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What to Do on Your Boston Getaway (Hometown Series)

Through the hometown series, we have traveled to big cities and small towns across the globe as travel bloggers share with us why their hometown should be on our bucket lists! We have explored the South American city of Cartagena, Australian city of Geelong, the castles and country houses of the Peak District, UK, and so many more! Next we hear from Sierra from Your Guide to Wandering on the best things to do on your Boston getaway! Whether you have a whole week or only one day in Boston, you will find plenty to do!

Looking for a great destination to visit this summer? Travel to Boston, Massachusetts!

Boston Massachusetts is known worldwide for its top universities (ever heard of Harvard or MIT?), championship sports teams (Go Sox!), role in the Revolutionary War as well as its amazing seafood scene. Boston should be at the top of your list for an amazing getaway no matter your interests. 

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Things To Do During Your Boston Getaway

Go to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park

Fenway Park is one of the oldest ball fields in the United States. The iconic Red Sox baseball team has been around since the early 1900s and still has a strong legacy and fan base today. Even if you are not a baseball fan, it still is a great experience to see Fenway Park and explore the concessions and ball grounds. Go Sox!

batter waiting to swing at the pitch at a Red Sox game in Boston
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Go to Cambridge and explore Harvard’s Campus

Harvard College tours are not just for new students! Harvard is an iconic university situated in the heart of Cambridge, one of the hip, artsy neighborhoods in Boston. Walk around the campus and explore the classic New England architecture. A site of many movies and books, Harvard is well-known worldwide for its top-quality education. Explore the art galleries and cute bookshops in the streets around the campus. 

Take a food tour, and explore the North End

Boston’s North End is a historic Italian American neighborhood that attracts tourists for its charming cobblestone streets and some of the city’s best food. Visit Paul Revere’s house and learn about the history of the Revolutionary War while biting into some of the best pizza or lobster rolls you’ve ever tried.

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Visit the New England Aquarium

Not far from the North End, Boston’s aquarium is a great destination to spend the afternoon with family. Kids love the interactive seal exhibit and get to learn about the local ecosystem just offshore. The Aquarium also has a state-of-the-art IMAX theater that plays nature documentaries. Whether you have a week or only one day in Boston, the New England Aquarium should be on your itinerary!

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Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

One of the premier art museums in the world, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts offers a huge variety of works from impressionists Van Gogh and Monet as well as ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Chinese art. Spend the afternoon stepping back into history and learning about the arts and cultures of ancient civilizations. There are great children’s programs as well for the entire family to enjoy. 

Take a stroll in Boston’s Common

Boston has a large green space in the center of the city that is adorned with beautiful flowers and ponds. Boston Common is a must on your Boston getaway! It is well known for its spring duckling season when the gardens are full of baby ducks swimming all around the ponds. If you are visiting during the summer, be sure to check out Shakespeare in the Garden, a free theater production that reenacts Shakespeare’s greatest works. Take a peaceful walk and enjoy the fresh flowers against Boston’s skyline. 

Explore the Nearby Beaches

Boston is in close proximity to several charming New England beach towns that would be an easy day trip out of the city. Less than two hours away is Portland Maine where you can experience the New England coast full of small fishing villages, rocky shores, and an abundance of lobster rolls. 

Don’t have a car? No problem! There are several daily trains out of Boston’s North Station that will take you directly to Portland Maine in under two hours. 

Places to Stay on Your Boston Getaway

Top Pick: My top pick to stay in Boston is the Boston Commons House due to its central location and historic significance. Until 1965 it was the highest building in Boston and today has an observation deck with an entire view of the city. 

Places to Eat

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Congress St, Fort Point, Boston

This modern restaurant is the prime location for the best seafood in Boston. Chef Jeremy Sewall receives fresh lobster daily from his family’s business up in Maine so the seafood is the definition of fresh. 

Eventide Fenway

1321 Boylston St, Boston

Eventide is a perfect stop before or after a Red Sox game! This highly praised restaurant takes a modern twist on Boston’s iconic lobster roll by putting fresh lobster on brown butter bao buns. An international twist on the New England favorite.

Wrap-up: A Visit to Boston

Boston is a historic city with an affinity for great food and sports. Enjoy your Boston getaway experiencing the best of the seaside Massachusetts capital by tasting some lobster, strolling the Boston Common, and learning about Boston’s history in the Revolutionary War. Whether you have a week or only one day in Boston, it is perfect for a summer trip and an easy destination to begin a New England coastal road trip!

boats sitting on the water of Boston Harbor with a clear blue sky in the background
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About the Author

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I’m Sierra! I call myself an avid traveler, hiker, explorer, budget hacker and culture lover!

I’m based in the U.S. and balancing a full-time job with my passion for traveling. I’ve lived around the U.S. and northern Europe and have traveled to over 20 countries!

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