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A Working Tourist's Guide to Boston

History buffs are well aware of the charms to be found in Boston, Mass, but you might be surprised at just how much there is to do and enjoy in one of the oldest cities in the United States.  By all means, while you are on assignment in Boston, take the t

History buffs are well aware of the charms to be found in Boston, Mass, but you might be surprised at just how much there is to do and enjoy in one of the oldest cities in the United States.  By all means, while you are on assignment in Boston, take the time to visit the many historical sites from the American Revolution, but better still, explore other things that make Boston such a unique destination year-round.  Let’s examine a few of the best things to do in Boston that you may not have considered.

Craft Beer!  You’ve already been on assignments where you checked out some of the finest winery tours in the area.  When you are in Boston for 13-weeks, make it a point to visit the many breweries that are nestled in and around the Boston area.  From nano-breweries to large-scale regional breweries, like Samuel Adams, the city of Boston alone is home to twelve breweries, with another seven located just north of the city limits.  If you want to mix in a little history with your beer tour, try Ye Olde Tavern Tours for a walking tour of downtown Boston and a few of the oldest taverns in the nation.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum.  JFK was one of our nation’s most iconic Presidents.  While in Boston, explore the JFK Presidential Museum for a closer look into the life and legacy of the 35th President of the United States.  Learn about his early life, his military career, and political career, which was tragically cut short by a gunman in November 1963.  Kennedy was a great historical figure, and his Presidential Library is a must see destination on any trip to Boston.

Shop Till You Drop.  Take a stroll along Charles Street through the famous Beacon Hill neighborhood.  From the cobblestone streets to the majestic brownstones, you will fall in love with everything Beacon Hill has to offer.  While there, you will find dozens of fashionable boutiques and gift shops with designer clothes, bags, and one-of-a-kind items that make this a shopping lover’s paradise.  When it’s time for a break from the shopping, choose from one of many quaint cafés or restaurants.  Another must visit shopping destination is Faneuil Hall Marketplace, established in 1742 as a convenient home for merchants, fishermen, meat, and produce sellers.  Today’s market has been modernized, but it has retained the charm that has made it a favorite for locals and tourists for more than 200 years.  Stroll a little, shop a lot, eat a bit, and enjoy the sights and sounds of jugglers, musicians, and storytellers all.

Free Fridays.  When on assignment in Boston, it isn’t necessary to spend a ton of money just to enjoy this incredible city.  For art enthusiasts, the Boston Public Library, located in Copley Square, is home to amazing architecture and works of art that must be experienced.  Also, the world-class museums throughout the city offer Free Friday admission on a rotating basis.  Another free activity to take advantage of during the summer months is the famous HarborWalk.  This public walkway along the water’s edge links dozens of recreational, cultural, and historical attractions for visitors of all ages.

Outdoor Recreation.  If you are an outdoors lover, there are even things for you to do in a famous city, like Boston.  Just outside of the city, spend a day in the pristine Blue Hills Reservation.  This hiking, biking, and camping paradise features 125 miles of trails and a summit that offers a breathtaking view of the Boston metropolitan area.  For those that want to enjoy the outdoors from within the confines of the city, the Charles River Esplanade is a perfect location to bike or walk along the waterfront, and enjoy a picnic while watching the sailboats casually float along the river.

Foodie Fun.  While in Boston, it is unlikely that you will stumble across the next hottest trend in food, what you will find is a city that can boast a variety of first-class restaurants that are using tried and true techniques to serve up the perfect dish.  Boston’s location makes it a perfect destination to enjoy the freshest seafood around, but it is also home to fine establishments that serve up cuisines from every corner of the world.  An authentic Asian experience can be found in Chinatown, while a visit to the North End allows you to experience the finest Italian dining outside of Italy.  The South End is home to a restaurant on almost every corner, and the Back Bay serves up a mix of first-rate establishments and fun local pubs.  If you like to eat, drink and be merry, Boston is for you!

And you thought that Boston was all about U.S. History.  It is true that there is more than enough in Boston to satisfy the most ardent history buff, but by taking a closer look at all the commonwealth has to offer, you will find that this is an assignment destination that has something for everyone.  Talk to your recruiter today and tell them you want to explore Boston!  If you have already been to Boston, we would love to hear about your trip in the comment section below.  Or stop by our Facebook page and tell us your thoughts!