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8 Fun Things to Do in Boston

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Finding fun things to do in a city you’ve never been to can be tough. Boston has many fun things to do throughout the city, but if you’ve never been there than you wouldn’t know them off the top of your head.

In this article, we’re going to run through eight fun things to do in Boston! No matter what you’re in to and what age you are, we have something fun covered for you. Whether you are in into sports, fashion, food, or just looking for scenery, this list is sure to help you out while you’re visiting Boston.

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1. Watch the Red Sox Hit Home-Runs over the Green Monster

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One of Boston’s past-time experiences that every tourist should feel at least once is watching the Red Sox play at Fenway. The stadium, the fanatics, the food – the whole atmosphere at Fenway is incomparable and an awesome thing to do while in Boston with any age group.

Outside of the stadium, you can also walk around Yawkey Way where there are tons of shops, bars, and other fun activities to do before and/or after the game!

2. Visit the Boston Commons/Public Garden

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Right in the heart of the city and filled with people, food, and places to sit and watch the city scenery! Many locals go here to hang out and wind down after a long day or for lunch in the park and it’s a great place to take photos, meet new people, and find out about Boston’s deep history.

With some awesome features such as the Boston Common Frog Pond, the George Washington Statue, and much more, you’re sure to have a great time here.

This is also a great, central part of the city that is easily accessible from any part of the city, whether by bus, train, or car. There are also some awesome attractions that are close by including the famous Newbury Street, historic Beacon Hill, and the Esplanade along the Charles River, where you are able to see an incredible view of the city with the sound of calm water, people, and the city life all around.

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3. Treat your Tummy to some Pizza and Pasta in the North End

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No matter what you do, and no matter how much time you are in Boston for make sure this is a priority on your list because you will be sure to walk away fat and happy. Not only is the food in the North End amazing, but the atmosphere and people are incredible – everything about the North End is a good time for your family and friends.

Some notable restaurants from the North End can be found in the chart below:

What Are You in the Mood For?

 

Restaurant

 

Pizza
  • Quattro
  • Bricco
Pasta
  • Aria Trattoria
  • Strega
Cannolis / Dessert 
  • Mike’s Pastries
  • Modern Pastry

 

Fore more restaurant recommendations and ideas, check out the Best North end restaurants in Boston.

4. Get a Breathe of Fresh Air at the Beautiful Arnold Arboretum

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When you’re in the city for too long, sometimes yo need to get a breathe of fresh air. Head to the Arnold Arboretum if you are in need of some nature after too much city exposure.

This incredible garden stretches over 275 acres and features some of Boston’s most incredible vegetation and scenery. There are also plenty of walking paths and quaint waterways for you to take in!

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5. Take a Scenic Stroll Around the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge on the Harborwalk

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This is another great activity for all types of people no matter the age. The Leonard P Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial bridge is one of Boston’s most unique bridges and began being built in 1997 as part of the “Big-Dig”project in Boston.

The Big-Dig, which is to-date the most expensive highway project in US history, took an additional 10 years and over $14 Billion to complete. Regardless of this incredible calamity, the bridge was finally completed by the end of 2003 and is now used by hundreds of thousands of commuters.

Beneath the bridge there is a beautiful Harbor-walk around the Charles river giving you all-around amazing views of this architectural masterpiece. While on the harbor-walk, you can also stop by the Lynch Family Skatepark. Many of the local kids and skaters go here when the weather’s nice to hang out, skate, and catch some views of the bridge!

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6. See Incredible Art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) & the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

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If you’re interested in art, you’ll definitely be interested in hitting up some of Boston’s best museums. Throughout the city there is a wide variety of museums featuring art work from all time periods and many mediums. Knowing the correct museum for your preferences is always something important to look at before going to the museum. To help you out, here’s a chart for the Art Museums in Boston:

If You’re Interested In…

 

Check Out This Museum…

 

  • Fine Art
  • Paintings from All Time Periods
  • Current Notable Exhibitions: Takashi Murakami & Mark Rothko.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  • European, American, & Asian Artwork
  • Paintings, Sculptures, Delicates
  • Current Notable Exhibitions: Fra Angelico
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Contemporary Art
  • Modern, Sophisticated
  • Current Notable Exhibitions: Nicholas Nixon & Art in the Age of the Internet
Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Research/Learning Based
  • Development of Art History
  • Current Notable Exhibitions: Christopher Wilmarth & The Bauhaus
Harvard Art Museums

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7. Check out Some of Boston’s Fashion Scene

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The last thing you need to make sure you do before you head home is check out Boston’s fashion scene. Whether you’re into streetwear, high-fashion, or vintage clothing, there’s always something here for you.

Check out the chart below for a guide to shopping in Boston:

Style

 

Store / Location

 

  • Streetwear
  • High-Fashion
  • Vintage

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8. Go Wild During a Concert at the House of Blues

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Another fun thing to do in the Fenway-Kenmore Sq. area of Boston is always the House of Blues! No matter what kind of music you’re into, the House of Blues has a great rotation of artists and bands.

Take a look at their website here to check the schedule to see who’s performing when you’re in town!

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We hope that this list helps you find something to do while you’re in Boston and if you have anything to add to do that we forgot on our list, feel free to share a comment. :)

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