Are you thinking about taking a travel nurse assignment in Boston? Wicked good choice! Boston is the most populous city in New England, and its rich history makes it a magnet for visitors from around the world throughout the year. The city is home to some of the most brilliant minds in higher education, law, engineering, entrepreneurship, and of course, medicine. Boston features a number of world-renowned medical and research facilities. The city has plenty to keep you busy on your days off, whether you’re into history, the arts, professional sports, shopping, dining, bar-hopping, fitness, the outdoors and so much more! Here is our travel guide for nurses heading to Boston for a travel assignment.
The one must-eat dish in Boston is, of course, lobster. And there are numerous places to get it in the city, whether you prefer it steamed, baked, broiled, boiled, fried, in the shell, in a roll, on toast or as a pizza topping. One such place is Yankee Lobster Company, which serves a variety of seafood in addition to lobster, including shrimp, crab, oysters, tuna, scallops, clams, mussels, haddock and swordfish. The decor is simple, the atmosphere casual, and the central focus is on perfectly prepared seafood dishes at extremely reasonable prices. Proprietors the Zanti family have been fishing the local waters for several generations and more than 100 years. Their on-site market offers a freshly caught selection of lobster and other seafood favorites available for purchase.
The Green Dragon Tavern blends several items from your must-do list while on a travel nurse assignment in Boston: the city’s rich history, live music, and a mouthwatering menu of traditional Irish food and drink. Established in 1654 -- no, that’s not a typo -- this bar and restaurant was frequented by Paul Revere and John Hancock and is in fact recognized as the spot where Revere overheard plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concord. This revelation led to his infamous midnight ride to warn the colonial militia of the British invasion which started the American Revolutionary War. History buffs will love the décor and random visits by tour guides and Revolutionary War re-enactors who frequent the establishment in full costume.
Boston has no shortage of independent coffee shops just brewing with flavor and personality, so try to visit as many as you can while you’re in the city on a travel nurse assignment. A local favorite is Gracenote Coffee near Boston’s Chinatown, which puts the emphasis on excellent coffee instead of being the ideal place to work on a laptop. In fact, the layout resembles a bar more than it does a typical coffee shop, which lends itself more to socializing, but this is more a place where you just grab your cup and go – because you have so much to see and do in Boston! Gracenote is known for pleasing even the most ardent coffee snobs with its espressos, lattes, cortados, and mochas made with real chocolate. And, yes, they have your nitro cold brew fix, too.
Yes, that Cheers. The one where everybody knows your name, and which inspired the popular, long-running television program! Originally named the Bull & Finch Pub, the establishment was visited by television producers looking for a bar that depicted an all-American look and feel, and the rest is history, as they say. Today, it’s a local favorite but welcomes a number of tourists and fans of the show. It features a Boston-themed food menu – take the Norm Burger Challenge! -- and draft beers served in classic themed mugs. Complete your visit to the on-site store filled with souvenir clothing, mugs, magnets, hats, Christmas ornaments and a number of other assorted Cheers collectibles.
No extended stay in Boston would be complete without a visit to the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball! “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is home to the Boston Red Sox and a shrine to both the team and the city itself. The park has hosted 11 World Series championships, six of them won by the Red Sox. To put the park’s age in perspective, newspaper reports of the very first game played there on April 20, 1912 were drowned out by widespread coverage of the Titantic sinking just days earlier. If you’re lucky enough to attend a game during your travel nurse assignment, you’ll be delighted to observe or even join in the spirited, game-day fun on display. If not, tours are available year-round, rain or shine, with online ticket purchasing available.
Travel nurses on assignment in Boston won’t want to miss this unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks and other historical markers, where “every step tells a story.” The iconic, 2.5-mile walking tour features 16 historically significant sites including Boston Common, America’s oldest park, the Old South Meeting House, where the Boston Tea Party began, and the infamous site of the Boston Massacre. A number of tour options are available, each an exciting educational opportunity to learn more about the Revolutionary Women, African-American Patriots, USS Constitution, Battle of Bunker Hill and more that helped shaped our country’s unique history.
It’s not only the most photographed street in Boston, it’s also known as the most photographed street in the whole United States. Acorn Street features beautiful cobblestones, gas lamps and brick row houses which let you get a feel for what the city may have looked like hundreds of years ago. Many people say it reminds them of walking down streets in Europe. Located in the popular Beacon Hill historical neighborhood, there is plenty to do nearby, including shopping, dining and additional sightseeing opportunities. Cheers Bar, Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are all within walking distance to this extremely photogenic location. Be sure to visit on your next travel assignment.
If you’re looking for an interesting subject for your Boston photo feed, look no further than this iconic bridge, commonly referred to as simply Zakim Bridge, which connects Boston and Charlestown, Massachusetts over the Charles River. It was named after Boston civic leader and civil rights activist Lenny Zakim, who championed “building bridges between peoples.” The cable-stayed bridge is striking to look at and is a masterpiece of both function and design. Numerous spots throughout the city will let you capture the bridge’s graceful beauty, whether you stand directly underneath it, or from various points along the river which let you choose from a variety of angles and composition options.