What I did:
The Freedom Trail is a two and a half mile walking path that goes through Boston. It is marked by bricks and goes past the major historic sites in the city, which are some of the major historic sites in the country. While walking the trail is free, if you want to enter all of the sites that it goes past, be sure to go before 5pm on a weekday.
Blue Man Group-
Boston is one of the cities that hosts a permanent installation of the Blue Man Group, as opposed to traveling groups that are only in cities for select dates. Their show is hard to describe, but it is enjoyable for kids and adults alike.
I worked out at the Yang YMCA while in Boston. It has an unusual set up, but it had everything I needed to get a great workout in.
Free Walking Tour-
The hostel I stayed at, Hostelling International (HI) Boston, offered a very good walking tour of Boston.
Fenway Park is one of, if not the most, historic, iconic stadiums in America. Home to the Boston Red Sox and its famous Green Monster wall, it is a fun place to catch a baseball game. Also, you can take tours of the stadium when the team is not playing and sit in the dugout where players like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk, and Jason Varitek have sat.
Boston Commons is a beautiful green space in downtown Boston. It is a nice place to walk through and enjoy a slice of nature in the middle of a great city.
Where I ate:
Pizzeria Regina is a famous pizza place in the Italian section of Boston. Although I am not a huge fan of pizza, the pizza I had at Pizzeria Regina was very good. I especially enjoyed the environment at the restaurant. However, be prepared to wait if you go at their peak hours.
Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale-
Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale has a nice selection of craft beers, as well as a quality food menu.
Trillium Brewing Company-
Trillium is one of the best breweries in the Boston area. However, you cannot drink their products on the premises of their main location. They do have a secondary location that is open more limited hours, or you can purchase some to take back to where you are staying.
Brick & Mortar-
Brick & Mortar is a very nice (although not my favorite) speakeasy in Boston. There was a college aged crowd while I was there. There is also some cool graffiti in the alley just outside the bar.
Thinking Cup is a nice breakfast cafe with some great, healthy food options.
Toscanini's Ice Cream-
Toscanini's Ice Cream had some of the best ice cream I have ever had. Also, they have some inventive flavors I have never seen anywhere else.
Mike’s serves a cannoli that is famous in Boston. It was very tasty, but in my opinion not tasty enough to overcome the cost of the sugar.
Flour Bakery + Cafe-
Flour Bakery + Cafe serves an excellent egg sandwich. They do not have a drive through, but the wait was not very long. If you want breakfast on the go, Flour Bakery + Cafe is a great choice.
Backbar is a speakeasy that was connected to the Journeyman restaurant before Journeyman closed their doors. Behind its inconspicuous entrance is a laid back environment with high quality drinks.
Union Oyster House-
Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in the United States of America. Famous historical figures such as Daniel Webster and John F. Kennedy are known to have eaten there often. It was even the first place that toothpicks were used in the United States.
City Tap Fort Point-
City Tap has a plethora of beer options, as well as a good food menu.
Gracenote Coffee is a small shop near Chinatown. Their nitro cold brew coffee is the best cup of coffee I have had in Boston.
Legal Seafoods is an amazing Boston-based chain of seafood restaurants. Rumor has it, their Boston clam chowder is served at all presidential inaugurations. Their Harborside location is their flagship location, and the waterfront property has nice views on each of its four floors.
George Howell Coffee and Jaho Coffee Roasters-
Both George Howell Coffee and Jaho Coffee Roasters had good, though not great, nitro cold brew coffees.
Yvonne's is my favorite place in Boston. To enter you have to go through a hair salon/barbershop, and you are rewarded with an amazing space once inside. The drinks are amazing, and I have heard they also have a very good food menu. They have a creatively adorned interior that is surprising large.
Drink is a cocktail bar without a cocktail menu-it's a paradox. After entering the lowly publicized entrance, going downstairs, and getting a spot in the bar, you simply tell the bartender the flavors you like and a custom drink is made for you.
Located next to Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market is like a mall- if the whole mall were the food court. It has a number of good food options.
Where I stayed:
HI Boston was a very nice place to stay in Boston. While inexpensive by Boston standards, it is on the expensive side when compared to other hostels in the world.
How I got around:
The "T" in Boston is an excellent public transportation system. It helps to make Boston a very walkable city.
My favorite thing:
I am a big fan of the city of Boston, and there are many things I like about it. It has a great public transportation system and is very walkable, it has some great food, and it has an interesting culture and history.
My least favorite thing:
The two things that keep me from spending more time in Boston are the cost of accommodation and the weather for much of the year.
For next time:
Although I went up as a child, I would like to go up the Prudential Center again, and I would also like to check out the Skywalk Observation Deck. I would also like to return to Yvonne's and explore more of Boston's food and drink scene.
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