We arrived late in the evening from LA after having a short stop-over at LAX. Lucky for us it was summer and the sun didn’t set until around 9pm so there was still plenty of light for us to explore.
We walked through Chinatown and had dinner at the Corner Pub. We were pretty hungry after flying all day and they served us up the biggest tray of nachos I have ever seen!
We got breakfast at Panera Bread and then went to the Boston Common Visitor Center. It opens at 9am and there was a huge line of people waiting for it to open. We only wanted a Freedom Trail map, so I would recommend either purchasing one the day before or printing off your own so you can be on your way earlier.
We spent most of the day walking the Freedom Trail which was a really great way to immerse into the history and culture of Boston. It is a very long walk (over 10,000 steps!) so we caught an Uber back from the end of the trail near the Navy Yards.
In the afternoon we explored the streets near our hostel and got some snacks from Whole Foods. We then went out to the Prudential Center to check out Barnes and Noble and had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (another fave!)
We woke up to some very gloomy weather but that didn’t stop us getting out and enjoying our day.
We caught the subway out to Harvard University and followed the audio tour we had downloaded so we could do a self-guided tour. The grounds are open to the public, but you can’t enter any of the buildings. There were plenty of other tours happening while we were there and I think most students were on summer break so it didn’t seem too odd to be walking around.
Afterwards we headed back into the city through Beacon Hill stopping at the Insta-famous Tatte Bakery and Acorn Street. They were doing roadworks on Acorn street so it wasn’t as pretty as I have seen in some pictures but it was interesting to see the doorstops on such an angle!
In the afternoon we went to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum which was AMAZING. They have character actors lead you through an hour long tour re-enacting the tea party and subsequent events. Afterwards we stopped in their tea room for scones and the same type of tea that was thrown overboard.
We strolled back through the waterfront gardens and the financial district. On this evening we had a drink at the local dive bar The Tam.
We stopped in at the Boston Public Library which has some amazing architecture, better than I have seen in some museums or royal palaces.
For lunch we ate at Wahlburgers (owned by the famous Wahlberg brothers) and then went to the oldest baseball field – Fenway Park. We had some spare time so we had a drink at the Bleacher Bar which is literally under the bleachers, and then did a fun and informative tour of the ballpark.
On this evening we went to Beantown Pub where I got a full roast turkey dinner.
On our last day we ducked out to Starbucks for a morning coffee. The man serving us was very cheerful and when he asked where we were from (Australia) he shouted CRIKEY MATE.. It was a fun way to start the day and a pretty good representation of how friendly everyone was in Boston.
After packing up our room and taking an Uber to the airport we hired our car Cam and were on our way!
What is your favourite thing to do in Boston?