Introducing the city

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Main Course £11.90 | $15.15

About Boston

Boston is a historic New England city home to cobbled streets, Old World charm, the Red Sox baseball team and plenty of authentic seafood eateries.

Famed for being the oldest city in the USA, Boston in New England is bursting with culture, history and a vibrant student population. More European than its surrounding counterparts, the city is full of cobbled streets, historic buildings (including the 1848 Public Library and the 1909 Museum of Fine Art) plus the oldest church in America. This is a city that's immensely walkable and, if you visit in the summer months, there's no better way to explore than with a stroll through the North End, an area of Old World charm and authentic coffee houses.

Boston is also one of the country's biggest sporting cities, with Fenway Park - home to the Red Sox major-league baseball team - a hugely popular venue with the locals. After working up an appetite on the city's iconic Freedom Walking Trail head to one of the local restaurants for a Bostonian staple - clam chowder and a beer - before relaxing in one of city's open green spaces like Boston Public Garden.

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When Should You Visit?

July sees the hottest weather with plenty of warm days and the least rainfall.

Boston has a humid continental climate with mild to warm summers and cold winters; it often sees deep snow and 'Nor'easters - severe storms - between November and March. The warmest month is July with an average high of 27 degrees Celsius; the coldest is January with an average low of minus 5 degrees Celsius. The wettest month is January which is also the snowiest.

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Travioor top tips

MUSEUMS
TRAVEL CARD
WALKING TRAIL

Insider Info

  • The first floor of the Boston Athenæum Museum is free and there are also free public tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm (advanced booking required).
  • The Charlie Card is a transport card that offers discounts for different kinds of bus journeys at a reduced cost.
  • The Freedom Trail is a 4km walking trail of the city, marked by a red line along the pavement. It takes in 16 of the city's most famous and historic sites.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.90 | $15.15

3-Course Meal £55.53 | $70.69

Cappuccino £3.07 | $3.90

Beer £4.76 | $6.06

The Scene

Boston cuisine is similar to the rest of the New England area, although it has a few dishes that are native to the city. Seafood, including clam chowder, fish and chips, oysters and lobster are all popular with the locals, as are dairy products such as various cheeses. There's also a thriving Chinatown area that has plenty of Asian restaurants as well as bakeries and supermarkets. Food festivals and markets are a popular pastime - Haymarket is the best of the lot, which sells everything from fresh bread to vegetables. In the suburbs you're likely to find a particular local favourite - hot roast beef sandwiches served with sweet barbecue sauce and an onion roll.

Boston's bar and cafe scene is worth a mention - coffee is a big thing and you'll find coffee shops on almost every street corner. If you're looking for an evening tipple try one of the local bars or 'dive' joints, usually recognisable by a gas lamp above the door.

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History

Boston's Story

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and has a significant role in the history of the USA. Puritan colonists from England arrived in 1630 and founded a town on what is now the city - it quickly became an important political hub and trading centre of the region. In 1775 a significant battle at Bunker Hill saw the patriots attack the British which led to the British evacuating the city in 1776.

In 1800 the city once again grew in prosperity as a network of railroads were developed and the town became an important political and education centre for the whole of the USA. During the American Civil War Boston was a crucial area for anti-slavery protests. In the 1950s Boston had become famous for its major textile industry but this began to decline in the second half of the 20th century. Today, Boston is renowned for its world-class medical and educational facilities.

Language

English

The official language spoken in Boston is English, although the accent is quite distinctive and can often be heavy. Although everyone speaks and understands English, if you hear words or phrases that sound like the following you can listen to how the local dialect has developed:

B'daytuhs: Potatoes

Lauren oddah: Law and order

Pahk: Park

Bah: Bar

Fah daze: For days

Need to know

+1 617 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Avoid using a car in the city as the traffic can be awful and the roads get notoriously busy. 
  • If you're getting the MBTA Metro system (or the 'T' for short) note that Inbound means towards Park Street or State and Outbound means away from Park Street or State.
  • Public transit tends to shut down at around 1am on weeknights and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays - after this, you'll need to jump in a taxi.

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the USA here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. CATCH A GAME

Bostonians have a serious thing about baseball. Catch a Red Sox game at the iconic Fenway Park for an authentic city pastime.

2. EAT SEAFOOD

Lobster, clam and oyster lovers are spoilt for choice; the city has hundreds of excellent seafood restaurants; the area around Shawmut is particularly good for local cuisine.

3. HISTORIC SIGHTS

The city is home to some of the oldest buildings in the USA - Massachusetts State House, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Old North Church are top choices.

4. GREEN SPACES

Boston Common, the Public Garden and Harvard University all offer an abundance of green space - if you visit in Autumn (Fall) make sure you catch the trees turning golden.

5. PARTY LIKE A LOCAL

Given its large student population, it's hardly surprising Boston has an up-all-hours night time scene - for great drinks and a lively vibe try Beehive or Beat Brasserie.


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