If there’s any big city I know, it’s Boston. I grew up in a suburb of Portland, Maine, which is just 2 hours north of the city, so we came down at least once a year. That became multiple times when I started having health problems – I’ve been a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital, and before that Children’s Hospital of Boston, since 2007 – and then my parents moved down in 2012. All that experience plus my own of living here full-time since 2014 means that I really know Boston. I’ve talked before about things to do in the city (see below), but today is more specifically what I would recommend you do if you took a weekend trip to Boston.
Museum of Fine Arts – They have a great selection, a bit for everyone. My favorite is the impressionist room, but I also love their American historical section.
Museum of Science – Have kids? Go here! Also fun for adults.
New England Aquarium – Penguins! Sea lions! Turtles! Oh my!
The North End – This area of Boston is known for authentic Italian food. Like, Italian food by Italians. You should especially go to Mike’s Pastry and enjoy a cannoli for me since I can’t eat them.
Quincy Market – The market itself has every type of food you can possibly imagine, and outside the market there are so many different restaurants.
Some great gluten-free places: Sonsie, Aquitaine, Stephanie’s on Newbury, Stephi’s, Parish Cafe, b.good, Joe’s American Bar and Grill, and Flour. There are so many more, but these are the ones I go to the most.
USS Constitution – It’s a ship (and the ship’s museum) that was launched in 1797. Yeah, you read that right.
Faneuil Hall – This is at the same location as Quincy Market, so get some food, do some shopping, and see some history.
Old North Church – Remember “One if by land, two if by sea”? This is the place!
Copley Place and The Shops at Prudential
Fenway tour and/or Red Sox games
Bruins or Celtics games
Sam Adams Brewery Tour
Theater District – Catch a show! This area is where the Broadway productions on tour head.
Duck Tour – See Boston through a guided tour that heads over land and water.