What are the best activities to do in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer

Here's one of the great things about Boston: It'll keep you as busy as you want to be. You can pack your day full of activities around the city, or you can sit and enjoy coffee and pastries while watching the world go by. While you're in Boston, make sure you save time for at least a few of these activities:

  1. Tea at the Four Seasons, Boston: For a truly unique experience, stop by the Four Seasons, Boston, for a traditional tea on Saturdays and Sundays. Served with tea sandwiches and small pastries, this fashionable tea is a great way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
  2. The Esplanade: During the warm weather months, the Esplanade is the place to be in Boston. Whether you want to run, rollerblade, sail or just sit and read a book, the Esplanade will be your guide. During the summer months, the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade hosts free concerts at night, and on July 4, you'll find all the city's festivities happening here.
  3. Shopping on Newbury Street: Chanel, Dior, Armani, Burberry... whatever your pleasure, you'll find it on Newbury Street. The mile-long stretch is home to some of the best shopping in Boston. At the beginning of Newbury Street (at Arlington) and you'll find the top designer luxury brands. As you work your way down the street you'll run into cafes, art galleries and various speciality shops. Whether you're looking for a new wardrobe or just want to window shop, Newbury Street is where you should be.
  4. Duck Tours: If you're cramped for time but want to pack it all in, the best way to see the city is via duck. Boston's Duck Tours takes visitors on a land-and-sea ride around the city, pointing out the best arractions along the way. You'll see the Freedom Trail, USS Constitution, Fenway Park, Newbury Street, Beacon Hill, Copley Square, and what's more, you'll learn about the history and architecture behind some of Boston's famous (and not-so-famous) buildings.
  5. Sports: There's no denying it, Boston is a sports city. While you're here, grab tickets to a Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox game, and join the hundreds of fans that will immediately make you part of their family as you cheer on Boston. If you're up for the drive, tailgate down to Gillette Stadium for a New England Patriots game!
  6. Musuems: If art and culture are on your to-do list, Boston won't disappoint. Art lovers wil enjoy the Musuem of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or the Institute of Contemporary Art. Kids will get a kick out of the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium. For a truly one-of-a-kind experience, head to the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Back Bay and check out the Mapparium. The three-story tall glass globe of stained glass is one of the coolest ways to see the world.


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