Last year we did a post on A Book Lover’s Guide to Lisbon, Portugal. This time we covered Boston, Massachusetts. Have you been to any of the locations we mention? Let us know in the comments.
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1. The Coop
The Coop is a bookstore in Harvard Square. While technically in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it’s easily accessible from Boston’s red line. The Coop has four levels of books on every subject and a lot of Harvard merchandise.
One of the best things about the Coop is all the tables spread out. It’s a nice place to relax with a book. The Coop has been around since 1872 and it’s not to be missed if you’re heading to Harvard’s campus!
2. Boston Public Library
Located in the Back Bay neighborhood, the Boston Public Library has been around since 1848. The building itself is beautiful and as soon as you walk inside your jaw will drop. If you live in Massachusetts, it’s easy to get a library card.
3. Old Corner Bookstore
This place is bittersweet. The building itself has been around since the 1700s and it became a bookstore in 1828. Sadly, today it is a Chipotle.
While it’s not worth going out of your way, this former bookstore is right on the Freedom Trail and easy to find. It’s an important location for fans of history and literature because it became a meeting-place for Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Dickens.
4. The Parker House
Right down the street from the Old Corner Bookstore is the Parker House, the longest continually run hotel in the United States. This was also a place for New England literary elite to meet up. The Parker House invented the Boston Cream Pie and Parker Rolls. So go in for a bite and think about all the greats who sat in the same spots.
5. Boston’s Public Garden
Not only does the Public Garden house the Swan Boats and provide amazing views of the Back Bay, it also has the Make Way for Ducklings statues. Robert McCloskey published the book Make Way for Ducklings in 1941 as a children’s book.
Today, you’ll find kids and adults waiting to take pictures with the statues. It’s a beautiful place to walk around.
6. Harvard Yard
Harvard Yard is a great place to be in the summer. Colorful chairs spread across the yard make it the perfect place to read outside while surrounded by amazing architecture.
If you’re touring campus, marvel at the amount of libraries on campus. Specifically, Widener Library shouldn’t be missed. It opened in 1915 and houses around 3.5 million books.
7. Used Bookstores
All around Boston and Cambridge you’ll find a great selection of used bookstores. Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston can be easily found because of the giant pencil outside. Another great place is Raven Used Books near Harvard Square, which is named after Edgar Allen Poe. These are many other great shops you can find with a little exploring.
8. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
JFK is still celebrated in Boston. His Presidential Library and Museum is located right on the water on the border between Southie and Dorchester. This is the perfect place if you’re a history buff. Learn about Kennedy’s life and see various documents from his presidential administration. Strangely, there is also an Ernest Hemingway Collection at the library, featuring some of his personal papers.