6 Most Exciting Places To Visit In Boston

6 Most Exciting Places To Visit In Boston

One of the greatest places to experience the city life.

Boston, Massachusetts is a huge city, and sometimes, it can be overwhelming to try to think of all the places one can visit. Even so, there are a few tourist attractions that have been a staple for many individuals living in the Boston area all their lives, or at least places people should go when trying to embrace the wonderful place that is Boston.

1. Boston Common/Public Garden

Boston Common as well as the Public Garden are two perfect places for anyone and everyone, including those who just want to enjoy the beauty of nature or those who just want to chill with a bunch of friends in the city. In the summer, every corner of open green space is surrounded by beautiful, colorful flowers and in the winter, white, bright lights cover all the trees and shine on the snowy, blanketed ground. You haven’t truly seen Boston unless you go to the Commons, and while you’re there, go on a swan boat ride in the summer season or ice skate on the frozen Frog Pond in the winter (for small cash fees).

2. Newbury Street

Newbury Streets is one of the most well-known and busy areas in the city, with eight blocks of popular clothing stores, restaurants, snack shops, boutiques, salons, and more. As you walk down the street and pass by the various buildings and store windows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

3. Museum of Fine Arts

As a student who lived right outside of Boston for eighteen years and has been to the Museum of Fine Arts more than eight times as a part of school field trips, I can definitively say that every experience at this museum has been new and refreshing. Art is always unique in its own way, and new pieces are always being installed as more and more individuals continue to appreciate the importance of art in one’s life. As the fourth largest museum in the country, the MFA is a popular tourist site (even offering free admission multiple times throughout the year).

4. New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium will satisfy every little kid’s (or just excited adult’s) need to see cute, fuzzy, or huge animals. With more than a dozen exhibits, a whale watching opportunity, featured movies, and a number of interactive activities, it’s easy to have a positive, informative, yet fun time at the aquarium. Besides, who doesn’t love to watch penguins and seals slide on their bellies?

5. Mr. Bartley’s Burger House

Located in the heart of Harvard Square and right by Harvard Yard (surrounded by quaint book stores, well-known shopping departments, and comfy areas where visitors can sit and people watch), Mr. Bartley’s has been around for over fifty years offering more than fifty different burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and more. The restaurant is always filled with people at all times of the year, including celebrities who have visited in the past like Katie Couric, Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Johnny Cash, and more (all of which have wraps named after them).

6. Massachusetts State House

Democracy rocks, and one of the greatest places to feel politically inspired and historically educated is the Massachusetts State House. Tours are free throughout the year, usually given by high school or college interns who have a passion for government and the city of Boston, and let you know of interesting facts you may have never known (including the fact that the top of the State House is a gold dome with a wooden pine cone adorned on top). People in business suits and blazers and pencil skirts are always bustling about as well, so you may even get to meet your favorite representative passing by on the stairs.

Boston has so much to offer, and with so many attractions, stores, resources, and opportunities right at your fingertips, life is perfect for those who love a busy and action-packed community. But even if you’re more used to quiet, rural, more open areas, Boston is one of the best places to enjoy the city life firsthand, and these are some of the greatest places everyone should visit.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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'Culling' The Bullsh*t; Taking A Deeper Look At The Antibiotics In The Livestock Industry

You want the truth? Here it is.


As many people have seen around the internet, one of the hot topics is having cattle or other livestock antibiotic free. This has lead to a movement that is not only incorrect with their basic information, but they are hurting family farms across the nation. This stems from the idea that antibiotics contaminate meat products and will affect the consumer. In this article the main points that "justify" the antibiotic culture will be broken down and simplified. I hope by the end of reading this you will be more knowledgeable about this subject, and will make the best decision for you and your family.

1. "If you don't specifically buy antibiotic free meat, you will buy meat with antibiotics in it."

The FDA has control check on the processing line when livestock is processed. This means that the likelihood of any "antibiotic filled" animal to make it through is slim to none. If by chance a ranch or feedlot gets flagged by FDA, they will be fined with a bill in the thousands. This type of flag will make it difficult for that ranch to ever sell livestock in the normal market again. This is only one of the incentives for ranch owners to stay in the clear.

2. "Antibiotics are used to promote growth"

This statement is false. Antibiotics are used to treat an illness. Yes an animal might gain weight after treatment. But that is because when we are sick we tend to not eat as much. Once you start to feel better, it stirs up your hunger. Antibiotics are and have never been used to promote growth.

3. What happens to the animal on an antibiotic free farm when it gets sick.

Let's do a comparison example. If your child got sick what do you normally do? Take them to the doctor and if he prescribes a medication for them you would provide the correct amount to treat the illness. This is the same way with the livestock industry. Most antibiotics and medication in general are a prescription based. Therefore, a vet will need to sign off on the treatment of the animals. While most ranches will treat the illness and move on, antibiotic free farms need to move that animal off site to another ranch. Some of the time they have a secondary place where those treated animals go to live out their life. Not treating a sick animal is inhumane.

These are only a few of the antibiotic free lies that surround the livestock world. And I am not saying for someone to completely change their beliefs over one article, what I am saying is do your research. From both sides of the argument. Then base your final decision from what you have learned. The agriculture industry has many that oppose that will use fear-tactics to push their agenda. And although we are not a perfect industry, we are a very important part of society. And we hold high standards for ourselves because of that.

Thank you for reading,

if you have a suggestion of what I should talk about next leave a comment.

-Chrystal B.

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