Prep For Parents Weekend by Taking Your Family to These 5 Boston Attractions

Boston is a college town through and through, and yet unlike many other college towns, it’s also a large, culturally rich, world-famous city. For those of you heading to college in the Boston area, the chances are high that your parents will be coming to visit soon. Over time, not only will your parents want to visit but so will various other relatives and friends.

Must-Visit Boston Attractions

You might not yet be super familiar with the city; it takes time to unravel Boston’s many layers. Here are five of our favorite places in Boston, each one ideal to bring visitors to because they will surprise and delight all who experience them! 

1.The Freedom Trail

One of Boston’s most iconic tourist activities and for good reason. The Freedom Trail offers a succinct understanding of the earliest chapters of Boston’s history. It’s a 2.5-mile trail featuring 16 significant historic sights. You can either guide yourselves along the trail or opt for a guided tour. Either way, you do not have to walk the entire trail, although it’s quite fun to see the whole thing at least once. You can visit the official website to learn more. 

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Boston cityscape from the Skywalk Observatory of the Prudential Center

2. Skywalk Observatory

One excellent way to understand a city is from above. Boston’s version of this is called the Skywalk Observatory, which is located on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center. You and your parents will be able to enjoy 360-degree views of the city.

3. Eataly

As far as we’re concerned, few places are as enjoyable as Eataly. If you’re anything like us and love all things Italian food, and culture, then Eataly is going to be everyone’s favorite stop. Essentially it’s an Italian marketplace that also offers an array of dining establishments within it. Delicious wine, cuisine, and delicacies will tantalize your palettes and enhance the family bonding experience.  

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Less of a museum and more of an opulent Venetian palace, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is exquisite. Peruse through collections of European, American, and Asian art, including sculpture, paintings, furniture, ceramics, and textiles. At the end, you can enjoy the lush, open-air courtyard, which will make you feel as though you are truly in Italy. 

5. Mapparium

Impress your parents, or whoever comes to visit you, with a trip to the Mapparium. One of Boston’s most unique and lesser-well-known attractions, the Mapparium is a three-story, stained-glass globe that you walk through. Once you’re inside, A World of Ideas begins, which is an orchestration of words, music, and LED lights illustrating how ideas have shaped our world.

See all five in one day or spread them out over a few days, each attraction can be savored quickly or slowly. All of these attractions are strewn throughout the most common and well-traversed parts of the city. If your visitors require an accommodation, guide them towards staying somewhere central. Copley Square Hotel is located in the heart of Boston, the Back Bay, a stone’s thrown from nearly everything listed above. From Copley Square, you can easily walk or take public transit to any place you’d like to go!

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