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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!

4th of July

Celebrate the Fourth of July in a city full of history. Explore the many events happening all over...

Patriots' Day

Celebrate Patriots' Day in Boston - a festival commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of...

St. Patrick's Day

Make March memorable and magical with a variety of activities that celebrate Irish...

First Night First Day

This New Year, visit Boston and experience all the excitement of First Night and First...

Boston Pride

Boston Pride has organized a series of virtual events for the month of June that will bring LGBTQ...

Head of the Charles

Experience the largest two-day regatta in the world right in the heart of Boston. Find information...

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the world's largest annual marathon. With the exception of this year, it...

First Night First Day

First Night First Day features live performances in Copley Square, the Prudential Center and Copley...

Patriots' Day

View parades and events that commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and...

St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate Irish heritage in Boston with find with cross cultural activities, performances or...

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.

Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA, is comprised of the birthplace homes of Presidents John...

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Urban Adventure Quest

Turn Boston and the Freedom Trail into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure....

ArcLight Cinemas - Boston

ArcLight Cinemas is more than a place to see a movie—it’s an experience. Featuring an ad-free...

Avery Bar - at The Ritz Carlton, Boston

A beautiful horseshoe bar, an inviting fireplace and mid-century modern style borrowed from the...

Bastille Kitchen

Bastille Kitchen is a modern French bistro. The design concept, like the food, is honest and...

Beacon Hill Circle Tours

For more than 50 years, Beacon Hill Circle for Charity members have invited groups of visitors to...

Better Sorts Social Club - Nine Zero

We’ve created a space that evokes a familiar warmth, where conversations can unfold over flavorful...

Big Night Live

The Music Hall/Concert space, Big Night Live, accommodating up to 2000 guests, almost 1500 of which...

Black Market Gallery

Black Market Gallery will serve as an anchor platform for special exhibitions and projects...

Public Art Walk

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission welcome you to the City of Boston’s first...

Boston Children's Museum

The Boston Children's Museum will be temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety...

Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS® — Discover the best attractions in Boston at a great savings, now with 30 days of...

Boston Duck Tours

Hop aboard Boston Duck Tours and enjoy a fully narrated, historic tour of Boston in a "DUCK", a...

Boston Go Card

Save up to 50% on admission to over 45 of Boston’s top attractions like Boston Duck Tour, New...

Boston National Historical Park

Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution...

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library is America's first public library serving the city of Boston with 27...

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

A live theatrical performance reenacting the "single most important event leading up to The American...

Bostonia Public House

A polished and playful restaurant within a vibrant bar atmosphere, delivering the right balance of...

Brighton Music Hall presented by Citizens Bank

We set the stage for amazing live events. We host a variety of performances from live bands to...

Casa Cana Boston Latin Kitchen Rum Bar Patio

Casa Caña is a Latin kitchen, patio + rum bar that features innovative new Latin cuisine or as the...

City Winery Boston

Intimate music venue, fully functioning winery, restaurant, and unique event space.

City Winery Boston on the Greenway

City Winery Boston on the Greenway is an outdoor pop-up wine garden operating 4 days a week on...

Commonwealth Museum

The Commonwealth Museum brings history alive through exhibits and educational programs. Changing...

Concord Museum

The Concord Museum will be temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety concerns....

dbar

dbar is Dorchester's premiere destination for fine dining, delicious cocktails and exciting...

Deck 12 at YOTEL Boston

Deck 12 is a creatively designed space offering all-day casual dining and food-to-go. It's the...

Democracy Brewing Company

Democracy Brewing is a worker-owned craft brewery and beer hall serving fresh brewed beer and...

Destination New Bedford

Discover New Bedford, a city with a vibrant working waterfront, history, museums, arts + culture,...

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

The EMK Institute is temporary closed due to ongoing public health and safety concerns. Visit the...

Encore Boston Harbor

Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, MA, features 671 Deluxe guest rooms, 50,000 square feet of meeting...

Rooftop Lookout at the Envoy Hotel

A favorite for locals and visitors alike, the Lookout Rooftop atop the Envoy Hotel is Boston’s...

Winter Pop-Up Bar with Igloos

A favorite for locals and visitors alike, Lookout Rooftop's Winter Pop-Up Bar is Boston’s premier...

Flight Club Seaport

Flight Club Boston is a social experience like no other. Boasting an incredible food and beverage...

Freedom Trail Foundation

Boston's official Freedom Trail® tours take you to places where history was made! Walk Into History®...

Friends of the Public Garden

Friends of the Public Garden tours - "Untold stories of the Public Garden". Free one-hour guided...

The Grand

A luxury nightclub built for private events with state of the art LED technology and custom sound...

Harpoon Brewery

Our beer hall is a premier Boston venue overlooking our brewery production and the city skyline. We...

Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums are temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety concerns...

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Visit the Harvard’s Glass Flowers, find your birthstone gem in our expansive mineral gallery, see...

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University

From towering Native American totem poles and large Maya sculptures to precious artifacts of the...

The House of Blues

From private dining to whole-house buyouts, our team is dedicated to designing an event that is...

Howl At The Moon - Boston

Boston’s most unique entertainment and restaurant space features the world’s greatest rock n’ roll...

Improv Asylum

The funniest show you will ever be a part of! Our interactive comedy show features a cast of actors...

Institute of Contemporary Art

Founded in 1936, The Institute of Contemporary Art is the oldest non-collecting contemporary arts...

ICA Watershed

The ICA Boston is temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety concerns. Come...

Institute of Contemporary Art

Join us the first Friday of every month for an evening of art, music, fun activities, specialty...

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety...

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Come to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum every third Thursday of the month for a night of seeing...

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

The JFK Library is temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safey concerns. Step back...

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

Welcome to a unique American landmark...where the charisma of Boston meets the open sea. Where more...

Kings Dining & Entertainment - Boston Back Bay

Back Bay Kings is a 24,000 square foot facility that includes (16) ten-pin bowling lanes, a...

Kings Dining and Entertainment Boston - Seaport

Kings Boston Seaport is a 20,000 sq ft dining + entertainment venue located at One Seaport Square....

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to "America's Oldest Automobile Collection". Just a few...

Laugh Boston

Laugh Boston is a high end comedy club/events space that can be used to host private events, with or...

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is a new, indoor attraction, for children between 3 to 10 years...

Lucky Strike Boston & Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co.

A 70,000-square-foot multi-dimensional entertainment complex with 16 state-of-the-art bowling lanes,...

Lucky's Lounge

Dubbed the "Den of the Cocktail Cool" in the Seaport District, Lucky's is a throwback to the Rat...

Mary Baker Eddy Library

New Exhibits The Gallery: a place to learn more about the Mary Baker Eddy and The Mary Baker Eddy...

Massachusetts Historical Society

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is the nation's oldest historical society. The...

Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar - Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar is Boston's premier authentic Mexican restaurant located at the entrance...

MIT Museum

Robots, holography, photography, current science, and exhibitions blending art, technology and...

Mohegan Sun

Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular...

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

Climb aboard the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway to the highest peak in the Northeastern...

Museum of African American History

With campuses in Boston & Nantucket, the Museum of Afro-American History is New England's largest...

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston is temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety...

Museum of Science

The Museum of Science is temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety concerns....

Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists

The Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists (NCAAA) celebrates the visual arts...

Ned Devine's Irish Pub and Parris Lounge - Faneuil Hall Marketplace

At Ned Devine’s, you’ll find cozy upper-level dining, plus a spacious dance floor and live acts each...

New England Aquarium

Experience the wonder of 70 exhibits featuring aquatic animals from around the world. Get your hands...

New England Historic Genealogical Society

We are located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and are America’s leading research center for...

Newport Mansions - Preservation Society of Newport County

The Newport Mansions offer visitors a unique trip through America’s past. Audio tours at The...

Nichols House Museum

The Nichols House Museum is an 1804 Federal townhouse attributed to architect Charles Bulfinch, that...

Night Shift Brewing

Night Shift Brewing is a modern, innovative brewery and taproom located minutes from downtown Boston...

Old North Church & Historic Site

The Old North Church will be temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety concerns....

Paradise Rock Club presented by Citizens Bank

We set the stage for amazing live events. We host a variety of performances from live bands to...

Paul Revere House - Hichborn House

Home to the famed patriot - Paul Revere - the Paul Revere Memorial Association owns and operates the...

Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital

The Russell Museum will be temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety concerns. The...

Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum will be temporarily closed due to ongoing public health and safety...

Plimoth Plantation, Inc.

Plimoth Plantation - An America's Hometown adventure just minutes away from Cape Cod and Boston. Fun...

Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar

Out of our scratch kitchen comes a mix of modern and classic New England cuisine including dry-aged...

Regattabar Jazz Club - Charles Hotel, Harvard Square

The Regattabar opened its doors to the public on January 29th, 1985. Since then it has become the...

Revere Beach Partnership

The Revere Beach Partnership hosts the annual Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival...

Revolutionary Spaces

Revolutionary Spaces connects people to the history & practice of democracy through the stories of...

Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

Locally known as “The Pav”, a fixture in the South Boston community for over 25 years and visited by...

Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University

Rose Art Museum is among the nation's premier museums dedicated to modern and contemporary art. With...

Royale

Located in Boston's historic Theater District, Royale is Boston's largest and newest night club...

Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum takes visitors back to 1692, when accusations of witchcraft struck fear in...

Samuel Adams Boston Brewery - The Boston Beer Company

During your visit to Boston, you’ll no doubt learn about Samuel Adams and the role he played in the...

Samuel Adams Boston Taproom

The Samuel Adams Boston Taproom, located in the heart of Downtown Boston, offers 15,000 sq. ft of...

Scullers Jazz Club - DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston, Cambridge

Since 1989, Scullers Jazz Club has offered some of biggest names in straight ahead, Latin and...

Shore Leave

Shore Leave is our interpretation of a tropical escape through the lens of our love for Boston's...

Showplace ICON Theatre

Showplace Icon Theatre is a 44,000 square feet luxury movie theatre, which features all-laser...

Stone Zoo

For more than 100 years, Stone Zoo has delighted generations of visitors. This 26-acre site is home...

Temple Bar

Named after the bustling entertainment district of Temple Bar, Dublin, here you can relax, dine, and...

USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS CONSTITUTION, by...

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled within Boston's historic Franklin Park. Here, guests can...

Don’t limit your Boston experience to the main attractions and Boston proper. Meander into the neighborhoods - each unique with a personality all to itself. 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.

West End

The West End neighborhood of Boston was once the most densely populated area of the city, with 174...

Waterfront

Boston Harbor has always played an important role in the development, history and culture of the...

Theater District/Chinatown

Boston's Theater District hosts an endless array of Broadway shows. Productions at the Boston...

South End

Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay,  the South End has become one of...

South Boston

South Boston, the site of the Dorchester Heights National Historic site and Castle Island, was once...

Somerville

The most densely populated community in New England and one of the most ethnically diverse cities in...

Seaport District

The fastest growing and newest neighborhood in Boston, the Seaport District is part of the Port of...

Roxbury

Once a farming town on the outskirts of Boston, Roxbury began its transformation from agricultural...

Roslindale/West Roxbury/Hyde Park

Explore the "streetcar suburbs" of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Hyde Park for the...

North End

With dozens of eateries serving homemade pasta, fresh-baked breads, cannoli and cappuccino, the...

Mattapan

Initially inhabited by the Native American Mattahunt Tribe, the name Mattapan translates to “a...

Jamaica Plain

Once a summertime resort destination for Bostonians, Jamaica Plain is now a diverse and dynamic...

Fort Point

The neighborhood of Fort Point is recognized as one of New England’s largest artists’...

Fenway/Kenmore

Fenway/Kenmore is known for its strong academic presence, including Boston Latin School,...

East Boston-Airport-Chelsea-Revere

Originally a center of shipbuilding, East Boston has always been a neighborhood of immigrants. Today...

Downtown Crossing/Financial District

Downtown Boston Financial District has historic sites, lively nightlife and delicious...

Dorchester

Dorchester is a historic neighborhood of over 6 square miles. The town was founded by Puritans who...

Charlestown

Settled by English colonists in 1628, Charlestown is Boston's second oldest neighborhood. ...

Brookline

Located just minutes from Boston and serviced by the Green Line via the B, C and D...

Brighton/Allston

Brighton/Allston (aka Brighton, MA and Allston, MA, 2 subdivisions of Boston proper) are known...

Beacon Hill

A 19th century residential area adjacent to Boston Common, Beacon Hill is named for the location of...

Back Bay

The Back Bay is a affluent neighborhood in the heart of Boston and is home to landmarks such as...

Brookline

Brookline is  known for upscale stores and village pubs and numerous large estates....

Somerville

One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, rich in both history and culture, the...

West End

The neighborhood is within easy walking distance of the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, Downtown, Beacon...

Fort Point

The Fort Point neighborhood, where a fort stood in colonial times, is tucked between the...

Seaport District

he fastest growing and newest neighborhood in Boston, the Seaport District is part of the Port of...

Waterfront

The Waterfront neighborhood extends from Battery Wharf  to the Fort Point Channel and borders...

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.

Sporting Facilities

When it comes to sporting events, the Greater Boston area has a variety of flexible venues for...

Head of the Charles

Experience the largest two-day regatta in the world right in the heart of Boston. Find information...

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the world's largest annual marathon. With the exception of this year, it...

New England Revolution

The New England Revolution are one of Major League Soccer’s original clubs, having competed in...

Boston Celtics

 The list of legends who have played for the Boston Celtics is more impressive than any other...

Boston Bruins

The legendary blue-collar boys of Causeway Street, the Big, Bad Bruins brand has endured for decades...

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are one of the most successful teams in NFL history.  Winning 16 AFC...

Boston Red Sox

The 9-time champion Boston Red Sox are a Boston institution.  From Williams and Yaz, to Pedro...

Boston Sports Teams

Boasting 11 professional championships in the 21 st  Century, Boston IS Titletown.  Each...

Sporting Facilities

Boston also has some of the most renowned sports facilities in the country, many of which cater to...

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.

 

A Tavola

A Tavola is a farm to table Italian bistro using local new england ingredients and inspiration from...

Abe & Louie's

Abe & Louie’s sets the standard for the classic American steakhouse, offering unparalleled...

Alma Gaucha Prime Brazilian Steakhouse

We are a Prime Brazilian Steakhouse, providing a large variety of salads, vegetables, sidedishes and...

Amelia's - Stoughton

Our extensive wine list and fine selections of cocktails and single malts complement our most tender...

Antico Forno

Located in Boston's North End, Antico Forno's specialty is Southern Italian cuisine, distinctly...

Antonio's Cucina Italiana

Antonio’s serves up fresh & tasty dishes from both northern and southern Italy. While dining...

Antonio’s Bacaro

Step into a turn-of-the-century Venetian Bacaro and join the bustle of the bar or dine among friends...

Aqua Pazza

Charming neighborhood hideaway serving cuisine-jumping Mediterranean small plates.

Artu Rosticceria & Trattoria

Plates of roasted vegetables draw your eye to the front window and the accompanying aromas will lure...

Arya Trattoria

Located in Boston's North End, Arya features a mix of modern and old world Italian cuisine while...

Assaggio

Intimate bi-level eatery for romantic dining, offering Italian-American classics & a full bar.

Atlantic Fish Company

Atlantic Fish's dinner menu features over a dozen innovative and contemporary seafood dishes to...

B&G Oysters

Located in Boston's historic South End, B&G Oysters is Chef Barbara Lynch's modern take on a classic...

Bacco

Classic Italian cuisine with modern ambiance.

Bar 'Cino Brookline

Bar 'Cino is an informal neighborhood spot. We are Italian inspired but as we like to say it is the...

Basile Fine Italian Kitchen

BASILE – Fine Italian Kitchen is renowned and highly recognized in Boston’s stylish restaurant...

Battery Wharf Grille - Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront

Adding a modern twist to classic New England cuisine, dining at Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston...

Beauport Cruiselines

North of Boston's newest and most exciting dinner ship, the Beauport Princess! Dine, Dance and enjoy...

Berkshires - Hilton Boston Logan Airport

Enjoy the breakfast at Hilton experience enhanced with a mix of local flavors in our bright and...

Bistro 5

A neighborhood restaurant and bar serving seasonally inspired food with an Italian twist and...

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!