Boston, Massachusetts : City Highlights

No matter where you walk, every corner is a whole different experience from the last.  That is the beauty of Boston.

It took about 4 hours on a bus ride from Grand Central Station up to Boston.  This was a mini weekend trip that I did a few years ago.  Since it was my first time really having a chance to explore this beautiful city, I decided why not do the touristy thing and visit some highlights from those “top 10” lists that you would find in all the guidebooks.

The Freedom Trail    This was a nice way to see the city, on a 2.5 miles stroll, snaking your way around city streets, with markers in the pavement to guide your way.  The starting point can be found at Boston Common’s Park St exit on the red/green lines.  Notable points of interest you’d come across are the Massachusetts State House with its golden dome, Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market, and Paul Revere House.  You can take a short break around Faneuil Hall Marketplace for some eats and shopping.

Public Garden   Opened in 1839, this was the US’s first botanical garden.  Other than having a nice stroll and enjoying the blooms, you can take an afternoon ride in the swan boats under weeping willows or a sunset row on the Venetian style gondolas by the river.

Newbury Street   More sightseeing can be done here as well as some retail therapy and outdoor dining.  My favorite part was to walk down Commonwealth Avenue, which was a tree lined mall at the center of the street, where you can admire the beautiful architectural designs from the homes on each sides.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum   This is a 15th-century, Venetian-style palazzo that is home to a treasure of artifacts, art, and architecture since it opened in 1903.  If you are someone who love classic European influence on designs and art then this is a must to visit.  Unfortunately I have no photos to accompany since photography was strictly forbidden inside.  There was a guard lurking around every corner to catch me each time I tried to whip out the camera.

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory   Every time I visit a new place, I always try to find a way to view it from the the highest point possible.  There is just something about it that is like the cherry on top of the ultimate sundae.  No visit is complete without it.  So, from the 50th floor of the Skywalk Observatory, you can obtain amazing 360 degree views of the city.

Charles River Boat Tour   It was Summer when I visited.  It was nice and sunny.  The fare was less than 20 bucks.  So why not hop on a boat and go for a breezy ride to catch a quick tan while enjoying the harbor views?

These were just some of the many more things that you would be able to do in and around the city.  Boston definitely warrants multiple visits, if not only to just enjoy the city itself.

Stay tuned after the photo jump for tour information and museum operating hours.

Happy wandering!
Lan xx

Camera used : Canon S95   Date visited :  July 2011.

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Accommodations –  TripAdvisors Listings

 

Website: Isabella Gardner Museum

Hours:

Open daily from 11 am to 5 pm
Thursday until 9 pm
Closed Tuesday
Admissions closes at 4:30 pm;
8:30 pm Thursday

Admission:

Adults: $15
Seniors 65 and up: $12
College Students:
$5 with current ID

Website: Charles River Boat Tour

2015 Schedule
Saturday May 9th – Monday October 12th
10:00am
11:15am
12:30pm
1:45pm
3:00pm
4:15pm

Ticket Rates
$16.50 Adults
$ 9 Children under 12
$14.50 Seniors/Students/Military

Website: Prudential Center Skywalk

Hours:

The Skywalk Observatory & Exhibit is open 7 days a week.
Winter Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Summer Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (last admission at 9:30 p.m.)

Ticket Prices:
Adults $17.00
Seniors (62 and above) $14.00
Children under 12 $12.00
University Student (with ID) $13.00
CityPASS $49.00
CityPASS Child (3-11) $36.00