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Boston, Massachusetts

Things To Do In Boston

The public and private golf courses in the greater Boston area cater to every type of golfer, from the weekender to those who prefer more of a challenge. Don't miss a chance to play South Shore Country Club, designed in 1922 by Wayne Stiles, or Brookmeadow Golf Club, designed and built by Frank Simoni.

City of Boston
Boston, MA 02101

Opened in 1876, the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) has one of the most comprehensive collections in the country. From Egyptian artifacts and Japanese pottery to French impressionist and modern paintings, you'll find nearly every medium and genre of art at the MFA. Additionally, the museum continues to present major exhibitions while it undergoes a major expansion and renovation.

465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-267-9300

With more than a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing more than 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee College of Music is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow. Catch a performance by one of the college's ensembles at the Berklee Performance Center, the college's flagship performance space and one of Boston's most prestigious concert halls.

136 Massachussetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-266-7455

House of Blues Boston is a perfect place to catch a live show or enjoy a great dining experience. In keeping with tradition, House of Blues Boston displays a "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage.

15 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-960-8372

Walk in the shoes of America's revolutionaries. From the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, this free 2.5-mile red-brick walking trail leads to 16 historic sites, including museums, churches, meeting house, burial grounds and parks, many of which are free of charge. It also passes several fine restaurants and taverns along the way.

99 Chauncy Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-357-8300

Looking for a whale watch that requires less travel time, offers the most comfortable ride available and gives you more time viewing some of the world's most magnificent creatures? Look no further! Here is Boston's ONLY 3-Hour Whale Watch on a high-speed catamaran. They will get you to and from the whales in half the time, which allows you more time to watch the whales.

Enjoy the spectacular New England countryside as the leaves turn a multitude of colors during the fall season. A pleasant afternoon tour of foliage display is capped by a stop at a native orchard for apples and cider.

Discover Boston at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Boston at your own pace.

Water is no barrier for a duck, why should it be for you? A Duck Tour is a wonderful way to get a great look at Boston on land and water. See all the major landmarks and hear the history of the city as you tour Boston in a renovated World War II amphibious vehicle.

Join other adventure seekers and become an apprentice grave digger on an entertaining tour through the darker side of Boston. A scary, fun and informative frightseeing experience that is truly one of a kind. Special Offer - Price displayed currently includes a discount of 5% off the recommended retail price - BOOK NOW!

Most famous attractions at one amazing low price with plenty of time to see it all! And with a leisurely nine days to use all of the tickets, you can take everything in on a weekend break or take your time to visit these world famous attractions! See the Skywalk Observatory, New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science.

Dive into the world of water without getting wet at the New England Aquarium! Explore vibrant coral reefs from the Bahamas and the tropical Pacific, to temperate Australia. Meet the lionfish and the stonefish, some of the most poisonous fishes in the sea. Introduce yourself to the harbor seals, and don't forget to say hello to Myrtle, the green sea turtle.

The best of old and new Boston have been combined with a journey into the historic countryside towns of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Follow the route of Paul Revere and view the "Battle Trail" where the minutemen fought for their freedom. Journey past the homes of Hawthorne, Alcott and Emerson. In Boston, stop at the Faneuil Hall, "Quincy Marketplace." Boston hotel pickup, trolley tour and expert narration included.

Take a day trip to Martha's Vineyard in the comfortable and convenient transportation of a mini coach. Leave the hassle of driving up to someone else as you relax on your 1.5-hour ride to Falmouth, where you will board the ferry for Martha's Vineyard. Once at Martha's Vineyard, you will have time to explore the beautiful island on your own. Upgrade and add on a 2.5-hour island tour.

Members of Berklee's Vocal Summit Faculty perform contemporary music of all types. This performance features Gabrielle Goodman, Adrian Sicam, Alli Beaudry, Andrea Capozzoli, Tom Baskett and Christine Fawson.

Phone: 617-266-7455

The Mark O'Connor/Berklee Summer String Program invites an illustrious list of the world's finest string players to Boston for a week of teaching and playing. They appear on stage together for the final faculty concert on Thursday night. From jazz to bluegrass, classical to world music and even rock, featuring violin, viola, cello, bass...these artists have something in store for the audience that will result in an unforgettable evening of string playing. Come enjoy Berklee, Mark O'Connor and friends!

Phone: 617-266-7455

Tim Miller is an American jazz guitarist. He has released three recordings as a leader: Sides, Trio and Trio Volume 2. He is the co-author of Creative Chordal Harmony for Guitar (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard), written with Mick Goodrick. Miller is a professor at Berklee and has performed and/or recorded with the following artists: Paul Motian, Gary Burton, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, Ben Monder, Greg Osby, Antonio Sanchez, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi and Jo Jo Mayer, among others.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist boasts a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Emmanuel has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His unique style, which he simply calls "finger style," is akin to playing the guitar the way a pianist plays a piano: using all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass and drum parts, Emmanuel plays all of that and more on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try out fingerpicking the guitar as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Guitar virtuoso Don Lappin has just released Tapped In, an instrumental rock album featuring Steve Hunt (Allan Holdsworth, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clark) on keyboards, Joe Santerre (Jon Finn) on bass, and Chad Wackerman (Allan Holdsworth, James Taylor, Frank Zappa) on drums. A momentous release for the guitar world, Tapped In is essential listening for fans of Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, and Steve Morse.

Phone: 617-266-7455

The Nicholas Urie Large Ensemble will perform arrangements of music composed by John Scofield and written by Nicholas Urie. This collection of arrangements was commissioned by Denmark's Klüvers Big Band for its Scandinavian tour with Scofield in 2010 and includes pieces written throughout the guitarist's career. Urie has been commissioned to write music for concerts, recordings and television broadcasts with many artists, including Vince Mendoza, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Donny McCaslin, Bill Stewart, Dave Samuels, Dominique Eade, the Metropole Orchestra, NPS Channel 3, Skavlan TV, the Klüvers Big Band, the NDR Big Band, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, the Berklee Chamber Orchestra, and the Clazz Ensemble, among others.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Four-time Grammy-winner Dianne Reeves is among the most prominent and influential vocalists in jazz. A glorious singer with a sumptuous sound, she carries the torch for Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Steeped in tradition, her rhythmic virtuosity and improvisational ease are breathtaking.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Performing for more than 25 years and retiring after this farewell tour, Mary Black has long been considered one of the finest female vocalists in the Celtic world. An unparalleled interpretive singer with a beautiful, dynamic voice, she draws on her traditional Irish folk and ballad background to create music that soars with a contemporary edge. Her daughter, Róisín O, will open.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Diego el Cigala is often considered the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. His earthy, exultant and richly emotive voice marks him as one of the great singers of our time.

Phone: 617-266-7455

First launched in 1797, the USS Constitution was among Congress' first military appropriations. The frigate fought in the War of 1812, led the Bicentennial Tall Ships Parade in 1976 and still gets underway in summer. The free, nonprofit museum tells the Constitution's tale through more than 3,000 original artifacts and interactive exhibits. This 45 minute fully narrated tour brings you up close and personal with "Old Ironsides" at her home in the Charlestown Navy Yard and allows you the option to disembark for a tour of the famous ship and accompanying Naval Museum.

22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 617-426-1812

Food & Drink In Boston

For five years Masa has been spicing up the palates of Boston's most sophisticated diners and serving up libations to the hip bar crowds from the South End, Back Bay, and Theater District. The menu pairs the flavors and cooking styles of a Southwestern kitchen with fresh New England ingredients.

439 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-338-8884

Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, (literally brasserie on the corner) is The Aquitaine Group's classic neighborhood Parisian brasserie. Gaslight, located in Boston's historic South End, offers its guests French brasserie cuisine of impeccable quality and improbable value in an informal old world, new again setting. With its hand crafted Parisian zinc bar, reclaimed wood floors, mosaic tiles, beamed wood ceilings, nicotine stained walls and antique mirrors, Gaslight is warm and inviting.

560 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-422-0224

Meritage offers fresh, seasonal cuisine impeccably matched to the primary characteristics of wine. Large and small plates are offered for each item on the menu and matched with complimentary wine flavors. Meritage is the culmination of Chef Daniel Bruce's 20 years as chef for the Boston Wine Festival where he pairs more than 200 dishes each year with outstanding wines from around the world.

70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-439-3995

Located in a 100-year-old fire station in Boston's historic Leather District, o ya offers contemporary Japanese dining in a comfortable setting. The intimate 37-seat dining room consists of ten tables and a 17-seat chef's counter, where guests can watch the chefs preparing the dishes. Chef Owner Tim Cushman offers an Omakase, or Chef's tasting menu, for $150 and an extensive a la carte menu of creative nigiri, sashimi, vegetable, wagyu beef, kurobuta pork and poulet rouge chicken dishes. Please note: Online reservations are for the 17 seat Chef's Counter only.

9 East Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-654-9900

The Beehive is an underground eatery and bar featuring amazing cuisine, libations, artwork and world class live music nightly. Nestled below the Boston Center for the Art's historic Cyclorama in Boston's South End, The Beehive serves the eclectic fare of Chef Rebecca Newell - rustic comfort food infused with American, European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern influences.

541 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-423-0069

Trattoria di Monica is located in the heart of Boston's North End. At the corner of Prince and Salem Streets, you will find this small 25 seat candlelit dining room with colorful walls and original artwork. Chefs and owners Patrick and Frank Mendoza serve up homemade pastas and gourmet pizzas with an imaginative twist. They strive to preserve the authenticity of the food of which they were brought up in, merely blocks from the Trattoria.

67 Prince Street
Boston, MA 02113
Phone: 617-720-5472

Tony Maws, 2009 James Beard Award Nominee, is the Chef/Proprietor of Craigie On Main. You'll see Tony in the open kitchen most every night! At the newer, bigger Craigie, he combines "refined rusticity" with an unyielding passion for the best local, seasonal, and organic ingredients.

853 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-497-5511

Hungry Mother is a neighborhood restaurant, offering a welcoming place to enjoy great food, unique and local wines and beers, as well as cocktails and liquors. Chef Maiden's food is a blend of his training in classical French techniques, his Virginian roots, and his commitment to local sustainable ingredients.

233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-499-0090

Oleana is a neighborhood restaurant with a strong focus on flavors and comfort. The cuisine centers on the Arabic influenced foods of the Mediterranean with a strong lean towards Turkish fare. Winter months feature a roaring fireplace and in the warm weather the gorgeous garden is open for dinner.

134 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-661-0505

Nightlife In Boston

Limelight takes karaoke to a whole new level with chic decor, a professional recording studio and a digital music catalog. Show off your inner rock star on Thursday nights by singing with a live band.

204 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-423-0785

Opened in 1847, this tiny, laid-back bar is one of the oldest family-owned jazz clubs anywhere. With live music every night of the year, expect to find local musicians honing their craft as well as the occasional jazz great taking the stage.

427 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-424-1408

Comedians must learn the art of improvisation before they can be stars and hundreds have done it at this great club since 1982. Watch up-and-coming performers work for laughs at the new Central Square location.

40 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-576-1253

This combination of three live-music rooms, two casual eateries and an elegant restaurant makes the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Brookline a hub of Boston nightlife.

472-480 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-864-3278

This quirky Central Square pub features alternative DJs, a vegetarian menu and the monthly Keep it Wii-eal event when patrons face off playing interactive video games.

125 River Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-576-1881

Shopping In Boston

The old is also new at the two In Your Ear shops, where you can still find used vinyl records, cassettes and 8-track tapes, along with a serious selection of CDs.

957 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-787-9755

As you stroll between the Common and the Financial District, stop and smell the pretzels, nuts and hot dogs and shop the sidewalk retailers' wares.

Tremont Street to Chauncy Street and School Street to Delafayette Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-482-2139

Rebecca and Laura grew up together on the Connecticut shoreline and bonded quickly over their shared love of fashion, dreaming of someday owning a boutique of their own. Following college graduation, they both entered the corporate world and mutually found this route dissatisfying. Both having moved to Boston, they decided to finally make their childhood dream a reality, bringing to life the concept of Crush.

131 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-720-0010

When a Red Sox jersey isn't enough, this modern storefront in Brookline stocks unique gifts such as whimsical jewelry and handcrafted pottery.

1431 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: 617-738-8020