Bounding Around Boston
Boston – what an amazing place! This was actually my first visit to Massachusetts and what a magical time. There are very few places in the United States that boast so much history that seamlessly meshes with modern day life. Three hundred year old buildings stand next to contemporary structures and the background of our country is intertwined with the hustle and bustle of one of the country’s best cities.
Boston has so much to offer: it has the culture of a large city, it’s cleaner than New York and L.A., a vibrant nightlife and tons to do outdoors.
Boston Common is a park in the downtown area that it seems is passed through by every person in the city. Youth leagues practice soccer, little kids play with the ducklings, and there are numerous events staged, from charity races to bands. Despite all this, the park doesn’t feel crowded, and everyone seems to have an appreciation for this oasis in the middle of the city.
Follow the Freedom Trail if your interests lean toward United States history. This 2.5 mile trail passes 16 different sites, and is actually a red-paved path that you can follow throughout the city! If you prefer to use your technology at hand, there are a myriad of maps and apps to help you find your way, which are especially convenient if you’re going out of order. Otherwise, put the phone in your pocket and enjoy the stroll through the city that takes you by Paul Revere’s house, the Granary Burying Ground, and ends with the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument. Keep your head down if you don’t miss the site of the Boston Massacre. As my boyfriend and I stared at the map on his phone, he swore that we should be standing on it; as it turns out, we were! There is no monument at this site, just a seal on the ground.
Quincy Market is great fun both day and night. Originally the market complex where everyone traded their wares, it is still a market today with just about anything you could think of and lots of great foods. Entertainment can always be had as well, some with some interesting takes on history! Nighttime does nothing to quiet the scene as restaurants and bars line the area as well.
Feeling small in this great city? If you are interested more specifically in your own history, stop at the New England Historical Genealogical Society! You can access their records at www.americanancestors.org and then visit their library in person.
Don’t forget to take a walk on the Charles River and watch the Harvard rowing team. It’s a beautiful stroll that takes you past MIT on one side and a lovely shaded park and walking path on the other. But no matter where your interests lie, you are bound to enjoy yourself on Boston!