The Freedom Trail - an easy walk around Boston’s historic centre, taking in sites that date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Guided tours available but it’s easy to navigate by yourself.
Swan boats - The Public Garden, one of Boston’s many parks, offers 15-minute cruises around its lagoon in boats shaped like swans. Swan boats run April-September; in winter, try ice skating on the nearby Frog Pond in Boston Common.
Paul Revere’s House - Now a museum, Boston’s oldest building is the home of the 18th-century silversmith who famously galloped by night to warn the American militia of the British advance.
USS Constitution - the oldest warship still afloat anywhere in the world, the Constitution dates from 1797. Free tours are available year round.
New England Aquarium - Seals splash, penguins play and sharks glide by in this large, beautiful aquarium close to Faneuil Hall.
Sam Adams Brewery - As American beer goes, Sam Adams isn’t bad! Tours and beer tasting available; legal drinking age in the US is 21.
Fenway Park - TD Banknorth Garden; Gillette Stadium: Bostonians love their sport, and if you have a chance to see a game while you’re here, you should. The local baseball team, the Red Sox, play at Fenway from April through September; basketball (the Celtics) and ice hockey (the Bruins) can be seen at the TD Banknorth Garden. The New England Patriots, Boston’s American football team, play at Gillette Stadium throughout the autumn and winter.