Here’s a foolproof game plan for when your parents decide to visit last-minute.
When your parents decide to visit you in the city for a weekend, oftentimes they’ll expect you to show them the best of Boston. But where do you even begin in such a gorgeous city as this? These 7 Boston activities are parent-friendly and fun for both tourists and locals alike!
1. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum is a beautiful sight to behold, both inside and out. The building itself is a fantastic work of architecture, done in the style of a 15th-century Venetian palace. The artworks inside include over 7500 paintings and sculptures by artists as famous as Botticelli and Titian. With plenty of sights and history, the Gardner is a truly impressive location to tour.
2. Faneuil Hall
If your parents want to do some classic tourist-y activities, any of the stops on the Freedom Trail are a good idea. But rather than spend money (and energy) on walking tours, a visit to Faneuil Hall is an educational, fun, and easy experience. Faneuil Hall’s history goes back to the American Revolution, so you can learn all about the colonial times while also stopping for a bite to eat and shopping opportunities.
3. Union Oyster House
Established in 1826, the Union Oyster House is one of the oldest restaurants in the United States. It has quite the rich history, and it’s even a stop on the Freedom Trail, but that does mean it’s a very popular tourist spot. However, locals and tourists alike can enjoy the fascinating history and food of this iconic Boston eatery, making it a worthy stop for your parents.
4. Newbury Street
If your parents love to shop while they’re travelling, Newbury Street is a no-brainer for what to do in the city. With tons of boutiques and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to spend a day in the Back Bay. Even if Dad’s not crazy about shopping for clothes, there are also bookstores, comic book shops, and art galleries on Newbury, too. After you’re done shopping, there are plenty of good brunch and dinner options in the area as well. Our favorite? Jonquil’s Cafe and Bakery, where the geometric pastries are sure to wow your parents!
5. Modern Pastry
Checking out North End is a must for tourists, and what better way to experience the neighborhood than to enjoy some delicious cannoli? In fact, if your parents are down to enjoy a refreshing cocktail afterwards, you can take them to the Modern Underground Bar and Grill. Despite its location just beneath one of Boston’s eminent tourist destinations, many tourists and locals alike unwittingly pass by this charming underground spot!
6. The Waterfront
Boston’s waterfront is the perfect spot for dinner with a view. With a variety of options for all different price points, you’ll be sure to wow your parents with a gorgeous venue for dinner if you take them to a waterfront restaurant.
7. Arnold Arboretum
if you’re parents are the outdoorsy types, there’s no better way to spend a relaxing day in Boston than to rent a Blue Bike and roam around one of Boston’s public parks. Our favorite is the Arnold Arboretum, the oldest public arboretum in America at around 150 years old. You’ll enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous views without leaving the city!
[featured image: Unsplash / Sydney Angrove]