city guide / hello Boston

I've finally gotten around to sharing about my trip to Boston - I wanted to share some of my favorite things that I saw & did with my friends while we were there especially in light of the crazy week the city had after the events of the Boston Marathon.  I'm hope these events don't discourage people from visiting, because this is a wonderful city to see & explore!

Boston has lots of smaller neighborhoods that give it the city a smaller feel without losing any of the culture & history of a large city.  It's also very walkable with lots of options for public transportation which makes getting around the city really easy.  This is by no means an exhaustive list and there were a few things we didn't get around to seeing, but these are "must-visit" spots for anyone traveling to this lovely place, in my humble opinion! :)

1. Fenway Park!  Even if you're not a baseball fan, Fenway is a must-see spot in the city - it's the oldest ballpark in the history of Major League Baseball! On game day there are vendors selling food, drinks, programs and souvenirs and musicians playing on the streets surrounding the stadium and the atmosphere is contagious - everyone's a Red Sox fan on game day!

2. The Freedom Trail - The Freedom Trail is a walking tour throughout the city of Boston taking you through significant landmarks in the city's (and our country's!) history, including the site of the Boston Massacre, the Granary cemetery where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and others are buried, and the Bunker Hill monument.  I HIGHLY recommend paying $13 for a guided tour with a costumed tour guide - they have all kinds of stories and historical tidbits to share that I had never known about!

3. The Boston Common & Public Gardens - A beautiful large green space in the middle of the city, the Common & Public Gardens are kind of like a mini "Central Park".  It's especially beautiful in the spring with its flowering trees and the Gardens have a large lake with swan shaped boats that you can rent.  This is the perfect spot for a picnic or midday rest from walking around the city.

4. The Bull & Finch pub - Right across the street from the Common on the northwest corner is this little pub made famous as the inspiration for Cheers (it's also called Cheers Beacon Hill).  If it didn't have a big flag and plaque out front, you'd hardly even know this little place existed.  Down a flight of stairs and around a corner brings you into this cozy little spot - they serve food as well as lots of good beer! (We didn't have food but it was supposed to be good according to our guide books!)  A perfect way to end a long day of sightseeing!  As far as food in Boston, you have to try some local seafood - lobster rolls are a specialty as well as a Boston creme pie (which isn't a pie at all - it's more of a pastry - who knew??) which are delicious.

I hope this gives you a few ideas of things to see if you're ever in this historic city!  If you've visited Boston before, what were your favorite spots to visit??

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