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6 Must-See Boston Neighborhoods and How to Visit


6 Must-See Boston Neighborhoods & How to Visit
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History and cutting-edge culture live side by side in Boston, where neighborhoods go from historic Beacon Hill’s cobblestone lanes to downtown skyscrapers. Sample a little of each area to experience the city’s many facets. These are the key Boston neighborhoods for planning your trip.

Downtown/ Financial District

For maximum contrast between old and new Boston, head to busy downtown, where glass towers surround Revolutionary sites and the Freedom Trail starts at Boston Common. Along with theaters and endless restaurants, this neighborhood includes some of the city’s top historic attractions: the Old State House, the Old South Meeting House, the Granary Burying Ground, and more.

Underground Donut Tour - Boston Historic Downtown Tour
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Underground Donut Tour - Boston Historic Downtown Tour

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Boston is famous for its donuts and has numerous artisanal donut stores, some hidden away from its tourist areas. Instead of hunting them down independently, let a guide lead you there and introduce you to some top donut varieties, enabling you to try flavors and gain insight into the local donut scene you might otherwise miss. Between tastings, browse a market, eat a delicious bakery treat and explore historical neighborhoods such as North End before one final, scrumptious donut sampling.
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North End

The longtime home of Boston’s Italian-American community, the North End keeps that culture alive with neighborhood festivals and the city’s best Italian fare. Sites such as the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and the Copp’s Hill Burying Ground are a must, but linger to enjoy the best of North End flavors. Favorite North End snacks include Italian sandwiches, thin-crust pizza, and slushy cups of Italian ice.

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill’s brick row houses and cobbled lanes are straight from a postcard, and the best way to enjoy the historic atmosphere is on foot, whether you’re exploring on your own or joining a walking tour. The Black Heritage Trail leads from Boston Common through Beacon Hill, highlighting a series of fascinating places on its way to the African Meeting House, the oldest Black church in the United States.

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Waterfront

Stretching along Boston Harbor from Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the Waterfront neighborhood bristles with energy. The Boston HarborWalk follows the water’s edge past attractions including the New England Aquarium, one of the city’s best family-friendly sites. This is also the starting point for many Boston Harbor cruises.

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Boston Waterfront neighborhood and skyline. Photo: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva / Shutterstock

Back Bay

Victorian brownstone houses lend an elegant feel to one of Boston’s most coveted neighborhoods. There’s plenty of sightseeing here, too. Check out the gorgeous interior of the Boston Public Library; stroll across Copley Square; then head to Newbury Street to visit boutiques, cafés, and stylish bars.

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Fenway-Kenmore

Catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is an unforgettable Boston experience, but there’s plenty more to see in this bustling neighborhood. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed a string of parks called the Back Bay Fens that are a welcome slice of green in the heart of the city, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is among Boston’s most beloved art galleries.

Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

Tour of Historic Fenway Park, America's Most Beloved Ballpark

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Revel in the history of Fenway Park, one of baseball’s most beloved stadiums, during this guided tour. Revisit the careers of Red Sox greats like Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Carl Yastrzemski, celebrate the club’s numerous World Series titles, and tour famous stadium locales like the ‘Green Monster,’ ‘Pesky’s Pole,’ and the Fenway Park Living Museum.
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