Things to do in Boston
One of the oldest cities in America, Boston was settled in 1630 by the Puritans and was the site of numerous key events of the American Revolution. Vinnie Van GO and the travel experts at The GO Group, believe no visit to Boston would be complete without paying homage to this history as well as some more contemporary pleasures.
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Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
This annual food festival brings the best in not only food, but also music, beer and other entertainment, each September. The event hosts over 10,000 visitors annually. Each ticket comes with over 100 dishes and samples included in the price. The event is located right next to Fenway Park, and is 21+.
This week-long festival in June and July celebrates Boston’s maritime and colonial history. The festival also includes the annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks along the Charles River Esplanade and the Chowderfest (or “Chowdahfest” for locals). The Chowderfest hosts a clam chowder competition between local restaurants where the visitors can vote. There’s also live music, heritage exhibits and historical re-enactments.
This 26-mile annual marathon is the oldest in the world, the first being in 1897. Hosted every third Monday in April, this marathon attracts 20,000 runners and half a million spectators. Boston Marathon shuttles are available for race day!
St. Patrick's Day
While this holiday takes place all over the world, one of the best celebrations are oddly nowhere near Ireland. Boston has one of the highest numbers of Irish Americans, which make up 23% of the population. The day has parties, pub crawls, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England’s Paddy Fest, a traditional celebration. Le Cordon Bleu also hosts Irish cooking classes throughout the day. No matter where you go, you’re sure to have a good time!
Home of the beloved Boston Red Sox since 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Among the park’s iconic features is The Green Monster, a 37’2” wall in left field, designed to block external viewers and prevent easy home runs. It is also the inspiration for Wally The Green Monster, a giant Muppet-like creature, which serves as the Red Sox mascot.
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
This 7,200-seat arena is located on Boston University’s campus. There are also many university sporting events throughout the year, especially the five-time national champion Boston University Terriers men’s ice hockey team. You can check out events and purchase tickets here.
925 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Multi-purpose arena TD Garden is also commonly referred to as “Boston Garden” and “The Garden”. This arena is home to both the five-time national champion men’s ice hockey team, the Bruins, and the seventeen-time national champion basketball team, the Celtics (the most of any NBA team). This stadium has everything you could want during the game, with plenty of food and beverage stalls conveniently located around. The stadium is directly located above Boston’s North Station.
Madison Square Garden
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
The Boston Common & Public Garden
Two adjacent public parks, both with landmark status, the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are both located in downtown Boston, with the Common on the East side of Charles Street and the Garden on the west. The Common was created in 1634 as America’s first public park, a pastoral environ with walkways for cross-town travel. Some 200 years later, the second park was created. It was the first public botanical garden, a celebration of flowers and ornamental plants.
Faneuil Hall Market Place
Completed in 1742, the building has served as a marketplace and meeting hall ever since. Expanded and restored numerous times, the hall is now part of a larger festival market with indoor/outdoor shops, restaurants and street performers. Check the schedule for concerts and special events.
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has 450,000 works of art, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in America. Be sure to see the French impressionist and post-impressionists including pieces by Renoir, Degas, Monet, Van Gogh and more. The 18th-and 19th-century American art collection includes works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Gilbert Stuart as well as more contemporary work. Located at 465 Huntington Ave., the museum is open 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.
The Freedom Trail
Learn about the American Revolution where it all began. Boston’s Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile route that leads to 16 sites historically significant locations including the site of the Boston Massacre, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s home and the U.S.S. Constitution. Download a free map or audio tour or sign up for a group tour at www.Freedomtrail.org.
Boston Old Town Trolley Tours
This tour takes you around Boston on traditional style trolleys. This hop-on hop-off tour stops at all the main points of interest, including Faneuil Hall, the historic North End, and Downtown Crossing/the Historic District. This company offers several other tour options, including one of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, the Ghosts and Gravestones tour, and several cruise excursions.
Boston Duck Tours
Walking around Boston, you can’t miss the Boston Duck Tours. Using replica WWII amphibious DUKW vehicles, these tours give you both a historical tour of the city and of the water, as the vehicles can morph from car to boat. You can pick up this tour from the Prudential Center, Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium.
Hungry for more? Vinnie Van GO has several other must-see sites for you to check out while you’re in Beantown.
Boston Harbor is a historically important point of interest in Boston. This harbor was discovered by the European John Smith in 1614. It was later the site of Revolutionary War’s Boston Tea Party in 1773. The scenic views look out on the harbor, home to the Boston Aquarium and many boat tours, making it the perfect place to walk around with your family.
Museum of Science
Traveling with a family? The Museum of Science is perfect for visitors of all ages. It is both a science museum and indoor zoo located in Science Park along the Charles River. The museum boasts of over 700 interactive exhibits, daily live presentations and over 100 rescued and rehabilitated animals. The museum includes the Charles Hayden Planetarium and Mugar Omni Theater, the only IMAX dome screen in New England.
Operating since 1877, the Swan Boats are an iconic part of Boston. Located in the Public Garden, this fleet of dual-pontooned pleasure boats range from twenty to more than ninety years old. Get up close and personal to Boston’s most iconic residents: the ducks. Don’t forget to bring bread to feed them!