Boston in March? Not
such a crazy idea, if you plan on keeping warm by walking and making strategic
indoor visits to museums, libraries, galleries, and historic sites, not to
mention bakeries, restaurants, bookstores and coffee houses. Below are some suggestions for those planning
some extra time in Boston.
Explore the city
- Walk the
Rose Kennedy Greenway. The linear park resulting from Boston’s Big Dig
project is worth experiencing. Not up for the full stretch? Start at either end
(Chinatown or the North End) and walk towards South Station. Easy access from
several subway stops.
- Walk Boston:
this site offers great self-guided walks, with detailed directions, distances,
sites and descriptions. If you did not
make it to Boston for ARLIS, you might enjoy the walk in the
Seaport District, which includes the Institute of Contemporary Art,
designed by Diller and Scofidio.
- Explore the parks that make up Boston’s Emerald
Necklace, starting with the Boston Common and Public Garden, up the
Commonwealth Avenue Mall and on to the Back Bay Fens..and beyond. For details,
download sections from the online map.
- Charles River Esplanade: favorite route for joggers and walkers.
The Great Indoors:
A selection of Museums, Libraries, Historic House Museums and related Archives.
Ride the green Line (the E line) out Huntington Avenue (“Avenue
of the Arts”) to explore these two great Boston area museums featuring new additions:
- Harrison Gray Otis
House: Home of Historic New England (the organization
previously known as SPNEA, Society for the Preservation of New England
Antiquities). This historic building,
located at 144 Cambridge Street (near the Charles Street stop on the Green
Line) also houses the library
and archives. Lorna Condon, the Librarian
and Archivist, extends an invitation to stop by and visit the archives and
library (open Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) You might also
want to make time for a tour of the Otis
house, designed by Charles Bulfinch.
- Back Bay: Gibson House Museum: open Wednesday
through Sunday with guided tours in the afternoon.
- Harvard Museums: While the Fogg Museum is closed for renovation, including an addition by Renzo Piano, the Sackler Museum is open. Also consider visiting the glass flower collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum, and the living collections and horticultural archives of the Arnold Arboretum.
a day trip to Providence, Rhode Island, only an hour
away from train.