Cork to Boston flights: Ten great places to visit in Boston

Following today’s announcement of Cork Airport’s first transatlantic flights to the US with Norwegian Air, here are ten great things you can do in Boston.

Cork to Boston flights: Ten great places to visit in Boston

1. Baseball in Fenway Park

You can’t visit the States without taking in their national pastime. Fenway Park, open since 1912, is home to the Boston Red Sox. Enjoy a game of baseball in the park, take a tour of the stadium, or visit their museum to find out more about the last century of sport.

Those Red Sox, eh?

2. Museum of Fine Arts

Indulge your inner art critic during your trip, or if history is more to your liking, check out their collections from ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy and beyond.

3. Visit Harvard University

You might recognise this one from films and television. Harvard is the oldest university in the United States. It was established in 1636, just 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth.

Turns out it’s very easy to get into Harvard after all - as a tourist. Make sure to explore the beautiful campus while you’re in Boston.

4. Museum of Science

This is sure to be a big hit with the kids. A museum so cool, it’s even on Snapchat!

With daily live presentations, over 700 interactive exhibits, and your choice between the Planetarium, IMAX, and 4-D films, you’re guaranteed to find something everyone will enjoy here.

5. Stroll through Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is one of the oldest communities in the city, and today its architecture is reflective of old colonial Boston.

Its main street is lined with antique shops and restaurants, and it has been home to a number of famous people throughout history, including Louisa May Alcott, Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath.

6. Follow the Freedom Trail

Walk in the footsteps of history along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile guided route leading to 16 historically significant sites around Boston.

It tells the story of the of the American Revolution, which began in the city.

7. Enjoy some Italian food in the North End

The North End is also known as ’Little Italy’, and it’s a major tourist destination. It is here that you will find some of the best Italian food in Boston.

So what’ll it be: pizza or pasta?

8. Stop for a pint in Cheers

Fan of Cheers or Frasier? Why not stop by the pub where it all began.

We can’t guarantee everybody will know your name when you arrive, however, but just imagine the photo opportunities.

9. Shopping on Newbury Street

Newbury Street consists of eight blocks of shops, boutiques and food. A must-visit for the shopaholics among us.

Fun fact: until the mid 1800s, Newbury Street was actually part of Boston Harbour, but from 1857 the land was slowly reclaimed.

10. Just a quick look in Penneys...

Speaking of shopping, did you hear that Ireland’s favourite shop has opened up in Boston? A shiny new Primark is located Downtown, on the corner of Summer and Washington Street.

The 77,000 square foot, four-storey building in the heart of Boston was designed by the same architect as Selfridges on Oxford Street, and is roughly about the same size as ’the mecca’ Primark on London’s Tottenham Court Road.

Sure we’ll just pop in for a look.

Norwegian has announced today that it plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service. The service is planned for May 2016 with 4-5 flights per week.

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