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Summer in Boston: See You Soon!

Summer is a great time to explore Boston. Affectionately known as "America's Walking City," you can stroll the city's sidewalks, wander its abundance of green parks, or just people-watch at one of the many outdoor cafés.

Discover Boston’s vibrant culture while strolling historic streets through diverse neighborhoods. The unique personality of each neighborhood can be found in the cuisine of the restaurants and in the style of the shops, galleries and open markets and above all, in its people. 

Overnight Getaways

Summer Packages

Extend your Summer in Boston experience! Make it an overnight with these Summer getaway packages from participating hotels.

Where to Stay

Boston, Cambridge and Greater Boston offer a wide selection of accommodations to meet your needs and tastes.

Top 15 Instagrammable Locations in Boston

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Pet-Friendly Activities in Boston

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Boston's Famous Landmarks

Boston, Massachusetts is home to an unrivaled array of famous landmarks and...

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Top 10 Things to do This Summer in Boston

As a city surrounded by water and known for its seafood, Boston is the place to be...

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Things to Do this Summer

 

 

Summer Festivals 

From artisan markets to farmers markets, food festivals and cultural celebrations, there is ample opportunity to experience locally sourced, and locally organized, events that showcase the best of Boston’s creative economy.

Annual South End Holiday Stroll

South End Business Alliance ( SEBA) is sponsoring the annual South End Holiday Stroll on Saturday...

SoWa Winter Festival 2022

The SoWa Winter Festival has assembled over 110 of the region’s best makers, artists, designers, and...

The Holiday Market at Snowport

They may be small, but local businesses bring our community to life in a big way. In its second...

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle is the ultimate holiday experience for the entire family!...

The Tree Market at Snowport

That fresh evergreen scent, no saw required. The Tree Market at Seaport has your holiday decor...

ICE SCULPTURE STROLL

Nine ice sculptures of various shapes + sizes will be placed around The Row. Guests will use a...

Illuminations 2022

We’re thrilled to announce that the Illuminations Tour is back! As in recent years, we’ll provide an...

Carolers & Cocoa at Prudential Center

What are two must-have ingredients to create holiday cheer? You’re right — caroling and cocoa. Find...

Santa in the City

Capture the magic of the holiday season by bringing the kids to visit Santa in his new home! We are...

2nd Annual Night of Churros & Chocolate in Egleston Square

Featuring: Tree lighting with Mayor Michelle Wu | Iluminación del árbol con la alcaldesa Michelle Wu...

Prudential Center Holiday Stroll

A festive afternoon filled with shopping, music and holiday delights awaits you at Prudential Center...

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball: Jack Harlow, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato & The Kid Laroi

Get ready to celebrate the holidays in the best way, because the iHeartRadio Kiss 108 Jingle Ball...

Hanukkah at the MFA

On Thursday, December 15, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), invites visitors to enjoy an...

Boston Tea Party 249th Anniversary

Revolutionary Spaces will celebrate the 249th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with the...

First Night Boston 2023

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the...

Franklin Park Jazz and R&B Festival

The Franklin Park Second Annual Jazz and R&B Festival brings great music to Boston's largest...

53rd Annual MLK Memorial Breakfast

The Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast celebration will raise awareness about the essential...

Levitate Music and Arts Festival 2023

Levitate's signature summertime celebration of music and art that brings the Levitate community...

 

Food, Wine & Craft Beer Events

There’s something about dining al fresco – does the food really taste better? Or are we just so happy to be outside in the summer air? Regardless, sidewalk, patio and roof top dining beckons all – all season long.

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

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Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Encore Boston Harbor

Indulge in the excitement of our stunning Boston casino. Immerse in the tranquility of our luxurious...

Food Trucks - The Rose Kennedy Greenway

There's no better sign of spring in Boston than our Greenway Food Truck Program! Many of our food...

Fratelli Rush Hour - Four Course Meal

Skip the traffic and spend rush hour at Fratelli with a four-course meal from 4–6 p.m. every...

HARVARD SQUARE CAMBRIDGE CHOCOLATE TOUR

Calling all chocoholics! Let us romance your senses on a Harvard Square, Cambridge Chocolate Tour!...

Quincy Market - Fall Hours

Looking for a quick bite? Then head over to Quincy Market for a wide variety of foods and desserts....

Shop Latinx-owned Restaurants & Businesses

La Mamma Pizza, Pasta & More https://www.lamammaspizza.com/ (617) 783-1661 190A Brighton Ave...

The Rare Experience: Three-Course Tasting menu

Every Wednesday from 5–7 p.m., enjoy a three-course tasting menu for $75 per guest. The menu...

Samuel Adams Boston Brewery Tours

Tour Experiences are back! At this time, please note that our Tour Experience availability is...

Union Square Somerville Food Tour

Join us for a fun foodie adventure in Somerville’s bustling Union Square neighborhood. This unique...

CENTRAL SQUARE CAMBRIDGE FOOD AND MURAL ARTS TOUR

Have fun and unleash your inner art and food critic while exploring Central Square, Cambridge with...

The Patriots® Sunday Menu

Every Sunday enjoy a special four-course menu curated for the Patriots ® fans, including the...

Performing Arts

Boston's cultural calendar is bouncing back with contemporary and classic plays, musicals, classical masterworks, jazz performances, rock concerts, and much more.

Live Theater & Dance

Black Nativity

Black Nativity retells the Nativity story set to jubilant gospel music, dramatic dance, black...

Cirque du Soleil: 'Twas the Night Before...

‘Twas the Night Before...is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas tale, and marks Cirque du...

Life of Pi

Sixteen-year-old Pi and his family set off to emigrate from India, but after their ship sinks in the...

SIX

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred...

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

“Break a leg!” takes on a whole new meaning for a woefully misguided troupe of players at the...

The Nutcracker

Dare to dream big with New England’s favorite holiday tradition. Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker...

Torch Song

Hilarious and heart wrenching, Torch Song follows Arnold Beckoff on his odyssey to find happiness in...

Chicken & Biscuits

Front Porch Arts Collective, the Black theater company that built its award-winning reputation and...

Commonwealth Ballet's The Nutcracker

Discover the magic of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Performances are Thanksgiving weekend,...

The Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration

Join us for the 52nd annual holiday tradition in Celebration of the Winter Solstice. This year's...

Urban Nutcracker

Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, the modern Boston-centric holiday classic will return to the...

DISNEY ON ICE: FIND YOUR HERO

Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero, an adventure filled with tales of heroism from your favorite...

Shen Yun

A global sensation returns this holiday season! Shen Yun is back with a brand-new production. Watch...

Dancing with the Stars: Live!

DANCING WITH THE STARS is back on tour this winter to celebrate its 31st season with a brand-new...

Company SBB: Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

Stefanie Batten Bland’s work Look Who’s Coming to Dinner is a thought-provoking...

Hamilton

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop,...

LaTasha Barnes’ The Jazz Continuum

Dancer, choreographer, and educator LaTasha Barnes brings together he collective of extraordinary...

MADE IN CHINA 2.0

If you think you know exactly what comes from China, you haven’t seen this show yet. Wang Chong is...

Circa: Sacre

Australian contemporary circus ensemble Circa returns to Boston with SACRE, a new work set, in part,...

FRANKENSTEIN

Animation, puppetry, live music, and a gothic twist that electrifies Mary Shelley’s classic novel...

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo,...

COINTELSHOW A PATRIOT ACT

Welcome to the history of Americans spying on Americans COINTELSHOW : A PATRIOT ACT is Larry Bogad’s...

Don Quixote

Embark on a quest for true love with dreamer Don Quixote and his faithful squire Sancho. Follow them...

Bluebeard’s Castle | Four Songs

In spring 2023, BLO sheds fresh light on composer Bartók and librettist BélaBalázs’s early 20th...

Bluebeard’s Castle | Four Songs

Can light overcome darkness? These rarely performed 20th century works explore how a man can never...

David Sedaris

David Sedaris has shared his life with us and made us laugh for decades. From the absurdist...

Our Journey

Journey to new depths with two insightful contemporary works that reflect our curiosity about the...

The Wiz

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz offers a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

A favorite of Boston audiences for decades, the Paul Taylor Dance Company returns as part of the...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

From seminal repertory pieces like Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, to new material that engages with...

Live Concerts

Blackberry Smoke: The Whippoorwill 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Pigeonholing Blackberry Smoke has never been easy. Since emerging from Atlanta in the early ‘00s,...

HEARBY.COM | DAILY LIVE MUSIC LISTINGS

If you're a passionate live music fan, Hearby.com ensures you don't miss a beat on new scenes and...

Swing!

Featuring classic and contemporary arrangements of some of the most well-known songs from the jazz...

2022 Holiday Pops

Photo courtesy of Photographer: Michael Blanchard for Boston Symphony Orchestra Tradition returns to...

Song of Hope

Boston Conservatory chorus and orchestra welcome guest soloist Karen Slack(Opens in a new window)...

Soweto Gospel Choir: Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming

South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir returns with an inspiring, feel-good program entitled Hope:...

Andrea Bocelli

Globally-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has announced new US tour dates for December 2022....

Andrea Bocelli Live In Concert

Globally-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has announced new US tour dates for December 2022....

Junction Trio

Three game-changing musicians combine their talents into one sensational and eclectic group....

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball: Jack Harlow, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato & The Kid Laroi

Get ready to celebrate the holidays in the best way, because the iHeartRadio Kiss 108 Jingle Ball...

Seong-Jin Cho, piano

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is a rising star on the world stage...

Peach Pit: Right Down the Street Tour

Join us at House of Blues for Peach Pit: Right Down the Street Tour!

Destroy Lonely: No Stylist Tour

Join us at House of Blues for Destroy Lonely: No Stylist Tour!

Handel + Hayden Society: A Baroque Christmas

Our musical gift for the holidays is sure to brighten your spirits with the joy of the season:...

deadmau5 presents We Are Friends Tour

Since 2012, We Are Friends (WAF) has been a music compilation series with the clear idea of giving...

Lil TJay - I'm Back Tour

Join us at House of Blues for Lil TJay - I'm Back Tour!

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the '70s,...

Lake Street Dive

As a band, Lake Street Dive epitomizes democracy in action: the group, expanded into a quintet since...

The Elovaters

Join us at House of Blues for The Elovators!

Franklin Park Jazz and R&B Festival

The Franklin Park Second Annual Jazz and R&B Festival brings great music to Boston's largest...

Sports & Recreational Events

Boston Harbor Islands

Spend an afternoon on one of the Harbor Islands

Experience the Freedom Trail

Visit the temples and landmarks of the Revolutionary Era on the famous 2.5 mile red-brick Freedom Trail - virtually and in-person!

Fenway Park Events

Get pumped for Fenway tours, Sox games, live concerts, and more.

 

Let Us Guide You

Make the most of your visit, road trip, or local adventure! 

Boston Common Visitor Center

The Boston Common Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

Visitors Guide

View the Official Visitors Guide on your computer or mobile device...

All Inclusive Guide

Read our Multicultural Guide for all visitors.

Accessibility

Transportation & experiences that are accessible to as many people as possible, welcoming visitors...

Local Picks

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

Information Kit

Order your Kit Today!

DPG Online

Click to view our interactive 2022/23 Destination Planners' Guide flipbook

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Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Citywide

Labor Day Weekend Guide

There's so much to do in Greater Boston! Whether you’re a local pretending to be a tourist in your own city or a visitor looking for the perfect New England getaway, we've got you covered!

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend in Greater Boston is the perfect chance to soak in the last days of summer - and...

Boston Neighborhoods

 

 

Explore Boston Neighborhoods

Each Boston neighborhood tells its own story, a tale of community, culture, and eclectic commercial areas.

All Inclusive Boston

When you get here, whether it's for a weekend getaway or for the foreseeable future, we love you like our own. We see you. We celebrate you. And we want to show you everything. We are all inclusive.

 

Beyond Boston

North of Boston and on Cape Cod, picturesque New England beaches are frequented by locals and visitors alike, and the colonial towns hum with the bustle of eager explorers.

North of Boston
​Head to the waterfront where Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) ferry service will take visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands and to Salem, the "witch city" of 17th century lore, where you can also visit the Peabody Essex Museum and of course the Salem Witch Museum.  Both BHC and Bay State Cruises offer fast service to Provincetown, located on the tip of Cape Cod, an eclectic artists’ community teeming with galleries, restaurants, quaint shops and beautiful beaches.

South of Boston
Head south by car or rail to see Plimoth Patuxet Museums, and a replica ship, the Mayflower II, based on the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620.  Learn about the native Wampanoag Tribe that encountered the Pilgrims, as well as life in a 17th century English village.  Continue south and arrive on Cape Cod, a summer destination featuring gorgeous locales and beaches from Falmouth to Hyannis, Harwich to Truro. From Falmouth or Woods Hole you can ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  In Hyannis you can board a ferry to Nantucket. Why rush? Spend a night or two at the award-winning White Elephant.

West of Boston

Head west of Boston by car or rail to visit to Lexington and Concord, charming colonial towns with rich literary and Revolutionary War Era history.  The Lexington Visitors Center offers walking tours complete with costumed guides who share the events that occurred on this hallowed ground over 240 years ago, at the very start of the American Revolution. Stay over at the Aloft Lexington or The Inn at Hastings Park and enjoy all that Lexington has to offer.

 

Destination Salem

Salem's Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs dba Destination Salem, promotes Salem's museums,...

Discover Quincy

Known as the City of Presidents, Quincy was home to U.S. Presidents John Adams & John Quincy Adams....

Plymouth County Convention & Visitors Bureau

1620 brought America’s most famous immigrants, the Pilgrims, to Plymouth. Their story continues...

City of Chelsea

Welcome to the smallest city in Massachusetts, a unique destination just minutes from Downtown...

Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Through engaging experiences with history, Plimoth Patuxet Museums explores the complex and...

Patriot Place

Adjacent to Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium — home to the New England Patriots and the New England...

Newport Mansions - Preservation Society of Newport County

The Newport Mansions offer visitors an unequaled trip through America’s past with unique...

Discover Gloucester

Discover Gloucester promotes visitation to the highest port of Gloucester, Massachusetts and her...

Inn at Hastings Park

The Inn at Hastings Park is a boutique inn located in Lexington, Massachusetts, just 15 miles from...

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Newly built hotel with 86 graciously appointed guest rooms on Pickering Wharf in historic Salem....

Destination New Bedford

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

 

Great Deals & Free Things to Do

Our Great Deals offer specials, discounts and savings on: museums and attractions, tours, family fun and dining. 

Our Free Things To Do page includes free live music and theater, outdoor festivals, tours, family activities and more.

 

Discount Parking - Up to 50% off drive-up

Book convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking...

Save Up to 50% on Amtrak travel to Boston

Book in Advance and Save Up to 50% on Amtrak travel to Boston. Book your travel early to get our...

10% Off SelfieWrld Admission

If you are looking for something fun and unique to do, you have come to the right place. Come visit...

Fast Track Lunch | $15 Lunch Special

It's easy to treat yourself with our Fast Track Lunch! Choose a soup or salad, sandwich with fries,...

Kids Eat Free at Longwood Grille

Kids under 12 eat free when accompanied by an adult, with the order of a qualified adult entree.

Save up to 50% off theatre, music, dance, and comedy

BosTix Deals! Save up to 50% off year-round on Greater Boston’s best theatre, music, dance, and...

Up to 55% Off Top Attraction Admission

Save up to 55% on admission to over 45 of Boston’s top attractions like New England Aquarium, Museum...

40% OFF: Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

This is the ultimate “must-do” package for a trip to Boston and New England. Buy the Boston Bundle...

10% Off Any Tour

Award-winning Off the Beaten Path Food Tours offers food tours and chocolate tours in Boston,...

20% off an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Boston

Turn Boston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement...

Harvard Art Museums - Free Admission Sundays

We are welcoming visitors once again after reopening on September 4! And we now offer free admission...

Sushi Unlimited Mondays

Sushi Unlimted every Monday starting at 5pm - $32 Per person

Free things to do

The Boston area offers an abundance of free activities for everyone.

 

Summer Weather

Month Avg  High Avg  Low Avg  Precipitation
 June  77  59  3.2"
 July  82  66  3"
 August  80  65  3.4"

 

What to Wear

Bostonians dress smartly and simply. Prepare for hot and humid days and cool nights.

Day: If you're touring, wear comfy sneakers or sandals. Shorts and T-shirts are common. Bring sunglasses or a hat. Most tourist venues don't have dress codes, but check to be sure.

Evening: Consider your agenda; the theater tends to be dressier.

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