Things to Do in Boston to Get Your Mind Off Finals

Finals season is tough, there’s no doubt about it. Chances are you’ve been stressing about the week of doom since the second you got back from Thanksgiving break. Studying in the library or in your dorm room can get exhausting but if you’re lucky enough to go to school in Boston, there are so many things to do if you need a study break! Here are some of the best places to go/things to do when you feel like stepping away from your work.

1. Ice Skating on Boston Common’s Frog Pond

There’s nothing like ice skating in December to get you in the holiday spirit! Frog Pond is open for skating from November 2018-March 2019. It’s less than $20 per person and you get to laugh at your friends as you try to glide around the ice.

2. Visit a museum.

Boston is full of great museums, like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Museum of Science. The MFA is my personal favorite, and if you go to BU, you get free admission!

3. Go to Boston Public Market

There are two markets throughout the year, one that runs from June-October, and one that runs from November-May. The latter is the one you should totally go to! It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays in Dewey Square and is a great place to grab some fresh produce or yummy snacks.

4. Shopping at the Prudential Center

I’m from Chicago and the closest thing we have to a mall is Water Tower Place, which is an ugly concrete building in the middle of downtown, and I don’t love going in there. The Pru is not only a GREAT place to do some shopping, but the building itself is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s so nice to walk around and get some sunshine on your face from all the skylights and windows!

5. Take a Trip to TD Garden

My friend who goes to Tufts came down to the city last weekend and we had a blast at TD garden watching the Bruins game. Tickets usually aren’t too expensive if you buy them the day of, and even though we were high up, we still had a great view of the game. If hockey isn’t your thing, you can always check out the Celtics at the same arena for some basketball fun.

We’re all struggling through the finals grind, but prioritizing your mental well-being is just as important as doing well on a test. Even if you think you don’t have time for any of these activities, make sure you’re eating, sleeping, and staying active while you study, for a healthier, more enjoyable experience.


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