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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Best Free Things to do in Boston

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Whenever you visit a new city, it’s only natural to want to take advantage of all of be best stuff that it has to offer. Seeing the sights, sampling the local cuisine and visiting all of a city’s most famous attractions are the backbones of any exciting vacation experience. The only problem is, doing all touristy stuff all the time can be a little taxing…and a bit expensive. Just in case you’d like to take a trip off the beaten path, and save some money while you do so, here are five free things to do in Boston that could be fun! Hit The Water South of Summer Street alongside the eastern edge of Fort Point Channel, the P&G Gillette Floating Dock gives aquatic enthusiasts a place to launch canoes, boats and kayaks for free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Free parking is … [Read more...]

Lexington and Concord Attractions

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If you’re interested in American history, you know Boston is the place to be for historical landmarks and attractions related to the colonial era, the American Revolution, and the birth of our country. However, visitors often overlook the two sites that have some of the most significance for this time period: Lexington and Concord. A Lexington and Concord tour is the best way to experience the origins of the United States and learn about the unique history with authentic attractions. Lexington and Concord attractions are many and varied, going beyond the Lexington Battle Green to include museums, 18th century houses inhabited by famous early Americans, and even immaculately restored taverns. Here’s a look at some of the must-see Lexington and Concord … [Read more...]

Top Boston Sights and Attractions

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Visiting Boston is a treat for everyone because of the diversity, abundance, and quality of Boston attractions. The top Boston sights and attractions include everything from Revolutionary era historical sites, to cutting-edge museums, to cruises on the Harbor and everything in between. The charm of the city rests in quaint neighborhoods with deep historic and cultural significance, like the North End, Beacon Hill, and (on the other side of the river) Harvard Square. Whether you’re visiting Boston for the first time or you frequent the Hub often, there’s so much to do and see. Take a look at our favorite Boston attractions to help plan your itinerary. Freedom Trail Walking Tour The Freedom Trail might be the most well-known attraction in Boston, with its red-brick trail covering … [Read more...]

Smart Destinations 10-Year Milestone

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Get out the candles and load up on the cake (and maybe a little champagne as well) - it’s time to celebrate an anniversary! After being founded by Cecilia Dahl, Kevin McLaughlin, Tyler Brooks and Ed Kim back in 2003, Smart Destinations has really taken off and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Ten years ago today, on July 23, 2003, the Go Boston Card was officially introduced. It’s a decade later and the Go Boston Card is still giving customers a wicked good value by saving them up to 55% on admission to all the top Boston attractions and tours. The Go Boston Card has definitely changed over the years, but its current version might be the best yet. In addition to saving you on admission to any or all of the included 53 Boston attractions, you’ll also be able to … [Read more...]

Cheap US Summer Vacation Trips

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The summer is upon us, and with it comes the glimmer of wanderlust: the desire to get out there and travel. It must be something about the warm nights and long days that finds us all with the urge to get up and go. At Smart Destinations, we know that a vacation doesn’t have to mean emptying your savings account. And since worrying about your wallet can really put a damper on your summer vacation, I’ve put together some of the most exciting US summer vacation cheap trips to enjoy with your family. When you use discount attraction tickets at these destinations, you won’t have to worry about overspending.   Boston One of the best things about Boston as a travel destination is that its small size makes transportation easy, and you can see a lot in just one day. Discount … [Read more...]

First Night Boston: Ring in the New Year Boston Style

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Still unsure of your New Year’s Eve plans? Spending new years at First Night Boston, in New England’s most populous city and cultural center, is a great way to kick off the upcoming year. Thanks to First Night Boston, you can enjoy Boston’s best art and culture all day long (and into the evening), setting the bar high for 2013! First Night Boston is sponsored by First Night, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to building community and celebrating diversity through the arts for 35 years. This year, First Night Boston features a schedule packed with spectacular musical concerts, comedy shows, museum exhibits, theater and dance performances, and much more. All of the outdoor events are free, while indoor events require the purchase of a button ($18), which acts as … [Read more...]