Boston for Visitors

Getting the most out of your trip to Boston.

Walk the streets of Boston and history is around you everywhere. You'll come for the Revolutionary sites along the Freedom Trail, but the seasoned Boston traveler will know to search out the unusual - like the Ether Dome, where ether was first used - and the bizarre - the small bocce court in the North End built along the path of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

But that's only a part of your visit to Boston! From museums to pro sports, from fresh seafood to Italian cuisine, Boston has something for everyone. It's also a great place to start your exploration of New England.

One of America's oldest cities (founded in 1630), Boston remains one of its most European in feel. Like many European cities, Boston is best explored on foot. Make sure to bring some comfortable shoes to explore the Freedom Trail (which links key historic sites downtown by way of a red line painted on the sidewalk), the Public Garden, the book shops and other stores of Harvard Square. In fact, driving is NOT recommended - our drivers and roads are insane, and the local public-transit system offers convenient and safe access to major tourist attractions.

What follows is a series of links to resources about visiting Boston. If you don't find the information you're looking for, try posting a query in our online forum, the Wicked Good Conference (and if you want to know what "wicked" means here, see the Wicked Good Guide to Boston English).

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What to see
Some things that should make your Boston itinerary.

Where to stay
From fancy hotels to B&Bs and motels.

Getting here
Boston's easy to get to from almost anywhere.

Getting around
A-to-B tips.

Kids
There's plenty to keep them busy in Boston.

Day trips
Places to explore in a car or by train.

Nightlife and entertainment
From high culture to dancing.

Pro sports
Boston is a major-league town.

Special events
Big doings in Boston, from the Marathon to the Make Way for Ducklings Parade.

Weather
Be prepared.