Things We Love About Boston

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People living in or visiting the city of Boston know that there are tons of things to do and to see while here.  The city is full of history, culture, and great food.  Sites like www.boston.citysearch.com can lead you to great upcoming events and places to see, but how about getting the “inside track” from townies?

The School of Theology faculty recently created this list of things that they love about the city of Boston and its surrounding areas.  These are some “insider tips” about some great stops and finds around town.  If you have your own suggestion that’s not listed below, feel free to submit one using the form at the bottom of the page!

Things to Do in Boston and Surrounding Areas

by the School of Theology Faculty

Recreation and Sports:

  • Hiking or Swimming Walden Pond
  • Bicycling around the Charles River Esplanade
  • Yoga Classes at “Exhale” by the Boston Common
  • Ice Skating in the public gardens during the wintertime
  • Sailboats on the Charles River
  • The Boston area as its own “world of sports” – I religiously follow the competitions of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics and then rehash games by reading the commentaries of the performances by the sport writers the next day.

Destinations:

  • Walking around the Fenway (better known as the Muddy River)
  • Exploring the “Emerald Necklace” (a series of parks connecting various areas of the city) and East Cambridge!

  • Copley Square and the view of Trinity Church, especially at night
  • Brookline Village and its many shops and restaurants
  • Visiting the Science Museum
  • The Esplanade
  • Coolidge Corner Theater – a great place for vintage and indie movie releases, in a boutique theater setting
  • Public Hour
  • Jamaica Pond
  • The Blue Hills Reservation is a real gem.
  • Beautiful trails for walking.
  • Plum Island and Newburyport is great for Birding and Hiking, the Beach and Swimming, Restaurants, and its History!
  • Boston Public Library
  • Copley Place – for the architectural beauty of the churches and buildings around Copley, as well as a great, modern mall
  • Harvard Square’s restaurants, shops, and bookstores
  • The view of Boston Harbor and the ocean from the top of the tower in St. Revere park in Hull
  • Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA – great for berry, pumpkin, and apple picking
  • Walking on Rose Kennedy greenway in downtown Boston near the North End
  • Boston Harbor Islands – even the ferry ride over there is fun
  • Apple picking Honey Pot Orchards
  • Society of St. Julian the Evangelist, Cambridge
  • Zakem Bridge and the great views from on top of it, or just viewing it silhouetted against the Boston skyline
  • The Harbor Walk
  • Going to the Sandwich and visiting the glass museum

Museums:

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)  – don’t forget that they have free nights available, especially on Wednesdays
  • Widener Library
  • Museum of Science

Eateries:

  • Martin’s Coffee Shop
  • Flour bakery/coffee shop by the Children’s museum
  • Breakfast – Uncommon Ground in Watertown
  • Lunch – Jim’s Diner in Brighton Centre
  • Dinner – Smokey Joes in Brighton Center
  • Dessert – Pie Shop in Newton Centre
  • Antico Forno – clams
  • Ristorante Saraceno – North End for Lasagna
  • Tequila selection at La Verdad Mexican Restaurant
  • The grilled scallops at Legal Seafood by the aquarium
  • The Helmand restaurant (Afghani restaurant in Cambridge)
  • Café Vittorio in the North End
  • Franklin Restaurant in Southie
  • Abe and Louie’s
  • Langham Hotel’s chocolate buffet
  • The plethora of Indian restaurants

Cultural Events:

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
  • Free summer concerts in the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade
  • Boston Celtic Music Festival

Retail:

  • Frugal Fannies
  • Antiquing in Brookline

Misc.

  • Hearing 5 or 6 different languages while on the “T”

What do you love about Boston?

If your favorite city stop wasn't listed above by the faculty, tell us! We will include it in our "user submissions" section, and you'll help other visitors get to know this beautiful, historical place!

User Submissions

  • The pizza! For thin crust, it’s great at Sabatinos at the Warren T stop along Commonwealth Avenue, and for thick crust Imperial Pizza in Brighton Center has the best!
  • The view from the windows of Theology House overlooking the Charles
  • The BU Fitness and Recreation Center’s 15-person hot tub!