A Beginner’s Guide to Boston, MA

Oh Boston, a city filled with as much history as is delicious cuisine. It’s the sort of city you’d get if you mixed New York City together with Los Angeles. I have been lucky enough to have gone to college in Boston for four years. I believe I know a few key places to visit from this experience if you plan a trip there once COVID-19 passes or safely during this quarantine. Keep reading if you’re interested!

1. Walk on the Esplanade.

The Esplanade is alongside the Charles River. There are paths for walking, biking, or running, parks for relaxing, and workout equipment for other exercises. Take in nature and fresh air while on this gorgeous path.

Especially popular during the 4th of July!

2. Kayak on the Charles.

Not only is this activity a form of exercise, but it’s also a gorgeous scenic opportunity. If you get the chance, don’t miss out on this activity.

Boston Back Bay and Charles River

3. Visit historic colleges & universities.

Harvard University was founded in 1636, just six years after Boston itself was founded. You can find students in Boston from all over the world with different cultures, languages, beliefs, etc. Check out Boston’s college life!

Sooooooo many!

4. Go to the North End.

Boston’s North End, also called Little Italy, is the perfect place for a date night or if you want to eat great Italian food with your family and friends. There are endless restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, and taverns in this area where you can spend your time. Check this area out!

Dolce vita.

5. Check out Seaport.

Inside the historic city of Boston is an area filled with technology, innovation, art, and doing things a little differently. This area is Seaport. There are many beautiful rooftops that you can have a meal or drink at with a scenic waterfront view, and many clubs around if that’s your cup of tea.

Ooh la la!

6. Eat a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry.

Located in the North End, Mike’s Pastry is the perfect dessert after a delicious Italian meal. A cannoli from Mike’s is incredible (I suggest the pistachio or chocolate ). Also, don’t hesitate to try puffy lobster tail if it is calling you. 

My mouth is watering.

7. Go to a baseball game at Fenway Park.

Fenway Park is America’s most beloved ballpark. It opened on April 20th, 1912. If you have a chance to check out this Boston staple, definitely take the opportunity! (And buy a hot dog while you’re at it.)

Go Sox!

8. Visit the museums.

Oooooh, the museums! My boyfriend and I’s first date was actually at the MFA. It’s a great collection of classic and contemporary art. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an art piece in itself – the architecture of the place warrants admiration and respect. This museum was once home to Isabella, one of the most influential art collectors of her time. Pro-tip: entrance into the MFA is free if you’re a Boston student or if you’ve served (we thank you for your service).

9. Go to Quincy Market.

Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. It is one of the largest market complexes in the United States. Walk down an endless hall of infinite food options and cuisine. You can also do a little retail therapy with many shops nearby.

Endless food options to choose from, live music in the exterior, and lots of people-watching.

10. Take pictures at Beacon Hill.

Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston. One of the largest market complexes in the United States, this market is great for walking down its endless hall of infinite food options and cuisine. You can also do a little retail therapy with many shops nearby.

Photogenic is an understatement.

11. Eat the seafood.

If you didn’t already know, Boston is famous for its seafood. Try out some lobster rolls and the famous New England clam chowder. Yum!

12. Walk the Freedom Trail.

The Freedom Trail is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the American Revolution and beyond. For those history fanatics out there, this 2.5-mile walk is a must.

The Freedom Trail, Boston

13. Visit Salem.

The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692 after a group of young girls in Salem Village claimed to be possessed. Creepy, right? Visiting this area is a staple for locals and tourists alike, especially during the Halloween season.

“Witch City”

14. Get a bagel from Pavement Coffeehouse.

My brother and I will attest to the Sunrise BagelNo more description is needed. If you pass by one of the many Pavement Coffeehouse locations, get one. You will not regret it. 

Stay safe, and enjoy your trip to Boston! For more travel guides, check out this page.

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