Our Boston expert, Chef Concierge Danny Vargas, has pulled together a few more suggestions, intended especially for guests with a limited amount of time (2 to 4 hours only) to spend seeing Boston. Have fun!
Who Doesn't Love Food?
Bites of Boston Food Tours - Eat your way through areas of the city while learning the history and culture of the different neighborhoods through cuisine. Bites of Boston offers 4 different food tours that are about 3 hours long. On each tour you will try sweet and savory items as you stroll about a mile in total around the neighborhood. Choose from Sweet and Savory South End, Allston Arts and Eats, Chinatown's Culture and Cuisine or Classic Bites of Boston. You can't go wrong with any! (3 hours). https://bitesofbostonfoodtours.com/
North End Boston Food Tour – This North End food tour is a paced walking tour that carves a path through the streets of the charming North End, combining neighborhood history with Boston's finest Italian foods. Get to know the North End through the insights of tour guide, Robert Agrippino, a lifelong North End resident. (3 hours). https://northendbostontour.com/
Spend Time at One of our Historic Libraries
Boston Public Library: Built in 1895, the library was the first large, free municipal library in the US. Twenty-three million items call the BPL's beautiful and historic Copley Square building home, including several first edition folios by William Shakespeare, original music scores from Mozart and the personal library of John Adams. While public and private tours are available at the library daily, we recommend you stop by the Courtyard Restaurant for afternoon tea. (2 – 4 Hours; 15 – 20 minute taxi ride). https://www.bpl.org/
Mary Eddy Baker Library: The Mary Baker Eddy Library opened in 2002 as a place for people to explore the life, ideas, and achievements of Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910). She was a remarkable nineteenth-century woman who founded The Church of Christ, Scientist in 1879. The library is home to a world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe depicting the world of 1934. (2 – 4 Hours; 15 – 20 minute taxi ride). https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and Children's Museum: A visit to The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum includes a tour on restored tea ships and a stunning, interactive documentary that immerses you into the events that led up to the American Revolution. Touch, feel, see and hear what the Patriots felt when their passions and angers flared at the injustice of taxation without representation as you participate in multi-sensory exhibits and witness dramatic reenactments by actors and historians. Next door is the Boston Children's Museum, one of the largest in the world, which features a variety of interactive exhibits for kids of all ages (2-4 hours). https://www.bostonteapartyship.com/ and https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/
New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall: The New England Aquarium has more than a dozen exhibits featuring marine life from around the world. By recreating the natural habitats, including reefs, pools, and rocky shorelines, the NEAQ offers visitors an incredible opportunity to view hundreds of species. Nearby, Faneuil Hall offers over 150 shops, restaurants, and merchant carts in the three buildings surrounding Faneuil Hall, North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market. Quincy Market, the center building, is a great gathering spot and place for lunch, with over 35 stands offering a global food selection. During the summer months, jugglers, clowns, puppeteers, musicians, and magicians provide entertainment on the cobblestone promenade. (3 hours). https://www.neaq.org/ and https://faneuilhallmarketplace.com/