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Welcome to Boston, Mass!
One of the oldest cities in the United States, and the site of the most famous of Boston tea parties, Boston is an ideal destination for travelers who are interested in architecture, history, and sports. From world-class museums and picturesque neighborhoods to brewery tours, there are plenty of sightseeing attractions to discover when visiting the capital of Massachusetts.
However, there is more to Boston than its busy attractions, like the Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. A worldwide local knows how to experience this charming city from a different perspective, and enjoy lesser-known, but still interesting, places in Boston. Our insider’s guide takes you to some of the best spots in the city and allows you to explore Boston as a local.
The Flora and Fauna of Boston
Nature lovers will want to pay a visit to the charming Boston Public Garden where they can admire over 80 species of plants, and enjoy the lovely lake and fountains. If you wish to see authentic furniture, Oriental carpets, and tapestries from the 17th century, check out the fabulous Nichols House Museum on Mount Vernon Street.
A visit to the Boston Aquarium is a great addition to your travel itinerary, especially if you are staying in the city with children. From a lively penguin colony to an incredible Shark & Ray Touch Tank, this aquatic paradise will keep you entertained for at least a couple of hours. The Aquarium also showcases films about marine life on their 3-D IMAX screen.
Worldwide Local Tip: A good time to visit the capital of Massachusetts is from May to October when the weather is nice. The summer months tend to attract swarms of tourists, and the Boston hotel rates usually go up during this time of year. Visiting during the winter season is not for the faint-hearted because of the frigid Boston weather, but every local will tell you that the city doesn’t shut down in winter. There are plenty of seasonal winter things to do in Boston, such as ice skating at Frog Pond or admiring the festive holiday decorations.
Beer lovers who wish to learn about the history of brewing beer and try many different local beers can book one of the many brewery tours. Pioneers of the craft beer revolution, Boston’s Sam Adams Brewery, offers free tours of their taproom and factory. (Any donations for local charities, however, are welcome.) A Boston local will tell you that going for a walk through the beautiful Beacon Hill neighborhood is an experience unlike any other. Walk down the postcard-perfect narrow streets lined with brick sidewalks and visit the Museum of Afro-American History to admire the beauty of Louisburg Square. History-buffs and book lovers can check out the antiquarian Brattle Book Shop, which is located just a few steps from the Boston Opera House.
Worldwide Local Tip: Boston has a reliable public transportation system, making it rather easy to get around. Some of the most popular transportation options in the city include the subway (Locally known as the “T”), ferries, commuter rail, buses, and taxis. Boston’s bike-sharing program, “Hubway,” is also a good option for visitors to explore the city. Steer clear of Boston Red Sox fans on their way home from a win--they can get quite rowdy!
Where and What to Eat
If you wish to try local cuisine here in Boston, a visit to the Quincy Market is a must. Here, you will find all the Boston gourmet essentials including Boston Cream Pie, Lobster Rolls, Clams, Boston Baked Beans, and other delicacies. There is also the Boston Public Market, which houses around 30 vendors ranging from food entrepreneurs to farmers. To score some reasonably priced produce on the weekends, go to the open-air Haymarket. Foodies visiting Boston can also go on a cool culinary walking tour called Yummy Walks. This incredible foodie tour lasts for three and a half hours and takes you through Boston’s Italian district. Here, you will have an opportunity to sample everything from wood-fired pizza, pasta, pancetta, and cheese to chocolates, and the famous Sicilian cannoli.
Worldwide Local Tip: There are many places where you can try the local delicacies, but a worldwide local knows which of the many Boston restaurants are the best eateries in the city to sample these foods. For a slice of Boston Cream Pie, visit Flour Bakery & Café. If you are in the mood for a bowl of tasty Boston baked beans, head out to Marliave or Bukowski Tavern.
Enjoy Your Stay!
To sum it all up, Boston is a wonderful city, and a place worth visiting for at least a couple of weeks. Instead of spending much of your time queuing with fellow tourists, experience Boston as a worldwide local to visit the best sights and lesser-known attractions from a different point of view.