Boston

Most Memorable Vibe

My hometown is considered a "smaller version of NYC" and I like to add "just a little bit cleaner and the nightlife isn't the greatest."  Aside from those and the non-existent 24/7 public transportation system, Boston is a very special city with a special energy which is enough to keep me here. Having fun here for me Is always about being with my loved ones, and then exploring! both = double whammy!

"Boston must be a testing ground for the ideals of freedom."

- MLK

    The Deets

 When: I live hurrrrr

Spending $ for a few days: $300 (food, shopping, nightlife, sites)​ - that's a GOOD price for everything!

  

 

City of Champs

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We are ranked the best sports city in America, and I'm pretty sure that has something to do with the energy here! In my 27 years of life, I have experienced 10 championships from Boston's major sports teams: Red Sox (3), Patriots (5), Bruins (1), Celtics (1).  The only team not pictured above is a game at the Bruins, it's just another thing to add to the bucket list! Let's face it, we are the flipping city of winners in reality. We are spoiled with rings, and it's something to either respect or apparently, be extremely mad about (I hope you are a fan) LOL. 

Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox
TD Garden
Boston Celtics
Foxboro Stadium
New England Patriots
Foxboro Stadium
New England Revolution
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Harvard University
Cambridge
MIT
Cambridge
Tufts University
Medford
Boston College
Chestnut Hill
Brandeis University
Waltham
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We don't fall short off the list with education either! Home to 5 of the nation's top 50 universities, including Harvard.

MGH
Boston
Dana Farber-Cancer Institute
Boston
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Boston Latin School
Boston
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Our hospitals are all excellent but two stand out above all, Mass General Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Boston Latin High School continues to rank amongst the Nation's best. It is the nation's oldest high school, and the predecessor of Harvard. I've endured the most inhumane experience there (the humans are nice, but the system needs match up to the needs of today's society), bragging rights for the rest of life are forever in order.

Grab a BlueBike and try my tour!

"I have taken my friends on all the locations within 15 hours (non-stop), including breakfast, lunch and dinner, shopping in between, and possible time to go home & change!​ Trains are easily accessible, especially in the central Boston areas. In the summertime, riding Bluebikes are cooler (really, sensibly); it's easy to give a bike tour and view dozens of sites hours at a time."

A Little Bit of History

From the tea party days of telling the gov't to  f* themselves to the current Trump days of telling the gov't to f* themselves, here's a little bit of a theory, of where the rebel attitude comes from. 

What I  think makes us special? Because Massachusetts was one of the 1st 13 colonies of America, a lot of history lies in this state, including the city of Boston. Boston is a special city with special energy. Period! The revolutionary aire--if you're looking back in history--the people of this colony, notably the Irish, have never taken crap from anyone. Along with those people come more just like it--if not more rebellious, are the influx of immigrants that moved up North -- they surely add to the coolness of this city. When thinking of Italians and other Europeans that settled here, they bring their own taste, class, and revolutionary vibe to the environment. When thinking of my Caribbean peoples, they do the same and also bring a vibe of happiness and contentment they've achieved in their home islands already despite the historical circumstances -- that they're ensuring stays in place wherever they go, as they seek better ways to fulfill the life they want. The different cultures that make up Boston give it its special energy. Every peoples have a strong asset that they bring to the environment, in the form of food, entertainment, art, skill, or just basic day-to-day positive vibrations amongst one another. All of these cultures have rules of happiness they live by, and its obvious that they live by it no matter where they relocate to. That is every human being's right, no matter where they are, to live happily. As a result, you have a lot of proud different peoples living amongst each other that also bring that  "I-want-to-win" attitude. That's why we're the city of champs, in several areas. The energy is beyond sports! 

Why the special energy?

Where to Play

Boston's Points of Interest

Somewhere in my mom's life, before she had kids, she made it obligatory to take her future kids to every damn historic place in Boston. She was a nanny when she first immigrated from Jamaica; and the nannies she worked with, along with her own nanny, showed her the ropes. So l recall always trolling behind my mom to go somewhere with my little brother with our packed backpacks full of sandwiches and boxed juices. For a good amount of years, along with two little black kids behind her, were also three white kids (and yes, she could handle all of us) walking (my mom didn't drive until I hit high school), laughing, enjoying the new adventures, just being kids. Now a little over a decade later, I still enjoy venturing out in my city to learn new things or visit new places I wasn't aware of before. I'm positive I have been to a lot, but I haven't been to all the key attractions in Boston. Periodically this will be updated so make sure you check back in every now and then! For right now, I'm going to share the places I've been to and (some places I haven't been to), all of which are recommended for first time Boston goers!  

In the following places that I will be mentioning in Bianca's Bike Tour below, you will find that most sites have a historical background. Some of these sites are also located outside of Boston, but close enough that visitors call it Boston. You will find some extremely interesting, as some have connections to why America is America today. I learned a lot about Boston history through my middle school and high school years, took lots of field trips aside from what my mom did for us, but to be quite honest I have forgotten a lot since high school, so please bear with me!

Ice Skating
Boston Commons
TD Garden
North End
Codzilla
Boston Harbor
Faneuil Hall
Downtown
Old Latin School
Downtown
Old Latin School
Downtown
Bunker Hill Monument
Charlestown
The Democratic Donkey
Downtown
The Democratic Donkey
Downtown
Boston Tea Party
Boston Harbor
July 4th Fireworks
Hatch Shell
Christmas Tree Lighting
Boston Common
Kayaking on the Charles
Boston
Lawn on D
Dorchester
Boston Bowl
Dorchester
Newbury Street
Chanel Boutique
Kayaking on the Charles
Allston
Kayaking on the Charles
Allston
Fenway Park
Fenway
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July 4th in Boston

"Another July 4th Weekend in Boston! Because I honestly WEIRDLY enjoy Boston during this time. This weekend is always special to me here. Since a youngin', my mother would take both my brother and I to the celebrations on The Esplanade every year. It was customary for us. I haven't been for years, but working for DCR afforded me the opportunity to actually be involved in the festivities  (therefore having premier access - *sashays*) this particular year. It was a dream come true. It was especially iconic this year because the year prior was the occurrence of the Boston Marathon killings. Security was top-notch, and scary. FBI, S.W.A.T., the army, every governmental security official you can think of was there. I was a manager for one of DCR's facilities and I firsthand observed all of the tight security action from that location. It was like a movie to me. Later on in the night when it was showtime and everything went splendid and smooth, you could feel the sighs of relief that we made it alive to the end. Both my cousin and girlfriend felt it too. No violence occurred. Boston Pops  was everything their reputation lives up to be. To me, they are what make the show special and the reason Boston attracts millions of people every year to the widely televised event. Boston will always be a favorite for July 4th. My hometown gets that W from me. Highly recommended."

Sunflower Fields!

 

Colby Farm is about 35 Miles away from Boston, about a 37-minute drive from the city. I first heard about this farm online, through one of those social media posts that school you on cool places to visit in certain areas. One-time in the air for the internet (because I am so happy I made it here)! It is such a serene (almost surreal) world of sunflowers. These sunflowers cover tons of acres (but all acres are not completely filled, so you don't need to stay there for too long). I have seen people take their professional photos for weddings, family photos, and more, while here! Smart! The people who run it seems like they own it, and they are very kind (I can only imagine how it is dealing with tons of people everyday and you're just a little ol' farm). Make sure you thank them for opening this up to the public (I believe it's free but you have to pay about $10 for parking). 

Malcolm X's Childhood Home

 

How cool is it that Malcolm X used to live right here? Those of us who live where tourists visit are often guilty of not knowing about gems in our own neighborhoods. I couldn't let this one pass me. It is located at 72 Dale Street in Roxbury and it looks like they are currently in the works of renovating! 

Kayaking on the Charles!

 

This is my favorite thing to do in Boston besides riding around on the Bluebikes! It is a self-therapy, QUITE an exercise, it's fun, and promises a pleasant view with the scenery.  If you're interested, I would book with Charles River Canoe & Kayak. I've done both the Kendall Square and Allston/Brighton location by Soldiers Field Road. The former is recommended for first-timers or tourists as you get a scenic view of how Boston actually looks as a landmark in art, but in real life (yeah, I'm serious)! The latter is recommended for those who want less of a crowd.  All for about $15-$20 bucks an hour! 

One United: Bank Black Baby!

 

As a proud organic member of the African diaspora, I find it important to support those that are seeking to rebuild back black royalty. It starts with the smallest steps! For me, I opened another bank account at One United to help organize my savings and to support my peoples! Double whammy! Why not? Too easy! Also, you don't have to be black!

Where to Eat

Restaurants

Featuring restaurants in the Greater Boston area. 
 

Boston has awesome locations to dine at if you're looking for areas with different options for you to choose from  (some areas also including shopping*), namely: 

Copley* (Newbury Street, the Prudential Center, Copley Mall, Back Bay)]  ∙Seaport ∙ North End [Little Italy (Italian world class options)] ∙ Chinatown (Chinese world class options)  Downtown Crossing∙ Waterfront ∙ Faneuil Hall∙ Financial District ∙ South End∙ Fenway∙ Brookline (Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village) ∙ Dorchester [(Lower Mills, South Boston, Fields Corner (Caribbean, Capeverdean and Vietnamese options), Codman Square (Caribbean options)] ∙ Cambridge [Kendall Square (Galleria Mall)]Central Square, Harvard Square*, Inman Square] ∙ Somerville [Porter Square, Assembly Row*] ∙ West End ∙ Forest Hills, Roxbury (Dudley) ∙ Hyde Park (Cleary Square) ∙ Chestnut Hill (Legacy Place)∙ Braintree (South Shore Plaza) Gloucester [(seafood options) Downtown, Rocky Neck and West Gloucester]. 

Breakfast

15+ restaurants

Lower Mills Tavern
Dorchester
Zaz Restaurant
Hyde Park
Ashmont Grill
Dorchester
The Bristol Lounge
Copley
Joe's American Bar & Grill
Waterfront
Dot 2 Dot Cafe
Dorchester
Cafe Fleuri
Financial District
Grumpy's
Cape Cod (Dennis)
Mike's City Diner
South End
McKenna's Cafe
Dorchester
Lighthouse Cafe
Medford
IHOP
Harvard
Blue Star Restaurant
Hyde Park
Doo Wop Diner
Malden
Craig's Cafe
Quincy
The Breakfast Club
Allston
The Paramount
Beacon Hill
Sweet Life Bakery
Dorchester
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Restaurants

Featuring restaurants in the Greater Boston area. 
 

 

Boston has awesome locations to dine at if you're looking for areas with different options for you to choose from  (some areas also including shopping*), namely: 

Copley* (Newbury Street, the Prudential Center, Copley Mall, Back Bay)]  ∙Seaport ∙ North End [Little Italy (Italian world class options)] ∙ Chinatown (Chinese world class options)  Downtown Crossing∙ Waterfront ∙ Faneuil Hall∙ Financial District ∙ South End∙ Fenway∙ Brookline (Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village) ∙ Dorchester [(Lower Mills, South Boston, Fields Corner (Caribbean, Capeverdean and Vietnamese options), Codman Square (Caribbean options)] ∙ Cambridge [Kendall Square (Galleria Mall)]Central Square, Harvard Square*, Inman Square] ∙ Somerville [Porter Square, Assembly Row*] ∙ West End ∙ Forest Hills, Roxbury (Dudley) ∙ Hyde Park (Cleary Square) ∙ Chestnut Hill (Legacy Place)∙ Braintree (South Shore Plaza) Gloucester [(seafood options) Downtown, Rocky Neck and West Gloucester]. 

Dinner

75+ restaurants

Sweetgreen
Copley
Sweetgreen
Copley
Dorset Hall
Dorchester
Dorset Hall
Dorchester
The Fat Cat
Quincy
Longwood Grille & Bar
Longwood Medical Area
Saigon Seafood Restaurant
Dorchester
Double Chin Restaurant
Chinatown
Zuma Tex Mex Restaurant
Faneuil Hall
Liquid Art House
Back Bay
Abe & Louie's
Copley
Yankee Lobster
Waterfront
Legal Seafoods
Copley
Longhorn Steakhouse
Fenway
Legal on the Mystic
Somerville
The Four's Restaurant
North End
Charley's
Copley
Toro
South End
Lucy's American Tavern
Dorchester
Fogo De Chao
Copley
Griddler's Burgers
Downtown
LIR
Copley
Liquid Art House
Back Bay
29 Bar
Copley
Artbar
Cambridge
Asana
Copley
Back Deck Restaurant
Downtown
Bistro Du Midi
Copley
Beehive
South End
Douzo
Back Bay
Ledge Kitchen & Bar
Dorchester
Earl's Kitchen & Bar
Somerville
S & S Restaurant
Cambridge
Clancy's
Cape Cod (Dennis)
Cheesecake Factory
Braintree
Whiskey Priest
Waterfront
Wagamama
Copley
Sonsie
Copley
Parish Cafe
Copley
MJ O'Connor's
Back Bay
Tavolos
Dorchester
Tavern in the Square
Cambridge
Ruth Chris
Downtown
Siros
Quincy
The Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Logan Airport
Ester
Dorchester
McCormick's & Schmick's
Back Bay
Mija
Faneuil Hall
Lower Mills Tavern
Dorchester
PF Chang's
Copley
Cafeteria
Copley
Emerald Lounge
Downtown
Suffolk Grille
Canton
The Elephant Walk
Cambridge
Met Bar & Grill
Legacy Place
Red's Kitchen Tavern + Bar
Peabody
Top of the Hub
Copley
Sel de la Terre
Copley
Simcos
Mattapan
The Fireplace
Brookline
Stephanie's on Newbury
Copley
Clery's
South End
British Beer Company
Danvers
Capital Grille
Copley
Boston Beer Works
Logan Airport
The Gloucester House
Gloucester
Scoozi
Copley
Joe's American Bar & Grill
Copley
Bella Luna
Jamaica Plain
Pho Pasteur
Chinatown
The Melting Pot
Providence Place
The Fairmount Grille
Hyde Park
Aragosta
Waterfront
Max Brenner
Copley
Bred Gourmet
Dorchester
Oceanaire
Financial District
Parish Cafe & Bar
Copley
Fat Cat
Quincy
Golden Dragon
Braintree
LTK Bar & Kitchen
Waterfront
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   Double Chin

 

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Double Chin is a gem with amazing options for food, and on top of that, open until 4 AM! The owner brings in a little of her diverse tastes from traveling all around the world, to the Chinese food-rich menu that compliments the decor of the restaurant itself. Basically an experience in this restaurant takes you on a adventurous journey, with some delicious food on the ride! It's a personal favorite for me because I love every dish I try, including the lobster and eggs dish pictured to the right! This is a great place to bring any crowd (romantic, family, friendly, I have done all three). It's also worth it to check out the bakery they own right next door (it's connected, so you can walk there from inside). My mom buys from that bakery, which means it's fresh! The Chin Sisters are really  a special set of lights in Boston, contributing to Boston's uniqueness (thanks Double Chin)! Did I mention they serve cool alcoholic drinks?

Where to Party

Nightlife

Spoiler alert: our clubs and bars close at 2 AM! But don't let that stop your fun because it doesn't have to! If you're looking to have a good time, before you even make plans, think about who you're going with. If they don't have a fun vibe already then you're going to have a hard time enjoying yourself. If you don't count on company and count on your own vibe, that's a different story! And you'll have fun solo (although I personally prefer non-solo activities for nightlife -- you never know what type of souls you're connecting with especially under alcohol influence), but I'll let you be the teller of your story. For both bars and clubs, these are the best areas to be in with options: Downtown, Theatre District, Seaport, Financial District, and Copley. If you're looking for Caribbean parties, you can usually find a couple of parties catered to that audience, but you will have to revert to the hood for parties that really remind you of the Caribbean to get the closest vibe to it). Also very popular in Boston are concerts for both local and popular artists. The Middle East is a very popular spot in Cambridge to check local artists out (by the way, make sure you check our local artists out, we have always had talent and it now seems that it is becoming more noticeable). Don't forget to check out the urban communities of Boston, Cambridge and Quincy for local acts every weekend (G.O.O.D. Music Showcase Series. You'll find bigger artists usually at TD Garden or House of Blues (the Fenway area period is a good area for small and big concerts). There's a lot going on in Boston, it just depends on where your taste lies!

Lower Mills Tavern
Restaurant
Dorset
Restaurant
Guilt
Nightclub
Cure
Nightclub
Empire
Bar
Venu
Nightclub
Zuave
Caribbean Fete
Legends of the Summer
Concert
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Where to Play

Outside of Boston

Around The Cornah (from Boston)

Tons of cool places that are nearby Boston

(close enough to take a half-day trip)!

Quincy Quarry
MA (11 mins)
Blue Hills Reservation
MA (17 mins)
Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Connecticut (95 mins)
Zorvino Vineyards
New Hampshire (67mins)
Rock On Adventure
MA (25 mins)
White Mountains
New Hampshire (164 mins)
Salem
MA (50 mins)
Foxboro Stadium
MA (29 mins)
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Salem for Halloween!

 

I have had Salem on my bucket list forever!  Thankfully, I always have the coolest people to call to do the whackiest stuff. What is there not to love! Including Halloween!

 

We decided to go on the 30th and bring in the 31st while there, rather than go there on Halloween and deal with crowds. It turned out to be a great idea. We wanted the real deal. We wanted to experience spooky things without crowds. We wanted to leave with memories, even though Salem is right around the corner, who knew when we would be back with the long list of other places we want to go to. Anyways, WE REALY WANTED TO BE AFRAID! Mission accomplished.

 

Let me tell you guys what happened! We walked all the way down to a lighthouse with no other physical body present other than ours. We totally jumped the fence of the Salem Witch Museum's graveyard and roamed through it. Definitely spooky. We left the main area and drove to Gallows Hill by ourselves, or what we thought was Gallows Hill (why were there no signs?). It was scary as hell and I honestly tried to leave early LOL. My cousin Tesia and my girl would not have it! I had my pepper spray in hand, Beca had her defense mechanism, Tesia was alert; we were ready.

 

We also visited other staple locations related to the history of Salem, and had a few drinks at the Tavern. We had an unforgettable time! I would do this again every year with fun people! I consider Salem one of the best cities in the world to go to when it comes to Halloween, according to my research.  It feels good to experience a world people are obsessed with, and have a good time too (even though it may not be for us all the time)! Very happy we did it!

        Zorvino Vineyards

 

This might sound sort of dumb of me, but I honestly didn't know vineyards existed in the Northeast! I mean, I think it's fair to assume so since we need sun 24/7 for the fruits to grow? Maybe not. Either way, wine is an art to me that I've been becoming more familiar with over the years. I have started the journey. I took my boyfriend to a wine tasting at Zorvino Vineyards. I highly recommend my readers to visit this very hospitable location in New Hampshire. We tasted about 10 different wines: white, red, fruity, etc. We were tipsy by the time it was time for the tour. The guide gave us some cool history on the vineyard and the owner, who happened to pop his head right in between my beau and I as we were listening. Before he even appeared, which was very cool, I already deemed in my head that this man is a genius, and a very nice guy based on the information the guide was giving us. The experiences prior of getting random discounts if your wine bottle has a cork screw that says "1.00 off" and being able to take the customized Zorvino glasses that we used to taste, home, made me happier. I could tell the owner is very giving, and as a result, I know that's why his business profits gradually. You can't be greedy. You must give, and mean it. 

 

All the wines were amazing. There's always going to be some that's too sweet, too dry, but there's always a wine for you. We bought a box of different Zorvino wines before opening one of them and enjoying a walk through the vineyards. It was a beautiful Fall day where a couple and their party were taking their professional pictures post-wedding, another popular thing to do with their function hall located upstairs. Awesome staff, awesome wine, and the drive is only about 50-55 minutes from the Boston area. For all of my future wine connoisseurs, embark on this journey with me!

Did you know? 

  • You can find discounted tickets to all museums via Boston Public Library on bpl.org? You can request tickets online if you have a library card or visit one in person!

Bianca's Boston BIKE Tour:
Get more out of your t
ime and money, by grabbing a Hubway bike and taking a whole day to experience most of Boston and neighboring cities! 

Notable mention: The Boston Duck Tours serve as a perfect opportunity for a visitor to get a fun history tour and memorable views of Boston. The driver is the storyteller of the ride. While riding through the streets of Boston, you learn about many historical and significant sites as you pass them. Eventually the boat goes right into the water to conclude the tour, and you end up having a very memorable tour! I highly recommend this experience not just for my lazy-butts, but it's overall a cool experience (especially as it goes into the water)!
 

 

  1. The Bunker Hill Monument was created to honor the Battle of Bunker Hill. Another fight between the British and Americans, the battle proved advantageous for the British but still benefited the Americans for the amount of losses (dead bodies) the British had in the battle here. You can actually go inside the monument and walk all the way to the top. That's only minutes away from Charlestown Navy Yard where the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel is still afloat. Find your way back down to Boston Harbor to visit the New England Aquarium (you can also take ferries back and fourth which is a very nice, scenic ride) and in the summertime. Tiding the Codzilla is a fun event for the family, a boat takes you far out into the harbor in order to view the Whales jump. It's an incredible experience because the whales are so huge in person (just pray that you see whales). Boston Tea Party, the famous site where Massachusetts colonists threw British tea into the Harbor after some tax drama, igniting the American Revolution has a museum located close by (walking distance). Right over the bridge the Tea Party museum is located on is the Boston Children's Museum, you can see it from there actually. Unlike the Museum of Science, it is really just for kids, although I STILL ENJOY IT! This place is like a world of imagination from a kid's perspective. It's magical. While here, you might not notice that you're steps away from the booming Seaport District, a newly renovated area by the Harbor known for its new and vibrant restaurants, hotels, bars. It reminds me of the Times Square of New York City. You'll also find the Institute of Contemporary Art here, our museum of modern art (in my opinion). They have the coolest summer shows and activities here but worth to check out all seasons. I got to check out a Nari Ward exhibit here and it was a fire experience, plus they're free on Thursdays from 5-9 PM!
     

  2. Boston Common: Take in the beauty of Mother Nature, this is Boston's Central Park. And while you're there in the summertime, pay $4 to take a calm, picturesque ride on the Swan Boats. Another sweet site located in the Boston Common, the Swan Boats have turned iconic in Boston and for its visitors. Even though it's a short, smooth ride in the Commons, you get a cute and peaceful view of Downtown, Boston and the Common itself.Great ride to take the elderly on! While you're here, familiarize yourself with the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile red/brick walking trail in Downtown, Boston that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites. Depending on where you are, look high above the hill to see that the Massachusetts State House is located right on the top of the elite Beacon Hill. The building the governor calls work everyday offers daily tours to visitors. You'll be able to see it on a hill as soon as you hit Boston Commons. I've been inside and I can't really say there's anything too interesting to see besides dead senators and congressmen (just being honest, the visuals outside will do)! Something to check out when scoping out the million-dollar Beacon Hill area is The Museum of African American History, aside from the beautiful area itself. It is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved four historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century. They host awesome panels on black history here as well that I've enjoyed! 
     

  3. Go back down the hill to find yourself at our City Hall, and Faneuil Hall, right behind it, has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain. You'll find plenty of options for shopping if Copley is too much, and food, especially if you start to venture into Little Italy in the North End, walking distance away from Faneuil Hall with the most authentic Italian food. It is worth it to walk through the Holocaust Memorial Fand take in the or those of you who aren't acquainted with Paul Revere (not even through Schoolhouse Rock) , he was a patriot in the American Revolution,  you can visit Paul Revere's House right after leaving Little Italy. He became a legend overnight as he is famous for warning the Americans and the troops that "The British are coming! The British are coming!" during his Midnight Ride on a horse through the Boston, Lexington, and Concord streets. Just a couple of blocks away is TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics basketball team and Boston Bruins hockey team. Many other events also takes place here such as WWE events, Disney On Ice, the most popular musical tours, and more. ​Disney on Ice is a great family event to attend to. My mom took us here several times when we were young. It's a traveling show and they only appear during the winter season. If you haven't taken your kids to Disney World in Florida, which I also highly do recommend for every kid to go to in their prime time, or a Disney Cruise which I could imagine to be amazing, Disney On Ice provides you with a nice sample. Great event for Disney fanatics.
     

  4. A couple of blocks up is the Museum of Science, always used to be one of my favorite places to go to as a child. One time isn't enough. The feeling as a young kid to experience this museum is captivating and overwhelming, your imagination runs wild! Adults also frequent here. I just recently went back to enjoy The Beyonce Experience. Less than a mile away is the famous Hatch Shell where the Boston Pops perform their annual July 4th celebrations. If you're in Boston for a couple of days and need to keep you jogging routine up, jogging around this part of the Charles River is the best thing ever. I did it for two summers straight, nearly everyday for a 30-45 mins. The runs are exhilarating, as you'll pass by other joggers with the same energy on beautiful days with beautiful views. MIT is separated from Boston by the Charles River, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is also located in Cambridge. A university dedicated to math and science, it stands in the top 5 best universities in America. You'll notice that the Charles River is surrounded by all three entities mentioned in this paragraph, on all different ends. The only end not mentioned is where the Mass Ave bridge is, perfect for Boston city-line pictures of Boston's buildings and the "Citgo" sign famous for simply being in all of our televised sports events. While you're at it and if you could afford a break (or come back another day), grab a canoe or Kayak and also enjoy the city line views from water. While you're on Mass Ave, you might as well ride all the way down Mass Ave, finding yourself on the Cambridge side to take a scenic route through Harvard Yard. Established in 1635, the university is located right in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school takes up most of the small city and attracts thousands of tourists everyday. Interesting fact: Harvard produces the most billionaires in the world.
     

  5. Now you can take a scenic half-hour bike ride from Harvard to Boston University on Commonwealth Avenue, a 10-min Uber ride, or the same amount of time on the train. You'll find yourself on a long stretch of road known as Comm Ave that reminds me of the New York University area. Right at the state of where BU begins is Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team, as well as the first MLB stadium ever in America. The environment in and around this stadium is quite fulfilling to a sport's fan soul. If you don't know the lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's "Sweet Caroline", you better before you find yourself at a game. As you keep driving down Brookline Avenue you'll eventually run into Longwood Medical Area, home of Boston's best in the medical field. Here is where you'll find Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women, Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. If interested in hospitals, the nation's best, MGH is located close to the Hatch Shell or Beacon Hill, so I recommend visiting when visiting sites in #2 or #4. Right behind the medical area is the 1st public high school in America, Boston Latin School. Established in 1635, the school continues to stand at the top of America's 50 Best High schools. It is the predecessor of the world's #1 college, Harvard. Many historians, signers of the Declaration of Independence, inventors, war veterans, billionaires, and owners of major corporations in America graduated from here, dropped out also (as Benjamin Franklin did, who later became one of the four Founding Fathers of the United States of America). Hopefully I'll join the notable alumni list someday? In my wildest! This is not the location of the actual first school. It is actually located on School street, the very same location of Benjamin Franklin's statue. It's apart of the Freedom Trail if you ever decide to follow it. Now before you leave this area, know that this area is also home to several private high schools, universities and colleges, literally all within the same mile of each other: Emmanuel College (on your way from Fenway, right next to Beth Israel) & Simmons College (right next to Boston Latin), Mass Art (right behind Boston Latin), Mass College of Pharmacy (right behind Boston Latin), Wentworth Institute (right behind Mass Art) and Northeastern University. The famous Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum known for the famous $500M heist of work from Rembrandt and others, is located to the back right of Boston Latin. They also have very cool concerts (on the acoustic side) in here.
     

  6. Now if you want to make a loop (a circle) of all of the aforementioned sites, I'd recommend riding on Huntington Avenue pass the colleges in #6, finding yourself at the Museum of Fine Arts before hitting Northeastern University. On your way back to Mass Ave, you'll hit the famous Symphony Hall at the corner of Mass Ave and Huntington, right across the street from it is the beautiful Christian Science Center.  Just a couple fo blocks up from that on Mass Ave is another famous college, Berklee College of Music, and while on Mass Ave you might as well take a right on Newbury Street to get some shopping or dining in. Newbury Street,  the "5th Ave of Boston", has become the city's premier shopping district for the city's wealthy and fashion-forward. It is a long strip featuring some of the world's most elite stores down to the very stylistic. It is home to some of the best restaurants in Boston. Many people own apartments on the street also. Bentleys, Bugattis, and Lamborghinis are just some of the luxury cars that zoom through on a nice day, or valeted in front of a restaurant. The street is an easy getaway for the local Bostonian to visit (as commuting is easy) and a satisfying experience for the average visitor. If you find yourself on Newbury Street you'll find yourself in the famous Copley area where the luxurious Prudential Center and Copley Mall are located.
     

  7. If you're in Boston for a short period of time and you need to head back to the airport, I would recommend doing thls location last, as you get closer to to the airport! When leaving Copley, driving in the same direction as everyone else on the one-way Boylston Street, you'll pass Boston Common on your left before entering Boston's Chinatown. If you have time to stop for another bite, try Double Chin, they have the coolest dishes in Chinatown, they have a universal taste aside from their traditional Chinese dishes. If you take a left onto Washington Street where Boston's famous Paramount Theater is, and you keep riding until you take a right onto Summer Street, keep riding down Summer and you'll eventually be riding through the  Financial District until you get to the heart of it. 
     

  8. Castle Island and George's Island were important locations during the American Revolution, and best to visit on day trips (or half-day trips). You'd enjoy the thrill of the ghost stories on both islands! Fun for kids! JFK Library & Museum isn't too far away and it's off the MBTA. This is not a museum I learned about until I was older. You won't find it as crowded as other museums but extremely informative on stories other museums don't provide about the Kennedys, Massachusetts politicians and more law stuff. This is located in Dorchester and is only a 15 minute Uber ride off the same highway, I 93. Hopping onto the same road heading away from the downtown area off of exit 15, you can find yourself at Franklin Park Zoo in less than 17 minutes. If you stay on that same highway and do not take the exit to the zoo, in 13 minutes you can find yourself at Quincy Quarries, an abandoned turned into a graffiti playground. Just 11 minutes away is the Blue Hills Reservation, which is a beautiful state park that covers a couple of Massachusetts towns, best known for hikes. This is a gem because when you're there, it doesn't feel like you're in the city, but you're only 20 minutes away. Before I take you further down, we're gonna start back up again at Franklin Park Zoo, which is only 13 minutes away. If you happen to be staying in the city, you can head back that way via bike away from the Dorchester/Mattapan area (welcome to my hood), while on your way, you might as well take one last pit stop at Malcolm X's home he grew up in, much of his childhood was on 72 Dale Street! Also, the NCAAP is SUCH a gem in Roxbury only a couple of streets away. Sadly, not populated, but an extremely magical museum in the middle of the hood and I just don't understand this situation but I am here for it (it's seriously in the middle of the hood.
     

  9. If you're a Pats fan, Gillette Stadiumhome to the New England Patriots football team and New England Revolution is about 20 minutes away from Dorchester/Roxbury where we left off. I hope you're still following, we're heading to the south of Massachusetts! You could also take a 75-minute drive to the world famous Cape Cod, this is a place New Englanders (and non-New Englanders) vacation in the summertime, famous for its beautiful naturesque scenery towns. One of those towns is Martha's Vineyard, a place that serves as a getaway place or retirement location for many. The Obama family, as well as many other significant figures frequent here and has served as a significant place in US history. Other cool places also include Mohegan Sun Casino is in Connecticut, not too far from Boston (about 2 hours), and 18 minutes away from there is Foxwoods Resorts & Casino, about 105 minutes away from Dorchester altogether. 100 minutes away from Dorchester also is Six Flags New England.
     

  10. Now we head up north passed Dorchester, and passed the Seaport/Financial District, passed the North End and passed the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. We are going up north people! And if scary things interest you then make it a point to stop in Salem and visit the Salem Witch Museum, just 37 minutes away from Downtown. The town itself is fun during Halloween time. Also worth an honorable mention, speaking of Halloween, is the notorious Spooky World usually only open around Halloween time, it's something every kid in New England has experienced not too far from the city. About 2 1/2 hours away are the beautiful White Mountains in New Hampshire. Standing 6,288 feet tall, located in New Hampshire (not too far from Boston), the gorgeous White Mountains are incredible. Climbing to the top is possible but requires some sort of basic training and preparation (lots of trail mix). If you aren't afraid to camp out in the mountains for a few days, then this is perfect for you. In the summertime, there are full camping staff in the woods available for campers. The water is beautiful, and the greenery is exquisite. We took baths in the lakes. More to come!