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Our Wicked Good Boston Bucket List: Franks, Freedom and So Much More

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boston esplanade, running along the charles river, charles river bike path, charles river boston, view of cambridgeBefore the sun had a chance to set, we had seen more college campuses (53 in Boston alone!) than we both toured in our adolescence combined, absorbed more history than our Social Studies teachers ever could have hoped to teach our 13 year-old selves and as we biked along the glittering Charles River, we couldn’t help but think of a few more items to add to our wicked good Boston Bucket List! In no particular order here they are…

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John Harvard, john harvard lucky boot, harvard square, boston bucket listDon’t miss the chance to run through Harvard Square and rub John Harvard’s “lucky” bronze boot! The best part about this story is that back in the 90’s, tour guides began encouraging visitors to emulate a (non-existent) student “tradition” ​of rubbing the toe of John Harvard’s left boot for luck. So, while the statue as a whole was once darkly weathered, the left toe now gleams almost throbbingly bright! You can’t miss the chance to be a part of this un-tradition.. hey, we make our own luck right?!

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giant citgo sign kenmore square, where is the giant citgo sign, citgo sign boston, what is the giant citgo sign historycross the bridge over to Cambridge to see the equally ginormous Shell “Spectacular” sign!:

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swan boats public park boston, romantic boston, boston bucket list4. This one’s a given, but we have to mention it, walk the Freedom Trail (map here)! But be sure to give yourself plenty of time so you can veer off the double brick path to discover all of the incredible tastes, sounds and sites that are bound to beckon your name. We have to confess, after 2 attempts we still never completed the 2.5 mile trail… that either shows how easily distracted we are, or how awesome Boston is… or both! We recommend a full day, just in case.

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freedom trail, boston bucket list, statues in boston5. You see that line below? That’s for Giacomo’s, regarded as THE BEST Italian restaurant in Boston. Famous for it’s made fresh in-house pastas and “to die for” sauces, this no-frills establishment is cash-only, takes no reservations (Back Bay location does), has no valet parking and serves no desserts (there’s Mike’s Pastry across the street for that). So what’s the big deal right!? Well it’s incredible, insanely affordable and you DON’T want to miss it. If you’re on the Freedom Trail and you time it right, you might just pass this place right when the doors open at 5, though we recommend arriving around 4pm to wait in line, there are more tips for you here.

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red sox, fenway park, baseball boston, boston bucket list, couple at red sox game, couple travels across country, traveling coupleWe had a hard time peeling ourselves out of this incredible city, so much so that it almost seemed unfair to try and put together a list of what to do because really, YOU SHOULD DO EVERYTHING.

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    Parks Morgan

    May 27, 2015

    Great recap, Brittany and Drew! Boston is my partner’s hometown. You left out the most important thing about a game at Fenway: Sweet Caroline! ; )

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      mrandmrsadventure

      May 27, 2015

      Great point Parks! We went ahead and added that in there, how could we forget!? What a fun and wonderful place it was 🙂

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