Six Family Activities to Consider During Launch Weekend | Hi BU

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With # BU2021 Beginning implemented differently this year and the many COVID restrictions in the city still in place, planning your family weekend festivities can take a little creativity. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Explore campus, snap photos, and see the city of Boston with this list of activities to do with your family during the start weekend.


Visit the Boston University campus

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Loop your career at Boston University and become a full-day tour guide. Guide your family through a personalized day in your Terrier life. You can even make it into a walking graduation photoshoot. Check out the best campus spots for graduation photos here.

Picnic on the beach BU

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Who doesn’t like a good family picnic? The Beach BU is decked out with lawn chairs, lights, tents and, of course, the sound of the waves (aka the cars on Storrow Drive). Order takeout from your favorite campus restaurants, like Nud Pod, Pavement, Cane’s, or Panda Express, and get comfortable. One note: space will be limited due to some parts blocked off for the start weekend activities.

Shopping on Newbury Street

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If you don’t have your graduation outfit yet, make it a family mission to visit Newbury Street. Browse all the trendy boutiques, like Zara, To mix together, Turn, and Alight ! and treat yourself to an alfresco meal at Greco, that of Stéphanie, Sonsie, Serafina, or one of the many other delicious restaurants.

Stroll through the Arnold Arboretum

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Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather as you explore Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. The arboretum is 281 acres of botanical beauty. You can cycle or take a walk in the countryside and enjoy the beautiful flowers and trees.

Pro tip: check out Peters Hill for a great view of the Boston skyline.

Watch a Red Sox game

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No visit to Boston is complete without attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Lucky for you, the Red Sox have home games all weekend. Buy tickets and cheer on the home team as they take on the Angels.

Pro tip: Boston University students are eligible for Tickets at $ 9.

Discover one of Boston’s many museums

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Boston is a hotspot for museums and they are now all open. Visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. We watched the Gardner Museum’s Netflix documentary about the notorious 1990 theft of priceless artwork from the museum and we really want to see the white wall.

Pro tip: Boston University students qualify for free admission / reduced rates to Boston museums.


We hope you and your family have an amazing weekend exploring Boston. And don’t forget to tag us in your posts. We look forward to celebrating with you on Sunday at the launch ceremonies. Congratulations, class of 2021, you did it!

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