If you are lucky enough to be visiting Boston, you definitely need to check out this what to do in Boston list! You are going to soak up the scenery, the history…and don’t forget the food!
What to Visit in Boston, MA
If you’ve never been to Boston, put these things on the top of your list.
Is Boston crowded with tourists?
Yes, you’ll be in good company with hoards of other tourists, but to experience the diversity of Beantown you need to include the beauty, the brains, the history and the passion of this city.
What is the best time to visit Boston?
Time of year doesn’t matter, but for those of us who hail from warmer climates, I’d seriously consider April through early November. It’s really hard to enjoy the Freedom Trail walk when you can’t feel your toes.
A Perfect Day in Boston, MA — What to Do!
I’ve been to Boston many times, and have sampled all the aforementioned places. So with only one day to explore, I thought I’d try something new. The perfect Boston day began like this…
I woke up and pulled back the curtains to reveal a beautiful sunny day. I threw on layers of clothes, because the reality is that a crisp day for Bostonians can seem bone chilling to me. I tossed the camera in my purse and walked a few blocks to the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street to meet my niece, Natalie.
Once she arrived, we made our way to Trident Booksellers and Cafe. Trident is a funky mix of magazines, new and used books, and assorted dime store paraphernalia, surrounded by an old-fashioned looking soda counter and tables where locals can grab a bite to eat. Natalie had the Apple Brie Omelet, while I tried the Frittata. This was seriously yummy food and lots of it!
To me, half the fun of trolleys in any city is the personality of the driver, and Boston’s trolley drivers didn’t disappoint! Peppermint Patty was the first to welcome me on board, yes that’s what her badge said, and she was quite a character.
In the first few stops I learned more about her political persuasion than I cared to, but she did share some gossip about New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady.
If you’ve never been, you still need to visit Faneuil Hall, but Quincy Market has become an outdoor mall complete with Crate and Barrel, Victoria’s Secret and all the other ubiquitous shops that are easily accessible in twenty malls that populate Dallas.
A little deflated, I hopped back on the trolley, but John the driver cheered me up immediately. As we headed toward the Historic North End, John told the story of Paul Revere, and the two other riders.
Obviously they didn’t have press agents as good as Paul’s; do you know their names?
By the time we reached the original Cheers bar, I felt like I’d been traveling with my friends, and many of them hopped out to sample a beer.
I said good-bye to John so I could begin the next phase of my perfect day–shopping!