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Boston, MA“This is Boston, a city with courage, compassion, and strength that knows no bounds.” – Mayor Thomas Menino

When my family, friends, and acquaintances travel, I am often asked for recommendations. Since I grew up in Boston’s suburbs and live here again, people ask me for suggestions on what to do when in town. Here goes…



The Boston Common: Take a stroll around the oldest park in America, which was founded in 1634. In the summer, the Boston Common has free Shakespeare performances. You can also wander through the Public Garden, where you can see the George Washington Statue, ride the Swan Boats or check out the Make Way for Ducklings Statues.

Couple in the Park        Boston

Make Way for Ducklings Statues   White Squirrel

George Washington Statue, Boston   The Public Garden, Boston

Flowers, Boston   Tulips

George Washington Statue   George Washington Statue, The Public Garden, Boston

Nearby the parks, you can take a picture of the iconic Cheers restaurant. Sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows your name… And they’re always glad you came. Note: The inside is very different from the television show.

Cheers, Boston

Boston Duck Tours: This is an easy way to get a feel of what Boston is all about by land and water. Quack. Quack.

Boston Duck Tours   Ceci, Gina Pacelli, and Liz, Boston Duck Tours

Fanuel Hall: This cute, little area in downtown Boston has lots of shops and restaurants to explore. The New England Holocaust Memorial is steps away, and The Union Oyster House, America’s oldest restaurant, is also nearby. My recommendation is a cup of clam chowder and a glass of wine at their bar. Then, check out the pictures of all the celebrities and presidents, who have visited the establishment.

Fanuel Hall  Gina Pacelli, Ceci and Liz, Boston

Ornaments, Fanuel Hall, Boston   Union Oyster House Sign

Union Oyster House Oysters   

    Gina Pacelli Holding a Lobster at the Union Oyster House



The Freedom Trail: This is a 2.5-mile route that takes you through 16 historically significant sites, including the Granary Burying Ground.

Granary Burying Ground   Granary Burying Ground

The Museum of Fine Arts boasts nearly 500,000 pieces of art. The museum also hosts various exhibitions and events throughout the year. Check out MFA First Fridays, where you can sip on cocktails, dance, and explore some art.

Chihuly at the MFA

The Museum of Science has a plethora of scientific exhibits, as well as events, IMAX films, and planetarium shows.

Museum of Science

The New England Aquarium is a great place to check out tropical fish and marine life. One of my favorite things to do at the aquarium is pick up the star fish. You can also catch a show at their IMAX theater.

Penguins, New England Aquarium   Dina and Joanna Check out a Seal, Boston Aquarium

Joanna Touches a Starfish, Boston Aquarium   

Tropical Fish, New England Aquarium   New England Aquarium

Seal, Boston Aquarium   Boston Aquarium

Joanna and Dina, Boston Aquarium

Newbury Street is famous for its upscale shopping, trendy restaurants, and picturesque buildings and churches. Nearby, you can also check out the Trinity Church.

Newbury Street   Oficio, Newbury Street, Boston

Trinity Church   Trinity Church, Boston

Trinity Church   Trinity Church

Trinity Church, Boston

The North End, Boston’s Little Italy, is where you will find a plethora of Italian restaurants and cafes. If you like cannolis, check out Mike’s Pastry, where there is always a long line. You will also find many attractions from the Freedom Trail in this part of Boston. In-between the North End and Fanuel Hall, you can slow things down by doing a walking meditation at the labyrinth.

North End, Boston   The North End, Boston

Labyrinth, Boston

Are you into politics? Or just curious about JFK? Explore the legacy of John F. Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.


Whale watching is also a popular activity in Massachusetts. If you have time, go whale watching with the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises.

Whale Watching, Cape Cod  Whale Watching, Cape Cod

Wander over to Cambridge, and check out Harvard University. which was established in 1636. You can also grab a bite to eat or explore the shops in Harvard Square.


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Boston natives love their sports teams. Attend a game, and immerse yourself into vibrant energy around you…


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Boston, MA   Boston Strong

Dina, Joanna & Gina Pacelli, Boston   Boston Library

Boston, MA   Boston, MA

Dina, Boston   Joanna, Boston

Boston   Create Boston

Top of the Hub   Joanna, Boston Library

Boston   Newbury Street

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