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Boston’s best: 5 things every new student must do!

Brandeis is 9 miles west of Boston. Get to know the ‘Hub of the Universe’ firsthand with these recommendations

There are nearly endless things to do in Boston.

There are nearly endless things to do in Boston.

Boston is known as the Hub of the Universe for a reason.

The capital of Massachusetts and New England’s largest city is a global center of culture, education and technology. And Brandeis International Business School is just a short car or train ride away from it all!

The city has so much to offer — including live music and theater, world famous museums, fabulous restaurants, championship sports teams and breathtaking architecture and cityscapes, just to name a few.

So where do you start if you’re new to the area? Here are my top five recommendations to get you started.

1) Visit Boston Common and the Public Garden

Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States. It’s a fun, relaxing place to visit — you can picnic, play sports (including ice skating in the winter), or just sit on a park bench and enjoy the hustle and bustle. Adjacent to the Common is the Public Garden, a botanical garden with beautiful flowers and trees that’s also home to the iconic Swan Boats and Make Way for Ducklings statue.

2) Attend a baseball game at Fenway Park

Fenway Park — home of the Boston Red Sox — is the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, and one of its most famous ballparks. Hear the crack of the bat and watch the ball sail over the iconic Green Monster for a home run, or browse the many concessions for a delicious variety of local foods — including clam chowder, lobster rolls and, of course, hot dogs.

3) Eat a world-class meal. Seafood is always a plus!

Maybe fine dining is more your thing, and there is no shortage of great restaurants in Boston. The North End and South End are two of my favorite foodie destinations. A few spots worth trying in the North End are Neptune Oyster (seafood), Terramia Ristorante (Italian), Galleria Umberto (pizza), China House (Chinese) and The Maharaja (Indian). The South End has a broad range of options, including Myers+Chang (Chinese), Toro (Spanish), Coppa (pizza), Bar Mezzana (Italian), Ilona (Mediterranean), B&G Oyster (seafood) and Mela Restaurant (Indian). Also be sure to check out the Seaport District and neighboring cities of Cambridge and Somerville for more great eats.

4) Go on a Duck Boat tour

A Boston Duck Tour is a great way to get to know downtown Boston. There’s nothing like riding along the city streets and splashing into the Charles River on a World War II-era amphibious vehicle. Breathtaking views and Boston history abound on these lighthearted tours, which typically last about 80 minutes.

5) Walk the Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile walking tour through downtown Boston that stops at 16 nationally significant historical sites. A unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks and historic markers, the Freedom trail tells the story of the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.

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