Boston

Boston
24th August 2020 Safer Travel

Boston


Boston, lined with museums, art and heritage, this city of Massachusetts is one to visit. Home to some of America’s most iconic heritage sites, Boston proves to be an educational guide to the country’s past. As a compact city, Boston is known as ‘America’s Walking City’


British Consulate-General Boston
1 Broadway, Cambridge
MA, 02142
USA
www.gov.uk
0016172454500

Details


Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: 911
  • Language: English
  • Currency: US dollar
  • Country Code: US
  • Travel Visa: ESTA (click here for more info)
  • Population: 694,583

Risk Level


Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 40%
Pickpickets 40%
Mugging 25%
Common Crimes 35%

Travellers Tips


Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.

Emergencies


For the Emergency services just dial 911 from any phone.

Travelling Around


Boston is known as “America’s Walking City“, as it is a very compact city. However, if you need to go further distances, there are still multiple transport options. To travel via subway, bus or trolley, take the ‘T’ line which will take you from central Boston into surrounding areas. Cycling is another popular option, with the city’s BLUEbikes that are located around 100 locations.

Boston Safety

Boston Safety

  • What are some safety tips I should know?

    Please stay on the beaten track and only get into licensed taxis at licensed ranks. The roads in the USA are a lot different to the UK so please familiarise with the lanes and junctions etc before crossing the road.

    Be alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Take the usual safety precautions so you do not become a targets for pickpockets. Don’t put your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket. Put any valuables items in a dark colour shopping bag when going out to avoid attention.

  • Is Boston safe at night?

    Please stay on the beaten track and only get into licensed taxis at licensed ranks. The roads in the USA are a lot different to the UK so please familiarise with the lanes and junctions etc before crossing the road.

    Avoid the city’s alleyways, at night especially, and one should take care around the Chinatown district as well.

  • How do I keep up with the local news?
  • What are the common crimes?

    Even in comparison to major American cities, Boston is particularly safe and has little to worry travellers.

    Outside of one’s usual travelling precautions, one should be wary of going into the city’s numerous parks at night (outside of organised events of course). As a drinking town, drink-related crimes can be prevalent, and especially when the Red Sox play (and win especially), so take care at these times, but not much to worry one overly.

Improve Your Personal Safety

Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.

Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.

Response – the right reaction can change a situation.

Local Traditions


Every culture has its customs and traditions, they have been handed down the generations and are always held in high regards by the local residents.

Annual Events


Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Boston Events

First Night First Day
Celebrate the New Year with this long-standing tradition that takes place on December 31st. In true Boston style, the city marks the New Year with entertainment and special attractions. From ice sculptures, to light displays, this makes for a special NYE.

Boston Marathon
The world’s oldest annual marathon takes place each April, and is a historic event, and a focal point of any world sporting calendar. If you don’t quite feel up to competing, it is certainly still good fun to get involved and support those trying their damnedest!

Boston Art Festival
In September, the city welcomes a celebration of art at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. The art festival is a host for the city’s aspiring artists and visual performers who want to showcase their dedication to the city. If feeling inspired, there is an opportunity to purchase hand-made items to support the craftspeople in Boston.

Boston Highlights

Boston Highlights

  • What other attractions should I visit?

    North End
    The North End is the oldest residential area in Boston, dating back to the 1630’s. If you want a unique experience a visit here is “not to be missed”! It is home to various restaurants, churches, shops and ten historical sights. It is a predominantly Italian neighbourhood which only adds to its charm.

    Freedom Trail
    A 2.5 mile red-brick trail that takes you to Boston’s famous landmarks and historic neighbourhood. Explore the city’s 16 iconic sites by joining walking tours to experience a unique outlook on the city. 

    Museum of Fine Arts
    Standing as a comprehensive art museum, the city hosts this amazing institution that celebrates Boston’s historic formations. Opening in 1876, this art museum has strong roots to the city and will make for a very informative visit.

  • What attractions celebrate the city’s culture?

    Fenway Park
    Home to the land of baseball, Fenway Park is host to Boston’s league baseball team – Boston Red Sox. Tours of this amazing ground take place every hour. Take the opportunity to get the full experience by purchasing a ticket to watch one of the Boston Red Sox’s games, discounts are available for students.

    Boston Public Garden
    Covering over 2000 acres with playgrounds and athletic facilities, the Boston Public Garden is one to visit. The largest park is the 527 acre Franklin Park which is home to the Franklin Park Zoo which boasts a wide variety of animals all the way from butterflies to tigers!

    The Boston Tea Part Ships and Museum
    This museum attraction tin brings to life the incredible events that changed American history in 1773. Your hour-long tour of this amazing floating museum includes interactive exhibits and actors which make this an immersive experience.

    Boston Duck Tours
    One of the best sight-seeing tours in Boston, this is one for the itinerary. Get amazing views of the city by cruising past historical landmarks that honour Boston. This is the only tour that will take you on land and water, creating a unique experience to add to your trip.

  • What are the highlight attractions?

    Harvard
    Widely considered the world’s finest and most prestigious university in the world, the beautiful campus is well worth a visit. All the tours done on campus are led by current students, giving a more authentic view of the university. A beacon of academic and a glorious campus, make this a perfect afternoon activity.

    The SkyWalk Observatory
    Located atop the Prudential Tower, this attraction allows for the experience of breath-taking views of the city. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Boston and take some amazing selfies at the top. Alongside the view, you can learn about Boston’s history through the informative provided on display.

    John F Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library
    The JFK Presidential Museum and Library is as it’s name suggests, a tribute to the late president, John F Kennedy. This Museum includes three theatres, shop and cafe. It’s huge range of permanent and temporary exhibits provide an amazing insight into the incredible life of the president.