11 Fun Things to Do in Boston

One of the excursions from New York that you can do is to visit Boston. In this practical guide to the capital of Massachusetts in the New England region we tell you everything you need to know before traveling to Boston. Boston is one of the historic cities in the United States. It is a place where the American revolution began.

The city is pretty with river running through it and sit right next to the ocean. So you get to see water very often which is good. There are a lot things to do around the waters, sailing, surfing, kayaking, or even running along the river.

The New England area has a lot outdoor activities to offer. You may drive up north for ski/snowboard during winters and camping/hiking/rafting/hunting (maybe) during other seasons. You may drive down to cape cod or Rhode Island for some fun at the beach, deep sea fishing, lobstering, whale watching etc.

If you are planning to book flights to Boston, here we are going to give you several effective reasons that would make up your mind to visit Boston. You can also work with a reliable travel agency to take care of all the aspects of traveling for you. Boston is one of the oldest cities in America but much of the original architecture and construction is long gone.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America but much of the original architecture and construction is long gone. The largest remnant of old Boston is the neighborhood around Dock Square where the Union Oyster House resides and the Boston Stone is located. The few streets in this area are original in architecture and design.

You just cannot visit Boston believing that it will give you a glance to the most historic sites, but it offers much more than that. There are dozens of activities and tours to do for free in Boston and on foot. Boston City Pass can be a good alternative for those who are determined to travel the city from head to toe. Whether traveling alone or with friends, airbnb or couchsurfing is a good way to maximize the trip and make new friends.

Boston has many green spaces, which besides being very well maintained, are completely free. A picnic is a good way to save on food, in addition to enjoying the outdoors. This city is on the coast and the best way to schedule the visit is to think about the means of transport to use, the attractions to see in Boston and the accommodation because to make the most of it, you have to stay one night in the city.

To go from New York to Boston you can take the american airlines, train, bus or go by car. The Amtrak service links NYC with Boston and also with Washington. The line is Acela Express and it makes several trips back and forth although not every hour. The cheapest round trip ticket is around $ 200. The best months to travel to Boston are from May to September. Uber works wonders, and it's worth a lot less than the taxi.

fun things to do in Boston

Here are reasons to visit Boston once in a lifetime:

1. Museum of Fine Arts


Boston is said to be the home to some of the best museums. It does not matter whether you are into art, science, or maritime history, Boston has it all. There is the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Science, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, The Harvard Museum of National History and the USS Constitution Museum, to name a few.

2. Emerald Necklace


Boston is known for beautiful parks, gardens and outdoor venues. There are various fun outdoor spaces to enjoy in the city. The Emerald Necklace is a system of connected parks which winds through many Boston neighborhoods. Some of the parks that hold their own charm and beauty are Back Bay Fens, Franklin Park, The Riverway, Arnold Arboretum, Boston Public Garden and more.

3. Freedom Trail


There is no denying that Boston played a crucial role in the American Revolution. Because it is during that time 13 North American Colonies broke free from the British Empire. You can get to know more about the city’s involvement in the American Revolution by taking a walk on the Freedom Trail. You can join one of the free 60-minute tours led by a national parks ranger.

4. Duck Tour from Boston Common


The duck tour is an entertaining way of seeing the city. You can spend 80-minutes in a bright-pink amphibious truck, which is being looked at by the passers.

5. Harvard University Tour


Harvard was established in 1636 where students could pay their tuition fees with livestock. The campus has got an incredible sanctuary of red-brick dorms and manicured lawns.

6. Black Heritage Trail


By following the Black Heritage Trail, you can explore the lives of the city's community of 19th century African Americans. The Boston’s involvement in the American Revolution tends to get all the glory, but some people know that Massachusetts was one of the a few states to abolish slavery.

7. Faneuil Hall Marketplace


You can always get cheaper snacks or options in the fast food chains. Boston is a university city, so it is not difficult to find places to eat to go, or with a student menu. If you are on a budget, do not deprive yourself to try some seafood (especially the lobster sandwich or the clam chowder, which are typical dishes of the city).

With prices that are around US $ 10 per serving, and a typical midday bustle, the Quincy Market is a good option for eating cheap and local style. There are stalls with meals from around the world, including desserts.

8. Acorn Street


Acorn Street is the oldest INTACT street in Boston and reflects real cobblestone construction. Some streets in Charlestown and the North End are older. Cobblestones are river stones, not the square granite blocks most people call cobblestones. Those are called setts or Belgian Blocks. Acorn street is the only street left with real cobblestones - and people HATED cobblestones back in the day.

They were only marginally better than dirt and gravel. People tripped over them (and you still do today). They were disastrous on wagon wheels and when they were wet, horses slipped and broke a leg resulting in loss of a horse and a dead horse lying in the street for months since there were no machines capable of removing a dead horse from the street.

9. Mary Baker Eddy Library


Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library is far, far more impressive in person, perhaps one of the only places in the city that truly qualifies as surreal.

10. Granary Burying Ground


The Old Granary burial ground is the final resting place of Paul Revere, which is sort of surreal, and is still folded into the heart of the city, which, like much of the Freedom Trail (like Revere's famous "One if by land, Two if by sea" Old North Church) is very surreal.

11. Bunker Hill Monument


Bunker Hill Monument is located at the end of the Freedom Trail and is a perfect panoramic point to have a view of the city. On the 50th floor of the Prudential Center, you will find the only 360 degree panoramic view of the city.

Since Boston was peopled primarily by the English brought their ideas of building and architecture from their English heritage. In communities where other peoples were prominent, Boston has a more European feel.

Here is a German building design, the old Jacob Wirth restaurant, now closed, but it had been serving traditional German food for 100s of years and had the longest bar in America. Nearby is LA Burdicks, which until 20 years ago had been a European tailoring shop and is a unique building in Boston. Both have a European feel, not an English feel.

Note that Charles Bulfinch, who was a self-taught architect and the designer of some of the most beautiful buildings in Boston (including the State House on Beacon Hill) was a big fan of renowned English architect Christopher Wren. Note the similarities between St Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Massachusetts State House built on the site of the John Hancock Mansion.

Because Boston was English and because many Boston designers followed English trends and technologies, Boston has many of the same design elements of England.
Kalyan Panja

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