Boston is a lively city that has something for everyone, and BIDMC residents take full advantage of the many recreational activities available in the city and nearby. Home to the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins, Boston is a sports lover's paradise. For those who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, the many trails and ski resorts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are less than a two-hour drive away. Beachgoers will enjoy the nearby beaches of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard or Newport, RI, just to name a few. History buffs can walk the Freedom Trail, visit Paul Revere's House and take in the sites at the Boston Harbor. Residents with children may enjoy a family trip to the New England Aquarium, the Franklin Park Zoo or one of the many museums, such as the Children's Museum or Museum of Science.
Boston has many unique neighborhoods each representing part of the city's rich cultural heritage. The Charles River and Esplanade offer picturesque views of Boston and Cambridge, as well as running and biking trails, boating and, of course, a great place to get some sun. Shoppers and diners in the downtown area will enjoy a trip to the Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, which offer a variety of specialty shops and restaurants. If you're hungry for some of the best Italian food New England has to offer, head to the North End, Boston's little Italy. Cold winter nights are perfect for enjoying hot soup in one of the many excellent Chinatown eateries.