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 Park www.arkrestaurants.com/durgin_park.html 340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl Boston, MA 02109 Casual … [Read more...]

Boston 4th of July Fireworks 2014

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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 you’re in town earlier, there’s also a free concert on Thursday, July 3rd (although it won’t have … [Read more...]

Summer Sensations at the Boston Museum of Science

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There’s a lot happening this summer at the Boston Museum of Science. As usual, the museum curators have stepped up their game for the summer months, bringing you an array of exhibits, events, and shows for a summer filled with exploration and imagination. Your kids’ favorite exhibition this season might seem a bit more crass than you’d expect from the Museum, but it’s guaranteed to capture your attention and provide a deeply educational and fascinating look at the human body. GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body – inspired by the Penguin Group book hit book Grossology – opened May 25th at the MoS and runs through September 1. In this exhibit, children (and their families, too!) will learn about the weirdest and most obnoxious body functions through displays like the Burp Machine, Nigel Nose-It-All, Urine The Game, and The Vomit Center. Sound gross? … [Read more...]

Boston July 4th 2014 Attractions

Boston attractions

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Boston is New England’s prime destination for Independence Day festivities. This only makes sense—Boston is, after all, the cradle of the American Revolution! Because the Fourth conveniently falls on a Friday this year, many are looking forward to a long summer weekend. What a perfect opportunity to spend some time in Beantown while partaking in some of the many Independence Day activities Boston boasts. Make sure to use a Go Boston Card attractions pass to save money on the most historic Boston attractions.   Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade Boston’s most well-known 4th of July celebration, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, gets better every year. The world famous Boston Pops Orchestra performs at the Hatch Shell on July 3rd and July 4th, treating crowds to the now traditional Independence … [Read more...]

Cheap Boston Attraction Tickets

Cheap Boston Attraction Tickets

Everyone thinks of New England as the ideal autumn destination, but Boston in the summertime is just as fun! It’s also a smart place to take the whole family, with flight and hotel prices less expensive than many other east coast destinations during the summer season. Of course, you’ll still need to be a savvy explorer once you arrive in Boston; why not pick up a few discounted Boston attraction tickets to save on all the tours, museums, and attractions you visit? Enjoy temperate Boston summers with a healthy dose of outdoor activities. Check out the famed Swan Boats of Boston, charming paddleboats in the lush Boston Public Gardens. Another iconic Boston attraction is the Freedom Trail Tour, a guided walk around the historical hotspots of downtown Boston. It’s a handy introduction to the city, too, as it takes you through the major downtown neighborhoods and past big name … [Read more...]

US Summer Attraction Discounts

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If you’re a budget sightseer like I am, you’re probably looking for the best deals when it comes to travel—whether it’s local or long distance. Often times, travelers only pay attention to finding the best deals on accommodations and transportation, forgetting about the costs accrued through actually doing things and enjoying the adventure. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s easy to get the best attraction discounts when you know where to look. No matter where you are in the country, city attractions passes will conveniently save you money on admission prices. Keep reading to discover my favorite attractions in the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Florida. The Northeast As a New Englander, I know there’s no better time to enjoy the Northeast United States than in the summer. It’s for this reason that summer has always been my favorite season. The weather is … [Read more...]

Boston Summer Attraction Discounts

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One of the top spots to visit on the East Coast is Boston and there’s no better time to go than during the summertime. With the Go Boston Card Attractions Pass, you’ll lock up access to 51 of the top destinations in the city for a price that will leave you feeling wicked smart. In addition to the Boston Summer Discounts that the pass offers, it also includes admission to select Boston Red Sox games, the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, Gray Line Boston Tours and the Boston Duck Tour. FenwayPark is heating up this summer as the Boston Red Sox get on track in 2014 and try to defend their World Championship from last year. The Go Boston Card offers access to select dates at the park in May, June, July, August and even September when the Red Sox will be taking on exciting opponents from both the American and National Leagues. Game tickets include special VIP Early Park Access … [Read more...]

Top Boston Summer Food Events

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Summer in the city of Boston isn’t always talked about on vacation shows or blogs, but it’s certainly one of the best times to visit. There’s always a sense of relief after the warm weather blows into town and chases out the cold, especially during years like this when the winter was particularly brutal Smart Destinations can get you a wicked good deal on most of the top places to visit in the city with the Boston Attractions Pass and there are certainly lots of other things you might want to see as well. Although it’s based out of Cooperstown, N.Y., which is certainly Yankee territory, Brewery Ommegang has chosen to host one of its eight HopChef competitions in Boston. During the HopChef Boston competition on May 21 at The Boston Center for the Arts, some of Boston’s best chefs will attempt to create a unique dish that perfectly pairs a particular beer with a savory … [Read more...]

Boston Summer Events 2014

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A long New England winter and less then ideal spring temperatures mean Bostonians and their neighbors are itching to get out and about this summer to enjoy their favorite Boston attractions. From May to August, you can join in on any of a wide variety of festivities in the Greater Boston area—music festivals, whale watch cruises, and sporting events are just the beginning of the list. Start your summer a little early with the Independent Film Festival Boston, which concludes its 12th annual installment on April 30th. The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, and the Somerville Theater host a rotating schedule of films ranging from full-length narratives features to documentaries and animated shorts. Skip to mid-May and you’ll find Boston summer in full swing. Celebrate local beer, local music, and the long anticipated arrival of summer weather … [Read more...]

Boston Vacation Tips

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Whether you are planning to come to Boston in order to soak up some history, look at a college, take in a Red Sox game or just have a good old-fashioned visit in one America’s greatest cities, there are certainly a few Boston Vacation Tips that might make your trip a little bit easier. The first one of those is purchasing a Boston Attractions Pass in order to get free admission to 51 Boston different attractions for one low price, but the advice certainly doesn’t stop there. Long thought of as an “early city,” Boston actually extended the subway system’s hours earlier this month and now offers service between 12:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Although not everyone will necessarily be excited about this development, riders and visitors to the city have embraced the new hours and the program’s “Use it or lose it” mantra is certainly being taken to … [Read more...]