Known locally as the “T”, the public transportation system in Boston is excellent, and is a great way to see so much of the city. From the spectacular floral displays of the Boston Public Garden to history and heritage of the Downtown area, this one-day itinerary can be carried out completely with the use of the T.
Boston Common and Boston Public Garden
Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden is a great place to start off your morning, and, if you are able to get started early enough, you will not have to deal with sharing the space with other tourists. While both of these green spaces are situated right next to each other, they are quite different. Boston Common is down-to-earth and is great for a quiet stroll, while the Boston Public Garden is immaculately manicured and has such a thoughtful curation of plants. Once you are done, head to the Government Center subway station and take the westbound Green Line to Kenmore, which takes about 15 minutes.
From Kenmore Station, it is just a short walk to Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Even if you are not able to catch a game during your visit, the Fenway Park Tour is still worth taking, especially if you are a fan of the Red Sox. Once you have explored Fenway Park, take a short stroll around the area before heading back to Kenmore Station.
From Kenmore Station, take the Green Line eastbound to Park Street Station, a journey that should take around 10 minutes. From Park Street Station, it is just a short walk to the Freedom Trail, which is well worth doing for first-time visitors to Boston. This is a walking route that stretches out around the city for two and a half miles, and while this may not seem that long, it takes you past 16 of Boston’s most significant historical sites, from Faneuil Hall to Copp’s Hill Burial Ground. The Freedom Trail ends at the Bunker Hill Monument, and, from here, it is just a five minute walk to the Bunker Hill subway station.
From Bunker Hill Station, take the Downtown via Navy Yard number 93 bus, disembarking at Devonshire Street. This is where you will find the Granary Burying Ground, which is one of the most famous historical cemeteries in the country, and the third oldest in Boston. Beacon Hill itself is considered to be one of Boston’s trendiest neighbourhoods, and is absolutely packed with different things to see, from its traditional Brownstone architecture to streets that are lined with sparkling antique stores. Once you have taken a walk around the area, head to one of Beacon Hill’s restaurants for a bite to eat and something to drink, before taking the T back to your accommodation.
Boston’s public transportation system is easy to use, even for tourists who are not used to taking the subway. When it comes to purchasing tickets, there are many different types available, so decide how many days you plan on using the T for before making your purchase, as buying a pass may save you some money.