Things to do in Boston on Memorial Day Weekend

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! Since many locals will have headed out of town for the holiday, that means easier dinner reservations, quieter attractions, and shorter lines for visitors!

The beautiful Museum of Fine Arts

The beautiful Museum of Fine Arts

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. 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!

Another artsy option is the ultra-modern ICA

Another artsy option is the ultra-modern ICA.

A history buff? Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Boston with a stroll along the Freedom Trail. Or, 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.

To maximize the beginning of your summer fun, soak up some sun 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 activities in the whole city.

Whale Watch

Seek out these magnificent creatures on your whale watch.

If you’d like to be outside but are on a tight budget, there are plenty of outdoor Boston activities that are just perfect for 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! You should also save some time to check out the street performers at Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market, who always put on a good show.

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.

Boston Memorial Day

A view of Boston Common

Make the most of your holiday with a Go Boston® Card, which provides admission to more than 40 of the best area attractions for up to 55% off combined admission costs. Or, customize a Build Your Own pass and save up to 25% on the attractions you want to see.

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