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Exploring the historic city of Boston in just a day

Exploring the historic city of Boston in just a day

. 4 min read

Planning a day’s trip to explore an entire city may seem to be a daunting task. But, with a carefully planned day trip, you can not only explore any city but take back memories and the confidence of knowing the best parts of the city to boast by gathering all that you can in just a single day. Boston, the capital city of Massachusetts in the United States of America, is one such city that has a lot to offer for you to partake in one day.

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Apart from being one of the oldest cities in the US established by the Puritan settlers from England on the Shawmut peninsula, Boston today has surpassed the peninsula status via the city’s municipal appropriation and land retrieval development. The town is the site of some of the greatest moments in history like the American Revolution; the establishment of the first Public school and laying the foundation of the first University that is Harvard University. Of the many firsts transpired at Boston, a primary state school or public school which is the Boston Latin School or the Tremont Street Subway which was the first subway system are some of the many significance attributing Boston as the active center of higher education in the US.

When the city of Boston has a plethora of unique places to visit, planning a single day out will allow you to experience the many attractions that add on to the enigma of this thriving city. Include the city’s downtown area as it is where the vibrant historic scenes can be sampled for a complete Boston experience while you can call an end to your itinerary with one of the cities art galleries or boutiques. All in all, the locals of the city are a bunch of friendly people who make you feel welcome while suggesting places that you cannot miss on your day-out.

The ideal time for visiting Boston

Autumn is considered to be the optimal time to visit Boston when the city is not experiencing a rise in temperature to up to 80° during the summers or frequently fluctuating weather during the winters. Explore the scenic beauty of Boston when the changing hues of the trees add on to the charms of the port city.

Boston Public Garden, Boston, United States

Let your itinerary begin with Boston’s north-end that boasts of 16 locations of historical significance all covered in a distance of just 2.5 miles that lead the brick laid Freedom Trail. Right from Boston Common to the Faneuil Hall that forms two-thirds of the red paint trail has a lot in store to be included in your day out in Boston.

Quincy Market, the gigantic food court and the hub of shopping, the Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall Marketplace houses a number of national chains where you can shop to your heart’s content anytime during your Boston itinerary. The Quincy Market is a must-visit place an also activity for food enthusiasts for enjoying the local flavors of the uniquely Boston cuisines. The Atlantic Avenue or the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park are some of the places where you enjoy the delicacies while outdoors or even visit some of the indoor eateries if you like your privacy.

Paul Revere House, a 17-century cobble-stone square is a perfect pit-stop of the Freedom Trail that cannot be missed while enjoying your trip to the North End. Next, could be Hanover Street or the Waterfront. While the former is where you can sample the best espresso and cappuccino, the Waterfront houses the New England Aquarium and the Boston Children’s Museum that make for a fulfilling adventure if you are not keen of taking a small cruise trip from Long wharf to Charleston. And, if you are not interested in either, you can make Back Bay your next stop after Paul Revere House which is yet another place for shopping in Boston.

Budget-friendly Boston Common

When you want to experience the city of Boston without straining your pockets, the enormous outdoor public park that is Boston Common is a definite must-visit. Surprisingly, most of the places ideal for outdoor activities in Boston is free. For instance, the beautiful Public Gardens or the intriguing Frog Pond housed at Boston Common are some of the places where you could play, relax, and explore before visiting the George Washington Memorial to admire the 22 feet statue that lays on a 16feet high pedestal of granite. The figure calls for amazing pictures you can take back to file away in some of the best moments that you can always look back to.

The Statehouse and Beacon or the Old State House or the Holocaust Memorial could be next on your agenda as your visit to Boston Common will be incomplete when you don’t stop by these places that boast of the rich history of Boston. In fact, the Old State House is considered the hub of American Revolution while the Holocaust Memorial is another open, outdoor space located on Freedom Trail that offers a lot without creating a dent in your pocket.

Duck Tour at the Boston Harbour

Boston Harbour offers tourists many places to trail right from the Charles River to the Quincy Market or vice versa. You can choose to enjoy this long walkway or take a Duck Tour of the river. Tourists can also take the ferry ride to and from Provincetown to Cape Cod or skip the Duck Tour for taking a trip to the Harbour Islands.

Boston also houses many museums and galleries like the Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. All these places can be reached in under 30 minutes when you hail a taxi and are ideal to be included in your itinerary if you are more interested in arts.

All these can be achieved on your perfectly planned Boston itinerary with the scope to explore more in the evening as well if you want to go all out in exploring Boston in a day’s time. With many great bars where you can buy a few reasonably priced drinks or the fantastic places to dine at, or for a quiet visit, the Harvard Bookstore are some of the ventures, and you can undertake to end your productive day at Boston.