Boston might seem a little out of the way from New York City but if you have the energy taking a day trip up to this amazing city is totally doable and utterly worthwhile. Whilst of course there is so much to cover in this beautiful and historic city it is also quite compact and assessable too. Our day trip to Boston left a real impression on us and we would love to return one day. But if you want to get a taste of Boston here is a guide to a day in the city!
How to get there from New York:
Your main options for the tip up to Boston are: Car, Train or Bus.
Driving would be a great way to see a little more on the journey and stop off whenever you like, taking the train is relaxing and scenic but a little on the expensive side. We chose to take the Greyhound and got a great deal on fares! Boston isn’t too far from New York so they make a great start to a US road trip along the East Coast.
The distance is around 215 miles and will take just under 4 hours.
Trains run regularly from Penn Station and take around 3hrs 40mins. Some require you to change mid journey.
Cost: $52 – $76 each way, per person (Cheapest)
The famous Greyhound also runs regular services from the Port Authority Bus terminal to Boston which takes around 5 hours. We set off on an early morning service which got us into the city for around about 10am and left on a late night bus to get us back into NYC for 2am.
Cost: $15 each way, per person (Cheapest)
Things to do in Boston
Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912 and is the oldest and most historic ball park in America, and one of the oldest sports stadiums in the world. Whether you are a die hard baseball fan (like Nic – Mets fan), general sports fan or even just a culture and history junkie this is the number 1 spot in Boston not to miss! Fenway has seen it all, from Babe Ruth through to the post Boston bombing world series championship! The tour takes you all around the park and even on top of the infamous “green monster”, what makes it even more special is the passion of the guides who have seen all the history in this stadium first hand.
Read more about our visit the Fenway Park here:
Quincy Market/ Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall had been a market and meeting place in 1743, several of the cities most important evens have happened in and around the hall. Samuel Adams and James Otis made several speeches supporting and encouraging independence from Great Britain within these walls, it’s subsequently also referred to as “The Cradle of Liberty.” Not with standing all the amazing history contained within these buildings and streets the market is still in full flow all year around offering amazing food and a great atmosphere.
New England Chowder and Sea Food
A trip to Boston wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the amazing local sea food. We headed over to Legal Sea foods in the landmark Prudential centre to try some New England Chowder, lobster and of course this sea food cocktail which was a complete nightmare to eat!!
Wander the historic streets
One of the best things about Boston is just wandering the streets and taking in all the history, the city is a patchwork of buildings dating back centuries which are surrounded by newer constructions. There has been a real effort to preserve the character of the city as it has grown and expanded over the years, from the tiny churches to the cobbled streets literally around every corner you are walking in the footsteps of the pioneers!
Boston harbour is one of the most important in US history, from immigration to the Boston Tea Party this harbour has seen or been connected to almost every important event in the early years of the US. Not only is it a centre of historical events but a lifeline and cultural anchor of the city. Boston much like Liverpool in England was built around the harbour, food, work and recreation all centred around it’s seafaring culture. Of course, things move on and life is Boston has developed but the harbour still attracts a crowd with it’s restaurants, bars, boat tours and scenic views.
Massachusetts state house
This National Historic Landmark is the state capital and house of the government of Massachusetts. Completed in 1798 by the architect Charles Bulfinch it is one of the most important buildings in the city and is often considered a masterpiece of federal architecture. Not only is it saturated in the history of the state and the country but it continues to be used to this day. The building itself is absolutely stunning, the golden dome shone in the crisp winter light as we turned the corner and caught our first sight of it. A must see!
Old south meeting house
Like much of Boston the Old South Meeting House is famous due to it’s role in the history and formation of the United States. The building was originally a church and was built in 1729, it is most famous as the meeting point, on 16th Dec 1773, of the Boston Tea Party. Over 5,000 colonists crammed into what was the largest building in the city at the time to speak of revolution and liberty! This National Historic Landmark also housed notable congregants such as Samuel Adams, William Dawes and Benjamin Franklin. Today it is a museum which can be accessed for only a few dollars.
We absolutely fell in love with Boston and wished we had more time to explore it’s historic and beautiful streets. There are so many more things we would love to do and see in the city, we look forward to eventually paying a return visit…this time hopefully in the summer! As you may be able to see from the photos Boston can get pretty chilly in the winter, at one point it was -13c! Wrap up warm if you head up to Boston in the snow! But not even the weather could ruin what was an amazing but tiring day trip from NYC, if you get the chance to see Boston you will not regret it!