New Year’s Things to do in Boston 2014

Boston fireworks

Are you planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Boston? There’s plenty to do and loads of festive events, attractions, and activities to help you ring in 2015. Check out our recommendations, and post your own in the comments. We all look forward to celebrating the end of the old year and the birth of the new with these top Boston attractions! The must-see New Year’s Eve event in Boston is First Night Boston. This 11-hour celebration that spans large portions of the city includes various musical performances, multiple fireworks shows, an impressive parade down Boylston Street, family activities like a puppet festival (held at Hynes Convention Center), and even gorgeous ice sculptures located in Copley Square and elsewhere along the parade route. You'll also be able to enjoy a number … [Read more...]

Boston Holiday Attractions 2014

Christmas Tree

Don’t be scared away by lower temperatures – Boston is a beautiful city in the wintertime. Charming historic architecture, beautiful holiday displays, and festive events and activities throughout the season make Beantown a wonderful tourist destination in the winter months. Especially around Christmastime, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of quality Boston attractions that will make your winter vacation something truly special. Plus, you’ll save on travel, lodging, and other expenses when you travel in the off-season. Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Check out one of Boston’s popular Christmas trees. The display at Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market is a local favorite. You’ll find garlands, lights, and one massive tree festooning this popular shopping and dining mecca … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Boston 2014

Plimoth Plantation

Spending Thanksgiving in Beantown? While we’re sure you’ve already got plans for the big meal itself, there’s plenty to do the rest of the holiday weekend that’s sure to delight family and friends (besides Black Friday shopping, that is). Check out a few of our suggestions for the top Boston attractions to enjoy on Thanksgiving weekend, and let us know what you think! Visit Historic Plimoth Plantation Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a recreated seventeenth-century village that showcases authentic Native American and early Colonial settlements. Engage with compelling actors as you explore real and reconstructed artifacts from the time period. Learn all about early relations between the Europeans and the Native Americans, and how the first Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

New Special Exhibits at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art

ICA Spec Exhibit 1

Boston is renowned as a creative city, an East Coast hub for writers, artists, and performers of all kinds. Although there are many artistic Boston attractions to choose from when you're looking to get your art fix, one of our favorite art museums for locals and visitors alike is the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. This winter, the ICA is featuring a few iconic special exhibits and performances, from work by the Mark Morris Dance Company to the first ever solo American show by Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão. These exciting additions to an already enchanting collection of contemporary art are sure to make for an inspiring visit! Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – Present October 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Those of you in town may have seen ads on the T for this exciting special exhibit, … [Read more...]

New Special Exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts: “Goya: Order and Disorder”

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Art lovers in Boston have something exciting to look forward to this winter – a chance to see the hot new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Entitled “Goya: Order and Disorder,” this landmark exhibition features the works of one of the greatest figures in eighteenth-century European art. As a time of transition throughout all of Europe, intellectually, socially, and politically, the eighteenth century was a momentous period in history for such a conscientious artist as Francisco Goya (1746-1828). Goya’s close attention to the various socio-political movements of his time is revealed in his imaginative oeuvre, as diverse pieces embody varying notions of peace, domesticity, and organization, as well as chaos, violence, and warfare – hence the organizing conceit of … [Read more...]

Boston Attraction Tips

Boston Harbor

Looking for something special to do on your next trip to Boston? Check out a few of our suggestions for unique attractions to visit in Beantown this fall. One of our favorite things about Boston is the rich history of the region – from earliest American settlements to the Revolutionary War and stretching to the modern day, this city is the perfect destination for the history buffs among you. Customize a historical Boston Pass and save on the attractions you most want to see! See where it all began with a visit to the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Just a brief commuter rail train ride or short drive from downtown Boston, Plimoth Plantation is a great family destination all year round. A recreated seventeenth century landscape, the plantation features historically … [Read more...]

Halloween in Boston 2014

Boston Attractions

Celebrating Halloween in Boston this year? Check out our top recommendations for the best, the spookiest, and the most exciting ways to spend our favorite fall holiday. All options are perfect for the whole family, and many of these Boston attractions combine historical value with good plain fun. Visit one, or visit them all! Be sure to pick up a Boston attractions pass to save on all your Halloween activities this year. FrightFest Hosted by Six Flags New England, this annual Fright Fest is filled with tons of spooky excitement. Themed rides and decor during the day combine with specifically dedicated exhibits at night for a “frightfully” full day experience. Highlights of Fright Fest include “Midnight Mansion,” “Wicked Woods,” “Area 51,” “Tombstone Terrotory,” … [Read more...]

Boston Fall Attractions

Boston Attractions

New England shines in autumn. It’s the time of year when you’ll see some of the most stunning fall foliage, breathe in the fresh scent of crisp days, and marvel at the bright blue skies. Boston has tons of autumnal charm this time of year, and there are so many great seasonal things to see and do. From apple picking in Concord to artifact hunting at the Museum of Fine Arts, check out our perfect fall itinerary in Boston. Get out and about! Boston does get quite chilly in the winter, but October can be a pleasant time of year with moderately cool temperatures and often very clear days. Bundle up for a nice ride with a Boston Bike Rental, or enjoy this historic city on foot with the Freedom Trail Tour. Be sure to soak up the beautiful fall ambiance of the bustling Boston Common and … [Read more...]

Best Restaurants in Boston

Best Boston Restaurants

While it doesn’t have the reputation of Los Angeles or New York on the American culinary scene, Boston more than holds its own in world-class cuisine. Here are a few of our recommendations for the best restaurants in Boston.  We’ve included a diverse selection of eateries to appeal to all Beantown diners, from families with kids to couples looking for something unique and romantic. Restaurants are located in Boston or Cambridge and are within walking distance of a few great Boston attractions, so they can be easily worked into a vacation itinerary. For Families FIRE + ICE Boston www.fire-ice.com/locations/boston-ma 205 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116 Casual, creative, American fare. Nearby Attractions: Beantown Trolley, Copley Square, Prudential Center Mall Durgin … [Read more...]

Boston 4th of July Fireworks 2014

Boston attractions

Going to be in Beantown for the 4th of July? Check out our handy guide for celebrating our nation’s birthday in the beautiful historic city of Boston. From fireworks and whale watching cruises to walking tours and bike rides, you’ll be out and about and all around! Enjoy the best Boston attractions on your summer vacation for less with Smart Destinations. Each year the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is the centerpiece of Boston’s 4th of July celebrations. A free, fabulous live music extravaganza with orchestral performances by the renowned Boston Pops and accompanying vocal performances by local and national stars begins at 8:30 pm Friday, July 4th, on the Charles River Esplanade. For a full list of songs performed by the Boston Pops, check out the Firework Music score. If … [Read more...]