Paul's Picks



View handpicked activities and weekly highlights for your visit to the Boston area, chosen for you by a local.

Above: Boston Pops image by Michael Blanchard.


Top Picks: What's Open in Boston 

As area businesses start to reopen, we're updating activity information so you can make the most of your visit, road trip, or local adventure! 



Open in Boston: Dining & Foodie Fun 

As of June 22, restaurants are permitted to offer indoor dining service by meeting mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices. Be sure to call ahead to confirm availability.

Many restaurants have expanded their service to include outdoor table service as well as take out & delivery. Enjoy sidewalk, patio and roof top dining al fresco.


Open in Boston: Sports & Recreation

Boston offers a wide array of recreational activities for everyone including golfing, canoeing, sailing, swimming, biking, fishing, and kayaking.


Open in Boston: Family Activities

From the waterfront to the Fens, and across the river too, Boston is full of family-oriented things to do.  Take a walk along the waterfront or the Freedom Trail.  You can visit the Franklin Park or Stoneham Zoo with advance reservations.


Open in Boston: Trails & Transportation

Fun if by land, fun if by sea.  Visitors will enjoy both with Boston’s many diverse and historic tours and trails!

Boston’s rich history of immigration and multiculturalism is celebrated along the Black Heritage TrailIrish Heritage TrailNative American Trail  and the Boston Equality Trail.  Discover it all – your journey through Boston begins here!



Open in Boston: Shopping & Retail

For those of you who favor urban chic, the traditional and classic or upscale funky, our shops and stores are certain to please. The quality and versatility of our imaginative boutiques, eclectic galleries and prestigious department stores are only rivaled by our distinctive shopping districts where you can browse the glass-enclosed arcades at Copley Place, Prudential Center and CambridgeSide, meander the open-air Faneuil Hall MarketplaceLegacy Place and Patriot Place and seasonal artisan pop-ups and stroll the brownstone boutiques and shops along Newbury and Charles Streets. 

Designer and brand name outlet shopping is within easy reach at Assembly Row in SomervilleWrentham Premium Outlets in Wrentham, Merrimack Outlets in southern New Hampshire and the Kittery Outlets right over the border in Maine.


Virtual Boston Experiences 

See below for the growing list of online resources from arts organizations, performance venues, museums, galleries, and more.