Places to Go
Harvard Square That "other" school up the river is the place to go if you're looking for picturesque brick buildings and windy streets filled with local shops and goings-on. In nice weather you can catch a number of street performances nearby the T-Stop.
Newbury Street A short (15 minute) walk across the river, Newbury Street is filled with upscale boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. It stretches from Mass Ave (the main bridge near the MIT main building) to the Boston Public Garden.
Boston Common and the Public Garden A beautiful open grass park in the midst of downtown Boston. Get a sandwich from Falafel King, stroll around, and see the pond that inspired the story Make Way for Ducklings.
Freedom Trail A trail through downtown Boston that meanders through a dozen historic sites, including historic graveyards, notable churches, and Paul Revere's house. This 2.5 mile walk begins at the Boston Common and ends in Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.
The North End (our Little Italy) Authentic cannoli, pasta, and seafood set in a charming old brick neighborhood. If you just saw the movie The Town, you'll recognize these streets from one of the car chases. If you want to visit the North End in true Boston style, don't order dessert with dinner: instead go to Mike's Pastries for cannoli and macaroons.
Boston Waterfront, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market This area of Boston offers a bustling combination of historic buildings, waterfront views, professional street performances, and all the street food you can eat. Hop on a boat at Long Wharf for a tour of the Boston Harbor Islands or a whale-watching adventure!
Prudential Skywalk The highest public observation deck in New England, this attraction features 360-degree views of the city. Two floors up from the deck is the Top of the Hub restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks and jazz music while taking in the views (business casual dress required).
Boston is home to a number of great museums, including:
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Museum of Science
- MIT Museum
- Harvard Museum of Natural History