statue of George Washington in Boston

Boston Itinerary – 3 Days in Boston for First-timers

You’ve got 3 days to show your students the wonders of Boston for the very first time.  Sound like a tall order?  Well, perhaps for lesser mortals, but you’re a teacher (and there’s nothing “lesser” about what you can do).

This post outlines a Boston itinerary, taking you through 3 days in Boston for first-timers.

Day 1

The Boston Public Garden, established in 1837, is the nation’s first public botanical garden.  While situated next to the famed Boston Common, the two green spaces could not be more different.

Here you’ll enjoy the delight of exotic botanicals and see a status of the George Washington on horseback.  From the BPG, you’re well-positioned to sidle over to Boston Common.

Originally used as a grazing pasture for cows in the 1600s, Boston Common was later used as a camp for troops during the Revolutionary War.  Following the war, it became a meeting place, hosting public speeches and rallies.  Today, it’s known as the oldest public park in the USA.

And Boston Common is where the Freedom Trail begins.  Encompassing 16 pivotal historical sites on its 2.5-mile length, the Freedom Trail introduces students to Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House and the Old North Church.  Guide your students independently, or take the tour with the Freedom Trail Players, all clad in 18th Century costumes.  With a Go Boston Card, your 90-minute tour is covered.

Day 2

Start your day at the fascinating Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Created to mimic the Piazza Barberino in Venice, Italy, the Museum houses the original patroness’s incredible collection of Italian art masterworks, including some by Titian and Rafael.

One of the oldest art institutions in the USA, the Museum of Fine Arts demands a good chunk of your day.  The Art of the Americas wing alone is internationally-renowned but this museum hosts one of the finest art collections in the world.

Here you’ll see art spanning the epochs of the Americas, from pre-Columbian times up to the 20th Century.  The work of John Singer Sargent is a highlight.

Day 3

For day 3, we suggest you dedicate yourself to a thorough exploration of Boston’s exceptional Museum of Science.

Here, students will find the many faces of science, from archeological exhibits to astronomy and anatomy laid out for their educational interest.  Interactive displays abound, including “Science in the Park”, which employs swings to teach students about physics.

The Charles Hayden Planetarium invites you to explore space, the final frontier, while the state-of-the-art IMAX theater features a 5-story high projection screen.  There’s something for every geek in your class here!

Peak Performance Tours

For more than 20 years, Peak has been taking students on quality educational adventures.  At Peak Performance Tours, we know the value of in-the-field learning, crafting itineraries that satisfy curricular imperatives, while showing your students the time of their lives.

Boston is one of our nation’s true gems and students will find so much here to interest them, they’ll want to come back, again and again.

Let Peak lead the way.  Contact us.