Massachusetts’ capital city of Boston has a rich history and an impressive track-record in sports, arts and higher education. With walking tours to explore the city’s heritage, from museums and galleries to water sports by the bay, you won’t be stuck for things to do in this thriving city.
Flights from Dublin to Boston operate daily, so you can easily plan a five-day break to take in the city’s sights, or book a longer trip to explore the city plus the surrounding areas of Cape Cod and the popular island of Martha’s Vineyard. If you are planning a trip to the economic and cultural anchor that is the City of Boston, here are some things to check out.
Trinity Church, based in the Back Bay of Boston, is a sight to behold. The church is nestled amongst skyscrapers that tower over it, but it still has a powerful presence. With its extraordinary bright interior and historical architecture, it is more than just your typical church. Trinity Church is definitely worth checking out on a sunny day when the light comes through the La Farge stained glass, bringing coloured beams of light onto the pews. You can choose from a guided tour talking you through the history of the building or, if you prefer, you can explore the church at your own pace. You may want to plan your visit on a Sunday when you can join the weekly church services.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
As the fifth-largest museum in the United States, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is a popular arts and cultural hub that welcomes millions of visitors each year. The museum showcases more than 450,000 works of art, from ancient Egyptian pieces to special exhibitions, and also offers educational programmes. The Art of Americas Wing has four levels of American art, ranging from ancient to modern pieces. Boston Museum of Fine Arts holds the title as one of the most comprehensive art collections in America. Make sure you plan lots of time for your visit here to enable you to explore the collections in detail.
Boston Whale Watching
With its waterfront location, Boston has the best of both worlds: a bustling city vibe and the opportunity to relax and unwind by the water. The Boston harbour is home to many yachts and sailing boats, some of which you can rent with a skipper for the day to explore the bay. From here you can also take a day trip to Boston Harbour Islands National and State Park, home to America’s oldest light station.
Many visitors to Boston between March and November take advantage of the opportunity to see whales up close in their natural habitat. Whale-watching tours depart daily from Central Wharf and many providers allow you to buy tickets locally or get them online, which is recommended since a lot of trips often sell out! If you want the best view, head to the deck but make sure you have warm clothes as it can be chilly out on the water.
When you think of Boston, you think of Harvard University, which is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Former US president Barack Obama, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actress Natalie Portman are just some of the notable alumni who have studied here. Recognised for its high standards and significant influence, Harvard is a household name. When visiting Boston you can take a stroll around the Harvard campus, imagining life as a student there.
Although the Boston skyline stands tall with many skyscrapers, visitors to the city can find solitude and quiet in one of the city’s many beautiful parks. Boston Common, Charles River Esplanade and Castle Island are just some of the public parks where you can take a romantic stroll, enjoy a picnic or play ball. When you are in need of a break from exploring the city’s wonderful sights, grab your bag and head for one of these popular Boston parks.
Dining in Boston
Following action-packed days of exploring and sightseeing, Boston has many opportunities to wind down with delicious food and drinks. Boston is definitely not shy of combining international and traditional foods, offering top-rate sushi from the popular O Ya in South End and Chinatown, fresh seafood in the West End at Neptune Oyster, Mexican vibes from Lolita Cocina in Back Bay and pizza at Brewers Fork. To experience the ultimate American brunch, head to The Paramount Café on Beacon Hill, which is popular with locals and visitors alike, though be warned – this spot is so popular you might need to wait 30 minutes to get inside.
Beacon Hill is a popular place to stay when visiting Boston as this safe neighbourhood is centrally located to many of the city’s sights. Take a look at the hotels in Beacon Hill for during your stay.
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Enjoy an evening socialising with friends or even make new ones in this vibrant city at one of Boston’s bars and pubs. The Landsdowne Irish Pub, located near to the world-famous home of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park is famous for live music and great bands. See other pubs to visit in Boston on our Irish Pubs of the World website.
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