The MBTA green line runs right through the heart of Boston, making it a great option for transportation around the city. No matter which stop you get off at, there are so many things to do. This makes it super convenient for college students (especially those with a coveted semester pass) to get out into the city and enjoy a weekend, or even a weekday after classes are over. Whether you’re new to Boston or you have lived here for a while and just want to explore the city more, there’s something near every major green line stop for you to discover.
- Kenmore — Fenway Park
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is an institution in Boston. It’d be a shame to ignore this iconic landmark, and if you live in Boston and haven’t been to a Red Sox game yet, it’s definitely an experience you can’t pass up on. Better yet, Fenway offers $9 tickets to college students, so it’s an inexpensive way to go have fun with friends!
- Hynes Convention Center — Trident Booksellers and Café
Trident may be one of my favorite places in Boston. Located on Newbury Street, this bookstore and café combines two amazing things: books and food! It’s especially fun to go for a Sunday brunch and then browse through the stacks for hours before checking out the other shops that Newbury Street has to offer.
- Copley — The Prudential Center
Technically, walking to the Prudential Center from the Hynes Convention Center stop takes about the same amount of time as walking from Copley, but either way, this is another iconic Boston spot that just can’t be ignored. The Prudential Center has so many great stores to offer. If you go, be sure to hit up Eataly (for when you want to pig out on cannolis) and the Skywalk Observatory (for a beautiful view of the whole city).
- Arlington — Charles Street
Charles Street is just a quick walk through the Public Garden from the Arlington T stop, and it’s a great place to walk around when you want to feel more bougie than you are. Located in Beacon Hill, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Boston, Charles Street features plenty of cute boutiques to shop around. Plus, if you have the time, the Instagram-famous Acorn Street is just a block or two away.
- Boylston — The Theater District
The Boylston T stop is located right next to Boston’s Theater District, giving you the opportunity to see all kinds of shows. The Wilbur and the Boston Opera House are two gorgeous and historic venues that have different shows going on all the time. From the Boston Ballet to touring shows through Broadway in Boston, and countless other events, there definitely isn’t a shortage of shows available to Boston college students.
- Park Street — The Boston Common
The Boston Common is the most central public park in Boston, and it is also the oldest city park in America. On a nice day, the Common is a great place to walk around, play frisbee, or have a picnic (although the most appealing part for me is definitely all of the dogs). In the winter, when it’s not so nice out, the Common hosts a spectacular tree-lighting ceremony for Christmas, as well as ice skating on Frog Pond.
- Government Center — Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall is a great place to spend an afternoon because there’s so much to do in a very condensed and manageable marketplace. You can walk around and browse through the shops, and then stop in Quincy Market to explore the many different food options that can be found inside. Faneuil Hall is also located right near the Rose Kennedy Greenway, where you can find more food options in the nice weather, seeing as it’s a great spot for food trucks.
- Haymarket — North End (Giacomo’s)
The North End, Boston’s Little Italy, is a gorgeous historic neighborhood just across the street from the Haymarket T stop. The North End is home to one of Boston’s most important food controversies — who makes better cannolis, Modern Pastry or Mike’s Pastry? When you’re in the North End, be sure to grab a bite to eat at Giacomo’s, but show up a little before they open if you don’t want to wait in line for their incredible food.
- North Station — TD Garden
The best Boston activity at North Station is conveniently located right above the station itself! TD Garden is home to both the Celtics and the Bruins, so sports fans have plenty to look forward to here. When you’re looking for a hype atmosphere, full of excited Boston sports fans, and some really good (but bad for you) sports game food, a game at TD Garden is the perfect destination.
- Science Park/West End — Museum of Science
What destination could be better at the Science Park stop than the Museum of Science? The exhibits are fun and educational for all ages, and if you want something a little extra, there are planetarium shows, a butterfly garden, and a domed IMAX theater. My personal favorite is the interactive Hall of Human life exhibit, and the gift shop has definitely received a fair share of my money.
- Lechmere — CambridgeSide
This three-story mall is located right near Lechmere station, the northernmost stop on the MBTA green line. With 80 shops and restaurants all in one place, you’ll definitely be able to find whatever you need at CambridgeSide, and enjoy a beautiful view of the water while you’re at it. While you’re there, be sure to check out Dough Life in the food court, where you can get edible cookie dough served to you like ice cream!
Next time you hop on the green line with no particular destination in mind, try one of these fun stops along the way!