How to Spend a Weekend in Boston

Boston is one of my favorite cities to visit.  Every time I visit I discover something new.  One of the oldest cities in the country, rich with history and culture, good food and great people.  Boston is the perfect combination of old and new.   My favorite example of this is the old state house standing as it was in 1713, surrounded by more modern high-rise buildings.

The Old State house Boston, MA

Here are a few of the things I like to do when I visit Boston:

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail: Follow in the footsteps of the revolutionaries that founded the United States. Usually shown as a red brick line that weaves 2.5 miles through Boston, the Freedom Trail is a walking tour you can take to all of the historical sites in the city.  The Freedom Trail begins at Boston Commons, a park located at the center of the city and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.  Some of the Stops along the way include, Paul Revere’s house, the USS Constitution, the Massachusetts Statehouse and Faneuil Hall.

 

Whiskey Priest bar on the waterfront in Boston

Pub Crawl: Boston has some of the oldest pubs in America, as well as the largest Irish population out side of Ireland, so there are plenty of authentic Irish pubs.  You will also find craft cocktail bars and sports bars.  They are close enough that you can just walk…or crawl if need be, to the next one and then just hop into a Uber when you are done for the night.

 

Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise:  We spent  Easter in Boston and went on the Spirit of BostonOur tickets included dinner buffet, DJ and dancing and Easter egg dying and other activities.  As we had diner the boat cruised around the harbor and the captain gave a tour of all the sites in the area.

 

 

Clown Fish at the New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium : The center piece is a 4 story cylindrical tank in that you walk your way up and around until you get to the open top. Around the bottom of the center tank they have a huge penguin colony.    We also were able to take a whale watching excursion that left  from the aquarium.  We saw tons of dolphins and some pretty huge whales that rocked the entire boat we were on.  I would recommend Dramamine if you have a weak stomach, my husband and I were one of the few people that did not get sick on the boat.

 

 

Statue of Samuel Adams at Faneuil Hall

Trolley Tour:  If walking the freedom trail isn’t for you, you can take a trolley tour that will take you to all of the stops along along the trail.  The trolley drivers are very knowable about  the history of the city.  The trolley tour also lets you hop on and off at any of the stops if you want to explore a little closer.  Then you just hop back on the next on that comes by.  The trolley tours are a fun interactive.  The one we chose also included a harbor cruise that lets you see the city from the water.

 

 

Quincy Market

8. Quincy Market & Faneuil Hall:  Many of the guides to Boston tell you to stay away from this area.  It is by far the most crowded touristy place in the city.  But if you are like me you don’t mind the crowds, you’ll find tons of food options, street performers, souvenirs. The best part and my favorite, is in the center of Quincy Market under the rotunda you’ll find Wicked Good Cup cakes.