Friday 2 Dec, 2016

Free Time Suggestions: Boston

There are so many reasons to love Boston (full disclosure: our North American Headquarters are located here, so we may be a little biased) that it would be impossible to fit everything into one of our tours. We did our best to include all of the major highlights, but like with any tour, there is always more to see! Luckily most of our Boston tours have some free time built in so we’ve put together a list of destinations for you to explore with your group at your leisure.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
isabella-steward-gardner-musuemIf you are a fan of art, don’t miss the chance to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Home to various collections of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and decorative arts from around the globe, the museum was founded by a well-known collector and patron of art, Isabella Stewart.
#insiderfact: The museum entrance is free to anyone named Isabella.
Photo credit: Nic McPhee

The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library
mappariumEnter inside this three-story tall glass globe and view the earth as it was in 1935.
#insiderfact: Because of the almost spherical share of the Mapparium, those at one side of the bridge can hear loud and clear the whispers of someone on the opposite end!
Photo Credit: Smart Destinations 

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
rose-kennedy-greenwayTake a break from your walking tour and have a quick lunch on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway! The linear park passes through Chinatown, Financial District, Boston Waterfront and the North End, which makes it the perfect path to get to know a little bit of the many different neighborhoods in Boston.
#insiderfact:The Greenway is named after Rose F Kennedy, who was born in the North End neighborhood!
Photo Credit:MOTT

Have the Grilled Cheese and Truffle Fries at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
boston-free-time-suggestions-roxysFounded by a senior at Emerson College, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese quickly became one of the most popular food trucks in town. Order your grilled cheese with a side of truffle fries and you won’t be disappointed!
Photo Credit:Megan Marrs

Check out the view from Tufts Library Rooftop
boston-free-time-suggestions-tufts-viewCheck out a beautiful view of the Boston Skyline from the Tish Library Rooftop at Tufts University. The best part is that it is completely free and away from popular tourist crowds!
Photo Credit: Jon Collier

Union Square Donuts
boston-public-marketSatisfy your sweet tooth craving by making a stop at the Union Square Donuts location inside the Boston Public Market!
#insiderflavors:Maple Bacon, Apple Cider, Apple Crisp and Pumpkin Pie
Photo Credit: Massachusetts Office of Transportation

Interested in traveling to Boston with your students? Browse our educational tours to Boston here.