One of the surprises awaiting visitors to Boston is the enchanting mix of neighborhoods that make up its core. Each neighborhood features not only its own geography but also a fiercely unique character. While exploring the city, make a point to visit these local neighborhoods to experience the “Spirit of Independence” Boston is known for.
Spend time in authentic brownstones and newer structures like the glass-walled Hancock Tower and towering Prudential Center. Shoppers will appreciate the fashions found on trendy Newbury Street, while book lovers will want to visit the Boston Public Library on Copley Street.
Beacon Hill is alive with history, antique shops, and interesting cafés. Made up of winding alleys and brownstones, many of the buildings have been continuously occupied since the Revolutionary War. Visit the former offices of Frederick Douglass; now the Boston African American National Historic Site.
The Charlestown Navy Yard is home to the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest ship still in commission in the United States Navy. Open to the public for tours, this sailing ship joins the Bunker Hill Monument as a testament to Boston’s seafaring past.
Downtown is a feast of diversity, easily reached via public transportation or on foot. Here you’ll find the Downtown Crossing shopping district and Boston’s Government Center, which features free outdoor performances during the summer months. While walking the Freedom Trail through the city, be sure to stop at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market for a bowl of “Chowdah” like a true Bostonian.
East Boston was originally developed for shipbuilding, due to its proximity to the waterfront. Now travelers are more likely to enter and exit East Boston from Logan International Airport built in its midst.
No visit to Boston would be complete without a visit to Fenway Park, home of the famed Boston Red Sox and only walking distance from Kenmore Square. Tours of Fenway Park are conducted all year, not just during baseball season. The neighborhood is also a hub of culture and encompasses the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall.
Where else can you visit the Old North Church (Paul Revere’s former residence) and have a slice of the best pizza all in one day? The North End is Boston’s famed Italian neighborhood, known for narrow streets, delicious cuisine, and handcrafted cannoli.
When it comes to exploring the neighborhoods of Boston, this is just a start. Did we miss one of your favorites? Make sure to let us know.