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Things to do in Boston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“One of the most highly regarded museums in the world, the massive Museum of Fine Arts boasts about half a million objects spanning the centuries from ancient Egypt to present-day artwork. The museum officially opened its doors in 1876, with a little over 5,500 objects. What a difference a century-plus makes! It’s best to make a game plan of what you want to see because tackling the museum in a few hours, or even a day, is impossible. Highlights include more than 70 works by John Singleton Copley and major paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper. Paintings aren’t your thing? African masks, Native American pottery, mummies, musical instruments, and practically any other media you can think of have a home at the museum. Daily free one-hour guided tours give a good overview.”
  • 287 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Fenway Park is home of the Red Sox, one of the oldest baseball teams in Major League Baseball. Fenway Park was constructed in 1912 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at local, state, and national levels of significance. Great places for food + drink along Beacon Street, Brookline Avenue, Landsdowne Street, and Kenmore Square.”
  • 297 locals recommend
College Science Building
“Check out the Harvard Yard and Harvard Square at the most famous university in the world. Harvard Square has plenty of places for food + drink. Like MIT, great scenery along the Charles River.”
  • 209 locals recommend
Park
“If you're walking through the streets of Beacon Hill or the pathways of the Boston Common, you'll notice a building with a golden dome, made from copper and topped with gold. That's the Massachusetts State House, which has been there since 1798 and houses the state's government. There's plenty of Massachusetts history to take in if you visit for a free tour.”
  • 227 locals recommend
Spa
“Newbury St has both popular clothing stores and little-known boutiques; a great place to spend the afternoon shopping and then to settle down for dinner and drinks. ”
  • 255 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great museum for kids and adults. Check out the Omni theatre and Planetarium for additional activities. ”
  • 164 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Great historical area to walk around- with many restaurants, shopping, and street performers ”
  • 197 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“One of the city’s most charming attractions is the small but lovely Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Isabella Stewart, a New York socialite, came to Boston in 1860 to marry John Lowell Gardner, one of Boston’s prominent citizens. In short order, Isabella set to building herself a Venetian palazzo to hold her extensive art collection. Just like she was, the collection is eclectic, with masterpieces by Titian (Europa), Giotto (Presentation of Christ in the Temple) and John Singer Sargent (El Jaleo), to name a few. Isabella left strict instructions in her will that the building remain exactly as she left it, so visitors today can almost picture her enjoying the gorgeous gardens in her Venetian courtyard or warming her hands by one of the Renaissance hooded fireplaces.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Garden
“The Public Garden, also known as the Boston Public Garden, is a large park in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to Boston Common. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Route
“The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Park
“Arnold Arboretum is a lovely Park. It has extensive collections of trees from all over the world, some hundreds of years old. Many education opportunities. ”
  • 182 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“Great aquarium - medium sized, often very busy but well laid out and worth a visit. Tip - pay for your ticket online/on your phone before you go and skip the line!”
  • 108 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Nostalgic neighborhood, cobblestone streets, and amazing restaurants, including local favorites-Regina Pizza(circa 1926), Mikes and/or Modern Pastry. ”
  • 184 locals recommend
University
“Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has an urban campus that extends more than a mile alongside the Charles River. AMAZING scenery along the Charles (best views of Boston hands downs - even though Stacy claims Piers Park in East Boston has better views). Great places for food + drink in Central Square.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Building
“The Shops at Prudential Center is an urban shopping mall located at the base of the Prudential Tower in Boston, Massachusetts. The mall lies adjacent to many other destinations such as: Hynes Convention Center, the 101/111 Huntington Avenue office towers, and a skywalk connecting it to Copley Place”
  • 73 locals recommend
Art Museum
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“Along with the cutting-edge art inside its walls, the museum’s building itself can be considered a work of art in its own right. The gorgeous glass-walled cantilevered building sits right on the edge of the Boston waterfront, offering breathtaking views both inside and out. Since its inception in 1936, the ICA has been instrumental in identifying or showcasing the most important artists of the day, such as Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, and Roy Lichtenstein. Works by artists like Bill Viola, Kara Walker, Cindy Sherman, Shepard Fairey, and Rashaun Mitchell have been on view more recently. The museum offers a roster of changing exhibitions, live music and dance performances, film and digital media selections, talks, tours, family activities and teen programming.”
  • 116 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“If you like Jazz, the Beehive is a must. The brunch is delicious. Just sit at the bar downstairs for a libation of sound.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“There are multiple branches of this wonderful Vegetarian and Vegan Restuarant. Food is healthy, tasty and a lot of it is locally sourced. ”
  • 126 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“It is a famous restaurant in Boston. It is on the top of Prudential Center with a good view to see the whole Boston.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Chef Ken Oringer is a 3x James Beard nominee for restauranteur of the year. This is the most NYC in vibe in terms of liveliness and fun. Small plates/tapas focus with delicious food. Great for groups and brunch.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Smaller than its downstairs sibling, this enduring rock venue features underground & indie bands.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Oleana is the best Mediterranean food in Cambridge and possibly all of Massachusetts. In the summer, their garden is a magical place to enjoy a fantastic meal. Great for special occasions or those who appreciate sampling the high-end food scene.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Truly exquisite Spanish tapas and drinks, with a lovely book and record shop in the back, three blocks from home. Wonderful ambience, and prettiest patio in the neighborhood. The crown jewel of Jamaica Plain, in my opinion.”
  • 75 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Top of the line restaurant with you guessed it, only 10 tables. They have added a tiny bar area. Highly recommended. A bit pricey. Reservations required.”
  • 70 locals recommend

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