Visiting one of the country’s most historic, unique, and beautiful cities? Searching for things to do in Boston can be a daunting task, since there are so many exciting Boston activities and frequent Boston events, so we’re here to help you narrow down the most important ones. Our list of the 7 essentials will ensure you never have to Google “things to do in Boston today” since you’ll already be acquainted with the highlights.
Dine on fresh seafood
It’s no secret that New England is famous for seafood, especially oysters, lobster, and clam chowder. Eat like the locals do and cozy up to a steaming bowl of chowdah or a majestic platter of oysters at favorites like Union Oyster House, Boston Sail Loft, or the upscale Atlantic Fish Co. For date night or a special business dinner, Ostra and B&G Oysters are both excellent choices. Need a place to doze off from your impending food coma? The comfy living rooms at our Boston vacation rentals are the perfect post-seafood snooze spots.
Would you rather look at sea creatures in their (somewhat) natural habitats? Then head to the New England Aquarium, which happens to be one of the best things to do in Boston with kids.
Relax in Boston Common
On a beautiful day in Beantown, you just can’t beat a day at the park. Located smack-dab in the center of town, Boston Common offers 50 acres of green space that date all the way back to 1634, making it America’s oldest park. In addition to being a fantastic spot for a picnic or some mid-day reading, the park is filled with statues and monuments, so you can get a full history lesson just by wandering around.
Looking for things to do near Boston Common after you’ve had your fill of the park? Catch a show at the Boston Opera House or Orpheum Theatre, which are located on the perimeter of the park.
Watch a Red Sox game
Ranking high on any list of fun things to do in Boston for adults - or kids, for that matter - is watching a Red Sox game at iconic Fenway Park. The Red Sox have played there since 1912, so Fenway has cemented itself as one of the world’s legendary ball parks. Check out this piece of history for yourself - and witness the fanatical Red Sox fan base - when you score tickets to a game.
Pick up some souvenirs at Faneuil Hall
Mix your passions for history and retail therapy at Boston’s Faneuil Hall marketplace, which has nearly 300 years of history has a meeting place and center of culture. While today it hosts chain shops like Coach and Urban Outfitters, you can still get a sense of the place’s history through its architecture and vibrant atmosphere. It’s a fabulous place to grab some New England souvenirs and taste some local foods.
Learn about Boston’s storied past
As one of the United States’ original cities, Boston was the site of numerous historic events that contributed to the country as we know it today. Take a stroll along the Freedom Trail, which is a collection of historic sites and monuments that commemorate important points in US history. Visit the Paul Revere House, where one of the most famous Bostonians lived during the American Revolution, and see the Bunker Hill Monument and Old State House to learn more about this pivotal time. For a more kid-friendly historical attraction, don’t miss the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, which is only a short walk from Stay Alfred on A Street.
Shop ‘til you drop on Newbury Street
Experience the best of Boston’s chic Back Bay neighborhood with a stroll down sophisticated Newbury Street. Within just a couple blocks of Stay Alfred on Garrison Street, you can find upscale boutiques, designer labels, and exquisite jewelry all tucked into gorgeous historic brownstones. Highlights include Chanel, Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, and more. Even if you’re not in town on a shopping spree, Newbury Street is an excellent place for a walk on a sunny day.
Catch some spectacular views
Get your camera out, because Boston has some views that are seriously postcard-worthy! If heights are your thing, take the elevator up to the Skywalk Observatory, which is perched on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center skyscraper. If the weather is good, you can see up to 100 miles in any direction! Add this one to your things to do in Boston with kids list, because it’s one of the best kid-friendly attractions in town, but it’s not only for the young ones. Plan to visit during sunset for a romantic experience in the clouds.
If the thought of heading up 50 stories makes your legs a little shaky, the Charles River Esplanade also boasts nice views of the riverfront, especially at sunrise or sunset. Bring a picnic or a book for a scenic afternoon or evening in the great outdoors.