One day away from everyday life can be just the break you need. Escape with a walk through a park, dinner at an authentic restaurant or a detailed brewery tour. If you find yourself with a free day, be sure to venture to these spots in Boston.
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Christopher Columbus Park
Atlantic Ave. and Richmond St.
Boston, MA 02109
(781) 639-6002

Christopher Columbus Park is the perfect place for a relaxing day in the city. Take a leisurely stroll through the park, people watch or take some time to view the boats in Boston Harbor. Bask in the beauty of nature and stop to appreciate the Rose Kennedy Fountain. Families enjoy the tot lot and jungle gym, while couples can snuggle up on a bench or share a kiss under the trellis. Pack a picnic lunch, spread out a blanket and breathe in the fresh air.

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Freedom Trail
99 Chauncy St., Suite 401
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 357-8300

Enjoy a history-filled walk through Boston in the cool fall air on the Freedom Trail. The brick-lined, 2.5-mile path takes you to 16 significant historical sites, including churches, burying grounds, museums and meetinghouses. Dive into the history of the American Revolution as you learn about the people who helped to shape the nation. Allow one of the costumed guides to lead you down the trail or follow the audio tour on a handheld player or download to your mp3 device.

The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library (credit: Mary Baker Eddy Library)

The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library (credit: Mary Baker Eddy Library)

Mary Baker Eddy Library
200 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(888) 222-3711

Discover the achievements, life and ideas of Mary Baker Eddy with a day at the museum. The public is given full access to educational experiences and original materials about Mary to fully understand her life. For a unique experience, stop by the Mappaium, which takes you to the middle of the world. Cross a 30-foot glass bridge inside a stained-glass globe for an inside view of the earth’s geography. A presentation of lights, music and words illustrate how ideas have crossed the globe over time to change the world.

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Dolce Vita Ristorante
221 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-0422

Spend a day in the North End where you can dine on the finest Italian cuisines, desserts and coffees. Be sure to stop into Dolce Vita to experience authentic Italian food in a welcoming environment. You will feel right at home while enjoying bruschetta, fettuccine bolognese or a fresh veal chop with your favorite wine. If there is something you like that is not on the menu, just ask owner Franco Graceffa to make it and he will happily oblige. You won’t miss him as he greets every customer on their way in.

Photo Credit: Kristen Fenton

Photo Credit: Kristen Fenton

Samuel Adams Brewery
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 368-5080

A tour through the Samuel Adams Brewery is a great fall day trip. Learn about the American patriot and brewer Samuel Adams, experience the entire process of brewing, taste the malts, smell the hops and sample some delicious beers. Tours last approximately one hour, but be sure to arrive early as they fill up quickly. Stop at the gift shop on your way out to stock up on all your favorite Samuel Adams gear.

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