I have family in the Boston area, so I try to make it up there once a year. We spend most of the time with family and not site seeing (though we’ve seen most of the major attractions in Boston). We actually went over a month ago and I haven’t posted about yet. I don’t know where the time goes!
Our day trip into the city included Copley Square an d Fanueil Hall. I also really wanted to go to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, but all the walking took a bigger toll on me than I thought.
It will make me sounds like a total nerd, but honestly the Boston Public Library was a great stop. I hadn’t been inside before, and it was really a beautiful building.
The place has been around since the 1800s so the architecture and décor is really beautiful. We just wandered around and ran into a room with books from Europe dating back to the 1200s, and a room of books and memorabilia entirely donated to Joan of Arc.
Really the whole place looks like what you see in a movie.
From the library we walked across the street to Trinity Church. Again, we’d been to the outside but last time we were there they had a service so we couldn’t go in.
I don’t have any pictures from the inside of the church because at first they wanted $7 a person to go in, and I’ve never paid to go into a church and didn’t think I was about to start. But they told us you could go in a pray for free as long as we didn’t take any photos. It’s worth a look inside, they also have a crazy huge organ in the back.
Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market is a pretty standard tourist stop, I think, but there’s a lot to see and a good place to pick up some souvenirs. We did do some more exploring and ended up a park ranger type guy telling us more about the history of the building, so that was new.
If you’ve never been to Boston, I’d really recommend just walking the freedom trail. We did a little bit of that before heading back to my grandparents house.
We also went apple picking ( I mean, apple picking in the fall in New England? Total bucket list moment) and played some old arcade games in Salem.
Food is a seriously important part of every tip too. You probably know to try to clam chowder when you visit, and that’s spot on. My list also includes a solid roast beef sandwich, and Chinese food. I don’t know what’s different about the Chinese food, honestly, but the roast beef is not something I’ve found down here. It’s rare-ish and sliced very thin, and usually comes with some sort of sauce. So good.
It’s always hard to leave though.