Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

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Whether they’re actually of Irish heritage or not, Bostonians love St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the one day of the year where everyone can get away with a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” t-shirt, flashy shamrock pendants, and multiple pints of green beer. Still, no neighborhood celebrates St. Patty’s Day as whole-heartedly as “Southie,” Boston’s notoriously Irish-American working-class neighborhood—one of the oldest and most historic communities in the nation. It’s no coincidence that the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade marches through Southie streets, where every other porch proudly dons an Irish flag. When is the 2014 parade? This year’s parade is on Sunday, March 16th and starts at 1:00 PM. The parade typically continues for about two-and-a-half hours. However, because of the crowds, you can expect to be in Southie for quite a bit longer. What is the … [Read more...]

School Vacation Travel Tips

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School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy guidelines and use convenient attraction passes. Try implementing these travel tips on your next vacation for smooth sailing all the way through. Know your budget. It’s important to remember not to fantasize you have more in your vacation savings than you do or to underestimate your … [Read more...]

Boston Attractions List

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In a dynamic city like Boston, there are so many landmarks and attractions that it’s almost hard to keep track of them all. Of course, we’re not complaining—that just means more history to explore, sporting events to watch, technology to discover, art to survey, and entertainment to see. You can tour all of Boston’s unique neighborhoods, from the North End to Southie, with a  Go Boston Card attractions pass and discover new wonders wherever you turn. Looking for Fenway Park tour discount tickets? This is for you! New England Aquarium Discount Tickets? Your pass gets you those, too. When you use a Go Boston Card, the city is yours to discover via 51 attractions and tours.       Boston Attractions Boston Trolley Tour New England Aquarium Museum of Science Fenway Park Tour Old State House USS Constitution Cruise Museum of Fine … [Read more...]

Things to do Presidents’ Day Weekend

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President’s Day is this upcoming Monday, February 17, 2014. While your kids have been spending the last week or so in school learning all about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, have you been taking advantage of the day off and planning a long weekend getaway to celebrate the holiday? With the way this winter’s been, we can’t blame you if you haven’t even thought about it yet. So don’t worry!  Check out our recommendations for some educational and artistic things to do President’s Day weekend this year. Get historical! This holiday is all about celebrating the great things our first President accomplished for this country. Try some historical New York City Attractions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with its impressive selection of presidential portraiture and artifacts. “George Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze is a must-see, … [Read more...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Boston

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Whether you’re celebrating with a sweetheart or single with friends, Valentines Day is an opportunity to show the most important figures in our lives just how much we value them. For an ultimate romantic setting, consider Boston this holiday – the snow-dusted Boston Public Gardens, charming window displays on Newbury Street, and a bevy of world-class restaurants to dazzle your date.   For the animal enthusiast: OUR PICK – NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM Take your animal-crazed date to the New England Aquarium for an engaging, educational, and enjoyable time! You’ll see the brand new Caribbean coral reef that hosts more than 2,000 animals; experience the engrossing personalities of sea lions and penguins; marvel at the recently renovated Giant Ocean Tank, sporting crystal-clear views of stingrays, sharks, sea turtles, a variety of fishes, and more aquatic critters! It’s an … [Read more...]

Boston Winter Events

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If you plan on being on the East Coast this winter, make sure that you clear your calendar to spend a day or two in Boston. One of the most historic cities in the U.S. the Hub is also home to tons of cutting-edge attractions and events. With a GO Select Boston Pass from Smart Destinations, you’ll ensure that you get to see as many of them as you want. Although attractions like the  Freedom Trail and the Boston Movie Walking Tour are great options, there are also tons of other great Boston Winter Events that you may want to investigate. Just after St. Patrick’s Day on March 20, the Taste of WGBH Brew Event will allow interested parties to step inside the station’s Brighton studios for an early sampling of some of the season’s finest spring craft beers. Brewers from Troëgs Brewing Company, Jack’s Abby and Hopsters Brew will be on hand to discuss their beverages and answer … [Read more...]

Boston Tourism Discounts

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Boston, Massachusetts is a lot of things to a lot of people. To sports fans, Boston is the city from which the Red Sox, the Celtics, and the Bruins hail. To history buffs, Boston is the birthplace of the Revolution, where the Freedom Trail and the Paul Revere House reside. Academics revel in Boston’s scientific, technological, and cultural achievements, from MIT to “Hahvahd Yahd”—and yes, both are technically in Cambridge. Students from all over the world flock to “the Bean” to embark on degrees ranging from engineering to poetry. While world-class comedians reel in guests at the Wilbur Theater, up-and-coming improv artists elicit big laughs from smaller stages. Italian-Americans still reign in the North End, where famous Italian pastry shops and gourmet dining establishments flood the neighborhood. Meanwhile, at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in “Southie” … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Boston

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Chances are if you are going to be in the Boston area to watch the Super Bowl, you won’t find a lot of people rooting for Peyton Manning and the Broncos considering that Denver knocked the New England Patriots out the playoffs in the AFC Championship game a couple weeks back. What you probably will find, in addition to a number of Boston Attractions, are bunch of people who are ready to root for Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. In addition to all of the great Boston Attractions that are available in the Hub, the city boasts a number of great spots to watch the game on Super Sunday as well. Home of “Southie's Original Sunday Funday,” the Boston Beer Garden at 732 East Broadway is definitely an option for football enthusiasts looking to grab a pint and watch the game on Sunday. With a number of draught beers including … [Read more...]

Best Skiing Near Boston

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This winter has been a rough one for most of the United States, with sub-zero temperatures in many cities and a fair share of snow fall all around. However, when this gets you down, just remember that without the snow and the cold, some of the most exhilarating sports in existence wouldn’t be possible. Skiers and snowboarders, rejoice! New England is a haven for skiers, and just about everyone in all five states has made their way down a snow-covered slope at least once in their lives. However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to go far outside Boston to find some spectacular ski trails. There are many mountains within just two hours of Boston, and some quite a bit closer! This is good news for those carrying a Go Select  Boston pass, as that means you can combine a ski trip with some good old-fashioned Boston sightseeing. Whether you’re a New Englander or an … [Read more...]

Top Boston Winter Attractions

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With the holidays behind us, it’s hard to believe that winter is just getting underway in New England. For some, probably the skiers and snowboarders among us, this may be cause for joy. For others, two more months of winter seems like a cruel joke. Regardless, winter is here to stay, and all of us should make the most of it! No matter which camp you fall in to, Boston attractions have something to offer you and your family this winter. Embrace the Season Get your coats, hats, scarves, and mittens out for a bundled up spin around the rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond, right in the middle of the historic Boston Common. The rink and corresponding café are open daily, offering affordable skating and skate rentals. It’s easily the best place to skate outdoors in Boston, and the romantic atmosphere in the city center is a great spot for a quaint Bostonian night out! After ice … [Read more...]