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Hostelworld Guide for Boston The Essentials Climate

Exchange Rates A wise man once said of Boston 'if you don't like the
weather around here, wait a minute'. He wasn't
wrong as it can rain one day and snow the next. But
in general, winters in Boston are very cold and it
sees snow regularly in the colder months. The city
also enjoys hot (if humid) summers. Like so many
cities, spring and fall/autumn are the most pleasant
times to visit.

Getting There
Useful Information
By plane: The majority of airlines flying to Boston
Steeped in history and small enough to explore in a day, Boston is one of America's most charming cities. land in Logan International Airport. It is connected Language: English
This is the city that spawned America's first public park, its first public college and its first subway system. to the city centre via the 'T' (Boston's subway). The Currency: American Dollar (USD)
Funnily enough, it is America's oldest city too. But it's not all history. Socialising and sports are all journey takes approximately 15 minutes and costs Electricity: 110 Volts
pastimes of Bostonians, as is relaxing - one of Boston's finest attributes is its easy pace of life. $2. Area Code: +1 (USA) 617 (Boston)
Emergency Codes: Ambulance/Fire/Police 911
By train: If you travel to Boston via train you will Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT - 5)
arrive in either North Station, Back Bay Station or Central Post Office: 25 Dorchester Avenue
South Station. Main Tourist Office: 2 Copley Place, Suite 105

In this Guide...
By bus: Boston's main bus station is beside South
Station. Consulates / Embassies
Useful Information
After Dark UK: +1 617 245 4500
Places to Eat Getting Around Canada: +1 617 262 3760
Top Attractions Australia: +1 202 797 3000*
Budget Tips On foot: Boston is easily explored on foot and is South Africa: +1 202 232 4400*
Where to Shop one of America's more compact cities. Many of its Ireland: +1 617 267 9330
main tourist attractions are within walking distance Germany: +1 617 369 4900
of each other. Spain: +1 617 536 2506
Italy: +1 617 542 0483
By T (subway): Known locally as the 'T', Boston's New Zealand: +1 202 328 4800*
underground network consists of 4 colour-coded France: +1 617 832 4400
lines, is efficient and is extremely easy to use. *Embassy in Washington
There are a number of stations dotted around the
city centre.

By bus: Buses cover all areas of the city that the T


doesn't, but chances are you won't use the bus as
often as the subway.

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Cheap Eats After Dark Don't Miss Mark Your Calendar

The Paramount, 44 Charles Street, Beacon Hill Bukowski's Tavern, 50 Dalton Street, Back Bay Freedom Trail / Black Heritage Trail Spanning January - Dance Across the City 'Dance Across
This Beacon Hill favourite has all the traits of a Something of a Boston institution, Bukowski's 4.8km and 2.5km respectively, these walking tours the City' is a new festival in Boston that aspires to
neighbourhood hangout but is just minutes from the Tavern epitomises the phrase 'drinking hole'. An are not to be missed. The former brings you past 16 showcase dance as an enriching experience
city centre. Its lunch menu is perfect for the eclectic mix of Bostonians fill this small bar on a of Boston s most significant landmarks like the Old through a series of creative and interactive events
budget-conscious traveller with sandwiches costing nightly basis who come to sample one of the 99 City Hall while the latter explores the history of that are free and open to the public.
between $6-$7. It's also famous for its ludicrously types of beer on offer and steer clear of some of the Boston's 19th century African American community.
tasty breakfasts. Open Mon-Sat 7am-10pm (11pm stereotypically Irish bars that are peppered March - St Patrick's Day Parade Since Boston is
Fri & Sat), Sun 8am-10pm. throughout the city. Open daily from 12 noon-2am. America's most Irish city, it comes as no surprise
The best view in Boston that its St Patrick's Day celebrations are huge. The
The Wrap, 71 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge Every Cheers, 84 Beacon St, Beacon Hill Yes, that parade to mark the event boasts outlandish floats
afternoon a stream of students from Harvard 'Cheers'. Inspiration for one of the best-loved and attracts over 600,000 people to the city
University flow into this Cambridge sandwich bar, sitcoms to ever come out of America, don't expect
keeping the smile on the proprietor's face a to see Sammy pulling beers behind the counter April - Patriot's Day Celebrations Boston
permanent one. Create your own wrap from a variety when you descend the stairs and go inside. This remembers the start of the revolution with a
of fillings or choose one of the ready-made ones. bar isn't anything like what you saw on TV, but it's combination of parades and re-enactments. As
Healthy and filling, 'The Wrap' is a good option for worth having a beer here if only for novelty reasons. Boston is so connected to the revolution, expect
lunch on the run. Open daily from 10am-11pm. Open daily from 11am-1am. massive celebrations.

Ernesto's Pizza, 69 Salem St, North End Some April - Boston Marathon This 26-mile race is the
say the pizza in Ernesto's is the best in North End. Gay / Lesbian Boston oldest marathon in the world. It begins in
Others say the pizza in Ernesto's is the best in Hopkington outside Boston and ends near the John
Boston. Either way, if you're looking for good pizza Even though Boston is one of the smallest of Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
you can do worse than slices from this pizza joint. the 'big cities' on the east coast of America, it Skywalk Observatory, Prudential Center, 800
It's quite small, but the pizza is superb. Open still has an extremely active gay community. Boylston Street, Back Bay For panoramic
Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm. Fritz (26 Chandler Street) has been described views of Boston, the Skywalk Observatory is June - Festival of Bands Boston's finest wind
as 'Boston's gay Cheers' thanks to its relaxed unrivalled. Admission includes an audio guide instrument bands entertain thousands on the first
atmosphere. Buzz (67 Stuart Street) is the which takes you through every part of the city. Saturday of every June at the city's Faneuil Hall.
How do you like your nuts? place to be on Saturday nights while Unlike so many audio tours, these are highly
Cosmopolitan (33 Batterymarch Street) is one engaging. Open daily from 10am-8pm (winter) June - Dragon Boat Festival Boat races are the
of the newest lesbian clubs on the scene. /10pm (summer); admission $11 (adult), $9 focal point of this event which is held on the Charles
(student). River although musical and dance performances
are staged also.
Avalon, 15 Lansdowne Street, Kenmore Square
Attracting the biggest DJs from across the globe, if Boston Duck Tours, 3 Copley Place, Suite 310 June to September - Free Friday Flicks Every
you're looking for a night of pulsating house music Funny, informative, and incorporating trips through Friday during Boston's summer, classic films are
this is where to go. Located on vibrant Lansdowne the city centre and along the Charles River, the screened for free at the Hatch Memorial Shell.
Street, this huge club boasts four lounges, the Boston Duck Tours are one of the best ways to see
'O-Bar' where clubbers can inhale a variety of this historic city. Well-read and witty guides keep
scents of oxygen, and the city's best sound system. you entertained for the duration of the tour and, if June/July - Boston Harborfest This seven-day
Open Thurs-Mon 11pm-late; admission varies. you're lucky, might even let you drive a duck! Tours Fourth of July celebration which attracts 2 million
depart daily every 30/60 minutes from 9am-last hour people annually is one of Boston's biggest.
Grafton Street, 1274 Mass Ave, Cambridge This before sunset; tickets $27 (adult) /$23 (student).
Roasted nut stands, various locations For a July - Independence Day Commemorating the
true Bostonian experience get a portion of Cambridge watering hole isn't your typical
Irish-flavoured bar thanks to its trendy décor, but it's Fenway Park, Lansdowne Street, Kenmore signing of the Declaration of Independence, the
roasted almonds/cashew/peanuts from one of banks of the Charles River, and in particular at the
the stands dishing them out around Washington still a firm favourite with Harvard students and Square Home to some of the most dramatic events
thanks to its top quality nosh and good beer. ever to take place in Boston, Fenway Park is where Hatch Memorial Shell, are where to be for Boston's
Street. To locate one just let your nostrils do the 4th of July celebrations.
navigating. Portions cost approx $3. People-watching is a favourite pastime here thanks the infamous Red Sox call home. Many Bostonians
to its large windows which face Harvard Sqaure. would call it the home of baseball since it is the
Open daily from 11am-1am. oldest active ballpark. Whether its for a tour or a October - Head of the Charles Regata Held on
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Comprising of Quincy game, pencil it into your itinerary. Season runs from the last weekend of every October, this is the
Market, North Market, South Market and Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge April-October; tickets cost $12-$90; tours $12. largest two-day regatta in the world and attracts
Marketplace Center, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Hosting bands from around the US, this intimate over 300,000 spectators annually.
offers Boston's best selection of places to eat. If club close to Harvard Square is where to go for live JFK Library and Museum, Columbia Point, South
you're on a budget stick to the Quincy Market food music. Open nightly from 7.30pm-1am. Boston This museum documents the life of JFK December - First Night Boston's unique New
court where $10's worth of food will have you from his birth up to his untimely assassination in Year's Eve celebrations begin with street parades in
unfastening that top button. Open Mon-Sat Remember it is standard practice to tip bartenders Dallas in 1963. Open daily from 9am-5pm; the afternoon before climaxing with the obligatory
10am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. every time you are served. admission $10. fireworks display that night.

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Neighbourhood Watch Retail Therapy Budget Tips A Day in Boston...

Beacon Hill With its quaint cafés, glowing lanterns Washington Street/Winter Street These two Visit Boston's free museums If you're down and Start the day at the beginning of Boston's
and cobblestone sidewalks, Beacon Hill is one of streets which interconnect at Downtown Crossing T out in Boston you can always take advantage of famed 'Freedom Trail'. The 3-mile walk
Boston's most charming neighbourhoods. Dating station are Boston's flagship shopping streets. some of its free museums. These include the USS passes by some of Boton's, and America's,
back to the 19th century, it is just minutes from Pedestrianised, they are lined with clothes stores, Constitution Museum dedicated to the celebrated most historically significant landmarks.
Downtown Boston yet manages to maintain a shoe stores, music stores and more. It is also where ship and the Massachusetts State House where you
village-like atmosphere. Its main thoroughfare is you will locate 'the world's favourite department can walk onto the chamber floors.
Charles Street but if you have the time delve deeper store', Macy's. Upon returning to the city centre, chill out in
into this district. Boston Common, Boston's oldest public
Go to the Boston Harbor Islands State Park The park. Check out the Public Garden also
Harvard Square Whether it's Harvard kitsch, skate ferry from Downtown Boston to Boston Harbor's which is right beside it.
clothes, jigsaw puzzles, speciality foods or camera islands may cost $10 ($12 Thurs-Sun), but entrance
Gridlocked accessories, you'll have no problem finding it around to the islands themselves is free. Make your way out Take a stroll up Charles Street in Beacon Hill
Harvard Square. Just five stops north of Downtown and you can traipse the trails of Bumpkin Island,
Crossing on the Red Line, if nothing in the stores and grab your lunch in 'Paramount'. This is a
stroll along the pier on Peddocks Island, or walk local favourite and does exceedingly good
inspire you to dig into your pockets, you may feel through the woods on Lovells Island. Ferries operate
brave enough to challenge the square's chess sandwiches.
between May and October.
masters who wait for opposition.
After lunch take a stroll down busy Boylston
Embark on free guided walks You can save Street until you get to the Prudential Tower.
yourself a few dollars by embarking on free guided Enjoy breathtaking views from its
Fabulous daaahling! walks of the Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage observation deck.
Trail. National Park Service Rangers offer free tours
of both walks so make sure to take advantage of
them. For info on where and when tours depart, Boston's two busiest streets are Washington
check out www.nps.gov. Street and Winter Street. Window shop or
treat yourself to something before getting the
T from Downtown Crossing to Harvard.
Explore Harvard Make sure to visit Harvard
Back Bay Designed using a strict grid layout University, America s most famous college. Located
(similar to that of Manhattan in New York) by in the Cambridge district north of the Charles River, North of Boston's Charles River is Harvard
architect Arthur Gilman, Back Bay is home to you can easily imagine what it would be like to study University, the most famous university in
Boston's more affluent natives. Also just a there as you walk the grounds. Incidentally, its three America. Wander its grounds (below) and
stone's throw from the city centre, its two best art museums are free until noon on Saturdays. imagine what studying here would be like.
known areas are around plush Newbury St with
its designer shops and the vicinity around
tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue, perfect for an
afternoon stroll. Newbury Street On par with New York's Fifth A walk in the park
Avenue and LA's Rodeo Drive, Newbury Street
is Boston's best-known shopping street.
North End Considered to be Boston's first Designer boutiques adorn each side of this
neighbourhood, North End is the city's very own street where the city's more affluent people go to
Little Italy. Famed (unsurprisingly) for its top quality stock up their wardrobes. If you're not in the
restaurants, there is a lot more to see in this position to fill your backpack with such goods, it
Mediterranean melting pot. Here you'll find is one of the most beautiful streets in the city and
numerous churches along with Paul Revere s is worth the visit regardless.
house.
Filene's Basement / DSW If you've returned from There are loads of nice eateries around
Kenmore Square Best known as the home of the Newbury Street feeling a little deflated, and you're
Boston Red Sox who delight thousands of adoring Harvard Square. Grafton Street, one of
adamant on purchasing something for yourself, visit Boston's Irish bars, does great food. Follow it
fans in Fenway Park, Kenmore Square is also either of these discount stores within a stone's throw
famously affiliated with nightlife. If you wish to paint Relax in Boston Common/Public Garden up with a pint!
of each other on Washington Street. The former
the town red look no further than Lansdowne Street. specialises in discounted clothes while the latter Situated side by side in downtown Boston,
stands for Discount Shoe Warehouse which, you will Boston Common and Public Garden are two of Return to Boston city centre and check out
South Boston Affectionately known as 'Southie', agree, speaks for itself. America's most beautiful parks. They are the some of its bars. You could do worse than
South Boston is the home of Boston's reputable Irish perfect place to while away an afternoon, 'Bukowski's Tavern' in Back Bay.
community. It might be best-known for the Irish pubs watching the world go by along with the
Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave In a nation extremely tame squirrels. Established in 1634,
that line East and West Broadway but there's more synonymous with shopping malls, it's no surprise End the day off on Lansdowne Street,
to it than that. It has great views of Boston's harbour Boston Common is Boston's oldest public park
that Boston has many. This one in the Back Bay while the Public Garden dates back to the 19th Boston's most vibrant street. Lined with bars,
and is also the gateway to Marine Park. It was district has lots to offers people intent on doing some of the city's best clubs are here too,
featured heavily in the Oscar-nominated Good Will century.
damage to their flexible friend. namely 'Avalon'.
Hunting.

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