Boston City Guide – Boston is one of the United States’ most energetic and cultural cities – the capital of Massachusetts, it is a historical New England city, rife with art exhibits and museums.
Sports lovers, especially Red Sox fans, run rampant, flaunting their jovial rivalry with nearby New Yorkers – Boston is large and packed with things to do, so unless you’re in town for a few weeks, you’ll have to choose your activities and events wisely…
What To Do In Boston City Guide
Where To Stay in Boston
The Back Bay Hotel in Boston is one of the city’s landmarks and is located near the Charles River.
Originally, the building was the Boston Police Department.
For travelers, this hotel is in a great location, whether you’re touring the area for fun or in town for business.
What To See in Boston
Close by to the Boston Common public park is the Boston Public Garden.
Well known for its swan boats from 1877, the Garden’s lake is not to be missed.
Near Faneuil Hall you’ll find Quincy Market, which has both indoor and outdoor shops and restaurants, all set up as a marketplace – while you can walk to many of the sights around Boston, you may also want to take a Duck Tour.
If you have the kids along or want a romantic day date with your sweetheart, head to the New England Aquarium.
Historical Sites and Walking Trails in Boston
Take a stroll down the two and a half mile Freedom Trail. You’ll visit sixteen historical sites as you go.
Start off with the oldest public park in the U.S., Boston Common. You’ll also visit the Bunker Hill Monument.
To ensure you’re heading in the right direction, follow the red-marked path.
You can also snag a guidebook to help you figure out where to go and what to see.
Other notable sites you’ll pass include the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere’s home and several churches.
A second walking trail is the Black Heritage Trail.
While you won’t pass it on the Freedom Trail, history buffs will want to pay a visit to the New England Holocaust Memorial.
When in Boston, you can also see the USS Constitution, which is the United States’ oldest commissioned ship.
If you visit Boston Harbor National Park, you’ll see the Confederate landmark of Fort Warren.
Pop Culture Attractions in Boston
If you’re a TV or movie lover, events in Boston is the place for you.
There are two Cheers bars, both a nod to the popular television show. One of the Cheers bars was used for the outdoor shots for the TV show.
The other bar, found in Quincy Market, is a copy of the show’s set. There’s also an interactive, Indian Jones-themed TOMB attraction with excellent special effects.
Shopping in Boston
If you’re interested in shopping, I’d highly suggest you check out Beacon Hill, which is chock full of charming townhouses and cobblestone streets. This neighborhood has many shopping opportunities, too, like stylish Newberry Street. You can also visit Filene’s Basement, which has been a leader in retail since the 1900s.
Museums in Boston
Boston has tons of museums for both art and history lovers.
There’s the Museum of Science, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and also the Museum of Afro American History.
Bring the kids to the Children’s Museum of Boston, too.
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Guide to Boston’s Out of the Box Festival
When it comes to US destinations that are rich in culture, I think it’s pretty hard to beat events in Boston – the city has so many cultural things to offer, from historic buildings and the fascinating Freedom Trail to iconic breweries and great galleries.
This year, the city will be further adding to its already impressive list of attractions with the inaugural Out of the Box Festival – and you can find out all about it with my guide …
What Is Out Of The Box?
Out of the Box is a free music festival scheduled to be staged in Boston for the very first time this year.
The festival promises to provide a good mix of free and cheap outdoor performances, and unlike a lot of other festivals which only focus on a specific music genre, this festival aims to celebrate the arts much more broadly, and to get both locals and visitors alike involved in it.
So, you can expect a pretty eclectic mix of performances!
While the official programme is (at the timing of writing, at least!) yet to be announced, the organisers have promised ballet, modern poetry, Shakespeare, folk dance, circus, culinary arts and much more.
Why Should You Go?
You might be wondering why you should choose to attend the Out of the Box festival as opposed to some of the city’s other free events (of which there are many!).
Obviously it’s largely a matter of personal taste, but I find there’s something uniquely appealing about Out of the Box – partly because it’s totally new.
Indeed, as this will be the first incarnation of the event, attending it will give you the chance to experience a momentous occasion – and to mingle with locals.
Another good reason to stop by is that it’s free. Now, this might sound a little silly at first, but what I mean by this is that if you’re planning to visit Boston in the summer months anyway, it makes for a fantastic extra.
And, because it’s free, if you don’t like it, you haven’t lost anything by going.
A fabulous thing to do if you want to explore the main sights is follow the famous Freedom Trail (a 2.5-mile walk), while you can visit Hostelbookers for more ideas of things to do, as well as places to stay.
When & Where Is It happening?
Running from July 13th to 20th, the Out of the Box festival is scheduled to be centred around Boston Common.
While this’ll act as the event’s hub, there will be a host of outdoor venues taking part, including Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park and Copley Square.
These venues all promise to showcase a mixture of upcoming and independent voices, as well as performances from established institutions.
I hope this mini guide inspired you to go and check out this new Boston event to see what all the fuss is about!