Boston is easily one of the most loved communities in the country; it is also one of the most unique. Ask several people about vacationing in Boston and you’re likely to get a myriad of answers - people love this place! Whether you’re listening to the One Man Band guy playing an impromptu concert on Newbury Street, taking in an afternoon Boston Red Sox baseball game or a Boston University Terriers hockey game, spending the day with the kids on the famous Duck Boat Tours or exploring the Freedom Trail, you’ll quickly find that Boston has year’s worth of attractions to see. And you still haven’t seen Harvard Yard, the New England Aquarium, the Paul Revere House, Sullivan’s Castle Island, the Boston Common, the North End, Faneuil Hall or the Boston Symphony Orchestra! So where do you start?

Our team at Terrier Residential, specialists in Boston real estate including South End real estate, have put together this “Insiders Guide to Vacationing in Boston” to help you find the best, must-see attractions and locations in the city. We’ve taken into account all the wonderful things our great city has to offer and will give you a crash course on the area’s finest attractions. Let’s get started!

1. The Freedom Trail: A walk along the two-and-a-half-mile Freedom Trail is perhaps the best way to get acquainted with the city of Boston and the bounty of historic landmarks throughout. We recommend starting here. If you’re in a hurry, you can cover the entire trail in as little as an hour, but you won’t really be able to explore many of the sites. You should really set aside at least 2-3 hours to walk the trail and see all of its Revolutionary landmarks.

2. The Boston Public Garden: Located along Charles Street across from the Boston Common, this is the nation’s oldest botanical garden. The famous Swan Boats, which have graced the garden each spring since 1877, are a beautiful way to explore the garden. They are operated from mid-April through mid-September; when the winter comes, the pond is open to skaters.

3. Fenway Park: There is nothing better than the smell of Fenway Franks on a sunshine-filled summer afternoon. This historic home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, fans have clamored at the opportunity to attend a game in this stadium for decades. If you can’t score tickets to a game, be sure to look into the “behind the scenes” tours of Fenway Park. South End Condos

4. Sam Adams Brewery: Tour the Sam Adams Brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston for a glimpse into the microbrewery’s beer-making process and sample the finished product. This location is also home to the Boston Beer Museum and is a great way to learn more about the area’s beer production.

5. Cheers Boston: Formerly the Bull & Finch Pub, this famous inspiration for the television show Cheers is located in Boston’s Beacon Hill District. Be patient, this is definitely a tourist trap, but it’s still one of the most asked about stops in the city.

6. Boston Museum of Fine Arts: The MFA is New England’s largest art museum and its known for its collection of works by Claude Monet - the largest collection of paintings by the artist outside of France. It is also home to a wealth of spectacular changing exhibitions that never fail to attract attention from visitors and locals alike.

7. The South End: Once considered dangerous and remote, today the South End is home to some of the area’s finest restaurants, design stores and boutiques, as well as rows and rows of red-brick townhomes and South End condos positioned beautifully along tree-lined streets. Be sure to visit restaurants such as B&G Oysters or the Flour Bakery.

8. The Boston Public Library: Visit a library on vacation? Trust us - you won’t be disappointed. Located on one side of Copley Square along with the renowned Trinity Church, the library is home to incredible architecture, gorgeous murals and seemingly endless arched pathways. Don’t miss the Italian Renaissance-inspired interior courtyard complete with bubbling fountains.

Need help planning when vacationing in Boston? We can help! Give us a call with any questions you may have. Have you fallen in love with the city and would like to look at real estate options? Our team of local experts at Terrier Residential would be delighted to be your guide to the area’s finest neighborhoods and homes. Contact us today. In the meantime, be sure to browse our website and blog for more information on Boston and the many benefits to living or vacationing here.