Known as the city of neighborhoods because of the vast number of subsections, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The Boston cityscape is interspersed with many high and low rise buildings, wooden or brick row houses, and Victorian-era neighborhoods. Boston is known for its nightlife, with popular places located in every other street. The Frost Ice Bar, which is the largest permanent ice bar; the Bleacher Bar for the sports lovers, and the Legal Harborside are top destinations for a night out. No other city had such a central role during the American Revolution, and a visit to the popular sites gives us a sense of its rich history.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Boston
Where to shop
Boston offers a wide variety of shopping areas where you can find something in every price bracket. Back Bay has a couple of luxury shopping plazas that house all the top brands. Newbury Street hosts a range of designer stores. Faneuil Marketplace has multiple local shops and restaurants, and the famous open air market, Haymarket, is right next to it. For budget buys, head to Wrentham Village. Art lovers will always find something of interest in the Newbury Street art galleries, and the SoWa Open Market.
What to eat
While in Boston, head to these famous eateries for a taste of their iconic dishes. Neptune Oyster’s lobster roll made with chunks of lobster, served hot or cold with a serving of fries is a New England staple. Lovers of seafood should also taste the thick and creamy clam chowder soup in Union Oyster House. Cutty’s Roast Beef 1000 sandwich consists of slow roasted beef and shallots with a Thousand Islanddressing served in a bun, which is cooked to perfection. A wait in the queue for Mike’s Pastry’s ricotta-cream filled cannoli will prove to be well worth your time too.
The local language
Around three-fourth of the population prefer English as their primary language, and some speak in Spanish. There are some French, Portuguese and Chinese natives, but English is understood by a majority of the population. But, Bostonians have their own set of English words and phrases, knowing which are always helpful. Some common phrases used are-
• Barrel -
refers to the garbage bin
• Whoa! -
a word used to express surprise
• Rat -
used to refer to the young resident of a neighborhood
• sup? -
“hello, how are you?”
• What's doin'? -
“how are you?”
• Tonic -
used to refer to soda
Dos and Don’ts
• Do take a tour of the Institute of Contemporary Art – the architecture is fascinating.
• Parking space is limited, so avail of public transport.
• Drinking in public spaces can land you in trouble.
• Alcohol is not served to minors. They can drink in private spaces, with the permission of an adult.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency Services – Boston has anarray of 24- hour services.
• 24-Hour Chemist – Boston has a number of chemist shops that stay open till late.
• Fire – 911
• Police – 911
• Ambulance – 911
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Boston?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Boston are Westjet Airlines
Ltd and Wow Air.
• What is the time zone used in Massachusetts?
The time zone of Massachusetts is GMT-5. It is GMT - 4h during Daylight Saving Time.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Boston?
From London to Boston, the most popular airlines areAer Lingus, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and British Airways
• What is the shortest time for a London to Boston flight?
The shortest time for a London to Boston flight is 9 hours 40 minutes via Dublin.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Boston?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Boston are the Public Garden, Boston Museum and the Harvard Museums.
• What is the currency of Massachusetts?
The currency of Massachusetts is US Dollar.
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