Going to college in a big city especially in the middle of the pandemic can be intimidating because there’s so much to do yet it’s hard to figure out where to start! This guide to all the classic things to do in Boston should do the trick.
Boston requires everyone to wear a mask when they are in a public setting except for when sitting at restaurants or large outdoor spaces where you’re being socially distant. Although bars are closed and all the stores close by 7pm, there’s still a lot to enjoy! Here’s a list of all the classic things to do in Boston that you can still enjoy during the pandemic!
Newbury St & Prudential Center
If you have lived in Boston and haven’t been here, where have you been! This street is a classic for weekend shopping trips and if it suddenly starts downpouring, you can take shelter at the Prudential Center, a huge mall with an Eataly inside! You can end your day by making a reservation at one of the fantastic restaurants on Newbury or Boylston St. for dinner!
When you reach the end of Newbury St, you’ll arrive at a beautiful park called the Boston Commons. In the winter they have a public ice skating rink and in the summer you can watch the ducks in the pond! It’s a great place for a picnic or even just a stroll. It’s something you can do while social distancing from others and still have a great time.
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
Faneuil Hall has a ton of stores and restaurants to choose from and it’s a great place to spend your Saturday afternoon. In the winter, they put up a huge Christmas tree in the center of the marketplace! Quincy Market is a building with a colonnade of restaurants and vendors. It’s the perfect place for a mid-shopping trip snack, dinner, or even dessert! It’s where the Magnolia Bakery is located as well. Make sure to check out their website to see what’s open!
The best Italian food you can imagine is all around you when you come here. This part of Boston is where you can find some authentic Italian mom and pop restaurants. The options are literally endless. There’s a restaurant for everybody and you can never go wrong with your choice. They have outdoor seating so it’s perfect for either social distanced dinners or intimate date nights! After dinner, our personal favorite is Bova’s Bakery for dessert and they’re open for takeout! Mike’s pastries is also a classic.
This area in Brookline is adorable and right behind BU’s campus. It has lots of places to eat at, a quaint movie theater, and cute little shops all over. It’s a great location to spend an evening after classes or get brunch on a Sunday morning. Coolidge is filled with restaurants and supermarkets from all different cultures plus an awesome Trader Joe’s when you need to restock your groceries!
ICA & MFA
The Institute of Contemporary Art in Seaport is open to the public! Although it’s smaller than the MFA, it has a huge gift shop and their art is very cool. It’s right on the water as well so you get to enjoy a beautiful view when you’re done!
The Museum of Fine Arts in Fenway is closed until the early fall but you have to visit when it opens. It has an extensive collection of art and you can enjoy it while socially distancing from other people. Fenway is right nearby and has lots of restaurants that you can walk to for lunch. If you’re lucky you can hear the new simulated roaring at Fenway Park during baseball season!
Remember to use your student ID to get free access to both museums!
Although it’s technically in Cambridge, this area on the other side of the river is incredible. They have both a Milk Bar and Pizza Bar location here and it’s heaven. Tons of little stores, Harvard right next door, and the cobblestone street make it the cutest place to spend a day with friends while still wearing your mask!
We hope this helps you achieve the best possible experience for your school year! Remember to wear a mask wherever you decide to go and wash your hands often.
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