Boston’s one of the cities from which modern America began, so it’s a tad ironic that it’s where our East Coast Adventure ends. If you find yourself with extra time after the tour then there’s plenty of extra activities you can do. We put together this helpful guide on how to spend a day in Boston!
After an action-packed adventure, why not start your day slowly. The hostel we stay in is right by the city’s beloved Boston Common – take a stroll around it or sit on a bench and read a book. If you’re looking to do an activity, then take a slow-paced ride around the pond in one of its famous swan boats! In winter, you can also try ice skating on the Frog Pond.
Uncover Boston’s diverse history
Taking a walk along Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail, seeing its famous historical sites, and learning about its role in American Independence is an unmissable activity we include in our adventure. Sadly, something we don’t have time to fully explore is the diversity of the city’s history. If you do have time, it’s something we can’t recommend enough.
Taking a walk on The Black Heritage Trail lets you learn more about the black community which lived in the city prior to the Civil War. You can also take walking tours following the city’s first Gay Pride March in 1971, learning from your guide about the role the march played in gaining gay rights. If you prefer your history to date back further, take a trip out to the Deer Island Peninsula to learn about the tragic history of Native Americans who were interned there and view the memorials dedicated to the lost tribes. If you’re interested in taking any of the tours, this website is very useful for finding out more.
Browse some art
If you like art more than history, not to worry. Take the chance to visit the city’s renowned university, Harvard, and have a browse the Harvard Art Museums. The collections will take you right through from early-Renaissance art to Modernism. After you visit, sit in the university’s Harvard Square or even take a guided tour of the campus.
Alternatively pay a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. The collection dates through from ancient Egyptian designs right through to the present! This museum is also conveniently next to the luscious Fenway Gardens and (if your tour is in spring or summer) they’re a must visit.
Take a walk around Chinatown and browse its shops and markets. Grab some dinner to end your day. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, a personal favourite of ours is Empire Garden!
End on a high
If you’re travelling with us you’ll spend your last night partying in the city’s district of Southie. If you enjoyed it so much that you want to go back, then you know where to go! If you’re interested in heading elsewhere, Lansdowne Street is one of the most popular spots in the city for a night out. If you’re a fan of DJs and want to check out some of the city’s local talent then The Phoenix Landing is an excellent choice of venue.