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Best things to do in Boston

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“Impressionist art & Egyptian treasures Neoclassical & modern wings house a vast collection from ancient Egyptian to contemporary American. ”
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Baseball Stadium
“Legendary home of the Red Sox Historic, small-capacity ballpark, home of the Red Sox & occasional big-name concert venue. ”
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Park
“Located in the heart of downtown, Boston Common is an essential attraction for all visitors and travelers coming to Boston. Boston's financial district, downtown Crossing, Newbury Street, Copley Place, Public Garden, and many more major attractions are within walking distance. Boston Common used to be a huge grazing area for livestock in the 19th century and now turned into a common space that serves as a park and hosts multiple festivals, events throughout the year. There are various food trucks/vendors near the Park Street stop and various monuments scattered across the Commons. In the winter, the Frog Pond within the Commons transforms into an outdoor skating rink; during the summer the Frog Pond carousel is open to kids along with a nearby playground.”
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Science Museum
“Interactive exhibits & an IMAX theater Venerable institution with interactive exhibits, a dome-shaped IMAX/3D film theater & a planetarium. ”
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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. ”
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Historic Site
“If you're looking to try classic New England staples & treats, then head over to Quincy Market. Within the Market is Faneuil Hall, which is literally a huge hall that is lined with different food vendors, from classic New England meals like lobster rolls & clam chowder to delicious treats like cannolis (if you're looking for good cannolis, I recommend Mike's Pastry which is a 15-minute walk away) and Italian gelato. If you're walking the Freedom Trail, then you will inevitably hit this location. If not, then this is a prime destination to be at. Not only is there a multitude of shopping and dining options within this area, but you are within close proximity of downtown Boston, and the beautiful Boston Harbor. This is a must-go place for any new traveler to Boston!”
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College Science Building
“'HARVARD UNIVERSITY" Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest collage. It has eight graduates who went on to be US presidents, not to mention dozens of Nobel laureates. The geographic heart of Harvard is Harvard Yard. Free historical tours of Harvard Yard depart from the Smith Campus Center. Flanking Johnston Gate are the two oldest buildings on campus. North in Harvard hall, which dates to 1766 and originally housed the library. The focal point of the Yard is the John Harvard statue, where every Harvard hopeful has a photo taken (and touches the statue's shiny shoe for good luck)"”
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Garden
“Right next to the Boston Commons, the Public Garden is a popular tourist attraction especially during the spring and summer seasons. In the middle of the garden is a huge pond where tourists have the option of riding Swan boats that take you around for a short, relaxing ride. The garden is well-decorated and maintained with beautiful flowers and a common place for people to picnic, take a stroll, walk their dogs, & take photos. Although substantially smaller than New York's Central Park, the Public Garden is a great place to check out!”
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Art Museum
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“This place is a gem! Certainly one of the most beautiful museums in the city. Small, intimate and full of treasures. ”
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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.”
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Park
“One of Boston's oldest and most beautiful parks. You can get there on a bike path, or by car. It is about 2 miles away. ”
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Aquarium
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“Giant ocean tank with over 2,000 animals A giant glass tank spiraled by a multilevel walkway is the main draw at this waterfront attraction. ”
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University
“Famed private research university founded in 1861 & known for its science & engineering programs.”
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Yoga Studio
“This is the Italian section of Boston. Lots of restaurants and some pastry shops.”
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Building
“Luxury shopping mall in downtown Boston. Canada-Goose, Lululemon, Kate Spade, Papyrus, Warby Parker, Tesla, Vineyard Vines, along with restaurants and coffee shops like Eataly and Blue Bottle Coffee, and fitness studios like Flywheel.”
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Plaza
“Harvard Square is a triangular plaza at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street, near the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States”
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