Welcome to Boston, where our reigning championship seasons now include summer. The Hub of the Universe seeds number 1 in US News and World Report as the country’s top summer destination, and number 3 in the world. US News and World report also ranked Boston as the number 5 place for best family summer vacation. Need further proof? Forbes recently included Boston as one of their top 23 places to go in 2018.
WHY VISIT BOSTON
Boston has been known for its historic landmarks, interactive Freedom Trail, and the Boston Tea Party. Moments and reminders of events that has helped shape much of what our country is today. What few know is how this city has transformed to adapt with the ever-changing future we are facing.
The city is attracting a younger, hip crowd to its Innovation District, a sprawling campus of beautiful glass buildings, nooks of green space, trendy bars and restaurants and a scene to be seen in, located in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood.
Boston offers educational, informative and fun attractions for families and students alike, who feast upon knowledge from inspirational museums, attractions, and world-class art, science exhibits and historical tours.
Beyond the city, the greater Boston area provides a thriving craft beer scene, beautiful hiking and biking trails, tranquil rivers and streams ideal for kayaking, and more.
THINGS TO DO
Patios at City Hall Plaza – Built on the idea that a city center was once known for public gathering and socialization, Boston City Hall Plaza opens the summer with The Patios. Enjoy refreshing pints of Wachusett Brewing Company beers, a rotating food truck schedule, and special pop ups like visits from puppies and book mobiles provided by the Boston Public Library. The Patios at City Hall Plaza is a short walk from Faneuil Hall, Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall and Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.
Free Fun Fridays presented by Highland Street Foundation – Highlighting many of Massachusetts cultural attractions, Highland Street Foundation offers free admission on Fridays, June through August. Experience how the New England Patriots’ dynasty has transformed a generation at The Hall at Patriot Place in Foxborough. See how the revolutionary war shaped a community at the Concord Museum. Relive your childhood when you take a spin on The Greenway Carousel on Rose Kennedy Greenway. With endless options of local favorite attractions, you are bound to find something new or an opportunity to revisit your favorite. With 21 Hilton hotels across greater Boston, you will be able to maximize Free Fun Fridays every Friday!
Boston Harborfest – For nearly 40 years, Boston has amplified their Independence Day celebration by stretching the festivities over a full week, providing over 100 family-friendly activities and events along Boston Harbor. From fireworks and boat tours, to live entertainment and historical reenactments, there is no better time to be in Boston than Fourth of July week. Stay close to the action all week long. Hilton Boston Logan Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown and DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside are all short distances away, with easy access to the Harbor via public transportation or water taxi.
Harbor Island Clambake on Spectacle Island – There is nothing more quintessential New England summer, than a good ole fashioned clambake. Every Thursday from June through September, Boston Harbor Cruises provides a unique experience from Spectacle Island, located in Boston harbor. With breathtaking views of stunning sunsets across the Boston skyline, and a unique take on a traditional New England clambake, you will see why no summer memories are complete without a trip to Boston.
Dine Out Boston – Satisfy your taste buds with culinary sensations during Boston’s restaurant week, August 5 – 10 and 12 – 17. With hundreds of options from downtown to the suburbs, diners can enjoy two, three and four course lunches and dinners. From inspired sushi and tapas to international delights of French and Indian cuisine, our local chefs have created satiable dishes ensured to attract and surprise even the most critical palates.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog at Patriot Place – This half mile scenic walk offers sweeping views across 32 acres of cranberry wetland and wooded area. Ideal for capturing peeks at swans, deer, great blue heron, turtle and other wildlife indigenous to the New England area. For easy access to Patriot Place all week and weekend, stay at Hilton Boston/Dedham and take the commuter rail. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle to and from the train station.
Cochituate State Park – Located in Natick, 30 minutes west of downtown Boston, this beautiful state park is the main feature of Lake Cochituate, made up of three interlocking lakes. With plenty of options for family picnics, boating, swimming, and fishing, this hidden fresh water oasis is an ideal summer spot for a quick day trip and break from the city. Hampton Inn Boston/Natick provides the perfect basecamp for your week at Lake Cochituate, offering free hot breakfast, premium wifi, and comfy Hampton beds.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm – Located in Natick, this hidden New England gem offers pick your own fruit June through October and a cider house tap room. With train rides, a kids’ play area, petting farm and more, there is truly something for everyone at Lookout Farm. Make a weekend at the farm. With Hampton Inn Boston/Natick, Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Marlborough, Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Marlborough, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Westborough, and Hampton Inn Boston – Westborough are but a short drive away.
STAY IN BOSTON WITH HILTON
With 21 hotels in the Greater Boston area, stretching from Curio Collection by Hilton to Hampton Inn by Hilton, there is something for every type of traveler on every type of adventure. Build a base on your Boston journey with Hilton’s Best of Beantown package. With $150 in savings to zoos, brew tours, drive-in movies, restaurants and more, you can choose your own Boston summer adventure and see why the experts voted Boston to the top of their lists.