It’s no secret that grad school is a pricey venture. But here’s the thing about going to grad school in Boston: you’re in Boston. And this sports-crazed, historical goldmine is full of numerous adventures that aren’t as expensive as you may think.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a car (or rather, unfortunate enough to have to worry about parking in the city), apple picking is a must-try. I have to admit, apple picking was foreign to me when I was back home on the West Coast. But after venturing out to Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, Mass. (50 minute drive), I felt fully prepared for New England fall. Pumpkins, flowers and over 20 kinds of apples are just some of the treats you can grab at Parlee, not to mention homemade pumpkin butter and fresh apple cider donuts that are to die for. Oh, and did I mention there’s no entrance fee? Just don’t forget cash to buy yourself some delicious treats.
However, if you don’t feel like sticking around and exploring the city we live before venturing out into the suburbs, hop on a Hubway bike and see Boston on your own terms. Unlike pricey guided tours, Hubway allows you to rent a bicycle from over 100 stations sprinkled throughout the city. Any ride under 30 minutes is free, and a 24-hour pass is only $6. Worried about Boston’s infamously scary drivers? Stick to the Charles River Reservation Bike loop to avoid the honking and see the river. And be sure to take advantage of the Hubway bikes soon, before Mother Nature gives Boston the cold shoulder.
Maybe you need a break from studying, and biking just isn’t your thing. No worries. Just head to Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain (from BU: 20 minutes by car or 50 by train) to taste their OctoberFest. The brewery holds free tours year-round. For another beer option, check out the Harpoon Brewery (from BU: 15 minutes by car or 55 by train) where you can get a $5 beer tasting.
Aside from all these wonderful options, there is one place you simply must visit while living in Boston: the one and only Fenway Park. Even if you aren’t able to catch a game, tours are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student tickets are just $12, and since Fenway is practically on BU’s campus (at just a 5 minute walk from the bookstore), there is really no excuse not to.
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