Things To Do On Your Days Off: Boston

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You’ve landed a contract anatomic or clinical pathology position in the Boston area, but now what? What will you do with your time off? Use this guide to help you explore the area, with a bonus link to help you eat like a local.

Things To Do On Your Day Off: Boston

Karen DiDonato ⋅ January 20, 2022

You’ve signed the contracts, completed your pre-employment paperwork, and have your travel plans in hand. You’re off on an adventure as a laboratory contractor, but how will you turn your several-month-long assignment into an unforgettable experience? Check out these local places and start collecting memories!

Black and white drawing of the boston skyline

This museum should not be missed for any art lover. Their impressive collection includes all mediums as well as pieces from the ancient world to modern times and everywhere in between.
Cost: https://www.mfa.org/tickets
Address: 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 267-9300

Boston Museum of Fine Art on a sunny day

These two historic green areas are side-by-side, separated only by Charles Street. Boston Common, America’s oldest park, totals 50 acres forming a pentagon in the heart of the city. The Public Garden is the first public botanical garden in America. It includes fountains, memorials, statues of ducklings, and rare and beautiful trees. Visit the heart of the Public Garden to take one of their famous swan boats for a ride in the lagoon.
Cost: Free
Address: Boston Public Garden, 4 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116; Boston Common, 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 723-8144

Bronze ducking statues in the Boston Public Garden

Launched in 1797, Old Ironsides is the oldest commissioned warship in the US Navy. It is 204 feet in overall length, and despite being rated as a 44-gun frigate, it often carried more than 50 guns and a crew of around 250. It has been based at the Charlestown Navy Yard since 1934, and last sailed in 2012 to celebrate its 200th anniversary of its victory over the Guerriere during the War of 1812.
Cost: While it is free to visit the ship, there is a fee for the museum
Address: Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 426-1812

USS Constitution sits in Boston Harbor on a cloudy day

With an IMAX theater, planetarium, interactive exhibits, live presentations and live animals, this museum and zoo is not to be missed. Located along the Charles River, the Museum of Science is easily accessible by public or private transportation.
Cost: https://www.mos.org/visit/admission
Address: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 723-2500

Museum of Science at Science Park and Charles River in Boston, MA, USA.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the country. Take an in-person student-led tour to learn more about the history, listen to a student’s perspective, or enjoy a free virtual historical tour. When visiting, be sure to check out their numerous impressive museums.
Cost: Free tours; museums have their own rates
Address: Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-1000

The Quad at Harvard

Located on the Central Wharf, close to the North End and Fanuel Hall, this aquarium is a mainstay for children and adults alike. Stay as long as you like touching rays and sharks, watching creatures swimming along a 200,000 gallon tank with gorgeous coral reefs. You’ll see numerous types of fish as well as penguins, seals, sean lions, snakes, lobsters, sea turtles and so much more.
Cost: $32 for adults; $23 for children; $30 for seniors
Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 973-5200

Colorful anemones in an aquarium tank

Founded in 1881, the BSO is the second oldest of the five major American symphony orchestras and acoustically is one of top three concert halls in the world.
Cost: Schedule and ticket pricing can be found here: https://www.bso.org/events
Address: 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 266-1200

people lined up playing string instruments

To eat like a Bostonian, you must check out the North End. This residential community is the Little Italy of Boston. This neighborhood is filled with historic buildings containing small shops and multiple Italian restaurants and bakeries. While you’re there, take a short walk to Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old outdoor market, then head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston Public Market to do some shopping and dining.

Regardless of where you go, be sure to check out their COVID guidelines and restrictions. Rules and guidelines are ever-changing; always know before you go.

Once you’ve completed your Boston-area contract, check our website for more open travel jobs and begin your adventure anew!

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Author: Karen DiDonatoKaren, our content marketing strategist, has worked with HCI since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in communications. In her free time she enjoys baking, gardening, running, and all things Peloton-related.

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