Save on gas this summer – "Staycation" in Boston!

Gas has become increasingly expensive over the last year. I'm sure we can all remember, even 6 months ago, our horror at the possibility that a gallon of gasoline will reach $ 4.00. In the current price situation, the average is currently $ 4.00 on the east coast and there is no end in sight. For those of us who like to spend the summer holidays with their friends, family and loved ones, this is a depressing thought. This not only has an impact on the price of filling our own gas tanks, but also on the price of airfares, cruises and all the other means of transportation out of the city during our holidays.

However, there is no need to worry! Here in Boston, we live in a world-class city, and in all our travels across the country and the world, we have really taken this for granted. Mayor Menino himself felt the pain and created a campaign called "Visit the Pin". He has chosen 10 attractions around the city where to place giant red "bugs" of 12 feet. The pins were created to catch our attention and alert us to all the wonderful attractions that Boston has to offer. However, although the places he has chosen are quite beautiful, they are also very touristy and if you have lived there for a while, you have probably been there before – perhaps even several times.

I've created a list of some of the most beautiful places in Boston that you should visit for the first time or revisit! I organized them in 10 outings that can not be missed. This list is full of ideas. You may find that each "one-day trip" contains more than you might be able to accomplish in a day. You may need to choose the attraction or attractions that interest you the most. Make sure to visit the websites for each of the suggestions for more information. I've tried to choose profitable suggestions so that your week off does not break the bank. All you need is your T-Pass (and not an ounce of gas) for a wonderful "Staycation" week in Boston!

1. Day 1: Fine arts and culture

If you live here, you've probably been to the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall, but there are many other ways to explore arts and culture in Boston. Stop at two or three of these lesser known places for a very rewarding day! I would suggest an art museum or two in the morning and afternoon and a show in the evening. You can even go to the waterfront for lunch at the Channel Cafe (food and beverage / art gallery). Be sure to click below and visit the various websites in advance for hours, special exhibitions and information about the exhibits.

* Admire works of art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

* Visit the new Institute of Contemporary Art at the water's edge

* Buy tickets for a show or take a tour of the recently restored Boston Opera House.

* See a show at Emerson College's Cutler Majestic Theater …

* … or at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard

* … or Huntington Theater at Boston University

* … or the exciting Boston Center for the Arts

* Look Shakespeare on the Common presented by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

* Catch incredible music at the Berkeley Burfrance Center

* Support 20th century music through the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

2. Day # 2: appreciation of the sport

It seems that Boston is the center of the sports world right now. The Red Sox have taken first place in the group of stars after winning two world championships in the last 4 years. The Patriots have had a regular season without defeat this year after winning the Super Bowl in 01, 03 and 04. This year, the Celtics have won the NBA finals dramatically. Even the Bruins and the Revolution have done some great playoff shows. When we think about what to see in Boston, the appreciation of the sport is at the top of the list! While watching a major sports match may come out of your price range, there are countless ways to enjoy the sport in this city. Check out some of these options:

* Take a tour of the historic Fenway Park and discover the famous Citgo Sign

* Run the Boston Marathon (or at least up to Heartbreak Hill!)

* Visit the Sports Museum (in the TD Banknorth Garden)

* Attend a game at BC, BU or Northeastern (some are easier than others to get tickets!)

* Visit the Northeastern site which was formerly the Huntington Avenue Grounds building (original home of the Red Sox)

* Stop at the historic Boston Braves Field (now Nickerson Field BU)

* Catch a horse race at Suffolk Downs

* Visit Harvard Stadium

* Watch a Boston lobster tennis match

* Visit the current exhibition of the Science Museum: "Baseball as America"

I would suggest a lunch / dinner at the Sports Depot, Game On, Ovens or Boston Beer Works for a complete Boston sports experience!

3. Day Trip # 3: The City of Learning

Above all, when people think of Boston, they think of the rich university culture embodied by our city. Boston has more colleges per square kilometer than any other city in the world. Naturally, we are a city full of learning opportunities. Why not spend time appreciating these opportunities? Here are some wonderful ways to spend the day learning in Boston. Break for lunch at Novel, the restaurant of the Boston Public Library!

* Visit the beautiful and historic Boston Public Library

* Stop at the Boston Anthenaeum

* Take a free walking tour of Harvard University or MIT

* Spend an afternoon in one of the many bookstores in Boston or Cambridge

* Take a class at the Boston Center for Adult Education

* Learn more about making beer! Take a tour at Samuel Adams Brewery

* Visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library and its famous Mappariam.

After an intense day of learning, you'll need to relax – stop by the Thirsty Scholar Pub for dinner and a drink and give your brain a break!

4. Day # 4: History

It is easy to say that no city in the United States is as important as Boston. The city carries this identity while remaining focused on the future, mixing beautiful century-old buildings with modern skyscrapers. If you work in the city center, unless you walk slowly and read the signs you pass every day (and who does it here?), You may not realize the significance of the buildings around you. I am sure that if you grow up here, you will have walked the Freedom Trail once or twice, but there may be more obscure historical landmarks that you have never even noticed! Take a day to walk a little more slowly, visit some of these interesting sites and watch from time to time! While you're there, stop at Boston's oldest restaurant, Union Oyster House, for dinner.

* Discover the life of an affluent family in historic Boston at the Gibson House Museum

* Visit Historic New England Headquarters at Otis House Museum

* Pay your respects to our ancestors and mothers at Granary Burying Ground and King & # 39; s Chapel Burying Ground

* Visit the African American History Museum and take the Black Heritage Trail

* Are you talking about a walk along the Boston Women's Heritage Trail?

* Visit the Trinity Church, of historical and architectural importance

5. Day Trip # 5: Island Hopping

If you're a bit like me, you've never fully benefited from the fact that we have an outstanding national park off Boston. The park is made up of 34 small islands (11 of which are open to the public) a few minutes by boat. The islands vary depending on what you can do on each one. So use this list to help you get started. The National Parks Service recommends that you do not choose more than two islands to visit in a day, so take a look and choose one or two that interest you. Concession stands are available at the Georges Islands and Spectacle, but why not bring a picnic for your visit to the islands! It's a perfect excuse for a picnic!

* Overnight camping in Grape, Bumpkin or Lovells Island – Permit required

* Visit Lovells Island for daytime trails on dunes and woods, picnic areas, undeveloped bathing beach and remains of Fort Standish.

* Visit and explore Deer Island and learn more about its fascinating history

* Visit the famous Georges Island, the transportation hub for the island system, its open fields, its cobblestone walkways and its gravel beach. Do not miss to visit the historic Fort Warren during your stay.

* Discover Little Brewster, home of Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse house in the country that runs continuously.

* Discover a wide range of natural beauties and discover the historic Fort Andrews on Peddocks Island

* Visit the Spectacle Island, which includes a marina, a visitor center, a cafe, a supervised bathing beach, and five kilometers of hiking trails leading to the top of a hill 150 meters high offering a panoramic view of the harbor and the city.

* Take a tour and enjoy nature at Thompson Island, which is a great choice if you have a large group (like a business or school)

* Picnic, fish and enjoy hiking trails at Webb Memorial State Park

* Enjoy Hingham Bay, rocky beaches, ledges, cliffs, salt marsh benches and a freshwater swamp area at Worlds End Reservation

6. Day # 6: Beach Bum

If the only good holidays you can imagine are those where you are lying at least a day on a beach, there are many interesting options for you here! You can assume that you have to go to Cape Town or the North Shore for some great beach experiences. In this case, you will be pleasantly surprised by the following recommendations. There are several great options easily accessible in or very near the city by metro or bus. In my opinion, a day at the beach requires beach food. So I suggest to stop at Sullivan & # 39; s at Castle Island or Kelly's Roast Beef in Revere. I've also suggested some options outside the city, but easily accessible from the commuter train if you really want to get out of town for the day.

* Take the blue line to the first public beach in the United States, Revere Beach

* Put on your swimsuit and enjoy Boston Harborwalk

* Take the red line up to JFK and visit Carson Beach, the L & M Street beaches, Pleasure Bay and Castle Island, all of which are connected.

Take the suburban train northbound to Ipswich Station, then hop aboard the Ipswich-Essex Explorer shuttle to Crane Beach.

* Take the suburban train northbound to Manchester-by-the-Sea and take a short drive to Singing Beach.

* Take the Amtrak Downeaster to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

7. Day 7: appreciation of unusual things

If you enjoy exploring the unique and unusual aspects of a vacation destination, you have plenty of options to enjoy the originality – right here in Boston! While you are exploring some of the following unusual places in Boston, some very popular, but certainly unique, restaurants deserving your time during this day would be Fire & Ice Improvisational Grill for a fun and interactive experience and the Beehive, for some good food, atmosphere and live jazz.

* Visit America's oldest collection of cars at Larz Anderson Auto Museum

* Learn the story from an unusual perspective on New England Ghost Tour!

* Discover Boston's most interactive entertainment at Tomb by 5Witz

* Enjoy an art that is too bad to be ignored! Visit the Bad Art Museum

* Explore invention, ideas and innovations (including holograms!) At the MIT Museum

* Visit the Harvard Bridge and count how many Smoots it is long!

* Take a duck ride (go … you know you want!)

* Visit places where your favorite movies were shot during one of the Boston Movie Tours

* Discover Boston's secrets through an Urban Interactive tourist adventure

* Discover the peculiarities of the Scarlett O Hara House

8. Day 8: Nature

If you're stuck in Boston, but prefer a more serene and natural vacation, there are plenty of options to offer you, even within the city limits! There are many opportunities in the city that will allow you to spend time enjoying the nature around you. I recommend exploring some of the following recommendations. If you want to spend a day all natural, take a break and go to the restaurant Grezzo for lunch, the restaurant 100% organic and organic Boston.

* Take a ride on the swan boats by visiting the Boston Public Garden

* Hang out with the animals at Franklin Park Zoo in the heart of Franklin Park

* Visit Arnold Arboretum, the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading plant study centers.

* Spend some time at the Harvard Natural History Museum (especially interesting if your "nature" themed day turns rainy!)

* Go for a peaceful and quiet race in the natural paths of the Fens

* Visit the Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

* Find a regional park near you in the Boston area for everything from hiking to mountain biking.

* See "Excursion # 5" (above) for more information on the Boston Harbor Islands – take a moment to an hour!

9. Day Trip # 9: On the water

We are so lucky to live by the water here in Boston. As I mentioned above, this opens up many opportunities to enjoy wonderful days at the beach, as well as to visit the Boston Harbor Islands, off the coast. However, having so much water nearby has the huge advantage of being able to enjoy it all day long. Whether you are an accomplished sailor or have never eaten on a boat, there are options for you. Read this list and choose an adventure or two just for you! During the day or the evening, if you're hungry, stop at Tia's On the Waterfront for a bite, a drink and a chance to enjoy the water view!

* Contact Community Boating, Inc. to learn how to learn how to navigate – Use your vacation day to get started on the Charles River

* For a relatively inexpensive chance of spending time in a boat on the water, take a ferry or suburban ship to Inner Harbor, or the Rowes Wharf water taxi.

* Cruise at sunset or aboard a cruise in the Charles Riverboat Company

* Take a tour of Boston's lighthouses and discover the oldest lighthouse site in the United States.

* Board the Schooner Liberty Clipper 125 & # 39;

* If you can not stand out of the water, you can enjoy the free Friday Flicks from WBZ on the Hatch Shell. Enjoy the Charles breeze from the beach safely and watch a movie under the stars!

10. Day # 10: Festivals

The summer in Boston always reminds me of all the neighborhood festivals and celebrations of the city. Every weekend in the summer, there is at least one festival somewhere in the city that is an excuse to enjoy Boston and its cultural diversity. A day at one of these festivals should be included in your weekly "staycation" program. I do not need to recommend a restaurant because the quality of an excellent festival is the outstanding food that it serves. Enjoy!

* Choose a weekend this summer and stop at North End for the North End Saints Festivals

* Stop by the Government Center on August 2nd from 4pm to 8pm for the Peace Hip Hop Festival

* Spend August 17 in Chinatown for the August moon festival

* See you in Dorchester on August 23 for the Caribbean carnival parade and festival

* Show and add to your ink from September 12 to 14 at the Boston Tatoo Convention

* Get settled from September 12th to 18th for the Boston Film Festival

I hope you enjoy all my suggestions and that they will make you rediscover our great city in these times of high gas prices! These are also great suggestions for you if you visit Boston from outside the city. If you're stuck in another city and these suggestions seem fun, look for similar ideas near you. I bet you will be surprised by what you will find!

Please answer me and tell me what you like to do when you spend time in Boston – I am very interested to hear!