There are a few prerequisites when considering a trip to Boston. First, try not to go during January – March. Not because the winters here can indeed be pretty miserable, but because the other seasons are so immensely enjoyable. Spring and Fall are just beautiful and the summers are breezy and temperate.
Apart from visiting us at our HQ, peerTransfer has identified eight things that you shouldn’t miss when you come to Boston.
1. Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, brick-lined stretch hosting 16 historically significant sites, relating to the Revolutionary War. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story.
2. Harvard Yard
The streets of Harvard Square are overrun with Au Bon Pains and Gaps, and nary an independent bookstore remains, but once you walk inside the gates of the country’s most storied university, it’s easy to tune out all the noise and forget everything and enjoy the campus. Take a peak into Memorial Church for some perspective on the school’s history, or visit one of the small, excellent museums.
When you walk by the Statue of John Harvard, make sure to touch his foot, as it is said to bring you good luck for your next exam 😉
3. North End
This Italian neighborhood is Boston’s oldest, and it is known for its wonderful restaurants, pastry shops and historic sights.
From the steeple of the Northern Church, Robert Newman held up two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not land. The lanterns still make for a stirring patriotic sight.
Don’t forget to stop by Mike’s Pastry’s and order yourself a cannoli, as they’re probably the best treat you’ll take away from this trip!
4. Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library in Copley Square is much more than just a collection of books – although if you measured it purely by its number of rare volumes it would stand out as one of the greatest collections in the world. But the central library also houses fine art, rare prints, and nowinteractive multimedia exhibits, and offer free tours.
5. State House
Charles Bullfinch’s 1798 masterpiece sits on top of Beacon Hill and is the oldest surviving building in the area. The distinctive gold dome was first covered in copper in 1802 and eventually gilded with gold leaf in 1874. Free tours are conducted by staff and volunteers, and cover the history and architecture of the State House.
When you’re done with your tour, go have a quick bite and drink at Cheers, home of the Bull and Finch Pub, where exterior shots for the TV show Cheers were filmed!
6. Duck Tour
Boston Duck Tours is a great way to give your feet a break and see Boston from a different perspective. They give you a great overview of the city, show you many unique neighborhoods and splash you into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
7. Quincy Market
Quincy Market is the place to eat at lunchtime in Boston. In one long building are hundreds and hundreds of food stalls ranging from clam chowder in bread bowls, to Regina’s Pizza… the list is endless. Also, try to go on a Wednesday, as every Wednesday Quincy Market has their International Food Festival where you can sample foods at stalls bearing “The Taste of Quincy Market” for free. They have a variety of samples on offer so make sure to check it out!
8. Fenway – Red Sox Game
Fenway Park has served as the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox baseball club since it opened in 1912, and is the oldest Major League baseball park in the United States. It’s definitely worth a visit and if you get a chance, get yourself a ticket and watch’em win!
Any questions or more tips on what not to miss in Boston? Let us know what your favorite part of Boston is in the comments below!