From following me here and on my Instagram, you guys know that I live in Boston and that I love this city. I also grew up coming to the city at least once or twice a year, and I’ve always loved it. But I know that I’m not the only one, so I asked a bunch of Boston bloggers where they think everyone should go when they come to the city. I’ve broken it into 3 categories: neighborhoods & areas, places & events, and food & drink. Check these suggestions out and comment below with your favorite place to go in Boston!
Neighborhoods & Areas
Tremont St. – “I would suggest strolling Tremont Street to generally include gems like music at The Beehive, meals at Banyan, Frenchie, B&G, etc. etc., and shopping at Olives & Grace, Niche, Gifted, I could go on but I will refrain!” – Jessica from Eat Sleep Dress & Repeat. You can also find her on Instagram.
Newbury St. – “Spend a day strolling the entire length of Newbury Street – Public Garden to Mass Ave. Enjoy window shopping, people watching and eating along the way. I recommend coffee at Thinking Cup, lunch outdoors at Scoozi, and FoMu for dessert!” – Jaime at La Vie Jamie. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram.Best Places To Go in Boston Click To Tweet
Places & Events
National Parks – “I happen to think that visiting our National Parks are an amazing way to get to know the city and take in all the sights at the same time. Here are two ideas: Boston National Historical Park and Adams National Historical Park in Quincy (accessible via public transport).” – Amy from Park Wanderlust. She’s also on Twitter and Instagram.
The Head of the Charles – “The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest rowing event and is the seminal outdoor sports event of the fall in Boston! With races all along the Charles River this is the perfect opportunity to talk a stroll and watch some world class athletes compete. And it also just so happens to be a Boston tradition, one that no visitor here in October should miss!” – Jacqueline Louise of J.Q. Louise. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.
Fenway Park – “Obviously catching a game at Fenway is something any Bostonian will tell you to do, but what many people don’t know if that you can also take a tour of the historic ballpark most days of the week. If you don’t have time to catch a whole game, visit the ballpark during the day for an hour long tour to learn about all its unique and inserting history.” – Jacqueline Louise. (I – Kate- have done this! It’s so much fun.)
Arnold Arboretum – “I might be biased but this place is perfect year round. With fall around the corner it’s a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Beautiful getaway right off the T. They offer free walking tours if you check the schedule. Also you can do a self-guided tour and get more info by dialing into the phone #s on the info placards. Great for families, pets, biking, jogging or casual walking” – Hanna from Rated by Hanna. She is also on Instagram.
Boston Harbor Islands – “They leave right from Long Wharf near the Aquarium T Stop. It’s the perfect summer day trip from the city, and the skyline views from the boat (and from the islands) are spectacular – there’s nothing else like it!” – Jen Wyatt fro Jen Wyatt Yoga. You can also find her on Instagram.
Community Boating on the Esplanade – “Rent kayaks or paddleboard for the day and enjoy the lush beauty of the lagoon, or get out onto the Charles for the best views of the city.” – Jen
Isabella Stewart Garden Museum Third Thursdays – “Cocktails, live music, art workshops, and more make a really wonderful Thursday out” – Jen.
Boston Public Garden – “It is so beautiful in any season, but especially during the summer, when plantings are swapped out every few weeks, the combinations of colors and textures are amazing. Plus, the people-watching can’t be beat, and it is a great place to rest awhile before exploring one of the surrounding downtown neighborhoods.” – Laura from The Boston Day Book. She is also on Instagram.
Museum of Fine Arts – “The collections and exhibitions span such a wide range of materials and time periods — there really is something to interest everyone! Split up some art browsing with a little bite and a glass of wine at one of the museum restaurants, and you have a perfect afternoon!” – Laura.
Food & Drink
Flour Bakery & Cafe – “If you’re looking for a spot where you have the option to sit down or do grab-and-go, Flour has got you covered. Their pastries, cookies and coffee are perfect for a quick bite or a mid-afternoon snack. Croissants, sticky buns and hot chocolate are all favorites here.” – Vanessa from The City Girl’s Guide. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram. FYI, to those of you who can’t have dairy or soy, Flour does not have almond or coconut milk (at least they didn’t the last time I checked).
Harpoon Brewery – “I’ve never met a brewery I didn’t like and this one has pretzels so I’ve all but inquired about what it would cost to live here. I will admit, I’ve never been here for their famous “HarpoonFest” but if you like beer and a great venue to be social, this is a good place to start.” – Vanessa
Toro – “Everyone needs to experience Toro (that late night atmosphere, the crowded bar, cocktails and food!!)” – Jessica.
Night Shift Brewing in Everett – “The best brewery! It’s so fun, and always full of locals. it’s perfect for people who love craft beers, and there’s something for everyone! You can bring in your own food, or try something new from the food truck. There are games, and lots of dogs! My fiancé and I take all of our visitors there!” – Ashley from A Blonde & a Briefcase. You can also follower her on Instagram.
Les Sablons – “This restaurant features gorgeous contemporary industrial decor inside of a renovated MBTA conductors station + the best brunch I’ve had in Boston to date!” – Kira of Kiraamaa. She’s also on Instagram.
Bleacher Bar – “Whether you’re a Red Sox fan or not, Bleacher Bar is one of the coolest spots in all of Boston, and perhaps one of the most unique bars in the world. Bleacher Bar is located on Landsdowne Street, beneath the bleachers of Center Field at Fenway park. When games aren’t currently live, you can get a direct view into Center Field at Fenway Park. This is that one of a kind spot that’s worth taking friends from out of town or just to grab a drink before a Red Sox game.” – Mackenzie from Brunch on Sunday. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.
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