Boston

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Visit Boston

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail.

Home to more than 6 million people, Boston dates back to 1630 and is one of the United States’ oldest cities. Boston has a very interesting history, and a number of important battles were fought here during the American Revolution. Although big, the city has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with many traditional Irish pubs, international restaurants and enough art and culture to keep visitors coming back for more.

In total, there are 21 neighbourhoods in Boston, each with its own unique personality and style. The skyscraper-filled Financial District is also home to the impressive New England Aquarium. Many young professionals and families live in South Boston, while the city’s richest residents live in wealthy Beacon Hill. Jamaica Plain is probably the most fashionable and stylish neighbourhood, and in elegant Back Bay, you can enjoy the classic Brownstone buildings that the city is famous for. The area of Fenway is where you will find Fenway Park, the stadium of the Red Sox baseball team. Boston Common dates back to 1634 and is the oldest city park in the USA. It is the perfect place to take a walk, ride the famous swan boat, or perhaps visit the graves of soldiers from the American Revolution.

Boston’s layout is different to that of other American cities. Where many US cities use an easy-to-navigate grid system (like in New York for example), the streets of Boston are more European in style, with plenty of narrow and winding alleys. This makes it a really enjoyable city to walk around, as you never know what you may find round the next corner! It’s great fun to go for a long walk on Boston Common, especially along the 4-kilometre long Freedom Trail. This walk takes you past many different sites that are important to the American Revolution (such as the USS Constitution Museum and the Paul Revere House) and finally finishes up at Faneuil Hall marketplace. The marketplace is vibrant and colourful and filled with plenty of shops, restaurants, galleries and street performance artists who spend their days entertaining the crowds.

You can enjoy many different types of food as you dive into Boston’s great restaurant scene. There are many diverse cuisines thanks to the influence of the ethnic groups that have made Boston their home over the last century. These include authentic Italian, Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, Japanese and Guatemalan cuisine among others.

Boston is such a great city to visit because so many of its top sights and attractions are within easy walking distance. For journeys further afield, visitors can use the efficient public transport system, which includes the bus and the subway, also known as the T.

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Where to stay in Boston

Downtown Boston which includes night scenes and a city as well as a small group of people

Downtown Boston

4.5/5Wonderful!(85 area reviews)

The heart of America’s revolutionary history lies in the center of this city. Uncover the story of the nation and enjoy excellent arts and dining venues.

Downtown Boston
Back Bay showing sailing, a city and a river or creek

Back Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(172 area reviews)

Parisian boulevards and elegant brownstones conjure a truly romantic atmosphere, perfect for strolling and window shopping.

Back Bay
Seaport District featuring a skyscraper, a river or creek and a city

Seaport District

4.5/5Wonderful!(34 area reviews)

Join excited crowds enjoying harbor-side views, Revolutionary War-era landmarks, as well as superb restaurants and museums along this thriving waterfront.

Seaport District
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

5/5Exceptional!(3 area reviews)

Take a walk through the charming streets, historic buildings and small-town atmosphere of Boston’s oldest and wealthiest suburbs.

Beacon Hill
Theatre District featuring a city, street scenes and central business district

Theatre District

4/5Very Good!(8 area reviews)

From Broadway musicals to the ballet to the Blue Man Group, you have a wide selection of performances at your fingertips in Boston’s premier cultural district.

Theatre District
East Boston featuring sailing, a city and cbd

East Boston

3.5/5Good!(34 area reviews)

First a shipbuilding hub and now home of Logan Airport, Boston’s easternmost neighborhood is a multicultural area with great ethnic restaurants and historic sites.

East Boston

Top hotels in Boston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
SG$127
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (6,002 reviews)

"Ubication and services was great. Like the food also"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec,2019

Boston Park Plaza
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
4 out of 5
60 School St, Boston, MA
SG$142
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Downtown Boston, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston City Hall, Quincy Market and Boston Common. New England Aquarium and Boston ...

4.2/5Excellent! (6,839 reviews)

"It’s not the four seasons, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s an old historic building with a ton of charm from a bygone era. Centrally located to everything Boston and access to the “T” is a bonus."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec,2019

Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Encore Boston Harbor
Encore Boston Harbor
5 out of 5
1 Broadway, Everett, MA
SG$170
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill Monument, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston. USS Constitution ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (352 reviews)

"Clean, extremely friendly staff. The food is delicious. It has a casino and more than 5 restaurants. The rooms are breathtaking, very high tech. Every room has Alexa to control everything. I loved this place."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec,2019

Encore Boston Harbor

Popular things to do in Boston

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(188 reviews)

The oldest public park in the United States, Boston Common is the ideal place to relax, unwind and soak up some history.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

Top activities in Boston

Go Boston All-Inclusive: +40 Attractions & Tours in 1 Card
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: +40 Attractions & Tours in 1 Card

SG$86

Get around town on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, visit Boston favourite New England Aquarium, or explore a haunted past at the Salem Witch Museum. Access over 40 of Boston-area's must-see attractions and save on admission with your Go Boston All-Inclusive pass.

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

SG$63

Explore Boston's colonial past and thriving modern side with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Take advantage of discounted admission at area attractions, see the city at your own pace with unlimited rides, and enjoy a flexible route that features 18 stops throughout town.

New England Aquarium with Optional Ticket for Simons Theater
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New England Aquarium with Optional Ticket for Simons Theater

SG$42

Immerse yourself in the marine world at the New England Aquarium. Explore more than 70 exhibits, including the Science of Sharks, Penguin Colony, and Giant Ocean Tank. Spot color-changing cuttlefish, leisurely sea turtles, and mustachioed fur seals.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

SG$41

Live it up Boston-style and journey back to the one of the most significant turning points in American history. Visit restored ships and throw tea into the Boston Harbor at this historic and awe-inspiring attraction.

Boston 90-Minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Boston 90-Minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise

SG$45

As you cruise along the Inner Harbor and out into the greater Boston Harbor, take in the city skyline and closer views of both historic and modern structures. Hear tales of the Revolutionary War and anecdotes about the buildings you pass during your 90-minute cruise.

Bustling Back Bay Pedicab Tour
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Bustling Back Bay Pedicab Tour

SG$43

Explore the Back Bay from the back of a pedicab! A pedicab is a bicycle powered taxi and if you haven’t tried riding on one yet, you are in for a treat. Fully open-air, you get 360 degree views of the city as you whiz around through Boston’s streets.

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Money is king! Tips,tips,tips, will get you good manners/service.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 28, 2019

Go to Charlies café behind the hotel (since 1926?) pretty old neighborhood. Go to Italian food centre in the Prudential shopping complex across the road - lots of stalls and specials.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 24, 2019

A very busy City but full of interesting places. Tour shuttle buses excellent but poor information regarding timing and locations of stops.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Superb town, friendly people, endless history and beautiful architecture.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Great city Plenty to do and see Boston tea party was very informative

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

Loved Boston for the history and how easy it is to walk around.

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