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. Their website says, “Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art” (x). They are open 7 days a week. Monday and Tuesday, they’re open from 10 AM to 5 PM; Wednesday through Friday, they’re open from 10 AM to 10 PM; and on weekends, they’re open 10 AM to 5 PM. For all information to plan your visit, check out their website.
Museum of Science – Have kids? Go here! Also fun for adults. Their website says, “The Museum’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology” (x). Saturday through Thursday, they are open from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on Friday, they are open from 9 AM to 9 PM. Learn more about their schedule and exhibits here.
New England Aquarium – Penguins, sea lions, turtles, oh my! I love the aquarium. The aquarium “is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region” (x). The aquarium’s hours depend on the season; check out this page to learn more.
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.
Enjoy! Is there anything about Boston you want to know?
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