I visited Boston last summer, at the end of my time living in New York City. I was meeting friends who I hadn’t seen for a year, and we only had a few days to spend there. In this post I’ll share with you all the places we visited in that short time, so if you’re heading on a quick or even longer trip to Boston, make sure these five things are on your list!
1. Boston Public Library
You do not need to be following this blog for long to know how much I love reading and how much I love books. The same is true for libraries, especially such grand and historic ones like the Boston Public Library. The architecture on the building itself makes it worth visiting, but getting the chance to walk around the different rooms, amongst the books, see people studying, and visit exhibitions just adds to the experience. For someone like me, it’s an absolute dream. Even if you’re not interested in books, it’s a nice spot to go and spend some time sitting in the courtyard.
2. Walk the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail gives you the chance to visit all the historic buildings in Boston and learn about the history of the city. If you like to learn more about the city you’re visiting, this is your thing. Follow the trail – there is literally a red trail in the footpaths for you to follow – and visit all the main spots. Even if you’re less interested in the history, it’s a great chance to see the amazing architecture that makes Boston a great city to visit.
3. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market was my absolute favourite part of Boston. The busy markets, the atmosphere and people bustling all about made it an exciting place to visit. There’s lots of stalls and shops that you can wander around and look at, and if you’re looking to bring home some gifts, this is a good spot to pick them up! This could also be a good option for lunch since there’s tonnes of places to eat. Faneuil Hall is one of the stops on the Freedom Trail, so if you plan it right, you could arrange to grab your lunch here before continuing on!
If you’re finished with the Freedom Trail, then maybe take a stroll down to the nearby waterfront instead.
4. Harvard University
Harvard is actually in Cambridge, not Boston, but it is close enough that it should definitely be on your list. I was visiting Harvard at the end of my college experience, looking around at the students who were just about to start theirs. It was a bit of a strange experience. Walking around the old buildings, I could sense the anticipation of all the new freshman about to start university, and it was really exciting to be there.
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5. A day trip to Salem, MA
If you’re looking for something quite different to do, a day trip to Salem is definitely an option. A train from Boston to Salem only takes less than an hour, and doesn’t cost too much.
There’s so much to see and do in Salem and I was really interested in learning more about the legendary Salem witch trials. We visited the Witch Dungeon Museum, the Witch House, the Witch Memorial (pictured below), the House of the Seven Gables (famous from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel; pictured above), and we took a night time ghost tour. The town itself is charming feels a bit like Halloweentown, which I loved.
I never imagined I would get the chance to visit a place like Salem. If you’re in Boston and have a day to spare, I would definitely recommend taking the train down. I would have written a whole post on Salem, but unfortunately I lost a lot of my pictures.
Regardless of it’s historical and cultural significance, it’s a pretty funky town to visit.
Boston is a great place to visit and there’s so much to do in the city and beyond. Have you ever been to Boston? What was your favourite part?
Thank you to Marika who kindly allowed me to use some of her images for this post!
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