BostonUnited States of America

History and heritage, shopping and dining, sport and academic prowess – just some of beautiful Boston’s many attractions.

Boston traces its history back to 1630, which is ancient by North American standards. Famous as the cradle of the American Revolution, this lovely, laid-back city is a jewel in the crown of New England. See the major sights on a short break, or spend longer getting to know this friendly community on the banks of the Charles River.

Over six million people live in the 21 neighbourhoods of Boston, ranging from trendy Jamaica Plain and South Boston to upmarket Beacon Hill and historic Back Bay, where most of the city’s iconic brownstone buildings are situated. Nearby Fenway Park is the home of the world-famous Boston Red Sox baseball team, while the Financial District has added controversial modern skyscrapers to the historic Boston skyline.

Boston Common, the oldest city park in the USA, is a green and airy oasis in the busy “downtown” area and a favourite meeting place for families and friends, especially in summer when the quirky swan boats take to the water. The common is also the start of the Freedom Trail, a 4-kilometre walk that passes many of the city’s major historical landmarks, including Paul Revere House, home of the famous patriot and hero of the Revolution. A popular stop-off point on the trail is the market at Faneuil Hall, where you can snatch a quick bite to eat while enjoying the street performers and the lively atmosphere.

The city has a wealth of museums where you can spend a day admiring fine art or learning more about the natural world. Visit world-famous Harvard University to wander among its historic buildings and absorb its special atmosphere, or lose yourself in Boston’s twisting streets and tranquil squares.

The city centre is compact enough to explore on foot, but when you need a rest the public transport system is convenient, reliable and easy to navigate. As the evening closes in, sample some of the eclectic local cuisine, which reflects the influence of decades of immigration in the early part of the 20th century, or make friends with the locals in one of the city’s famous Irish bars.

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Where to stay in Boston

Downtown Boston showing a city and night scenes as well as a small group of people

Downtown Boston

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Known for its must-see aquarium and captivating waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Boston. Check out top attractions like Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market, and jump on the metro at State St. Station or Government Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Boston
Back Bay showing a city

Back Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Prudential Tower to Copley Place – discover Back Bay, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Back Bay
Seaport District featuring a city, a high-rise building and a river or creek

Seaport District

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Travellers to Seaport District praise its captivating waterfront views. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Boston Children's Museum and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Seaport District
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Historical sites, shopping and restaurants are just a few things travellers like about Beacon Hill. Sights like The Freedom Trail and Downtown Crossing are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Boston area at Charles-MGH Station.

Beacon Hill
East Boston which includes a city, sailing and a river or creek

East Boston

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in East Boston. Spend some time visiting top spots like East Boston Memorial Stadium, and catch the metro at Wood Island Station or Airport Station to see more of the area.

East Boston
Theatre District showing street scenes, a city and central business district

Theatre District

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Theatre District, you might enjoy attractions like The Freedom Trail and Boch Center. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Chinatown Station to see more of the city.

Theatre District

Top hotels in Boston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Boston
Hyatt Regency Boston
4 out of 5
One Avenue De Lafayette, Boston, MA
The price is NZ$192 per night

Located in Downtown Boston, this hotel is steps away from Boston Opera House and Downtown Crossing. The Freedom Trail and Boston Common are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,706 reviews)

"The room was very nice and clean with a lovely view of the city. I got to spend a nice get away with my partner and the staff was very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2020

Hyatt Regency Boston
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
The price is NZ$266 per night

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7,227 reviews)

"TV did not work reliably. Technician unable to fix. Too late in the eve to bother asking for a room change and none was offered."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington
4 out of 5
18 3rd Avenue, Burlington, MA
The price is NZ$167 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Burlington Mall and within 9 miles (15 km) of Tufts University and Woburn Mall. Bentley ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,294 reviews)

"Beautiful clean new boutique hotel, high ceilings, spacious rooms and great in-room coffee maker! Conveniently located to major highways and perfectly situated between the two best Burlington malls!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2020

Archer Hotel Boston/Burlington

Popular places to visit in Boston

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(9 reviews)

The iconic home of the Boston Red Sox is on the must-see list of every red-blooded baseball fan.

Harvard University
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Harvard University

4.5/5(27 reviews)

You don’t have to be a history student to appreciate the unique heritage of this world-renowned academic institution.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Trace the history of Boston and take a break from the city heat in the USA’s oldest public park.

New England Aquarium
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New England Aquarium

4/5(7 reviews)

From sea lions to sharks, this modern aquarium on Boston’s waterfront brings the ocean world to your fingertips. 

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Explore one of the world’s most extensive collections of Japanese art and priceless paintings from Europe and the Americas at this popular Boston attraction.

Copley Square
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Copley Square

4/5(5 reviews)

Historic buildings, great shopping and bags of local colour – what’s not to love about Copley Square?

Top activities in Boston

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

NZ$47
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea
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Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea

NZ$78
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston to Newport, RI including Breakers and Elms Admission
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Boston to Newport, RI including Breakers and Elms Admission

NZ$170
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: 45+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass

NZ$101
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour
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Boston to Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

NZ$163
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston to Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Ferry Private Chauffeur Service
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Boston to Woods Hole & Martha's Vineyard Ferry Private Chauffeur Service

NZ$543
Per adult

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jan. 2020

Boston is beautiful. Loved Little Italy. Definitely walk the Freedom Trail!

5/5 - Excellent

MA

15 Nov. 2019

Amazing city with rich history with beautiful charm and very friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Oct. 2019

Loved it. Beautiful city. Easy to get around. Fabulous gardens. Great dining experiences.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Oct. 2019

Easy to get around. Taxi fare reasonable. South Station easy to navigate.

5/5 - Excellent

Kent

1 Oct. 2019

Very clean, friendly and a pleasant city. Easily walkable or reachable to most areas by bike. Great vibe and excellent restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Sep. 2019

A guided tour of Fenway Park should not be missed.

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