Boston: A College Kid’s Playground

With population of roughly 600,000 residents with a median of 31.1 years of age, Boston is possibly one of the most young-adult-friendly cities in the country offering countless opportunities to experience real city life with a college town atmosphere. 

More than 200,000 area college students thrive in the city that knows how to meet their needs for fun. Prospective students visiting a college or university in Boston may want to plan to stay an extra day (or two) and explore not only what the schools here have to offer (there are more than 50 in the metropolitan alone), but also what this fabulous city can provide. 

Top 10 Things to do in Boston after your College Visit 

  Sailboats in Charles River Basin, Credit: "Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau."  


  1. Visit the Museum of Science — fun for all ages, always new and exciting exhibits, reasonably priced.
  2. Have a delicious Italian dinner in North End and top it off with a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry.
  3. Take a Duck Tour — a fun way to get to know the history of the city in a really cool automobile.
  4. See a Red Sox Game, or at least tour Fenway Park — can be pricey, but always worth it.
  5. Explore the Commons and the Public Garden — beautiful in spring and summer, and always FREE.
  6. Shop at Fanueil Hall Market.
  7. Walk through Cambridge — get that old Boston brick feel here. Numerous eclectic shops, especially in Harvard Square.
  8. Walk Smoots Bridge to Cambridge — walk the bridge measured in smoots
  9. Don't miss the New England Aquarium.
  10. Visit the JFK Presidential Library — a great way for parents to share a bit of their generation with their kids. Beautiful library; a bit of a commute but worth it.

Check out the Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information about fun, learning, and play in Boston. Photo credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology and is a public relations intern with Smart College Visit, Inc. To read more of Chelsea's work, click here

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