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The Insider's Guide to Boston

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Our Guide to Boston: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Boston! If you're planning to move to Boston, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Boston has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Boston.

Boston is a vibrant city with a rich history and plenty of attractions for tourists and locals alike. From the iconic Freedom Trail to the bustling Quincy Market, there is something for everyone. The city is also home to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in the country. Here are some of the top sites of interest for tourists and locals in Boston.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile walking tour of 16 of the most important historical sites in the city. It includes the Old State House, the USS Constitution, and the Paul Revere House. The trail is a great way to learn about the city’s history and culture.

The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The park is also home to the Frog Pond, a popular spot for ice skating in the winter.

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world. It houses a vast collection of art from around the world, including works by Monet, Rembrandt, and Picasso.

The New England Aquarium is a great place to explore the underwater world. It features a variety of exhibits, including a giant ocean tank, a penguin colony, and a coral reef. The aquarium also offers whale watching tours.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Boston is vibrant and diverse. Some of the most popular restaurants include The Salty Pig, a gastropub serving up Italian-inspired dishes; The Gallows, a trendy gastropub with an extensive beer list; and The Beehive, a hip spot for live music and creative cocktails. For a more upscale experience, try Menton, a Michelin-starred French restaurant. For nightlife, check out The Grand, a popular nightclub with live DJs and dancing; The Sinclair, a music venue featuring local and national acts; and The Lansdowne Pub, a lively Irish pub with live music.

Recreational activities in Boston are plentiful. The Charles River Esplanade is a great spot for running, biking, and kayaking. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful park with walking trails and gardens. The Boston Harbor Islands offer a variety of outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, and kayaking. The Boston Public Garden is a great place to take a stroll and enjoy the scenery. The Franklin Park Zoo is a great place to explore the animal kingdom. The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a great way to learn about the city’s history. The Fenway Park is a great place to catch a Red Sox game.

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Insider Tips from Expats in Boston: Making the Most of Life and Connections

"Expats living in Boston can join a variety of clubs and activities to meet people and explore the city. Popular clubs and activities include sports teams, language classes, book clubs, and cooking classes. Expats can also meet people by attending local events such as festivals, concerts, and art shows. Additionally, many expats find it helpful to join online forums and social media groups to connect with other expats in the area," said one expat living in Boston.

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"Boston is a great city for expats and digital nomads, offering a vibrant culture, diverse neighborhoods, and plenty of opportunities for work and leisure. The city is home to a large international community, making it easy to find people from all over the world. The cost of living in Boston is relatively high, but there are plenty of affordable housing options available. Public transportation is reliable and efficient, making it easy to get around the city. There are plenty of activities to enjoy, from exploring the city's historical sites to taking in a show at one of the many theaters. The city also offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, and cafes, making it easy to find something to suit any taste," commented an expat living in Boston.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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