As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston has plenty to boast. Whether it be a picnic in the country’s oldest park, a stroll through the redbrick-clad grounds of the most elite university or a visit to a beloved baseball stadium, these top Boston experiences knock our socks off.
"Old Ironsides" is a true symbol of Boston's seaside status. This is the oldest US Navy commissioned warship afloat in the world, having played a pivotal role in the War of 1812. We suggest going on a guided tour of the top three decks of the Constitution – they are given by several of the active-duty Navy sailors who man the ship. 5 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Boston, MA, www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution, Nov 1-Mar 31, Thurs-Sunday 10am-4pm, Apr 1-Sep 30 Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, Oct 1-31 Tues-Sun 10am-4pm.
Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
Opened in 1742, Faneuil Hall and its newer neighbour, Quincy Market, form this 6.5-acre historical outdoor marketplace. Though once a produce market, today the area is filled to the brim with shops and restaurants. We love to just wander along the cobblestoned walkways, shop, eat, drink, listen to musicians and watch performers. This famed food corridor delivers great mix of local flavour. 4 South Market Building, Boston, MA, +1 617 523 1300, www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com, Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm.
Public Garden/Boston Common
These adjacent green spaces in the heart of Boston form the quintessential urban oasis and one of our favourite green spaces. As America's first park (1634) and public botanical garden (1837), there's something for everyone here – whether you want to stroll, admire the flowers, toss a Frisbee, lounge on the grass or go winter ice-skating. We definitely recommend taking a ride in the 130-year-old Swan Boats for a classic Boston experience. Charles Street, www.cityofboston.gov/parks.
Miss a visit to America’s most beloved baseball park, home of the Red Sox, and you’ve struck out. Tickets to home games against rivals the New York Yankees are coveted. Our favourite way to enjoy a game is from the seats atop the 23-foot Green Monster wall, which provide a fabulous view from left field. Baseball season runs from April to October, but tours of the park are run all year round. 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA, +1 617 226 6000, boston.redsox.mlb.com, Season runs Apr–Oct.
Boston Harbor Islands
Sometimes we like to get out of the city to swim, hike, explore an old fort or even climb a lighthouse. You can do all of this without leaving Boston. A true touch of nature within the historic harbour area, 12 "hidden" islands that make up this National Park cover some 1,600 acres and 35 miles of pristine shoreline. We suggest catching a ferry from Boston's Long Wharf to Georges and Spectacle Islands, where you can transfer to the smaller islands. +1 617 223 8666, www.bostonharborislands.org
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About the author: KatieKatie Manning
Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning