Boston in 4 Hours: A Short Travel Guide
Hi y’all, welcome back! I’ve seriously been having the hardest time getting into a rhythm blogging this semester, but now that my classes are all online, I’m hoping to be able to focus more on the things that I love, like creating content. My spring break plans were canceled due to the coronavirus, so I spent my spring break here in Boston. During school, I don’t have much time to explore the city, so I took advantage of this time to do the touristy things I don’t usually have time to do. I took just a few hours to explore some of the city, Boston is a small city so you sure can see a lot in a small amount of time.
One thing you have to know about Boston is that it’s pretty easy to navigate. Some would argue otherwise, but I believe that the T (short for the MBTA) is the easiest and most effective way of getting around. I always recommend getting a week pass if you’re planning on spending more than one day in the city. For reference, a day pass is $11, a week pass is $22, and single fare ranges from $2.40 to $2.90, so you do the math! Boston is also very walkable because it’s not a very big city. For my touristy day, I took the T to the farthest place I’d be going and walked back to where I started.
Stop 1: The Institute of Contemporary Art and Seaport
Seaport is a newly popular neighborhood in Boston with lots of fun food and events. This is a popular spot for young professionals to eat and hang out. My favorite spot in Seaport is certainly the LL Bean store, but there are lots of cute shops and restaurants as well. The Institute of Contemporary Art or ICA is also located in Seaport and is free for most college students. Unfortunately, the museum was closed the day I went but I’ve heard great things about it.
Stop 2: The Greenway, Faneuil Hall, and Boston Public Market
From Seaport, I walked the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Faneuil Hall. The Greenway is a popular place to walk and hang out, especially during the summer. At Faneuil Hall hall, I just walked around and opted not to buy anything, but there are lots of shops and food stands to check out. From there, Boston Public Market is just a few blocks away. I love the Public Market, there are lots of great food vendors for both pre-made food and local ingredients. I had latkes for lunch which were about $5. Haymarket is located next to the Public Market and is open Fridays and Saturdays. This is a great farmer’s market and always worth checking out!
Stop 3: Downtown, the Commons, and Beacon Hill
Downtown Boston is a quick walk from Fanueil Hall and the Public Market. Downtown Crossing is known for shopping and borders on Boston Commons. The Commons is a popular place to relax and picnic during the summer or go ice skating in the winter. The Public Gardens are also nearby and are also a popular outdoor space in the city. The Massachusetts Statehouse is also in Downtown and is a free tourist destination. If you’re interested in government and policy like me, the Statehouse is certainly a must-see. On my touristy day in Boston, I sat on the Commons for about 15 minutes and then headed North into Beacon Hill to walk around and admire the beautiful houses. In Beacon Hill, look for Acorn Street if you’re looking for a place to take Instagram-worthy pictures. This is the most photographed street in the city and certainly deserved. The cobblestone alley is a perfect example of New England charm.
Stop 4: Back Bay and Comm Lawn
Back Bay is just steps away from Beacon Hill and has similarly beautiful homes. Walking down the Commonwealth Avenue Lawn is a great way to see the houses while utilizing one of Boston’s many green spaces. You can walk the lawn all the way from the Public Gardens to BU’s campus if you’d like. Commonwealth Avenue (or Comm Ave) runs parallel to Newbury Street, which is probably the most popular shopping area in the city. From the end of Newbury Street, I was just a ten-minute walk from my dorm, so I headed home. You can also grab the Green Line from the Hynes Convention Center stop to get back to your home base.
Here are some places I didn’t make it to in my four-hour Boston excursion but I still love and recommend.
North End: The North End is on the other side of the Greenway from Fanueil Hall and the Public Market. This is the “Little Italy” of Boston and is home to some of the best food in the city. Stop at Quattro for a tasty pizza and Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli.
Museum of Fine Arts: The MFA is one of my favorite spots in Boston. It’s close to BU’s campus and is a nice place to go to relax. It’s free for most college students, which is also nice. The MFA houses a wide variety of art and always has interesting rotating exhibits. It is essentially on Northeastern’s campus, so if you’re planning on visiting NEU, definitely check out the MFA.
Fenway: My neighborhood! From $9 student Red Sox tickets to popular fast-casual restaurants, I love living in the Fenway. Red Sox games in the summer are a must and restaurants like Sweetgreen, Chipotle, CaVa, and Honeygrow are a must all year round. There is also a Citizen Cider brewhouse in the neighborhood and lots of other popular bars.
I had such a fun time exploring Boston and writing this post for y’all. I hope you get the opportunity to visit sometime if you haven’t already. I love living here so much!
On another note, I hope y’all are staying safe and healthy out there right now. I made a whole video addressing my current situation because of the coronavirus. I do not want this post to seem like I’m ignoring the problem, but I’m continuing business as usual to keep myself busy and continue creating content for all of you to enjoy.
Love from Boston,