If you’ve never been to Boston, Massachusetts, boy am I sorry. You have truly been missing out on the culture, history, and atmosphere that embodies the city.
This fall I had the chance to show three Southern friends around the busy city I call home.
Here are a few tips on how to survive your first day in the city and places I took my friends to on their first day.
#1. Take the train or subway into the city. Like I mentioned in my previous post about Boston, there is really no need to take your car into Boston unless you have a secured and guaranteed parking spot, or you live in the heart of the city.
#2. Get off the train at North Station. North Station is located below the TD Garden; home to the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. It is also the location of the New England Sports museum. If there are no games or concerts on the day of your trip you should still walk through the venue because it is a building that makes Boston sports electric.
#3. From North Station, walk or take the T to Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market Place. You can get off the T at Haymarket or Government Center if you don’t want to walk. There are plenty of places here to shop and eat. I highly recommend eating at the Durgin Park Restaurant to get yourself a true New England dish. (10/10 recommend the Yankee Pot Roast)
#4. You must go to Mike’s Pastry’s for dessert. This is about a 15/20 minute walk from Durgin Park. Always, always, always go for a lobster tail (not actually lobster at all) or a cannoli.
#5. Taking a Boston Duck Boat Tour is the best way to get a relatively quick (hour and a half) tour of all the city has to offer. The tour guide driving the boat will also have a fantastic Boston accent making your tour as authentic as possible. The tour includes twenty minutes in the Charles River too where passengers have the option to help “drive” the Duck Boat.
#6. Take the T to Fenway Park. Fenway Park is known as “America’s Most Beloved Ball Park”. You can take a stadium tour of the park for a reasonable price and you can also get relatively cheap game tickets out in the outfield. The team introduced $9 standing room tickets for college students which is a great option for any student budget. The energy and history in the stadium is like no other and if you have the chance to go to a game, I 100% recommend it.
#7. Do not rush through each stop. I only mentioned a few stops I brought my friends on, but obviously there is plenty to see in the city. Do research before you head into the city and chose what is most relevant to your lifestyle. There are plenty of sports, music, theater, and art venues and museums that you are guaranteed to find something you love. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to get the most of it. Spend less time taking pictures and posting on your social media and more time looking around and talking to people because contrary to popular belief, not all Bostonians are rough around the edges.