Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States and has lots to do! Here is how we made the most of our two days here.
We stayed in the hotel called The Bostonian, and picked it mainly because it was in the center of the action being right across from Quincy Market. It has great reviews and the location was ideal, but we didn’t love this hotel. One thing we found annoying was that the website stated that The Bostonian has parking, but it actually was a regular parking garage across the street which cost $30 a day and was not included in the hotel stay. The design of The Bostonian wasn’t our favorite either as it used very dark color schemes.
We ate at the following places during our time in Boston
- Quincy Market
- Tatte Bakery – Local chain, we ate at the Fenway Park location
- La Famiglia Giorgio’s – North End Italian Restaurant
- The Green Dragon Tavern – Where the invasion plans of Lexington and Concord were overheard
The only place where the food was not great was The Green Dragon Tavern, however it is more of a pub so that’s understandable. Many recommend eating in the North End Italian district, and as someone who loves pasta I couldn’t pass up that opportunity. Our portions were huge and delicious at La Famiglia Giorgio’s.
Sightseeing and Getting Around
Most of the sightseeing in Boston is confined to a small part of the city, so we were able to see quite a bit in a short amount of time. With the exception of Fenway Park, we walked to all of these locations.
- Quincy Market
- Fanueil Hall
- Fenway Park
- Boston Common
- Beacon Hill – Acorn Street
- The Freedom Trail
- Paul Revere’s House
My husband’s one request for Boston was to visit ‘America’s First Ballpark’. I am not an avid sports fan, but even I admit this tour was pretty cool. We picked the first tour of the day and it was still pretty busy. Since we went on a non-game day we were actually able to see more things on the tour, such as the press box. If visiting, they have rules what you can and cannot bring into the ballpark. Don’t make the mistake I made and bring a backpack/large camera bag. Luckily we weren’t the only ones who did on our tour and the tour guide was very lenient about us bringing it in. We took an Uber to Fenway Park from our hotel which only ended up being around $10.
Boston Common is the cities main park and is right next to Beacon Hill, one of the beautiful historic neighborhoods. Beacon Hill is home to the famous Acorn Street, which I assume is the most Instagrammed street in Boston. A little tip, we found one side of the street to be super busy with people taking photos, but the other side was pretty much empty.
The Freedom Trail is a red 2.5 mile line that connects 16 nationally significant historic sites. They offer tours, but we just walked along the trail ourselves and stepped inside a few of the buildings, including Paul Revere’s House. The Freedom Trail is essentially the main attraction/sightseeing in Boston.
Despite our short time in Boston, I felt that we were able to see quite a bit! We chose not to visit Harvard since it was a further distance away from our hotel and I have already visited Harvard on a previous trip to Boston with my family.
If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, Boston is a great choice.
This post is one of three blog posts about our Fall 2021 trip to New England. You can find my post about Acadia National Park here and my post about The Claremont Hotel here.