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Founded in 1630, Massachusetts is steeped in history and has transformed itself into a true tourist destination without feeling touristy. Boston, the state’s capital, offers unique and exciting sites and experiences for all interests. One of the best ways to discover the city is to just get out there and start exploring. The list below will help you narrow down the extensive list of what you should definitely not miss!

Boston Public Garden

If you love exploring nature, especially when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, these gardens should be at the top of your list. They were created in 1634 and feature over 80 species of plants, a lake, fountains, and the century-old swan boats. 

Yummy Walks and Brewery Tours

If you travel for food and drink, Boston is the right place for you to explore. Day or night, there are options! The Yummy Walks take you all over Boston to taste mouth-watering treats from various restaurants and venues. Brewery Tours are all over Boston and give you the local history of brewing and allow you to sample lots of beers famous in the region.

Quincy Market

Located in the historic part of town, the Quincy Market is a colorful and lively place to visit. Find handmade souvenirs, sample local food, or play some outdoor games during your visit. There are many good reasons this market has been around since 1824. It’s open year round and is free to the public are but a few of those reasons. 


Explore the city during the day along the harbor, but view the city at night with all of the lights as well. The Waterfront Trail stretches dozens of miles along the city and allows visitors to discover something new no matter where they start or finish. If you get tired, you can always take a trip in the water taxi!

Museum Hopping

Boston has some amazing museums and they even have set times and days where you can gain entrance for free. Everything Thursday from 5-9pm the Institute of Contemporary Art becomes free as does the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesdays after 4pm. Several museums even allow you to get in free on your birthday!