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With our rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone.

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We are a city of people. All people. 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.

Walking tours

There are a variety of free walks and trails throughout the City of Boston.

Museums and galleries

The City has a wealth of museums, with everything from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Old State House.

Shopping and dining

Boston offers world-class dining and shopping options as well as local, artisan, and ethnic favorites. 

Theaters and venues

We have a number of places for residents and visitors to watch plays, films, and concerts.

With the recent success of Boston’s professional teams, there’s much to experience in the City of Champions.

Farmers markets

The Office of Food Access helps to oversee almost 30 farmers markets in Boston.

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Boston's public art

Search Boston’s art collection, watch artist videos, access a map of public art installations across the City, and more!

Walk to the sea

This walk encompasses four centuries of Boston history. Mixing historical landmarks with Boston’s skyscrapers, this walk is truly one worth taking.

State House

Tours last about 30-45 minutes and include an overview of the history and architecture of the State Capitol.

Bunker Hill Monument

Climb the 294 steps up the famous monument for one of Boston’s best views.

The Swan Boats paddle passengers around the Public Garden Lagoon for a 15-minute peaceful cruise.

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There are many tours across the City. You can even visit the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

Uncovering Boston's history

It’s no secret Boston is rich with history. From the American Revolution to the site of the very first public school, it’s a city with stories to tell.

Planning your trip

Keep these dates and events in mind as they are usually busy times in Boston.

  • December 31/January 1:  First Night/Day
  • March (mid-month):  St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • April (third Monday of the month):  Boston Marathon
  • May (throughout the month): College graduation season
  • June (beginning of the month):  Pride Parade
  • June 29 - July 1:  Harborfest
  • End of August/Early September: Moving day, students return 
  • October (mid-end of month):  Head of the Charles Regatta
  • December: Holiday season

Boston maps

We can't mail you any printed maps or guides, but these websites have some helpful maps.

Find a number of interactive maps of the Boston area.

Find printable maps of Boston as well as the Greater Boston area.

Find your way around Boston's comprehensive public transit system.

To and from Logan Airport

Bus service

The MBTA offers free Silver Line bus service from all airport terminals to South Station.

The MBTA offers ferry-boat service from Hingham or Hull to the airport, weather permitting.

Logan Express

Massport offers an express bus service from Back Bay to Logan Airport.

Massport provides free shuttle-bus service between airline terminals and Airport Station on the MBTA’s Blue Line.

Boston police regulate all taxis and pedi-cabs. Learn what you can expect from your ride.

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5 Top-Rated Tours from Boston, MA

Discover the best Boston tours. Explore 100+ points of interest. Hop on and hop off at all popular Boston tours and attractions. We’ve got several options to choose from to help you maximize your time in Boston and still see the best first. See our most recommended things to do in Boston, MA.

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour. If you upgrade to the Gold or Platinum Pass, you will be given your (seasonal) Harbor Cruise ticket when you check in for the Trolley Tour. These seasonal cruises depart periodically throughout the day close to Stop 1.

  • Discover Boston at your leisure with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour.
  • See the most popular sights of Boston at your own pace.
  • Hop on and off at any of the stops as often as you wish.

Martha's Vineyard Daytrip from Boston with Round-Trip Ferry & Island Tour Option

Martha's Vineyard Daytrip Tour

Overview Join Boston’s only award-winning, original, Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip! Leave the trouble of driving to someone else and enjoy a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston. Then, take a short cruise to Martha’s Vineyard then enjoy free time to explore or upgrade to add an island tour. Complimentary snacks, bottled water, island guidebooks, and a discount card with island perks are provided during the drive.

  • Hassle-free ride from Boston to Cape Cod aboard an air-conditioned Mini Coach Bus
  • Panoramic ocean views on a cruise between Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
  • Spend hours exploring Martha’s Vineyard at your leisure – beaches, shopping, and dining available.
  • Narrated Island Tour upgrade available with stops in Edgartown and Gay Head Cliffs

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Admission

Boston Tea Party Ships

Relive the most important event leading up to the American Revolution on this self-guided tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Take a journey back in time to the famous Boston Tea Party, an incident that changed the course of American history. It’s more than a stroll through historic artifacts, though. It’s truly one of the top-rated museums in the city of Boston. Explore authentically restored tea ships and throw the fated tea into Boston Harbor.

  • Admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.
  • Get an in-depth look at the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party.
  • Learn how the Boston Tea Party kick-started the American Revolution.
  • See one of the two remaining tea chests from the Boston Tea Party.

Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution

Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise

See some of the top attractions in Boston from the waterfront on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Explore Boston Harbor and see the city’s historic sites while listening to live commentary on board. Pass landmarks like the Boston Tea Party ships, USS Constitution, and Boston Light—the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the United States.

  • Historic sightseeing cruise of Boston Harbor.
  • Narrated tour with tales of the Revolutionary War, Legends of the Sea, and Boston’s Historical Figures
  • See America’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse
  • Sail through the Harbor Islands National Park Area and Boston’s working Port.

Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Whale Watching Cruise

Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins with the help of a naturalist guide. The onboard galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.

  • Boston Whale Watch Cruise aboard a high-speed catamaran.
  • See Humpbacks, Finbacks, and the critically endangered Right Whales during your sail.
  • Enjoy a scenic whale-watching cruise around Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Narrated by a New England Aquarium Naturalist as your Guide.

Boston Day Trips

5 Top-Rated Day Trips from Boston, MA

Blessed with beautiful natural areas, Massachusetts contains an array of unique attractions for all types of travelers. In cities and towns, visitors will find museums, unique attractions, and great restaurants. In the more remote parts of Massachusetts, there are waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and tranquil beaches. Classic New England towns and quiet fishing villages line the Massachusetts coast. Massachusetts enjoys a unique history that lives on in full force through its special attractions and well-preserved historic places.

Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour from Boston

Martha's Vineyard Day Trip

Visit Martha’s Vineyard on a day trip from Boston to experience the island beauty without the hassle of booking ground and ferry transport. From hotel pickup and drop-off to included ferry tickets, snacks, water, and sightseeing maps, this Martha’s Vineyard excursion is designed for maximum time exploring, with the option to upgrade and include a guided tour of the entire island aboard a high-top, small-group van and explore all six towns on the island, indulge in lunch, and spend more time learning about scenic New England.

  • Ground and boat transport get you to the Vineyard with one booking.
  • Customizable tour: choose between independent and guided options.
  • Early departure for more time on Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Ferry trip is a great chance to see the coast and marine wildlife.

Boston to Salem One-Way or Round-Trip High Speed Ferry

Boston to Salem One-Way

Don’t let time determine whether to see Boston or Salem. Visit both towns with the help of a quick and comfortable catamaran. This high-speed ferry service travels from Boston to Salem (or vice versa). Enjoy the scenic adventure from the upper or lower deck of the boat—or just relax at the lounge inside. An onboard galley offers food and beverages for purchase. Upon arrival, many top attractions are within walking distance. One-way or round-trip tickets are available with a variety of convenient departure times.

  • Fast, efficient transportation between Boston and Salem.
  • Onboard galley offers food and beverages for purchase.
  • See top Salem and Boston attractions within walking distance of the ports.
  • One-way or round-trip ferry service available.

Boston to Plymouth Day-Trip including Quincy, Plimoth Patuxet and Mayflower II

Boston to Plymouth Day-Trip

Discover historic New England as you explore two iconic Massachusetts destinations on this full-day tour from Boston. Travel through Quincy, MA, the birthplace of two U.S. Presidents, and journey along the state’s South Shore coastal area on route to Plymouth. Explore the 400-year-old town’s harbor, enjoy lunch (own expense), view Plymouth Rock, and tour Plimoth Plantation. You’ll also board the Mayflower II and learn the fascinating history of the Pilgrim’s.

  • Explore multiple historic New England sites in just one day—ideal for travelers short on time.
  • Bypass lengthy queues with skip-the-line entrance to Plimoth Plantation.
  • Admission to the Mayflower II included as an added convenience.
  • Round-trip transport by mini-coach ensures a stress-free excursion.

Boston to Newport Small-Group Day Trip with Breakers & Marble House Admission

Newport Small-Group Day Trip

Escape the hustle of the city and get away to the tranquility of Newport, Rhode Island, on a guided, small-group day tour from Boston. This quaint coastal town, known as America’s First Resort, is the perfect getaway and just 70 miles south of Beantown.

Explore the Breakers mansion, the most grandiose of Newport’s summer mansions. Visit attractions like the Ocean Drive Historic District, the St Mary’s Church complex, and the U.S. Naval War College, among others. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus a snack, guidebook, and discount offer card are included.

Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York City

Boston Freedom Trail Day

Swap the Big Apple for a day in history-steeped Boston undistracted by transportation worries. Travel to the city by comfortable vehicle, and enjoy a comprehensive tour of its highlights with the benefit of a guide for commentary. Stroll around Cambridge’s Harvard Yard, admire the city’s Revolutionary-era landmarks along the Freedom Trail, and enjoy free time for a lunch of local favorites such as clam chowder at Quincy Market.

  • Explore historical Boston on a day trip from New York City.
  • No planning needed: go by luxe vehicle and hear about the sites via a guide.
  • Tour Harvard, walk the Freedom Trail, and see the Boston Tea Party site.
  • Time for local seafood meal (own cost) such as lobster roll at Quincy Market.

Welcome to Boston, MA

Boston , officially the City of Boston , is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States and the 24th-most populous city in the country. Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just cruising through we’ve got loads of great tips and events. Boston is perfect for family fun and romantic getaways. Start planning your Boston trip. Explore the complete list of Entertainment Venues in Boston , MA. Check out our events calendar for concerts , theater shows , musicals , sporting events , and more.

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Boston is not only one of America's oldest cities, it's also one of the most walkable, and we'd even go as far as saying it's one of the easiest to explore. From the Italian roots of the North End to Boston's quintessential brick facades and New England charm, the city has historical and cultural fascination around every corner. First-time visitors wondering what to do in Boston will be thrilled to find that there is an activity to please every kind of traveler—Red Sox games for the sports fans, oysters shucked fresh at the Boston's best restaurants for the foodies, Freedom Trail walking tours for the history buffs, and public green spaces for relaxing in the summertime.

Boston is an intimate city, but its cultural breadth makes it feel like a much larger hub. You can feast on some of the country's best dim sum in Chinatown, then walk 15 minutes and be at a brewery by the water. You can go spend an afternoon at a world-renowned art museum and wind up at a Sox game that night, or start your day strolling the Harvard University campus and end the day taking in a concert at the legendary House of Blues.

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Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Boston is from May to November. The late spring and summer months bring beautiful weather (temperatures reach nearly 70 by May and hover in the low 80s by July). Fall in Boston is picturesque, with Harvard University, MIT, and Boston University's campuses trimmed in foliage and temperatures slipping into the low 70s in September and low 60s in October.

Visiting in the late spring means catching the Bruins and Celtics close to the playoffs, but you'll want to avoid the graduation weeks in May if at all possible. The summer is lovely in Boston—it's not too hot, and while tourists flock to the city in June, July, and August, the student population clears out. Fall is by no means the off-season, with tourists continuing to arrive and students moving in, but visiting in September and October affords you some of the very best Boston weather. We'd recommend avoiding Boston travel from November to April, as these are the coldest, grayest months.

Things to Know

Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States dating back to 1634.

Boston was the first U.S. city to build a subway line, the Tremont Street Subway built in 1897.

Another Boston first was Revere Beach, the first public beach in the country.

Boston baked beans, New England clam chowder, Boston cream pie, lobster rolls, and Fenway Franks are some of the foods associated with the city.

Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood is one of the city's oldest communities, named for the beacon that once warned locals about invasions. Today it's a protected historic district, and its classic homes can be admired on a self-guided walking tour .

The National Park Service manages several of Boston's popular tourist sites.

How to Get Around

Trains: Public transportation in Boston runs through Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which offers two types of trains: the metro and the commuter rail. There are 13 commuter rail lines, all of which will take you out to various suburbs of the city. There is also a comprehensive metro—which Bostonians call "the T"—that runs throughout Boston and can easily bring you to most major attractions and neighborhoods in the city. The T has four lines—the red line, blue line, orange line, and green line—and is generally very easy to navigate. Find the subway map here .

You can purchase a CharlieCard , a reusable card to use on MBTA trains and buses.

Buses: The MBTA offers a vast number of city buses , all numbered and servicing different areas of the city. They also have Silver Line buses that go to Logan Airport from South Station.

Taxis: While taxis are not as abundant here as they are in, say, New York City, it's still simple to grab a cab at Logan Airport or at South Station (a central transportation hub where most buses and trains from other cities arrive). You can also, of course, call in advance for a taxi from a local cab company like Boston Cab Dispatch .

Car service: Uber and Lyft are available in Boston, as are black car services like Master Livery .

Best Hotels

Boston harbor hotel.

Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 Phone: (617) 439-7000 Book Now

The epitome of luxury hospitality in Boston, Boston Harbor Hotel is a five-star property right on the water with 232 rooms and suites. The centrally located hotel is walking distance to South Station, Faneuil Hall, and State Street. Guests will enjoy dining on-site at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, exercising in the private health club, and languishing in the beautifully designed common areas.

Encore Boston Harbor

Address: 1 Broadway, Boston, MA 02149 Phone: (857) 770-7000 Book Now

Bringing Las Vegas hotel vibes to Boston, Encore Boston Harbor opened in 2019 offering the chic atmosphere promised by Wynn Hotels. In Everett, Massachusetts, it's slightly out of the way, but you can still make it to the heart of downtown Boston in 15 minutes by car. Encore Boston Harbor has a 24-hour casino and exemplary dining at Rare Steakhouse.

Four Seasons Hotel Boston

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Address: 200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 Phone: (617) 351-2036 Book Now

Four Seasons Hotel Boston gives travelers a taste of the Back Bay and is near Boston's Freedom Trail and Beacon Hill. The hotel is perfect for long-term stays or families. Four Seasons Hotel Boston has a lovely heated indoor pool and on-site dining with views of the Boston Public Garden at Aujourd'hui Lounge. "You can tell that the staff of Four Seasons Hotel Boston considered every angle of the guest experience," said Liz Cantrell , a T+L senior editor.

The guest rooms were redone in 2019 and the property underwent a renovation of the public spaces in 2023. "The new design is stunning and reflects the Boston Public Garden and pays homage to the historic brownstones around the neighborhood of Back Bay," Cantrell added. "There are shades of green and botanical touches throughout the hotel, but I found the most stunning example to be the impressionist mural — depicting the Public Garden's flora and fauna — behind the reception desk."

XV Beacon Hotel

Address: 15 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 Phone: (617) 670-1500 Book Now

Named for its address of 15 Beacon Street, XV Beacon Hotel is a five-star property with a boutique spirit and a historic facade. The beaux-arts building in the luxe Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston is home to just 63 rooms, cultivating an intimate, exclusive feel. But even more remarkable is the fact that there are only seven rooms to a floor, which guarantees ample space and privacy in each guest room.

Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel

Address: 90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108 Phone: (617) 772-5800 Book Now

On Boston's iconic Tremont Street, Kimpton Nine Zero is an inviting boutique hotel with complimentary wine happy hours and 190 rooms and suites with chic decor pieces (if you're lucky, you might end up with an Eames chair set by the window). The hotel sits at the intersection of Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, and the Financial District, and is a short walk to Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, the waterfront, and TD Garden for those keen on catching a Celtics or Bruins game.

The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Address: 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: (617) 224-4000 Book Now

On Charles Street, The Liberty has North End charm with exposed brick-lined interiors and high-end Italian fare at Scampo. The hotel was once the Charles Street Jail, and the common spaces really play into that theme. Visit Alibi for cocktails and small plates "set in the old 'drunk tank' of what was Boston's historic Charles Street Jail," and their seafood restaurant called CLINK, also on-site.

The Charles Hotel

Address: 1 Bennett Street,Boston, MA 02138 Phone: (617) 864-1200 Book Now

The Charles Hotel is a Cambridge landmark located right in Harvard Square—situating it next to great coffee houses, music venues, shopping, and some of the most idyllic brick-lined streets in Cambridge. The rooms at The Charles Hotel are furnished with historic pieces from all over New England and some offer views of the Charles River. You'll also find high-end suites to accommodate larger families, including the Dean's Suite, Presidential Suite, and Chancellor's Suite.

The Verb Hotel

Address: 1271 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215 Phone: (617) 566-4500 Book Now

A boutique, three-star hotel near Fenway Park known for keeping the spirit of rock music alive, The Verb Hotel features eclectic music-inspired decor and vibrant colors. The vibe in the rooms and common spaces is very retro-chic, and the hotel has an outdoor pool and lively pool deck. You can also dine on-site at The Verb's sushi restaurant, Hojoko.

907 Main Hotel

Address: 907 Main Street, Boston, MA 02139 Phone: (617) 354-9907 Book Now

A boutique hotel in Cambridge, 907 Main Hotel just opened in fall 2020 as a city venture by independent New Hampshire hotel company Hay Creek Hotels. In the buzzing Central Square, 907 is minimalist and cozy with a rooftop bar (the only rooftop bar in Central Square, in fact). And it's close to both Harvard University and MIT.

The Newbury Boston Hotel

Address: 1 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 Phone: (617) 536-5700 Book Now

The Newbury Boston Hotel opens in spring 2021 and will sit at the intersection of Newbury and Arlington streets. Formerly the Taj Boston Hotel, this iconic property at 1 Newbury Street was originally a Ritz-Carlton when it opened in the 1920s. Located in the Back Bay, one of the famously high-end neighborhoods of Boston, The Newbury is walking distance to the Boston Public Garden and a myriad of other Boston attractions.

Best Restaurants

Neptune oyster.

Address: 63 Salem Street #1, Boston, MA 02113 Phone: (617) 742-3474 Website

An iconic North End seafood restaurant, Neptune Oyster serves great lobster rolls and the freshest of fish. But most patrons come for the oysters, as Neptune features eight or nine varieties, as well as for the clams, which are served fried or on the half shell. You'll have to navigate the mad scramble for the coveted seats at the counter, or wait a while for a table in this intimate but lively space, but it's worth it either way.

Oleana Restaurant

Address: 134 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Phone: (617) 661-0505 Website

Oleana Restaurant is a signature Cambridge restaurant featuring outstanding Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine, and an imaginative mix of small plates with bold flavors. A popular place that generally requires reservations, you'll be exposed to a creative use of spice blends, delicious leafy vegetables, and a classic cassoulet .

The Boston Sail Loft

Address: 80 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110 Phone: (617) 227-7280 Website

When you think of the Seaport District, your first thoughts may stray to tea being dumped in the harbor. But as more and more restaurants are calling this area home, visitors have flocked to the Seaport for a wide range of cuisines. The Boston Sail Loft, winner of multiple Best Clam Chowder in Boston awards, may be no-frills, but it certainly has a lot to offer, including their broiled fresh scrod that's sure to please.

Santarpio's Pizza

Address: 111 Chelsea Street, Boston, MA 02128 Phone: (617) 567-9871 Website

An East Boston landmark for more than 100 years, now with a location in Peabody, too, Santarpio's is in the Pizza Hall of Fame. Four generations of Santarpios have been assembling "upside-down" pizzas—toppings, cheese, and then sauce—on a thin crust that is unequivocally regarded as the best pizza in the city. It's hard to find, in the shadows of Logan Airport, but it's where discussions about great pizza begin and end.

Tatte Bakery & Cafe

Address: Multiple locations Website

It's not often that a bakery starts from one's home and in 14 short years expands to 18 brick-and-mortar bakeries, including two in Washington, D.C.. Nor is it easy for a bakery to be gluten-free, but Tatte's does have a "gluten-friendly" menu that's a big hit. While pastries and desserts are a big draw for patrons, Tatte's does have a dinner menu, an all-day menu, and a weekend brunch.

Christina's Homemade Ice Cream

Address: 1255 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Phone: (617) 492-7021 Website

Featuring some of the area's finest homemade ice cream, this Cambridge institution has been hand-cranking out its product for almost 30 years. Conveniently located between Harvard and MIT, Christina's is known not only for its innovative and bold flavors, but for the sheer number of flavors that practically forces you to return multiple times. Thankfully, it's open seven days a week.

Address: 1 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 Phone: (617) 412-4600 Website

Part of the Columbus Hospitality Group, operating seven restaurants and two hotels in the Boston area, Sorellina brings contemporary Italian-Mediterrranean cuisine to historic Copley Square. The extensive wine list is sure to impress, and their knowledgeable staff complement the "warm-modern design and chic decor" that brings loyal patrons back again and again.

Modern Pastry

Address: 257 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 Phone: (617) 523-3783 Website

In the ongoing cannoli wars in the city's North End, Modern consistently earns top prize. A family-owned business dating back 90+ years, their hand-crafted pastries attract such a following that lines often snake out the door and around the corner. Want something other than a cannoli? Try their carrot cake, ricotta pie, or their delicate pizzelle.

Address: 9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111 Phone: (617) 654-9900 Website

Omakase, a form of Japanese dining where patrons leave themselves entirely in the hands of the chef, is elevated to art form at O Ya. If you don't wish to splurge on omakase, the sushi à la carte is exceptional, and there's a nice range of sakes available to complement the sushi.

Mamma Maria

Address: 3 N Square, Boston, MA 02113 Phone: (617) 523-0077 Website

Mamma Mia is a Boston institution, featuring regional Italian dishes that leverage the local markets, and the bountiful New England produce, meats, and seafood. Romantic, old-world, and authentic are some of the adjectives used to describe this intimate restaurant overlooking North Square, with its cobblestones and historic buildings that transport you back in time.

Address: 21 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143 Phone: (617) 616-5319 Website

Union Square in Somerville, just across the Charles River from Boston, is home to this gem of a restaurant, serving luscious Peruvian food. As you immerse yourself in Andean culture, you'll be guided through the staples of Peruvian cuisine, like slow-cooked stews and ceviches. The original "closed-door" in-home restaurant has now expanded to its current space, and integrates Andean music, art, and design for a full sensory experience.

Hei La Moon Restaurant

Address: 88 Beach Street, Boston, MA 02111 Phone: (617) 338-8813 Website

Situated on the outskirts of Chinatown, Hei La Moon has a huge space and a menu to match. It's a great spot for dim sum, available seven days a week, with authentic Chinese food items ranging from shark fin dumplings to fried taro cake.

Alive & Kicking Lobsters

Address: 269 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 Phone: (617) 876-0451 Website

Lobster rolls, with a twist. Perfectly seasoned lobster meat, salt, pepper, minimal mayo, layered not on a hot dog bun, but two beautifully buttered and toasted pieces of scali bread is what you'll find at Alive & Kicking Lobsters. It's an actual lobster sandwich, that you can take outside and eat, sitting at their picnic tables of this unassuming Cambridge shop. It's definitely worth crossing over the Boston bridges for this tasty treat.

Things to Do

Fenway park.

Address: 4 Jersey Street, Boston, MA 02215 Phone: (877) 733-7699 Website

Visiting Fenway Park is a rite-of-passage activity, because one of the best things to do in Boston is drink beer on the third baseline at a Red Sox game. Opening day at Fenway tends to fall in April, and baseball season—if the Sox make the playoffs—will run into October. Whether you're in Boston on a summer day, or you have to bundle up for a game in late September, it's always worth it to catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

The Freedom Trail

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Address: 204 Freedom Trail, Boston, MA Website

Walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail as a self-guided tour. It starts at Boston Common and passes 16 important Boston landmarks, including Old North Church and Paul Revere's house. The Freedom Trail organization also offers guided tours, homing in on specific subject matters, from Boston breweries to revolutionary women.

Quincy Market

Address: 206 S Market Street, Boston, MA 02109 Website

Historic Quincy Market, which opened in 1826, is a Boston food hall that first-time visitors won't want to miss. Grab a steaming chowder in a bread bowl from Boston Chowder Co., or an ice cream cone at Quincy's Place. You'll also love shopping at the adjacent North Market, where you'll find local retailers, like Boston Pewter Co., and a myriad of souvenir shops.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115 Phone: (617) 566-1401 Website

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is regarded as one of the most beautiful museums in the country, not just because of the art, but thanks to the opulent courtyard garden. The idyllic courtyard blooms year round, featuring hydrangeas in May and June, bellflowers in August and September, and even winter tropical plants in January. Art lovers will also enjoy the contemporary selection juxtaposed with iconic pieces by Rembrandt, and of course, an ever-relevant rotation of new exhibits.

Museum of Fine Arts

Address: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 Phone: (617) 267-9300 Website

One of the most recognizable museums in the world, the MFA hosts exceptional traveling exhibitions—including impressionist exhibitions featuring the memorable works of Monet and Cezanne. They also have long-standing collections that delve into contemporary art and a stunning repertoire of global work.

Boston Common

Address: 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111 Website

Boston Common is the start of the Freedom Trail, but it's also just a beautiful place to sprawl out for the day in the summer or fall. On Boston Common, you'll find Frog Pond, a picturesque pool in the warmer months and a delightful skating rink in the winter. The park dates back to 1634 and is considered America's oldest park.

Boston Public Garden

Address: 4 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02111 Website

Next to Boston Common is Boston Public Garden, another prime place to relax on a Saturday in Boston. The artfully landscaped gardens are home to iconic artwork, like the Make Way for Ducklings statues. The garden's centrally located pond is where you'll find the famous Swan Boats for a quintessentially romantic Boston experience.

Address: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: (617) 624-1000 Website

TD Garden is where the Celtics and the Bruins play, which means you have the chance to catch a basketball or hockey game while staying in the heart of the city. (In fact, a big perk of Boston is that three of their four major sports teams play in Boston proper.) Catch the Bruins from October to April (or even May if they make the playoffs) and the Celtics on a similar timeline.

House of Blues

Address: 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215 Website

Certainly the most iconic music venue in Boston, the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street is where you can find A-list musical talent. You'll want to scour Ticketmaster in advance of your trip to see if there are any good shows when you're visiting.

Boston Sailing Center

Address: 54 Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA 02210 Phone: (617) 227-4198 Website

Sailing in Boston Harbor is a delightful way to see the city in the summertime. If you're a proficient sailor, you can rent a boat at Boston Sailing Center, but you can also go out with an instructor for a private sailing lesson.

Charles River Bike Path

There are ample biking and running trails in Boston, including the Minuteman Bikeway, which runs from Cambridge all the way to Bedford, Massachusetts, and Cambridge's Fresh Pond. But one of the best Boston paths is the 24-mile Charles River Bike Path, which runs along both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river passing landmarks from Boston's Museum of Science to Watertown Square, just outside the city.

Trillium Brewing Company

Fancy an outdoor craft beer? Trillium Brewing Company has three prime locations in Boston, one in Fenway with indoor and outdoor space, one near the Seaport district which boasts a great restaurant, and a lively seasonal beer garden near the waterfront.

Best Shopping

Newberry street.

Newbury Street is the most luxurious shopping street in Boston whether you're ready to buy one-of-a-kind pieces at high-end boutiques or you're more of a window shopper. Highlights include Bobbles & Lace for women's clothing and Rothy's Newbury Street for the cult-shoe enthusiasts.

SoWa Vintage Market

Address: 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 Website

The South End is known for SoWa Vintage Market, which is quite a trendy shopping scene. You'll find vintage apparel, furniture, a slew of gorgeous old leather goods, and of course, vinyl records galore.

Address: 98 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: (617) 722-9200 Website

For those who love a luxurious independent boutique in a charming neighborhood, look no further than Good on Charles Street. You'll find elevated New England home goods, jewelry, and accessories, not to mention a well-curated selection of vintage.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Address: 4 S Market Street, Boston, MA 02109 Website

The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a shopping epicenter of Boston, situated right in front of Quincy Market and adjacent to North Market and South Market. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is where you'll find everything from souvenir shops to New England home goods to favorite, fashion-forward chain stores. Think of Quincy Market, North Market, South Market, and Faneuil Hall as one expansive shopping area, where you'll find great food, plenty of shopping, and a hefty dose of American history.

The Shops at Prudential Center

Address: 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 Phone: (617) 236-3100 Website

Have you ever wondered what's actually in the Prudential Center? Well, there's quite a lot going on at the Pru, but many see it as a shopping capital of Boston. With more than 75 stores, including essentials like Saks Fifth Avenue and Canada Goose, and a number of restaurants, it's a lovely place to spend an afternoon on a cold day.

Brattle Book Shop

Address: 9 West Street, Boston, MA 02111 Phone: (617) 542-0210 Website

One of Boston's famous independent book stores is Brattle Book Shop, right off Tremont Street near Boston Common. First opened in 1825, it's "one of America's oldest and largest antiquarian book shops."

Boston Public Market

Address: 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 Website

Boston Public Market, near the Haymarket metro station and Quincy Market, is a popular indoor food market open year-round. It feels like a gourmet indoor farmer's market, where you'll find artisanal, locally sourced goods and delicious prepared foods.

Formaggio Kitchen

Address: 268 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 Phone: (617) 350-6996 Website

For the passionate foodie, Formaggio's Kitchen is a culinary institution with a truly revelatory cheese selection. They started out in Cambridge (where they have two locations), and have now expanded to a Boston location in the South End on Shawmut Avenue—and have even set up a shop in New York City.

Copley Place

Address: 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 Phone: (617) 262-6600 Website

Copley Place, in the Back Bay, is a prime shopping area for legacy brands. The enclosed shopping center has more than 50 high-end boutiques, including coveted names like Louis Vuitton and Burberry.

December Thieves

Address: 51 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114 Phone: (857) 239-9149 Website

Venture to the chic enclave of Beacon Hill—which some might think of as a more intimate version of the Back Bay—and you'll find December Thieves, which offers a "curious and cultivated" selection of clothing, accessories, and home goods. The Beacon Hill boutique fuses luxury comfort, high-fashion, and academia.

Neighborhoods to Know

Back Bay: Often regarded as the ritziest neighborhood in Boston, Back Bay is home to Newbury Street, Copley Square, and the Prudential Center. Come for the classic Boston attractions, stay for the luxury, brick-facade row houses.

Cambridge: Cambridge sits directly across from Boston, with the Charles River separating the two. Cambridge is, of course, home to Harvard University and MIT. Think of it this way: Boston is to Manhattan as Cambridge is to Brooklyn. Known for more than just the ivy leagues, visitors will love poking around Harvard Square during the day, grabbing a cup of coffee from the Peet's featured in Good Will Hunting and picking out a book at The Coop, and checking out the lively scene in Central Square at night.

South End: Tucked just beyond Back Bay and Fenway/Kenmore, the South End is known for its Victorian-style row houses. It's a low-key neighborhood with residential charm, but still offers local shopping and trendy eateries.

North End: The North End is right by the water, across from East Boston, and a short walk from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. It's the hub of Italian culture in Boston—often called Boston's Little Italy—and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston, home to landmarks like Old North Church and Paul Revere's house.

Seaport: Southeast of downtown, nestled by the Boston waterfront is the chic yet laid-back Seaport neighborhood. The Seaport is a charming area to simply walk along the water and fantasize about living in the high-rises overlooking the harbor.

Fenway/Kenmore: In terms of hanging out in the Room Where It Happens, Fenway/Kenmore tends to be the heart of the action, especially during baseball season. Fenway/Kenmore is home to Fenway Park, the House of Blues, pub-lined Landsdowne Street, and a slew of great restaurants. It's also where you'll find the famous Boston Latin Academy, and is adjacent to the Back Bay and close to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Winter : Expect up to nine days of rain or snow in the winter months, and temperatures dipping into the low 30s. Generally, December to February is cold and snowy—with quite a bit of slush. Spring : You'll still get about eight days of rain per month in the spring, but temperatures will start to rise by April to the mid 50s, and by May can get up to the high 60s. Summer : If you like a warm breeze on summer evenings, you'll love Boston in June, July, and August, when temperatures are in the high 70s and low 80s. Summer is extremely pleasant (and mild compared to the Southeast), though it does get a bit humid. Fall : September temperatures can still be in the 70s during the day, but by October, you can feel dips into the 40s at night. Nonetheless, fall brings mild temperatures and lovely foliage.

The following are average Fahrenheit lows and highs by month. Average annual precipitation 21.14 inches.

January 23 - 37 February 24 - 38 March 31 - 45 April 41 - 56 May 50 - 66 June 59 - 76 July 66 - 82 August 65 - 80 September 58 - 73 October 47 - 62 November 38 - 52 December 29 - 42

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The towering skyline of Boston, MA as seen from near the water with a blue sky above

One of the most historic cities in the United States , Boston is the city I called home for the first 25 years of my life.

More a collection of towns than a metropolis like New York , Boston is a city steeped in history (it contains a lot of historical firsts for the United States and played a pivotal role in its founding), delicious food, wide-open green spaces, first-rate museums, and warm, welcoming people.

Visiting Boston offers all the benefits of a big metropolis without the intensity and fast pace of New York.

Boston is easy to get around and compact, making it perfect for travelers. The subway will take you wherever you need to go.

So how many days do you need to visit Boston?

Most people visit for three to four days, and I think that’s a perfect amount of time. As someone who’s lived there, I can say that, since Boston is so small, you won’t waste a lot of time “in transit,” so you can pack a lot into your days. Obviously, you can spend longer here (slow travel is the best travel), but for the first-time visitor, three to four days is enough.

Here’s a suggested Boston itinerary that will allow you to see the best of Boston:

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Boston Itinerary: Day 1

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Boston's Freedom Trail sign

  • Boston Common
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King’s Chapel Burying Ground
  • Benjamin Franklin statue and the former site of Boston Latin School
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old State House
  • Site of the Boston Massacre
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
  • USS Constitution
  • Bunker Hill Monument

You follow a brick road through the city, and there are signs and historical markers all along the way. Given all the walking that’s involved, I would make this the main activity of the day. You’ll want to take your time and see all the sites thoroughly.

You can also take a guided tour from the visitor’s center. Tours run hourly between 11am and 1pm, with additional tours in the afternoon in the spring and summer. Tickets are $17 USD for adults, $15 USD for students and seniors, and $8 USD for children 6-12 (free for kids under 6).

a sunny day in downtown Boston during a walking tour of the city

4 S Market St, +1 617-523-1300, Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.  

The green and lush Boston Common on a sunny summer day

Browse for Books Located a stone’s throw away from the Boston Common, Brattle Book Shop is a family-run used bookstore that dates back to 1825. It’s actually one of the oldest surviving bookstores in the country! It’s home to over 250,000 books, maps, postcards, and other odds and ends. In addition to used books, the store is also home to an impressive collection of first editions and antique books.

9 West Street, +1 617-542-0210, Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm.

Walk Around the Back Bay This area used to be an actual bay. Before the Europeans arrived, the indigenous population used the tidal bay to catch fish, as the bay drained completely during low tide. When the land was colonized, a dam was built and the tidal bay was eventually filled in, creating the Back Bay area.

The end of the Public Gardens meets Boston’s Back Bay, our version of New York’s SoHo and West Village. This is where Boston’s elite and wealthy live, and nearby Newbury Street is our Madison Avenue, with lots of expensive shopping and high-end eateries. It’s a beautiful space to stroll around, with pretty brownstones and tree-lined streets. You can still see plenty of old Victorian homes in this neighborhood that date back to the 19th century. ( Here’s a list of other neighborhoods worth checking out as well!

Trinity Church on a summer's day in Boston, USA

You’ll also find the Boston Public Library here. Opened in 1852, it’s one of the largest municipal libraries in the country, home to over 23 million items, with almost 4 million visitors each year.

206 Clarendon St, +1 617-536-0944, The church is open for prayer and tours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays 12:15pm-4:30pm. Tours are $10 USD for adults, though it is free to enter for worship.

Head up to the Prudential Tower Head back toward Copley to see the Prudential Tower, colloquially known as “The Pru.” You can actually go up to the top and get a bird’s-eye view of Boston. There are 52 floors in the building, which was built in the 1960s. These days, it’s the second tallest building in the city (the John Hancock Tower is first).

800 Boylston St, +1 617-859-0648, Open daily from 10am-8pm (10pm in the summer). Admission is $34.99 USD for adults, with discount available for students, seniors, and children.

Blue skies over Boston's Charles River

47 David G. Mugar Way, +1 617-626-1250, See the website for an up-to-date list of events.

The Museum of Science in Boston, USA

1 Science Park, +1 617-723-2500, Open Saturday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-9pm. Admission is $29 USD for adults, with discounts available for seniors and children.  

A penguin at Boston's aquarium

1 Central Wharf, +1 617-973-5200, Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Admission is $34 USD for adults, with discounts available for kids and seniors.

An aerial view of the north end of Boston, Massachusetts

See the Skinny House When you’re in the North End, visit 44 Hull Street. Known as “the Skinny House” (or the Spite House), this incredibly narrow house has a rather interesting history. Built after the Civil War, it was a passion project of Joseph Euestus, who came home from the war to find that his brother had taken over more than half of the inherited land they were meant to share. Joseph decided to build on the remaining land — which his brother thought was too small to build anything on. Joseph went ahead and built a narrow four-story home on the small slice of land to block his brother’s view.

Visit an Art Gallery or Museum Boston has a lot of great galleries and museums, so depending on your interest, you’ll want to check out some (or all) of the galleries and museums below. It will take more than an afternoon to see them all but you can always spread these visits out over a few days!

  • Institute of Contemporary Art : If contemporary art is your cup of tea, this is for you. While it’s not my favorite style of art, I have to admit this place does put on some insightful exhibits. 25 Harbor Shore Drive, +1 617-478-3100,
  • Commonwealth Museum : This museum explores the history of Massachusetts. It’s actually really interesting and entirely underrated (especially if you’re a history nerd like me). 220 Morrissey Blvd, +1 617-727-2816,
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History : This natural history museum has exhibitions showcasing dinosaurs, animals, and minerals (including meteorites). It’s a great choice if you’re traveling with kids, though there is plenty of informative content for adults too! 26 Oxford St +1 617-495-3045,
  • Harvard University Art Museums : Harvard actually has three art museums – the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. They are home to both modern and historical art exhibitions. See what exhibitions are running by checking their website.
  • Museum of Fine Arts : This museum has an impressive collection of over 450,000 pieces of fine art. It also runs all sorts of art classes throughout the year, both multi-week classes as well as single-day workshops. If you’re looking to learn something new or improve your skills, check out the website for more details. 465 Huntington Avenue, +1 617-267-9300,
  • Warren Anatomical Museum : Founded in 1847, this macabre museum is filled with Civil War–era medical tools as well as some unique (and perhaps unsettling) medical mysteries. It’s super weird but super neat. A definite must if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path museum! 10 Shattuck St, +1 617-432-6196,
  • Boston Tea Party and Ships Museum : This interactive museum is home to some historic ships that have been authentically restored to show you what life was like at sea during the Boston Tea Party. It also has a really informative documentary about the events that led up to the Tea Party and the American Revolution. Best of all, you can actually throw fake crates of tea into the river yourself to see what it was like! 306 Congress St, +1 617-338-1773,
  • Paul Revere House : Built in 1680, this is actually the oldest building in the entire city (it’s been renovated but it’s still the original building). The museum is filled with the family’s furniture and artifacts, giving you a sense of what life was like in Boston before the Revolution. 19 N Square, +1 617-523-2338,
  • Museum of Bad Art : The name says it all! This is a museum filled with terrible art. The MOBA has rotating exhibits throughout the year, so there is always something new and terrible to behold. If you feel like a laugh, definitely check out this quirky gallery! 55 Davis Square, +1 781-444-6757,
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum This museum is home to an amazing art collection of over 20,000 items, including European, Asian, and American art. Opened in 1903, the museum is made up of a wide-ranging collection of paintings, tapestries, decorative arts, and sculptures. It’s one of the best museums in Boston. Don’t miss it. 25 Evans Way, +1 617-566-1401,

The Harvard University campus in Cambridge is a great place to spend the day

Harvard University, +1 617-495-1000,

Harvard Square is the place to be at night in Boston

125 Arborway, +1 617-524-1718, Open daily 7am-7pm. Admission is free.

Take the Sam Adams Brewery Tour After four days of sightseeing, you deserve a beer or five. Luckily, this brewery is located near the Arboretum so it’s easy to visit and a great way to end your day. Sam Adams is a major brewer in Boston, and locals drink it widely and frequently. The brewery offers free tours, starting in mid-afternoon and departing every 45 minutes. You get a few free samples along the way. If you’re under 21, don’t worry. You can still go — you just can’t drink.

30 Germania St, +1 617-368-5080, Tours are available Monday-Thursday and Saturdays 10am-3pm. On Friday, tours are available between 10am and 5:30pm. Their Sam Signature Experience is 45 min long and costs $10 USD.

watching a baseball game in Boston

4 Yawkey Way, +1 877-733-7699, See the website for an up-to-date schedule.

(The Sox not in season? No worries. We have the Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots. No matter the time of year, you’ll be able to find a game to see!)  

the start of the Black Heritage Trail in Boston

Visit the Children’s Museum If you’re traveling with kids, this is a great place to spend part of your visit. It’s the second oldest children’s museum in the US and has permanent exhibits on health and exercise, construction, space, art, and diversity. It also has a real two-story house from Kyoto, Japan, that teaches kids about life there (it’s actually pretty cool!).

308 Congress Street, +1 617-426-6500, Open Wednesday-Sunday 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm. On the first Saturday of the month, the museum opens at 10am. Admission is $20 USD for both adults and kids (free for infants under 12 months).

the USS Constitution in the Boston harbour

Charlestown Navy Yard, +1 617-426-1812, The ship is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm (with extended hours in the summer); the museum is open 10am-6pm (with extended hours in the summer as well). Admission is free, though the museum has a suggested donation of $10-15 USD.

Visit More Museums – With any extra time, visit more museums! There’s plenty of them to see! Try not to skip the big ones!

stargazing on a clear night

725 Commonwealth Avenue, +1 617-353-2630, Viewings are Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the autumn and winter and 8:30pm in the spring and summer. Make sure to get there 10 minutes early as they don’t permit entry once it starts.

A statue in a relaxing park on a sunny day in Boston, USA

See the Mapparium – Located in the Mary Baker Eddy Library, this three-story inverted globe serves as a giant map of the world that you can walk into via a glass bridge. It is constructed of over 600 stained-glass panels and shows the world as it looked in 1935.

200 Massachusetts Avenue, +1 617-450-7000, Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission to the Mapparium is $6 USD for adults, with discounts available for students, children, and seniors.

Head to Castle Island – Castle Island is located in South Boston and is famous for Fort Independence. When the fort was no longer needed for defense, it was actually used as the first state prison. The island covers 22 acres and has excellent beaches, as well as some running trails that are popular with the locals. There’s also an area for picnics and you can visit the old fort for free. The place gets pretty busy on the weekends during the summer, and you can often see school groups exploring the fort during the spring.

Relax at the Lawn on D – This massive green space is new to the city (when I was growing up, there was nothing in this area so you would never go there). There are all sorts of free activities happening year-round, from concerts to festivities and everything in between! There’s public seating, free Wi-Fi, art exhibitions, and a few games, like table tennis and bocce. To see what events are happening during your visit, check the website for details.

420 D St, +1 877-393-3393, Open Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Saturday from 7am-11pm and Thursday & Sunday from 7am-10:30pm (hours may vary for events). Admission is free.

Hike the Blue Hills – This park is a bit out of the way, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you want to get out and stretch your legs. The 7,000-acre park is home to over 100 miles of trails and offers some picturesque viewpoints. There are also plenty of activities to keep you entertained, such as boating, fishing, skiing, and rock climbing (depending on the season). It can get busy in the summer on the weekends, so just be sure to arrive early.

Tour the Custom House – Built in the 17th century, the Custom House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city. In 1915, a tower was added to the building, making it the tallest building in the city at the time. The building is owned by Marriott Hotels now, though you can still take a free tour (by appointment) to go up to the observation deck on the 26th floor.

3 McKinley Square, +1 617-310-6300, Tours are free though they are by appointment only.

Boston is a great city (and I’m not just saying that because I grew up there). I’ve never encountered a person who hasn’t liked it. This Boston itinerary will give you a good overview of the city at a relaxing pace. You’ll be moving around a lot, though, so make sure you get an unlimited “T” pass (subway/train pass). If you have more time, you can squeeze in some other activities .

But why rush such a beautiful place?

Take it slow. Mix and match the itinerary to suit your needs but this is how I’d structure my days if I was visiting Boston!

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My usual style is solo travel; however, the stars aligned recently for myself and the good friends I met last year on my Latin America Way to San Jose trip with Intrepid Travel. Eric, the Kenyan guy living in London, decided to visit Boston, so Michelle, Tim and I went to meet him.

Typically when I visit a place I have a few focuses in mind: cool solo travel activities, hikes, cycling and offbeat adventures. For this trip, though, I simply wanted to relax and have fun with my friends. And fun we did have, of course mixed in with some prerequisite Boston history and culture.

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Getting There

Eric stayed with me for a few days before heading to Boston ; but while his love of trains and extra leg room had him booking a ~$100 round trip train ticket, my love of saving money had me booking a MegaBus ticket for $40 round trip. MegaBus is one of my favorite options for drive-able trips, as their prices are incredible and the buses are comfortable (you can even purchase extra leg room seats for $7 or less). Note: while they say they have Wi-Fi I’m yet to see it be reliable.

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Getting Around

My friends and I pretty much walked everywhere — so easy to do in Boston. You can also rent bikes from the New Balance Hubway Bike-Share System , very accessible with 140+ Hubway stations in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville. The cost is $6 per day, $12 for 72 hours, $20 for a month unlimited and $85 for the year unlimited, though note you’ll need to dock your bike every 30 minutes to avoid penalties. You can dock and then take it right back out.

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For a few attractions like Harvard and Fenway Park we used the subway, which cost $2.65 for a one-way pay-as-you-go ticket. Here is more information on the local subway system. You can see below the subway map is pretty easy to read as long as you know your starting point, ending point and the direction you’re heading. Even though I’m good at reading subway maps I still use the CityMapper app , which works in many cities and tells you exactly how to get from Point A to Point B, where to exit a train, how to get around a city by bike and on foot (including how many calories you’ll burn), and provides offline maps.

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We researched quite a few hotels, hostels, and AirBNBs, and HI Boston Hostel  (HI Boston) was a clear winner. Our location was on the edge of Chinatown and the Theater District, walkable to all the major sites and nightlife areas. We paid $50 per person, per night for the 4- and 6-bedroom dorms we stayed in, including free Wi-Fi, access to free tours and activities like pub crawls and history walks, and a breakfast featuring toast, jams, cereals, juices, coffees/teas, yogurts, waffles and fruits. There were also numerous common areas for chilling out, playing pool and socializing. Bathrooms were shared but one-person-at-a-time for extra privacy, and each bed had its own light and outlets.

HI Boston has a communal kitchen, so we certainly made use of that (and the Trader Joe’s that was about a 20-minute walk away). We also explored some of Boston’s other budget-friendly bites, like:

Duck Tongue & Chicken Pho In Chinatown

In Chinatown at Joy Luck Hot Pot  I savored a massive Tom Yum soup laced with lobster, beef, duck tongue, pumpkin, broccoli and vermicelli for ~$25. A bit pricier than what I’m used to in NYC where I do a buffet for $18, but still a blast. Note there is no alcohol served here and it’s not BYO.

Oh, and the duck tongue? If you’re picturing simply a tougher meat, as with beef tongue, the duck tongue tasted like hard cartilage poking my insides. If I went back I’d order the exact same thing sans tongue.

Nearby,  Pho Pasteur provided a heaping bowl of chicken pho for $7.50.

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Eating Italian In The North End

In the North End you’ll find Boston’s “Little Italy,” where I wish I would have spent more time. There’s an awesome Italian deli called Salumeria Italiana selling quality Italian classics like cured meats, aged cheeses, handmade pastas, olive oils, vinegars and more. A spicy Calabrese-syle Soppressata is just what I needed to immerse myself in my own heritage without leaving the country (my grandma is from just outside Calabria).

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I also indulged in some pastry at Modern Pastry (instead of the famous Mike’s, as my cousin who lives in Boston wanted me to try something less trendy but still delicious). I had a Boston Cream Pie — invented at the local Omni Parker House — and the largest dessert lobster tail I’ve ever seen.

The main thoroughfare of the East End is Hanover Street — one of the oldest streets in Boston and originally a Native American path providing access to the waterfront. I’d recommend wandering and just seeing which aromas permeating from the many open air cafes and authentic eateries catch your attention.

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Local Lobster In The Seaport District

My friends and I wanted some local seafood, and the locals we spoke to all touted Yankee Lobster Company  in Boston’s Seaport District as one of the best for those on a budget . We got whole lobsters with slaw, fries and corn on the cob for $24.99, as well as a lobster roll full of meat ($14.99) and a filling salmon burger ($9.99). This is also where you can get Boston’s famous fried clams .

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The restaurant was about a three-minute walk to the fun Harpoon Brewery . Note: we went for the 4pm brewery tour on a Thursday and it was sold out until 6pm, so if you want the tour then book in advance. Alternatively, a Boston Brewery Tour of the city is fun idea.

At Harpoon we enjoyed just trying the many flights and Harpoon IPA-laced pretzels. Get the cinnamon sugar pretzel with maple and peanut butter dipping sauces to go with your beers (then promptly fall into a sugar coma).

Communal tables make it easy to socialize whether you’re with friends or traveling solo , though this would also be a great option if you’re looking for casual Boston date ideas .

Also make sure while in the Seaport District to take a walk along the waterfront. There are lovely photo opportunities here.

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History Meets Limitless Local Eatery Options

Faneuil Hall Marketplace  (Quincy Market) — which has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743 — was my favorite foodie stop on the trip. I opted for the clam chowder and a baked haddock pie from Boston Chowdah, who won twice at the Boston HarborFest ChowdahFest. I like to taste different things in one sitting making this market — with everything from Clam Chowdah to sushi to fresh salads — a great choice. You’ll also find artisans selling non-food wares, entertaining buskers and, at night, the trees lining the market are lit up with whimsical fairy lights for a nice walk.

Tip: A Boston Sightseeing Tour or a  Full Day City Tour of Boston and Cambridge are two options for exploring the market with a local guide while adding on additional experiences.

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A Unique Take On Roast Beef

One dish my cousin recommended that I just didn’t have time to try is braised roast beef tossed in barbecue sauce and served on a potato roll. “The Place” to get this is Kelley’s Roast Beef Co on Revere Beach. It’s on my list for next time.

Walk Through History

The Boston Freedom Trail is certainly something you should do to better understand US history and explore downtown Boston by foot. It’s 2.5 miles with 16 stops, including churches, historic homes and more. Some are free and others, such as the Site of the Boston Massacre and Paul Revere’s House, require admission. It’s easy to follow; there’s literally a brick line denoting the trail running through downtown.

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Take In The View

Along the trail you can visit the Bunker Hill Monument , a historic site commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill that also offers an aerial view of Boston from 221-feet up. You’ll need to get a free ticket — and some fitness — to access the 294 winding steps that take you to the top.

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Parks Galore

As I’m a nature lover, I really loved wandering the 50-acre  Boston Common . It’s part of the Freedom Trail and the country’s oldest city park, dating back to 1634. Within its bounds you’ll find softball fields, memorials and monuments, a bandstand, and a Frog Pond where visitors and families can wade in the waters.

From this park you wander straight into the Boston Public Garden, dating back to 1837. Here there are 24 acres of bridges, gardens, trees, hanging moss and a pond with swan boats you can ride for a small fee ($2-$3.50 for a 12-to-15-minute ride).

Connected to this large park is a greenway of beautifully manicured parks cut into pieces by cross streets. This strip brings together Boston Common and Boston Public Garden to form the Emerald Necklace, an apt name due to the shape and color.

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As you walk the above-mentioned parks take note of the historic Federal-style row-houses and streets featuring gaslights and brick sidewalks. It’s the type of stroll you don’t need an iPod for entertainment. There are also a number of public works, memorials and monuments as you walk, my favorite of which was the Women’s Memorial . The site showcases relaxed bronze female sculptures writing and thinking, and quotes from important women in history sharing Boston history. These include Abigail Adams (wife of the second US president), Phillis Wheatley (a former slave who became the first published African poet in the US), and Lucy Stone (an abolitionist and suffragist).

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Shops Galore In The Back Bay

The parks end about two blocks from a bustling hub of the Back Bay neighborhood called Newbury Street . There’s so much to see here! Along with big brand shops there are tons of little boutiques, a mix of luxury and thrift retail, book shops, cafes, comic venues and artisanal eats in beautiful renovated brownstones. It reminded me of Bleeker Street in the West Village in my home of NYC where there’s a lot to experience in just a few blocks. Some favorite stops:

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  • I spent about an hour in Trident Booksellers and Cafe , an awesome bookstore with funny cards, unique gifts, mandala coloring books, inspiring quote-laced items, literary-themed temporary tattoos, coffee table books, graphic novels and more — including a cafe.
  • In every city I visit I try to eat at an homemade ice cream shop, and Emack & Bolios did not disappoint. The “hippie ice cream store” is now a chain, but was started in Boston in 1975 by a lawyer and self-declared hippie who worked pro bono mainly with the homeless, civil rights activists, Vietnam War protestors and big name bands like Aerosmith and U2. Cool backstory, but the real reason I went in was because their ice cream is all natural and void of fructose and dextrose. Plus, they offered 100-calorie-per-scoop probiotic live culture ice cream. The giant waffle cones dipped in fudge and cereal and the micro brewed sodas helped, too. I had the Black Raspberry Chip live culture ice cream, refreshing on a hot day.

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  • I’m a hardcore hot head, so the sandwich board at Pavement Coffeehouse touting cayenne ginger ale beckoned me in. Yum! They also do an indulgent Spanish Latte laced with sweetened condensed milk and a monthly comedy night.
  • For me eating healthy isn’t about avoiding carbs, gluten or meat; it’s about eating natural. So Wich!t Sandwich was perfect as their thing is salads, soups and sandwiches made with all natural ingredients. Eats also come with homemade fries and condiments. Recommendation: the “Carolina Pork” featuring smoked pulled pork, barbecue sauce and tangy coleslaw on a brioche bun.
  • I’m obsessed with anyplace offering free tastings, especially if the free tastings are delicious. Boston Olive Oil Co. features over 60 varieties of olive oil and balsamic, all available to sample in small paper cups and with tiny breads. Along with varietal bottles they infuse products with ingredients like truffle, blood orange, chipotle, cilantro and garlic, and staff are happy to help you pair. I ended up buying Roasted Walnut Oil and Blackberry Ginger Balsamic, which paired insanely well together.

A Somber Experience At The New England Holocaust Memorial

One of the most moving sites I visited in Boston was the New England Holocaust Memorial , located along the Freedom Trail. It’s interactive in that you walk through its six towers representing six major extermination camps, each engraved with the unique ID numbers of those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. There are also messages to help visitors better understand the horrific events that took place. The towers emit smoke from the ground, a particularly emotional effect when you walk through at night.

Get Smart At Prestigious Schools

HI Boston offers free walking tours of Harvard University — one of the USA’s eight Ivy League institutions — though you can easily take the subway to the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line. Along with admiring the beautiful campus buildings there are lots of activities to do here and even a free audio tour of the campus .

Nearby is also the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where you can visit the interactive MIT Museum and its many futuristic technology and science exhibitions. Right now they have an interesting exhibit with creation stations helping you understand photography as a tool for communicating science and technology theories.

This area features a number of unique tours, including a Haunted Harvard Square Ghost Tour,  a  Harvard “Hahvahd” Campus Walking Tour and a  Historical Hysterical Tour of Harvard with costumed guides and lesser-known history.

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Enjoy Booze & Baseball Culture At Fenway Park

Of course, no trip to Boston would be complete without seeing a Red Sox game at the historic Fenway Park. I’ll admit, I was hesitant to do this as I don’t really enjoy watching sports (unless it’s a soccer match in Colombia where I can salsa dance in my seat); however, my friends really wanted to go. Since the tickets were only $30 each I sucked it up and went — and had a blast. Yes, the wine and stadium hot dogs helped, but in general it’s a fun atmosphere whether you’re a baseball fan or not. Plus, Fenway Park  is an attraction in itself, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and home to the Red Sox since 1912.

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Eat + Party On Historic Union Street

Cobbled Union Street provides a nice opportunity for indulging in history, literally. Have some “chowdah,” raw oysters, lobster ravioli and other seafood delights at Union Oyster House , a National Historic Landmark open since 1826 and one of the USA’s oldest restaurants.

I also had a blast seeing live music at the Green Dragon Tavern , established in 1654 and a favorite hangout of Paul Revere and John Hancock. It was also an important site for Pre-Revolutionary War organizing. Note though that the original tavern was in another location, and some doubt its affiliation at all . Either way, it’s a fun spot.

Live The High Life At The Colonnade Hotel’s Roof Top Pool

Called RTP  (Roof Top Pool) this seasonal activity was our one splurge, though the  Colonnade Hotel was kind enough to comp a cabana for my friends and me (thank you!).

The 12th story rooftop pool is typically $45 admission for non-hotel guests, and features a great aerial view of the city. There’s also a pool, fun dance music and refreshing cocktails (I loved the vodka-focused “Cucumber Cooler,” and the “Pina Colada” was a delicious dessert). If you think about the price of admission for most observation decks it’s not a bad deal.

While the cabana prices aren’t cheap — they’re listed below — it’s worth it if you’re with friends and want a taste of Boston’s laid back luxury. We had a blast getting tipsy, watching sports on the cabana flatscreen, and alternating between dips in the pool and laying out in the sun. In fact, I came back from Boston looking like I’d gone to the Caribbean.

Note: The pool is closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays so renting a cabana is the only way non-hotel guests can get access on the weekends. Rental prices range from $250-$450 plus food and beverage minimum for up to four people.

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mmmm! legroommmm…! Nice write up Ms. Nice to see you guys again.

Great!!! Visited Boston in 1 day (less than a day actually) and I loved their city so much!

Loved your list, I recently visited Boston and loved it. Next time I go I will have to check out some of the stuff on your list that I missed this trip. My visit actually led to be creating a blog and my first post is on this great city,

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This is an awesome guide for anyone looking to explore Boston! I’m so excited to plan my trip and explore all the great things this city has to offer. Thanks for sharing!

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Boston Public Garden Boston Public Garden free

Though the Boston Public Garden sits right next to Boston Common , the two are quite different. The public garden is newer (established in 1837) and holds the distinction of being America's first public botanical garden. Flowers and trees are beautifully organized and kept in quality condition throughout. You can see the colorful arrangements and exotic trees from the 6-acre pond as you glide along the water in a Swan Boat. Additionally, the park houses two of Boston's most iconic statues: Make Way for Ducklings (a bronze sculpture of a duck and her eight ducklings) and a sculpture of George Washington (which shows America's first president riding on a horse).

Visitors looking to relax after sightseeing will enjoy the Boston Public Garden. Parkgoers say you'll find plenty of shade beneath the park's trees, which comes in handy on hot summer days. Plus, you'll likely spot some ducks and geese swimming around the lagoon. And if you have a few dollars, visitors recommend taking a 15-minute ride on a Swan Boat. The large paddle boats cost $4.50 to ride (or $3 for kids ages 2 to 15 and $4 for seniors); travelers with Go Boston Cards ride for free. Swan Boats are usually available between mid-April and Labor Day.

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Boston Common Boston Common free

The grounds of Boston Common started as a cow pasture in the mid-1600s. It was also used for Puritan punishments, like whipping, and even for hangings. In 1768, the area was transformed into a British camp. After the Revolutionary War, the park became a popular locale for public speeches and rallies. Now, the Common is best known because of its status as the oldest public park in the country. You'll also find a variety of activities and events – including theater and musical performances and free fitness classes – hosted here throughout the year. If you plan to traverse the Freedom Trail , you'll start the walk here at Boston Common.

Though some visitors say you won't find much to do in this park, Boston Common is great for picnics or a leisurely stroll. Travelers also mention that this site is a wonderful spot to take young children. In addition to ample running room on the park's green space, kids can play at the Tadpole Playground or Frog Pond. Frog Pond offers a spray pool during the warmer months and an ice skating rink in the winter. Some visitors do note that the park tends to draw Boston's homeless population, particularly at night.

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Freedom Trail Freedom Trail free

Stretching 2½ miles, the Freedom Trail weaves past 16 of the city's most historic sites, including Faneuil Hall Marketplace , the Paul Revere House and Old North Church . Taking in all of the trail's attractions requires at least half a day (and some comfortable walking shoes), but you can easily plot points of interest before you begin your jaunt from Boston Common .

Though most visitors agree the trail is easy to navigate on your own, some recommend a guided tour or downloading an app to tell you about the sites. (You'll find a handful of apps available for Apple and Android devices.) If you have a Go Boston Card, standard guided tours given by the Freedom Trail Foundation are covered by your pass.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Every Friday and Saturday, Haymarket (one America's oldest open-air markets) pops up adjacent to Faneuil Hall. In order to navigate this often-chaotic scene successfully make sure to bring small bills, leave bulky bags at the hotel and keep it moving on the sidewalk. - Jill LeGrow

Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now a stop on the Freedom Trail , Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where colonists famously challenged the Stamp Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." From those illustrious days, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants.

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New England Holocaust Memorial New England Holocaust Memorial free

Gaze up at the six 54-foot glass towers that comprise the New England Holocaust Memorial, and you're bound to be awestruck. Dedicated in 1995, each haunting tower is etched with numbers. The 6 million numbers represent the Holocaust's victims, while the towers represent the six major death camps. There is also a granite path covered in quotes from survivors that leads visitors inside the towers.

Recent visitors described walking through the columns as an emotionally charged and unforgettable experience. The monument's location next to Faneuil Hall Marketplace makes it very accessible while walking the Freedom Trail .

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Paul Revere House Paul Revere House

For a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1700s, head to Paul Revere's former residence in the North End . The house, which is situated on the Freedom Trail , offers insight into how homes looked in Revere's time (it's even filled with period pieces, including fine silver). Inside, history fans can admire the building's sweeping beams, spacious fireplaces and some original furnishings owned by the Revere family.

If you like American history, travelers say you'll enjoy seeing the Paul Revere House. This house is small, though, so don't allot more than an hour to tour the property. Docents are friendly and knowledgeable.

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Old North Church Old North Church

Most people who know anything about American history have heard of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, when he rode through town to warn people about the arrival of British troops. Before heading off to Lexington, Revere gave orders at Old North Church. Robert Newman – the church's sexton – and Captain John Pulling Jr. – the church's vestryman – then climbed the steeple and held two lanterns as a signal that the British were indeed coming, but by sea.

The church itself, which is officially named Christ Church, is filled with beautiful relics from the past, including North America's oldest set of change ringing bells and chandeliers brought in from England in the early 1700s. The pews have a long history as well; Pew No. 54 was reserved for Paul Revere's son.

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10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Enjoy live music on the water at Summer in the City

Today marks the return of the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Series, which brings live music to the floating barge sitting just offshore from the hotel four nights a week (Tuesday through Friday). Whether you’re dining on the hotel’s outdoor patio or strolling along the Harborwalk, the music provides a lovely atmosphere for any summer evening. The series kicks off with Groove Authority, and continues Friday with Soul City. To see the full summer lineup, check out the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City website .  (Tuesday through Friday from June 6-August 29 starting at 6 p.m.; 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston; free) — Kevin Slane

Enjoy a sweet treat on National Doughnut Day

We’re not sure by whose authority National Doughnut Day was established, but we thank them for their service, and for the opportunity to score free doughnuts. Dunkin’ customers can score a free doughnut with the purchase of a drink in-store, while Union Square Donuts customers will receive scratch tickets with every purchase that offer a chance to win free coffee, doughnuts, merch, or a $25 Union Square Donuts gift card. If you’re ordering for your office, Kane’s Donuts offers a free coffee and honey dip doughnut when you order a dozen doughnuts. And for the lunch crowd or post-work fun, Loretta’s Last Call is offering free doughnuts to its first 100 customers of the day from Back Door Donuts. (Friday, June 7 at various times and locations) — Kevin Slane

Enjoy art of all types at Salem Arts Festival

Head to Salem for three days of arts, culture, and community fun starting this Friday during the 16th annual  Salem Arts Festival . Spanning dozens of downtown venues, the festival will feature outdoor art, live music, theatre performances, and kid-friendly crafting activities. Visit the Salem Arts website for a full schedule of events . (Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 at various times and locations; free) — Kevin Slane

Celebrate Pride with MFA First Fridays

MFA’s First Fridays, a 21+ event offering after-hours admission to the museum from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of select months, will have special programming this Friday in honor of Pride Month. Along with being able to visit all of the museum’s galleries after-hours, the MFA will host a drag story reading, art-making workshops, and tunes from DJ Dayglow, among other activities. The event is free for MFA members, while the general public will pay the standard admission price. (Friday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m.; 465 Huntington Ave., Boston; $27 GA, free for MFA members; 21+) — Kevin Slane

Rock out with Gary Clark Jr. at MGM Music Hall

Texas guitarist-vocalist Gary Clark Jr. has been practicing his craft since he was 12, initially making waves as a young bluesman, but eventually incorporating music from a number of other genres, including funk and straight-up rock. Some landmark moments in his career have included him acting and playing in the John Sayles film “Honeydripper,” winning a Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy for “Please Come Home,” and first entering the charts with his cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together.” His most recent album, “JPEG RAW,” features tunes from a couple of his heroes, Stevie Wonder and George Clinton and, while remaining a guitar-based blues-rock offering, also brings in tastes of jazz and hip-hop.  (Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.; 2 Lansdowne St., Boston; $66-$180) — Ed Symkus

Flip out at the athleticism of Red Bull Cliff Diving

Boston is the only U.S. stop for the annual Red Bull Cliff Diving exhibition, which will see two dozen of the world’s elite divers launch themselves through the air, twisting, turning, and flipping for an audience of thousands outside the ICA this Saturday. The acrobatic displays start at noon, but the gated viewing areas open at 10 a.m., and because the event frequently reaches capacity, arriving early is recommended.  (Saturday, June 8 from 12-4 p.m.; 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston; free) — Kevin Slane

Be loud and proud at the Boston Pride parade

On Saturday, Boston gets loud with pride during a parade, festival, and more celebrating its LGBTQ+ community through Boston Pride for the People (BPFTP). Starting in Copley Square at 11 a.m. and moving through the city’s South End, the strolling celebration will come to its end at Boston Common at 12:30 p.m., where the party will already be underway with a festival of performances from local and national entertainers. For the 21+ crowd, City Hall Plaza will also host a Block Party from 2-8 p.m. featuring musicians and performers like DJ Zoilarosa and Stabitha Christie.  (Saturday, June 8 from 11-8 p.m. at various locations; free) — Cheryl Fenton

Feel the groove at a pair of Porchfests

It’s been more than a decade since Somerville held the Boston area’s first Porchfest, bringing hundreds of talented musicians to the city’s porches, decks, and yards.  More and more towns and neighborhoods are getting in on the fun, and this Saturday, you can choose between pair of Porchfests in Boston’s Northwest suburbs.  Winchester Porchfest (12-5:30 p.m.) has more than 60 artists on the schedule, followed by a finale performance by the group Sounds Like Chicken on the town common from 6-7:30 p.m. Over at West Concord Porchfest (1-5 p.m.), 50 sets are planned all over town, with Harvey Wheeler Community Center serving as the starting point as well as a one-stop shop for paper maps, public restrooms, parking, and performances. To see a full list of Porchfests happening over the next few months, check out our  full Porchfest guide .  (Saturday, June 1 from 12-6 p.m. at various locations; free) — Kevin Slane

Laugh it up with John Cleese and the Holy Grail

Let’s face it, a night out seeing 1975’s “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on the Chevalier Theatre’s big screen would be a fun enough activity for a Saturday night. But accompanied by a talk and Q&A with Sir Lancelot the Brave himself, John Cleese? That’s a no-brainer. (Extra points for the first person to ask, “ What … is your favourite colour? ” complete with the extra U’s.) According to the Chevalier, the Monty Python veteran — not to mention “Fawlty Towers,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” and a personal favorite, “The Great Muppet Caper” — has requested “absurd and/or ridiculous questions only,” so please come prepared.  (Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.; 30 Forest St., Medford; $49-$254) — Peter Chianca

Hear comedy and compassion from Jimmy Tingle

Off Cabot is promising “comedy, compassion and common sense” from Boston-based political comedian Jimmy Tingle, and if there was ever a time we needed all three of those, it’s right now. Tingle has been offering his thoughtful and gut-busting takes on the political scene for decades, and comes by his positions honestly, having received a master’s in public administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2010 and running for lieutenant governor in 2017. We know neither of those things sound particularly funny, but in Tingle’s hands even the thorniest of political issues become the source of heartfelt guffaws. (We laugh that we may not cry, as Roger Ebert and Abe Lincoln said.) ( Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.; 9 Wallis St., Beverly; $30) — Peter Chianca

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Boston’s streets are picturesque and steeped in history. While its pavements are lined with trees and brownstone houses, this quaint city has its share of modern structures, so you can explore while surrounded by an eclectic mix of gothic churches and glass skyscrapers. Walk The Freedom Trail, which leads you to 16 historical sites across the city, discover the location of the Boston Tea Party, and visit the Old State House, which was built in 1713.

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