Spend summers in the heart of historic Boston, Massachusetts
Posted on Saturday 09 June 2012
in United States of America, Boston
By Sophia Choice
Fenway Franks. Kayak rides along the Charles. Food truck festivals. Spending summers in Boston, Massachusetts, can give Kiwis an inside look to the culture of New England in its prime season, when residents spill out of their colonial-style brick townhouses to embrace the finally warm and sunny weather. With America's favorite pastime in full swing, the famous Charles River brimming with activities and street vendors taking over downtown, Boston holidays are the perfect summer getaway for Kiwis looking to take a brief break from the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Root for the home team at Fenway Park
To truly fit in with local Bostonians, Kiwis can don a baseball cap with the renowned Red Sox logo and head to Yawkey Way for an exciting summer night in the city. Fenway Park is the oldest baseball stadium in the country, serving the Boston Red Sox since it first opened in 1912. Diehard fans travel from all over the state for as many games as they can during the long season. Of all the seats in the house, New England visitors will want to score tickets atop the "Green Monstah," the nickname of the 11.33-metre left field wall, which is also the shortest distance from home plate. Park guests who land these coveted seats often find themselves the recipients of a game ball, as many right-handed hitters have slammed one out of the park over this massive wall.
If visitors haven't indulged in enough ballpark fare, including jumbo Fenway Frank hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and ice cream served in a plastic baseball helmet, then they can venture down Yawkey Way after the game and hit up one of the dozens of baseball-themed bars and restaurants that they pass. Places like the Baseball Tavern and Jerry Remy's boast spectacular rooftop bars, so Kiwis can leisurely catch the game from just a few blocks away. Boston hotels also dot the streets in this area, catering to baseball fans who have travelled from afar to catch the sport's top athletes in action.
Discover why Bostonians love that "Dirty Water"
Kiwis are no novices to kayaking, but they may have never ventured along an urban river, where the scenery surrounding them is a multitude of historic buildings, bustling city parks and some of the best colleges in the country. Although there are several entrance points to begin a Charles River cruise, one of the best places is along Soldier's Field Road in the Allston/Brighton community of Boston. Paddlers should be sure to keep their eyes peeled for sights like the elite Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as the stunning Esplanade, where boaters can even hop out and enjoy a picnic in the lush park grass. When Kiwis approach the Boston University bridge, they can whip out their cameras and snap a photo of the stunning Boston skyline as a keepsake of their New England adventures.
Food truck nation barrels through Boston
As if Kiwis didn't have enough of a selection of cuisine along Newbury Street or in the North and South ends, a food truck phenomenon has taken over the cobblestone streets of the historic city. Catering to busy professionals who long for a quick yet healthy bite to eat, or tourists who want to spend every ounce of their travels outside, these moveable eateries have fed the mouths of thousands of hungry Bostonians for the past few years. Kiwis who want to sample the best of the bunch can head down to the Financial District near Boston's South Station, where these diner-like services flock in groups. Whether visitors are craving an American staple, like Roxy's gooey grilled cheese, or a hearty yet healthy sandwich like Clover's renowned chickpea fritter, packed full with a rainbow of vegetables, they can satisfy all of their taste buds in mere seconds. The workers inside this tight space have their sandwich-making system down to a science and can whip up and wrap a
packed pita to go faster than Kiwis can say "Aotearoa."
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