Boston is a city of firsts. It was one of the first cities founded in America, the home of the first public school, and the first city to implement a subway system. It’s also the scene of some of the key events of the American Revolution. Over the years, Boston has become a destination spot for visitors to come enjoy nice summer weather, good baseball, better food, and some of the best city views the U.S. has to offer. In a city like Boston, it’s hard to know where to begin, so we've started you off with a list of our favorite things to do in Boston:
1. Freedom Trail
You knew this one was coming. Although you’ll probably encounter school field trips and other tourists, you simply must see at least a few of the landmarks and memorials that helped shape the beginnings of our nation. The 2.5-mile pathway leads you through 16 historically significant sites. Take a guided tour, download an audio tour to listen to on your smartphone or mp3 player as you walk yourself, or just do it the old fashioned way. If you want to experience the Freedom Trail in a more, ahem, entertaining way, check out their Pub Crawl, where you can visit the historic bars where the American Revolution was brewed.
2. Museum of Science
The Museum of Science is the perfect place to hole up for a day spent learning, wondering, and doing. It’s especially great for families, as the museum’s exhibits are engaging and interactive. Is there a better, more educational way to tire out your kids? Since May 25, 2014, the museum has been home to a “Grossology” exhibit, where kids can learn about all the gross stuff that makes us human (parents might want to sit out for that one). Don’t fret – the museum still offers many adult intellectual presentations and discussions that are open to the public.
3. Coit Observatory
Every Wednesday night, weather permitting, the Coit Observatory at Boston University opens its doors to the public. Starting between 7:30-8:30 p.m., the program lasts about an hour and gives the public a chance to observe the night sky. With BU’s telescopes, you’ll get to see more than you would with your run-of-the-mill binoculars. Plus, you’ll learn a bit about astronomy. Did we mention it’s free?
4. Fenway Park
Home to the Red Sox, “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is a legendary spot for baseball fanatics and casual sports-goers alike. A Boston staple since 1912, this park is where the Red Sox won seven World Series games. It’s one of baseball’s smaller stadiums, and it has been remodeled several times, giving way to strictly-Fenway features like the Green Monster and The Triangle. While you’re there, be sure to scope out the lone Red Seat – the spot where the longest home run reached. You can also go on a guided tour of the park, where a knowledgeable guide will let you in on the secret history of Fenway.
The Mapparium is something you will never see anywhere else. Nestled inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, the Mapparium is a three-story, stained glass globe. Visitors can walk inside for a unique perspective on the world. This 3-D representation was constructed in 1935, almost eight decades ago. Looking at the map is a sobering experience, and the grandeur of the exhibit won’t be lost on you. The Mapparium also features supporting films and exhibits so you can learn more about thehistory of the globe.
6. Chinatown Tour
If you’ve never been before, Chinatown can be a bit intimidating. There’s so much to do, it’s hard to figure out exactly what to do and when to make sure you’re getting a broad and proper experience of the neighborhood. This company holds regular tours of Chinatown, both public and private, that lead you through the area, stopping along the way to teach you about the history or to slip into a particularly good restaurant or interesting storefront. At the end, you’ll get to eat lunch at a traditional Dim Sum restaurant. And you’ll need it after two and a half hours on foot. The tour is lengthy but entirely worth it.
7. Newbury Comics
Some people say the future of the record store is bleak. As digital downloads and music pirating become the norm, it’s hard for physical media to succeed. But Newbury Comics is bashing that notion every year it stays open (36 years and counting!). Newbury Comics started out as a comic shop on Newbury street in Boston (no surprises there), but it has since expanded to include all types of CDs, tapes, vinyl LPs, DVDs, even fashion, and it has 28 stores across five New England states. Looking for a bit of nostalgia? Why not pop in and see what you can find?
8. Food Trucks
Who doesn’t love a good food truck? Delicious, quick food on-the-go, usually at a discounted price because truck owners don’t have to cover traditional restaurant costs that are reflected in your bill. Better still: they come to you! The only tricky thing about food trucks is deciding which one you want to try. There are dozens of trucks scattered throughout the city, catering to every taste. If you need some help, reference this guide of 12 of the best food trucks in Boston, or look to see what’s available to you.
9. Appalachian Trail
Don’t worry, outdoor enthusiasts, we didn’t forget about you! If you’ve had enough of cosmopolitan Boston, an escape to theAppalachian Trail will satisfy your nature cravings. The 2,160-mile footpath leads you through some of the most beautiful scenery east of the Mississippi. Of course, you could hike the entire thing if you wanted, but the trail is also perfect for shorter day hikes that require far less time, resources, and planning. The Appalachian Trail doesn’t quite reach Boston, so you’ll have to drive an hour or two closer to the outskirts in order to access a trailhead, but if you’re desiring an escape, the drive is worth it. If you want all the learning experience of a hike without the actual physical activity, theAppalachian Mountain Club headquartersis in Boston and has a wide variety of materials on conservation and hiking. Plus, they organize local activities for local Bostonians with a case of a wanderlust.
10. Hatch Shell
If you have kids, theHatch Shell could be your saving grace this summer. The famous outdoor concert venue, despite its history of rowdy concerts, has settled down. During summer nights when it’s cooled off, the Hatch Shell invites everyone to come sit on the lawn and enjoy a screening of free, kid-friendly movies. The Hatch Shell also holds a few other events in the summer, like orchestral concerts, though the spotlight generally stays on the “WBZ Free Flicks” series.
Did we miss anything? Tell us about your favorite things to do in Boston in the comments below!
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