One of the oldest cities in the United States, ‘The City on the Hill’ is home to MIT, Matt Damon many sites of historical interest. With so much to see, it can be easy to be overwhelmed and as exploring a new place can be an expensive business, here are my tips for the best things to do in Boston when travelling on a student budget.
1. Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
What would a Boston vacation be without visiting the Ballpark for the Boston Red Sox? Daily tours are available for a fee. But if you have got a tight budget, enjoy a walk around the perimeter to the Red Sox statues and banners; immerse yourself in baseball paraphernalia in the store; or grab a drink in the Bleacher Bar where you can get a centrefield view into the park.
2. Art Gallery times
465 Huntingdon Avenue, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, 25 Evans Way
If museums are more your style, Boston has them in spades. And if you are savvy about your visiting day, you can enjoy them for free. The Museum of Fine Arts is free on Wednesdays after 4pm; The Institute Of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays between 5pm and 9pm; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is free to visit on your birthday. Plus, if you happen to be called Isabella, you get a lifetime of free membership!
You can also visit a free art museum just by walking the city streets. From famous historical figures such as George Washington to the adorable ducklings in Boston’s Public Garden, the city has a fine array of statues to offer, making for some fun photo opportunities.
4. Beacon Hill
If you are up by the Public Garden, a wander around the Beacon Hill neighbourhood is well worth your time and can be apreciated without spending a penny. Enjoy picturesque cobbled street, historic gas lanterns and quaint little cafes (look out for Tatte Bakery & Cafe) while picking out your future dream home.
5. Quincy Market
4 South Market Building
Food will be needed after a long day of walking, so the historic Quincy Market in downton Boston offers you two floors of food vendors. With so many options to choose from, it is fun to walk up and down the market building and just enjoy looking at all the colourful delicacies.
6. Christmas In Boston
1 Faneuil Hall Square
You don’t have to be taking a winter vacation to get in the christmas spirit. Immersing yourself in the several floors worth of christmas goodies that this store has to offer, will get you feeling very festive. And if you aren’t tempted by the decorations, it makes a fun free activity in the Quincy Market area.
7. Boston Ferry
After walking around the streets by foot, take on the city by water for some amazing architectural views. I would recommend the F4 route to the Charleston Navy Yards, which departs by the Aquarium. If you have purchased a subway card for your stay, it will include ferry travel!
8. USS Constitution
Huilding 22, Charleston Navy Yard
The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. Climb aboard the boat itself and then explore the museum to learn about the ship’s history. Tours of the ship are free and Museum entry is run on a donation basis.
9. Longfellow House
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Another must see spot that is a little out of the way is the Longfellow House. Tucked away in a peaceful neighbourhood, it makes a relaxing break from the bustle of tourist crowded streets. A guided tour around the beautiful yellow 18th Century home will take you back to America’s revolutionary past and introduce you to the heartbreaking story of its past resident, poet Henry Longfellow. Even better, entry to house and grounds is free to the public.
10. Mike’s Pastry
300 Hanover Street, Italian Neighbourhood
Don’t leave Boston without a trip to ‘Little Italy’ to sample some Cannoli. Modern Pastry is one of the most famous vendors, but while I am partial to their red and white take out boxes, you can pop over the road to Mike’s Pastry for equally tasty sweet treats but much shorter queues.
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