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 is said to have come about. There’s no better place to learn about this holiday than at such a … [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, and the promotional images sure are stunning. “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present” is the first … [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 accurate reconstructions of early English and Native American settlements, live period performers, … [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,” “Demon District,” and many more. You’ll also be able to enjoy spooky performances, or … [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 the changing flora of the Boston Public Garden. You can even go apple picking at one of the local … [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 Park www.arkrestaurants.com/durgin_park.html 340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl Boston, MA 02109 Casual … [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 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

Boston museum of Science

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

boston public garden

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...]