Things to Do
We can’t possibly list them all. But here’s a list of our favorite Boston attractions:
Boston is among the oldest and most historically rich cities in the United States. From the Pilgrims to the American Revolution and Paul Revere to President John F. Kennedy, the city has played a central role in American history since the early 1600s.
- The Freedom Trail
Put on your walking shoes: this is a walking tour of historic Boston that covers three miles and 16 historical sites. To join a guided tour, call 617-357-8300 or visit the Freedom Trail’s website.
- Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
This is a replica of the ships where the famous Boston Tea Party took place. It is located on Congress Street at Fort Point Channel. To reserve tickets, call 617-338-1773 or visit the museum’s website.
- USS Constitution Museum
This is the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy. It is located at Charlestown Navy Yard. For hours and ticket information, call 617-426-1812 or visit the museum’s website.
- The Paul Revere House and Old North Church
This is the restored home of Paul Revere, one of the most important figures of the American Revolution, and the church where he famously warned Boston area residents that “The British are coming.” These attractions are located in the historic North End district. After sightseeing, visit one of the many Italian restaurants or bakeries in the area.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market
This historic meeting place and market now boasts numerous shops, restaurants, street performers, and an altogether fun atmosphere. Whether you’re shopping or people watching, this is one of the most popular places in Boston. Take the T to Government Center or Haymarket to access this area.
The Boston area has a diverse collection of world-class museums that cater to numerous interests spanning history, art, culture, and the sciences.
- Museum of Fine Arts
This is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection that encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to masterpieces from Cézanne, Rembrandt, and van Gogh. BU students get free admission with their Terrier card. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. For information about hours, prices, and special events, call 617-267-9300 or visit the museum’s website.
- Museum of Science
One of the world’s largest science centers, this hands-on museum features the first space capsule, a giant lightning generator, a nano-technology exhibit, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. Science Park, Boston. For information about hours, prices, and special events, call 617-723-2500 or visit the museum’s website.
- New England Aquarium
Boston’s most visited tourist attraction features a 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank, a large penguin habitat, a vibrant jellyfish exhibit, and sea life from every corner of the world’s oceans. Central Wharf, Boston. For information about hours, prices, and special events, call 617-973-5200 or visit the aquarium’s website.
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Modeled after a Venetian palazzo, this museum houses one of the world’s most remarkable art collections and includes works from Michelangelo, Degas, Sargent, Monet, Botticelli, and more. 280 The Fenway, Boston. For more information about hours, prices, and special events, call 617-556-1401 or visit the museum’s website.
- Institute of Contemporary Art
This museum features cutting-edge, contemporary paintings, sculptures, architecture, films, photography, and performances. Located on Boston Harbor, the architecture of the museum’s new building is as famous as the works of art it houses. 955 Boylston Street, Boston. For more information about hours, prices, and special events, call 617-478-3100 or visit the institute’s website.
- Children’s Museum
Boston Children’s Museum is one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. This museum offers innovative, meaningful, and hands-on exhibits designed for children and families with a focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness, and the arts. 300 Congress Street at Museum Wharf, Boston. For more information about hours, prices, and special events, call 617-426-6500 or visit the museum’s website.
No matter what your taste, there is sure to be something going on in Boston to interest you. Check out these resources and explore the options!
- The Boston Globe Calendar Section lists performances and activities in the Boston area every Thursday.
- Ticketmaster lists musical, sporting, and theatre performances in the area. You can check dates and purchase tickets online
- Bostix, located at Faneuil Hall or Copley Square in Boston, offers half-price tickets on the day of performance for many cultural events. Cash or traveler’s check only. For more information, call 617-262-8632.
Boston is the home of several world-class professional sports teams, and sports fans here are known around the country for their enthusiasm. Attending a game is one of the best ways to experience Bostonians’ pride in their city.
- Boston Red Sox
The “Sox” are Boston’s professional baseball team. They play at Fenway Park, which is located in Kenmore Square and is very convenient to the BU campus. The baseball season lasts from April to October. For more information and to purchase game tickets, visit the Boston Red Sox website.
- Boston Celtics
The Celtics are Boston’s professional basketball team. They play at the TD Garden, which is located near North Station. Basketball season runs from late October to May. For more information and to purchase game tickets, visit the Celtics website.
- New England Patriots
The Patriots are New England’s professional (American) football team. They play at Foxborough Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The football season lasts from August to January. For more information and to purchase game tickets, visit the Patriots website.
- Boston Bruins
The Bruins are Boston’s professional ice hockey team. They also play at the TD Garden, and the hockey season runs from October to April. For more information and to purchase game tickets, visit the Bruins website.
- New England Revolution
The Revolution is Boston’s professional soccer (football) team. They play at Foxborough Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The season runs from March to October. For more information and to purchase game tickets, visit the Revolution website.
- Support your Boston University Terriers athletic teams!
University sporting events are a great way to experience the school spirit that is unique to the United States. Visit the BU Athletics website for information, schedules, and news for all men’s and women’s athletic teams.