I visited Boston on a family trip that took us briefly to New York and Boston on the way to our final destination; Cape Cod. I was slightly dubious about visiting Boston as for some reason, I had it in my head that Boston was going to be just like New York; busy and bustling and not to my taste. I was definitely proven wrong and have since learnt that I’m not the only one to have this misconception! Thrillist have even written an article describing 11 reasons why Boston is better than New York.
Boston is known for having some of the best universities (e.g. Harvard), being potentially the best walking city in the States, and for having some of the best-preserved examples of Victorian architecture. It’s a beautiful city and I could have spent a couple more days walking around and chilling out in the parks – the 3 days we spent there definitely wasn’t long enough!
What to do in Boston
Every Wednesday night (weather permitting), Coit Observatory at Boston University opens up its facilities for free public viewings of the stars. You could also visit the New England Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo, visit Castle Island, tour Harvard, or visit the Mapparium (the world’s largest walk-in globe!). Check out TimeOut for more information!
We did a mix of walking tours and independent wandering which took us through some of Boston’s prettiest areas. Our hotel was located close to Boston Common which is almost 50 acres in size, the starting point of the Freedom Trail and is America’s oldest public park. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile trail which takes you around 16 historically significant sites. You can explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds and discover the history of the American Revolution. More info on the Freedom Trail website. We also did a spot of shopping, which was pretty good – I stumbled across a small Tibetan jewellers at one point which was a great find! We also managed to eat ourselves silly at the nearby Cheesecake Factory, whose portions are notoriously large, even according to American standards!
We stayed in the Revere Hotel in Boston, which was lovely and perfectly located close to shops, restaurants and Boston Common. We were greeted with a chilled glass of bubbly and the hotel even had a rooftop terrace pool and bar which was a bonus!
I would definitely recommend heading over to Boston if you are nearby – it can easily be tied into a New York trip as it’s only a four hour train ride away! You could fly into New York, get the train to Boston and then fly home from there, saving a wasted return journey to New York 🙂