Get your bearings by walking the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walk that takes in 16 of the American Revolution's most important landmarks. Art lovers can easily while away a day at the Museum of Fine Arts. For those who love sports, you must take in a game at Fenway Park, the oldest major league ballpark still in use. And then learn about JFK, America's most loved President, at the JFK Presidential Library.
Housed in a Guy Lowell designed neoclassical building, with a striking 500 foot long cut granite facade bordering the Avenue of the Arts, the MFA's collection is arranged into 11 exhibitions.
They include the 53-gallery Art of the Americas department, whose highlights include the Maya ceramics gallery, galleries devoted to John Singelton Copley and John Singer Sargent, the Hudson River School of landscape painting gallery, and the 1768 Sons of Liberty Bowl. The Art of Europe collection is another must-see. Its gems include Monet's Haystack (sunset), Rembrandt's Artist in his Studio, Turner's Slave Ship (pictured), Degas' At the Races in the Countryside, Kirchner's Mountain Lanscape from Clavadel, a Bouleron Inkstand from 1876, a John Harris gilded silver casket from 1820 and Rodin's Psyche.
Of the other collections, we recommend Jewelry (which contains a fourth century BC oak wreath, an Ashbee arts and crafts broach, and a Marjorie Merriweather Post emerald and diamond brooch) and Contemporary (which displays Warhol's striking Red Disaster). The MFA offers excellent visitor amenities, including a free cloakroom, a cafeteria, two cafes and its Bravo fine-dining restaurant.
where? Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Closest T stops: Museum of Fine Arts (Green line); Ruggles (Orange line).
when? 10 am to 4.45 pm (late opening till 9.45 pm on Weds - Fri). Closed: New Year's Day, Patriots' Day (third Monday in April), Independence, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
£$€¥ Adults: $22; Concessions: $20; Children: $10.
The JFK Presidential Library and Museum is the official repository of the Kennedy administration's papers and correspondence. The I.M. Pei designed building, constructed between 1977 and 1979, was largely funded by public donations made by over 30 million in the years after JFK's death; its most striking features are the 38-metre high triangular concrete tower block and 35-metre high glass atrium (pictured). President Jimmy Carter dedicated the building on 20 October 1979, at a ceremony attended by a number of the Kennedys. Visitors are shown a film introducing JFK and the Library on arrival. They can then explore the Library and its first floor museum, which contains exhibitions devoted to the US Space Programme, JFK's public speeches, his political campaigns, the Oval Office, the First Lady and the wider Kennedy family. Exhibits include gifts from heads of state (for example a gold and silver Lion of Judah Statuette presented to JFK in 1963 by the Emperor of Ethiopia), sculptures and paintings, and clothes worn by the First Lady.
where? John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 (617) 514-1600. Toll free (866) JFK-1960. Take the Red line to JFK/UMASS Station (from which a shuttle bus to the Library runs every 20 minutes).
when? 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
£$€¥ Adults: $12; Concessions: $10; Young adults (13-17): $9; Children 12 and under: Free.
Its characteristic dark green stands and clubhouse are nestled between adjacent buildings in downtown Boston. Known as a hitters' ballpark, Fenway has been continuously renovated since its construction but remains dripping with quirky charm. For instance, it can seat only 37,500, making it one of the smallest major league ballparks, and contains a manually updated scoreboard, the famous Green Monster (a 37 foot high left field wall, which is a popular target for right handed hitters) and numerous 'restricted view' seats missing from more modern stadia. But to the committed Red Sox fans these features are what make Fenway America's favourite ballpark. It proof were needed, it comes from the Red Sox having sold out every home game since May 2003—a run of over 700 consecutive matches.
where? 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215.
when? The season runs from March to early October, with Fenway Park hosting abou 12 home games each month.
£$€¥ Tickets range in price from between $12-$165 (2012 season).