A Beginner’s Guide to Visiting Boston
Boston, a city brimming with history and seafood, was once a place associated almost exclusively with its sense of tradition. Those historic values still run deep, trickling into almost everything the city touches, but there is no doubt that Boston has made its name in the zeitgeist as well. Tourists are flocking to it now more than ever, and not just for the old-school clam chowder. They are attracted by the rare way the city is able to combine old and new to form an experience that hits all the right notes.
Countless options for inventive cuisine have weaved themselves throughout the vibrant neighborhoods, grabbing the attention from anyone searching for a casual outdoor café to a formal black-tie experience. There’s also a dynamic bar scene that caters to the modern need for atmospheric variety when picking a locale for libations. The lush parks, excellent sporting events, gorgeous architecture and great shopping shouldn’t be discounted either.
If you are planning a trip to Boston, it is the perfect place to feed your appetite for history, entertainment and, of course, food. There is something for everyone.
For the history buff looking for unique information on the Revolutionary War, the Freedom Trail should be the first thing on your list. The 2.5-mile red brick path walks you through 16 historically significant sites. If you love a tour, you can opt for a guide, clad in Revolutionary Era regalia, to walk you through a 2-3 hour trek that includes Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church, Old State House and many others. Check out the tour schedule here.
Carve out time to stop by the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, after your tour. This floating museum boasts an “all-encompassing, multi-sensory experience” that is fun for visitors of any age. The tour will last about an hour, and guide you through a variety of virtual exhibits, as well as more traditional museum exhibits. There will be ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the events that led to the American Revolution. When you’re done, be sure to stop by Abigail’s Tea Room to sample historic teas, or pick from the list of beers brewed in Boston, with the colonial tea ladies.
Exploring the Freedom Trail. Source: Instagram, @harr_lee
The City Explorer
Looking to really see Boston? Jump on a Duck Tour. Board a “DUCK”, a WWII-style boat, and get ready for an exciting sight seeing tour of the city. You will get a taste of the history that made Boston “the birthplace of freedom,” cruising past sites like Boston Common and Copley Square. At the same time, places like Newbury Street and Quincy Market show the more fashion-forward side of the city. Suddenly, the DUCK will pop into the Charles River to give an astonishing view of both the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
Stunning views from a Duck tour boat. Source: Instagram, @tonywang_photography
For a culinary experience that is authentically Boston, head to the North End. Not only is this area full of charm, but it’s packed with delicious Italian restaurants that attract locals and tourists alike. Try Giacomo’s, one of the most beloved Italian restaurants in the city, if you’re up for braving the infamous line. Even though this isn’t a place for a long, leisurely meal, the food stands up to the cult following it has generated. Remember to leave your credit card at home, as they have a strict cash only policy.
Mama Maria, another one of our North End favorites, is as enchanting as the cobblestone street you walk down to get there. The ambiance is a little more relaxed than Giacomo’s—but the food is just as delicious. Their dishes are artful, taking traditional favorites and giving them an original spin that make the restaurant a must try.
If you aren’t an Italian fan or just want that Boston seafood experience, opt for Neptune Oyster. Served cold or hot, there is a reason their lobster roll is famous. If you are craving something raw, they have an extensive offering of both East and West Coast oysters, clams, and more.
Seafood pastas. Source: Instagram, @giacomos_southend
The Sports Fan
If you long for the smell of peanuts and cracker jacks, you will find your utopia at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Known as America’s most beloved ballpark, Fenway remains one of the most celebrated sport’s destinations in the United States. If you want to really experience this slice of baseball history, sign up for the one-hour guided walking tour. You will have the opportunity to sit atop the world-famous Green Monster overlooking left field and visit Pesky’s Pole. The tradition and history of Boston are pulsing through the stands, making it impossible not to get swept up in that Boston Red Sox magic. Grab your tour tickets here.
The Red Sox play at Fenway Park. Source: Instagram, @fenwaypark
No matter who you consider yourself to be, Boston has something waiting for you. If your group is in need of transportation, call Boston Charter Bus Company at 617-314-7577. We’ll find the perfect bus for your traveling group, outfitted with amenities to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable from beginning to end. Our representatives are available 24 hours a day to take your call and to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote!