As one of America’s oldest cities and a still-bustling modern metropolis, Boston has a little something for every visitor. With so many places to visit, it can be hard to choose where to go next, or what off-the-beaten path area to explore!
Don’t worry – to help you plan, we’ve rustled up a few of our staff’s favorite places to visit in Boston. Read on to find out what spots should be at the top of your list!
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I love Boston! I grew up in Somerville and spent a lot of time in Boston and still do. A city so rich with history, historic sites, parks, gardens, theaters and museums it’s hard to decide on a favorite place, however my fondest memory of Boston will always be riding the Swan Boats. The history of the swan boats dates back to the 1870’s when row boats and the swan boats were operating in the Boston Public Lagoon.
My mom, sisters and I would take the train into Boston each summer to spend the day in the Boston Public Garden, have a picnic, chase the pigeons, go to the duck pond and feed the ducks and ride the peddle powered Swan Boats. When I was 7 or 8 years of age, I was intrigued that you could ride a bicycle across water, I remember my dad telling me as soon as I learned how to ride my two-wheel bike, I too could work peddling the Swan Boats! Needless to say, life took me in other directions and I never worked for the Swan Boats, but I did take my children to the Boston Public Garden and I still take a turn around the duck pond each summer on the Swan Boat. The Swan Boats open for the season this month and just once I’d love to peddle one of the boat around the lagoon!
– Linda, Manager of Living History Programming
My favorite off-the-beaten-path space in Boston is the Brattle Book Shop, near the Theater District downtown. They’re been around since 1825! They have a massive outdoor selection of used books that are all under $5 – almost every time I stop to browse their outdoor carts, I end up with an extra book or two that I couldn’t pass up. And the inside of their store is amazing as well. They have two floors of used books and one floor of rare and antique books. The entire store is carefully curated, so you won’t find twenty copies of Fifty Shades of Gray waiting around. I go in every time I’m in that part of town. You can’t miss them – they have a giant number two pencil above their doorway and tons of books, indoors and out!
– Chloe, Marketing & Communications Assistant
The Greenway is one of my favorite places in Boston because I love the way that it provides a scenic and peaceful path from the North End of the city, to the South End. Although you are surrounded by skyscrapers, it is easy to get lost among the flowers and water fountains. Throughout the spring, summer and fall the various sections of the Greenway hold a wide variety of events including food truck festivals, beer tastings, open air yoga classes, and more. Midway through the path you can find a carousel to ride on. There are water fountains throughout that kids can play in. The Greenway houses reading areas, picnic space and gardens that allow visitors to escape from the loud city atmosphere while still being in the city. I love the Greenway and I am always recommending it to tourists looking for a nice way to spend their afternoon.
– Kyra, Gift Shop Manager
Beacon Hill (Boston) to Kendall Square (Cambridge)
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Why is a bridge my favorite spot in Boston? Named after the famous poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, because of a poem he wrote (aptly called The Bridge) about a bridge that was there previously, Longfellow Bridge is an iconic symbol of Boston. Affectionately known by many locals as “the salt and pepper” bridge, this structure connects Boston and Cambridge and gives those walking, biking, driving or riding the T great views of the Charles River and the Boston Skyline. Longfellow Bridge brings a sense of life – it connects people as they move from one city to another and allows its visitors breathtaking views of sail boats, crew rowing, sunsets and sunrises. No matter what the season, the view is always spectacular and reminds me of a painted picture. When visiting, don’t be surprised to find many people, yourself included, stopping to take photos.
-Leslie, Marketing & Communications Manager