Boston is full of exciting things to do, things to see and so much to experience. Depending on where you live, you can get to Boston by train, plane or automobile. And when you get there transportation is easy to find and can get you to and from all of your destinations. Here is a no-nonsense, Guide to Boston and a suggested schedule for the first couple days.
This baseball park is the perfect place to start your Boston tour. We love the Red Sox, Fenway Park and, well we really love anything baseball and this stadium is the site of some of the best of the best games ever played. Not to mention that the stadium’s architecture is original to when it was built. My favorite site was the right field foul pole they call Pesky’s Pole named after Red Sox player Johnny Pesky. It has a story that gives the yellow pole lots of personality. For those in your group who aren’t that into baseball, they can admire the sites, sounds and sensory overload that any baseball game offers. I say a trip to Fenway Park is a home run.
Boston Common has some very interesting history. In the mid-1600’s it was a cow pasture that transformed into British camp, a popular location for public speeches and rallies and now recognized as the oldest public park in the United States. It is the spot for events like musical theatre, performances and other activities, many that are free to attend. The Spring and Summer months will be more comfortable seasons to visit the Boston Common, but it is simply breathtaking when covered with a blanket of snow. We always visit in the warmer months so we can walk through the park, people watch and enjoy the activities that abound in must-see, Boston.
Boston Public Garden
Right next to Boston Common is the Boston Public Garden that holds the bragging rights as the first public botanical garden. You’ll want to spend a few hours here especially on a nice warm day and let Mother Natures beauty surround you. Trees, flowers and beautifully kept landscapes artistically fill the area. When you visit, make sure you visit Boston’s most iconic statues, Make Way for the Ducklings made of bronze and the infamous George Washington Statue, the one where he is riding on a horse. Remember the show, Cheers? The park sits next to the original restaurant that inspired the famous TV show. Take a photograph right on the stairs.
Isabella Stewart Garden
What’s a widow to do back in 1898 when her husband passes away and leaves her with a priceless Italian art collection? Buy some land so and start your very own museum for the public to enjoy forever. Her museum, she called Isabella Stewart Garden is full of masterpieces by Titian, Raphael and showcases one of kind furniture, photos, rare books and sculptures. I was impressed by her extravagant taste for fine art and beauty as well as her motivation to complete such an undertaking for the time. The museum also has a glass atrium, greenhouses and gorgeous well kept gardens that were added in past years to enhance the ambiance. I recommend an hour visit here since your in the area. You’ll be glad you did and probably want to make plans to return.
Museum of Fine Arts
This is incredible. We took one of the convenient buses from Isabella Stewart Gardens and headed over to the Museum of Fine Arts that is only five blocks away. We were able to catch it open but I would recommend calling ahead for their hours just in case you are visiting on an off day. You’ll need to allow some extra time here, because there is so, so much to see. There are also fabulous collections by Monet, Renoir, Rembrandt and more recent artists. The really nice part is you can take a complimentary guided tour of the whole museum, which is considered to be one of the oldest art institutions in the country. It was awesome to see so many of the world’s greatest artists represented in one building.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
This is really magical music for anyone’s ears. It doesn’t make a difference if you enjoy orchestra or not, you will enjoy this experience of a lifetime. The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year. Yes, the musicians are world class, but it’s the acoustics that make the concerts almost overwhelming. My hope is that you can get tickets and have the time to enjoy a concert but if not, there are tours of the historical building that offer insight into the impressive history, the musicians and what it takes to become part of this Boston landmark. Symphony Hall is in the southern part of Boston’s near the Northeastern University campus. It is easily accessible by four subway stations that are all within walking distance. Hail a taxi, too, that’s what we did as there is no parking available.
The New England Aquarium
Whether you are young or young at heart, The New England Aquarium is a stop that will be well worth the trip. If you have young children with you, there is plenty of things to keep them happy and you mesmerized. There are thousands of marine creatures to see. The Giant Ocean Tank right in the center of the building is a four-story tank full of beautiful underwater wonders. I couldn’t believe there were more than 1,000 different species in this single building. My two top finds were the harbor seals and the sea turtles that glide effortlessly in the water. We missed seeing the penguin feeding, but we were told this is a sight to see, so when you go ask an employee for a schedule or call ahead. Ask for what is playing in their Imax theater, the kids will love the three-dimensional educational movies about awesome things that happen under the sea.