Boston has become the ultimate destination for college students. With numerous universities in the city and the surrounding suburbs, students can find the perfect school for them. Along with the plethora of world-renowned schools also comes the city of Boston. While it can feel like a large, bustling metropolitan area, it also has a certain quaintness to it. There’s also plenty to do when it’s time to take a break from studying. Read along below to discover how students like to pass the time in Boston:
When classes are done for the day, there is plenty to do to entertain yourself in the evening hours. If you’re the cultural sort, the Boston Ballet and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are not to be missed. The ballet offers rush tickets, and has many unique shows throughout the season, and their Nutcracker show at Christmas cannot be missed. The Boston Symphony Orchestra also puts on different shows through the year, and their Christmas special is a city favorite.
If you’re more into comedy or off-Broadway shows, the Theater District is your destination. Many big name comedy stars make their way to the city, and the shows are perfectly situated near public transportation. For those musical lovers, the House of Blues is a popular venue for bands, or the bigger names can be found performing at the TD Garden.
Boston also has plenty to offer when it comes to delicious restaurants, and bars with dancing. Many restaurants, such as Fire and Ice, offer a college night so it’s going to investigate where you’ll be eating. Bars by the popular Faneuil Hall area offer DJs at night or live bands, and are quite popular. Most of these bars tend to charge a cover charge of approximately $10 starting at 10pm, so be sure to get there early!
The local sports teams are legends to Bostonians, and attending a game always proves to be a good time. The Red Sox usually offer fairly cheap tickets out in what’s called the “bleachers” (though it should be noted you’ll be sitting in actual seats) throughout the season, and occasionally even have $10 tickets to games. if you’re interested in the history of Fenway Park, tours are offered and the student pricing is only $12/tour.
The Celtics basketball team and Bruins hockey team both make their home at TD Garden, conveniently apart of North Station which makes transportation to the games very easy. Ticket prices for these teams tends to be a bit more expensive than the Red Sox tickets, and are usually affected by how well the team is doing in the season. However, the price is usually worth it as the games tends to be very exciting.
The Patriots football team is the only team that does not play within the city limits. They play out in a suburb of the city called Foxborough, but it is accessible by trains. As the Patriots are very good, the tickets for the games are very expensive. If you’re not able to get tickets to a game, the area the stadium is located in, called Patriot Place, has many restaurants and shops and is a fun day trip from the city.
With Boston’s strong academic roots, it’s no surprise that there’s many museums throughout the city. No matter what your interest, there is probably a museum dedicated to it. For those of you interested in history, you can visit the U.S.S. Constitution, or Old Ironsides, and receive a tour. There’s also many other historically themed museums whether you’re interested in learning more about Massachusetts or the perhaps a bit more about President John F. Kennedy.
Art lovers also have plenty of options. You can visit the Museum of Fine Arts for a variety of different works, or the Institute of Contemporary Arts if modern is more your style. For an eclectic collection, be sure to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. As an added bonus, if your name is Isabella, you receive free admission!
If you’re feeling youthful, there are many fun, interactive museums to visit. The Boston Science Museums offers a variety of educational exhibits that teach science by playing. There’s also many unique exhibits that come through, with a past exhibit focusing on Harry Potter. Or if you’re interested in history, you can visit the Boston Tea Party floating museum. and even have a chance to throw tea overboard!
One of the best parts about being a Boston college student is that there is so much to do. These are only a smattering of the activities available- imagine how many more you can find!