As Boston is America's walking city, pedestrians tend to jay-walk. You are better off leaving your car parked and instead take a taxi or limousine, or walk or ride the T (our subway system) to your destination.
Boston is a tipping city. Gratuities are graciously accepted by all service individuals.
Boston's weather can vary greatly from day to day. You can be in your shirt-sleeves one day and need a hat and gloves the next, so pack with this in mind and keep an eye on the weather forecast.
DID YOU KNOW ?
John Hancock Weather Beacon
The weather beacon at the top of the Berkeley Building (old John Hancock Building) has a rhyme to help decipher the colors: steady blue, clear view; flashing blue, clouds due; steady red, rain ahead; flashing red, snow. But during baseball season, flashing red means that a Red Sox home game was called off because of the weather.
Massachusetts State House
Signs on approaching highways indicating the distance to Boston aren't measuring the miles to the city limits but to the State House dome. The dome is gilded in 23.5kt gold leaf.
Molasses flood of 1919
A storage tank exploded in the North End on January 15, 1919, sending pieces of metal and a 2.3-million-gallon wave of molasses crashing through the streets, destroying homes and buildings and killing 21 people. Some Bostonians claim that on a hot day you can still smell the molasses.
Oliver R Smoot
The Smoot is a non-standard unit of length used to measure only one item in Boston, the Harvard Bridge on Massachusetts Avenue connecting Boston and Cambridge. Fraternity pledge Oliver Smoot was rolled head over heels across the bridge to measure 364.4 Smoots (his height, 5ft 7in) plus one ear.
WHAT TO PACK
With so many historic sights and architectural treasures in Boston, don't forget to bring your camera.
Boston is America's Walking City; so always bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
Boston's dining scene is exciting but fairly casual. At most restaurants, casual-business attire is perfectly acceptable.
If you're coming in the fall or winter months, you should bring a warm jacket or coat as you never know one day to the next how much colder it may get.