Boston Basic Information
If you find yourself here in the summer, be sure to check out Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer in the City Entertainment Series - a major event that draws thousands to enjoy concerts and movies under the sun and stars. The 4th of July really goes off in Boston – the birthplace of US independence. Expect a 24-hour party and pyrotechnic wonders! For more info about this historic student city, here’s our top tips.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in the United States of America for up to 90 days without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. In order to travel under this program, you must apply and be granted authorisation through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization prior to your trip. Please be aware though that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local US embassy.
The currency used in the United States is the US Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the US Dollar can change constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
With what seems like more Dunkin' Donuts per capita than anywhere else in the country, you’d think all Bostonians consumed was coffee and donuts. Au contraire, this city is foodie heaven – particularly if you dig fish of the shelled variety. With an emphasis on seafood and dairy products, Boston’s best-known dishes are New England clam chowder, fish and chips, baked beans (hence the nickname 'Beantown'), lobsters, and clams. It could be said that Julia Child, a long-time Cambridge resident, led Boston’s foodie charge, but let’s not forget the famous Union Oyster House is still the oldest operating restaurant in the United States. Head to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to shop for fresh produce and get your Asian food fix in Chinatown with ample Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Thai offerings. Don’t miss trying the cannolis at Mike’s Pastry in the North End’s Little Italy quarter. Subs (sandwiches) are called ‘havegrinders’here and if you order a milkshake, you’ll be told to go to Connecticut. In Boston they serve frappés with a scoop of ice-cream on top.
Cheers, the place ‘where everybody knows your name’, is a famous Boston bar and the ‘80s and ‘90s TV show of the same name. Fans of this iconic comedy flock to the Beacon Street landmark for photo ops and memorabilia, but the pub still holds its own serving great burgers and beers to countless locals and tourists. Even though Boston was founded by Puritans, the locals still knows how to have a rollicking good time – especially when the scholars are out on semester break from Harvard. Can’t get into a Red Sox game? Head to the Bleacher Bar instead. Built right into Fenway Park baseball stadium, you can order a cold beer and sit virtually right beneath the bleachers and peer through the windows onto the playing field. With so many Irish descendants in Boston, it’s no surprise there's plenty of traditional Irish pubs, and Boston has also become known for its craft brews. Tremont Street is your best bet for a fun night out – hit up The Roxy for cocktails and dancefloor tunes, or The Underbar Superlounge for something different. On Landsdowne Street, you’ve got the laidback Jake Ivory’s or The Avalon nightclub.