boston top attractions

Boston has a lot of great things to offer travelers, with world-class restaurants, charming neighborhoods, and seminal educational institutions. It’s also home to sights and attractions that are unequivocally unique to the city and its identity.

Check out our bucket list of Boston’s top attractions. 

The Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, & Patriots

In the city of Boston itself, you can tap into the incomparable local sports culture at two different venues. The TD Garden is an easy walk from The Boxer Hotel, and it’s the home arena to the NBA’s Boston Celtics, and the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Both teams are annual contenders for championships, and sources of immense pride, boisterous crowds, and long-standing traditions. 

Over in the neighborhood of Fenway, the Boston Red Sox is the city’s professional baseball team. Its historic venue is Fenway Park, and it’s among the most quintessentially Boston places one can visit in a lifetime. If you have an opportunity on a trip to venture out to Foxborough to see the New England Patriots play a home football game, that’d also be well worth adding to the list. 

The Boston Common & Public Garden

Founded in 1634, The Boston Common is the oldest park in the country, and it continues to be one of the can’t-miss attractions of the city. Scattered with trees, hills, and lawns, it’s home to various events throughout the year like art exhibits, concerts, political rallies, and a whole lot more. In the winter, you can come here to ice skate and sip on hot chocolate. 

Across the street from the Boston Common, is the Boston Public Garden. With trees and plants from around the world, this well-curated green space is among the most lovely and essential in the entire city. To learn about some history, Victorian aesthetics, various trees, and famous swan boats, check out our post on Exploring The Boston Public Garden

The Arboretum 

One of Boston’s most stunning attractions, well known by locals but less so by out-of-towners, is the Arnold Arboretum. Located in the vibrant and culturally rich neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, this park and preserved land is part of Boston’s Emerald Link—a series of beautiful parks throughout the city. 

The Arnold Arboretum has been a place to seek refuge, go on hikes, and learn about plant life since 1872. Today it’s home to over 15,000 living plants including over 4,000 types of trees, shrubs, and vines. The Arboretum is made up of various collections of trees, gardens, and collections that are always worth visiting. 

The Charles River

The Charles River runs through Boston and Cambridge, and in many ways it’s the heart of the entire area. During the warm months, crowds flock to run along its banks, kayak and sail up and down the city, and sit out to enjoy the view. The Hatch Shell is located on a stretch of river parkway called The Esplanade, and it’s home to many free concerts in the summertime, as well las the annual 4th of July celebration.

The Freedom Trail

In Boston, it’s the red-brick road you want to follow: The Freedom Trail celebrates the city’s immense impact on the American Revolution. Linking sixteen significant locations (including Boston Common, plus Paul Revere’s house and the Old State House), it’s a 2.5-mile journey into the history of America

The North End 

Located a short walk from The Boxer Boston Hotel, The North End is a historic neighborhood that can’t be missed. Check out this blog post to discover the world-famous Italian restaurants most well-known and beloved in the area. After you get full on pasta and cannolis, stroll over to a show at the North End’s critically-acclaimed improv comedy venue Improv Asylum. 


Planning a visit to Boston? Experience it like a local with our insider’s guide at the Boxer Boston blog!