Visiting Boston in the Spring

Visiting Boston in the spring is one of the most gorgeous times to explore this beautiful city. The Bell half of Wanderlust Marriage was there just last week for work, only days after the Boston bombers were apprehended. Before departing I was a little anxious about my trip, but after 4 days of mostly sunny skies and friendly encounters with Bostonian’s I have to say I shouldn’t have worried for a moment. After all when you travel there are always risks and you’re statistically more likely to be in car accident in your hometown anyway.

Charles river Visiting Boston in the Spring
I had the good fortune to spend a few days staying in Cambridge before spending a couple more nights with friends in the southern suburbs. Though as I learnt what I call suburbs Bostonians call towns. Turns out in the state of Massachusetts  there is around 350 cities and towns! But while staying in Cambridge I spent an evening walking along the Charles River on the Cambridge side, and admired the beautiful skyline and was passed my many healthy joggers. After walking between the Longfellow Bridge and Harvard Bridge I headed through Massachusetts Institute for Technology (or more famously known, MIT).

MIT, Visiting Boston in the Spring
I went to a technical university myself and it was an ugly campus for the most part and was dark and engineery, in that it smelt like welding among other things. So this is how in my head I imagine most technology universities to be, I realise this to be a little egocentric! So when I wandered through the MIT campus I was amazed. The campus is so creative and beautiful. Each faculty expressed its personality via the architecture. Harvard is classically beautiful, but MIT is dynamic and modern. On my wander, I came across the memorial for the fallen MIT officer, Sean Collier… may he rest in peace.

MIT memorial
After enjoying Cambridge I headed out of Boston to stay with friends. On Saturday the sun was shining and one of our friends had heard about the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and that it was beautiful. But first, what is an arboretum? I had never heard of an arboretum, but it is a collection of primarily trees, and many of the trees in this 281 acre park were in bloom. The cherry blossoms, magnolia’s and daffodils (ok they aren’t trees, but beautiful nonetheless!) were out and the lilacs were just beginning to bloom, so the smell of the park was amazing. Because it was a gorgeous day there were people painting, picnicking and playing frisbee in the park. We spent a lovely afternoon exploring this park which was founded in 1872.

the Arnold Arboretum, Visiting Boston in the Spring
Overall Boston is a beautiful city. I unfortunately didn’t have the time to fully explore everything it has to offer, but I did enjoy these two activities that were both free and perfect for a lovely spring day in Boston. The Boston subway (MBTA) is easy to use and is a great way to get between Cambridge and the Arnold Arboretum, which is at the end of the Orange line (Forest Hills).


Does anyone have any other suggestions for ways to spend a beautiful Spring day in Boston?



  • Alex&Bell

    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

7 thoughts on “Visiting Boston in the Spring

  1. Oh that finally explains the title “the Town” of 2010 Ben Affleck’s film. It was Boston’s suburban neighborhood where they had grown up. Thanks!

  2. It looks fabulous and everyone I speak to who has visited Boston has loved the city. Spring is a great time of year to travel. I want to go to Boston.

    1. Spring time there is lovely, and fragrant with all the flowers! Boston is a wonderful city, you should visit 😉

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