Exploring Boston as a Local and not a Tourist
Exploring Boston is often something done by tourists or those exploring the area from surrounding communities. While as with many major cities, Boston is home to some incredible tourist activities, and while even Boston locals often enjoy the major attractions, there are quite a few other activities in Boston that seem to attract the locals.
The perfect Sunday afternoon must include exploring Boston’s Sowa Open Market. If the food trucks aren’t enough to entice you, you can also enjoy the many pop-up vendors, boutiques and even galleries to stroll through while taking in the Boston scene. Whether you have a weekly favorite treat to grab or enjoy strolling through the vendors each week to find something new, Boston locals love the Sowa Open Market and have made is a summertime staple.
The best part of exploring Boston Public Market is that it can be enjoyed all year long due to being indoors. The 40 vendors inside range from handmade gifts, local raw honey, apple cider donuts (a local favorite), as well as fresh fruits and vegetables among so much more, making the Boston Public Market your one stop shop for weekly shopping, or a day of fun amongst friends and family.
The North End
There really isn’t a part of Boston that you won’t love, however the narrow streets and small mom and pop shops and cafes within Boston’s Italian neighborhood of The North End is easily a favorite for a leisurely stroll with a freshly baked baguette in hand.
While there are many local hangouts, Harpoon Brewery is easily a favorite for its beer hall, tours, and of course you can’t forget their delicious giant pretzels and gift shop. In addition to the craft beers, the brewery is also perfectly found in Seaport Village which allows for a great stroll through the marina either before or after your tastings.
As with many coastal cities, the water is a great place for tourists, however, often the water is filled with primarily locals who are exploring the city of Boston by water. Whether by joining a sailing club, renting kayaks or paddleboards, or heading to the open water for fishing, the water is the perfect place to enjoy all Boston has to offer.
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