Boston is a beautiful city to visit, offering a choice of amazing hotels, great restaurants and many things to do.
From romantic walks in the park to some of the finest museums in the country, the city will tempt you to return time after time. Visitors love Boston in the spring and fall because of the beautiful displays of color in Boston Common, the oldest city park in the United States. When planning your sightseeing and activities, remember to leave some time for pampering at a day spa. All of the hotels that made our list are known for their attentive service and unique amenities which will make your romantic trip fun and memorable. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Nine Zero Hotel
2.Fifteen Beacon: Just 17 guest Rooms Per Floor
4.Mandarin Oriental, Boston
5.Massages & Indoor Pool at the Langham Hotel Boston
6.Mary Prentiss Inn
7.The Fairmont Copley Plaza
8. Charles Hotel in Harvard Square
9.Hotel Marlowe Near Harvard and MIT
10.Spectacular City Views from the Liberty Hotel
Where to Stay in Boston - 10 Beautiful Romantic Hotels
- Nine Zero Hotel, Photo: Kimpton Hotels
- Fifteen Beacon: Just 17 guest Rooms Per Floor
- InterContinental Boston
- Mandarin Oriental, Boston
- Massages & Indoor Pool at the Langham Hotel Boston
- Mary Prentiss Inn
- The Fairmont Copley Plaza
- Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Photo: Charles Hotel
- Hotel Marlowe Near Harvard and MIT
- Spectacular City Views from the Liberty Hotel
- Cover Photo: Ames Boston Hotel
Things to See and Do in Boston, Massachusetts
Stroll through the park to view more than 600 trees and seasonal floral displays, including stunning tulips in the spring. The Frog Pong lies at the heart of the 50-acre park and is a beautiful spot for a picnic in the summer. There is a carousel and a playground for kids, and ice skating in the winter.
After exploring Boston Common, follow the Freedom Trail along a 2.5 mile look through downtown Boston and observe the historic sites along the way.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States, containing over 400,000 works of art, including Egyptian artifacts, French impressionist paintings (including Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir), American art, Chinese paintings, and a beautiful Japanese garden.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The museum offers seven permanent exhibits, including the Space Race, the Oval Office, First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy exhibit and more.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium features a Giant Ocean Tank which simulates a Caribbean coral reef and houses sharks, eels, turtles, stingrays and other marine animals. Kids will love the penguin exhibit which houses several different species of penguins. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the aquarium also houses special exhibits, so be sure to check the schedule before you go.
Museum of Science
The Museum of Science features over 700 interactive exhibits, live presentations, shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the Mugar Omni Theater and the IMAX. The museum also houses over 100 animals. The Energize exhibit lets you learn about renewable energies while the Theater of Electricityhouses the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator.
Watch the famous Boston Symphony Orchestra play at the Symphony Hall, a U.S. National Historic Landmark and one of the top concert halls in the world.
Attraction Spotlight: Paul Revere House
Located in the North End neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, the Paul Revere House is the former home of noted colonial American patriot Paul Revere and is the oldest house still standing in the city’s downtown area. The house and several other adjacent historic buildings have been converted into a museum that is operated by the nonprofit Paul Revere Memorial Association.
After the Second Church of Boston was destroyed in Boston’s Great Fire of 1676, a three-story townhouse was constructed on its 19 North Square site in 1860. Silversmith Paul Revere, a prominent member of the Boston community, owned the house from 1770 to 1800. During his time at the residence, he completed his famed 1775 midnight ride, which alerted colonial militia forces to the arrival of British troops prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord.
After Revere sold the house in 1800, its ground floor was remodeled for commercial use. It was host to various businesses throughout the following century, including a candy store, bank, and cigar factory, but in 1902, was brought back into the possession of the Revere family when Revere's great-grandson, John P. Reynolds, Jr., acquired it with the intent of creating a museum. The Paul Revere House has been open for public tours since 1908, making it one of the earliest historic house museums opened in America. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in January 1961 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in October 1966.
Historic Houses Complex
For a small admission fee, guests can tour the L-shaped townhouse at their leisure. The house displays construction that was typical of early Massachusetts Bay architecture, with features such as heavy overhead beams, an absence of interior hallways, and a two-story kitchen extension at the back of the structure. Despite its commercial renovations during the 19th century, over ninety percent of the house’s original structure remains intact. Several items of furniture believed to have belonged to the Revere family are on display for visitors in the upstairs chambers.
On December 3, 2016, the Paul Revere Memorial Association opened an education and visitor information center at the adjacent Lathrop Place, an 1835 rowhouse property developed on land that once belonged to the Revere family. Accessible from the Paul Revere House by an elevated walkway, the visitor center features exhibits dedicated to Revere’s midnight ride and career as a silversmith as well as general information about the American Revolution. Pieces from the museum’s collection are on display in the center’s exhibits, including original silver from Revere’s shop and memorabilia connected to his midnight ride. This visitor center renovation has made the second floor of the house accessible to wheelchair patrons for the first time in the museum’s history.
In addition to the Revere House and the Lathrop Place visitor center, the Memorial Association also owns the adjacent Pierce-Hichborn House, one of the oldest remaining brick structures in Boston. Built around 1711, the house was originally constructed for Moses Pierce, a glazier, and later bought by Revere’s cousin, Nathaniel Hichborn. The house was purchased and fully restored in the 1940s with the intent of preserving it as a historic museum. It is open to guided tours, with four rooms fully furnished in 18th-century style.
The three Memorial Association buildings are connected by a central courtyard with gardens and a Revere bell.
Ongoing Programs and Education
The Paul Revere House offers a number of guided tours tailored toward school groups and organizations. Tour themes center on in-depth explorations of Revere’s personal and family history as well as discussions of the business trades and social culture of North End immigrants in the colonial era and beyond. Guided tours of the homes and walking tours of the historic North End neighborhood are offered for adult groups. Additionally, special crafting demonstrations and musical performances are hosted weekly in the museum complex to help immerse visitors in the culture of colonial-era Boston.
Boston’s North End
Settled in the 1630s, Boston’s North End neighborhood is the city’s oldest residential community and one of its three original colonial neighborhoods. Geographically separated from much of the rest of the city by highways and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway park, the neighborhood maintains a distinct identity from the rest of Boston, preserving much its original colonial character alongside the vibrant culture of a thriving Italian-American community. In addition to the Paul Revere House and Pierce-Hichborn House, 10 other sites in the neighborhood are designated on the National Register of Historic Places, including Boston’s second-oldest cemetery, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, which serves as a resting place for many of the city’s notable colonial-era residents.
The neighborhood’s narrow streets and lack of major thoroughfares foster a large amount of foot traffic. There are no MBTA Subway stops in the neighborhood, but the nearby Haymarket and North Station stops provide easy access for residents or visitors looking to enjoy the North End’s many tourist attractions and fine dining establishments.
19 N Square, Boston, MA 02113
Attraction Spotlight: Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston
Born in 1821, Mary Baker Eddy was a prominent writer and religious leader of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, beginning the entire Christian Science movement, which subsequently expanded all over the globe. She wrote and published the main textbook for Christian Science - Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures - as well as more than a dozen other books.
A prolific writer, Mary Baker Eddy also started a range of weekly and monthly magazines like Christian Science Sentinel and The Christian Science Journal, helping to spread the word of Christian Science and teach people more about the movement. She also founded The Christian Science Monitor, a Pulitzer Prize winning global newspaper.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures has been a best-selling book for several decades, selling millions of copies worldwide and suggesting that sickness is an illusion which can be cured through the power of prayer. For her enormous contributions to society and extraordinary works, Mary Baker Eddy has been honored with entry into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In her own, the Mary Baker Eddy Library was opened in 2002.
Visiting the Mary Baker Eddy Library
A veritable shrine to Mary Baker Eddy and all she accomplished, the Mary Baker Eddy Library is one of the most fascinating research libraries and museums in all of Boston. A key hub for anyone interested in Christian Science and related matters, it's an intriguing place to visit that often draws in people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Here's all you need to know about planning your visit to this unique Boston museum and library:
- Location - The Mary Baker Eddy Library is located at the Christian Science Center at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
- Contact - To get in touch with the Mary Baker Eddy Library with any queries or for further information, you can call 617 450 7000 or email email@example.com.
- Opening Hours - The regular opening hours for the Mary Baker Eddy Library are from 10am to 5pm. The library is open seven days a week but does close during certain holidays. Those seeking to do research at the library will need to do so from noon until 4pm on Mondays through to Thursdays, or by appointment.
- Getting There - The Mary Baker Eddy Library is located just a block away from Symphony Hall and Berklee College of Music. If you choose to take public transportation, you can ride the Green Line to either the Symphony or Prudential stops and then walk a short distance to reach the library. Those who drive will find paid public parking garages nearby and some street parking in the local area too.
- Admission - Entry to the Mary Baker Eddy Library is totally free for all, but you will need to pay a general admission price if you want to view the Mapparium. Children under five and special needs assistants can visit for free. Adults pay a standard price, and children, students, and seniors get discounted rates. There are also group discounts and free access for military personnel and their families on certain days of the year.
- The Mapparium - Arguably the highlight of the entire Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Mapparium is the only part of the library that has paid admission and is one of the must-do parts of any visit. It's a three-story globe made of stained glass, with a 30-foot bridge stretching out through its interior. Designed and constructed back in the 1930s, this extraordinary globe is based on old political maps, showing the world how it was almost a century ago. With bright colors across more than 600 stained glass panels all around, visitors are able to enjoy a thoroughly unique and breathtaking experience, being designed to let observers see the accurate geographical relationships between the countries of the world.
- Tours - Those wishing to visit the Mapparium will need to participate in a tour. The tours run all through the week, with a new tour setting off every 20 minutes and running for around 15-20 minutes each time. The first tour of each day leaves at 10.20am and the final tour departs at 4.40pm. The tours are offered on a first come, first served basis.
- Exhibits - A range of additional exhibits are also shown around the Mary Baker Eddy Library, all focused on Christian Science and often looking at its history and development over the course of the last century. There's also the Mary Baker Eddy: Her Life and Legacy exhibit, which focuses on Mary Baker Eddy herself and tells the full story of her life.