There are so many reasons, and here we’ve collected 10 of our favorite things about Boston for you to keep in mind as you’re planning your trip to one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the United States.
Food is just one of the many rewards of visiting Boston. Renowned for its seafood, Boston is home to an array of restaurants serving fresh seafood, most of which is locally sourced, caught right off the rich coasts of Massachusetts. While Boston’s seafood has already made a name for itself, you’d be surprised at the multitudes of cuisine you can find when you take a look at some of our unsung heroes. If you like Italian food, then you’re in luck. There are over 80 restaurants and patisseries for you to choose from in the North End, also known as Boston’s Little Italy. The North End has historically been a hub of Italian heritage and culture and, in addition to its beauty, it is known today for its delicious and authentic Italian cuisine.
If you didn’t already know, Boston is a goldmine of historical significance. There is a historical landmark every 2 feet, and there is a slew of tours throughout Boston that you can use to help you discover it all. Hop on a classic Old Town Trolley Tour, or spice things up with a Boston Ghost Tour. Follow the Freedom Trail on your own or with a guide to hit all the must-see landmarks. You can stop off at several national historic sites: walk the Minuteman Trail in Concord, visit Thoreau’s estate at Walden Pond, tour the houses of some incredible figures like John F. Kennedy or Nathaniel Hawthorne — the history never ends.
Boston is rich in many things, and beer is one of them. From the historic Boston Beer Company, that launched the infamous Samuel Adams Boston Lager, to the thriving craft beer scene of new and exciting microbreweries in and around the area, Boston is a beer lover’s dream. Grab a taster flight in the taproom of the brewery with the coolest name, or hit 6 birds with one stone with a Boston City Brew Tour and get your sip on at four of the best breweries in the area. Enjoy learning about beer history, and seeing Boston through the eyes of a local, as your beer guide chauffeurs you around the city.
Is anyone more passionate about their sports team than Boston fans? I don’t think so. Boston brings you some of the most incredible sports teams such as the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and the Patriots. If you’re lucky enough to be in Boston while one of the home teams are playing, you’re sure to be moved by the dedication and zeal of the fans.
The fine arts in Boston are top notch; music, theatre, visual arts, and a wonderful assortment of museums! Whatever your interests are, Boston has a museum for you. If you’re into budding technology, check out the MIT Museum and browse some holography art, befriend a robot, or peruse their collection of historical scientific artifacts. The Museum of Fine Arts provides a look at the world of paintings, photography, textiles and more, with free entry every week on Wednesday nights. Once you have completed a visit to a museum with tasteful art, head down to the Museum of Bad Art for a laugh.
The iconic skyline is nothing to turn your nose up at, but there is so much beauty in and around the Boston that rarely makes it on the postcards. Why not take a walk through the Arnold Arboretum in the spring and witness the bonsais in bloom? Walk along the beach in Gloucester and hop along the rocks. Take a stroll through Beacon Hill as you head toward the Boston Common for a nice picnic, or take a boat ride out to the Harbor Islands and catch a stunning sunset over the cityscape, from Spectacle Island.
When the air begins to crisp, the leaves succumb to brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and red. If you’re visiting Boston this fall, foliage sightseeing can be a vacation activity on its own. Take a stroll along the Charles River and watch the leave turns along the river side. As time rolls by, the seasons shift and we enter winter. When the flurries start rolling in, Boston transforms into a winter wonderland. You can check out the Festival of Lights for Hanukkah, ice skate at Frog Pond, check out some masterful decorations in and around the entire city, or peruse an ice sculpture competition or two. Stick around for a while, and you’ll see those white blankets of snow melt from the tree branches as spring showers wash winter away, making room for bumble bees and a rainbow of colorful blossoms. No matter the season you’re visiting in, just be sure to charge your camera.
A city that is the birthplace of New Kids on the Block and Aerosmith has to be on to something. Boston has an incredible music scene, with world-class local bands playing almost every day of the week. You can experience everything from reggae to metal. It is not just happening at the incredible music venues that greater Boston is home to, but also at bars, breweries, and other smaller performance spaces. Street performers are one of the city’s greatest delights. You may catch an accordion player in Harvard Square, an opera singer outside of the Boston Public Library, or a mandolin player in the subway. If you’re a music lover in Boston, make sure you check out all the music venues, from Symphony Hall, to Paradise Rock Club, to the sidewalk! Every spring, Harvard University also plays home to Boston Calling, a three day music festival, featuring today’s hottest artists.
Speaking of festivals, with over 4 million people meandering around greater Boston, Boston is a city of festivals that celebrate diversity and culture. See what the city has to offer from the long list of festivals and cultural parades happening throughout the summer: the Greek Festival in Watertown, St. Anthony’s Feast in the North End, Caribbean Festival, and more. Branch out and visit Honk Fest, satisfy your sweet tooth at the Fluff Festival, put on your sunblock and stop by the jazz festivals, pizza festivals, vegan festivals, dance festivals, an array of art festivals, and so much more.