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A Local’s Guide to Boston

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A Local’s Guide to Boston

Full of culture and history, delicious cuisine, and a great mix of vibrant neighbourhoods, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to visit the exciting city of Boston. If you’ve been dreaming of visiting this New England destination, you’ll love what all this city has to offer to guests and residents alike. A trip to Boston doesn’t mean visiting only the top attractions—instead, create unique and memorable moments by visiting these hidden gems that locals love – whether it’s a great eatery, a unique tour, or the best museums to visit. You’ll soon wonder why you didn’t book a trip sooner!

Historic West End Boston

Take a walk through the historic West End of Boston

An aerial view of the city of Boston

An aerial view of the city of Boston

Boston is a Food Lover’s Paradise 

If you love sampling new foods and taking part in unique dining experiences, Boston will fulfill your culinary desires. There is a variety of cuisines available so everyone will be full and happy during their stay.

You’re probably wanting to try some of the best seafood in East coast America, and it can be found in Boston. Located in Kenmore Square, Island Creek Oyster Bar is a must-try. Locals enjoy the fresh oysters and delicious lobster rolls here. Row 34, located on the waterfront is another solid choice for the best fresh catch. Enjoy fresh seafood in a casual, yet trendy eatery. If you’re in search of great food and entertainment, be sure to stop at Beehive in the South End of the city. Here you can enjoy delicious eats, great cocktails, and listen to live jazz performances.

Boston’s own “Little Italy” can be found in the North End of town. If it’s pizza you’re after, grab a slice or a whole pie from Regina Pizzeria. Head to La Famiglia Giorgio for classic pasta dishes—the friendly staff will make you feel like family. If you have a sweet tooth, while in the North End, visit favorite cannoli bakery rivals Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry. They’re both on the same street, so you get to decide for yourself which cannoli is best—go ahead, we dare you!

There are also plenty of drink spots to visit while in Boston. In the waterfront-lined Seaport District, Harpoon Brewery offers a beer-hall setting with tours and tasting. Another hot-spot is Samual Adams Brewery. Here you can taste beer and learn about how its made while also taking in some Boston culture facts. If hand-crafted cocktails are more your thing, a visit to Backbar is a must. Located in neighboring Somerville, this drinking spot has a speakeasy vibe to it and the cocktails are just as unique as the decor!

If you're in search of great food and entertainment, be sure to stop at Beehive in the South End of the city. Here you can enjoy delicious eats, great cocktails, and listen to live jazz performances.
Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston

Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston

Spend the Afternoon at One of Boston’s Markets

For a unique market experience, be sure to check out SoWa. This open market can be visited in May through October and features food trucks, great eateries, craft vendors, and a beer garden full of beers, ciders, and wines. There’s something to do for everyone here and it has a great farmer’s market type atmosphere, which feels carefree and comfortable. Want to sample a mix of New England food favourites all year round? Head to the Boston Public Market or Quincy Market! These have a variety of vendors selling local produce and fresh fish, handmade specialty items, and favourite foods from Boston’s best restaurants and eateries.

Spend a day at the Museum of Fine Arts

Spend a day at the Museum of Fine Arts

Boston JFK Museum and Library

Don’t forget about the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library

Boston’s Museum Options are Plentiful 

Boston also has a lot of museums to explore. For history-lovers and travellers who are always open to learning more, Boston is a great place to get your museum fix. Due to the city’s unpredictable weather, this is also a great activity for a rainy or snowy day. You can easily spend hours taking in all of the art exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts. In the Fenway–Kenmore neighbourhood, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is another must-see spot—it’s a great mix of art and history all in one! Finally, don’t forget about the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library. Here you can learn all about JFK’s life as well as the Kennedy family. There are many artefacts to see here and there is a lot to learn.

Take a Walk as You Learn About Boston’s Past 

If you’re into walking tours, there are plenty to choose from while in Boston. Take a tour along the Freedom Trail to learn all about Boston’s part in the American Revolution. Visit notable spots including Paul Revere’s home while on the trail—tour guides even dress in Colonial wear to make the experience more authentic. Another worthwhile offering is a tour of Harvard, where you can explore the impressive campus and learn all about 400 years of Harvard history. Located in Cambridge, it’s just over the Charles River and a short distance from Boston—so it’s easily accessible.

Fenway Park - "America's Most Beloved Ballpark"

Fenway Park – “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”

Lone Red Seat at Fenway Stadium in Boston

The lone red seat in the right field bleachers signifies the longest home run ever hit at Fenway

Sports Fans Love Boston, Too

For sports lovers, Fenway Park is a must-see. When visiting during baseball season, be sure to snag tickets to a Red Sox game. The park is also open for tours and events year-round. You can take a tour of “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and learn about the history of the team and its players. Nearby the stadium, there are a lot of sports-themed bars to choose from. Cask ‘n Flagon has a great selection of beer and bar bites and McGreevy’s is an Irish pub full of Red Sox Memorabilia. No matter what your interests are, there are so many things to do in Boston. It’s no wonder this is one of the best places to see in New England.

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