With more than 600,000 people living in the area and more than 30% of them being scholars, Boston is the place to be – particularly if you’re a student. The city has a long history of architecture, culture, and much more. It’s also a very diverse city, where you can find Chinatown, Little Italy, and many other places that provide a variety of environments, different to that of Downtown. As a student, I was also a hardcore traveler and spent most of my weekends visiting iconic places to maximize my experience.
Based on my experiences, along with some local favorites, here are the top 8 things to do and visit in Boston!
1. Watch Red Sox Games at Fenway Park
Fenway Park, the house of Boston Red Sox: the Major League Baseball team and pride of Boston. Fenway Park is one of the most visited places in Boston. Around the area you can see Red Sox fans, merchandise, stores with the Red Sox logo, and much more. You can shop around all day if you wanted to, but the best activity in my opinion is to watch Red Sox games live with some friends. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
2. Walk the Freedom Trail
The trail is approximately a 2.5-mile-walk through Downtown, surrounded by historical buildings that are representations of different stories from the past. The trail also passes through 16 significant locations that are connected to the history of American Independence. You can create your own self-guided tour, or join a tour led by a local.
3. Shop and Dine at Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall was built by Peter Faneuil back in 1740. The ground floor of the building is designated for market stalls. The Marketplace includes three long halls: Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market. The three halls are occupied by shops, restaurants, and exhibitions. During the day, there are street performers and buskers performing in the square around the markets.
4. Take a Duck Tour
One of the fun and easy ways to travel around is to take the infamous Duck Tour. The tour departs from three different locations, and will take you around the city for around 80 minutes. From Prudential Tower to TD Garden to Boston Commons, there are more than 30 popular places you can visit during the Duck Tour.
5. Study in the Boston Public Library
The iconic Boston Public Library can be your next favorite studying spot. The popular Bates Hall is a spectacle and is reminiscent of libraries featured in movies, such as Harry Potter – you can channel your inner-wizard! The Library’s garden is also worth a visit, especially during the warmer days.
6. Walk around the Charles River Esplanade
The footpath around the Charles River, which separates Boston from Cambridge, is known as the Esplanade. The three-mile leafy path is one of the best jogging or running tracks in Boston. You’ll pass playgrounds, marshes, and places to rent sailboats. The track starts from the Museum of Science and finishes at the Boston University area.
7. Kayaking at the Charles River
During the summer or early fall season, kayaking is one of the best things to do. Doing activities with friends or seeing the city landscape from the river, is truly a memorable experience. The Kayaking rental area is located around the Charles River Esplanade.
8. Shop at Boston’s Newbury Street
If you’re looking to do some shopping during your trip, an eight-block shopping avenue is a dream for any shopaholic. From high street stores to the high-end stores like Marc Jacobs and Chanel, Newbury Street has it all. It’s the perfect place for shopping for gifts or hunting for bargains. This street is a good place to start.
So, these are eight things I recommend doing during your time in Boston. There are many, many more. If you find yourself in Boston, you won’t be disappointed.
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Valensia Sumardi is a Masters of International Business alumni who studied at the Hult Boston Campus. She is a native Indonesian and a novice stock trader. She is passionate about finance and marketing, as well as applying her skills to different business sectors.