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Things To Do in Boston during the Spring - For Free!

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The snow has melted, the coats are put away and the Red Sox are back at Fenway Park. It’s spring! 

The snow has melted, the coats are put away and the Red Sox are back at Fenway Park. It’s spring! While summer has many outdoor free events, there are things to do now:

  • Go to the Charles River: On a warm day the banks of the Charles are the place to be to start your tan and watch the clouds and river roll by and…people watch. So many people you wonder where they’ve been all winter. Maybe you could meet some new friends.
  • Window shop on Charles Street: At the “bottom” of Beacon Hill is Charles Street, one of the oldest and most historic streets in Boston: You can find antique shops, clothing stores and funky jewelry stores. You can also find coffee shops, neighborhood bars and restaurants. Take your camera as some of Boston’s most interesting houses are just off of Charles Street.
  • The Boston Common and the Public Garden: The two biggest parks in Boston. The Common is where cows used to graze many years ago- today, people and squirrels populate. Repeat instructions for the Charles River…and take a nap. The Garden is beautiful in the spring. The flowers and trees are all in bloom and the smell is lovely. The swans, Romeo and Juliet, are swimming in the lagoon named for them. For a very small fee, you can take a ride on the Swan Boats (pedal-powered!) and see the city from a different perspective.
  • Go to Avenue D on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (you’ll need your phone for directions). Avenue D is a park with lawn chairs and a rotating display of public art-murals, sculptures and random conceptual art. It’s a gem.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts: For those of you who want to see more permanent art the museum offers free admission from 4pm until 9pm every Wednesday. The museum is huge- best to do in several visits. It truly deserves the name “Fine”- exhibiting paintings and sculptures from many countries and eras. Perhaps best known is its impressionist art. It is currently showing a “Botticelli” exhibit.
  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, better known as “the Gardner,” is a unique, small museum close to the MFA (same T stop: “museum”). It is a replica of an Italian Villa built by the Gardners. It has a beautiful garden in the center of the villa tended by a year-round gardener. After amassing a collection of art from Europe they built a structure to house it. And the museum has a mystery…twenty-plus years ago, the police showed up late one night claiming they had seen a light on the 3rd Someone was in the museum! The guards let them in but…the police were really thieves, dressed as police. They stole 15 paintings, eight of which were priceless, never to be seen again. The investigators are still looking for them. The Gardner is free for members, visitors under 18 years old, U.S. military and families.
  • Newbury Street: It will be hard not to spend any money here, but you can always just look. Full of small shops and exclusive boutiques, Newbury Street is the most beautiful street in Boston. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants are everywhere as are clothing shops and specialty stores. Another great place to people-watch and hear languages from all over the world from many sidewalk cafes.

So, put away your phone and experience Boston in one of its best seasons. The students are still here from the many universities, ready to graduate or go home for the summer. The city is bustling. Bring an umbrella, the weather can be very changeable but on a warm day, Boston is beautiful. Come experience it.



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