Welcome to Boston, Massachusetts and a series of posts on what to see, where to eat and how to fill a weekend or trip here! I have been living in Boston for a few months on/off and figured it was time to give my two cents. It is probably one of the most relaxed and easy-going cities in the US. Mix in some British architecture, smarty-pants people and seafood and you’re set!
My favourite spot to relax, read and people watch is the Public Gardens. They are located downtown right next to the Boston Common (the big park in the city). The gardens feature flowers, trees, a central lake, swan boats and more. I like grabbing a seat by the water and watching the ducks swim by with their cute ducklings in a row behind.
If you’re looking for some culture and history, check out the Freedom Trail. It is a two and a half mile trail that goes past famous landmarks for you to explore. It starts right by the gardens and then you just follow the red line around the city on the floor. It will take you to notable buildings, cemeteries and other populous areas (including Faneuil Hall).
Right opposite Faneuil Hall is Quincy Market. Inside there are tons of food stalls for any cuisine you crave. If you want something particularly Boston, you should get a bread bowl with some clam chowder (I’m not a fan but each to their own). If you follow the freedom trail from the beginning, by the time you get here you’ll be peckish and it’ll definitely be a great lunch spot! Also in this area are some shops, the WW2 memorial and the waterfront.
Something a little unusual and just by the water is the Greenway Carousel. I am actually a big carousel fan (sorry not sorry if that’s lame) but this one is very different to the norm. The characters vary from woodland creatures to insects (no horses here) and the style is so in right now – the whole vintage, thrift look. All the featured animals are native to Massachusetts and it’s $3 for a ride. If you go then a few minutes away is the New England Aquarium which is a great place to check out, as well as hop on a Duck Tour boat if you want to do a tourist must.
No trip to Boston is complete without going to Fenway Park and seeing the Red Sox play. I snapped these photos on my phone so they aren’t the best but you get the idea. The baseball park is classic and the atmosphere was booming!
Hopefully that gives you some inspiration on what to check out when visiting Boston. Some other highlights would be the Museum of Fine Art, the whole Harvard/Cambridge area and Coolidge Corner. I’ll be doing a post on foody areas on Monday so keep an eye out for that! If you have any questions as always don’t hesitate and hope you have an awesome weekend.