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Best things to do in Boston

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Rock Club
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“The Middle East has been an anchor of Central Square for decades. While it sounds like a single venue - it is actually 3 distinct music venues: Middle East Corner (free live music), Middle East Downstairs (larger music venue with covers between $10-20), Middle East Upstairs (more acoustic type acts with small cover).”
80 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A newly opened outlet shopping area with many well-known brands. There's also a AMC movie theater! ”
88 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Conveniently located on the MBTA Orange Line (Stony Brook station), standard tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM on a first come, first serve basis. They include a tasting and complimentary souvenir glass with a suggested nominal donation. ”
84 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The site of a fort erected in 1634, Castle Island is a great place to walk, jog or just unwind and enjoy the view by the water. There is a nearby skating rink as well. This place is further out of the way but so worth going! It's a personal favorite of mine and boasts a gorgeous view of the water and a great place for picnics, swimming on the beach, or simply relaxing. Locals LOVE this place and you will be able to see the diversity of Boston's population converging in one common space to indulge and take advantage of the hot weather and space here.”
87 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Walk around this tiny park, bring a snack and have a picnic on the green and if you're up for it climb to the top for the best views of the city. ”
59 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“This is the best ice cream in town, if you ask me. It's not easy to get to on public transportation. If you are visiting the Museum of Science or the Cambridgeside Galleria (a mall) stop by Toscanini's for their burnt caramel ice cream or early grey flavor or green tea or fresh peach or....”
76 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“If you need to get to the movies, it's close! And located in lively Davis Square.”
98 locals recommend
Museum
“A must see for kids. 3 floors of unlimited fun plus a brand new (free) play ground. ”
49 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Oleana is the best Mediterranean food in Cambridge and possibly all of Massachusetts. In the summer, their garden is a magical place to enjoy a fantastic meal. Great for special occasions or those who appreciate sampling the high-end food scene.”
81 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Restaurant
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“Korean grocery chain offering wide range of Asian groceries. The front of a store is a food court selling sushi, curry, and baked goods.”
66 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Can't go wrong with J.P. Licks ice cream. There are two local spots. Jamaica Plain is where you will find their 1st shop. You may also head over to JP Licks in Mission Hill/Tremont which is closer to our neighborhood”
90 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Home of the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops! An iconic old concert hall. Just over 1 mile away. ”
16 locals recommend
Plaza
“The main square of the Back Bay area is surrounded by both old and ultra-modern buildings. Its architectural highlight is Trinity Church, a red sandstone building designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson in his distinctive style, known as Richardson Romanesque. Trinity is widely considered to be his finest work. The murals, frescoes, and painted decorations inside are by John La Farge and much of the fine stained glass is by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Facing it, across a grassy lawn where you can enjoy a picnic lunch with neighborhood office workers, is the Boston Public Library founded in 1848 as the first publicly funded lending library in the country. ”
43 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Historic garden cemetery with a tower Tranquil cemetery & arboretum founded in 1831, with many nature paths, ponds & an observation tower. ”
60 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This brewery, which offers tours, boasts a beer hall that serves pretzels, plus a gift shop.”
66 locals recommend
History Museum
“As the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, the USS Constitution Museum preserves, displays, and interprets artifacts and archival material related to the Ship and her crew through interactive exhibitions, compelling programs, and engaging outreach initiatives. The Museum was incorporated in 1972 as a private, non-profit and non-government funded interpretive complement to USS Constitution, an active-duty US Navy vessel and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. This allowed the Navy to clear Constitution’s decks of display cases so that visitors could see the Ship as a sailing vessel, rather than as a floating museum, and for artifacts to be cared for in proper environmental conditions.”
47 locals recommend