One of the greatest contributors to Boston’s cultural scene is the influence of college and university life. Luckily for Boston, they have the honour of being the home to two prestigious universities, Harvard and MIT. With a long-standing tradition of university culture, the social scene of lively pubs, lots of cafes, great cheap eats, and plenty of artistic events is at the forefront of this city.
Another fantastic reason to visit Boston is the accents! For those who don’t speak English well, you might lose a word or two, but for those who do speak English, the Boston accent is great. And what better way to hear those accents than while taking in a Boston Red Sox baseball game? You’ll have to book in advance, but it’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon – at the ballpark! Baseball fans will have to take a tour of Fenway Park, built in 1912 and host to ten World Series!
Places to Visit in Boston
- Harvard University
- Capitol Hill
- Boston Public Library
- Boston Harbor
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- John Hancock Tower
- Old State House
Unique Things to See and Do in Boston
- Find the mysterious “Boston Stone 1737” marker at 9 Marshall Street
- Watch the Red Sox play!
- Check the best sneaker store called Bodega
- Check out Brooklyn Boulders 40,000 sq ft climbing facility
- Take a tour of Fenway Park, the first official game park in the US
- Stroll through Acorn Street and see the gaslit, brick laid streets.
Boston’s Freedom Trail
Without a doubt, you need to start your Boston tour with the Freedom Trail. With Boston being one of the oldest cities in the United States and the epicentre of the American Revolution, the Freedom Trail will take you on a great historical journey through Boston’s colonial past. The trail was created in 1958 for tourists, and by 1972 they painted a red line to lead you the way through (yes you follow a painted red line!). With 15 official stops and about 40 unofficial ones, you’ll start your tour at the Boston Commons, move through to the Massachusetts State House, onto the Boston Massacre Site, out to the Paul Revere House and ending at the Bunker Hill Monument. Of course, there will be several stops in between, but that gives you a sense of it. There are other historical trails throughout Boston too. You can also walk The Black Heritage Trail, The Women’s Heritage Trail, and the Irish Heritage Trail; but the Freedom Trail is perfect for those new to the city.
Of course, you can’t miss walking through Cambridge which houses two Ivy league universities, Harvard and MIT. Harvard University has been educating the offspring Boston’s elites since 1636 and has become the leading research body in the United States. One misconception is that Harvard is named after its founder, which is NOT the case. Harvard was established by the Massachusetts legislature and was named after the first benefactor, John Harvard. One of the most popular spots to visit is the statue of John Harvard, but the statue is actually a random man (figure) – not even John Harvard himself. Regardless, there are plenty sights to be seen. Stop in at Mr. Bartley’s for a perfect greasy burger, but plan your time, it’s a popular lunch spot!
Getting Around Boston
Walking is the best way to get around Boston, and surprisingly it’s often the quickest way. The city streets are picturesque with tons of history everywhere you turn.
Boston has all the options for getting around, subway, trolley, bus, taxi, and ferries. The subway and trollies are the quickest options for getting around. The commuter railway that connects to the suburbs also connects in with the subway and trollies. You can pick up a “Charlie Ticket” which is a reloadable smart card with discounted rates.
Since Boston traffic is typically a gridlock, we recommend only using a car if you are travelling out of the city, and even then, avoid rush hour if at all possible.
Best Time of Year to Travel to Boston
Summer months are the most popular time to visit, with warm sunny days reaching highs of 28˚C. Unfortunately, this is also the most expensive time, especially with baseball season in full swing. A really pleasant time of year is September to mid-October when the temperatures a little cooler and the city has a little fewer tourists. The temperatures range from 10˚C to 20˚C. If you venture this way in the winter be sure to bring warm clothing and prepare for snow, temperatures can drop to -7˚C.
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