- Discover Boston
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the US. Established by the Puritans in 1630, Boston experienced many historical events throughout the years. It saw plenty of fighting during the American Revolution including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston.
Nowadays Boston attracts 20m visitors annually, is a world leader in biotechnology, a major shipping port, and has many large and famous universities. Some of the neighbourhoods in Boston include Dorchester, South Boston, Charlestown, Somerville, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury.
If you’re a history buff be sure to visit:
Final resting place of the likes of Paul Revere, John Hancock, Sam Adams, and citizens killed in the Boston Massacre.
Paul was a patriot in the American Revolution. The house is decorated with colonial era furniture and has silver produced by Paul Revere himself.
Founded in 1636 Harvard (named after its first patron John Harvard) is the country’s oldest university.
The park was built in 1998 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish famine. Built by Irish-American citizens of the city.
The monument is a 221 foot obelisk. You can climb to the top of the monument for views of the city.
Well worth a visit to see the massive coral reef as well as the usual seals, sharks, and penguins.
It would be highly recommended that you go along to see a Major League Baseball game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have been playing here since 1912. There is a great atmosphere, beer, hotdogs and of course, baseball.
Boston doesn’t have the most hopping nightlife, but it is a college town and if you know where to go there is plenty of fun to be had. Landsdowne Street is a popular destination for pubs and clubs, as is Faneuil Hall. Charlie's Kitchen on Eliot Street is good for cheap drinks, The Bukowski Tavern on Dalton Street for Craft beers, THe Galleon on Washington Street or Drink on Congress Street for cocktails. Shays Pub and Wine Bar for wine on John F. Kennedy Street.
Boston is a great place for shopping. It’s only 5 hours from Europe and there’s a favourable exchange rate most of the time. Newbury Street in the city has a great range of boutiques. Downtown crossing is a pedestrianised street. Filenes Basement has closed down but Primark will be moving in to their old building in 2015. Quing Market is a good spot for tourists, also known as Faneuil Hall Marketplace. TJ Maxx is here.
Logan airport is located in East Boston, only three miles from downtown.
Flight times to Boston
Dublin 6 hours | London 6.5 hours | Hong Kong 15.5 hours | New York 1 hour | San Diego 5.5 hours | Sydney 20 hours
Greyhound and Peter Pan stop at South Station in Downtown Boston. These bus companies are nationwide.
Amtrak runs trains between Boston and New York. The trip takes between three and a half and four hours.
Getting from airport
Take the “T” to South Station. The Blue Line metro and the Silver Line bus will take you there. You will have to get the free airport shuttle to the airport train station.
A taxi into downtown should only cost around $25. Insist that the driver turns on the metre.
The MBTA runs all the public transport in Boston. The “T” consists of subway, bus, rail and water taxis and covers the entire city. Make sure to pick up a Charliecard at a subway station if you are in Boston for a few days to avail of discounts.
Boston is quite a safe city which has some dangerous neighbourhoods such as parts of Roxbury and Dorchester.
If out on the town avoid alleyways and dark streets. The safest area to go out in would probably be Boyston Street near the Prudential Centre.