Why Should I Visit Boston?

The real question is Why Not?

Boston is the epitome  (perfect blend/ combo/merger/mix/fusion) of the historical and the contemporary. Personal preferences for entertainment and interests are virtually endless - from historical trails and artifacts to fringe theatre, from inspirational architecture to dining on local fare, from the old masters to the new brew masters. Each season brings its own specialties and favorites enjoyed by locals and visiting families, LGBT travelers and everyone else.  Popular annual events and festivals include First Night First Day, the Boston Marathon, Boston Calling, Pride Week, Outside the Box, Harborfest, the biannual Dine Out Boston, Head of the Charles and many holiday events from tree lightings and caroling to The  Nutcracker and Black Nativity performances. Throughout spring, summer and fall a variety of ethnic festivals take place - no passport required!

Annual Events

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First Night First Day Live performances in Copley Square, the Prudential Center and Copley Place. In the...
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Patriots' Day Celebrate Patriots' Day in Boston - a festival commemorating the anniversary of...
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St. Patrick's Day Colorful floats, music and Irish good cheer await you at the annual Boston St....
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Head of the Charles The Head of Charles Regatta is a rowing race held on the penultimate complete...
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Boston Pride Festival Celebrate Boston's Pride Festival with our guide to festival locations,...
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Boston Marathon The Boston Marathon is the world's largest annual marathon attracting 20,000...
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4th of July Explore events offered during the 4th of July in Boston, including concerts,...

Theatre marquees are lit year round and Boston’s music scene hits all the right notes from classic to rock and every genre in between. The renowned Boston Symphony and the Pops and guests artists at the House of Blues and TD Garden perform for your enjoyment. Our comedy clubs will make you laugh again and again while our dance clubs and lounges will have you on your feet ‘til they hurt!

Whether you’re a bona-fide fashionista or a whimsical window shopper, Boston’s independent boutiques, galleries, department stores and brand name outlets are certain to suit your needs.

From spring through fall, local farmer and artisan markets beckon from city parks and squares.

Boston Common and the Public Garden are inspiring whether in full bloom, a riot of color or during a gentle snowfall.  Tours and trails can be enjoyed by foot, bikes, boats, trolleys, segways or "ducks" almost year long.  Permanent treasures, hands-on exhibits and ever-changing temporary exhibitions can be found at the city’s famed museums: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Children’s Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, the Museum of African American History Museum, the Harvard Art Museums and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to name but a few.

Things to Do

Adams National Historical Park Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA, is comprised of the birthplace homes of...
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Urban Adventure Quest Turn Boston and the Freedom Trail into a giant game board with this fun scavenger...
Arlington Street Church Tiffany Center Tour the 16 beautiful, meticulously restored 10-foot tall Tiffany Windows...
Avery Bar - at The Ritz Carlton, Boston A beautiful horseshoe bar, an inviting fireplace and mid-century modern style...
Battleship Cove, America’s Fleet Museum Journey Through time and discover a sailor’s life aboard the historic naval vessels...
Berklee Performance Center Showcasing more than 250 events each year, the BPC is one of the busiest theaters in...
Public Art Walk Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission welcome you to the City of...
Boston Children's Museum Boston Children's Museum has been building innovative, meaningful, and fun exhibits...
Boston CityPASS Boston CityPASS Save 45% or more at Boston's top four attractions with CityPASS....
Boston Duck Tours Hop aboard Boston Duck Tours and enjoy a fully narrated, historic tour of Boston in...
Boston Harbor Distillery Boston Harbor Distillery, located in a renovated entrepreneurial center from the mid...
Boston Harbor Now, Inc. The Boston Harbor Islands offer countless opportunities for visitors to tour...
Boston National Historical Park Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the...
Boston Public Library Boston Public Library is America's first public library serving the city of Boston...
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum A live theatrical performance reenacting the "single most important event leading up...
Boston Wax Museum The Dreamland Boston Wax Museum is where you will doubt your own eyes. From the...
Canobie Lake Park A family amusement park featuring over 85 rides, games, shows, and attractions.
City Winery Boston Intimate music venue, fully functioning winery, restaurant, and unique event space.
Commonwealth Museum The Commonwealth Museum brings history alive through exhibits and educational...
Concord Museum Renowned as the site of the battle that began the American Revolution and as the...
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Destination New Bedford Discover New Bedford, a city with a vibrant working waterfront, history, museums,...
Eataly Boston The original idea behind Eataly is simple: to gather all of the high-quality Italian...
Edaville Theme Park See what's NEW at Edaville Family Theme Park home of Thomas Land & Dino Land, where...
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate Visit the Institute Experience democracy at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the...
The First Church of Christ, Scientist Take a free 1/2 hour tour of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Also open for...
Freedom Trail Foundation Boston's official Freedom Trail® tours take you to places where history was made!...
Friends of the Public Garden Friends of the Public Garden tours - "Untold stories of the Public Garden". Free...
Go Boston Card Get admission to multiple attractions on one -easy to use- pass and save up to 55%...
The Greatest Bar The Greatest Bar celebrates the GREATEST people, places, moments and events that...
Harpoon Brewery Our beer hall is a premier Boston venue overlooking our brewery production and the...
Harvard Art Museums About the Harvard Art Museums The Harvard Art Museums house one of the largest and...
Harvard Museum of Natural History Explore the University's most visited museum to see dinosaurs, meteorites, rare...
The House of Blues From private dining to whole-house buyouts, our team is dedicated to designing an...
Howl At The Moon - Boston Boston’s most unique entertainment and restaurant space features the world’s...
Improv Asylum The funniest show you will ever be a part of! Our interactive comedy show features a...
ImprovBoston ImprovBoston offers corporate training, team building and custom comedy...
Institute of Contemporary Art Founded in 1936, The Institute of Contemporary Art is the oldest non-collecting...
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo surrounding an indoor courtyard...
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum Step back into the recreated world of the early 1960s and experience first hand the...
John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse Welcome to a unique American landmark...where the charisma of Boston meets the open...
Kings Back Bay Kings is a 24,000 square foot facility that includes (16) ten-pin bowling...
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to "America's Oldest Automobile Collection"....
Laugh Boston Laugh Boston is a high end comedy club/events space that can be used to host private...
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is a new, indoor attraction, for children between...
Mary Baker Eddy Library New Exhibits The Gallery: a place to learn more about the Mary Baker Eddy and The...
Massachusetts Historical Society Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is the nation's oldest...
Massachusetts Horticultural Society - The Gardens at Elm Bank Beautiful garden destination in Metro West, fifteen miles from downtown Boston....
MIT Museum Robots, holography, photography, current science, and exhibitions blending art,...
Mohegan Sun Casino Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular meeting and...
The Mount Washington Cog Railway Climb aboard the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway to the highest peak in...
Muse Paintbar - The Outlets at Assembly Row Looking for a different night out? Try Muse Paintbar! A perfect girls’ night out,...
Museum of African American History With campuses in Boston & Nantucket, the Museum of Afro-American History is New...
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the world's great art museums with...
Museum of Science Science and technology come alive at the Museum of Science! Experience the power of...
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists The Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists (NCAAA) celebrates the...
New England Aquarium Experience the wonder of 70 exhibits featuring aquatic animals from around the...
New England Historic Genealogical Society We are located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and are America’s leading research...
Newport Mansions - Preservation Society of Newport County The Newport Mansions offer visitors a unique trip through America’s past. Audio...
Night Shift Brewing Night Shift Brewing is a modern, innovative brewery and Taproom located in Everett,...
Old North Church Built in 1773, Boston's oldest church building where the signal lanterns were...
Old South Meeting House Visit the famed, National Historic Landmark where liberty found its allies and the...
Paul Revere House - Hichborn House Home to the famed patriot - Paul Revere - the Paul Revere Memorial Association owns...
Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation tells the rich...
Peabody Essex Museum Journey through New England's grand and storied past at the stunning Peabody Essex...
Plainridge Park Casino Entertainment experience with over 1200 slot machines from the traditional favorites...
Plimoth Plantation, Inc. Plimoth Plantation - An America's Hometown adventure just minutes away from Cape Cod...
Regattabar Jazz Club - Charles Hotel, Harvard Square The Regattabar opened its doors to the public on January 29th, 1985. Since then it...
Revere Beach Partnership The Revere Beach Partnership hosts the annual Revere Beach International Sand...
RevolutionaryBoston at the OLD STATE HOUSE At the heart of Revolutionary Boston and the Freedom Trail, the Old State House was...
Room Escape Adventures ROOM ESCAPE ADVENTURES are team building activities that create scenarios where...
Royale Located in Boston's historic Theater District, Royale is Boston's largest and newest...
Salem Witch Museum The Salem Witch Museum takes visitors back to 1692, when accusations of witchcraft...
The Boston Beer Company During your visit to Boston, you’ll no doubt learn about Samuel Adams and the role...
Scullers Jazz Club - DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge Since 1989, Scullers Jazz Club has offered some of biggest names in straight ahead,...
Stone Zoo For more than 100 years, Stone Zoo has delighted generations of visitors. This...
Tangierino Restaurant & Lounge Many restaurants attempt to evoke the country their cuisine hails from with simply a...
Taza Chocolate - Factory Store & Tours Join us at the factory for an Intro to Stone Ground Chocolate, a brief talk and...
Top of the Hub Restaurant & Skywalk See Boston like you've never seen it, at the Skywalk observatory. New England's...
Trinity Church in the City of Boston H.H. Richardson's 1877 architectural masterpiece on Copley Square. Tours focus on...
USS Constitution Museum The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS...
Venu - Icon Located in the heart of Boston's Historic Theater District, Venu/Icon and its 6...
Waterworks Museum The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of the country's first metropolitan...
Whisky Saigon Host your next event at Boston's newest, most innovative nightclub. Our luxurious...
Franklin Park Zoo Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled within Boston's historic Franklin Park....

Don’t limit your Boston experience to the main attractions and Boston proper. Meander into the neighborhoods - each unique with a personality all to themselves. Stroll through Roxbury where abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison lived and where Billie Holiday sang the blues. Pass under Chinatown’s ceremonial gate and explore the culinary and cultural traditions of this diverse Asian community, the third largest in the country. Browse gift and curio shops, bakeries and markets selling live poultry, fish, vegetables and spices.  A tip for night owls, many of the restaurants remain open until 3am.  The nation’s largest intact Victorian row houses reside in the South End. Visitors will also find an array of restaurants, cafes, stylish shops, art galleries and lovely pocket parks sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. Landmarks include the Boston Ballet Center, Boston Center for the Arts and Wally’s Café showcasing some of the best jazz and break-out jams since 1945.

Neighborhoods of Boston and Beyond

Brookline Coolidge Corner
Brookline Brookline is  known for upscale stores and village pubs and numerous large...
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Somerville One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, rich in both history...
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West End The neighborhood is within easy walking distance of the Esplanade and Hatch Shell,...
Fort Point
Fort Point The Fort Point neighborhood, where a fort stood in colonial times, is tucked...
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Seaport District he fastest growing and newest neighborhood in Boston, the Seaport District is part...
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Waterfront The Waterfront neighborhood extends from Battery Wharf  to the Fort Point...
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South End In recent years the South End has become one of Boston's most popular...
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South Boston "Southie" as the locals refer to South Boston, was once a predominantly...
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Roxbury Once a farming town on the outskirts of Boston, Roxbury began its transformation...
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Roslindale/West Roxbury/Hyde Park Boston's 'streetcars suburbs' - West Roxbury, Roslindale and Hyde Park
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North End The North End is Boston's oldest residential neighborhood and could best be...
Jamaica Plain
Jamaica Plain Home to Jamaica Pond and Arnold Arboretum, the oldest arboretum in America
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Fenway/Kenmore Home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, Fenway/Kenmore also boasts...
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East Boston-Airport-Chelsea-Revere Logan Airport, is located in East Boston making it a gateway to people from around...
Dorchester MA
Dorchester Dorchester is a historic neighborhood of over 6 square miles.The town was founded by...
Downtown
Downtown Crossing/Financial District Downtown Boston Financial District has historic sites, lively nightlife and...
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Theater District/Chinatown Boston's Theater District hosts an endless array of Broadway shows. Productions...
Charlestown Bunker Hill
Charlestown Settled by English colonists in 1628, Charlestown is Boston's second oldest...
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Brighton/Allston Subdivisions of Boston proper, Allston and Brighton are known for their large...
Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill A 19th century residential area adjacent to Boston Common, Beacon Hill is named for...
Back Bay and the Charles River
Back Bay The Back Bay is a affluent neighborhood in the heart of Boston. The Back Bay is home...

Recreational activities range from spectator sports (think Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins & Celtics) sailing and kayaking the Charles River, cutting figure eights on Frog Pond, jogging along the Esplanade or posing downward dog on the Greenway.  Harborwalk along the city’s waterfront is filled with pocket parks, public art, cafes and dramatic vistas. Boston’s newest gem, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is inviting any time of year. Kick back, relax and enjoy musical performances, art installations, outdoor markets and movies, a spin on the carousel and Rings Fountain with its unpredictable water patterns that jet into the air. The Greenway’s Winter Lights brings warmth throughout the season and you just might be able to snowshoe or cross country ski some winters.

Sports!

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Sporting Facilities Boston also has some of the most renowned sports facilities in the country, many of...
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Head of the Charles The Head of Charles Regatta is a rowing race held on the penultimate complete...
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Boston Marathon The Boston Marathon is the world's largest annual marathon attracting 20,000...
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Boston Celtics The list of legends who have played for the Boston Celtics is more impressive...
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Boston Bruins The legendary blue-collar boys of Causeway Street, the Big, Bad Bruins brand...
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New England Patriots The New England Patriots have dominated the AFC for 2 decades. 
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Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox are a Boston institution.  From Williams and Yaz
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Sports & Recreation Boston offers a wide array of recreational opportunities  for everyone
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Professional Sports Boston IS Titletown.  Each of our storied franchises has won a championship in...

Boston’s dining options are dynamic and delicious.  No longer the home of “the bean and the cod”- area chefs present signature specialties made from the freshest local ingredients. New restaurants and old favorites cater to every palate and every pocketbook. Contemporary cuisine, traditional New England fare with a few twists and an eclectic mix of international and ethnic dishes make for exceptional dining.

 

Dining in Boston

A Tavola Chef Vittorio Ettore's newest restaurant, A Tavola, features farm to table eclectic...
Abe & Louie's Abe & Louie’s sets the standard for the classic American steakhouse,...
Amelia's - Stoughton Our extensive wine list and fine selections of cocktails and single malts complement...
Antico Forno Located in Boston's North End, Antico Forno's specialty is Southern Italian cuisine,...
Antonio's Cucina Italiana Antonio’s serves up fresh & tasty dishes from both northern and southern Italy....
Antonio’s Bacaro Step into a turn-of-the-century Venetian Bacaro and join the bustle of the bar or...
Aragosta Bar and Bistro - Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront Welcome to Aragosta Bar and Bistro, the latest addition to Boston’s vibrant...
Aria Trattoria Located in Boston's North End, Aria features a mix of modern and old world Italian...
Artu Rosticceria & Trattoria Plates of roasted vegetables draw your eye to the front window and the accompanying...
Atlantic Fish Company Atlantic Fish's dinner menu features over a dozen innovative and contemporary...
Babbo Pizzeria Mario Batali's wood-burning pizzeria, also featuring a variety of seasonal...
Bacco Classic Italian cuisine with modern ambiance.
The Barking Crab Restaurant Not the "typical" Boston seafood restaurant, The Barking Crab offers the casual...
Beauport Princess Cruiselines North of Boston's newest and most exciting dinner ship, the Beauport Princess! Dine,...
Berkshire's - Hilton Boston Logan Enjoy one of Boston's best casual fine-dining experiences.We offer a mix of local...
Bistro 5 Fine dining establishment with a romantic atmosphere and inventive European cuisine.
Boston Chops An urban steak bistro, a casual, yet refined twist for which steakhouses are...
BRICCO BRICCO's "boutique" Italian cuisine is unique, personal, and created for a select...
The Butcher Shop A tribute to the old world European boucheries , The Butcher Shop is both a...
Cantina Italiana One of Boston's oldest continuing running restaurants, since 1931. Serving ample...

A quick heads up- Boston is truly a walking city- absolutely no need for a car. Public transportation is accessible and convenient. Pedicabs, taxis and bike rentals are also readily available. The best way to enjoy this compact, friendly and delightful city is to take to the streets - walk, explore, peruse and then relax with a cool beverage, cup of coffee or you got it - ice cream - no matter what time of year!