Gay Travel Boston
Boston is a city of “firsts.” It has the country’s first public school, first subway system, and is the capital of the first state to allow gay marriage in America! It’s absolutely drenched with history, as many of early-America’s important events took place in and around the area including the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Make time to check out 50-acre Boston Common—the country’s oldest city park. It has hosted a range of idiosyncratic historic events such as a speech by Martin Luther King Jr., public hangings in the 1800s, and even British soldiers camped there during the American Revolution. It’s also the starting location of the Freedom Trail which will take you around the city to even more historic locations. Boston is lousy with history; just try to appreciate it.
It’s also a thriving hotbed of intellectualism. There are several fantastic museums in the city and of course, Harvard University and MIT are both in Boston’s backyard as well as other institutions of higher learning such as Boston University. Try to avoid sticking out as the dullest crayon in the box by calling anyone “wicked smaht” while you’re there though as Bostonians aren’t well-known for being the friendliest of people.
The gay areas of Boston are centered around the neighborhoods of South End and Jamaica Plain. Since the 1980’s the gays have been gentrifying these areas and opening up shops and restaurants. This is also the area you’re going to find the gay bars and clubs at, primarily along Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street. Lesbian hangouts tend to be more available in Jamaica Plain.
Boston’s pleasant to visit any time of the year, but winter is probably not for the faint of heart. Fall is gorgeous with all those colorful leaves, and the hint of chill in the air. Spring still requires a sweater, and summer is fantastic for picnics in the Common. Just watch your step so you don’t trip over something wicked historical by accident.