With over 30 higher education institutions, Boston is a mecca for learning. With so many universities, colleges, and community colleges in one city you can imagine the energetic buzz that permeates the city once back to school season hits!
As students begin to make their shopping lists, we thought it might be nice to create our own list. Instead of a back to school shopping list, we’ve created a bucket list of things to do while living in Boston, geared towards college students. We know how demanding school can be, and taking a break from time to time is healthy! All too often we hear Boston college students tell us how they wish they would have taken more time to go, see and do things around Boston. In order to ensure you don’t miss out on some of Boston’s finer offerings, use our helpful bucket list.
Here’s Our Bucket List for Boston College Students
1. The Freedom Trail
By far and wide one of the most classic Boston experiences, The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that takes its walkers to 16 important American Revolution sites. Marked by a specific red-lined brick path, the trail is easy to follow. You have the option of guiding yourself or going on a guided tour.
2. Everything Classic in Boston Common
We’re going to lump a few things together for this one, as they are all at the same place. Absolute classic Boston bucket list items include the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Swan Boats. Walk through the Boston Common, the oldest city park in the nation, and then onwards to the adjacent Public Garden. After a stroll or picnic in the Public Garden, go for a ride on the beautiful, and historical, Swan Boats!
3. Red Sox + Fenway Park
Being one of the most historic baseball parks in the nation, Fenway Park must be included on every Boston bucket list. Most likely while you’re there you’ll get to see the well-loved Red Sox, and, we recommend taking a 50-minute tour of the stadium as well.
4. The Mapparium
One of our favorite more off-the-beaten-track bucket list experiences in Boston lies within a three-story stained glass globe. Say what? Yes, you can literally stand inside a giant globe, named the Mapparium, at the Mary Baker Eddy Library.
5. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Not all museums can be both informative and aesthetically spectacular, but the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is decidedly both. Spend a few hours savoring the experience inside the replica of a 15th-century Venetian palace surrounding an enchanting garden.
6. The Harbor Islands
The Boston Harbor played a significant role on many occasions throughout U.S. history and is also a lovely sight to take in. There are a variety of ways to enjoy the harbor, and one of our favorites is to take a short ferry ride from Long Wharf to visit the peaceful Harbor Islands.
7. Participate in The Boston Marathon
By participate we mean spending the day celebrating alongside the rest of Boston, or if you’re so inclined, run in the marathon!
8. Marvel at The Boston Public Library
The lovely Boston Public Library offers plenty to do, see, and explore, not to mention the structure in and of itself is an architectural icon.
9. Eat Seafood, All the Time
Boston is world-famous for its oysters, and seafood in general. This is perhaps the easiest bucket list item to attend to, simply eat some seafood everywhere and anywhere in the city!
10. St. Patrick’s Day
Do you live in Boston if you haven’t celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Boston? We think not. The next best, and biggest, celebration of the green holiday outside of actual Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is wildly fun. Catch the parade in Southie, participate in the 5k, watch the annual Dropkick Murphys concert, or just pub hop all day long, there are a gazillion ways to enjoy!
Ok, ok, we don’t want to overwhelm our city’s students with too many bucket list items. Although, if we had our way this list would include well over 50! Starting off with the 10 listed, though, is a great way to dive into Boston culture and take some time to have fun and explore in-between finals, midterms, and homework.
If you are heading to Boston a little early or for move-in day, Copley Square Hotel is the perfect place for students and parents to stay. With shopping, dining and some of Boston’s best attractions nearby maybe you can check something off your list before school even begins!
Take advantage of the Back to School offer with 20% off Best Available Rate & 20% off Breakfast during College Move In this August & September. In addition Bed Bath & Beyond will provide a 20% Entire Purchase Coupon with your overnight stay to purchase large or last minute items at a nearby Bed Bath & Beyond. Stays at Copley Square Hotel always include free wi-fi, morning coffee, fitness center usage & nightly wine hour at 5 pm.