Whether your visiting Boston, new to the city or looking for something new to do, I’ve teamed up with a bunch of other fabulous local bloggers to share our favorite things to do around town. From museums to booze to parks, we’ve got you covered with these 10 must-do activities in Boston.


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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“My must-do for a trip to  Boston is a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To me, it’s Boston’s most unique museum, displaying the art collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, an American art collector and Boston socialite in the early 1900s. Isabella and her husband shared a dream of opening a museum to showcase their personal collection and they made this a reality when they turned their Fenway property into a museum in 1903. All of the artwork is displayed in the manner in which Isabella left it and features some of the world’s most famous artists, including Botticelli, Degas, Matisse, Sargent and Rembrandt.. In addition to the amazing works of art and beautiful furniture throughout the museum, the building is beyond beautiful. You first step in to a gorgeous courtyard area filled with flowers all year long, showing off seasonal faves depending on the time of year. Take a trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during your visit to Boston and you won’t be disappointed!”– Jenna Boston Chic Party


Red Sox Game

“While in town, you must take in a game at Fenway Park. Whether or not you cheer for the Red Sox, you simply need to visit the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. While some ballparks or more about the amenities (sushi, swimming pools), Fenway is about one thing: experiencing baseball, together with 40,000 of your closest friends. The hot dogs are truly the best in the league (this, from a Yankees fan who shall remain nameless for their own protection). And the party doesn’t stop once you leave the park! Head out to Lansdowne Street for a pint of local Sam Adams. Or pop around the corner to The Hawthorne, which I’ll argue is the best cocktail bar in Boston.” – Kristen The Boston Fashionista


Wine/Beer Tasting at Urban Grape

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“Free wine/beer, good company, and the occasional visiting puppy. A Thursday evening seriously can’t get any better than that. I always suggest a wine (or beer!) tasting at Urban Grape to visiting friends and family. The team at Urban Grape curates fantastic weekly tastings that are free and don’t require any sort of reservation. So, if you’re feeling spontaneous, head over to the South End and try something new! It also doesn’t hurt that it’s only a few blocks from my favorite pizza spot in Boston – Picco. Another must-try!” – Gabi By Gabriella 


Drinks on the Boston Harbor

“For Boston visitors who are in town during the summer months, I always recommend getting drinks on the patio of the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor for the best view of the city skyline. The most fun way to get there is to take a water taxi to the airport, where the hotel is located.” – Anna The Weekend Jetsetter


Bike Ride by the Charles River

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“While I don’t recommend doing this until the weather gets a bit warmer (damn you, Punxsutawney Phil!)… for an active way to show your friends our beautiful city of Boston, there’s no better way to do so than via bike. This past fall, I had family in town and knew I had to impress . We kept on passing the new Hubway Bikes and finally decided to hop on one for a cruise around the Charles River. Holy shiz. It might have been because of the amazing weather or because the Charles River Esplanade is just absolutely stunning…but either way, it made for the best afternoon riding along the river, taking in the view of the hundreds of sailboats (I’m not exaggerating), crossing the Harvard Bridge (where I was told the story about ‘smoot‘), and eventually finishing up in Charlestown’s Paul Revere Park. A suggestion to elevate the biking adventure? Pack a picnic and make a pit stop at the Charles River Dock.” – Robbin The New England Life


Mapparium

“One of my favorite spots to bring visitors in Boston is the Mapparium at the Mary Bakery Eddy Library. The Mapparium gives you a three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 (when it was built) from inside a three-story stained glass globe. Admission is only $6 and it’s really cool (and makes a great Instagram… just saying!).” – Anna The Weekend Jetsetter


Larz Anderson Park

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“If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city while you are in Boston I strongly suggest spending some time at the Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. When I visit a park I am looking for peace and tranquility as opposed to large crowds and noise that you would find at parks that are located in the middle of the city. One of the best days of my life was at this park, we packed a picnic basket and spent all day taking walks and enjoying nature at its best. The park has pathways, ponds, gardens, BBQ stands, picnic shelters, a skating rink and an auto museum. You will love that at the highest point of the park, there are exceptional views of Boston. This park is one of the most beautiful and serene parks that I have been to and it’s a great place to visit if you are in Boston.” – Agnes Spoons & Stilettos


Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

“Sure, it might be cheesy, but taking a ghost tour after dark is one of my favorite past times. While I don’t actually believe in ghosts, I can’t turn down a good ghost tour – the costumes, the history, the spooky stories. What more can a girl ask for? These tours are sadly seasonal (late March to mid November), so if you’re in town during one of those months you’ll have to make sure to schedule a tour.” – yours truly


Boston Public Library

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“If you’re walking around Back Bay and need a break for the cold or want to explore some gorgeous architecture, duck inside the Boston Public Library. You can take group tours or roam on your own, read or study in Bates Hall and relax in the courtyard. Whatever you do, the Boston Public Library is a stunning building that will take you back in time.” – yours truly


Monica’s Salumeria

“Choosing a must-do activity or must-see destination, is extremely tough for me as there are so many great things to do and see in Boston! But, since I must choose I am compelled to share that a walk through the North End with your destination being Monica’s Salumeria for their signature Italian sub would be my top ranked must-do activity. While the North End is considered to be a cliche spot to visit while in Boston, it is also a must if you are either visiting the city for the first time, have recently moved to Boston or are entertaining visitors. Rather than treating yourself with pizza while in the North End, I recommend checking out Monica’s for an Italian sub that is filled with very very thinly sliced meats cheese and veggies. Trust me, I am not one to gravitate toward and Italian sub, but this one is a winner and can easily feed 2+ people!” – Liz Slow It Down Girl


Tell me: What are your go-to activities in Boston?

  • Kaitlin

    ALSO: Swan Boats! And… I kinda love the Freedom Trail.

    • Believe it or not, I’ve never done either. Do I smell our next adventure?!

      • Kaitlin

        Yes!!!

  • Lola Seicento

    What a great guide!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    yes, to the Swan Boats! And although the Gardner is unique and quirky, I think the MFA is a must for any art lover. Their Impressionist collection is one of the best. I have never been to Monica’s Salumeria. I’m telling Jeff, and it will go on our list for sure! Thanks for the tip

  • marciaf

    I’ve never been to Boston but one of my sons has. Of course on his list was the Red Sox and beer. I’ll have to tell him about Monica’s if he goes again.

  • I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Boston. I could just hang in the historic areas and never leave.

  • Norah Salazar

    It’s been a while since I last went to Boston, it is a great city indeed.

  • Many of these suggestions, my friend told me about and I’m excited to plan a Boston vacation one day to enjoy some of these sites. 🙂

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Great tips! Must remember when I visit Boston

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    Great tips! I’ve always wanted to go to Boston!

  • Kathryn Wesson

    This has made me want to explore this weekend! Hopefully the weather cooperates!
    xo,
    Kathryn