As a full-time student living in Boston, after having lived in the area all my life, it was only a matter of time before all the tourist sites got old--a matter of two weeks, actually. So, how else to appreciate the beautiful city of Boston without getting bored? Well, after doing a bit of exploring, I found out that there are so many magical places to spend my time, both alone and with friends!
Here are my top ten favorites:
- The docks by the Harbor. The waves give me an incredible sense of peace--something that's hard to come by while living on Brookline Ave. Being surrounded by nothing but the sea reminds me of my own solidity, bobbing up and down but never sinking.
- Revere Beach. Now that the weather is warming up, the beach is the perfect place to cool down and relax--and it's only a T Ride away! Taking the Blue Line to its self-titled T stop will leave you only steps away from the sand and the sea.
- The Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential. This is a bit more well-known, but it's worth the $12 admission fee for students to watch the sunset burn over the city skyline from fifty stories up. If you're lucky, you can also catch a Red Sox game through the binoculars!
- Café Vanille, a quaint Parisian café located on Beacon Hill. As a lover of all things sweet and French, this café instantly won me over with its charming atmosphere and absolutely heavenly desserts.
- The top of the Custom House Tower in the Financial District. The sights of Boston Harbor, the skyscrapers of the city, and the surrounding suburbs are absolutely breathtaking as you lean out over the balcony at the top of the tower. Keep in mind that pedestrians can only gain admission at 2 pm, and a $2 donation is always appreciated!
- The Tenshin-En Japanese Garden. Located outside the MFA along the Fenway, the garden was inspired by the Zen gardens of Japan. I love how peace reigns here, despite being located in the heart of Boston. Tenshin-En is open to MFA visitors from April to November, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Finale, a restaurant in Park Plaza where dessert is served first! My sweet tooth absolutely loved this--forget the meal, the Molten Chocolate is where it's at.
- The SoWa Open Market on Harrison Ave. So much art, hand-made crafts and housewares, vintage items, and food! I could spend days on end going through each market stall (and making my wallet considerably lighter, but it's seriously worth it). SoWa is an artistic retreat of sorts, and you're bound to find lovely knickknacks for your dorm room here (and your closet).
- The Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner is perfect for any book lovers out there. The shop boasts an incredibly cozy atmosphere, not to mention a fantastic used book cellar where I've found tons of books on my to-read list without paying Barnes & Noble prices. Its prime location in Coolidge Corner also lends itself rather well to snuggling up with a good book at Peet's Coffee & Tea, the Paris Creperie, or even Berry Freeze.
- Public Open Night at the Coit Observatory at BU. If you love nighttime as much as I do, it's definitely worth your while to take a peek at the night sky through the telescopes and binoculars at the observatory--I promise, it's absolutely lovely, and you'll learn some fascinating astronomy while you're at it.