Planning a visit to Boston? If so, you’re probably having a hard time narrowing down your options—the city is teeming with opportunities for the curious traveler. Here’s the rundown on some of the top Beantown destinations.

Fenway Park

The home of the Boston Red Sox is a beautiful and historic place to enjoy a round of America’s national pastime. Casual fans, take note: the Fenway faithful take their beloved team very seriously. Even if you normally root for the opposing team, it’s probably best not to let them know.

The New England Aquarium

According to Budget, “With countless museums to visit during your trip, something you might overlook is the New England Aquarium, but be sure you don’t—it is definitely worth a visit! Wander through this nearly 75,000-square foot building to get up close and personal with rays and sharks and delve into the underwater world of the seadragon. There’s so much to see here, you’ll want to spend a good length of time exploring all this aquarium has to offer.” Home to an impressive array of marine life, the amazing New England Aquarium alone would be enough to make Boston a prime destination. Don’t miss the show at the majestic on-site IMAX theater.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market represent Boston’s one-stop destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Details on the day’s happenings can be found on the website, but the place is likely to be bustling no matter when you visit. Don’t forget to look for the golden grasshopper that’s rested atop the weathervane since 1742.

The Pubs of Jamaica Plain

The area known as “JP” to the locals is home to two of Beantown’s most beloved Irish pubs: the Brendan Behan on Centre Street; and Doyle’s Cafe on Washington Street. While both rate highly on the charm scale, they each have a distinctive atmosphere that will make you want to visit both—perhaps more than once. Doyle’s has an extensive menu offering many pub-food favorites, including fried seafood and pizza; the Behan, meanwhile, is the place to go for a great pint of Guinness and a lively afternoon session.

The Freedom Trail

An especially appealing choice for history buffs, this 2.5-mile trail takes explorers on a tour through 16 sites celebrating the rich heritage of the city. Just start on Boston Common and follow the red line all the way to Bunker Hill, while stopping to savor the historical significance along the way. According to the Freedom Trail Foundation, “Learn about the brave people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story.”

While the above list represents a great sampling of what Boston has to offer, it’s only the beginning. Use any or all of the selections as a template for planning the rest of your journey. Remember—you don’t take the trip; the trip takes you!

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