10 Hours In Boston

10 Hours In Boston

When I decided to go to the Women In Travel Summit, I was excited not only to learn and get to know other bloggers, but also to explore Boston for the first time.

 

The problem, however, was that I didn’t have enough vacation time to get in to Boston early or to stay a few days after the conference. Just a little disclosure: yes, I do work a 9-5 job for a living. But I was determined to make the most of my trip to “Beantown” and find some things to do.

 

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Flying into Boston

 

WITS activities began at 7pm on Friday and I was able to get a flight that arrived that morning at 11am. I went straight to the hostel I was staying at so I could drop off my backpack and get back to exploring. I asked one of the girls at the front desk if she could recommend a good hop-on / hop-off tour since I had seen a few advertised. She said that Old Town Trolley Tours was the most popular so I walked the few blocks to their office on the corner of Charles St and Boylston St.

 

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Take a quick stroll through the Boston Commons and Public Gardens

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A lot of people don’t like these kinds of tours; they say they’re too “touristy.” But I’ve found them to be very convenient and usually the drivers are always funny and pass on a lot of interesting facts that you otherwise would not have learned. So when I’m in a new city, I always try to find these kinds of tours first.

 

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Trinity Church

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Stained glass window inside Trinity Church

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In complete contrast, the John Hancock Tower stands tall over the church

 

You could easily spend two days in Boston using the hop-on / hop-off trolley tour if you want to take your time and see everything on the route. Since I only had a limited amount of time, I picked just a few attractions that I wanted to stop at. And even though I didn’t get off at every stop, I still learned a little bit about each place from the drivers.

 

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Boston Tea Party Museum

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Guess who worked some muscles as she threw some heavy tea overboard?!

 

From 12pm to 5pm I used the trolley to make my way around Boston. Almost everything closed at 5pm so there wasn’t much choice there. So if you do have limited time, try to plan accordingly. For example, if it’s 4 o’clock and you have to choose between going to the Boston Tea Party Museum or the Cheers bar, go to the museum first and save the bar for later since they are open longer hours.

 

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Paul Revere’s house. There was construction outside to build a new visitor center. Did you know he had 16 kids?!

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Great views from the Skywalk at the Top Of The Hub

 

On Saturday, I was done with conference activities around 4:30pm so I was back on the streets shortly afterwards. These few hours (from 5pm to 10pm) were mostly dedicated to food and drinks.

 

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Where everybody knows your name!!

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Kathy got a cold one, but I’m not really a fan of beer. But I wanted the beer mug. So the bar tender was nice enough to put my amaretto sour in one 😉

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My first time eating clam chowder and it was at the Union Oyster House, America’s oldest restaurant. Thanks Andrew for the recommendation, it was delicious!

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Stopped by Quincy Market and got some yummy lobster ravioli

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Holy cannoli! This place is pretty famous, and rightfully so; this Oreo cannoli was amazing!

 

So don’t get discouraged if you only have a few hours in a new city. Make the most of your time and find a way to get around town quickly and efficiently.

 

What’s the shortest amount of time you’ve spent in a new place? Were you able to see what you wanted?

 

 

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