Boston

Things to do in Boston

It’s hard to run out of things to do in Boston. With so many historic sites, parks, performance venues, museums, shops, and restaurants to visit, we promise you’ll have no trouble filling up your itinerary. History buffs (and anyone wishing to take a stroll through the city streets) won’t want to miss the Freedom Trail. The 2.5 mile-long walk is dotted with 16 historically significant sights including: Boston Common (America’s oldest public park), Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Paul Revere House.

Sports fans will also have plenty to see. Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or head over to TD Garden if you want to watch the Boston Bruins or Boston Celtics play. In the mood for some college sports? Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University have some top-tier athletic games going on year-round. If you’re a patron of the arts, then get tickets to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Also make sure to check out the Theater District in the south of Boston Common. After a show, experience the city’s nightlife. Boylston Street has plenty of exciting bars, as does the city’s Financial District, which sits right on the Boston Inner Harbor. If you like what you’re drinking, then take a guided tour of one of Boston’s Breweries, like Samuel Adams or Harpoon Brewery.

Offering an environmentally friendly way to travel around the city, PlanetTran is an auto service that uses an all-hybrid fleet of vehicles.

A phonetic translation of the French phrase “coup de coeur,” which loosely means “a strike to the heart,” Koo de Kir is a modern home furnishings and accessories boutique in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Since 2007, boutique co-owners Allison Levangie and Lesley Carvalho have been playing matchmaker - setting up women with the perfect oh-so-chic top at Casa di Stile, one of the trendiest high-end shops in Boston’s North End.

Offering a taste of Latin America, this Harrison Avenue boutique features a unique collection of design imports. Hand-selected by owner Frank Campanale, all pieces originate in such South American countries as Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile.

Now a local institution, this family-owned fishmonger shop was originally founded by Master Mariner Captain Roy Wilfred Marden in 1945. Today, the store also includes an adjacent restaurant called the Captain’s Table & Takeaway.

The first museum built in Boston in more than a century, the Institute of Contemporary Art opened in Fort Point in 2006. The museum houses a performing arts theater, education and workshop facilities, and a generous amount of gallery space.

After one taste of this little market’s enormous bocadillos (traditional Spanish sandwiches), patrons are likely to be grabbing ingredients off the store’s shelves in order to recreate the dish at home.

Crammed with “unexpected necessities,” the flagship Black Ink store has unique and quirky gifts for any age.

This Harvard Square bookstore has sparked countless travel dreams and plans. Now located in a bright, spacious store, the Globe's vast selection of guidebooks and maps covers far-flung regions throughout the world.

With an ever-changing inventory of tops, scarves, handmade jewelry, vases, candles, cookbooks, and Italian leather handbags, Shake the Tree has customers scrambling through their date books to find a reason to go gift-hunting at this eclectic North End boutique.

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To say the decor in the Oak Bar is elaborate is an understatement. Dark wood paneling and a marble bar are complimented by an ornate ceiling, and the sleek furniture is an inviting place to relax with friends or close a business deal.

Established in 1947, Wally Walcott's live-jazz bar hosts up-and-coming performers (many of them students at the nearby Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory) 365 nights a year.

Blueberry basil, lemongrass, blue cheese, elderflower grapefruit: with drink flavors like these, it’s easy to grasp what 28 Degrees is all about – innovative, refreshing cocktails. Of course, this South End lounge’s offerings don’t stop at the bar.

Taking up an entire, five-story building in Boston’s fashionable Back Bay, this Newbury Street day spa features natural wood accents, fresh flowers, and natural light, allowing the space to exude a clean, relaxing vibe.