Being away from my home and beloved city of Boston during this most gorgeous time of year, the descent from summer into autumn, has me longing to be there. My heart is constantly being torn between my love of travel and my love of Boston, but for now I’m engaged in my travels. So I want to share with you the top 15 reasons I have for why you should visit Boston! In case you haven’t figured out already from my other posts, I think Boston is fantastic and I want everyone to see my city!
1. This is the birthplace of the American Revolution. Some of the first and most significant battles, led by some of the Revolution’s greatest leaders and our Founding Fathers began right here in Boston. Come see all the historic sites harkening back to those revolutionary days, like these!
2. It’s a very walkable city. You can walk around Boston and see everything on your checklist, along with some other beautiful and unexpected sights. Boston is such an old city that the heart of it is tightly knit and easy to navigate on foot.
3. The seafood here cannot be beat. From the Boston harbor, Cape Cod, and surrounding New England regions, the seafood that shows up on our plates here is of the highest quality. Check out my restaurant recommendations here.
4. We have champion sports teams. From the Patriots to the Bruins, the Celtics and the Red Sox, you can catch some awesome games during any season of the year. Over the years, the Boston sports teams have proved their merit and the fans here are very enthusiastic! You may have more fun watching the crowds than the game at times!
5. It’s the education capital of the country! In no city or region are the more colleges and universities than in greater Boston. On September 1st when all the college students move back in for the school year, the city’s population swells to 1½ times its size! The students bring an excited academic spirit to the streets and cafes throughout the city and are an integral part of what makes Boston great.
6. We have the cleanest harbor in the country. A sunset cruise, sailing lesson, or simply a water taxi across the waterfront is a fun experience in the certified cleanest waters. You can even go scuba diving for lobsters in the harbor!
7. Being one of the oldest cities in the country, Boston offers visitors the chance to eat in the oldest restaurant in the country, the Union Oyster House, and to drink in the oldest continuously operating bar in the country, the Bell in Hand Tavern! How’s that for a delicious meal with a side of history?
8. Boston has an air of European charm. If you’re longing for Europe but without the language barriers and cross-Atlantic flight, Boston is for you. Our winding streets, small businesses, walking culture, mix of nationalities, academic focus, and historic value make us a favorite among those who have had the luck of visiting!
9. The oldest subway tunnel in the United States is in Boston. And that subway tunnel is still in use as part of the MBTA, called locally the T. Ride the T to get around the city, because not only is it historic, but it’s quick, cheap, and safe!
10. Boston is close to other attractions that make for great day trips. Everything from the Cape and Islands, to witch trial landmarks in Salem, the Harbor Islands, End of the World in Hingham, and Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth is just a short drive or boat ride away when you visit Boston!
11. It’s a resilient city with strong people. From overcoming tough winters each year to rallying together after the Boston Marathon bombing, the people here are a major part of what makes Boston great.
12. Boston endorses a degree of whimsy. In the Public Gardens you’ll find the Make Way for Ducklings statues crafted in honor of the award-winning children’s book written here, as well as the Swan Boats floating around the pond that were inspired by the Lohengrin opera and have been operated by the same family for over a century!
13. There are endless ways to be entertained here in Boston. From the variety of quality museums, to theatre and musicals, to sports, sightseeing, and these fun free things to do in Boston, you’ll never be bored here. There is culture and learning to be had at every turn.
14. The harbor is a celebrated and beautiful part of the city. The aquarium, the ferries and boat tours, and the waterfront seafood restaurants and bars are just the start. Enjoy the harborwalk, which gives public access to the entirety of the waterfront pathway in Boston!
15. Last but not least, Boston is a beautifully friendly city. The people here know how lucky they are to live here and are happy to share their city with all those that visit. I have never felt unsafe or unwelcome here. And that’s why they say Boston you’re my home!
There you have my top 15 reasons to visit Boston. But be sure if we ever meet in a café, at a bar, or on a bus, I could talk you ear off about Boston the whole time! Now please visit, enjoy, and share lots of pictures so I can experience it vicariously through you while I’m away!
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