How do you get the most out of your time in Boston? Why not ask a Bostonian what to see and do? There is always something happening in Boston to suit everybody's tastes, the most difficult part is finding everything as sadly some of the best local attractions and popular activities aren't highly publicized to visitors.
To help you find some of Boston's best kept secrets we've asked our team of Boston natives to recommend their favorite places to visit in Boston.
Here's a list of the top suggestions from the BostonRentalCar.net team.
Boston Harbor Island National Park
Boston Harbor Island National Park is one of the most remote places within the city limits. Firstly you'll need to hop on the ferry which will take you from Boston Harbor across to the larger of the National Park Islands. Then, if you wish, you can rent a small boat or jump back on the ferry to visit the other smaller islands around the Harbor. On Georges Island you can admire Fort Warren and have a look at a few ships which are no longer in use. The various islands that make up the National Park occupy around 1,400 acres which means that you might need more than one day if you want to cover all of it. There are designated areas where you can relax and have a picnic with your friends and family. The only thing you'll need to pay for is the ferry.
Granary Burying Ground
This attraction might seem a bit creepy, especially if you decide to visit it at night. The Granary Burying Grounds is an area in Boston where famous Americans like Paul Revere, John Hancock and Sam Adams were buried. This famous cemetery was created in 1660 and it currently contains over 2,300 graves. To make the most of this experience we recommend you combine it with the Freedom Trail tour; a guide will tell you everything you need to know about the cemetery, the notable people who are buried there and you'll get to visit more important places from the history of Boston. For around $15 you'll learn a lot about Boston and American history.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is the perfect place to have a look at numerous species of tropical fish, jellyfish, penguins and stingrays. The friendly staff members are always willing to help you throughout your visit, and you can even ask them questions about any of the sea creatures you see there. There's also a shopping area where you can find a small restaurant. At the gift store you can find a variety of t-shirts, accessories and other souvenirs. The ticket price for an adult is around $20. The aquarium is open every day between 9am and 6pm.
Beginner or expert, the City Golf center offers one of the best ways to have some fun in Boston. Golf is a sport that can be played by anybody. At City Golf there are staff members on hand to teach you the basics of the sport. If you don't have any golf equipment, don't worry, City Golf will happily provide this for you. Besides the 18 hole outdoor course there are also a few indoor holes which are the perfect place for beginners to take their first lessons. However, the price can be a bit high, especially if you're not a golf fan.
This popular bike trail is one of the largest in Massachusetts. The length of the Minuteman Bikeway is around 10 miles, which means that you might need about 2 - 3 hours to complete it depending upon your cycling experience. By cycling the complete length you'll have the chance to explore some of the greener suburbs around Boston. There's also no problem if you don't have your own bike; you can easily rent one. There are no steep hills so riding along is an easy and pleasant experience. However you should cycle with care because the bikeway can get pretty crowded, especially during weekends. It is the perfect opportunity to keep fit with your family or friends while checking out the Boston suburbs.