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...]

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...]

2014 Boston Marathon Tourism

Boston Marathon

In its 118th year, the Boston Marathon is back with more tenacity than ever before. On Monday, April 21st, the community of Boston will come together to prove their strength and rally behind the incredible 36,000 athletes who will give their all to make it to the finish of the 26.2-mile legendary Boston course. Whether you’re participating as a runner, a runner’s family member, a Bostonian, or a spectator from across the globe, you’re part of the strength, determination, community, and shared conviction that make the Marathon such an important event. For Spectators: The Quick Facts This year’s marathon is anticipated to draw more spectators than ever before—perhaps over one million. Many of the quintessential Marathon traditions remain unchanged, while new safety measures and alerts provide improved security and peace of mind.   The Course As always, runners will … [Read more...]

Top Boston Tourist Attractions

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You know it’s springtime in New England when it’s barely 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside and yet everyone is happily dancing about in shorts and flip flops. We endure long winters here, and we waste no time with this in-between weather—Bostonians are an all or nothing type of people. Just as Boston’s people can be seen out and about celebrating the end of winter, outdoor Boston attractions also start to open up this time of year. You’ll frequently spot Boston Duck Tours full of camera-happy tourists and Red Sox fans making their way to Fenway Park. If you’re traveling to Boston, now is the time to do it! You’ll want to be here when spring breathes life back into the city after a long (but quaint) winter slumber. Wondering what Boston attractions are “must-sees” this time of year? Well, that depends on your interests. Luckily, a Boston attractions pass features free … [Read more...]

Summer Happenings at the Boston Children’s Museum

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Recently, we gave you the lowdown on Spring happenings at the Boston Children’s Museum. However, the fun doesn’t stop when spring comes to an end: The Boston Children’s Museum also has a full line-up of summer programming to entertain and educate kids and their families through the summer months. When the days are too hot for outside activity, or you’re looking for some mind-stimulating fun for your little ones on school vacation, Boston Children’s Museum discount tickets will do the trick. Check out what’s happening at one of the most acclaimed Boston attractions this summer: Upcoming Exhibits Sneaker Museum Presents: Art for Your Feet May 3, 2014 – June 22, 2014 The Museum’s permanent collection of rare Air Jordan Kicks is the inspiration for this unique Gallery exhibit. While examining the heritage of sneaker culture through an up-close look at this collection, … [Read more...]

Spring Happenings at Boston Children’s Museum

boston children's museum

Now in its 101st year of inspiring discovery and wonder in Bostonians and visiting families, the Boston Children’s Museum welcomes spring with great enthusiasm. Starting in April, the Museum kicks off a whole calendar full of spring programming, including ongoing deals and one-time special events. The Children’s Museum is not only one of the most highly acclaimed Boston attractions—It was also the 2013 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Science. While the programming is always kid-centric, adults and families will also have a fun time learning and exploring with their kids in these comprehensive, hands-on exhibitions While Boston Children’s Museum tickets are available with many other Boston attractions at discounted rates with a Boston attractions pass, you can also take advantage of Target $1 admission every Friday night from 5 PM – 9PM. Two cool new … [Read more...]

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...]