Near And Far With Ben Skaar- Boston

Ben Skaar, Contributor

Whether you’re looking for a nice setting to spend the afternoon, a new place to grab a bite to eat, or just want to explore an urban area, Boston is the perfect nearby city for anything you’re interested in! Here are some suggestions for some places to visit the next time you take a trip into our state capital!

Public Garden

Found right in the heart of Boston, the Boston Public Garden (commonly referred to as the BPL) is the all you could want in a city park. The BPL’s extensive green area makes it perfect for picnics, outdoor games, and community gatherings. You can often find live music and events happening at all times of the day. While you’re there, take a ride on the iconic swan boats or walk over to the Boston Common along the freedom trail! 

Beacon Hill

Located to the north of the Boston Public Garden, Beacon Hill is the oldest section of Boston, housing picturesque brick facades and cobblestone streets. Take some time to walk and view the history of the city. Must visits include Nichols House Museum, Acorn St., and the Vilna Shul. The area is especially pretty in the spring when the cherry blossoms begin to bloom. 


A Boston staple, Yvonne’s is well known for its high end dishes and venue. Select from fine cuts of rib eye, or enjoy an assortment of fresh Boston seafood. Yvonne’s is the perfect restaurant for celebrating an accomplishment with your family and friends over a nice meal. If you’re looking for something a little less pricey, nearby restaurants such as Black Seed Cafe, Herrera’s Mexican Grill, and Lambert’s marketplace are great options as well!

Fan Pier Park

Across the Fort Point Channel, the Fan Pier Park offers an excellent view of the downtown Boston skyline and financial district. There’s lots of benches and ledges to sit on and enjoy the view, and crowds are often much more spread out than what you’d find further into the city. Nearby attractions include the Children’s Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art. 

Harvard Square

While it’s technically Cambridge, Harvard Square offers an abundance of attractions. The prestigious Harvard University is located right next to the square and is worth a tour if you want to aim big! A fan favorite as far as food goes at the Square is Felipe’s Taqueria, a Mexican grill and rooftop dining.  

I hope you enjoyed this column for places to visit in Boston! If you have any further questions about locations to visit, feel free to contact me at [email protected]