Guide to Boston
Boston is arguably one of the most recognizable cities in the United States. Steeped in history and tradition, it boasts historic market halls, a plethora of museums, and fun activities for both all. The birthplace of the revolution that brought America its independence, Boston still is the epicenter of groundbreaking ideas. Whether you’re looking to catch a game, frequent a world-class museum, or are looking for a perfect meal, Boston is unique in that it can provide an excellent time for all. Boston will give you the classic New England feel with the perks of a great metropolitan city.
Top Attractions in Boston
Boston, as a hub for New England, is accessible and easy to get to. A bus ride to Boston South Station will leave you in the center of the city.
Fenway Park became the home of the Red Sox in 1912 and has hosted the World Series 11 times. If you’re in the area from March to September, stop on in for a game! Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, the history steeped within the park certainly warrants a visit. It has become a cultural symbol of Boston, having been featured in a plethora of movies, tv shows, and books.
Harvard University and Harvard Yard
Harvard is synonymous with groundbreaking ideas and actions. Many important figures in history once roamed the halls of this great university. Walk in their shoes as you stroll across Harvard Yard. Stop by The Natural History Museum, where you can see one of Harvard’s most prized possessions, the “Glass Flowers.” A walk around Harvard Square will bring you to a multitude of amazing shops and restaurants, including the world’s only Curious George store!
Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market
Since 1743, Faneuil Hall has been a market hall as well as a place for meetings. In fact, it is said that America’s First Town Meeting took place here. Many key figures in America’s fight for independence, including John Adams, made speeches here. In contemporary times, Quincy Market has shifted to become a place of great food, including world famous lobster rolls, and shopping.
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts is the fifth largest museum in America and has a collection of over 450,000 works of art. It is almost too easy to spend a whole day here, getting lost amongst paintings by notable European and American artists. A point of interest includes extensive paintings by American artists John Singer Sargent and Gilbert Stuart. Impressionist artists such as Renoir, Degas, and Monet, all have key works featured here.
Other Sights to See:
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Boston Aquarium
- Stroll along the Charles River which is home to the largest regatta in the world. Every Autumn, thousands from all over the world compete in Head of the Charles.
- Boston Symphony Hall, considered one of the best concert halls in the US.
- Freedom Trail
Neighborhoods to Stay In:
Back Bay: This is one of the trendiest neighborhoods to stay in. Located in the arts hub of the city, this area counts the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts as its inhabitants. There are many boutique hotels, specifically along Newbury Street, that make this area a top choice for many visitors.
Boston Common: Boston Common is the oldest park in the United States. Booking a hotel around this area will allow unlimited access to the park, where one can enjoy a nice picnic in the warmer months. Close to Faneuil Hall, this area is ideal for those looking to enjoy some wonderful food and shopping within close reach to their accommodation.
- Boston Waterfront: Many visitors choose this area for spectacular views of the Harbor. Not only will you be able to catch a glorious sunrise overlooking the harbor, you will also be close to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.
- Cambridge: For a more relaxed feel, choose Cambridge as an area to stay. Many beautiful boutique hotels line Harvard Square. Spend an evening in an intimate restaurant, stroll through book stores, or have a cosy afternoon in a cafe.
The MBTA offers subway, bus, trolley, and boat options to get around Boston. The subway system, often referred to as the “T,” is the cheapest and fastest way to get around the city.
The subway includes the Green Line, which is the oldest subway line in the United States. A one-way fare using the Charlie Card will come out to be $2.25. An unlimited day pass will cost $12 and a 7 day pass will come out to be $21.25. Navigating the subway can be a bit tricky, as the Green and Red lines have multiple branches, so be sure to consult a map before getting onto the train!
Boston’s nightlife offers something for everyone. Whether you’re inclined to a historic tavern, a night out at the theatre, an intimate concert, or just a few drinks at a sports bar, Boston’s nightlife will not disappoint.
The Green Dragon Tavern, which dates back to 1654, is the oldest historic bar located in downtown Boston. Here, American revolutionaries such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams discussed many important missions as the American Revolution waged on.
- Check out a ballet performance at the Opera House. The current season includes performances of Cinderella and Giselle.
- The Sinclair, located on Harvard Square, offers intimate concerts and is popular among students and lovers of indie music.
Prudential Center: This upscale mall located in the city center has more than 75 stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, to meet all your shopping needs.
Faneuil Hall: Historically a marketplace, Faneuil Hall continues to be the epicenter of shopping and dining in Boston. One can find some niche New England items, including handmade jewelry, as well as specialty foods.
- Farmer’s markets: Boston has many farmer’s markets, both big and small. Boston Public Market is a year round indoor market that sells fresh produce, fish, and many delicious treats!
Taking a Bus trip to Boston
Taking a bus trip to Boston has been found to be more beneficial, flexible, cheap, comfortable and safe than any other option. Ourbus is one of the Boston’s favorite bus services. There are so many benefits that come along with it too:
Bus tracking service
Free bottled water
Personal power outlets
Free internet (Wi-Fi)