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5 Things to Do in Downtown Boston


February 28th, 2020
5 Things to Do in Downtown Boston

Step into the heart of the city! Downtown is home to some of the most famous and iconic attractions in Boston. Learn about the city’s colonial past, munch on great bites or shop ‘til you drop at this popular neighborhood. 

Walk the Start of the Freedom Trail

No trip to Boston would be complete without a taste of the Freedom Trail. While you can walk the entire route, you may want to stick to the start on Tremont Street. Walking the initial section will take you past the Granary Burying Ground, the Old State House, the Old South Meeting House and Faneuil Hall, to name a few important sites. 

Eat and Shop at Faneuil Hall 

While you’re following the red-brick path of the Freedom Trail, take a side tour of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. As one of the most visited spots in Boston, Faneuil Hall is always busy. Grab a meal, get your caffeine fix, shop for Boston beans or peruse knick knacks in Quincy Market, North Market or South Market. 

Walk around Boston Common and Boston Public Garden

The Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden are the lungs of Boston. These stunning parks are part of the city’s rich history and cultural heritage. Whether you’re looking for the statue of Make Way for the Ducklings or simply want to people watch from the iconic swan boats, these parks won’t disappoint. 

Vist the New England Holocaust Memorial

Just across from Boston’s City Hall is the New England Holocaust Memorial. This memorial is made up of six illuminated glass towers symbolically etched with 6 million numbers to represent “one of the greatest tragedies of our time.” The memorial is open 24/7, rain or shine. 

Go Shopping in Downtown Crossing

Washington Street in Downtown Crossing is the heart of Boston’s shopping district. Whether you want to go on a shopping spree in Macy’s or Primark, or hunt for sweet deals in T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, there’s something for everyone. Take a turn at any side street to grab a quick bite before heading back to one of Boston’s top shopping spots. 

Once you’ve explored Downtown’s history, come back to Allston and get a taste of the contemporary side of Boston. Book your artsy room at Studio Allston and #StayOutsideTheFrame. 


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