Boston has been one of the United States’ cultural centers for hundreds of years. The city is filled with history, both new and old, great food, and well-known universities. 

So what is there to do when you’re in Boston? No worries — we’ve got you!

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Here are 8 things to do when in Boston:

Seaport District

Located over the bridge from Downtown, Seaport District is a mixed-use development and home to condos, biotech companies, and Amazon. 

When in this neighborhood, check out Wood Hills Pier 4, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Legal Harborside (3 seafood restaurants in the same building), Flight Club (social darts), and the Lookout Rooftop, located at the Envoy Hotel. 


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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This museum is known for housing an extensive collection of Korean art, one of the largest holdings of ancient Egyptian treasures in the world, and the only permanent exhibition for ancient coins in the country. 

The Museum of Fine Arts is a must when exploring art in Boston. 

The Freedom Trail

Head to the oldest public park in the country, Boston Common, to access The Freedom Trail. Follow a red brick path and view 16 historical landmarks along the way. The 2.5-mile trail gives you insight into the city’s history. Towards the North End of the trail, you’ll find landmarks such as the Paul Revere House, Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, and Old North Church. 


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Boston Public Garden

Enter through the Commonwealth Avenue entrance for the most beautiful introduction to the garden, filled with flowers. A lagoon spans almost the length of the garden and is where Swan Boats have operated for over 100 years. 


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Harvard Square

You don’t have to be a Harvard student to venture through Harvard Square. Located in Cambridge, you can explore the art and natural history museums on the campus of Harvard University, shop at boutiques and visit Grolier Poetry Book Shop. Spend the afternoon taking a stroll on Harvard Yard. 


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Charles River Esplanade

Located along both sides of the Charles River, there are over 1,500 trees that line the walkway of the Esplanade. Catch a performance at the Hatch Shell or explore the ponds, gardens, and playgrounds.

South End

Go gallery hopping in the South End and, afterward, pop into the neighborhood’s unique boutiques. On Sundays, you’ll find the SoWa Vintage Market, SoWa Farmer’s Market, and the SoWa Open Market. This neighborhood will make you feel like a local Bostonian. 


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Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Located at Harvard University, this 281-acre space is the oldest arboretum in North America. The trails boast over 16,000 plants and are perfect for a bike ride or a long walk. 

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