1) Predential Tower – go up to the 50th floor of one of the city’s highest buildings and see the amazing view. Don’t worry if it’s cloudy, we went up despite the clouds and within 5 minutes of being there, they cleared – this won’t always be the case but go up and ask the person at the desk if it is worth paying in, they were honest with us. (Student discount with valid student ID) or if you want a drink or a bite to eat the 52nd floor has a bar called ‘Top of the Hub’. As far as I can see from their website to go and have a drink there has a 26 dollar cover charge for the table after 6pm but not before.
2) Old Town Trolley Tours – bus tours might seem overly touristy and sometimes a bit of a rip-off but I think they are a great way to cover a large amount of space in a short amount of time, especially if the weather is terrible! I love ‘hop on hop off’ tours, you learn the history of the city through a local’s eyes and can go explore the places you want to see more of. These kind of tours are generally a lot more popular during the summer so they usually do deals on off-peak months. With this company, if you buy the tour pass it enables you to travel on the trolley for not only one but two days (only valid for two consecutive days). So the first day we used it for the tour and the second day we just used it as free transport. Our bus ticket also gave us free entry into the Boston Tea Party Museum and the ships, however, we didn’t have time to go in the end.
3) Go to a sports game – Boston is home to many famous sports teams from the New England Patriots (American football) to the Red Sox (Baseball) and more. Most American sporting events are more a day out than for avid sports fans (however, enjoying the sport would help!), I went to a Boston Bruins game (ice hockey) and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of entertainment for people who don’t necessarily know what is going on in the game.
Couldn’t get tickets to a match or they are too expensive? No problem. I didn’t have time to do a tour of Fenway park, but I plan to be back in May and hope to do the tour and go to a Red Sox game. From what I hear it’s supposed to be really cool, this way you can experience a bit of the American sporting culture while saving a whole lot of money.
4) Walk around the Boston Commons – right in the heart of the city you will find a 50-acre park where the residents of the city used to keep their cattle. It is now a pedestrianised park with a ‘duck pond’ which turns into an ice skating rink in the winter. Right beside the Commons are the Boston Public Gardens. This place is full of squirrels who (warning) don’t seem to be scared of people so have no problem walking beside you as you stroll through the park. The Public Gardens also have a lake, and in the summer there are apparently swan boats you can hire.
5) Freedom Trail – the freedom trail is something I didn’t get to do while here in Boston but if you do any google search on ‘what to do in Boston’ it will come up. However, I was talking to the bus driver of the trolley and he said it isn’t worth doing in the rain (it rained the whole time I was there!) But I hope to do it when I am back later on in the year.
I am a huge history fan and Boston is definitely one of the most historically dense cities I have ever been to (Berlin coming a very close second). I couldn’t recommend it more. I had an amazing time, it was just a shame about the terrible weather.
If you are looking for places to eat, check out my Instagram page or check out my review Boston – Abe & Louie’s more to come in the next few weeks!
Hope you have a blast! See you in the next one.
The Girl on the Go xx