5 Historical Sights to See by the Port of Boston

5 Historical Sights to See by the Port of Boston
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Boston is the home of many things. From the World Series winning Red Sox to movie sites for The Town and The Departed, to clam chowder and the pronunciation of “car keys” as “khakis”, Boston is a city of beloved and memorable moments in pop culture, food and more. It is also home to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn, Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas, Holland America’s ms Maasdam and ms Veendam at its port, otherwise known as the Port of Boston.

Cruising out of this particular port? There are plenty of sights to see. Aforementioned were entertainment options, but nestled near the Boston and in particularly, the Port of Boston, are historically rich sights perfect for all ages. In this post, we rounded up five historical sights by the Port of Boston that are about 15 minutes away.


5. Freedom Trail

139 Tremont Street

Boston, MA

Established in 1958 and located 8-12 minutes away from the Port of Boston, the Freedom Trail is 2 ½ miles long and features 16 famous historical sights such as Park Street Church, the Ben Franklin statue, Boston Massacre site, Paul Revere’s house and Faneuil Hall.

Although it is free to walk the Freedom Trail, the 90 minute tour led by 18th century costumed guides is not. In addition, attractions such as the Old South Meeting House, Old State House and Paul Revere House each have an entrance fee, but you are more than welcome to skip those.

4. Tea Party Ships and Museum

Congress Street Bridge

Boston, MA 02127

(617) 592-0422

The tour at the Tea Party Ships and Museum not only gives you a historical flashback, but is interactive, even allowing you to toss tea into the Harbor. Complete with authentic memorabilia, a town meeting, oral reports and a movie, you will surely feel like you’re being transported to 1773.  Online admission for adults is $22.50, $21.00 for seniors and $13.50 for children.

The best part? This museum is located less than 5 minutes away from the Port of Boston, a.k.a. 3-4 minutes away.

3. Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave,

Boston, MA 02115

(617) 267-9300

Stated on its website as “one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world”, the Museum of Fine Arts is certainly a historical must see near the Port of Boston. The museum contains almost 450,000 works of art, receives over one million visitors each year and has been around since 1876. Located about 12-15 minutes from the Port of Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts combines history with an artistic twist.

2. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way

Boston, MA 02115

(617) 566-1401

Isabella Stewart Gardner was one of the very first female patrons of art, philanthropist and American art collector. One of her most fascinating attributes was her unconventional, eccentric behavior, such as wearing a white headband with the words “Oh, you Red Sox” at a very formal concert at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After her husband died, Gardner put in action their shared dream of opening a museum full of their collected art where she also temporarily resided.

About 12-17 minutes from the Port of Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is available for anyone wishing to learn about this eclectic artist. Cost of admission is $15 for adults, $5 for college students, $12 for seniors 65 and older, and free for those under the age of 18. It’s also free for U.S. military members and their families as well as all those named “Isabella”.

1. Cheers

84 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02108

(617) 227-9605

Visit the restaurant where everybody knows your name! The original Boston pub that gave inspiration to the famous TV show of the same name, this is surely a must see. Make your friends who are fans of the show envious by wearing newly purchased Cheers merchandise and eating the numerous menu items, including the award-winning Boston Clam Chowda. Around eight minutes away from the Port of Boston, it’s a great place to grab a quick bite to eat and take pictures.