A Newcomer’s Guide to Boston


One year ago, I made Boston my home and I am so glad I did.

While I had a lot of help from family and friends as I got acclimated here, I learned a few things on my own.

– Get to know the MBTA (otherwise known as the ‘T’) bus and train system even if you have a car. The system can prove to be very helpful when traveling to a place that doesn’t have ample parking and costs less than taking an Uber or a Taxi. The T has several lines identifiable by color and maps are available online or at any station.

Boston Public Library - courtyard

– Be prepared for any type of weather, at any point in the year. The tales about Boston winters are true and snow can still be seen in mid-April. A rain shower can pop up unannounced and the wind can drop the temperature in a heartbeat. Invest in a good raincoat, winter jacket, rain and snow boots.

– Be a tourist! Seriously, the best way to get to know a new city is to do all the attractions that the visitors do! My favorites so far: The Freedom Trail, Boston Harbor Cruises Whale Watch, and Duck Boat Tours.

– Find a group to join with similar interests. When I first got to Boston, I got to know people in my grad school degree program and then also joined the Boston Bloggers group. These were both great ways to make friends right away!

– Find a group fitness class, studio, or exercise group to be a part of. Boston is a great place to be active and stay in shape. There are many running groups, cycling, barre, and pilates studios to join.

– Explore all of the museums. Boston boasts some of the best in the country. My favorites include the Museum of Fine Arts and the New England Aquarium.


– Attend events that are happening in and around Boston. The Boston Day Book, The Boston Calendar and My Secret Boston are great websites to find out about all kinds of events happening.

– Take a visit to the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden as soon as possible. They are two of the most beautiful places in Boston and have space to enjoy nature in the middle of the bustling city.

– Explore the areas outside of the city. Massachusetts has some great areas that are good day trips. Plus, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island are only a car ride away!

– Find your neighborhood bar and make that your place! The place where everyone knows your name. Mine? The Publick House in Brookline.

Boston has so much to offer – get out there and explore it!

Adrienne shares experiences as a Boston newcomer, including the inside scoop at her favorite restaurants. Be sure to keep an eye out for her other posts – read them all hereCatch up with Adrienne on her blogTwitter and Instagram.

Image credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman

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