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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

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

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

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

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.

While it may be tough scoring a ticket to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox in person, it's not hard to find a local establishment with the game on the big screen. Just follow the cheers of notoriously loyal fans.

Phone: 617-267-9440

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.

One of Italy's biggest pop exports, Zucchero is influenced by American blues, soul, and rock and he has recorded or toured with Eric Clapton, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Sting, and Solomon Burke, among others. Zucchero (who was born Adelmo Fornaciari) began his singing career in the '70s but first became known in Italy through other artists' versions of his songs. In the '80s, he became a star in his own right and he crossed over to the U.K. market in the early '90s via a duet with Paul Young. Over the course of his career, Zucchero has sold more than 40 million records, been nominated for a Grammy, and won numerous awards, including two World Music Awards and six IFPI Europe Platinum Awards.

Phone: 617-266-7455

With a beautiful and alluring voice, Italian-born French supermodel Carla Bruni recorded the 2002 international hit "Quelqu'un M'a Dit," which went on to sell more than 2 million copies. Now Bruni has released a new album, Little French Songs, and embarks on her first U.S. tour.

Phone: 617-266-7455

La Noche Lusa, sponsored by the Mediterranean Music Institute, will celebrate and commemorate fado, the traditional urban folk music from Portugal. Fado is renowned for its expressive, profoundly melancholic character, and for its poetic lyrics. Artists such as Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, and Mariza have been worldwide ambassadors of this music. Javier Limón has produced many fado albums, including one of the latest albums by Mariza. For this unique concert, Limón has carefully chosen repertoire that travels from traditional fado to Cape Verdean and Brazilian music. Performers will include outstanding Berklee students who will accompany extraordinary fado artists.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Elle Woods is the Delta Nu sorority's sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit cards, hits the books, and heads to Harvard. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, this high-energy musical features music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. This performance will be presented by Berklee's Musical Theater Ensemble, directed by Rene Pfister, and the Musical Theater Orchestra, directed by Peter Cokkinias.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Maria Schneider and her orchestra have enjoyed a distinguished recording career, including earning nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. Schneider's music has been hailed by critics as "evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization." She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. With that recording, Schneider began to develop her unique writing style for her 17-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today. Today, Schneider's compositions continue to highlight the distinct creative voices of the group.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Terence Blanchard is a celebrated composer whose work spans numerous genres, from jazz to film and beyond. In this culminating concert of the State of Jazz Composition symposium, Blanchard will perform with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins.

Phone: 617-266-7455

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents its fourth annual BGJI Summit, featuring jazz masters with BGJI students and a BGJI all-stars ensemble directed by BGJI artistic director Danilo Pérez. UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez says the concert is scheduled for the end of April to honor International Jazz Day and the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight the virtues of jazz as vehicle for peace, unity, and dialogue between people.

Phone: 617-266-7455

The Berklee Symphonic Winds presents its annual spring concert, featuring works for winds, brass, and percussion by Karl King, Richard Saucedo Jacques Press, and John Mackey.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Berklee faculty, visiting artists, and students representing different countries will present the language of Indian classical dance and music. Accompanied by Berklee's Indian Music Ensemble, the performance will focus on nritta (footwork/movements) and nritya (facial expression) to narrate the beautiful language of the Indian classical dance tradition. The ensemble will explore music from India, lush vocal arrangements, and an eclectic blend of traditional (Carnatic and Hindustani) music, folk songs, and contemporary Indian music as well as Western instrumentation. Through original choreography and compositions, the performance strives to showcase the rich diversity of Indian music and dance.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Israeli producer, keyboardist, and composer Idan Raichel became a world music icon with the Idan Raichel Project, a multi-ethnic tour de force that changed the face of Israeli popular music. The project has enchanted audiences worldwide with entrancing fusions sung in Hebrew, Arabic, and the Ethiopian languages of Amharic and Tikrit. The group's albums shattered sales records in Israel, making Raichel his country's biggest musical breakthrough. Raichel's 2013 release, Quarter to Six, once again demonstrates his passion for intercultural collaboration.

Phone: 617-266-7455

Christina Judith Perri is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Philadelphia. Her debut single, which was an emotional ballad called "Jar of Hearts," charted after it was featured on the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. The single went on to sell over three million copies in the United States and was a hit around the world.

Phone: 617-960-8372

The Knife is a Swedish electronic music duo from Stockholm, formed in 1999. The group consists of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, who together also run their own record company, Rabid Records.

Phone: 617-960-8372

Chromeo is a Canadian electrofunk duo formed in 2004 in Montreal.

Phone: 617-960-8372

Foster the People is an American indie pop band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The group is composed of Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals), and Mark Pontius (drums, percussion). The group's music, described as melodic dance-infused pop and rock, spans many genres.

Phone: 617-960-8372

Mogwai are a Scottish post-rock band, formed in 1995 in Glasgow. The band consists of Stuart Braithwaite, John Cummings, Barry Burns, Dominic Aitchison, and Martin Bulloch.

Phone: 617-960-8372

Haim is an American rock band hailing from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of sisters Este Arielle, Danielle Sari and Alana Mychal Haim along with drummer Dash Hutton, son of Danny Hutton and previously a member of the bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chicken.

Phone: 617-960-8372

Manchester Orchestra is an American indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2004. The group is composed of rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman, bassist Andy Prince and drummer Tim Very.

Phone: 617-960-8372

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which she introduced in 2007.

Phone: 617-960-8372

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Local...Fresh...Authentic. Those three adjectives aptly describe Pasta E Pomodoro, which boasts the North End's finest Italian food. All we can say is, "Believe it!" This eatery is awesome, and it's got the lunch, dinner and takeout traffic to prove it. Crazy about veal and chicken cooked with classic Italian bravado? You'll be rendered speechless by Pomodoro's Veal a la Toscana, Chicken Cacciatore, and Veal or Chicken Parmigiana. Is fresh seafood your fave? If so, this eatery's Seafood Alfredo, Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Baked Stuffed Haddock will make Pomodoro your new favorite haunt. And if you've a passion for pasta, the chef prepares Penne con Pollo, Lasagna di Giorno and the house specialty - Pasta Pomodoro - with such artistry, you may never again want to eat pasta anywhere else.' - idine.com

120 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
Phone: 617-472-0809

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

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

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

With Kids In Boston

These delightfully inventive residents of the Charles Playhouse rock most nights with odd industrial percussion instruments, neon paint and marshmallows, among other unique props.

Phone: 617-426-6912

Nightlife In Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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