How to Take a Spring Break “Staycation”
Six ways to relax — and save $ — in Boston next week
So you didn’t have an extra $1,000 set aside for a week of sun and sand in an exotic location — it’s a recession, after all. Luckily, Boston has plenty of options for food, fun, and games. If you’re sticking close to campus this spring break, here are six ways to get the most out of your “staycation.”
If you wanted to go to Europe:
Check out Boston’s art museums, where you can see both Old Masters and 21st-century icons. Admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is only $5 with a Terrier card, and “Mrs. Jack’s” Fenway palazzo showcases works by Michelangelo, Degas, and Manet, to name a few. While you’re in the area, head to the Museum of Fine Arts to see works by Monet, Renoir, and van Gogh. On Friday, March 6, stop by for the monthly mfafirstfriday, live music, food, and drinks in the Koch Gallery from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., open to those over 21. Admission to the museum is free with a Terrier card. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and has an exhibition featuring works by Shepard Fairey, the artist who designed the Obama Hope poster.
For a taste of European-style shopping and cuisine, you can browse in Beacon Hill or try Italian food in the North End. Head to South End Formaggio, located in Boston’s South End, for free cheese, wine, and beer classes this week.
If you wanted to hit the waves:
Take a ride on Boston Harbor Cruises from Long Wharf (near the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line) to the Charlestown Navy Yard. There, you can visit the U.S.S. Constitution, where admission is free with a Terrier card. Longing to feel sand between your toes? The area’s beaches aren’t crowded at this time of year. Take the MBTA commuter rail train to Rockport or Gloucester for a brisk shoreline walk. Click here for train schedules.
If you wanted to see what’s new on Broadway:
Go to BosTix for half-price tickets for shows such as Dirty Dancing and Defending the Caveman. Tickets to the Blue Man Group are $30 each for students. Plus, this weekend, NBC’s America’s Got Talent will be hosting auditions for the show at the Boston Convention Center.
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If you know of anything else fun to do in Boston during spring break week, post a comment below.
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