Explore Boston Riding the MBTA – Travel Guide You Need This Fall

Where To Go & What To Do This Fall? The Ultimate Travel Guide in  Boston

Old State House Museum
BOSTON – APRIL 4: Old State House April 4, 2012 in Boston, MA. Built in 1713, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston and now serves as a history museum.

Fall is right here! September and October might be my favorite months in Boston. We can enjoy the sunshine and breeze but not get turned off by the freezing cold winter yet. This is the best season to explore the Boston area.  As one of the most famous cities in the New England area, probably you know Boston because of the top tier colleges in town – Harvard, MIT, Boston University… Probably you know Boston because it is “the birthplace of the American history”. But lift up the hood of the heart of New England, you will find out that, Boston, this modern but historical,  small but vibrant city has so much more to offer.

Boston, we usually refer it to the greater Boston area, which is the metropolitan region of New England. The city of Boston itself is surrounded by many of the towns and cities such as Cambridge, Somerville and they all have their own unique styles and neighborhoods. Thanks to the public transportation in Boston, it is so easy to commute by MBTA and explore the Boston area. Before it is too cold to go out in Boston, take the time to enjoy and explore the city this Fall! I’ve organized this useful list to guide you to travel to Boston and find all the fun things to do, good food to eat and places to visit.

Somerville (MBTA: Red line/Orange line)

City of Somerville
City of Somerville

Somerville is a new hip town near Boston. Only about 20 minutes from downtown Boston, Red line to Davis Square or Orange line to Sullivan Square, Somerville will show you the creativity and diversity in this distinct neighborhood.

What to do:

  • Brewery Hopping

The Boston area is perfect for brewery hopping –  the craft beer breweries are in walking distance, you can visit a bunch of the best breweries in this neighborhood.

  • Bantam
Bantam Brewery in Somerville
Cider and more cider!

This is my new favorite cider brewery in town. Bantam’s cider is sure one of the kind. There are always 4 regular ciders on draft and 4 other are in the rotation. Rojo and Ginger Beer are absolutely the go to if you like juicy ciders. Be careful of the 8.5% Mighty Mammoth. Even though it tastes like champagne, believe me, it will kick in. Fall is the apple season, don’t miss out the apple ciders this Fall!

Bantam Brewery
Decisions…Decisions
  • Aeronaut Brewing Co.

Aeronaut Brew is probably the hippest brewery in town. There’s never a time I go there and it isn’t crowded.  Hidden in the buildings in Somerville you will be surprised how many young professionals live around and come here for a cold one.

There are so many other breweries worth going in the Somerville area – Slumbrew, Remnant Brewing.

What to eat:

  • Ebi sushi

Located in East Somerville, Ebi Sushi is just 3 minutes away from the breweries I just mentioned. When you are hungry after the brewery hopping, you can enjoy the extraordinary sushi and Japanese cuisine at Ebi Sushi.

Must try: chef’s choice nigiri

How to go there: Orange line – Sullivan Square – 86 bus

If you ride on the red line and go to Davis Square, there are a bunch of cool places you could go as well. Try the southern cuisine at Rosebud, which is one of the oldest diners in the Boston area, or have a taste of the Thai street food at Dakzen. Foods in Somerville can surely satisfy your palate.

Cambridge (MBTA: Red Line)

City of Cambridge
View of Cambridge from Charles River

Cambridge is just a few stops away from downtown Boston and is a famous college town near the city of Boston. That is only one of million reasons why millennials and all the young professionals like to live and hang out in Cambridge.

What to do:

  • Harvard University Walking Tour

I believe everyone knows Harvard University well enough that I don’t need to write another paragraph to explain why it is the most famous university in Boston or in the US.  So where’s the beef?

If you want to explore Harvard, you could take narrated tour guided by the Harvard students or just follow the freedom trail and make it your way.

1 Day Boston Freedom Trail Sightseeing Tour

  • MIT

Ride on the Red line to Kendall/MIT, you can go visit another famous university – MIT. The Infinite Corridor and the MIT Museum are two buildings in my “must see” list.

  • Charles River Kayaking

Another thing you must try is to kayak on Charles River in the Fall. I love the breeze and sun in September. You can’t believe how peaceful it is!

Location: 350 Kendall Street, Cambridge

  • HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands / October 6-8

Here comes the most exciting thing happens in the Fall in Cambridge – HONK Fest! It is a festival of street bands from the Boston area and also some other musicians and band from over the world. Every year, they parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square. There are also beer gardens, and food stands, music and dancing in Harvard Square.

What to eat/drink:

When you visit Boston, how can you not go to an Irish pub? Here are a few oldest Irish Pub and famous music venues you should pay a visit!

  • Plough & Stars

This corner pub lies in central square has been around since 1969.

It has hosted luminaries such as Seamus Heaney, Bonnie Raitt, and Phillip Roth. These days, on any given night, you can enjoy a casual, comfortable night to take in live music and a few beers. Trivia every Tuesday as well!

  • Cantab Lounge

Even though it looks like a little old pub from the outside, Cantab is one of the best music venues and dive bars in Boston. It won the best dive bar award by Boston Magazine in 2015.

Downtown Boston (Red/Orange/Green/Blue Line)

Boston, Massachusetts
Map of the city of Boston

Finally, welcome to Beantown! I am sure you already heard of Quincy Market, Old State House, Boston Common, etc, etc. Here are some of my favorite places to go if besides all those cliches you have heard of.

What to do:

  • Shows in Boston – Theater District

My go-to area is the theater district near Downtown Crossing (Red Line/Orange Line). Theatre District has the one of the oldest theatres in Boston – Colonial Theatre. There are Emerson College’s ornate Cutler Majestic Theatre and the historic Boston Opera House. Comedy and music acts perform at the Wilbur. Either to buy a ticket to enjoy a musical or just walk around the district and appreciate the beautiful theatres, the Theatre District in Boston will never fail you.  If you are traveling to Boston this Fall, don’t miss the Hamilton musical, it is touring in Boston in October till mid-November.

  • New England Aquarium, Whale watching

Ride on the Blue line to Aquarium, you can go to the New England Aquarium. This is a perfect place for families. Kids would love to see the cute penguins, seals and so many more. After a fun time at the aquarium, don’t forget to take a walk by the harbor or join the Whale Watch Tour or sunset cruise.

  • Night life

If you want to feel the young spirit, energy, and the wildness, stay in downtown Boston until 2 am.  Indulge yourself with the best nightclubs and dive bars in Downtown Boston.  Hong Kong Boston is my recommendation for you if you like Karaoke. Even the snacks here is incredible: sometimes I would just come here in the middle of the night for the chicken skewers. Good Life is another bar that offers the best R&B music in town! Hey, you think that’s the end?  I bet you will need some carbs to soak up the alcohol. After the craziness in the clubs, I usually go to South Street Diner, which is a 24 hour diner near Chinatown.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Have a Spooky Halloween Adventure

Halloween – The Ultimate Fall Celebration

Pumpkins
Carve up your jack o’lanterns!

Boo! Halloween is right around the corner, and people around the world are in the mood for spooky season. Get your costumes ready, decorate your houses, and get ready for all the trick-or-treaters. There’s nothing quite as scary as a bunch of children dressed as Wonder Woman trying to get candy, right?

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Put a Spring in Your Step at DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossoms Are The Stars of Springtime in Washington DC!

Put a Spring in Your Step at DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival
Boats on the Tidal Basin

Each year, Washington, D.C. hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which commemorates the anniversary of a 1912 gift from the mayor of Japan, who sent thousands of Japanese cherry trees to the American capital. In March, these trees begin to bloom, creating a vibrant display of bright pink and white flowers along the banks of the Potomac River and throughout the city. This year, the festival will take place from March 17 to April 15 while peak blossom time is expected to be April 8 through April 12.

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Get Patriotic in TakeTours Top 5 Fourth of July Destinations!

4th of July Fireworks
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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, the team here at TakeTours have put our heads together to come up with some of the best Independence Day celebrations around the country.  Following are our Top 5 must-see destinations for the holiday!

Flex Your Muscles in L.A.

L.A. does Independence Day in typical American fashion, but with a Californian twist:  parades down Sunset Boulevard, a  fireworks display at night around LA Memorial Coliseum, and the celebrated AmericaFest show at the Rose Bowl.  But what do we mean by a “Californian twist”?  What else but a beach-side bodybuilding contest that you will find nowhere else but on Venice Beach.  Can you think of a more West Coast way to celebrate America than a display of American muscle?  From a state that movie star and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger once governed, we think not.

Join a Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York

New York City is a perennial contender on the list of interesting destinations for almost any holiday, and when it comes to lavish celebrations, look no further.  In and around Manhattan , walking tours showcase sites where revolutionary history took place, cruises circle the Statue of Liberty, and parties abound.  And at night, the incredible Macy’s fireworks display lights up the space over the city’s iconic skyline.  Not to be missed is the kitschy annual tradition of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, which is almost a century old.

Chow Down on “Chowdah” in Boston

During Harborfest , held every year in the week leading up to the Fourth of July, the whole state relives the American Revolution.  Guides in colonial dress multiply in the streets, ready to take you through the history that runs deeply through city, from Faneuil Hall to the U.S.S. Constitution;  and on Boston Common a re-enactment of the British invasion pits Redcoats against colonial militia in a modern-day skirmish.  Hungry visitors can chow down at Chowderfest, which celebrates this port city’s beloved cuisine.  This all leads up to the nationally televised Fourth of July concert led by the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra and the accompanying fireworks, famously set off above Charles River to the sounds of the 1812 Overture.

Join the City-Wide Block Party in Philly

Starting as early as June 24th, Philadelphia kicks off a string of events at its “Wawa Welcome America” Festival.  There are food tasting and ice cream eating events galore at Penn’s Landing, movie showings, (including an early screening of this year’s summer blockbuster, Transformers: Dark of the Moon), community block parties celebrating a mixture of cultures, and much more.  On the holiday itself, an Independence Day ceremony on the steps of Independence Hall will feature readings from the Declaration of Independence , followed by a massive Party on the Parkway with loads of activities and entertainment for the entire family.  It all culminates with the Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks Ceremony with featured performers The Roots, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Michael McDonald, and Sara Bareilles.

Sing Along with Steve Martin in Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital, with its myriad monuments and national buildings, is a patriotic city even on an average day.  But on Independence Day, the city outdoes itself.  Every attraction, from the White House to the National Archives, opens its doors to the public for special events not only to educate and inform, but also to honor the history that the city embodies.  The annual Independence Day Parade makes its way down Constitution Avenue and features military and marching bands, floats, celebrity guests and VIPs.  Beginning early in the morning, the National Mall fills with crowds who gather to watch the Capitol Fourth Concert, which is broadcast around the nation.  This year’s fantastic lineup includes comedian Steve Martin performing with his band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, pop music sensations Jordan Sparks and Josh Groban, Broadway performances, television personalities, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more!  It’s the capital – what did you expect?

Let TakeTours introduce you to some of these patriotic cities!  Join us for our many tours that explore Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

TakeTours Offers Various Tours to Niagara Falls as the Maid of the Mist Reopens Today!

The warmer Spring weather has melted the last of the ice in Niagara Falls. And now one of the most popular tours in the country, The Maid of the Mist, is officially open for business! TakeTours.com is offering hundreds of tours to Niagara Falls that feature the Maid of the Mist attraction. Choose from different amenities, travel dates, tour duration, price, and more from the extensive list of travel options.

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