5 must-dos when in Boston
The 4km Freedom Trail takes in several historically significant sights in Boston. It also provides a great way to enjoy the charm of the city’s different neighborhoods: from cobblestone streets and Italian pasta restaurants in the North End to the high-rise buildings in the financial district. In between you’ll find historic buildings such as the Old State House on Washington Street, where many events of the American Revolution took place. You can easily walk the trail on your own as it’s marked with red bricks on the pavements.
Put on your walking shoes and discover some of the neighborhoods of downtown Boston. They all have their own personalities. Take for example Beacon Hill, which feels like a posh small town. The narrow brick streets are lined with elegant brick houses, where many notable Americans have lived (including Secretary of State John Kerry). On Charles Street, small shops and antique stores sit next to galleries, cafés and restaurants.
Continue from Beacon Hill to The Back Bay for some serious shopping. The main street, Newbury Street, starts with high-end designer stores but as you walk on you’ll also find street fashion, sneakers and sports brands.
Another area not to miss is the North End, or Little Italy, where locals and visitors come for genuine Italian restaurants and bakeries. And yes, you can still hear the Italian language when walking the streets.
Parks and open spaces
Boston is far from a concrete jungle. There are lots of green areas and well-maintained parks that provide relaxation from the bustle of the city life. Boston Common in the city center is America’s oldest public park. Here you can enjoy performances and concerts. Next to it is the Boston Public Garden where you can go for a boat ride on the lake or just enjoy the Boston skyline.
Rose Kennedy Greenway is a line of parks that together form a 2.5km-long walkway from the North End to China Town. It’s also a good place to see contemporary art for free and of course to enjoy the landscape gardening that includes several fountains.
Walking a part of the Boston Harborwalk is a good way of enjoying the sea, riverside, beaches and the skyline of Boston. When the project is fully completed it will be a 75km-long walkway stretching through many of Boston’s districts. On the way you pass some of Boston’s best museums, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art and the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, housed in a spectacular building located on Columbia Point.
Another way of enjoying the water is to hop on a harbor cruise or take a ferry to one of the 32 Harbor Islands for a day on the beach or a hike. The closest is only a 15-minute ferry ride away.
Seafood and beer
Boston is renowned for its seafood and you shouldn’t leave without trying a few of the classic New England dishes. Clam chowder and lobster rolls can be found everywhere, at small shacks along the water or in fine-dining restaurants. Clams, scallops, oysters and mussels can all also be found and served in a number of ways.
Boston is also known for its beer. Samuel Adams, named after the politician who fought for America’s independence, is probably the best known. But nowadays you can also find several smaller artisan breweries in the Boston area, for example Harpoon Brewery, and Cambridge Brewing Company.
30 Germania St.
Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall
306 Northen Ave.
Cambridge Brewing Company
1 Kendall Square
Text: Anna-Lena Ahlberg
Published: August 16, 2016
Last edited: January 3, 2018