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Although winter will likely still have its icy grip on Boston throughout March, there aren’t many better places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the weekends leading up to it. So brave the chill for a trip to Boston in March and soak yourself in some true Irish heritage. And while you’re at it, you can learn a little about the founding of our great nation, too.

Boston Logan International Airport

Boston Logan International Airport from East Boston. Photo: Bill Damon – Flickr

Plane, train or automobile — Training from city to city is a breeze on the East Coast, but if you’re coming from a home base that’s a little farther out, you’ll likely touchdown at Boston Logan International Airport. The Blue Line subway service and Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit run directly from the airport to downtown Boston.

 

The T

The T. Photo: Andrea Monari – Flickr

Cheap local transit — Walking is probably your best bet if you’re staying pretty close to downtown, as you can experience the rich history of Boston best on foot. But if you’re going the extra mile, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority runs the city’s buses, trains, commuter rail and even boats. Get a CharlieCard and ride the subway (or the T, as they call it) for $2.10.

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston. Photo: William Murphy – Flickr.

Ship up to Boston — Nearly 14 percent of Bostonians have some Irish heritage, and they won’t let you forget it, especially this month. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 20 last for three hours, so make sure to catch at least a bit of it before you start your pub crawl. It starts at 1 p.m. at the Broadway T Station on the Red Line.

The Beehive

The bar at The Beehive, a jazz club in Boston. Photo: Ally Marotti

Get jazzy — Pick up on some of the best vibes in the city at The Beehive. It serves dinner, but go later once they turn the lights down and the music up. There’s live jazz music nearly every night and no cover. The bar, voted the best jazz club in the city, is nestled just off Tremont and Clarendon streets.

Harvard Yard

Harvard University in the fall. Photo: Ally Marotti.

Visit Harvard Yard — Harvard is just outside of Boston in Cambridge, and it’s worth the short train ride to spend a few moments among some of the brightest young minds there are. Grab a beer at a pub near campus or just poke your head into some of the buildings. You’ll feel smarter just walking through campus.

 

Boston Common

Boston Common, America’s oldest park. Photo: Doug Kerr – Flickr

Stroll through Boston Common — The nearly 50-acre park is the oldest in the country, dating back to 1634. Cattle grazed there until 1830, and public hangings until 1817. Nowadays, it’s home to a host of other colorful activities and things to see (most of which are a little less nefarious than the public hangings), and is sure to provide some entertaining people watching experiences, at the very least.

 

Old State House

The Old State House in Boston, near the site of the Boston Massacre. Photo: Charles Hoffman – flickr

Hop on the Freedom Trail — This self-guided tour of Boston’s historical sites starts at Boston Common and takes you through some of the city’s must-sees, such as the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house and more. This could be turned into a day-long expedition, but since it’s self-guided, feel free to visit only the top sites on your list before moving on to the next activity.

Little Italy

A bottle of wine in Boston’s Little Italy. Photo: Ally Marotti

 Holy cannoli — Boston’s Little Italy is bursting with some of the best treats this side of the Atlantic. Swing into one of the neighborhood’s bakeries and feast your eyes on the delicacies. We recommend making an evening out of your Little Italy visit, grabbing dinner at one of the myriad authentic Italian restaurants, topping it off with a bottle of wine and saving that cannoli for dessert.

 

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As the NBA season heats up this winter, some basketball fans are ready for a fast break. In the case of these b-ball getaways, traveling is actually a good thing. Here are 5 dream destinations for basketball fans.

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Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, is home where King James holds court.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MassachusettsLocated in the supposed birthplace of basketball, the Hoop Hall belongs on every fan’s bucket list (pun intended). Visitors can honor the more than 300 inductees and bone up on basketball history through interactive displays and memorabilia.

Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio: LeBron James, arguably the best basketball player today, leads the Cavs from this arena known to locals as “The Q.” Witness King James ruling in his home court, then make the pilgrimage 40 miles south to Akron for a photo op in front of LeBron’s old stomping grounds, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada: This hotel’s Hardwood Suite doesn’t come cheap, but for serious ballers, there’s no better splurge than this two-story, 10,000-square-foot hoops haven. The suite’s larger-than-life amenities include a basketball court, professional locker room, extra-large beds and—why not?—a lounge with a dance floor.

Madison Square Garden in New York, New York: The Knicks may not have the best record in the NBA, but for people-watching there’s no better arena than the Garden. A-listers from director Spike Lee to actor Tom Hanks to supermodel Kate Upton have been spotted court side in Celebrity Row.

NBA Experience in Orlando, Florida: NBA City at Universal Orlando CityWalk closed in August 2015, but fans need not cry foul. Just down the road, Walt Disney World is preparing to open the NBA Experience at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). The attraction will feature hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, a restaurant, retail store and more.

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