Avoiding Tourist Traps - 5 Things for Locals to Do in Boston

If you’re looking to live in the best all-around metropolitan area in the country, it’s hard to beat a new home in Boston. Spectacular architecture, historical interest, educational opportunities, and some of the most sophisticated dining and shopping in the entire U.S. — you’ll find it all here.


Even though more than 16 million tourists flock to Boston each year, its individual neighborhoods and friendly people make it feel more like a small town. If you’re looking to get out and about — and beat the crowds — here’s our list of five things for locals to do in Boston.


Five Things for Locals to Do in Boston

Wherever you go in Boston, you’re sure to see memorable sights. From important museums to the world’s leading universities -- and iconic, ivy-covered architecture -- there’s a picture-perfect view around every corner. Add in the harbor and it’s no wonder Bostonians are so passionate about their hometown.


1. Boston Attractions

Of course, there are a vast number of tourist attractions to visit in Boston, and you will certainly see them all in time. But if you’re looking to beat the crowds, here are some great Boston attractions the locals love.

  • Visit Boston’s Public Markets: Boston’s public markets are like supersized versions of the traditional farmer’s market. With booths featuring everything from groceries and local produce to antiques and craft items, you’ll love stopping in to see what’s new. SoWa Open Market is available during the warmer months, while Boston Public Market is housed indoors and open all year long. If you’re looking for Boston attractions, this is a great first stop.
  • Visit Boston Public Library: The nation’s first free public library is a popular Boston attraction. Check out the museum’s world-class artwork, including murals by artists Edwin Austin Abbey, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and John Singer Sargent, special collections, and rotating exhibits, then have lunch in the Newsfeed Café.
  • Visit the North End: Boston’s Italian neighborhood is a great place to stroll and enjoy the stunning architecture, browse in small local shops, then dine in one of the area’s authentic Italian restaurants. You won’t miss the crowds in Beacon Hill and you’ll get a better sense of the local vibe.
  • Visit Boston’s Parks: Boston puts a huge emphasis on its greenspaces, and the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways offers you abundant places to play as you mosey your way through the heart of Boston. Designed by the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, the parkways date from the 1870s and just get more beautiful with time.


2. Boston Sports Teams

Boston is home to some of the most famous teams in the country, and some of the most hallowed fields. Here you’ll find the Red Sox (MLB), Celtics (NBA), Bruins (NHL), the New England Revolution (MLS), and the New England Patriots (NFL).


If you’re a baseball fan, a trip to Fenway Park is essential and one of the must see Boston attractions. Unlike many other metropolitan areas, Boston has not torn down its beloved baseball stadium, with its famous “Green Monster” left field wall. Opened in 1912, the park was almost demolished several years ago, but an outcry from locals and baseball purists saved the park and prompted a renovation that should keep it in use for decades to come.


3. Boston Restaurants

Boston is known for the quality of its restaurant scene, offering everything from the most obscure and innovative gourmet cuisine to dockside seafood. Here are some of the most iconic local specialties and favorite places to find them:

  • Clam Chowder: M. J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub, Back Bay
  • Linguini with Clams: Atlantic Fish Company
  • Lobster Sandwiches: Alive and Kicking Lobster, Cambridge
  • Crab: The Barking Crab
  • Waterfront Catch of the Day: James Hook + Co.
  • Oysters: Union Oyster House (The country’s oldest, continuously operating restaurant)


4. Boston Breweries

Boston is home to the Sam Adams brewery, which offers free tours each day, Here you’ll also find a variety of smaller breweries, giving the beer aficionado an option for every taste. Harpoon Brewery is a local favorite with a sprawling beer hall in the Seaport district. Trillium is another local favorite with a fun-filled taproom offering a variety of social activities. Be sure to check out Cambridge Brewing Company, the oldest brewery/restaurant in Boston.


5. Boston Boating

Boston is known for life on the water, and you can participate in the nautical life as well. Community Boating, Inc., Boston’s oldest continuously operating public sailing center, offers sailing classes for everyone from beginners to experienced sailors, plus kayaking, windsurfing, and paddleboard instruction and rentals. You can even take part in boat racing with little or no prior experience. There’s something for every age and every background with both the dock and facilities being handicap accessible.


Living in Boston offers year-round excitement and interest. If you are looking for home builders in Boston or new homes for sale Massachusetts, check out Pulte’s gorgeous communities located everywhere you want to be.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Christy Murdock Edgar

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Published 10.21.19

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