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Things to do in Downtown, Boston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Boston Common/Public Garden was created in 1634 and has 80 species of plant. There are places for lunch, picnic and beautiful sight seeing.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Tons of fun and a solid indoor activity! Can't beat the Mugar Omni Theater!”
  • 162 locals recommend
Historic Site
“offering a variety of shopping, restaurants and street performers there is so much to do in and around the area. Hop on a guided city tour, cross the street to visit the New England Aquarium or walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You can spend a whole day in this area. ”
  • 188 locals recommend
Garden
“Right next to Boston Common lives the Public Gardens. Beautifully landscaped and well manicured, the gardens attract locals and visitors all year round. Stop by the "Make way for ducklings" statue and take a ride on the swan boats. Make sure to see the Washington statue before you head on your way. Its a beautiful way to spend the morning in Boston. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Route
“The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“The New England Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to the main aquarium building, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which operates from April through November”
  • 106 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“History and Food that's incredible Best of the Best Italian. It gets busy, relax and go with flow. Stroll the side streets and be amazed. ”
  • 175 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“If you like Jazz, the Beehive is a must. The brunch is delicious. Just sit at the bar downstairs for a libation of sound.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
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“Tons of events, concerts and of course the Bruins and the Celtics cal this place home. Check out one of the before mentioned before you leave.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
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“Folks from all over know if you want the best cannoli, you got to go to Mikes! A local favorite for over 60 years. Enjoy strolling through Little Italy and enjoy some sweet treats.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Museum
“A children's museum dedicated to the education of children. Located on Children's Wharf along the Fort Point Channel, Boston Children's Museum is the second oldest children's museum in the United States. It contains many activities meant to both amuse and educate young children.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
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“Rich, Sophisticated, home of the most photographed street in America. Beacon Hill is a collection of incredible architecture, amazing shopping, and direct access to Boston Commons. Take a walk through the winding cobblestone streets, Take a photo on Acorn Street, then make your way down Charles Street to enjoy the ambiance and cafe's. I highly recommend a stop at J.P Licks, a Boston based Ice Cream shop with amazing Cookie Sandwiches. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Let the bartender make you a new creation! just name a few things you like in a drink and let the master mixologists do their thing!”
  • 64 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The raw bar featuring at least a half-dozen impeccably fresh, perfectly shucked oyster varieties from New England harbors plus a couple from the Pacific Northwest, as well as uni, raw clams and seasonal delicacies like stone crab claws.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the oldest house in Boston, built in 1680. There's plenty of commentary to listen to from staff and momentoes to purchase.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“If you like Jazz, the Beehive is a must. The brunch is delicious. Just sit at the bar downstairs for a libation of sound.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“The raw bar featuring at least a half-dozen impeccably fresh, perfectly shucked oyster varieties from New England harbors plus a couple from the Pacific Northwest, as well as uni, raw clams and seasonal delicacies like stone crab claws.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Hip, tasty and great people watching! Start with a few tapas and wine and your off to a great evening!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Barbara Lynch, doyenne of Boston dining, is the captain of this seafood restaurant in the heart of the South End. Head to its adorably cloistered rear patio, then dive in to a wide-ranging raw bar selection, Mediterranean-inflected fish preparations, and elegant expressions of New England seafood standards. B&G even offers oyster-shucking classes, if you’re looking to be the half-shell hero of your next beach party.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“This is the historic Cheers where the upstairs bar was part of the set for the iconic TV show. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Super yummy Chinese food from the same chef who made Flour. Both brunch and dinner are a great bet!”
  • 31 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great for dinner and drinks after, pricey place but one of the best in Boston!”
  • 29 locals recommend

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