My Favorite Boston Experiences

December 26 2008 by Karla Henriquez
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CityScape.jpgThere is so much to do in Boston! I've been there a few times, so friends and family often ask me what to do when they visit this historic city. I decided I'd create a list of my favorite experiences to share with them, and then ask them to add to the list if they discover something new! Here's my list:

1. I never thought I'd recommend a line on the sidewalk as a must-do, but one of the coolest things I've ever done is to follow such a line from Boston Common to Bunker Hill. This two-and-a-half mile path is Boston's Freedom Trail, and it's worth going to Boston just to experience it, which is why it's at the top of my list (the rest of the list is not in rank order). Here's a sample of what lies along the trail:

  • Park Street Church, where the song "America" was sung in public for the first time

  • The final resting places of Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams

  • The site of the first public school

  • Old South Meetinghouse, where Samuel Adams gave the signal that it was time to dump the tea into the harbor

  • The birthplace of Ben Franklin at 17 Milk Street

  • Boston Harbor, where rebellious colonials hosted what is probably the most famous tea party in history

  • Quincy Market, where you still go to buy food, although these days its take-out restaurant food

  • The Oyster House, where Daniel Webster regularly sat down to eat about three-dozen oysters, washed down by six glasses of brandy

  • Italian restaurants and bakeries in the North End

  • Paul Revere's home and Old North church, where his lanterns shone to warn that the British were coming by sea

  • The site of a molasses flood

  • The U.S.S. Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides"

  • Bunker Hill, the site of the first real battle of the Revolutionary War


2. Eating lobster at the original Legal Seafoods
3. Biking along the Charles River
4. Catching a live band in Cambridge
5. Sitting on the beach at Walden Pond
6. Sampling the Italian cookies at a pastry shop in the North End
7. Digging through the piles of clothing at Filene's Basement, in search of couture clothing at discount prices
8. Catching a show in the Theater District
9. Slurping up a bowl of pho at one of many noodle shops in China Town
10. Catching a ballgame at Fenway Park

If you've visited Boston, what would you add to my list?

Categories : Are We There Yet?


By Brent on December 27, 2008 9:21 PM

Great list, but I'd also add a walk around Harvard Square.

By Holly on December 27, 2008 9:43 PM

I would add Concord to your list!

By Mark on January 6, 2009 12:11 PM

Can't forget the swan boats in Boston Commons.

What a great summer city.

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