Boston Marathon Recommendations: Best Places to Eat and Top Things to Do

Top Things to Do & Top Sites to See 

A Favorite Attraction
Boston Freedom Trail 

139 Tremont St., Boston, MA, 02118

The Boston Freedom Trail is a hit with Racertrips Ambassadors Whitney and Dawn. The Trail is a 2.5 mile path through downtown Boston that passes 16 historical sites. Beginning in Boston Common and continuing through to Bunker Hill, the Freedom Trail takes you through Boston's revolutionary history one site at a time.

You will see the site of the Boston Massacre, the USS Constitution, and burial grounds where some of the most influential revolutionary figures were laid to rest. The trail ends just 1 block from the Warren Tavern, which opened in 1780 and was frequented by both George Washington and Paul Revere. The Freedom Trail covers a large portion of downtown Boston and is the perfect opportunity for an educational pre- or post-race jog.

A Favorite Attraction
Old Town Trolley Car Tour 

Multiple Pickup Locations

"If you want to see all the sights and have limited time, a good way to fit it all in is an adorable Trolley Car Tour," suggests Racertrips Ambassador Brianna. It's a hop-on, hop-off style, for two consecutive days, you can stop at any of the 18 stops along the way such as Beacon Hill, Faneuil Market, MIT, Old State House Museum (get in for free with your ticket!), or Dreamland Wax Museum (also free!) and enjoy for as long as you like. The tour is guided for about 2 hours of content, and you'll learn all about this fascinating city.

Enjoy Boston Outdoors
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Multiple Park Locations

Racertrips Ambassador Mike's top recommendation for runners and their families is the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. The Emerald Necklace was designed and built by Frederick Law Olmsted, and it spans more than 1,100 acres of parks, waterways and running paths. The system of parks touches many of Boston's diverse neighborhoods—from Back Bay to Dorchester—and offers a peaceful and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston.

"My favorite park of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University," Mike says. "The Arboretum features a gorgeous bonsai tree collection and a number of winding trails that will help you forget that you're in a city." Whether you're looking for a relaxing place to run or just want to explore the acres of beautifully manicured trees and plants, the Arboretum will deliver a wonderful experience.

Enjoy Boston Outdoors
Rent a Swan Boat at the Public Garden
4 Charles St., Boston, MA 02116

Racertrips Ambassador Brianna recommends checking out Boston's Public Garden, which was created in 1837 and was the first public botanical garden in the United States. To this day, you can enjoy traditional Victorian gardens, have a picnic, or rent a charming Swan Boat to explore the lake. If you catch it at the right time, there will be flowers blooming and stunning willows dotting the side of the lake. It's like a Monet painting come to life right in the middle of the city.

Fun for Families
Boston Museum of Science
1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

If you're traveling with children, the Boston Museum of Science is certain to entertain them for most of the day. Boasting IMAX shows, simulated thrill rides, a butterfly garden, planetarium shows, and a long list of rotating and permanent interactive exhibits, the Museum of Science doesn't disappoint.

Racertrips Ambassadors Kristen Millar and Dawn love it for all the above reasons, as well as for its films, gardens, and exhibits. Save this one for after race day, though, because you're sure to be spending most of the time on your feet. 

About Racertrips  gives traveling marathoners and half marathoners runner-vetted recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and what to do. All recommendations come from fellow runners. Travel guides for Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are up now at , with more guides coming soon.

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