My husband and I recently spent 4 days in NYC, then took a train up to Boston for a few nights. We had never been to Boston before, and we fell in love with it! The history, the scenery, the food, the small town feel…we loved it all! Here’s our guide to 48 hours in Boston!
Our best tip is to walk The Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walk through Boston that takes you by 16 historic sites. The trail is easy to follow, with bricks laid in a path on sidewalks and the streets. You can walk the trail on your own, which is what we did. The beauty of this is
1. it is free, and
2. you can go at your own pace.
There are additional tours offered at several of the sites, or you can do a guided tour of the trail. We chose to just do the trail with a few mini (and free) tours added in–We walked through the Old North Church, where the lanterns were held that guided Paul Revere as he warned that the British were coming. I highly recommend a walk through Granary Cemetery. The cemetery holds the remains of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and the victims of the Boston Massacre. It is humbling, and an amazing look into our nation’s history.
Our walk on the Freedom Trail ended in Boston Commons, a gorgeous park in the middle of the city. From there, we walked a few blocks through the beautiful Beacon Hill neighborhood to Acorn Street, which was probably my favorite part! Acorn Street is one of the few original cobblestones streets left. Make sure you have good walking shoes on, and watch your step!
Just a few blocks from Acorn Street is the Cheers! bar, which was a fun place to stop for a drink and a few pictures.
Do a Boston Duck Tour.
This was a great way to see the city (and Cambridge) from the Charles River, and get some history at the same time. We had a hilarious boat captain/narrator (Flo!), and she made it fun and interactive. It was chilly and rainy when we went, but the Duck Boat was nice and warm (and dry!). If you only have 48 hours in Boston, I would start with this to get a lay of the land–and water!
Go to Fenway Park.
If the Red Sox are not in town, you can do a tour. If they are playing, grab tickets (we got cheap seats and walked around inside the park). The park is iconic, baseball fan or not. There are plenty of chances to get local beer, hot dogs, even clam chowder (or “chowda” as Bostonians say!). Be sure to bring layers, as even on a nice day, it can get chilly and breezy in the park. (Here’s tips on what to pack for NYC & Boston–lots of layers!).
Boston is rooted in the history of our independence. Take these tips and embrace the spirit of independence to make your own trip memorable!