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For many internationals, settling into a new life in a new place like Boston can be both exciting and overwhelming. Where should you go? Everywhere! What should you do? Everything! How will you decide what to do first?  

With the help of a Global Friends host and a few ideas below, an experience in Boston with Global Friends will certainly be pleasant, enjoyable and enriching for both international and host.  Generally there is no restriction to what global friends may agree to do with one another. Global friends can visit many local attractions by walking or by Boston's public transportation system which features the first subway system in America.

Below is a compilation of local, regional and seasonal activities that we recommend. Visit this page periodically as we rotate through a list of activities and venues.

Let us know how you and your global friend are enjoying the sites and experiences around Boston and New England by sending the leadership team an email at [email protected].


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The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites from the period of the American Revolution that include museums, meetinghouses, churches and burying grounds.  Of course, Park Street Church is on the Trail and within sight of the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel and King's Chapel Burying Ground.

Sport Teams and Clubs

Fenway Park is Major League Baseball's oldest ballpark and has hosted eight-time World Series Champion Boston Red Sox since 1912. TD Garden is home of 17-time champion professional basketball team Boston Celtics and six-time Stanley Cup champion professional hockey team Boston Bruins.  Gillette Stadium is a state-of-the art stadium and home to five-time Super Bowl Champion professional (American) football team New England Patriots and professional soccer team New England Revolution.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is home to masterpieces from around the world and through the ages. The Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge is three museums under one roof: the Fogg, Busch-Reising and Arthur M. Sackler Museums. The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a partnership of four Harvard museums: Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Semitic Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Musical Performance

Symphony Hall is home to the world-acclaimed Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops which also performs outdoors at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. Opera fans can also enjoy productions from the Boston Lyric Opera. Contemporary music is featured at the dramatic Bank of America Pavilion on Boston Harbor.

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Breaks, Meals and Shopping

Most people can find time amidst busy schedules to enjoy everyday routines such as taking a break for coffee or tea, sharing a meal or going shopping.


After a busy day of work or study, at a place nearby campus, office or laboratory, global friends can converse and reflect on recent events. Boston and surrounding neighborhoods have many malls, shops, eateries and parks to relax and chat.    

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Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum located in Plymouth or about a one-hour drive south of Boston. Founded in 1947, Plimoth Plantation attempts to replicate the original settlement of Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century. Every November, the Focus ministry to internationals of Park Street Church offers a day trip to Plymouth, followed by a delicious, home-style traditional thanksgiving meal and program back at the church. Global friends are welcome to join this annual Focus event.

Newport Mansions

The Preservation Society of Newport County based in Newport, Rhode Island has protected and preserved not only the architectural heritage of the county, but especially the Bellevue Avenue Historic District which has fourteen historic properties.  Seven of those properties are National Historic Landmarks and eleven are open to the public. The Rosecliff mansion pictured above was constructed from 1899-1902.  


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