As a runner, the first thing you might think of when you hear Boston is the big race that happens there every April. And while earning a highly coveted spot on the start line in Hopkinton is high on a lot of runner’s priority lists, the marathon is not the only reason that Boston is a great city for runners. So whether you’re in town for the race this weekend or planning a trip to see the city any time in the near future here’s a list of our top spots in Boston.
WHERE TO RUN >>
- The Charles River Esplanade - This scenic route along the Charles River is a popular spot for runners, with stunning views of the city skyline. Start at the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge and run along the river for as long as you like.
- The Emerald Necklace - This chain of parks and waterways is a beautiful place to run, with plenty of shade and scenery. Start at the Arnold Arboretum and run along the Jamaicaway to Jamaica Pond.
- The Freedom Trail - This 2.5-mile route takes you through some of Boston's most historic sites, including the Massachusetts State House and Paul Revere's House. It's a great way to combine sightseeing with exercise.
- Heartbreak Hill - If you're feeling adventurous, tackle the infamous Heartbreak Hill, one of the most challenging parts of the Boston Marathon. Located in Newton, it's a steep but rewarding climb.
Running Necessity -
Where To Get Gear (that you forgot to pack) - Marathon Sports (the Boylston street location is just a few feet from the finish line of the Boston Marathon). Heartbreak Hill Running Company is great shop as well that has a great selection of custom-gear!
WHERE TO EAT >>
- Sam LaGrassa's - This classic deli near Boston Common is known for its hearty sandwiches and friendly service.
- Neptune Oysters - This tiny establishment serves up some of the most incredible seafood we’ve ever had.
- Tatte - There are several locations around Boston but this bakery serves up delicious carbs and caffeine.
- Regina Pizzeria - Bostonians swear by the pizza at Regina's, a local institution with several locations throughout the city.
**Almost any Italian restaurant in North End also makes our short list. Just go walk around and pick a spot, it's bound to be good.
WHERE TO EXPLORE >>
- The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum - Learn about the events that led up to the American Revolution in this interactive museum, where you can participate in a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party.
- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - This stunning museum in the Fenway neighborhood features a beautiful courtyard and a collection of art and artifacts from around the world.
- The Boston Public Library - Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city in this peaceful library, which boasts a stunning interior and impressive collection of books and artwork.
- Duck Boat Tour - Sightsee on land and the Charles River for a unique experience.
There's no way to cover all the amazing things in Boston. Now chime in and tell us what we missed.