17 Mistakes Tourists Make While Visiting Boston

by | Apr 27, 2022 | Travel

Boston is a classic travel destination for anyone interested in American history or professional sports, or both! But beyond Fenway Park and the Freedom Trail, the Massachusetts capital also boasts an impressive food scene, several art museums and other cultural attractions that appeal to tourists.But according to locals, visitors to Beantown tend to get things wrong during their stays. We asked people who live in the New England city to share some of the faux pas they’ve observed.AdvertisementHere are 17 mistakes tourists often make while visiting Boston ― and some advice for avoiding these errors during your travels.Looking for happy hours“If you’re planning a ‘happy hour,’ you might have to get creative. Massachusetts banned happy hours in the 1980s, so instead I recommend creating your own at a local bar in between tourist stops. You won’t find drink specials, but certain places are an event within themselves. Try Banyan Bar + Refuge (South End), Local 149 (South Boston) and Warren Tavern (Charlestown).” ― Vanessa Gatlin, founder of Vanessa in Boston“Happy hours are not allowed in Boston. That is to say that alcohol can’t be discounted, but many restaurants get around this by discounting food instead.” ― Chelsea Marrs, lifestyle bloggerAdvertisementRubbing the John Harvard Statue for luck“Don’t rub the shoes of the John Harvard Statue. It’s known that Harvard students pee on that at night. Oh, and yeah, don’t wear the Yankees gear! Bostonians are pretty serious about their sports teams.” ― Dolphia Arnstein, photographer, videographer and UX designerGetting Starbucks instead of Dunkin’“Don’t buy Starbucks instead of Dunkin’ ― and you MUST get iced coffee no matter the weather. Everyone swears by Dunkin’ here, especially their iced coffees. Yes, even in the dead of winter!” ― MarrsAdvertisementSkipping Fenway because you don’t like the Red Sox“It is true that many love t …

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