Lesser Known Places to Visit in Boston

places to visit in boston

November is a good time to visit Boston because the chill hasn’t set in yet and the city still retains most of its beautiful fall colors. As deeply steeped in history as the city is, you can visit some of the most popular historical sites like the Boston Custom House or the Harvard Museum; or take one of the many guided tours around the city like the Freedom Trail or the Irish Heritage Trail.

Also known as The City of Neighborhoods, Boston offers a lot of hidden gems that are usually not the focus of many visitors’ tourist plans because they just don’t know about them. Do you want to know what the locals would recommend? Let’s take a look.

South of Boston – Adams National Historical Park

John Adams tour in Boston

Adams National Historical Park tells the story of four generations of the Adams family (from 1720 to 1927). The park has two main sites: the Birthplaces of 2nd U.S. President John Adams and 6th U.S. President John Quincy Adams, and Peacefield including the “Old House,” home to four generations of the Adams family, and the Stone Library which contains more than 14,000 historic volumes

Sometimes referred to as the John Adams Tour, this is a walk down history that will acquaint visitor with the central role played by the Adams family (not to be confused with the Addams family) in the history of Boston.

The John Adams tour begins at the Quincy visitor center from where visitors embark on their 2 hour journey through the history of Boston. You get to see the houses they lived in, where the family ate, sat and slept; their lifestyles, their everyday items of use and much more are revealed as you travel from one to the other building in this tour. Here is a nice detailed description on Rebecca Stay’s blog.

Visit Boston North End

swan boat ride in boston

As one of Boston’s oldest residential areas, North end has a whole host of places you can visit and enjoy whether you are alone, with friends or with family.

Some of the things you can do and places you can visit here are:

  • Go to the Charles River and rent Kayaks
  • Take the Boston Duck Tour
  • Visit Paul Revere’s home
  • Go see the Old North Church
  • Take a ride in the Swan Boats in Boston Public Gardens
  • Go to the top of the Hancock Place (John Hancock Tower) and get a breathtaking view of Boston
  • Enjoy your lunch on one of the lunch boats near the aquarium and docks
  • Visit the Christian Science Church and walk through the beautiful “Mapparium”, a stained glass globe
  • Visit Longfellow’s home in Harvard Square

West of Boston

concord authors ridge boston

This neighborhood also includes many famous locations that have played a pivotal role in Boston’s history. Some of the places you can visit here are:

  • Liberty Ride: A unique Trolley Tour of Lexington & Concord. Visit the birthplaces of American liberty and 19th century literature! Board a classic trolley to ride along the historic Battle Road while your costumed guide recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775
  • Visit the Hancock-Clarke House; the place where John Hancock and Samuel Adams heard Paul Revere’s warning that the British troops had arrived
  • Go to the Concord Author’s Ridge; rent a canoe and paddle down the Concord River and pass under the Old North Bridge

Do you have any recommendations for places to visit in Boston? What hidden gems have you discovered? Share them with us in the comments below.

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