Metal marker that reads 'Boston Freedom Trail' set in a paving stone.
One of the best self-guided walking tours of the city runs along the Freedom Trail, 2.5 miles of notable historical locations.

12 Things to Do During Your Visit to Historic Boston

For History Buffs

1. Freedom Trail

Boston makes for the perfect educational trip, whether you have kids on summer holidays or you are just a history lover yourself. One of the best self-guided walking tours of the city runs along the Freedom Trail, two-and-a-half miles of notable historical locations.

Bronze markers guide the way to sites like Faneuil Hall, The Paul Revere House, and even the site of the Boston Massacre.

You’ll learn all about the people who shaped the history of Boston and what life might have been like when the Declaration of Independence was first signed. The echoes of America’s political, religious and military origins are explored along the trail, which makes it a great formal introduction to the city.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum on the Bass River, with downtown Boston highrises in the background.The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum offer an interactive experience for visitors along with traditional exhibits.

2. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Commemorating the historical protest that eventually led to the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum offer an interactive experience for visitors along with traditional exhibits.

You can explore the ships — which are staffed by a team of reenactors — and immerse yourself in a battle via a multi-sensory film, or dump actual tea into the ocean, just like the Sons of Liberty did.

One of the original chests from the Tea Party, which had been passed down for generations before getting donated to the museum, also rounds out the authentic historical experience of visiting the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

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One of Harvard University's buildings, viewed over the Charles River.Harvard University’s prestigious reputation has made it a highly sought after attraction for Boston tourists.

3. Harvard University

Although it’s a private research college, Harvard University’s prestigious reputation has made it a highly sought-after attraction for Boston tourists. The campus predates the creation of the United States of America and has a number of historical buildings and museums on campus.

A walk through Harvard Yard will show you the freshman dormitories where Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook and multiple U.S. presidents attended classes. Just across the street from the University’s entrance, you’ll also find Harvard Square — a bustling plaza where both students and locals hang out at the many shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

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