours have served as the other major provider of historical and cultural tours of the city. Taking place in a boat-bus landing vehicle, these excursions move seamlessly from the streets to the calm waters of the Charles River. Sites include Quincy Market, Government Center, and Beacon Hill. If you’re a first-time visitor to the city, or if you’ve been here before but thought it was too “touristy,” we firmly believe it’s worth it.
Bean Town’s Sports Tours
Boston is one of the most electric and passionate athletics towns in the world. There are a number of ways to experience the local scene, the best of which is to attend any game featuring one of our esteemed pro clubs. You can see the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park, and the Bruins or Celtics at The TD Garden. Those willing to make a trip out to Foxborough in the Fall can catch the world-champion Patriots.
In addition to attending games, you can also take official tours of the home fields, and arenas of our distinguished franchises while in town. Tours of Fenway Park include sitting atop the world-famous Green Monster, and historical anecdotes from informed guides. You can also tour a half-mile of historic sports exhibits at The Sports Museum at the TD Garden.
Touring The City’s Breweries
Home to a number of historic, and new age breweries, touring such facilities is a popular and enjoyable activity for travelers and locals alike. Among the most well-known and seasoned of these locations are the Samuel Adams Brewery and Harpoon Brewery.
Samuel Adams’ Boston Brewery Tours include background lessons on the company’s ingredients and brewing process. Part of this education includes smelling of German Noble hops and tastings of roasted malts. Guided Brewery Tours of Harpoon in Boston include samples of a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers along with a walk through the facilities.
Unique Tourism Around Boston
There are countless ways for you to tour Boston on your own terms—seeking out the sites and experiences that interest you most. For some inspiration, we recommend perusing the various guides and breakdowns we have catalogued on The Boxer Boston Blog.
From these archives, you can organize a wide variety of tours for yourself, for example, an exploration of the city’s best local shops. You can also pursue more specific interests by touring the recommended spots from Boxer stories such as Where To Find The Best Bourbon in Boston.
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