When Boston's revolutionaries had something to say, Faneuil Hall is where they gathered an audience. Now, national park rangers talk about history daily in the Great Hall, and famous politicians still occasionally deliver speeches there. In the surrounding marketplace, a wide variety of shops, restaurants and food stalls fill three restored 19th-century buildings, and performers spill out onto cobblestone streets.
Dating from 1634, Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country, and the adjoining Boston Public Garden was our nation's first botanical garden. Together, these public spaces form a sprawling oasis in the heart of historic downtown Boston. Paddle around in a Swan Boat, take in great views of the gold-domed State House, or relax on the grass while you plan the rest of your trip.
Walk in the shoes of America's revolutionaries as you visit many of Boston's oldest and most legendary places. Starting from Boston Common, this 2.5-mile brick trail connects 16 historic sites, many of which are free to enter.
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.
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.
Located just across the street from Fenway Park, this rock-and-blues-themed restaurant and music venue takes its inspiration from the Mississippi delta and Southern cuisine, with dishes like po' boys, jambalaya and gumbo. On special holidays, the House hosts a special and spirited Gospel Brunch.
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.
On an April night in 1775, Paul Revere left this small house in Boston's North End and set out to make history. The Paul Revere House is now Boston's oldest building and a fine example of early colonial architecture.
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.
Bob Dylan's career began in the early 1960s with songs that chronicled the significant social issues of the time. He was inspired by traditional folk music and brought his piercing and poetic lyrics to songs such as "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "Like a Rolling Stone," which reflected the tension and unrest of the civil rights and anti-war movements. His songs of protest and turmoil spoke to an entire generation and turned Dylan into a cultural and political icon who played to sold-out concert halls around the world. Dylan was the voice of his generation and electrified the world when he moved to a harder-edged style at Newport in 1965.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If Fenway Park is the Cathedral of Boston, the Bleacher Bar is where you receive communion. Situated beneath the bleachers in center field, this unique bar has a window that looks directly through center field and into the park. The Bleacher Bar offers a unique way to experience the history and spirit of Boston's Fenway Park, the oldest park in the MLB.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Revere called this historic tavern his "favorite place," and even George Washington once stopped in for a drink in 1789. Located near the Bunker Hill monument in historic Charlestown, this legendary tavern is a great place to stop on the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail for a cold pint and some New England pub fare.
Lined with renovated 19th-century brownstones, Newbury Street is one of the loveliest shopping streets anywhere in the country - even if you're not shopping. Shops, cafes and restaurants range from affordable to upscale, including many high-end designer boutiques along the end closer to the Boston Public Garden.
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.
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.
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.
When a Red Sox jersey isn't enough, this modern storefront in Brookline stocks unique gifts such as whimsical jewelry and handcrafted pottery.