Do I have any tips on a summer vacation to Boston?
Boston is a walking city, and its subway generally works well for further flung destinations. Cars only complicate things as parking is problematic and can get pricey. That is my foremost tip for visitors.
You may want to plan around a concert at the Paradise Rock Club or the House of Blues. Or plan around a baseball game at Fenway Park.
Art lovers may want to put the Museum of Fine Arts, the Gardner Museum and the Harvard University Art Museum on their lists.
For history lovers, I recommend a tour of the State House, an expensive dessert of Boston Cream Pie while sitting at the bar of the Parker House. The National Park Service offers walking tours, including the African American History Trail. Tours at the Longfellow House in Cambridge and the JFK Presidential Museum and Library are good stops.
In August, there are church festivals at the North End on more than one weekend. That is a good spot for Italian restaurants. There, you can find the Old North Church and a statue of Paul Revere on a galloping horse. Close by is the Bunker Hill Monument and Old IronSides.
If you like to shop, the Copley Square Plaza goes on for blocks. There are also many shops around Faneuil Hall.
Close to Faneuil Hall is the New England Aquarium. There, you have a lovely view of the harbor and can hop on a whale watch or take a ferry to an island (or even to Cape Cod).
You may like to walk along the fancy Newbury Street or take a swanboat ride at the Public Gardens or walk about the Arboretum.
There are scooter tours and duck boat tours. Or you may want to rent a kayak on the Charles River.
Boston is blessed with a lively theater scene and a good many free outdoor concerts.
You might consider the fried clams at Kelley’s on Revere Beach. There are other beaches in and around Boston too. Warning: you may find the water chilly.
There is the Boston Science Museum and the Harvard Museum of Zoology for the science lovers. You may also want to see if there are any events at the Harvard Observatory.
Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir postcard with a recipe for Boston’s famous baked beans!
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