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One Day in Boston: How to Make the Most of 24 Hours

Do you only have one day in Boston? Because there are seemingly untold numbers of attractions and activities to experience, it can be difficult to narrow down your itinerary list. Regardless of which attractions you choose, you’ll have a good time sightseeing around The Hub. Read below to discover the best spots to hit.

One Day in Boston
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Getting Around Boston

Navigating Boston doesn’t have to be challenging. Further, if you can avoid traveling by car, opt to take local public transportation, ride share services, or bike share services.

MBTA Public Transportation Options

Consider obtaining a CharlieTicket, a paper ticket that can be loaded with subway, bus, Commuter Rail, and ferry tickets or passes. Deemed the best option by MBTA for visitors, these tickets are available at all fare vending machines and online. In addition, you can simply pay with cash at onboard fare boxes on buses and trolleys at street-level stops.

For seamless purchasing and route planning on-the-go, you may want to download any of these MBTA-endorsed apps.

Ride Sharing

Boston offers Uber, Lyft, and Car Share Boston to limit traffic and accidents, as well as save time.

Bike Sharing

Check out Bluebikes if you’d rather feel the thrill of biking around the city. With 2,200 bikes at more than 210 stations through Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, this low-cost option allows you to travel around the city easily. Download the Bluebikes app or visit any Bluebikes kiosk to purchase a single pass.

Following the iconic Freedom Trail enables visitors to see some of the most historic sites in Boston.

See the City’s Historic Sites

Spend your one day in Boston exploring the Freedom Trail, USS Constitution, Faneuil Hall, and iconic parks. Afterward, dine at one of the city’s beloved dining establishments (we have a few suggestions below).

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail connects many of the most significant sites of our nation’s history, all within the city of Boston. Featuring a trail of museums, churches, meeting houses, parks, a ship, burying grounds, and historic markers, each site tells its own history regarding the American Revolution and beyond. This 2.5 mile trail features sixteen historic sites from the Boston Common to Paul Revere’s house in the North End. Of course, you don’t need a tour to follow the markers, although tours are available during business hours.

USS Constitution

Fun fact: The USS Constitution is the oldest ship in the world still afloat. Better yet, the public is welcome to visit this historic ship, which is permanently locked in the Charleston Navy Yard. Explore what life at sea was like over 200 years ago with a free tour. Note that tours are available every 30 minutes days from 10 am – 4 pm (extended hours offered during summer).

Boston Garden

The oldest public garden in the U.S., the Boston Public Garden was established in 1837 and presents many lovely meandering walkways, species of flowers and plants, and bird species that populate the area. Guests can ride the Swan Boats, picnic, play sports, and much more.

3 Days in Boston
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Boston Common

Founded in 1634, the Boston Common serves as an incredibly historic site with ties to the Revolutionary War, anti-Vietnam War rallies, civil rights rallies, and much more. Now owned by a nonprofit organization, the park contains beautiful walkways, fountains, statues, and play areas. Further, many families go ice-skating in the Frog Pond each year.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

One of the most significant sites along the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall has served as a meeting place since the 1740s. Once a hotspot for hearing speeches during the Revolutionary War, it’s now home to Quincy Market where visitors can wander through food stalls and dine at numerous eateries. This is a perfect stop once you get hungry for lunch.

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Charles River Esplanade

Stroll down the scenic Charles River Esplanade in the Back Bay Area for beautiful views, sun, and exercise. Stretching for 17 miles, visitors can walk, bike, canoe, kayak, rollerblade, and more. There’s even a playground for kids to explore. In addition, visitors can catch free summertime concerts as well as free moving showings at the Hatch Shell. Furthermore, the Hatch Shell  features the iconic free Boston Pops concert each July 4th.



Dining Experiences

While there are countless varieties of cuisines available throughout the city, here is a list of some of Boston’s iconic and/or current hotspots to cap off the day:

How to Save More During Your Trip

With so much to experience throughout the city, it can feel overwhelming thinking of your budget. Well, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to check off your one day in Boston bucket list. Consider investing in one of these options depending on your travel preferences to save and still have a fantastic trip:

Boston Explorer Pass

The Boston Explorer Pass allows visitors to see the best attractions in the city at a discount, and even skip the line at most. The pass enables entry to more than 20 attractions, tours, and museums, so there are plenty of options. Better yet, you don’t have to wait in line and pay at the gate.

Go Boston Card

The Go Boston Card allows tourists to explore over 45 attractions with all-inclusive passes. Additionally, you can receive a free guidebook and enjoy unlimited access on the number of attractions you can see each day.

Book with Tripster

Save on hotels via Tripster’s incredible discounts so you can stay close to the best activities the city has to offer without breaking the bank.

Visit Historic Boston

No matter what’s on your itinerary, you’re bound to have a good time spending one day in Boston. Which piece of history are you most excited to visit?