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Destination guide

Feel the buzz of the city in Boston holiday rentals

Boston's a city with real moxie and grit. Never a place to toe the line, it's proud of its revolutionary past and still flaunts iconic American independence sites by the bucketload along the Freedom Trail. Boundary-breaking tendencies continue over in the prestigious university districts, where some of the finest learning institutions on Earth – MIT, Harvard – take pride of place. Art galleries and museums hammer home the abundance of culture and science, offering eerie Egyptian effigies in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and stinging jellies in the colossal New England Aquarium. But Boston holiday lettings can also be a chance to experience down-to-earth America, hopping between buzzing brownstone cafes in Beacon Hill and the basil-scented pizza joints of Little Italy.

History

Boston's intimate link with American history

Some say that Boston is where it all began for the United States of America. Not only was the city among the earliest Puritan colonies on the Massachusetts coast, but it was here, in 1773, that the American Revolution was seeded with the protests of the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum has plenty of interactive exhibits to help chronicle the early rise of the independence movement. The story unfolds further on the famous Freedom Trail, which weaves past all the town's most iconic historic sites. Along that, you'll see the Old State House and Faneuil Hall, both instrumental places when it came to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in 1776.

Things to do

Main attractions to see near Boston holiday homes

Boston holiday rentals have reams of bucket-list-busting attractions right on their doorstep. The famous North End neighbourhood is a whole area that should be at the top of the itinerary, thanks largely to its blocks of attractive red-brick tenements and vintage American architecture. Shoppers will love the centuries-old marketplace of Faneuil Hall – it dates to 1743, no less. Boston Common straddles the middle of the city, with wide lawns that once hosted British troops during the Revolutionary War. And then there are the more modern icons of Boston, most notably Fenway Park and its baseball terraces, filled with roaring fans when the Red Sox play.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Boston

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Boston a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • New England Aquarium (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Artisans Asylum (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Franklin Park Zoo (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • F1 Boston (9.8 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Blue Hills Ski Area (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
  • Salem Toy Museum (14.1 mi / 22.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Boston

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Boston is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Boston Common (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Boston Public Garden (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Walden Pond (15.5 mi / 24.9 km)
  • Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Charles River Esplanade (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Boston National Historical Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Boston

Fly into Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Norwood, MA (OWD-Norwood Memorial), which is 13.3 mi (21.5 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Boston North Station, Boston South Station and Boston-Back Bay Station are the main stations in the city. You can get around Boston by jumping on the metro at Government Center Station, State St. Station or Bowdoin Station.

How to get around

Public transport around Boston holiday rentals

Boston is a big city, which is why it's important to get to grips with its public transport system. Thankfully, that's modern and efficient, offering regular links out to most corners of the metropolis. Parking can be really tricky to find, especially if you're keen on settling in a Boston holiday rental in the Downtown area or Beacon Hill. So, dodge the wheels and hit the rails instead. The MBTA metro has most trips covered. Its 4 lines go from the airport to the centre and pretty much everywhere else. Be sure to bag yourself a contactless CharlieCard if you plan on using it a lot – it makes buying a ticket much less complicated.

Restaurants and bars

Restaurant districts to mark on your Boston map

  • Back Bay is chic to the hilt, laden with celebrity-chef kitchens and degustation menus
  • North End is also known as Little Italy – this is where to get those iconic Italo-American pizza pies
  • Chinatown has sizzling bowls of Cantonese stir fry and bubbling pho broths, lifted straight out of Vietnam
  • Fenway has got oodles of sports bars and BBQ grills that cater well to the crowds of Red Sox baseball fans, whenever there's a game on
  • Cambridge has student bars and microbreweries between its prestigious university buildings
Essential info

Top tips and facts for stays in a Boston holiday home

  • Boston is the state capital of Massachusetts
  • Logan International Airport is the largest air hub in Boston
  • Boston is the centre of a metro area that has a population of nearly 5 million people
  • Tipping is really common in Boston – think 10–15% for taxi rides, 20% for meals in restaurants and maybe even a little extra for drinks in a bar
  • Bring warm clothes if you're visiting Boston in the winter – temperatures can regularly dip below 0

How many holiday rentals are available around Boston?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 963 holiday lettings around Boston. From 674 flats & apartments to 192 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Boston?

Lifeless hotel rooms are entirely forgettable. Living like one of the locals in the heart of a thrilling new place is definitely not. HomeAway has 122 city centre holiday properties available. Searching for a different setting? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our options here include:

  • 47 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 39 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 36 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Boston?

Having room to move, cooking with local ingredients, sprawling views — if any of these things appeal to you, an apartment could be an excellent choice. HomeAway has 272 for you to check out here. How does £29 a night sound? That's what you could be spending if you don't leave it too long! Or maybe you'd rather go for one of the area's other sought-after self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Hotel: 189 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £21 per night.
  • House: 149 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £38 per night.
  • Condo: 84 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £58 per night.

Can I stay in Boston in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tough finding the time to relax with your closest family and friends. A group trip is a fantastic opportunity to reunite and unwind. If you were hoping to kick back under the same roof, HomeAway has options for you. Why not browse through the 31 hotel holiday rentals available here? They're the top choice for large groups of visitors. The rental options that are suitable for large groups in the area include:

  • Searching for properties that can hold 5 of you? We have 119 that will be perfect. Prices start from £50 per night.
  • If you have 6 in your party, you'll be delighted to find out that there are 111 rental properties that are ideal. You can get one for as little as £69 per night.
  • Seeking out rental properties suitable for 8 people? You'll be glad to hear we have 90 that'll be perfect. You can get one from just £115 a night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you can take your uncle, your grandma and all your mates to Boston.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Boston?

HomeAway is here to help you catch up with your friends and family. Listing a wide range of cost-efficient holiday rentals, it won't be difficult to find an incredible hideout that caters to your whole group. West Roxbury is an awesome area to consider if you want to keep an eye on your budget. HomeAway has 28 holiday rentals, and the average price is a very affordable £149 per night. Another 13 HomeAway holiday rentals are available in or around Davis Square. With an average price of £154 per night, you're sure to grab a deal worth boasting about.

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