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Things to do in Boston

Looking to experience everything this “little big Massachusetts city” has to offer? Browse T+L’s travel guide for things to do in Boston—historic sites, local bars, great parks, neighborhood bakeries, popular museums, chic shops, cool performance venues, and more—from the North End and Cambridge to Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Boston Commons, and beyond.

For information on where to go and what to do in Boston, peruse our travel guide. Full of classic attractions (Harvard, Fenway, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) and insider finds (authentic Irish pubs, wine bars in Fort Point Channel, a beloved indie bookstore for travelers), our Boston guide will point the way. Whether you’re seeking to experience Old Boston or its newer side (Institute of Contemporary Art), T+L is your guide. We take you on a tour of North End markets, a family-owned fishmonger shop, and the city’s oldest brewery. We show you where to rent a hybrid vehicle, sample the more creative artisanal cocktails, and rock out after hours. Created by Travel + Leisure’s expert network of insiders, our listings highlight the very best things to do in Boston, and are guaranteed to make you feel like a true Bostonian.

  • 28 Degrees

    Blueberry basil, lemongrass, blue cheese, elderflower grapefruit: with drink flavors like these, it’s easy to grasp what 28 Degrees is all about – ... More
  • A Matter of Face

    Although tiny, A Matter of Face is the place to go for cosmetics and skincare in Boston’s North End. The boutique is filled with products for both ... More
  • Acquire

    Mirroring its eclectic North End location, this quirky boutique is owned by interior design guru and former National Geographic TV producer Nikki D... More
  • Black Ink

    Crammed with “unexpected necessities,” the flagship Black Ink store has unique and quirky gifts for any age. While the Beacon Hill storefront start... More
  • Bobby From Boston

    Along an alley in South End sits Bobby From Boston, a vintage store owned by Bobby Garnett, who hand-selects men's and women's clothing from as ear... More
  • Boston Children's Museum

    With three levels of hands-on exhibits, the Boston Children's Museum offers a day of fun and education for little ones. Aiming to help children und... More
  • Brendan Behan Pub

    From the dark wood paneling to the massive beer selection (draught and bottled), Behan's is an authentic Irish pub, so it should come as no surpris... More
  • B-Side Lounge

    This kitschy, retro faux-dive, where a giant model airplane hangs from the antique tin ceiling, is hugely popular with post-college hipsters and ot... More
  • Captain Marden’s Seafoods

    Now a local institution, this family-owned fishmonger shop was originally founded by Master Mariner Captain Roy Wilfred Marden in 1945. Today, the ... More
  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    The only Le Corbusier-built structure in the United States, the Carpenter Center stands in stark contrast to its more staid neighbors on Harvard ... More
  • Casa di Stile

    Since 2007, boutique co-owners Allison Levangie and Lesley Carvalho have been playing matchmaker - setting up women with the perfect oh-so-chic top... More
  • Christian Science Center

    On the southern fringe of Boston's Back Bay resides one of the city’s most beautiful open spaces. A tranquil, 700-foot-long reflecting pool stretch... More
  • Christina's

    Easily recognizable by its lavender-colored façade, Christina’s is a popular spot for homemade ice cream. Located in Inman Square between Harvard a... More

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