Exploring Boston: Our 10 Favorite Spots In Our Hometown

 

We're from Boston.

Sure we're off traveling the world and we have no idea where or when we'll settle down, but if you ask our kids where they're from, they'll always say Boston.  We lived there for 10 years, and we know the city well.

The folks at Knok.com asked if we would spotlight Boston as part of their 100 cities to home swap before you die.  I don't think the kids could handle turning down a chance to spread the word about the city they love.

1) The St. Patty's Day Parade!  - We missed it this year, but it's a big family tradition.  The parade's on Sunday each year and it's just one of those casual, local, special events that you shouldn't miss.  Nothing fancy here; no big floats or TV cameras.  But the kids will love the free candy that's thrown out by the local firemen and police officers, and by 12:00 PM the adults are loving the Guinness.  Get there early to find a good spot, and bring chairs if you're able. You'll see everything at this parade!

 

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St. Patrick's Day Stormtroopers in Boston!

 

2) Grendel's Den - Up in Cambridge there's this little basement pub/restaurant/hangout that welcomes kids and serves cheap, creative food and drinks.  Everything on the menu's half price from 5-7:30 daily and 9-11:30 pm (Sun-Thurs).  Enjoy the food and warm fire.

3) Jamaica Pond - Down in Jamaica Plain, you'll find a beautiful oasis that rents rowboats, sailboats, and offers a fully stocked pond for fishing.  Go for a walk or run around the 1.5 mile loop, or just sit out on the grass and enjoy the sun.  If you get hungry, head down Pond St. and grab a burger and bourbon milkshake at Grass Fed.

4) George's Island - Do yourself a favor and skip the vomit comet, AKA the whale watch, and take a ferry to George's Island.  Old Fort Warren sits here and provides wide-open spaces to run around and explore.  Pitch black tunnels and stairways go unguarded here, so make sure you bring your flashlight.  It is the perfect place for hide-and-seek and history buffs.  And for all you campers - don't forget to look into Grape Island.

5) The Blue Hills - Just south of the city you'll find a huge reservation where you can hike, swim, ski, picnic, and get lost.  If the outdoors is your thing, then the Blue Hills are your place.

6) Boston's Speed Hot Dog - Find this hot dog truck in Boston's slightly seedy warehouse district, and you'll find gold.  Don't judge a hot dog by its truck!  This is homemade, tasty, and one-of-a kind.

 

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Fishing at Jamaica Pond.

7) Castle Island - A South Boston landmark, this old fort greets you as you enter Boston Harbor and provides you with a day's worth of activities.  Playgrounds, fishing, and summer fun, the "island" is a great way to see a local side of Boston.  It also offers the best place in the city to view the planes that fly right over your head as they land at Logan. 

8) Mr. Dooley's Irish Breakfast - On Sunday mornings, this quaint pub serves the biggest and best breakfast you'll find in town.  Listen to a horse and carriage trot by and start your day off right!  There's also great authentic Irish music live on Friday nights.

9) Cabot's!  - Looking for the biggest ice cream sundae you can find? Well. . . you found it!  Go to Cabot's, grab the menu, and have fun.  The prices are good.  The atmosphere is fun and easy!  And I promise you that you've never had anything like the Dentist's Disaster!

 

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The Dentist's Disaster! Photo from stuffboston.com

 

10) The Arnold Arboretum - Over 265 acres of trees, plants, and wildlife make up the oldest arboretum in the country.  It's a beautiful place that's full of hills, cliffs, and streams.  Boston's great city oasis.  Perfect for walking, biking, rollerskating or scootering.  And make sure you check out the lilac festival on Mother's Day.

 

We hope you enjoy Boston.  If you're ever in town, and are looking for more than this list offers, you MUST contact us!

 

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Flickr photos by Soelin and JeffGunn


2 Comments

  1. We love Boston! One of our all time favorite cities. I know it's probably cliche but we absolutely love the North End. It's one of our favorite places to hang out.
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