Things to Do in Boston Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity to get away and log some family time in a brand new city.

To celebrate this year, pay a visit to one of the most historic cities in America  — Boston!

If you’re looking for things to do in Boston Memorial Day Weekend 2016, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…

  • Walk the Freedom Trail
  • Visit Iconic Fenway Park
  • Picnic in the Boston Common
  • Take a Trolley Tour around Town
  • and more…

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The Freedom Trail & Other Historical Attractions

the-freedom-trail-sites-2A history buff? Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Boston with a guided stroll along the Freedom Trail.

You can choose to take a tour led by costumed re-enactors or walk the trail at your own pace.

Pay a visit to the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House Museum, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and the many other historical landmarks that populate downtown Boston and the North End.

Explore American heritage on a holiday designed to commemorate our past!

Check out the Art Scene

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If you’re interested in the arts, visit the Museum of Fine Arts and explore their impressive permanent collections and exciting special exhibits.

Summer is often a time when new exhibits come into town, so be sure to check out their catalog of what’s new before you visit.

As a bonus, admission to the MFA is free on Memorial Day itself!

Looking for more art in an unconventional space? Enjoy the warm weather and the arts with a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: part art gallery, part historic house, part gorgeous garden.

If you’re a fan of really avant garde and contemporary art, then the ICA is a must-visit for you. Bonus: they’ve got an awesome gift store that offers Memorial Day Weekend sales.

For those of you who enjoy more indie art (or may be looking to purchase some pieces), be on the look out for the many pop-up arts festivals that occur throughout Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge throughout the summer – all of which are free to explore!

Tour the City on a Trolley

CityView-Trolley-Hop-On-Hop-Off-2-Day-Pass-1If you’re just come to Boston for the first time, or if you’re a repeat visitor who hasn’t gotten around as much as you’d like, why not check out a Boston trolley tour?

Choose a hop-on hop-off option that gives you the flexibility to decide what you want to see when, and you’re all set to explore the city at your own pace.

Tour Iconic Fenway Park

Fenway Park 1While the Red Sox are out of town on Memorial Day Weekend, there’s nothing to say you can’t take the opportunity to tour the legendary Fenway Park.

It’s a comprehensive behind-the-scenes tour that’s a must for any fans of baseball (or heck, of sports in general!).

Get Out on the Water

new-england-whale-watch-shutterstockSoak up some sun this Memorial Day and discover Boston’s most beloved landmarks on the Charles Riverboat Cruise — after all, you’re in the Bay State!

You might also consider a Boston Whale Watch, one of the most popular summer things to do in the whole city.

Another fun option is the USS Constitution Cruise, a delightful cruise that showcases the famed “Old Ironsides.” This 45-minute cruise also includes informative narration of the inner harbor and a survey of popular historical and contemporary landmarks visible from the water.

Stroll the Boston Common

By Ingfbruno (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ingfbruno (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


If you’d like to be outside but are on a tight budget, there are plenty of outdoor Boston activities that are just perfect things to do this Memorial Day Weekend.

Spend some time on the Boston Common or in the Boston Public Gardens. Play frisbee, pack a picnic, or just people watch! While you’re there, you can also take a brief turn on the famous Swan Boats.

You should also save some time to check out the street performers at Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market, who always put on a good show.

Take a Bike Ride

Boston BikesThe start of summer is the perfect time to snag two wheels and pedal this extremely bike-friendly city.

Whether you want to use your bike to get around from attraction to attraction, or prefer to leisurely explore Boston’s many beautiful parks and trails, there are plenty of options.

If you haven’t got a bike, renting one couldn’t be easier. Rentals come with maps, helmets, and bike locks, so you’re all set to go!

Shop the Sales

Don’t forget about the shopping! Memorial Day is a time for some of the best sales of the year.

Head to Newbury Street, the Prudential Center, or Cambridgeside Galleria for the best shopping in town. Don’t forget about all of the small businesses across the city, either!

Take a Brewery Tour

There are few things that say the start of summer more than a good cold beer. Tour some of the area’s best local breweries for a chance to sample the new seasonal brews.

Some of our favorites include Sam Adams, Harpoon, and the up-and-coming Night Shift.

Memorial Day Concert

Each year, Boston hosts a Memorial Day Concert at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common.

This May 30, 2016 at 5 pm, the Boston City Singers and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Orchestra will perform a lovely free concert for all to enjoy.

For more information about line-ups and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Boston Calling Music Festival

One of the most popular local music festivals falls on Memorial Day this year – Boston Calling.

From May 27 – 29, 2016, some of the most acclaimed artists in contemporary music will come to City Hall Plaza to play to the adoring masses.

It’s a favorite event with locals, so tickets can sometimes go fast. For more information about line-ups and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

With so many things to do in and around Boston, you’ll probably end up having to choose between several excellent options.

Whatever your ideal Boston Memorial Day Weekend is about, we are sure you can find something fun for the whole family.

Many of these amazing things to do are available with the Go Boston® Card.

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