Boston is a historic city, with old colonial buildings, a long history, and a strong link to the founding of the country. Bostonian’s are very proud of their city and display their pride any chance they can. Having friends who live in this city has allowed me to experience what Boston has to offer for locals as well as through the eyes of a visitor. Boston has become one of my favourite American cities.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and has played an important role throughout the country’s history. The first university was founded here (Harvard in 1636), the Revolution began here, the first public school was built here, and the first state constitution was written here. Boston has produced the Kennedy’s, Sam Adams, his beer, and Aerosmith. In this city, you will find friendly locals, die hard sports fans, great bars, good restaurants, and a mountain of American history. Do not miss out.
SOME USEFUL INFORMATION:
ℹ️ Travel: Boston is served by Logan airport. I flew into Boston from London Heathrow on a British Airways A380 airbus. There are additional direct services from Manchester airport with Virgin Atlantic.
Like all airports there is always a line of taxis waiting to escort you to the city. The cheapest and fast route into the city is to use the Silver Line which is FREE from Logan Airport inbound to South Station (including a free transfer to the Red Line).
The Silver Line Route SL1 (Logan Airport – South Station via Waterfront) bus rapid transit service is your best direct option to South Station Rail & Bus Terminal, for connections to Commuter Rail, Amtrak and Bus and to the Red Line.
ℹ️ Currency: The US Dollar. (US$)
ℹ️ Credit Cards and Banks: ATMs are common place and cards are accepted everywhere.
ℹ️ Weather: With four distinct seasons, Boston’s weather is forever changing. Summer can be delightful. Evening temperatures can be cool and may require a light sweater. Summers temperatures are on average are above 80 °F (26.7 °C). Winters are cold and it is not uncommon to have some heavy snowfall. Autumn is what Massachusetts is best known for. Autumn boasts crisp, cooling temperatures as Mother Nature displays her glorious colours in our foliage.
WHAT CAN BOSTON OFFER?
Boston packs a punch and if you are short of time its an idea to consider what are your “must see’s” are. Having said that Boston offer copious amounts of FREE things to do. Probably one of the best is to do the Freedom trail. This alone will mark off 16 of the best sights in the city!
BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL
Spend a day outdoors, put on comfortable shoes, and follow this red-bricked trail walking its 2.5 mile route full of historical information covering 16 sites.
All sites along the route are free. This trail takes you to all the must see historical places throughout the city and teaches you the history of the city and its role in the founding of the country.
FANEUIL HALL and QUINCY MARKET
is a popular place for locals and visitors to hang out. During the day, a lot of people go shopping. At night, the restaurants are filled with people and the spot is one of the big bar destinations in the city. The cheap Irish pubs that fill the area are widely popular.
Everyone should eat in Quincy Market at least once. Grab your meal from one of the many restaurants in the colonnade, head outside to watch the people go by, and enjoy a street performer’s show. This is an area I could get quite comfortable with. If you have ever visited Covent Garden in London this area has the same feel. I love spending an afternoon here people watching over a drink.
On a Summers day this park is filled with locals looking to enjoy the nice weather. Lie out, read a book, play some sports, or just relax. Wander around to the Public Gardens, or sit by Frog Pond. It is a great way to enjoy the city without spending a penny.
SAM ADAMS BREWERY
Sam Adams is a major brewer in Boston. Tours and tastings are held on Monday-Saturday from 10am until 3pm. Tours start every half hour. The tour is free although a donation towards the tour would be suggested.
Boston Red Sox players and fans call this home. It is one of the smallest and oldest baseball parks in the major leagues. Built in 1912, this park still has real grass on the field as well as the famed Green Monster. Guided tours are offered year round with tickets for the guided tour last one hour and cost GB£13.50 (US$18) per person.
BOSTON NEW STATE HOUSE and BEACON HILL
Part of the Freedom Trail, this is a neighbourhood that is brimming with history. Here you will find the New State House.
This district was home to the likes of John Adams and John Hancock (Colonial Revolutionaries) and resembles parts of historic Philadelphia. The district backs onto Boston Common and forms part of the Freedom Trail.
BOSTON OLD STATE HOUSE
The Freedom Trail will take you past the Old State House before it moved towards Beacon Hill. The Old State House has stood as an emblem of liberty in Boston for over 300 years.
Built in 1713 to house the colony’s government, the Old State House was at the centre of civic events that sparked the American Revolution.
The Holocaust Memorial is an outdoor space, open and accessible to the public at all times. It is located in Carmen Park near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.
GEORGE WASHINGTON MONUMENT
The height of the statue is 22 feet, and the fine granite pedestal 16 feet; so that, with its pedestal, it reaches 38 feet in total. The foundation is of solid masonry, resting on piles 11 feet deep. The location of the statue is most attractive. It is placed in the centre of one of the finest thoroughfares of the Garden, handsomely enclosed, and surrounded by beautiful flower beds. It was placed into position and unveiled on 3rd July, 1869.
THE KINGS CHAPEL
The King’s Chapel congregation was founded by Royal Governor Sir Edmund Andros in 1686 as the first Anglican Church in colonial New England during the reign of King James II.
In 1749, construction began on the current stone structure, which was designed by Peter Harrison and completed in 1754. The stone church was built around the wooden church. When the stone church was complete, the wooden church was disassembled and removed through the windows of the new church.
BOSTON HARBOUR FRONT
Boston’s harbour front is a long stretch of pedestrian walkways that incorporate the Charles river where you can take a ‘Duck Tour’, catch the Harbour Islands Tour, or, catch a ferry to Provincetown and Cape Cod. The area is accessible from Quincy Market and in the Summer months is a hive of activity.
Boston is becoming one of my favourite cities in the world. Boston has what I call the “Cool Vibe” like those of San Francisco (California), Manchester (England) and Melbourne (Australia). The city has a great relationship with itself and the surrounding harbour.
The people are friendly, the history, that much of the US lacks, is vibrant and the city is clean. There is so much to do and see and surprisingly much of the outdoor activities are free. Its a great place to chill out and grab a few drinks in the many bars or public parks. The skyline views from the harbour front are stunning and the weather favourable. If you are still new to the idea of Boston you will not be disappointed at all. Go and do it!