A Boston for everyone – Le Harbus
It’s fall, and we’re back in business (school). Bostonians share the must-see experiences in our little neighborhood.
A very different fall semester began in late August, with not only CRs arriving on campus, but ECs starting their first classes in person. With Massachusetts declaring itself “completely reopened,” outdoor life has largely returned to normal for the HBS community. As the academic programming began with START week, the parallel social program was launched hand in hand with a host of small group activities and dinners. Each new activity listed on the associated Google Sheet is completed within seconds of posting. There is one clear conclusion: There is a wide range of experiences to be had in Boston, and there is a great appetite for each one at HBS. For those of us still discovering how Boston truly is a city for everyone, the Harbus put together a list of must-see experiences beyond food, curated by Bostonians within the HBS community.
For sportive people
Whether it is baseball, football, basketball or hockey; sports are deeply rooted in Boston culture. The campus adjacent to Harvard Stadium is the oldest concrete stadium in the country. Further afield, Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, Boston’s own Major League baseball team, is the oldest baseball stadium in the United States. Graduate students have access to discounted tickets through the Student9s program for those on a budget. “Energy is electric, and it’s so much fun getting a group of friends together and going to watch an Sox game,” says Katelyn Sweeney (MBA ’23). If pricing isn’t much of a concern, another RC calls sitting on the Green Monster “an unprecedented experience.”
For the nature nerd
Boston is home to the Emerald Necklace, a “chain” of parks comprising the Boston Commons and the Arnold Arboretum, managed by Harvard University. Maya Sathaye (MBA ’23) says: “A walk around the Arboretum is very peaceful, especially in the fall or spring. And visiting the original JP Licks nearby is a great end to the trip! ”
Sweeney takes us beyond the city limits: “The Middlesex Fells and Blue Hills Preserves are both accessible by car and great places for nature trails. Further, the White Mountains of NH allow beautiful hikes; Zealand Falls and Lonesome Lake are two of my favorites. And if you’re a more experienced hiker, you can try tackling the 4,000-foot NH 48. Mount Moosilauke is a great starting point! ”
Emily Roberts (MBA ’23), who grew up on Boston’s North Shore, recommends the AllTrails app for finding some of the best foliage in the country. “Loved visiting Woodstock, Stowe, and Lake Winnipesaukee, but you really can’t go wrong with the larger area of northern Massachusetts.”
For the child of the theater
Sweeney strongly encourages “to keep an eye out for speakers and performances at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.” They have an impressive lineup of shows every season!
This article narrowly missed the annual window when Shakespeare on the Common plays at the Boston Commons, but for comedians among us, it’s a crucial attraction in Boston. Along the same time horizon, there is an annual tradition of watching the Boston Pops perform their annual Independence Day concert every Fourth of July at Hatch Shell. In addition, Faneuil Hall regularly hosts street performers who perform unimaginable acts of juggling and acrobatics, as well as free concerts for passers-by.
For history buffs
Boston occupies a central role in American history, from its colonization by the Puritans to its American revolutionary battles to its legendary universities. Founded in 1635, the town of Concord, just minutes from Boston, is home to the battlefields of Lexington and Concord, where the first battles of the American Revolution bore fruit. Minute Man National Historic Park offers a plethora of tours, lectures, and exhibits. “The town itself is very picturesque, still lined with colonial-style houses. I spent my childhood visiting the city and its colonial inn. It’s a treasure, ”notes Roberts.
Concord is also home to the Walden Pond, a small body of water that inspired Henry David Thoreau’s book of the same name.
For the art lover
A 19th-century art collector founded and built the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston to house her extensive personal collection, the pursuit of which made her the first American to own a Boticelli. In addition to the 7,500 paintings and sculptures, the museum also has archival items including correspondence from TS Elliott and manuscripts from Dante. “Make sure to watch This is a theft on Netflix to learn more about the infamous theft that happened here in 1990 and is still unsolved! Roberts quipped, referring to the documentary on the biggest known property theft in history – 13 works of art with a cumulative value of $ 500 million.
Rockport, Gloucester, a little out of town, is home to the Rocky Neck Art Colony, a quintessentially charming New England artist colony. Dozens of working artists, from painters, potters and textile designers to photographers and jewelry makers, exhibit their work in the Rocky Neck Galleries during the summer months.
For everyone else
Boston is for not only those who fit into any of the above groups, but a wide range of interests.
Harvard Square is home to not one, but three long-standing comic book stores, squeezed together. Roberts also recommends Planet Records at Harvard Square for vinyl heads.
Sathaye urges the HBS community to venture beyond Harvard and Central Square, “Porter, Davis and Inman Square are all within walking distance and offer shopping, dining and bookstores.”
If you’re looking for a quick trip nearby, Roberts recommends the coastal town of Essex. “Essex is famous for its antique shops. I love spending the day hunting in the shops and ending the day with an ice cream at DownRiver or watching the sun set over the swamp with a cocktail (or an IPA if you’re that inclined) at CK Pearl. ”
In the weeks leading up to Halloween, Sathaye suggests taking a trip to Salem, infamous for its 17th-century witch trials. However, Salem is still home to modern pagan and wizarding communities. Building on its reputation, the city hosts the annual Haunted Happenings festival throughout the month of October. The festival features costume balls, psychic readings, haunted harbor cruises, ghost tours, and more.
Sapan Shah (MBA ’23) is from India. Prior to HBS, he worked in consumer goods and nonprofit healthcare, and during the latter he was instrumental in implementing the HIV / AIDS strategy in India. He spends his free time immersed in popular culture and quizzes.