With flights from Ottawa to Boston, you can go from Bytown to Beantown.
From Faneuil Hall to Fenway Park, the best things to do in Boston all have a history. Rather than just relying on the past, Boston has made a name for itself as a centre of higher learning. But you won’t need to enroll as a student to get educated at attractions like the New England Aquarium and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
An easily walkable city, Boston invites visitors to wander through its winding streets. If you need a little direction, take the Freedom Trail. Learn more about Boston’s involvement in the American Revolution along this 4 km path. Follow the red brick road markings to historical sites like the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and the USS Constitution.
Along the Freedom Trail, you can visit America’s oldest public park, the Boston Common. Founded in 1634, the Boston Common is now part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. This chain of public parks includes the Victorian designed Public Garden. You’ll be charmed by the Garden’s public art displays and swan boat rides.
For a different park experience, watch the Red Sox hit a home run at Fenway Park. This baseball venue is a Boston landmark, but the Sox aren’t the only game in town. At TD Garden, you can see the Boston Bruins rule the rink or the Boston Celtics command the basketball court. Boston dominates in sports, earning it the nickname Titletown for winning 9 championships in 13 years.
If all this activity gets you hungry, head to the Quincy Market Colonnade. Part of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, this food hall serves up some of Boston’s best eats. Seafood is a local specialty, so be sure to try the lobster and oyster dishes available here. Shopping in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, you’ll find plenty more food, as well as retail offerings.
For more upscale shopping, walk over to Newbury Street. This trendy area is known for its designer stores and is perfect for buying something to bring back to Ottawa.
Get to know Boston’s history on your trip from Ottawa, with a visit to Beacon Hill.
Along the shores of the Charles River, you’ll find one of America’s oldest neighbourhoods. Beacon Hill’s history stretches back to 1630 when the area was mainly pastoral land. In 1795, the neighbourhood was officially founded.
Shortly after Beacon Hill’s founding, the Massachusetts State House opened. The gilded dome of the State House shines, well, like a beacon. Tour the State House and keep an eye open for the gorgeous stained glass skylight in the Hall of Flags.
Outside of the State House, the gaslit brick sidewalks can guide you to the Black Heritage Trail. Like the Freedom Trail, this path will take you to a variety of historic sites, including the African Meeting House. A platform for abolitionist speech, the Meeting House is the oldest standing black church in America.
Back on the Freedom Trail, you’ll find the Granary Burying Ground. Open in 1660, this site is one of the oldest things to see in Beacon Hill.
Once you’ve had your fill of history, it’s time to see Beacon Hill’s more modern attractions. One of the best things to do in Beacon Hill is to pay a visit to one of the many restaurants. Go for a New England classic and order lobster mac and cheese.
After eating, head out to see the independent shops along Charles Street. You’re sure to find something unique to bring back home to Ottawa at these one-of-a-kind stores.
Pay a visit to the home of the city’s favourite team, on your next trip from Ottawa to Boston.
There’s no better way to start your visit to Fenway-Kenmore than Fenway Park. Home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway Park is America’s oldest baseball stadium. The distinctive green colour of the park has earned one of its walls the nickname “the Green Monster”.
Another well-known green feature of Fenway-Kenmore is the Back Bay Fens park. With running tracks, community gardens, and, of course, baseball fields, the Fens is a favourite outdoor spot for Bostonians.
After visiting this green space, head to the House of Blues. This venue is a regular stop for some of the biggest names in music. If you prefer classical music, see the New England Conservatory play at Jordan Hall. Not just a performance space, Jordan Hall is also a national historic landmark.
Continue to get cultured at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This extensive gallery features art from all over the world, including one of the largest Monet collections outside of France. Smaller but no less impressive, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses over 2,500 works. In 1990, 13 of those works were stolen in a now infamous art heist.
To see more of the city, Fenway-Kenmore’s convenient location can take you to both Back Bay and Mission Hill. Whatever you choose, Fenway-Kenmore is a home run start to your trip from Ottawa to Boston.
Fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Logan International Airport (BOS), with a quick connection in Toronto. Ottawa to Boston flight time is 2 hours and 35 minutes on average. Connection time varies. The distance from Ottawa to Boston is around 1,050 km / 650 mi.
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Porter’s check-in desk is on the third floor, in the departures area.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
Logan International Airport (BOS) is about 6 km / 4 mi from downtown Boston.
Water taxis to downtown cost about $15 USD.
Take the complimentary Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Silver Line SL1 bus from any one of the airport terminal stops.
Car rental services are available outside of the main terminal building of Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and are accessible by Massport shuttle buses.
The Logan Express shuttle bus provides service from the airport to downtown. The fare is $7.50 USD.
Taxis to downtown cost about US $25 USD. Car service costs about US $80 USD.