Back after graduating from University of Houston in 2017, I went to Boston. I reunited with my family there and we explored the city together. We stayed in Hotel Commonwealth and it’s located near everything. In this article, I will be sharing 12 places I’ve visited throughout my 4 days in Boston. Please keep in mind, I get overly energetic when I travel and like to fit as many things I possibly can do during my adventure. Boston vibe is totally different from Houston, and I miss this trip as I am updating this post in 2021.
1. Boston Public Garden | Boston Common
My favorite place was this garden. Some of the flowers weren’t bloomed yet, but the ones that were, were super pretty. Boston Public Garden and Boston Common is right next to each other. Both are great places to walk, breathe fresh air, and look around. While we were there, we met this cute bird or a duck or a goose…
Boston Public Garden has the famouse ‘make way for ducklings’ statue. I feel like the statue was there because there are a lot of ducks and birds in this garden. Below is this huge white bird laying eggs as we are passing by.
Boston Common didn’t have much, few statues and food trucks.. nothing really particular.
2. Boston Museum of Fine Arts
This museum is huge. The entrance reminded me of MET in New York with less steps. $25 for adults. There’s not much to explain since I bet their exhibitions change from time to time, but you should totally check this museum out since there are lot to see here. They also have few shops, cafes, and learning centers for students.
3. Harvard University | Harvard Square
They say Harvard University is the number one, so I had some high expectations. They have a campus but most of the buildings were alright — mainly because when I was visiting back in 2017, a lot of constructions were happening. I personally like University of Houston’s campus more since it’s really pretty, clean and well-decorated with a lot of fountains.
Harvard Square is like Time Square in New York but in a different way. While Time Square is super crowded and bright, Harvard Square is more of a quiet and small shots in the street. There are many cozy restaurants and I prefer this type of setting since each shops has its own characteristics.
4. Tatte Bakery & Cafe
A small brunch cafe in Harvard Square! Beautiful aesthetic interior design and yummy delicious pastries… the second floor serves pour coffee. First floor tends to get more crowded and second floor is more quiet. We got avocado tartine and breakfast sandwich. Both were delicious and healthy!
5. Charles River Esplanade
This calming and serene river is probably the reason why people visit Boston. You should WALK across the bridge once you come here because it’s simply great. A lot of people jogging by the river. Make sure you take a photo because the view is stunning!
Some people were rowing on the boats, sailing or reading a book. Did you know Harvard students practice their rowing on the side of this river for their competition? How awesome is that?
6. Verb Hotel | Fenway Park
The reason I put these two together is because there is not much to see. I read prior to my visit that there might be a lot to see in Verb Hotel, but it’s a small hotel in the middle of the street with cute design, but that’s about it. I didn’t even know it was a hotel until I saw their sign. The location just didn’t seem like the best.
Fenway Park is a baseball park near Kenmore Square. I didn’t actually go inside the park since an event was happening but the park was huge and looked really nice. When you come to Hotel Commonwealth, you can see the photo gallery located on the first floor. One of their elevators are even decorated with baseball theme and signatures of the players. It’s pretty cool, and I think a lot of customers stay in this hotel to go to Fenway Park as well.
7. Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
This restaurant is located inside Hotel Commonwealth. The interior is old-fashioned and modern at the same time. I must say, the food is delicious here! It’s a spacious restaurant with full bar seating, and good for families too. We ordered continental breakfast that comes with greek yogurt parfait, half grapefruit, corn muffin and juices. The scrambled eggs came with bacon, potatoes and sausage. Their potatoes and muffins were especially delicious.
8. Prudential Center
One of the largest shopping center in Boston. Just many shops and restaurants. We went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch and ordered from the skinnylicious menu — the portion was perfect for the three of us! The food quality was okay, I don’t know if I want to go back.
9. MIT — Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This college wasn’t as cool as my expectations since they didn’t really have a campus. The buildings were scattered in the streets. I prefer having a campus but if you don’t care about that, I guess it’s not a big deal. When you go in, it gives a private high school vibe. I didn’t take much photos since there were students but they had paintings and art pieces, and a lot of restaurants, school supply stores and science museums nearby!
10. Newbury Street
This street is located in Back Bay area of Boston. The perfect street to shop because it has almost every brands. One thing that stood out the most for me were the structure of the shops. They are located both on the top and the bottom like a two-story house, but two shops, like neighbors.
Of course, there are a lot of restaurants and it’s only 10 minutes walk from the Hotel Commonwealth!
11. Cafeteria Boston
This restaurant is located on Newbury street and I’m glad I tried it out. We ordered cobb salad and margharita pizza. Both were super delicious with good portions. The service was a bit slow.
12. Boston Atlantic Wharf
On our last day, we decided to check out Boston’s Atlantic Wharf. Even though it was very windy, the sea view was incredible, calm and relaxing. Please keep in mind to make reservations before, because all the places can be full especially during the weekend evenings! We dined at Smith and Wollensky. Their interior was really nice. We got the shellfish towers, lobster bisque, and salad. Food was delicious, however everything was on a saltier side.