New England’s largest city is relatively small, with a population of only about 670,000. It’s highly walkable though public transportation is cheap and readily available – and packs a punch when it comes to its impressive number of attractions, recreational activities, historic sites, dining and shopping options. You might fall so head over heels after visiting that you find yourself searching through Boston real estate for a new home – but in the meantime, what else do you need to know before traveling to this northeast city?
You Won’t Need a Car
If you plan to stick mostly within the city and surrounding area, you really don’t need to rent a car. Most of the city’s major attractions and downtown neighborhoods are within walking distance of each other, and its transit system is extensive and quite reliable. As it’s difficult to find parking, using public transportation or walking is a lot less stressful too.
It Isn’t Really ‘Beantown’ Anymore
While Boston may have once been known for its baked beans, leading it to be called “Beantown” today, it’s famous for its fresh lobster and rich and creamy clam chowder. It’s a foodie’s delight with just about every international cuisine you can think of too, including lots of mouthwatering Italian fare, like historical Jeveli’s, renowned for its chicken parmigiana. Of course, there are lots of great Irish pubs for sipping Guinness and dining on Irish food as well.
Boston is LGBT Friendly
Boston tends to be welcoming to all types of people – in fact, it was the first city in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, and it has a thriving LGBT community. No matter you’re your orientation, you’re unlikely to be judged and can enjoy Boston’s buzzing nightlife without worry.
Walk the Freedom Trail
If you’re a history buff, and even if you aren’t, you’re bound to enjoy walking the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that traverses through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, marked by a red stripe. You can see 16 important sites related to the Revolutionary War along the way, from Boston common through downtown, the North End and culminating at the Charlestown waterfront. Stop at Paul Revere’s former home and get a glimpse of how people lived during the city’s early days. The Old State Museum, also on the trail, showcases fascinating artifacts and memorabilia, including a vial of tea salvaged from those original “Tea Partiers.”
Catch a Game at Fenway Park
One of the most iconic ballparks in the country sits right in the heart of Boston and is a bucket list experience for baseball fans, though it makes for a good time even for non-fans too. If you’re there during the season, going to a game is a must for an authentic experience among the rowdy Bostonian crowd. If the team is out on the road or it’s not baseball season, you can still take a tour, and grab a beer at the Bleacher Bar which sits beneath the stands.