Boston has such a famous mix of historic and modern attractions
that we hope you'll use your time here to tour the area. Below we've
listed some of the things that make Boston such a great city. There
are many more things to do in Boston than we can list, so we urge
you to browse our suggestions for more in-depth reviews and locations.
Places to Visit
Also home of the beautiful and historic Harvard Campus, Harvard
Square's shops, restaurants and bars make it an area worthy of consideration
in its own right. Parking on the street in Harvard Square can be
difficult, but it's worth the frustration (or if it is not for you,
there are parking garages in the area). If you go on a Friday or
Saturday, keep your eyes peeled for the street musicians and performers
that are a Harvard Square tradition.
Brighton´s Commonwealth Avenue is home to a strip of restaurants,
bars, and shops miles long, which culminates in Boston University's
lively campus. What Brighton lacks in nostalgic charm, it more than
makes up for in urban buzz. Our favorite places to go: The Sunset
Grille and Herrell´s Renaissance Cafe.
BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL
Symphony Hall is the home of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops.
While the building alone justifies the trip, try to catch a performance
if you can. While you're there, check out the huge First Church
of Christ, Scientist, which is famous for its architecture and its
"mapparium," complete with a gigantic transparent globe.
Symphony T Stop.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
For the cultured tourist, this is Boston's largest (and arguably
best) fine art museum. There is usually at least one different and
interesting exhibit (recent ones include a history of American guitar
design). Museum of Fine Arts T stop.
ISABELLA STUART GARDNER MUSEUM
Isabella Stuart Gardner was a queen of society and an art collector,
and after her death her house was converted into a museum. The museum
is built around a gorgeous central atrium, and the art is a wonderful
combination of the aesthetic, the domestic, and the quirky. If you're
in the mood for something a little more idiosyncratic than the MFA,
this is a must-see. Museum of Fine Arts T Stop.
The oldest public land in the United States, Boston Common is home
to a variety of activities throughout the seasons. When it's cold
out, the Boston Common is home to the Frog Pond, a skating rink
that may be smaller than Rockefeller Center in NYC, but no less
popular. Try on a pair of skates for the first time in years, and
wobble around with the five-year-olds until you decide it is time
for hot chocolate. In the summer, the commons are a great place
to play Frisbee or soccer, and be sure to check out the public gardens
beside the commons for their beautiful flowers and swan boat rides.
Waltham and Other Local Restaurants
Not up for heading into the city? Don't worry, there's lots to do in
Waltham. See our map
of Waltham-area "hot spots," or try out these recommendations:
Solea Moody Street, Waltham
The Elephant Walk Main Street, Waltham
Margaritas Moody Street, Waltham
Asai Belmont Center
Watch City Brewery Moody Street, Waltham
Bison County Grill Moody Street, Waltham
Panera Lexington Street, Waltham
New York Deli Lexington Street, Waltham
Greenfield’s Lexington Street, Waltham
Places to Eat and Hang Out
CLUB PASSIM Harvard Square, Cambridge
More of a coffeehouse/cafe than a club, Club Passim is a Harvard
Square tradition that goes back for years. Famous folkies like Christine
Lavin, Dar Williams and Joan Baez have gotten their starts here.
Today, Club Passim continues the tradition with live performances,
open mike nights and special occasions like Harvard Night. They
also make a mean baklava if you happen to miss the live music shows
(which are generally packed). Harvard Square T stop.
O'LEARY'S Beacon St (near Fenway)
A great Irish pub/restaurant with excellent food and a great atmosphere.
JILLIANS Lansdowne Street, Boston
If you grew up on video games, Jillians - a sort of adult version
of an arcade - is the place for you. Jillians is a perennial favorite
for pool, video games, beer, and Black Jack. There are more billiards
than you can shake a stick at on the third floor, and you can get
a good dose of your childhood past with the array of video games
on the second floor. We recommend the "video rides," which
feel scarily real: if you always thought bobsledding looked like
a breeze, the bobsledding ride will make you reconsider. If you
feel the need to 'get jiggy with it' after your video game fix,
there's a dance club on the first floor.
JOHN HARVARD'S BREW PUB Harvard Square, Cambridge
John Harvard's microbrewery is an office favorite. We recommend
the beer and calamari. Harvard Square T stop.
1369 COFFEEHOUSE Central Square, Cambridge
Unique coffeehouses like these are the reason Central Square residents
are boycotting the new Starbucks. A great place to bring a laptop
or a good book while sipping some great coffee, 1369 is a Cambridge
tradition. Be sure to try their delicious coffee cake. Central
Square T stop.
MCCARTHY'S Near Copley Square
A bar right across from the Prudential Mall (neighboring the Pour
House) with a very "Boston-esque" feel. They always show
famous 2-5 minute scenes from movies like Top Gun, Coming to America,
etc., and often the whole bar (which is pretty big and usually crowded)
sings along to classics like "Piano Man," "You've
Lost that Lovin' Feeling," etc. Always a good time! Copley
Square T stop.