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Things to do in Downtown, Boston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Boston Common/Public Garden was created in 1634 and has 80 species of plant. There are places for lunch, picnic and beautiful sight seeing.”
  • 228 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Museum of Science is one of the best tours in the city, showing science not as boring or hard to understand, but fun and interesting by revealing concepts in an interactive way and with practical examples in smart and thoughtful attractions for adults and children.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Historic Site
“offering a variety of shopping, restaurants and street performers there is so much to do in and around the area. Hop on a guided city tour, cross the street to visit the New England Aquarium or walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You can spend a whole day in this area. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Garden
“Right next to Boston Common lives the Public Gardens. Beautifully landscaped and well manicured, the gardens attract locals and visitors all year round. Stop by the "Make way for ducklings" statue and take a ride on the swan boats. Make sure to see the Washington statue before you head on your way. Its a beautiful way to spend the morning in Boston. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Route
“The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.”
  • 160 locals recommend
Aquarium
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“If you are looking for a place to entertain your kids look no further than the New England Aquarium. It has Fish, it has Penguins, and most of all it has a large spiral ramp from the first floor all the way to the fifth that your kiddos can run up and down until all their energy is expended and they can no longer protest seeing an old historical church. ”
  • 109 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“History and Food that's incredible Best of the Best Italian. It gets busy, relax and go with flow. Stroll the side streets and be amazed. ”
  • 177 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“If you like Jazz, the Beehive is a must. The brunch is delicious. Just sit at the bar downstairs for a libation of sound.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
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“Tons of events, concerts and of course the Bruins and the Celtics cal this place home. Check out one of the before mentioned before you leave.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
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“Folks from all over know if you want the best cannoli, you got to go to Mikes! A local favorite for over 60 years. Enjoy strolling through Little Italy and enjoy some sweet treats.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Museum
“The Boston Childrens Museum is three floors of awesome. I spend hours there every week with my sons, and we still never tire of it. Not only is the museum filled with amazing things for kids, but it is also located right on the water, and right next to Tea Party Museum. Its a great place to tire out your kids and then continue exploring the history of Boston. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Neighborhood
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“Rich, Sophisticated, home of the most photographed street in America. Beacon Hill is a collection of incredible architecture, amazing shopping, and direct access to Boston Commons. Take a walk through the winding cobblestone streets, Take a photo on Acorn Street, then make your way down Charles Street to enjoy the ambiance and cafe's. I highly recommend a stop at J.P Licks, a Boston based Ice Cream shop with amazing Cookie Sandwiches. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Let the bartender make you a new creation! just name a few things you like in a drink and let the master mixologists do their thing!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The raw bar featuring at least a half-dozen impeccably fresh, perfectly shucked oyster varieties from New England harbors plus a couple from the Pacific Northwest, as well as uni, raw clams and seasonal delicacies like stone crab claws.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the oldest house in Boston, built in 1680. There's plenty of commentary to listen to from staff and momentoes to purchase.”
  • 30 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“If you like Jazz, the Beehive is a must. The brunch is delicious. Just sit at the bar downstairs for a libation of sound.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. Awesome local tradition. Terrific food, casual atmosphere. Mid priced, good home cooking type food. A mix of choices from meats to veggies, salads and soups – American Style. Lovely meals, very inviting and welcoming. Many locals frequent this choice regularly. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“The raw bar featuring at least a half-dozen impeccably fresh, perfectly shucked oyster varieties from New England harbors plus a couple from the Pacific Northwest, as well as uni, raw clams and seasonal delicacies like stone crab claws.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Hip, tasty and great people watching! Start with a few tapas and wine and your off to a great evening!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Barbara Lynch, doyenne of Boston dining, is the captain of this seafood restaurant in the heart of the South End. Head to its adorably cloistered rear patio, then dive in to a wide-ranging raw bar selection, Mediterranean-inflected fish preparations, and elegant expressions of New England seafood standards. B&G even offers oyster-shucking classes, if you’re looking to be the half-shell hero of your next beach party.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bar
“This is the historic Cheers where the upstairs bar was part of the set for the iconic TV show. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Super yummy Chinese food from the same chef who made Flour. Both brunch and dinner are a great bet!”
  • 31 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Great for dinner and drinks after, pricey place but one of the best in Boston!”
  • 30 locals recommend

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