What to Do and Eat in Boston

23 February, 2013

Boston is a huge city in New England, Massachusetts. The city is often described as “a welcome contradiction”, because it is a meeting point of new and old in everything from its architecture to its cuisine.  Boston is best known for its important role in the growth of the American Revolution. In 1773, a group of colonists protested against the tax policy of the British government by boarding ships that had docked at Boston harbour to bring taxed tea into the country and throwing the tea overboard. This protest was a key turning point in the revolution and eventually became known as the Boston Tea Party.  Moving on from history, there are actually quite a number of things to do in Boston (and also a number of reasons why Boston is a good place for food-lovers).

Things to do in Boston

Boston is divided into several neighbourhoods, each with its own flavour and atmosphere. Popular attractions in Boston include the JFK Library in Dorchester, the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain and the Old North Church in North End. History lovers will enjoy viewing the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, exploring the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston and visiting the Tea Party and Ships Museum on Griffin’s Wharf.

If you are interested in sports, it’s a good idea to visit Boston between the months of April and September so that you can see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park. It’s best to book tickets well in advance, but game-day tickets are often available, starting from around two hours before the opening pitch.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is a good place to head for an afternoon out. The museum’s botanical galleries are renowned worldwide and consist of more than 3,000 hand blown glass flowers, plants and other lifelike recreations. The collection of stuffed animals and skeletons in the zoological galleries is also amazing.

In addition to visiting the Natural History Museum, nature lovers should head to Walden Pond in Concord. This picturesque glacial pond is surrounded by acres of peaceful forests. Thoreau made the area his home when he embraced naturalist beliefs and Transcendentalism.

Dining in Boston

Food lovers will enjoy exploring Boston’s huge range of eateries and fine dining establishments. Whether you enjoy pizza, seafood, ethnic cuisine or high-end desserts, there is something for you.

The Barking Crab is a must-visit destination for seafood lovers. This restaurant sells buckets of crabs, steamers and other fried seafood offerings. The prices are affordable and the beer flows freely. If you are looking for an affordable, friendly place to eat out, this is the place to go.

Another great dining establishment in Boston is the Finale Desserterie. This restaurant offers a huge selection of tempting desserts, including crrme brulee and chocolate soufflls, as well as coffees, ports and wines to enjoy them with. The restaurant also serves soups, sandwiches and salads, although these are not the main attraction.

For an amazing pizza, head to Figs. This restaurant was created by Todd English and the super-thin crust features are incredibly delicious. The restaurant’s signature dish is the fig and prosciutto pizza. There are some delicious pastas and salads on the menu too.

This is a guest article by Tony on his experience in Boston with Cheapflights

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

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