Hi all! First of all, this post is a combination of two planned posts for the Blog Every Day August challenge. Since yesterday I unfortunately couldn’t post, I decided to combine the two topics of Summer of STEM: Outdoors and Indoors, to provide you my recommendations on what to do indoors and outdoors in the Boston area! Ready?
Walk the Freedom Trail
This is the quintessential Boston attraction! The Freedom Trail has a length of 2.5 miles and passes through several monuments related with the American Revolution. I did this trail on a day of extremely moody weather, where we had to halt it for a bit because rain started pouring. Some of the attractions, like the Old State House and the Paul Revere House, have a cover fee, but many are free, like the Massachusetts State House, or with suggested donation, like the Old North Church. The Massachusetts State House offers free guided tours of this awesome building! Going to the burial grounds in the trail is also interesting, in particular to the Granary Burying Ground, where several important personalities related with the Independence of the United States, such as Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, are buried. The final spot is the Bunker Hill monument, a tall obelisk that I couldn’t climb to yet.
Explore huge (and not so huge) museums
While Boston might not be as well known for its museums as a tourist destination as New York City or Washington DC, it has some fine ones and I wish I had more time to explore them! I really liked going to the Museum of Science and watching a movie at the Omni Theater, an IMAX dome which can get weird in the beginning but provides an awesome effect. I also enjoyed a lot the Museum of Fine Arts (which I have yet to see entirely) and its American Art collection, something very different from what I am used to see in European museums. I also had the chance to visit the MIT Museum, which is pretty small, but has an interesting hologram and machine collection. I have plenty of museums on my wish list, like the Isabella Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the JFK Museum, and the Museum of Bad Art. Plenty of options, right?
Chill at one of the many green areas
You cannot miss going to Boston Common, the first public park of the United States, and to its beautiful adjacent Boston Public Garden. However, there are other nice areas that you can use for a picnic or strolling. The Charles River Esplanade has a nice area for sitting close to the sailing boat rentals, and there are some cute small neighborhood parks in Cambridge. However, I am super eager to follow the Emerald Necklace all the way to the Arboretum. Right now, in the summer, plenty of parks offer free workout activities, and I already went twice to Yoga in Boston Commons.
Get an amazing view from the Skywalk Observatory
The Skywalk Observatory is located on the Prudential Tower and offers a 360º view over Boston. We went there on sunset so that we could catch the views from both day and night and, spoiler alert, I liked this much more than the view from the Empire State Building in New York City. While walking in the observatory, there are a few information stands about the history of Boston and the connection of the city with the sports teams. Here are a few pictures for your pleasure.
Go for a dip in a free public swimming pool
If you want to go to a beach in Boston, the best options are Revere Beach (Blue line) or in UMass/JFK (Red Line). I still didn’t go to the beach, since it has been more convenient to go to free public swimming pools. I already went to two: one in Reservoir (green line), really close to Boston College, and to Magazine Beach in Cambridge, along the Memorial Drive and Charles River, somewhere between MIT and Harvard. This is quite close to home and I plan to return. The pools are pretty clean and the fact that they’re free of charge makes it better!
So these are my top quick picks! Be on the lookout for other tips about things to do here in Boston soon!
What are your 5 favorite things to do here in the Boston area? Let me know! In the meantime, don’t forget to follow my journey around my PhD in the US in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to keep up to date!