Visiting Beantown

A walkable city situated right on the water, Boston offers historical sites, reenactments, natural beauty, shopping, diverse eateries, experiences for the whole family and more. While there, one can experience a bustling city complete with quaint brownstones and a waterfront experience with boat rides and grassy areas to watch said boats bob in the water.

With the winters hitting freezing temperatures and the summers being a bit brutal, spring is the perfect season to pack up the car and take the about four-hour ride up to Beantown.

Activities For Everyone

Boston Common and Public Garden

Established in 1837, Boston’s public garden was the first public botanical garden in America. Whether just passing through to get to local restaurants or to spend a few hours admiring the garden’s beauty, the public garden created with a Victorian style is a must stop while visiting the city. Definitely hop on a swan boat and take a walk over the pond bridges to snap a family portrait.

Fenway Park

Take a tour of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox while in Boston. Visitors will get one-hour tour, with a chance to see Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37-feet, 2-inches high, overlooking left field. While tours are available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors may want to catch a game while at the ballpark that opened in 1912.

New England Aquarium

Fun for the whole family, the New England Aquarium sits right on the waterfront and is surrounded by a deck for perusing after a visit. The aquarium is unique in that to view all of the sea life, tourists must walk upward through spiraling walkways to view penguins and sea lions on the first level and other water creatures in a giant glass cylinder going up to the top floor, where the cylinder remains open to view sea turtles.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

The marketplace is composed of more than 100 shops, kiosks and pushcarts with the smell of Quincy Market’s diverse menu of restaurants just a sniff away. While wandering through the market at shops like the Cheers gift shop, created after the iconic show, and A Hat for Every Head, visitors can enjoy street theater, games, music and instructional classes.

Eating Through Boston

Newbury Street

Just stroll down Newbury Street past the shops to restaurants with outdoor seating, perfect for the spring season. Grab a taste of Cafeteria Boston, which offers a hangout spot with American comfort food, Piattini, which offers small Italian eats, Sonsie known for it’s wine cellar and brunch, Beantown Pho & Grill for Thai, Vietnamese and other Asian cuisine, and more.

Atlantic Fish Co. (Photo source: Facebook)

From the Sea

Because the city is located in close proximity to the sea, many restaurants offer quality seafood plates straight from the ocean. Some top picks to try are Neptune Oyster (63 Salem St. No. 1), Legal Harborside (270 Northern Ave.) and Atlantic Fish Company (761 Boylston St.).

Historic Moments

Boston Tea Party Museum

Perfect for families, the museum allows tourists to be part of the famous historical event with its historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale restored 18th-century sailing vessel, historic artifacts and multi-sensory documentary Let It Begin Here. The museum also has two tea ships, the brig Beaver and ship Eleanor, where visitors can take part in the destruction of the tea.

Freedom Trail

Walk 2.5 miles through the streets of Boston on the Freedom Trail, which begins at the Boston Common and runs through Downtown Boston, passes through the North End and crosses the Charles River to the neighborhood of Charleston. Throughout the journey, tourists will see historic sites including the Paul Revere House. Join a walking tour with the costumed guides from The Freedom Trail Foundation or a free tour by the National Park Service.

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Christina Claus
Christina Claus is the former editor of Port Washington News.

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