10 Picture Perfect Places for Spring in Boston
The weather for the weekend looks a little cloudy but mild. Perfect conditions for exploring Boston. I recently met a lovely photographer and travel expert, Stephanie Miller. Stephanie’s photos have been featured in magazines like National Geographic and other top travel publications. She shared a memory of her trip to Boston one spring, and I asked her to write a guest post for us. So browse below to see some sights that perhaps you haven’t got a chance to explore yet.
I am so excited that Catherine asked me to be a guest on her blog. I am Stephanie Miller of The Scenic Suitcase®. I am a passport stamp collector, obsessive photodog, and adventure enthusiast. I love visiting Boston in the spring. There are so many picture perfect places. The brick facades, cobblestone streets, rich history, and significant landmarks made it one of the most scenic cities I’ve visited in the Unites States (and one of my personal favorites)!
Here are my top ten out of the way spots you may not have explored yet.
One of the most photographed streets in the world, Acorn Street is quintessentially New England. It’s a must on any visit to Boston and especially in the spring.
Based on Robert McCloskey’s children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, these bronze statues are found in Boston Public Garden where the book is based.
There are numerous graveyards in Boston with some of the most notable names in American history.
For instance, in the Granary Burial Ground you’ll find such notable individuals as Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and even Mother Goose! (Although in reality Mary Goose wasn’t related to Elizabeth Goose, the mother-in-law who inspired the famous nursery rhymes. The lie was concocted to make Mary’s gravestone a tourist attraction, which it certainly is.)
Located on the corner of Washington and State Streets, you’ll find the Old State House. Considered to be one of the most important public buildings in American history, it was the site of the Boston Massacre and where John Adams said “Independence was born”.
The stunning interior of Boston’s Trinity Church is simply awe-inspiring.
Boston’s Holocaust Museum is located along the freedom trail near the Haymarket MBTA station. It was inspired by several survivors who began new lives in Boston. The memorial consists of six glass towers reaching 54 feet in the air and lit from the bottom. The number six has significance for the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, the six main death camps, and the six years during which the Nazi’s “Final Solution” was carried out.
The Union Oyster House is America’s oldest restaurant, and has some of the most delicious seafood on the east coast! Coincidentally, it was also a favorite of John F. Kennedy, and you’ll find his usual booth tucked away on the second floor.
The Old City Hall housed the city council from 1865 to 1969 and is one of the earliest examples of French Second Empire architecture in the U.S.
Located between Washington and School Streets, the Irish Famine Memorial contains two sculptures. The first portrays a starving family during the Great Famine of 1845 to 1852 – a stark contrast to the second, which depicts a prosperous Irish family that emigrated to America.
The Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge is a stunning reflection of deconstructivist design by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry. Definitely a must-see!
Harness your inner child on the Boston Common carousel! In addition to its charm, it’s also wonderfully affordable at $3 per ride.
Speaking of awesome arches, you can find this beauty in Christopher Columbus Park. It’s especially lovely to stroll through at night!
I hope you enjoy your short tour of Boston and get out and see the sights for yourself. If you'd like to see more of my spring trip to Boston, you can visit my 27 Picture Perfect Reasons to Visit Boston post on my website here.