Out of every college town in the U.S., none can boast as many colleges and universities as Boston. From world-renowned institutions such as Harvard and MIT to small niche-focused schools like Wellesley, Boston is filled to the brim with academia.
Each year come May, Beantown’s population begins to expand as families and friends pop in to watch their beloved graduate, graduate! If you’re one such soon-to-be graduate, we advise you to take some time to thoughtfully plan out how to help your family coordinate their stay.
Especially for those families traveling from afar, it will make everyone feel more calm and excited to have you as a pseudo-guide for the day or weekend. After all, in their eyes, you are now a Boston expert having been there for a few years!
Here Are Our Boston Travel Tips (Your Visitors Will Love!)
We are well aware that most of you will be a tad busy preparing for graduation and setting up your life after school. To help you save time and effort, here are a few quick ideas and tips on what to do with your graduation posse, when they arrive.
Make Dinner Reservations For The Big Night
Considering every other grad will be dining with their families around the same dates, it is wise to make a reservation ahead of time. Since there are so many Boston schools in a variety of neighborhoods, to narrow down where to eat, we recommend using this website. All you need to do is choose a neighborhood, look at the options, and then go online or call to make a reservation! Once you’ve booked a table, let your family know the details.
Whether You Can Join Them Or Not, Make a Sightseeing Itinerary
You may have relatives and friends who have never visited Boston before and will be eager to dig in. Help them determine what to do and see by drafting a single-day sightseeing itinerary. It may work out to where you and the entire group can spend one day doing this, but if not, it will be useful for whoever can!
You can use Pinterest or just a general “Boston Itinerary” search for ideas. A few of our evergreen sightseeing recommendations include:
- Freedom Trail
- Copley Square
- Boston Common and Public Garden
- Fenway Park
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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Share Your Schedule With Your Family
Some universities have more than just a single graduation event, but rather quite a few different luncheons, award ceremonies, etc. If this is the case for you, we recommend creating a quick schedule of when you’re unavailable to give to your visitors. That way, they will understand which obligations you have when, and can plan to entertain themselves while you’re busy! Or, attend the events with you, if applicable.
Explain Boston Logistics
Keep in mind many of your visitors may not be familiar with Boston, and won’t know what “the T” is, for example. Depending on where your school is and where your family and friends are staying, you may need to give them some insight. Especially if you know you won’t be with them each day, send out a group email or text explaining your recommendations on how to get around. Tell them where and how to use the subway, let them know if Uber is the smarter idea, etc.
When it comes to your actual graduation ceremony, let everyone know how to get there and what the most accessible mode of transit will be.
If Needed, Help Them Choose a Hotel
Once again, you’re the Boston expert and will have insight into where everyone should stay. If you have time, do a quick search for hotels near your university, and send your family your recommendations.
If you want your family to stay in the heart of the city and have easy access to sightseeing, we recommend a stay at Copley Square Hotel. Located within Copley Square in the iconic Back Bay, Copley Square Hotel is a luxury historical hotel within walking distance of many of Boston’s main attractions.
We hope you find our tips helpful and we heartily congratulate you on your achievements!