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Top 10 Things to Do in Boston

How to Explore Boston As A True Bostonian

Many people wonder why Boston is called Beantown. In colonial days, a favorite Boston dish was the baked beans and sailors that were coming to the docks of Boston referred to the city as their favorite dish.

Much has changed since then.

Boston is now home to dozens of world famous universities, winning sport teams, delicious foods and some of the most historical sites in America. Whether you come to Boston for a day, a weekend or a week, there’s always something to do.

1.Eat pastries at Mike’s Pastry

Mike’s Pastry has been in the North End of Boston for over twenty years. Presidents, celebrities and tourists all run to Mike’s Pastry when they come to visit. While the pastry shop only takes cash or check, the lines are always out the door. People flock inside for the famous cannoli’s and if you aren’t a fan of cannoli’s then treat yourself to the tiramisu squares, lobster tail puff pastry and also create personalized cakes.

Mike's Pastry

2. Fenway Park

Fenway Park is the oldest baseball park in America. It is home to the Green Monster (or Monstah as Bostonians pronounce it) and has helped find some of the greatest baseball players in history. When attending a Red Sox game, it is a necessity to try a foot long Fenway Frank hospital. When baseball season isn’t going on, concerts and other sporting events are taking over the venue. It is also possible to take tours of Fenway Park and learn about the amazing history and see how much the park, and the Red Sox’s, have influenced Boston.

Fenway Park

3. Quincy Market & Faneuil Hall

If you’re a foodie and a shopaholic Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall is for you. Located in the center of Boston, Quincy Market is a building filled with every food imaginable. You can walk down the hall of Quincy Market and have Boston Chowder Company, who serves the best clam chowder bread bowl, Chinese food, Italian gelato or Thai food. Every food imaginable is crammed into the small space. Faneuil Hall surround Quincy Market and is filled with vendors, big name shopping stores, bars and street performers You can buy a new outfit, grab some food and finish the day off drinking a beer at Sissy K’s or Ned Divines.

4. Boston Commons

The Boston Commons is only a ten minute walk from Quincy Market but it is worth it. It is a 50 acre park that is surrounded by multiple colleges and the theater district. In the center of the park is the Frog Pond, where during the winter season is ice skating. If you’re lucky enough you’ll discover the duckling statues from Boston’s famous children’s book Make Way for Ducklings. You can follow the ducklings all through the Boston Commons and beyond.

5. Duck Tours

The Duck Tour may not have originated in Boston, but they have become one of the biggest tourist attractions. Duck Tours take the tourists and locals through the Charles River and onto the busy streets of Boston. You quack when you see any other Duck Boat and each boat is based off of an important memory or relic of Boston. It is the most informative way to learn of Boston…just don’t fall into the Charles!

6. TD Garden

Need to see the Bruins or Celtics play? Maybe you want to catch a concert. The TD Garden has been in Boston for less than twenty years but it is a staple for the Boston sport teams. Both the Celtics and Bruins take turn playing in the venue and after a big win you can see Carrie Underwood or Justin Bieber perform. There are over 17,000 seats and are all reasonably priced.

TD Garden

7. Sullivan’s

Castle Island is a state park located in South Boston and is home to the famous Sullivan’s. Since 1951, Sullivan’s has been delivering delicious lobster rolls, ‘Sully Snap’ hot dogs and ice cream cones to the locals. If lunch and dinner isn’t looking appealing you can stop by for breakfast from 8:30am to 10:30am. Sullivan’s is only open from the last weekend of February to the last weekend of November so plan accordingly!

8. Top of the Hub

Want an amazing view of Boston for some artsy Instagram photos? Take an elevator to the Top of the Hub! Located at the top of the Prudential Center, you can get amazing and breathtaking views of Boston. One second you can see the famous Citco sign near Fenway Park and the next you’re overlooking the Charles River. If you make reservations in advance you can dine at resturaunt, Top of the Hub. It may be a little pricy but you’ll have amazing food, fantastic view and outstanding company.

9. Freedom Trail

Walk 2.5 miles through the historic part of Boston! The Freedom Trail is a red-line trail that leads you to 16 historical sights, which include museums, meeting houses, churches and graveyards that have some of America’s most historical figures. You’ll learn all about the Revolutionary War through the city that started it all.

Coply Square

10. Lawn on the D

Lawn on the D is coming back to Boston for its third season! It is a 2.7 acre outdoor event space that offers colorful seating that lights up at night, rotating public art exhibitions, ping pong tables, bocce courts, local food trucks and a permanent bar tent. Lawn on the D brings together different communities for fun outdoor events.

Alea Gilhuly-Mandel

Curry College | 6 stories

A recent graduate of Curry College, Alea is currently planning on relocating herself to London to complete a graduate degree in Public Relations and Journalism. She's a professional traveler and follow her on instagram (aleaphobia) to see where she'll end up next.

One response to “Top 10 Things to Do in Boston”

  1. What a wonderful overview of what makes Boston “Boston” by Alea Gilhuly-Mandel. It’s one thing for a travel professional to write about a city’s sites. It’s another for a college student to do the same but from the vantage of a young person seeing those same sites. As I read Alea’s article, I found myself saying “Kirk, you NEED a trip to Mike’s Pastries followed by “Top of the Hub.” Hurry up spring weather so I can follow through on those dreams!

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