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Here are 16 must-see attractions in Boston this summer

By meerna Jun12,2024

People sailing on the Charles River. Jean Nagy / Staff

Boston is bustling during the summer months, offering a variety of activities from baseball and boating to exploring the Boston Harbor Islands.

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For those visiting the city for the first time, we asked our readers to help put together an itinerary by naming the #1 attraction that first-time visitors to Boston should visit this summer.

A popular answer was Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in America.

“Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you don’t want to miss this iconic park,” wrote Jennifer from Peabody. “You can go on trips if the Red Sox are not playing. If they are playing, go to the game!”

Here are 16 attractions that our readers say are must-sees this summer.

Boston Duck Tours: The boats, which are celebrating their 30th season this year, carry guests through Boston’s streets and past historic landmarks before entering the Charles River.

Cruise around Boston Harbor: Boston Harbor Cruises, considered the oldest and largest cruise company in New England, offers sightseeing, sunset and lighthouse cruises.

Boston Harbor Islands: Consisting of 34 islands and peninsulas, the islands are located minutes from downtown Boston and are accessible by ferry.

Charles River Esplanade: The 64-acre waterfront park was named one of the 10 best boardwalks in America by USA today readers.

Fenway Park: Watch a Red Sox home game at America’s oldest Major League Baseball park.

Freedom Trail: Follow in the footsteps of America’s Founding Fathers on Boston’s iconic 2.5-mile trail that connects 16 monuments.

Faneuil Hall in Boston
Faneuil Hall Market in Boston – AP Photo/Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Market: Here you’ll find cobbled streets, shops, restaurants and street performers, as well as the famous Quincy Market Colonnade, considered the largest and oldest food hall in the country.

Maparium: Take a look at this 3D 3D map of the Earth made from stained glass.

Modern cake: This Italian bakery on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End has been open since 1930.

Paul Revere’s house: Visit the home of silversmith Paul Revere, a Revolutionary War patriot who rode from Boston to Lexington and Concord on April 18, 1775, to warn Patriot leaders of the coming British.

Public garden: Spend time at America’s first public botanical garden.

Pizzeria Regina: Dine at the North End’s oldest Italian restaurant, which opened on Thacher Street in 1926.

– Sailing: Rent a sailboat from Community Boating and explore the Charles River.

Swan boats: Take a swan boat ride, a Boston tradition dating back to the 19th century.

Constitution of the USS: Step aboard the Old Ironsides, the oldest ship still floating in the world, docked next to the USS Constitution Museum.

See Boston: This attraction on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center offers unparalleled views of the city.

Need more ideas? Check out 10 free things to do in Boston in July and things to do in every Boston neighborhood this summer.


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