Rent a bike in Boston from the city's bike share program Hubway, and ride your way from site to site along the city's Freedom Trail. You can do a lot in just a half day, like get some exercise and see popular sites without the worry of bringing along and locking up your own bike.
Boston drivers are not known for being polite; in fact, they are quite aggressive. Be sure to wear a helmet as you maneuver city streets and follow traffic regulations. With limited bike lanes and busy, narrow roads, biking in Boston requires you to stay alert.
Boston, from above — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
A $6 24-hour pass lets you hop on and off Hubway bikes every 29 minutes at no additional cost. After that, fees per ride range. And if you need the bike continuously for two hours or more, an old-school rental option would be a much better choice.
You'll get the most out of your half day of Hubway sightseeing when you take a scenic, self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail sites. Arm yourself with a map of sites and a Hubway station map, and you can make quick work of the Freedom Trail's many attractions, all the while getting some exercise.
Hubway station — Photo courtesy of Hubway
With many Hubway stations located along the Freedom Trail, you'll get from historical landmark to historical landmark in a modern way, and with the short distance between each, you'll easily be able to keep your bike rental cost low.
Return your bike to the closest Hubway station and wander around - inside or out - at the spots that most appeal to you on the Freedom Trail, then grab another and set off to your next destination.
You'll be able to go from Boston Common all the way to Charlestown by using a series of Hubway bikes. Start at either end, and follow the clearly marked red line that makes its way along the sidewalks to every location you want to see.
Just be sure to include these top attractions: Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, Old North Church and the USS Constitution.
"USS Constitution" — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Make time for a stop at Faneuil Hall to browse the shops, where you'll find quite the selection of Boston branded merchandise to take home. Be sure to enjoy a snack or drink from Quincy Market, where food vendors are food court style and offer a large common eating area for a few minutes of relaxation.
Finish your tour at the USS Constitution in Charlestown, and take in the breathtaking views of Boston's skyline from the waterfront park before heading back downtown via one final Hubway rental.