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...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Black Friday Sale

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As a passionate traveler, I know that some of the most inspiring and memorable moments in my life were born from exploring a new place. Whether it comes from visiting a nearby museum, getting your adrenaline pumping on thrill rides, learning about the fascinating foundations on historical tours, or just taking in the culture and beauty of a far-away city – these new discoveries illuminate our minds and stand out in our memories.  This holiday season, give the gift that never stops giving. Film & TV Fanatics: While New York and Boston have plenty of TV and Movie Site Tours to offer, the true heart of the entertainment industry lies in the south of California – Los Angeles! With a booming film and television industry, any film and TV fanatic will be dazzled by the iconic sites that await! And with the Go Los Angeles Card, you can provide your loved one with access to all the top … [Read more...]

Best Cities for Group Travel Deals

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Traveling with a big group can be a lot of fun—of course, it can also be a lot of work. You have to decide where you’re going, choose attractions that all members of your party will enjoy, make sure it’s affordable for everyone, and hope for convenience when it comes to ticketing and admission. However, before you start to panic and throw the whole idea out the window, take a look at the stress-free group travel deals Smart Destinations can help you arrange. Whether you’re planning a field trip, a company outing, or a vacation for your extended family, we offer two great group travel deals for your party of 15 or more. Your first option is to go with the Go City Cards. These are “all-access” passes to the city—one for everyone in your party. The great thing about this option, in addition to savings of up to 55% off gate prices, is that if offers the ultimate in … [Read more...]

Boston Vegan Cuisine

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As a vegan, we often feel deprived of one of the most sensational elements of traveling - experiencing new cuisine. So many of the renowned restaurants and dishes that others salivate over are unfit for a vegan or vegetarian diet, making it difficult to get a taste of the local fare while maintaining your diet. Thankfully, as vegan and vegetarian diets become more popular throughout the United States, specialty restaurants are increasing to accommodate the trend. Boston is no exception to this growth in vegan and vegetarian restaurants, offering a bevy of delicious menu items that are 100% cruelty-free! Before you embark on the long Freedom Trail Walking Tour, it's important to fuel up with some veggie delights. The My Thai Vegan Cafe in Chinatown stands out as a favorite for vegans and non-vegans alike! Menu items such as vegan pad thai, fresh tofu spring rolls, coconut milk bubble … [Read more...]

Summer Things to do in Boston

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Summertime makes the city of Boston come alive. The streets are bustling with locals and visitors alike, as they make the most of the sunshine before sweater weather returns. With so many attractions just waiting to be explored, make the most of your Boston visit and embark on some summer adventures with your Go Boston Card! Top Boston Summer Attractions: Fenway Park Tour: For sports enthusiasts, summertime means the opportunity to see the baseball series unfold. You’d be hard-pressed to find more passionate baseball fans than those in Boston. Notorious for their undying loyalty despite an 86-year streak of failing to win the World Series, Boston fans have flocked to Fenway Park without fail since it opened in 1912. Get a taste of Red Sox nation on the Fenway Park Tour. The oldest and most beloved baseball park in Major league baseball, learn the history of this iconic landmark. … [Read more...]

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

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You don’t have to go to Hong Kong to get a glimpse into the allure of Asia. Held on June 8th and June 9th, the 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returns to deliver a majestic, cultural display at the Charles River in Boston! Witness 54 teams from around the world compete for coveted medals and honors. Over 20,000 participants and spectators turn out to witness this 3,000 year old Chinese tradition. The Festival premiered in 1979, and has since grown from a small neighborhood event into a highly-anticipated Boston attraction. Best of all – it’s free! Build lasting memories with your travel companions and experience this unique cultural tradition! Teams compete over a 500-meter course in colorful, 39-foot Hong Kong style dragon boats. Time trials begin at 7:00am on June 8th- so sneak a peek at the teams before they compete! The real races take place from 7:00am – … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Vacation Deals

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Memorial Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to getaway and log some family time in a brand new city. Considered the unofficial start of summer, it’s time to have some fun in the sun! Make the most of your holiday with excellent discount attraction passes with our Go City Cards – and for a limited time get an added Memorial Day discount of up to 20% off! Not to mention the bevvy of free events, parades, and destination deals that are available in cities nationwide! Ship out to Boston where you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts for an event called “Boston I Love” to honor those who were affected by the Boston Marathon Attacks. Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Boston on the Freedom Trail Walk into History Tour. Next, soak up some sun and discover Boston's most beloved landmarks on the Charles Riverboat Cruise; after all, you’re in the Bay State. These attractions - … [Read more...]

Planning for Summer Vacations and Trips in the US

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Looking for an attraction pass that gives you discounted admission to sights, attractions, tours and the best experiences in multiple US cities? Smart Destinations has the solution! With our affordable All-Inclusive Attractions Passes, you can select your desired attractions for each of your destination cities at one low cost. With discounts of up to 55% on combined admission prices for top museums, tours, and attractions, rest assured that you and your family can make the most of your getaway in the United States! Planning for U.S. summer vacations should never be a stressful process. At Smart Destinations, we've developed strategies on how to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible. Save Time: Skip the ticket line at popular U.S. attractions when you flash your Smart Destinations pass Have Flexibility: Visit any or all of the included attractions, without schedule … [Read more...]

Boston Flower and Garden Show 2013

The Boston Flower and Garden Show

One of our favorite Boston attractions to check out this spring is the Boston Flower & Garden Show. Hosted each year in March, the Flower & Garden Show is an exciting event for professional gardeners and amateurs alike. This year’s theme, “Seeds of Change,” features local and regional gardeners who embrace new plants and growing techniques in order to further develop the science and art of gardening. The Show will be held from March 13-17 at the Seaport World Trade Center (1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA). Because there’s no end to the things to see and do at this show, we recommend setting aside most of the day to attend. From gorgeous garden displays to exotic and creative floral arrangements, the Boston Flower & Garden Show will showcase work from industry experts and local nurseries. There will also be a number of lectures by local writers, artists, and chefs who … [Read more...]