Welcome to Boston! The City of Boston, hosts over 12 million annual visitors from across the country and around the globe. This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history.
Tourism is one of New England’s largest industries; as the region’s social and commercial hub, Boston is willing to accommodate and entertain you as few other cities can.
Due to its size, Boston is a very accessible city, but it may be that its reputation as a walking city relies on the creation of one of America’s first historic walking tours, The Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail Foundation continues to work to preserve this perfect introduction to Colonial Revolutionary Boston. The Trail takes the visitor to 16 historical sites in the course of two or three hours and covers two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past. A red brick or painted line connects the sites on the Trail and serves as a guide.
Since the past and the present live alongside the Trail, its visitors have the opportunity to see the City as it truly is. Many visitors prefer to linger and study the many exhibits, thus a full day or more can be devoted to browsing along the Trail. One can take a self-guided tour or one of the many tours available through the Boston Common Visitors Center at 148 Tremont Street or the Bostix Booth located at Faneuil Hall. If you prefer to ride, you can pay for one of the trolley tours, which are unofficial guided tours, but do take the rider to many of the sites along the Trail and allow one to disembark at selected stops.
Now let’s talk about eating — first stop — cannot be missed – Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Here you will find over 40 pushcart eateries and 17 restaurants. Aside from the world class food, you can also find great shopping.
Next stop at Legal Sea Foods — really fresh fish. Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen for Legal hook, line and sinker.
Indeed, the Legal legend has cast a wide net. Accolades include Best Seafood Restaurant in America — NBC Today Show, Top 10 Tried and True Restaurants in America — Bon Appetite and the honor of serving its legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Abe & Louie’s, on Boylston is by far one of the best eating experiences we have had in recent years. After spending three days at the International Seafood Show we wanted only one thing — red meat! And this is the place. This is a classic, upscale steakhouse that presents fine dining in an atmosphere of timeless elegance, offering guests the finest cuts of prime meats, fresh seafood, and much more. The Abe & Louie’s experience focuses on providing undeniably superior service and classically prepared cuisine in a truly impressive setting.
Menton Barbara Lynch’s “temple” of French-Italian gastronomy in the Seaport District earns the No. 1 scores for both Service and Decor thanks to its “unparalleled” staff and “elegant”, “sophisticated” setting of earthy greens, grays and wood tones; the “phenomenal” prix fixe—only dinners, each course a “visual delight and a taste sensation” paired with “divine” wines, “set a new standard”, as do tabs you may have to “mortgage your house” to pay — indeed, this ranks as Boston’s “priciest restaurant.”