There are countless activities, landmarks, museums, and shopping areas in Boston. Here are a few of the attractions you’ll find in town. You’re sure to discover many more as you explore the city. You can plan your trip on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website.
Museums & Attractions
There are countless places of historical interest in Boston and its environs. We have highlighted just a few of the most popular destinations. Click on the destination for information about hours of operation, special exhibits, and directions.
- The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a walking tour of Boston’s most historic sites, and is easily identified by the red lines on the sidewalk. Begin the walk from the Visitor Center at 15 State Street, Boston. Put on your walking shoes: this tour covers three miles and 16 historical sites.
- Faneuil Hall Market Place
A market and meeting place since 1742, Faneuil Hall is often referred to as the “Cradle of Liberty.” This well-known stop on the Freedom Trail consists of North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market, and is now a popular destination with many shops and restaurants.
- The Paul Revere House
The oldest building in downtown Boston, this landmark is known for being the residence of Paul Revere when he left for his famous “Midnight Ride” to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that British troops were preparing to march into the countryside to arrest them.
- The USS Constitution
Known as “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the world (that is still afloat). Launched in 1797, Old Ironsides saw many naval victories in the War of 1812.
- CambridgeSide Galleria
Directions: Take any Green Line inbound to Government Center. Disembark and wait on the same platform for the Green Line “E” train to Lechmere Station. Disembark at Lechmere, walk to 1st Street, take a right, and continue to the Galleria.
- Copley Place
Directions: Take any Green Line inbound to Copley Square.
- Downtown Crossing
Directions: Take any Green Line inbound to Park Street. Exit station and cross Tremont Street to Winter Street. Walk down Winter Street to Washington Street.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Marketplace
Directions: Take any Green Line Inbound to Government Center.
- Harvard Square
Directions: Take any Green Line inbound to Park Street. Change to Red Line outbound and go four stops to Harvard Square.
- The Landmark Center
Easily walkable from BU, you’ll find Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Blick Art Materials, Regal Fenway 13 cinema, REI, Staples, and others.
- Newbury Street
Directions: Take any Green Line inbound to Hynes Convention Center.
- The Prudential Center
Directions: Take any Green Line inbound to Hynes Convention Center or Copley Square. The mall is located in the Prudential Center on Boylston Street.
Boston’s professional basketball team—and 2008 World Champions—play at the TD Bank North Stadium, located in downtown Boston.
New England Patriots
Boston’s professional American Football team plays at Gillette Stadium located in Foxborough, MA.
Boston’s professional ice hockey team plays at the TB Bank North arena.