(Closed) Fun things to do in Boston!

posted 10 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

My favorite restaurant in Boston is the Chart House.  It’s down on the water near the aquarium.  Growing up my family would always go there for special occasions.  Also, you should definitely do the Duck tour and the Swan Boats if you haven’t done them yet.

Post # 4
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

http://www.bostonusa.com/ This is a great website with tons of things to do.

You definitely have to check out the North End for dinner one night. There are a TON of fabulous restaurants but I’m partial to Antico Forno on Prince Street.  

Have fun! This is a great city!

Post # 5
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

If you’re looking for a good pastry place to pick up dessert one night, you HAVE to go to Mike’s Pastry in the North End.  I LOVE their cannolis.  Like a PP said, a Duck Tour is fun and a good way to see most of the city.  There are lots of historic tours and museums around Boston too if you’re interested in that.

Post # 6
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

If you’re into history/educational stuff, I LOVE walking the Freedom Trail! I think it’s so cool to see all the Revolutionary War stuff. You could go ride the Swan Boats in the Public Garden. I also like to wander around in Beacon Hill to see all the beautiful houses and architecture.

My family and I just went out to dinner at Gaslight (in the South End) for my graduation. The food was really delicious and really reasonably priced. I definitely recommend it!

Post # 7
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

I agree with the North End, too! The Boston Harbor Hotel has an awesome music series in the summer. They have different bands every night. Its overlooking the Harbor and is awesome. The food is pricey for what it is, most entrees are around 18/20ish, but your really paying for the show. If its too pricey, you can actually just hang around the wharf and watch the show. Btu you have to get there early to get a seat and they dont take reservations.

Post # 8
15196 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Modern Pastry in the North End is also great for canoilis.  They are fill on the spot when you order it.  (From talking to the locals after living there about 2 years, some say Mikes has become too commerical and has to outsource a lot of their items to keep up with being such a large tourist attraction).

The duck tours are fun and the freedom trail is a great way to see a lot of they city… when it ends (or starts) around the Boston Common, just wander through the Commons and Boston Garden, which is really pretty in the spring/summer over to Copley.  If you keep going, eventually you’ll end up at Fenway, and will pretty much have covered most of the city.  If you go down Newbury/Bolyston, you’ll get all the shops, if you go down one street over on Comm Ave or Marlbourgh or Beacon, you’ll see alot of the old brownstones. 

Check out what’s happen on the Charles River or at the Harbor, maybe a they have a sail boat tour/ride that would be a fun too.

And for a great view of Boston cross the Mass Ave bridge over to the Cambridge side of the Charles.

Hope you have a great time!

Post # 9
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely check out the North End of Boston (the Italian neighborhood).  Faneuil Hall Marketplace is close by and that a lot of fun.  From Faneuil Hall you can walk briefly through the Financial District and jump over to Downtown Crossing.

Take a walk on Newbury Street-and the Back Bay area.  Prudential Center/Copley Plaza has indoor shopping.  I love Piattini and Cafeteria on Newbury Street.  Great for lunch or dinner and Piattini has an awesome coffee & dessert bar.  A great place for dinner is Abe & Louie’s $$$ and I recommend Sonsie for early drinks.  And Splash, Caprice, or Gypsy Bar if you’re interested in dancing/drinks/club night.


It would be a trip to Boston if you didn’t include a trip to Fenway and all the fun bars in that area! 


The T (subway) is the easiest way to get anywhere! Have a great time!

Post # 10
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh, the North End of Boston has WONDERFUL Italian Restaurants.  Pick any one!

Post # 12
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

TeaLux on Newbury Street is a great little spot for lunch. They have so many different teas, and some decent little sandwiches too!

Post # 13
10355 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s whale season! You could take a whale watching trip from the New England Aquarium!

My favorite restaurant in Boston = Addis Red Sea (Ethiopian). There is one right next to the Back Bay T stop in the heart of Boston, and one in Porter Sq in Cambridge (red line on the T).

Ditto to what many other people have said about the North End/Freedom Trail/shopping.

If you feel like venturing out of the city, Concord/Lexington are really beautiful and historical. Walden Pond (of Walt Whitman fame) is also there, as well as a beautiful sculture garden called the DeCordova.

Post # 14
1029 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ooh! It depends on what you want to do.

-Touristy/classic stuff – North End/Faneiul Hall/Freedom Trail/Newbury St/Boston Common

-Outdoorsy – Definitely go to Walden Pond, or there are GREAT beaches on the North Shore (about an hour outside the city) – Crane’s, Plum Island (off Newburyport), also Rockport/Gloucester areas are super romantic and cute for a fun dinner-on-the-water spot.

-Foodie tour- LOTS of amazing restaurants in the South End! Sibling Rivalry, Tremont 647, Metropolis, to name a few.. I am partial to the food here over the North End (esp if you want something other than Italian), and it’s less touristy. But a bit harder to get to (T to Back Bay on Orange line or Arlington on Green Line and walk).

-Educational – Go to Harvard Sq and walk around the yard, it’s BEAUTIFUL! The tours they give of campus are also quite interesting

-Nightlife – The famous tourist spot is Top of the Hub (restaurant at the top level of the Prudential Center)- it’s pricey but much fun eating and looking at the city all lit up. Lots of fun bars in Cambridge and downtown too.. tell us what you like and we’ll give you some ideas!

-Live Music: TT the Bears or The Middle East (both in Central Sq) have great live rock shows most nights of the week.

-Museums: My personal favorite is the Museum of Science (Cambridge), but the Isabella Garder Museum (Back Bay) is AMAZING, so is the Museum of Fine Arts (Longwood) and the brand new Institute of Contemporary Art (Waterfront).


Okay I’ll stop – but please let me know if you want more suggestions/details about any of the above. 🙂

Post # 15
1029 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

OH YEAH and like everyone else said, do a Duck Tour!

Post # 16
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m getting so hungry reading these – second the Tealuxe and Addis Red Sea suggestions! Another favorite is Orinoco in the South End (South American food).

I would recommend taking either a Duck Tour or a Trolley Tour your first day there to get a look at the whole city. Keep in mind that Boston is definitely SMALL (compared to other big cities) and VERY walkable. Don’t be afraid of public transportation, the T is really easy and if you aren’t sure where you’re going, ask.

The Museum of Fine Arts is great, they’re just finishing up a huge addition onto it but I’m not sure when that portion will be open. The Aquarium is fun, but really small compared to others I’ve been to before, I wouldn’t necessarily say it is worth the price of tuition.

Some great activities to do are a whale watching tour or a Boston harbor cruise, if you’re into boats and water.

You may want to sign up for the Boston Groupon mailing list because there are frequently deals on activities (tours, whale watching, etc.) and a TON of restaurant deals, it could be a great way to save money!

Have fun, if you have any more specific questions, let us know!!

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