One Day In Boston, Massachusetts

One Day In Boston, Massachusetts

Even if you only have one day in Boston, you can still see many top Boston attractions. We show you how to have the perfect day in Boston.

One Day In Boston

When we decided to go to the Women In Travel Summit, we were excited not only to learn and get to know other bloggers, but also to explore Boston for the first time. We only had one day in Boston to see the sights, since the conference would take up most of our time in the city.

At the time, we were traveling while working a full time job. But we were determined to make the most of our time in Boston. We had to be efficient, especially since we had no vehicle. Luckily, we ended up having the perfect day in Boston (aside from the cold temperatures LOL!).

Flying into Boston
Flying into Boston

Boston Trolley Tours

We we arrived in Boston, went straight to the hostel we were staying at so we could drop off our Osprey backpack and get back to exploring. We asked one of the girls at the front desk if she could recommend a good hop-on / hop-off tour since we had seen a few Boston trolley tours advertised. She said that Old Town Trolley Tours was the most popular so we walked the few blocks to their office on the corner of Charles St and Boylston St.

Take a quick stroll through the Boston Commons and Public Gardens on your one day in Boston
Take a quick stroll through the Boston Commons and Public Gardens

A lot of people don’t like these kinds of tours; they say they’re too “touristy.” But we’ve found them to be very convenient and usually the drivers are always funny and pass on a lot of interesting facts that you otherwise would not have learned. So when we’re in a new city, we always try to find these kinds of tours first.

Even though Boston in winter is cold, you still find beautiful scenes like this one
Even though Boston in winter is cold, you still find beautiful scenes like this one
With one day in Boston, stop by Trinity Church
Trinity Church
Stained glass window inside Trinity Church in Boston
Stained glass window inside Trinity Church
In complete contrast, the John Hancock Tower stands tall over the church
In complete contrast, the John Hancock Tower stands tall over the church

You could easily spend two days in Boston using the hop-on / hop-off trolley tour if you want to take your time and see everything on the route. Since we only had a limited amount of time, we only picked a few attractions that we wanted to stop at. And even though we didn’t get off at every stop, we still learned a little bit about each place from the drivers.

Can't spend one day in Boston without visiting the Boston Tea Party Museum
Can’t spend one day in Boston without visiting the Boston Tea Party Museum

From 12pm to 5pm we used the trolley to make our way around Boston. Almost everything closed at 5pm so there wasn’t much choice there. So if you do have limited time, try to plan accordingly. For example, if it’s 4 o’clock and you have to choose between going to the Boston Tea Party Museum or the Cheers bar, go to the museum first and save the bar for later since they are open longer hours.

Guess who worked some muscles as she threw some heavy tea overboard?!
Guess who worked some muscles as she threw some heavy tea overboard?!
Paul Revere's house in Boston
Paul Revere’s house. There was construction outside to build a new visitor center. Did you know he had 16 kids?!
Great views from the Skywalk at the Top Of The Hub
Great views from the Skywalk at the Top Of The Hub

Boston Food And Drinks

If you can, try and save the food and drinks for the evening time after most Boston attractions have closed. We recommend small portions at each so you can visit multiple locations. Also, research closing times so you can visit the places that stay open latest, last.

Cheers bar in Boston, Where everybody knows your name!!
Where everybody knows your name!!
Drinks at Cheers during our one day in Boston
My friend Kathy got a cold one, but I’m not really a fan of beer. But I wanted the beer mug. So the bar tender was nice enough to put my amaretto sour in one 😉
My first time eating clam chowder and it was at the Union Oyster House, America's oldest restaurant. Thanks Andrew for the recommendation, it was delicious!
My first time eating clam chowder and it was at the Union Oyster House, America’s oldest restaurant. Thanks Andrew for the recommendation, it was delicious!
Stopped by Quincy Market and got some yummy lobster ravioli
Stopped by Quincy Market and got some yummy lobster ravioli
Your perfect day in Boston should end at Mike's Pastry. Holy cannoli! This Oreo cannoli was amazing!
Your perfect day in Boston should end at Mike’s Pastry. Holy cannoli! This Oreo cannoli was amazing!

Pro Tip: Also consider a trip to Western Massachusetts!


Final Thoughts On Boston

We feel like we were able to do quite a bit during our one day in Boston. We definitely recommend taking one of the trolley tours in Boston if you don’t have much time and especially if you don’t have a vehicle. Taking the trolley was also a good way to see what Boston attractions we want to visit the next time we visit. Hopefully next time it’s a bit warmer though. 😉

Have you been to Boston? Where else should we visit the next time we’re in town? Leave us a comment below! 🙂

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Even if you only have one day in Boston, you can still see many top Boston attractions. We show you how to have the perfect day in Boston.




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