Crossing one off the bucket list today! Or adding it back to the list, I should say after a weekend in Boston! I’ve fallen in love with the history and lobster and all of the fun things to do in Boston!
View from the Boston Tea Party Tour on a rainy Sunday morning in December
Fun Things to do in Boston in 48 Hours
I went with my family on a four-day trip – we landed on a Saturday and flew out on a Tuesday morning which was a fantastic schedule since we missed most of the traffic and tourists on Sunday and Monday. We’d never been before but I wanted to come for the historical activities and since I’m scoping out cities to potentially move to in a year or two. We packed a lot into 48 hours but it wasn’t overwhelming and ended up being the perfect balance of fun and walking!
1. Boston Tea Party Museum
This was the favorite activity by far! It’s a bit pricey since we paid $75 for one adult, one student and one child ticket. But it’s a live action tour with acting, movies, and interactive activities for the kids. And once you finish the tour, there’s one of the cutest tea rooms upstairs that I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting: Abigail’s Tea Room. It’s very affordable and you have the chance to taste all five teas that were thrown overboard during the tea party!
// I recommend ordering the bottomless tea tasting with a souvenir mug for $7 – it’s a great value and you get a mug that they wrap up to take home with you! Gluten free food options were available.
2. Beacon Hill
This is one of the most beautiful streets in the United States to take a stroll down. And if you go in December, most people will have decorated for the holidays which makes it all the more beautiful. There’s so many beautiful front doors that you’ll dream of moving in for the rest of your trip!
3. Self-Guided Harvard Tour
I’m so glad we decided to spend a few hours exploring Harvard. Granted it was raining and a little cold, but it was still a beautiful area to walk through! We didn’t cover the whole campus, we just visited the “Coop” book and merchandise store, walked through Harvard Yard, and spent a few hours at the Harvard Art Museums which was one of my favorite things to do in Boston! Students and children were free, so we just paid $15 for an adult ticket to tour 3 different art museums. What I really liked was that they had free lockers to put your heavy coats and bags in so you could tour the galleries comfortably and shed some layers for a few hours!
// Recommended: Border Cafe for lunch. It’s affordable and has some of the best tacos I’ve ever had! Corn tortillas were available for GF’ers.
4. Catch a performance at Symphony Hall
This was a last minute addition to the trip because the Boston Symphony Orchestra offers tickets to most performances for only $20 to those under the age of 40 with code “20under40” and that was a deal I couldn’t pass up! It’s a gorgeous, antiqued building and we had amazing tickets to see Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at an amazing price.
5. Enjoy a lobster roll at Bostonia Public House
Bostonia Public House was one of the few restaurants I could find that served a gluten free lobster roll and boy, was it delicious! It was a little pricey at $25 each but it’s a beautiful restaurant in Faneuil Hall and a great way to end the Freedom Trail Tour, which was another one of my favorite historical things to do in Boston!
I think I liked Boston even more than NYC – by a lot! There was something about the city that I fell in love with. From the historical elegance to all of the cherry wood and brown leather in the restaurants, it was a wonderful, cozy city to enjoy a weekend in. I can’t wait to come back! Want to see more travel guides? Here’s how I conquered NYC in under 24 hours.