Considering a Day Trip to Boston? Here’s What to Do

Jun 30, 2019

A day trip to Boston is an easy bus ride away with C&J Bus Lines. Take one of our buses from Portsmouth or Seabrook into Boston for a day of exploring the city’s history, eating great food, and experiencing beautiful sights. Sit back and relax on our comfortable buses featuring free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and plenty of cold water in the galley. After you arrive safely at South Station, here’s how to spend your time in the city.

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Stretch Your Legs on the Esplanade

If the weather is nice, set aside an hour to walk along the scenic Charles River on the well-traveled Esplanade. In the spring, the walking and biking paths are lined with blooming cherry trees and weeping willows. In the summertime you’ll see plenty of people fishing, lounging in hammocks, and enjoying the sunshine. In the fall, the Esplanade is populated with college students taking a break from their busy schedules to look out at the Cambridge skyline. This is the perfect escape from the noise of the city while also enjoying the breathtaking views that Boston has to offer.

Step Inside the World’s Only Mapparium

The Mary Baker Eddy Museum, located in Back Bay, is home to the only Mapparium in the whole world. If you’re wondering what a Mapparium is, it’s a three-story glass globe made entirely of stained glass. It was built in 1935 and visitors can venture out on a platform to stand inside of the structure. Perhaps the most incredible feature of the Mapparium is how sound reverberates within the globe; making whispers from across the room sound like they are in your ear.

Window Shop on Newbury Street

In the heart of Boston resides Newbury Street, where shoppers can browse Newbury Comics, try on a new pair of sneakers at Nike, or find some new headphones at Bang & Olufsen. Wear comfy shoes, since this walk will take you from the Boston Public Gardens all the way down to the edge of the Fenway neighborhood.

Dig Into an Unforgettable Meal

Hidden down a side street in Back Bay is one of the best ramen shops in all of Boston. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is just a hole in the wall with communal seating, but the ramen is so good that there’s usually a line out the door by 6 p.m. We recommend coming early for dinner or late for lunch to avoid the wait. On their menu you‘ll find six types of ramen that can be paired with mouth-watering pork belly and soft-boiled eggs.

See the City from Above

If ramen isn’t your thing, head over to the Prudential Building to have a meal at Top of the Hub. This award-winning restaurant hovers 52 stories above Boston and serves up delectable lobster rolls, steaks, handmade pasta, and more. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time!

Listen to Live Music

Tucked away on Tremont Street is the Beehive, known for its great food, drinks, and live music every night. The atmosphere is laid-back and the music often plays into the early hours of the morning. Try the braised short ribs or spring salad and pair with a locally brewed beer for the perfect end to your day in Boston.

Have a Great Day in Boston!

Twenty-four hours is more than enough time to check out some of these great destinations in Boston. Start planning your trip with C&J: see schedules, buy your tickets, and check out our interactive map of the city!

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