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Activities in Boston

No matter what your interest, Boston has something for you.

From Downtown Crossing to the North End, there is never a lack of events and activities going on. Here are some highlights, all easily accessible from the Bentley shuttle into Harvard Square, in Cambridge. From there, the MBTA Red Line connects you to any part of Boston. To find what’s happening in town each day, just hop online to boston.com.

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Swan Boats: This Boston tradition dates back to the 1870s. Enjoy a peaceful cruise around the Public Garden lagoon, in season. Only $2.75!

Red Sox: The curse is reversed! Catch the fun in person, but do NOT wear a Yankees hat. You’ve been warned.

Arnold Arboretum: The country’s oldest arboretum features tons of trails and a spectacular array of flowering trees, blossoms and wildflowers. A perfect way to spend a spring day.

Boston Marathon: A fabulous event featuring elite athletes from around the world and a crowd that is passionate about its city. 
 

Chinatown and the North End: There are tons of places to eat on any kind of budget. Insiders recommend China Pearl in Chinatown; in the North End, it’s Dolce Vita. Prices vary by restaurant and meal time.

Top Tours

  • Freedom Trail: Walk into history with costumed historic characters who lead you past the Boston Common, Granary Burying Grounds, King’s Chapel, Old State House, Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall and more.
  • Boston Duck Tours: Join the “quacky” crowds on a fun-filled tour of Boston by land and by sea.
  • Beantown Trolley: The big red trolley takes you all over town, with 19 stops near more than 100 sites.
  • Fenway Park: Soak up the rich history, sit atop the Green Monster, and stroll the grounds of the park, which hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1912.
  • Whale Watch: Spend an unforgettable three hours on a high-speed catamaran in pursuit of the amazing humpback whale. If you’ve got a weak stomach, skip it!
  • Charles River Boat Tours: Enjoy the spectacular Boston and Cambridge skylines during this 60-minute cruise of the beautiful Charles River.
  • Boston Movie Tours: Take the Theater-on-Wheels Movie Tour or Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour, visiting film locations in and around Boston.

Sports

Bostonians are very passionate about their sports teams. We love winning but we especially hate losing. Lucky for us, our teams are at the top of their game these days. We believe!

Arts and Culture

OK, so museums may not be at the top of your “must see” list. But you’ll be missing out if you don’t visit at least one of these treasures during your years here. What you learn could become great conversation with a future boss or investor!

  • Museum of Fine Arts: Whether you’re an avid Monet fan or just need someplace cool to go on a date, the MFA has an amazing collection of art and artifacts, from ancient Greece and Rome to modern-day Boston.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: One of Boston’s gems, the museum is filled with paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts spanning 30 centuries.
  • Museum of Science: Not just for kids, the museum has an awesome IMAX theater, planetarium with laser shows, and 3-D cinema. Of course, you can also get your fill of animal and science exhibits, too.
  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum: The museum portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. To this day, the Kennedy Family remains the “royal family” of Massachusetts.
  • The Museum of Afro-American History: New England’s premier location for learning about local African-American history. The Boston campus has two national historic sites and a 1.6-mile Black Heritage Trail walking tour from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Boston Sports Museum: Housed in the TD Garden, it holds some of Boston’s best sports memorabilia. Visit exhibits dedicated to Boston hockey legend Bobby Orr, mementos from the original Boston Garden, and more.

Shopping

  • Newbury Street: Do you love designer brands and hip boutiques? Then check out Newbury Street, Boston’s best place to take in the top fashions. It’s eight blocks of trendy shops, dining, and beauty services. If you’re a window shopper only, no problem. Head to the Boston Public Garden at the end of the street, find a peaceful spot to sit, and count up all the money you saved.
  • The Shops at Prudential Center: Dubbed “The Pru” by locals, the center is home to more than 75 shops and restaurants. Clothiers include Saks Fifth Avenue, Lacoste and Free People. If your wallet isn’t empty by day’s end, grab a bite at California Pizza Kitchen or the Cheesecake Factory.
  • Downtown Crossing: The Crossing has lots to offer, with more than 200 retailers. Specialty stores such as Bromfield Camera and Brattle Book Shop stand side-by-side with larger retailers such as Macy’s and Borders. You’ll even find pushcart vendors selling colorful wares and enticing food. Check them out!