Even if you only have one day in Boston, you can still see many top Boston attractions. We show you how to have the perfect day in Boston.
When we decided to go to the Women In Travel Summit, we were excited not only to learn and get to know other bloggers, but also to explore Boston for the first time. We only had one day in Boston to see the sights, since the conference would take up most of our time in the city.
At the time, we were traveling while working a full time job. But we were determined to make the most of our time in Boston. We had to be efficient, especially since we had no vehicle. Luckily, we ended up having the perfect day in Boston (aside from the cold temperatures LOL!).
We we arrived in Boston, went straight to the hostel we were staying at so we could drop off our Osprey backpack and get back to exploring. We asked one of the girls at the front desk if she could recommend a good hop-on / hop-off tour since we had seen a few Boston trolley tours advertised. She said that Old Town Trolley Tours was the most popular so we walked the few blocks to their office on the corner of Charles St and Boylston St.
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A lot of people don’t like these kinds of tours; they say they’re too “touristy.” But we’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 we’re in a new city, we always try to find these kinds of tours first.
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 we only had a limited amount of time, we only picked a few attractions that we wanted to stop at. And even though we didn’t get off at every stop, we still learned a little bit about each place from the drivers.
From 12pm to 5pm we used the trolley to make our 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.
If you can, try and save the food and drinks for the evening time after most Boston attractions have closed. We recommend small portions at each so you can visit multiple locations. Also, research closing times so you can visit the places that stay open latest, last.
Pro Tip: Also consider a trip to Western Massachusetts!
We feel like we were able to do quite a bit during our one day in Boston. We definitely recommend taking one of the trolley tours in Boston if you don’t have much time and especially if you don’t have a vehicle. Taking the trolley was also a good way to see what Boston attractions we want to visit the next time we visit. Hopefully next time it’s a bit warmer though. 😉
Have you been to Boston? Where else should we visit the next time we’re in town? Leave us a comment below! 🙂