1. Freedom Trail. This is really the main activity to accomplish in Boston. Sixteen of the historical sites are along this trail, and it’s easily walkable. So much to learn (or re-learn)! The entire trail is 2.5 miles long and with our girls, it took us about 2 days to completely visit each site along the trail. This is by far the easiest way to see most things you’ll want, and it’s also easy to wander off the trail to explore the other areas of Boston, which we did frequently.
2. Boston Commons. We visited this park daily, because it is in the center of the city, and is the start of the Freedom Trail. The leaves here were gorgeous and there’s tons of space for kids to run around. There is a big playground, restrooms, and a really fun carousel with a great view of the Boston skyline. Just outside the park is the famous Cheers bar!
3. Public Garden. It’s almost hard to believe there isn’t an entry fee into these gardens because they are so gorgeous and well kept. There are incredible photo opportunities all over the garden and it is not to be missed. The trees, flowers, pond, etc… are all beautiful. At one end of the garden is Boston Commons and at the other end is the beautiful Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
4. Christopher Columbus Park. Another great park to visit! It was clean and well kept, and also had a playground and carousel. The park is right on the waterfront, with some restaurants and a variety of boat tours.
5. Beacon Hill. A beautiful residential area to visit, and definitely hilly! There are some really cute shops along Charles Street too. We spent our times zig zagging through the streets looking at the gorgeous homes.
6. USS Constitution. It’s free to visit this dry docked ship, all you need is a photo ID. There are free tours throughout the day and you can go downstairs to see the living quarters of the military that were once stationed on the boat.
7. Faneuil Hall Marketplace. We loved this historic, trendy outdoor shopping area built back in the 1820’s. Also known as Quincy Market, the old brick architecture and wide pedestrian walkways make a beautiful combination to enjoy some shopping or a nice meal on the patio.