Best Experiences in Boston

Experiencing Boston

The capital city of Massachusetts was founded in 1630, making it one of the oldest cities in the entire United States. It played an enormously important role in the Revolutionary War, and offers a wide variety of things to see and do as well as delicious places to eat and nicely maintained places to stay. The size of the city can make it somewhat overwhelming to first time visitors, and it is important to pick and choose in order to get the best experience. Below, you will find some of the best of what the city has to offer!

 

What to Do in Boston

Build Your Brainpower: While Boston itself is virtually a living history lesson, if you tire of the Freedom Trail and other historical sights, you can keep your cerebral juices flowing by visiting any one of the city’s world-class museums. The Museum of Science is the perfect place to get lost for a day, with immersive IMAX and 4D films, planetarium shows and fascinating exhibits, including the chance to experience what zero gravity in outer space feels like! The Boston Children’s Museum is another one of the city’s gems, sure to be a hit with visitors of all ages. The interactive, fun-filled displays make learning an absolute joy as you explore everything from Japanese architecture to dinosaurs and the human body!

Catch a Game: If you find yourself in Boston during baseball season, you simply must make it a priority to watch the Red Sox play at their home stadium, Fenway Park. The enthusiasm of the crowd is truly contagious, as this is one sport that Bostonians take very seriously! While you can certainly enjoy the classic fare offered here, such as delicious steamed hot dogs or giant soft pretzels, there is also a killer lobster roll for sale at the Yankee Lobster stand. Don’t have time to catch a game? Fenway park offers daily guided tours as well which offers a chance to learn some of the stadium’s history as well as the opportunity to sit atop of the world-famous Green Monster!

Visit the Aquarium: The New England Aquarium is a truly special place, boasting a four-story tall Ocean tank that stands in the center of the building. As you wind your way up to the top, you will find marine exhibits which encompass all areas of the globe, including a live penguin habitat, various species of fresh water and salt water fish and even an interactive touch tank that brings you up close and personal with rays and starfish! Located just outside the main building, there is also an Atlantic Harbor Seal exhibit, where you can view these creatures swim and play, or even sit in on a free training session!

Walk the Freedom Trail: This historic walking tour spans 2.5 miles through downtown Boston, and leads you past no less than sixteen locations that hold significant historical value. The path is fairly easy to find, as you literally have to follow the trail emblazoned in brick that winds through the city. Here, you can visit the Old South Meeting House, which is where the plot for the Boston Tea Party was concocted, as well as the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall and the Paul Revere House before finishing up at the Bunker Hill Monument.  The path is fairly level and easy to walk, so this is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, including smaller children.

 

Places to Eat in Boston

The Chart House: Located at 60 Long Wharf, this excellent restaurant is located in what was once the John Hancock Counting House, with plenty of original wooden beams still around to evoke a sense of history. The menu here is absolutely out of this world, with some of the best seafood options you will find anywhere in the city. Start your meal with a table-side torched apple Manhattan (yes, you read that right. They set your drink on fire before serving it to you!) and their signature shrimp, crab, avocado and mango stack before moving onto the main course. While anything you eat here is sure to be fabulous, there are few standouts on the menu, including the Baked Mahi topped with avocado pico or the ginger soy shrimp and scallops, which comes accompanied with mushrooms and sautéed bok choy.

The Table at Season to Taste: Top Chef alum Carl Dooley is the head chef at this creative restaurant with a French influence. Located at 2447 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, you can choose to take a seat at the wine bar, which offers a huge variety of libations accompanied by smaller plates like fresh baked focaccia and grilled zucchini salad, or opt for the ultimate experience, the four course pre-fixe menu! The actual selections change frequently depending upon what is local and fresh at the time, but you can expect the royal treatment for your taste buds here! Some examples of past menus include a selection of local heirloom tomatoes paired with manchego cheese and fresh basil followed by lamb enchiladas and glazed scallop curry topped off with a choice between fresh peach melba or a chocolate trifle!

Where to Stay in Boston

Omni Parker House: Located at 60 School Street, this place strikes a perfect balance between retaining history and projecting an elegant, refined vibe. Established in 1855, this place is absolutely gorgeous, from its classic dark wood and gold adorned lobby to the impeccable care taken with each room. There is an excellent bar and restaurant on site, as well as a fitness center for those who want to keep active! This is a spot where you will feel as though you have been transported away from the modern chaos of the city, encapsulated in a place where old-world class reigns supreme.

The Revere Hotel Boston Common: Located at 200 Stuart Road, this place is a little more laid back than the Omni Parker House, yet it is every bit as intriguing, clean

and comfortable. Named after the Paul Revere himself, this place has beautiful rooms

with decks that overlook the shimmering city skyline or the gorgeous waters of Back Bay. The rooftop lounge here is legendary throughout the city, complete with a heated pool to unwind in!

 

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