How to Spend a Long Weekend in Boston

Depending on what you’re into, spending a weekend in Boston could take you several ways and you will probably have a good time regardless. This is what we would do had we had a weekend to hang out in Boston Massachusettes.

Boston Commons

From the beginning of the colonization of the United States, Boston Massachusettes has continued to be a prominent city. Not only is it one of the first cities to be settled in 1630, but it is also an enormous bustling location to this very day. In 2020, domestic and international visitors to the area totaled 10 billion in direct spending in Boston. I’d say that their economy is pretty reliant upon visitors.

Consensus has shown that the Boston Common is the place to be when you are trying to maximize sightseeing and the Boston city experience. To begin, you have tons of options for food. Catch some breakfast at a local cafe or eatery and then start your morning off right! If you are taking the Boston Common tour, you should begin with the Boston Public Gardens.

This public garden was the first botanical garden in America. This is going to be a frequent occurrence throughout your Boston experience. The gardens feature a lagoon, 80 species of plant life, and beautiful sculptures and fountains. It is a central location for local wedding photos as you can imagine. 

Explore Where the Commons Lead

Boston Commons leads you to many parts of the city such as Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the State House, and the theater. For anyone who is an avid reader or general lover of books, Brattle Bookshop is an icon of the literary realm. It is one of America’s largest and oldest used bookshops. There is an outdoor lot that belongs to the bookstore that is filled with shelves and rolling carts of books. It’s beautiful, like being in an outdoor library!

Traveling towards Beacon Hill, you can find yourself on cobblestone streets and gazing upon some of the oldest red-bricked buildings in the nation. Very classic Boston-looking homes are in Beacon Hill. It’s home to classic mansions and brick row homes inhabited by some of America’s most famous. 

For families visiting the historical district or for those in town to scope out Boston homes for sale, hitting the major attractions may be your goal. Check out The Freedom Trail which takes you to 16 different historical attractions throughout the city. Kings Chapel, Bunker Hill, The Old State House Museum and Paul Revere’s House are some of what’s included.

The Public Market and The Library

If you’re interested in continuing your stay with shopping and site seeing, then head off to the Boson Public Market the next day. They feature 30 local vendors that exemplify some of the very best parts of Boston’s small business. Grab some bagels, beer, or ice cream in this happening little hub. There is always some sort of event going on at the commons as well. You might be lucky enough to catch one when you are visiting!

The Boston Public Library is another fantastic spot to visit to soak up as much of that Boston charm as possible. This historical library is the first publicly funded library, the first to open additional branches, and the first to lend books out. We told you there would be more about firsts for America happening in Boston! Besides all of these stellar advances in American knowledge and literature for all, the building itself is exquisite. 

Two of the most prominent parts of the library are the McKim Building and the Johnson Building. They are attached and essentially interconnected. The McKim Building was named after Charles Follen McKim who was an architect at McKim, Mead, and White in New York City. It is a Renaissance-style building with a huge domed sky window. In 1986, the building was added to the registrar as a National Historic Landmark.

Although these suggestions are a quarter of the fun to be had in Boston, they are quintessential to the experience. From here you can take your next steps anywhere! Visit Fenway Park, Harvard, or the Boston Brewery next. It’s hard to have a boring time visiting Boston, Massachusetts.

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