Weekend Getaways in Boston

Boston is a noted city for many reasons from the famed Red Sox to the historical Paul Revere so it’s the perfect city to plan a themed weekend getaway around. No matter what your interests are you can find a weekend full of fun and excitement in Boston.

Historical Tour of Boston

Boston’s history reaches back to the settling of New England as it was the capital of Massachusetts and a historical center of the time. In fact, until the 1760’s Boston was America’s largest, wealthiest and most influential city. It was during the early 1770s and the American Revolutionary War that Paul Revere made his famed ride. The Paul Revere House is where he was living at the time of his ride. It is the downtown area’s oldest building and one of the few remaining from that era. Old North Church is closely tied to Revere as it was from the steeple that the church sexton, Robert Newman, held up two lanterns to signal Paul Revere that the British were coming by sea. To see an overview of Boston’s historic landmarks The Freedom Trail takes you on a 2.5 mile self guided tour of Revolutionary sites in downtown Boston. Spend as much or as little time as you’d like visiting each location.

Boston for Shoppers

Boston offers some unique opportunities for shoppers, especially if you’re looking for antiques as the city is one of the oldest in the country. The Back Bay region of Boston is where you’ll find upscale stores, art galleries and most of the top name department stores. It may not be the most unique shopping around but you’ll find what you want and discover some great deals along the way. The Cambridge and Beacon Hill areas of Boston are where you’re most likely to find gifts and souvenirs to take home as tokens of your trip to bean town. Beacon Hill is also the place to go if you’re looking for antiques and treasures from the past.

Boston’s Sports Teams

No matter what your favorite sport, you’re sure to see some action in Boston. Baseball fans can check out the Boston Red Sox at the noted Fenway Park, football fans will want to head to Gillette Stadium to catch the New England Patriots, and basketball enthusiasts can watch the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. The TD Banknorth Garden also serves as host for the Boston Bruins hockey games. There is even a professional soccer team, the New England Revolution, and a professional lacrosse team, the Boston Cannons. As if that wasn’t enough, Boston even has a Sports Museum at the TD Banknorth Garden which pays homage to all the great sportsmen and women that have called Boston their home at one time or another.

The Cultural Side of Boston

For those who are really interested in exploring the cultural side of Boston the Museum of Fine Arts should be the first stop on your trip. It is one of the largest museums in the United States and contains more than 450,000 works of art making its collections one of the most comprehensive in the Americas. The Boston Museum of Science is a local landmark with more than 500 interactive exhibits and regular live presentations. Associated with the Museum of Science is the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni IMAX Theater. Moving away from the standard museum is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum which originally opened in 1903 and treated guests to incredible garden views and beautiful works of art and today visitors can have virtually the same experience. And for those who admired and respected the 35th President of the United States there is the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which provides a deeper look at the man and his accomplishments.

Boston Outdoors

Exploring the outdoors in Boston is both enlightening and inspiring as it contains the beauty of nature and some historical significance as well. The Public Garden was created in 1837 and was the first public botanical garden. The Victorian traditions are maintained and beautiful hybrid plants with showy flowers and brilliant colors are on display. Boston Common was established in 1634 and is the first park in North America. The 50 acre park is the anchor of what is known as the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks which snakes through the neighborhoods of Boston. The Common started out with cattle grazing in the fields, hosted public hangings, served as a camp ground prior to the American Revolution, and featured such famed speakers as Gloria Steinem, Pope John Paul II, and Martin Luther King Jr. The Emerald Necklace contains more than 1000 acres of outdoor activities that can fill more than a weekend.

Boston for Lovers

If you’re headed to Boston with your sweetheart you may want to add some romance to your trip or hit a few romantic highlights. Once again Boston’s Public Garden is a great place to stop for a picnic or for a trip on the majestic Swan Boats which have been a family run operation since the 1870s. A short walk away is Newbury Street which is great for leisurely strolls, shopping and sitting at a café enjoying a bite to eat. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is also a great stop for lovers as it’s romantic and beautiful with both art and nature wrapped up in a little bit of history. For dinner the Top of the Hub in the Prudential building is an excellent choice as the cuisine is delightful and the live jazz accompanying your meal is incredibly romantic. Or travel over to the North End of Boston which is a very Italian area of the city, in fact many inhabitants still speak Italian in their daily interactions. And of course there is almost no meal as romantic as a great Italian meal, Mamma Maria fits that bill by incorporating fresh local ingredients into northern Italian cuisine with delightful results.

For those looking to get the most out of their weekend getaway to Boston, mix and match the suggestions above to hit every aspect of your likes and dislikes and get a full picture of what Boston has to offer. Keep your eyes open and explore the entire city as there is so much to see and do there is no way you can pack it all in to one weekend.
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