Boston is a fantastic US city to visit.
It is rich in history, a vibrant sports scene and is packed with amazing shopping, dining and night-life options. I loved this city and found it to have so much charm.
It is very compact in size and easy to walk around and to take in the sights at your own pace.
Any visit to Boston should include a visit to the Prudential Tower, also known as the Prudential building. The views are amazing from this skyscraper and all guests are given headsets to hear audio background to the surrounding areas you observe from the tower.
Other tourist attractions to visit are the bar from Cheers, Boston Common and of course the Boston Tea Party which was a political and mercantile protest by the Sons of Liberty in 1773. With plenty of European influences, Boston has a reputation as one of the USA’s prettiest cities and I certainly wouldn’t argue.
It has a gorgeous skyline, and plenty of wonderful architecture. Everywhere you go you live and breathe the history of this city. I walked the two-and-a-half-mile Boston Freedom Trail which brought me back in time through American history. It takes in museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. Founded in 1630 Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. so has a great history to tell.
One of Boston’s nicknames is ‘Beantown’ because Boston is famous for its baked beans (which are fantastic and a must try when there) but this is only part of the food story. Boston has an incredible dining scene and is especially good for its fresh seafood. Also, if like me you have a sweet tooth, don’t come home without trying a Boston Cream Pie.
There is so much to see in Boston, but top of my list of things to experience is to attend a baseball game at Fenway park. The game lasted about 4 hours, the buzz in the stadium and the atmosphere was amazing. I loved that while we were watching the game different food and drink companies had staff going up and down the aisles with hot dogs, nachos etc. It was great we didn’t even have to leave our seats. It had the passion, energy and excitement of All Ireland Day in Croke Park – that says a lot for a Kilkenny girl!!!
If you are looking for adventure, Boston is a great base. From skydiving to white-water rafting, from zip-lining to dune-buggy tours, it’s all available in the state of Massachusetts. Of course for those who want less adrenalin based activities it offers whale watching, world class spas and many family fun destinations like local zoos.
If time allows and you want to leave the city, top of my list would be a visit to the city of Salem. You can travel from Boston harbour by ferry and be there in less than 1 hour. Made famous by the Salem Witch Trials which took place between 1692 to 1693 I was intrigued and had to take this trip.
The Salem witch trials were a series of prosecutions (often hangings) due to the belief that certain people possessed magical traits. During these times, anyone who was accused of being a ‘witch’ or suspected of ‘practicing witchcraft’ was sentenced to death. I found Salem very easy to get around and incredibly interesting. There are a number of guided walking tours available (approx 2 hour walking) including a tour of the city, a ‘History and Hauntings’ walking tour or a the ‘Salem Witch Walk’.
There are other tourist attractions and tours and one I did which was very interesting was the Hocus Pocus Movie Location Tour. They take you to 5 of the locations used in the filming of the Hocus Pocus movie filmed in Salem in 1993. Along the way, you will also hear about the Salem Witch Trials, the maritime history, how Salem became the “Witch City” and you get to visit 17th century homes and take in the stunning ocean views!
Overall I absolutely loved my trip to Boston and I will be returning in the near future!!!!
The subway which is referred to as the “T” is very easy to use. There are also plenty of busses, Lyft and Ubers that can help you to get around. If you want to try something different you can hop on the Boston Duck Tour will take you by a unique mode of transport through Boston’s streets before landing in the Charles River and if you’ve ever had American University dreams, head across the river to Cambridge for a peek at Harvard University.
Other Places Nearby
- Cambridge – home of Harvard University
- Salem – home of Salem Witch Trials
- If you are looking for a dual centre holiday, combine Boston with New York, Cape Cod or Jersey.
How to Get There
I flew direct to Boston with Aer Lingus from Dublin. Delta and United Airlines also fly direct. The great thing about going direct is that you clear customs and immigration in Dublin before you leave, which will save you time on arrival in the states. I relaxed in the 51st and Green Lounge which is the only lounge after US pre clearance.
~ Dawn Nolan