Four years go by quickly. And as graduation season rolls around, many of Boston’s students are entering their final weeks in the city. But before you toss your graduation cap in the air and leave Boston, be sure not to miss these ten things to do in Boston, the key experiences you need to have before you graduate.
Tour Fenway Park
If you can’t catch a game at this 105-year-old baseball park, go for a 60-minute guided walking tour of Fenway and its extensive history. The separate Pre-Game Tour gets you onto the warning track and the Green Monster.
See the City on a Duck Tour
You’ve seen these vehicles on the street and might have wondered if they’re all their quacked up to be, but the duck boats are a unique way to see Boston. Departing from the Prudential Center, Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium, the rides cover land and even sea (well, Charles River) and Boston’s history from founding to present day.
Go For a Swan Ride
The Swan Boats at the Public Garden have been operated by the Paget family since 1870. Enjoy a leisurely 15-minute tour of the lagoon in the Garden while a boat captain peddles you around the water.
Spend an Afternoon at Castle Island
Take a ferry ride out of the North End for an afternoon of exploring on this Boston Harbor Island. Pack a picnic for when you’re down exploring Fort Independence and gaze back at the Boston skyline.
See Flowers in Bloom at Arnold Arboretum
It’s worth the jaunt to Jamaica Plain to explore this stunning 281-plus acre park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, where you’ll spot something new each season.
See Art at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
You’ve likely seen its flowery courtyard numerous times in Instagram posts, but this museum modeled after an Italian palazzo seemingly has no equal in the US. Easily one of the ten best things to do in Boston, the museum, which now boasts a contemporary addition by architect Renzo Piano, hosts Mrs. Gardner’s collection of Botticellis, Rembrandts, and Degas.
Step Back in Time at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square
Be sure to check out the Public Library’s new addition before heading to the older part of the building that houses early manuscripts from William Shakespeare and the personal library of John Adams as well as rotating exhibits. Don’t miss John Singer Sargent’s murals or the Italianate courtyard with its fountain and Juliet balcony.
Take in a Boston Symphony Orchestra Concert
Watch Conductor Andris Nelsons create magic onstage with the Symphony’s talented performers. The season extends well into May so there’s plenty of time to catch a show before graduation.
Paul Revere House and the Old North Church
While you can easily spend a day walking through Boston’s extensive history on the Freedom Trail, two highlights are the Paul Revere House (where he lived during his infamous Revolutionary ride) and the Old North Church, where costumed re-enactors recount some of the most important parts of the country’s founding.
Have Drinks at the Top of the Hub
Boston’s skyline is becoming more unique as new residential towers rise quickly alongside historic landmarks, and you can take this all in from the Top of the Hub at the Prudential Center. Make a reservation for dinner 52 stories above Boston or simply go for a cocktail and live music to take in the entire cityscape at once.