Long considered one of the nation’s most iconic, historical and beautiful cities Boston has no shortage of fun staycation ideas. However, many of these ideas are based on a pre COVID-19 world where businesses are open, tourists are enjoying duck boat tours and the Red Sox are vying for another World Series Championship. Although Boston looks entirely different today from just a year ago, COVID-19 does not mean that the fun has to stop. Keep reading and follow along with us as we look at 5 fun and romantic staycation ideas in the Boston area.
Picnic in Boston Common
The Boston Common remains open to the public during Coronavirus, but the city is warning visitors to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask. As the nation’s oldest park with more than 50 acres of open space, you and your significant other will have no problem finding a quiet corner to enjoy a delicious homemade meal. The Boston Common is easily reached via public transit on the Red Line (Park Street Station) or the Green Line (Boylston Street Station).
Walk the Freedom Trail
If you and your partner are history buffs, there’s few things that are more rich in history than the Freedom Trail in Boston. While COVID-19 has caused many in-person tours along the Freedom Trail to be cancelled, the public walking tours and sites to include the Paul Revere House, Boston Common, Massachusetts State House and Park Street Church remain open for you to walk by and view. Relive textbooks from school while taking a walk through history that is sure to illicit lots of conversation. Plus, with restaurants beginning to open for outdoor dining there’s an abundance of options for delicious food once the walk is complete.
Charles River Esplanade
Located along the famed Charles River, Boston’s notorious Esplanade offers spectacular views of the water and historic Cambridge. With less cars commuting into and out of the city because of COVID-19 restrictions, take advantage of a quieter walk through some of Boston’s most iconic areas. Pass by Boston University’s sprawling campus along Commonwealth Avenue. If you are coming from the Cambridge side, take the Red Line to the Charles/MGH stop or head to Storrow Drive and access the Esplanade by one of the cross bridges for pedestrian traffic.
Take a Virtual Tour and Support Local Restaurants
Whether you are a full time resident of Boston or just visiting the city for a getaway, you can still see and support the city despite the current climate. Stay safe at home and take a virtual tour of many of Boston’s most iconic landmarks to include the New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Children’s Museum. After browsing your way through these various museums, order some delicious food for delivery via any number of apps. Make sure you save room for takeout dessert from a place like Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream in Cambridge.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Known for delicious outdoor dining and wonderful shopping, Faneuil Hall is synonymous with Boston. With many of the stores and restaurants slowly reopening, now is the perfect time to visit with crowds still at a low. Depending on the T line that you take, Faneuil Hall is easily accessible from the Haymarket, Government Center and State Street stops.