Those visiting Boston will find that there is plenty to do and a wide variety of options available for groups with different interests. If you’re planning a trip to Boston this year, check out this personal travel guide to help you absorb the local culture:

Get in Touch With History

Do you want to get a historical perspective of the city? Then, a must-do on your itinerary is visiting the Freedom Trail, where the 16 sites of the Revolutionary War are featured on a pathway. You have the option to take a guided tour or to download a map to navigate the trail on your own. Either way, you’ll see landmarks such as Paul Revere’s home and Old North Church, where the historical lanterns warned Revere of the British invasion.

Or, if you want to catch a glimpse of one of the original tea vials from the famous Boston Tea Party, you can visit the Old State House Museum.

Catch a Game at the Ballpark

If you’re a sports fans, you’ll love attending a baseball game at the famous Fenway Park. The field sits in the middle of the city so you can feel the pulse of Boston’s local culture and enjoy the hoopla around everything Red Sox. Take a tour of the ballpark, enjoy the game and have a beer at Cask n’ Flagon, which was voted the second best baseball bar in America.

Enjoy Local Restaurants

No vacation is complete without enjoying the local foods of a city. Boston, of course, boasts great seafood at places like Legal Sea Foods, where you can get a taste of chowder while taking in the view of the Boston Harbor. If you prefer a more intimate setting, have a candlelight dinner at No.9 Park, which Boston locals consider one of the best restaurants in the city.

If you prefer street food, there are several food trucks that move through the city. From crepes to hot dogs to biryani, there will be plenty of food to satisfy any appetite.

Boston Skyline With Financial District And Boston Harbor At SunriseExperience the Arts Scene

Boston hosts an arts scene that tourists and locals love to explore. Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art, and get a great view of the Harbor with the glass expanse that hovers over it.

If you are more musically inclined, take in an opera, like Don Giovanni, performed by the Boston Lyric. It is a perfect nightcap for an adventurous day in the city.

Connect With Nature

One hidden treasure in Boston is Jamaica Pond, a natural refuge that sits 5 miles outside the city. During the summer, you can rent boats to take on the water or you can walk the perimeter to experience its natural beauty. There are several parks, known as Emerald Necklace, that are fun to explore, as well. And, you and the family can enjoy some ice cream at the end of your activities.

Go Back to School

A visit to Boston wouldn’t be complete without going to Harvard University. The campus carries history and the grounds are lovely to walk around. There also are museums, like the Peabody, that you can visit and a trip to the college book store is a must for souvenirs.