Boston is a walking city! Unless there is a blizzard or it is ridiculously humid outside nobody should be using public transport. It is also a great city for students – both local and international alike. Most sites and attractions offer student discounts while some shops will also give a discount to ISIC cardholders (see ISIC for details).
The Freedom Trail is a great way to introduce oneself to the city. With sixteen historically significant stops along its route this sightseeing option also allows you to get your bearings in the relatively small downtown of this great city. Guide yourself or hop on a guided walking tour! (Boston Duck Tours is another option for a unique city sightseeing experience).
Boston Aquarium is a great stop for all ages. It is especially nice in the summertime when you are looking for a few hours away from the heat and the sun. Don’t forget to check out the boardwalk which boasts great views of the harbor and the surrounding city.
The Commons & Botanical Gardens are a must see! To save some money pack a picnic lunch and find a shady spot under the trees. After lunch you can head straight down Newbury St. to do some shopping.
The Atlantic Fish Company on Boylston is one of my personal favorites for lunch or for dinner. The prices are moderate to expensive but it is easy to make a meal out of their lobster bisque and amazing goat cheese salad!
Why not experience some of Boston’s local brews by taking a tour of the Sam Adams or Harpoon breweries? Get there early especially on the weekends and if you’re a fan of IPAs I would strongly suggest the Harpoon tour ($5 including tasting!).
If you’re looking for live music and a lively atmosphere, head over to the Irish pubs located by Quincy Market after dinner. The bands are usually pretty good and there’s always a good mix of locals and tourists.
Don’t forget dessert! Mike’s Pastry in the North End is a must – it will give you a whole new perspective on the meaning of a lobster tail!