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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Patriot's 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

Acorn Tours of Boston Acorn Tours of Boston provides private, customized tours of historic Boston and...
Adams National Historical Park Adams National Historical Park, Quincy, MA, is comprised of the birthplace homes of...
Adirondack III - Classic Harbor Line LLC Classic Harbor Line operates the elegant 80 foot Schooner Adirondack III. They are...
Agganis Arena at Boston University Agganis Arena is a 6,000 seat state-of-the-art multipurpose sports and entertainment...
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Urban Adventure Quest Turn Boston and the Freedom Trail into a giant game board with this fun scavenger...
American Repertory Theatre Located in Harvard Square, the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) is one of the...
ArtsBoston BosTix Booths ArtsBoston is a champion for all things arts and culture. For 40 years, locals and...
ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage and Screen ArtsEmerson is the professional presenting and producing organization of the Office...
Avery Bar - at The Ritz Carlton, Boston Avery Bar boasts a sleek and sophisticated design inspired by the classic...
Battleship Cove Battleship Cove located in Fall River is a world-class maritime heritage museum that...
Bay Colony Historical Tours, LLC Step-on sightseeing guides for motorcoach tours; customized itineraries of Greater...
Bay State Cruise Company, Inc. Enjoy the views of Boston's glorious skyline or the beautiful harbor islands from...
Beantown Trolley/Gray Line of Boston/Brush Hill Tours Purchase your tickets now and avoid waiting in line for trolley tours! Ride with the...
Beauport Princess Cruiselines North of Boston's newest and most exciting dinner ship, the Beauport Princess! Dine,...
Beer Tours By Boston Brew Tours Boston Brew Tours offers daily beer adventures to the region’s top breweries,...
Berklee Performance Center Showcasing more than 250 events each year, the BPC is one of the busiest theaters in...
Big Apple Circus Our mission is to invigorate the communities we serve with the joy and wonder of...
Bliss Nails - The Outlets at Assembly Row At Bliss Nails & Spa we are dedicated to making your next spa experience one you...
Blue Heron Acclaimed for its "rich, muscular and expressive" sound, and the "earthy...
Blue Man Group Blue Man Group's critically-acclaimed show has been called "visually stunning,"...
Boda Borg In a single visit to Boda Borg you can break out of prison, win a TV game show,...
Boston African American National Historic Site Boston African American National Historic Site is comprised of the largest area of...
Public Art Walk Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission welcome you to the City of...
Boston Ballet Boston Ballet maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire of classical and...
Boston Bike Tours by Urban AdvenTours Urban AdvenTours, guided bicycle tours and quality bike rentals, is a locally owned,...
Boston By Foot, Inc. Boston By Foot offers a wide range of in depth historical and architectural walking...
Boston Celtics The 17-time World Champion Boston Celtics are one of the greatest franchises in the...
Boston Children's Museum Boston Children's Museum has been building innovative, meaningful, and fun exhibits...
Boston CityPASS Boston CityPASS Save 43% or more at Boston's top four attractions with CityPASS....

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...
Roslindale Farmers market
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!