Boston’s Best Tourist Attractions Worth The Hype

November 23, 2013 6:00 AM

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Boston isn’t one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions for nothing: the city has endured with plenty of staying power for thousands of visitors every year. The reasons for this are plentiful, for not only is Boston one of the most culturally rich and historically significant cities in the country, but its deep-rooted traditions are balanced nicely with an ever-changing modernism; a fantastic melding of the old and new which makes Boston one of the best tourist spots for those seeking both hype and history.
Faneuil Hall and the surrounding marketplace (credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Faneuil Hall and the surrounding marketplace (credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
4 S. Market St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 523-1300
www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

Faneuil Hall may be one of the more crowded and physically congested parts of Boston’s Financial District, yet this marketplace still remains a must-see attraction for tourists, if only to indulge in any one of the tastes from its seemingly innumerable selection of restaurants. Gift and memento shops also line the Faneuil Hall, ensuring that any and all tourists can get their fix for any number of trinkets, baubles and ephemera associated with Boston life and culture. Many schools still program field trips to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for their students, and with good reason: it’s simply a super fun day out in the city.

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Fenway Park (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Fenway Park (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
(877) 733-7699
www.redsox.com

The mighty Fenway Park sits high upon a short list of truly iconic baseball stadiums. This home of the Boston Red Sex is often mentioned in the same, reverential breath as Chicago’s Wrigley Field or New York City’s old Yankee Stadium as one of the most famous and classic places to play America’s favorite pastime. At a place where history speaks for itself, however, it could be easy to forget that good ol’ Fenway serves as an epic tourist attraction to this very day, attracting thousands of visitors every year who just want to have their photos taken at this most stately of baseball diamonds. Simply stated: no inaugural trip to Boston would be complete without a stop at Fenway Paahk!

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Cheers
84 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-9605
www.cheersboston.com

Look hard enough and you’re likely to find a bar similar to Cheers anywhere else in the city. Still, fans of this iconic television comedy continue to flock to this Beacon Street landmark, if only to celebrate their own little slice of T.V. history. Plenty of photo ops and memorabilia await visitors to Cheers at either the belly-up bar or gift shop, yet this Hill pub spot also operates its burgers and beer day to day with gusto and a dogged dedication to serving the countless travelers and tourists who make sure to venture here on a yearly basis: the place where everybody knows your name.

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(Photo Credit: CityofBoston.gov)

(Photo Credit: CityofBoston.gov)

Freedom Trail
99 Chauncy St., Suite 401
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 357-8300
www.thefreedomtrail.org

When it comes to tourism in the city of Boston, one is just as likely to run into a history buff as they are a sports fan or diehard foodie. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Boston’s Freedom Trail, a place where visitors can walk in the steps of the American revolution, visiting iconic historical landmarks that housed some of the most important and influential meetings that would eventually decide the country’s fate. From Paul Revere’s Path and the USS Constitution to the site of the infamous Boston Massacre, the Freedom Trail is a fascinating and fun way to travel back in time to America’s brave and bold origins here in the city of Boston.

(credit: Wikimedia Commons)

(credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Chinatown
65 Beach St.
Boston, MA 02111

Although the once neighboring Red Light District known affectionately as the “Combat Zone” now exists only as a memory, the general area of Boston’s Chinatown has grown exponentially over the years as a fantastic tourist destination for foodies of all shapes, sizes and appetites. Adventurous eateries rub shoulders with classic cuisine of various ethnicities while shops and storefronts offers bargains in this shopper’s paradise, an area that has retained its diverse cultural identity while simultaneously expanding to serve tourists, townies and locals alike.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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