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If you’re just visiting, the MBTA -Boston’s public transportation system is a quick and cheap way to get around Boston. Nicknamed by locals as the “T,” it includes the subway, bus, trolley car, and water taxis/ferries. The “T” can get you anywhere in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Other ways of getting around are rental cars, taxis, the city’s bike-share program called the Hubway, city tour trolleys, and walking (the city is small enough and is called America’s Walking City). If you are looking for a way to see Boston Attractions, then the Go Boston Card is an economical option to get around.
Boston is a place where the old meets the new, and there are plenty of historical sites to visit as well as contemporary attractions and things to do. Fenway Park, Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, New England Aquarium, Old State House Museum, Skywalk Observatory, and the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center are some of the must-visit attractions in Boston. For exciting things to do you could go on a Whale Watching Cruise, Boston Harbor Sunset Sightseeing Cruise, a High-Speed Boat Ride, or a Hidden Gems of Peddocks Island Tour. You also have the option of combining all top attractions and activities in Boston in one single ticket with the Boston CityPASS, the Go Boston Card or the Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour.
From huge malls to high-end designer stores to niche boutiques, Boston has shopping options that cater to all shopaholics. The Boston Public Market is an excellent place to pick up local produce. Faneuil Hall Marketplace also called Quincy Market, is one of Boston’s most popular shopping destinations and has both local and international brand stores. Harvard Square is the place to go to for some really funky apparel and accessories as well as cool street performances. For designer wear and luxury brands check out Newbury Street. Beacon Hill and Charles Street are home to a host of chic boutiques, trendy specialty stores, and quaint antique shops. For discounts and bargains head straight to the Wrentham Village Outlets. Southshore Plaza, Copley Place, Natick Mall, and CambebridgeSide are some great malls to visit for shopping in Boston.
Boston is generally considered safe for tourists, but as with any city, while traveling, tourists need to take all the usual basic safety precautions. This includes staying away from rough neighborhoods, avoiding dimly light areas and parks at night, and not flashing around expensive phones, cameras, etc. Boston is quite safe during the day, and most of the areas frequented by tourists are safe during the night too.
Back Bay and Copley Square are the best places to stay in Boston, especially if it's your first time visiting. They are both centrally located and well connected to all other areas in Boston. Downtown is the place to stay at if you are on a budget. Choose Beacon Hill for exclusivity and old-world charm.
Boston is quite determinedly shedding its reputation for stodgy food and embracing a thriving and more international food culture. While in Boston do try out the Lobster Roll and Clam Chowder at Neptune Oyster, Jumbo Bagels at Bagelsaurus, the ceviches at Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Café, mezze platters at Ilona, Koji chicken at Zuma, sushi at O Ya, fine dining at Yvonne’s and the Indian Pudding at Durgin-Park.
Anytime between June and October is considered a good time to visit Boston, with September being considered especially good. July and August are also economical to visit Boston. January and February are kind of cold but can also be the least expensive time to visit Boston. October is when prices are likely to be on the higher side. If you are in Boston for work, the financial district would be an ideal place to stay. Fenway is one of the hippest places to stay with a healthy dose of sports, culture, and nightlife. If nightlife is your focus, though, vibrant Chinatown might be a good option.