A Quick Guide to Boston
Boston can be a complicated city to navigate, but with the right kind of preparation it becomes a rewarding and memorable place to visit. The asymmetrical mess of newer streets and old colonial roads has given the city a justifiable reputation, but all that means is that Boston is an adventure loaded with cultural riches across an expanse of colonial architecture and ancient oak and maple trees. The best way to enjoy Boston is to have all of your transportation, attraction tickets and tours set up in advance so you can focus on enjoying one of America’s oldest cities.
Once you have your Boston activities planned out all you are left to worry about is whether or not you set aside enough time to see it all. Seasonal fare is a staple of the northeast so plan carefully if you hope to enjoy a plump lobster, pumpkin pie or a summer ale at a baseball game. Fenway Park is one of the classic baseball stadiums and the perfect way to share a summer day with Bostonians. In the fall the Boston Common is ablaze with vibrant foliage. Reserve a carriage ride and watch the locals show off the fall fashions, then head to one of the hundreds of Irish pubs across the city to celebrate Oktoberfest. The Common is also home to the city’s annual Christmas tree. The Boston Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition.
The City on the Hill has never lacked for arts and culture. The legendary Museum of Fine Arts is on the outskirts of the city but accessible by bus or train. The theatre district near the heart of Boston is home to seasoned production companies. In between City Hall and the ports lays Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a collection of quaint shops and historic buildings in a pedestrian area frequently graced by worthy street performers. If you want a taste of Boston’s colonial past then look into walking the Freedom Trail. The two and a half mile long brick path cuts through the heart of the American Revolution and is best experienced with a tour guide fully garbed in the clothes and regalia of colonial times.
Whether you enter Boston by train or plane you are always well connected, the important thing is to be prepared. A tour company can set you up with accommodations, metro passes, event tickets, tours and even multi-lingual tour guides. Shopping discounts are a plus when visiting Boston as you will find amazing regional dining around every corner you take and especially stylish shops in the Back Bay area. Boston is extremely family friendly with plenty of activities year round and an exceptional science museum with many interactive exhibits.