Best of Boston – Dozen Things to Do!

Best Things to do in Boston!

Home to Fenway Park, Clam Chowder, the Freedom Trail, the Boston Marathon, and some of the world’s best known universities.  We spent 48 hours in one of the U.S.A.’s oldest cities that dates back to 1630.


Sharing our recommendations on where to go, stay, dine and how to get around in Boston and the surrounding area.

What to Do


  1. Freedom Trail:

    Hire a guide and walk through history on the 2.5 mile trail where you can see 16 historic sites, and learn about the early history of the U.S.A.  Some sites include Bunker Hill, Boston Tea Party ship, meeting houses, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, and the King’s Chapel Cemetery.  Don’t Miss!  Visit the grave of my ancestor, Mary Chilton, 13 yr old girl and the first to step off the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock.  You can order a book about Mary of the Mayflower on Amazon!

  2. Boston Harbor Walk:

    Explore the wharfs and scenic views from the Harbor Walk.  Be sure to go here if you enjoy a good walk with wonderful views, and restaurants along the way.

  3. Fenway Park:

    Go to one of the baseball games at this well-known park.

  4. North End/Little Italy:

    Visit Hannover St and the neighborhood for more great shops and restaurants.  Don’t Miss!  Best Lobster Rolls at Neptune Oyster.

  5. USS Constitution “Old Ironsides” Tour:

    The world’s oldest commissioned warship, a 52-gun frigate that never lost a battle.
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  6. Museums:

    Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, one of the nation’s finest collections of art, and Museum of Fine Arts with over 450,000 works of art.  We visited the Institute of Contemporary Art and loved the architecture and exhibitions.
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  7. Parks:

    Take a stroll in the oldest public park in the U.S.A. at Boston Common and Public Gardens, or step into a Swan Boat for a serene ride on one of the park’s lakes.  Frog Pond turns into an ice skating rink in the winter  Don’t Miss!  Make Way for Ducklings sculpture created after famous children’s book.
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  8. Beacon Hill:

    Walk the historic neighborhood and admire the well preserved brick townhomes, gas lit streets, and Louisburg Square.
    Don’t Miss!  Chestnut Street and cobblestone Acorn Alley for best photos.

  9. Faneuil Hall:

    Popular Marketplace and lots of shops, restaurants.  Initially built as a town meeting place in 1742, today this marketplace still serves as a town meeting place, and also attracts shoppers and diners.

  10. Charles River:

    Watch the rowers or go rowing!

  11. Boston Pops Orchestra:

    Check the schedule and buy a ticket to listen to the famous Boston Pops.

  12. Shop Newbury and Boylston Streets:

    Fashion Designer boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.

  13. Old Town Trolley Bus:

    Hop on and off the Old Town Trolley that makes its way through Boston, with 16 stops.  A 100 minute narrated tour covering 100 interesting sites!

  14. Harvard and MIT:

    Visit the world famous university campuses.

  15. Best Views:

    Go to the top of the John Hancock or highest building in Boston, the Prudential Building Skywalk Observatory where you will have panoramic views on a clear day.

Where to Stay

Ritz Carlton Boston

We found the Ritz Carlton Boston to be central to everything we wanted to do in this city.  The hotel exudes elegance and offers luxurious accommodations in the heart of town.

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Guests can enjoy…


  • 193 well-appointed contemporary guest rooms, including 43 suites, many with dramatic skyline and Boston Common park views
  • Exclusive Club Level Lounge with dedicated concierge and various culinary offerings
  • Equinox Sports Club, directly connected to the hotel: 100,000-square-foot luxury sports and fitness complex designed to fulfill your every fitness need
  • Access to The Spa at the Equinox Sports Club, which offers a variety of facials, massages, body treatments, beauty services and treatment packages
  • Avery Bar, a sleek and sophisticated bar and lounge that features specialty cocktails and a selection of small plates
  • $1 million art collection
  • Stylish and sophisticated ballroom overlooking Boston Common.


Photos c/o Ritz Carlton Boston

Where to Dine

Artisan Bistro:

Located in the Ritz Carlton Boston Hotel, featuring fresh, seasonal dishes, daily specials and unique signature items from Executive Chef Frank Kassner.


Photos c/o Artisan Bistro

Durgin Park:

Possibly one of the oldest restaurants in the U.S.A., Durgin Park has been serving Yankee recipes since pre-revolutionary days.  In 1742, Peter Faneuil, one of the top merchants in town, opened this restaurant to feed hungry sailors from Boston Harbor.


Today, families who have frequented Durgin Park for decades, return with up to four generations of children, grandchildren and continue the tradition for dining on New England cuisine of prime rib to mashed potatoes, and more.


Photos c/o Durgin Park


Le Limo:  

We booked our reservations for airport transfers, and day trips with Le Limo.  Every transfer went smoothly.  Drivers are punctual and professional, and the vehicles are immaculate!

This premier limo company services private drivers for wedding parties, small and large companies, families and the solo traveler.
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Servicing the Boston, Worcester and several locations along the Northeastern Coast, Le Limo has been providing luxury limousine services since 1986!  Their fleet of cars – stretch limousines, party buses, stretch SUV’s and corporate sedans meet every customer’s need.


Photo c/o Le Limo

Outside Boston

Hire Le Limo and take short daytrips to…

  • Plymouth Plantation
  • Old Sturbridge
  • Rockport, one of America’s oldest seaports and an artist’s community


  • Marblehead for beautiful coastal views
  • Salem where you can meet real witches, and learn about the town’s history at the Salem Witch Museum.
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  • Concord and Lexington: learn about America’s history at these towns within an hour drive from Boston.
  • Walden Pond
  • Cape Cod


Global Adventuress would like to thank the Ritz Carlton for partially hosting our stay, and Durgin Park and Artisan Café for hosting our meals.

Also, we want to thank Le Limo for hosting our transportation around Boston and the surrounding area.


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