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Can you suggest any tour that I can use to do this or would you recommend any itinerary that is much better than what I do.

I know it is cold and it is crazy to go to Boston, but I love to see as much as I can. I am by myself so I can manage to see a lot of thing in one day.

Also would you please recommend something fun for the two evening that I am there.

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The 7 hour grayline tour looks good because it takes you to Lexington and Concord ... historic places that can be difficult to reach in winter via public transportation. But it really only touches on the city.

On the next day still plenty to do ... for starters, you can go inside some of the sites the bus tour just passed by, You can walk the freedom trail, go to the North End (it's Boston's version of 'Little Italy' and the buses are NOT allowed to travel the narrow, congested streets there). Beacon HIll is lovely to walk, and again, buses can't travel the pretty side streets like Acorn Street and Louisville Square. You can go to the JFK library, you can go to one of the many museums in Boston or at Harvard or MIT and so on and so on.

And, if you are REALLY itching to get out of Boston, take commuter rail train from North Station to Salem, see the Peabody-Essex Museum, tour Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables and so on.

Happy Planning!!!

Be sure to pack a good pair of winter boots and warm clothing; we just got hit with almost 3 feet of snow and it won't be going anywhere by the end of February.

As far as entertainment, the only movie theater downtown is the one on the Boston Common. However, there are lots of plays and concerts and live music all over the city and neighboring areas. A good round up of all that is at the website http://www.artsboston.org ---

Cambridge might also be a lively place to spend the evening, especially Harvard Square .

Can I go to Harvard square by bus or I have to take taxi, I am so confused and don't know if this was a good idea to go to Boston at this time.

I am staying in prudential area. Please advise me what to do.

Thank you for your help.

should i visit boston in february

No way Jose, unless your idea of a visit is shivering in your boots. And it's so unfair to the City, because you will see it at its worst and you may never want to come back.

But visit in late spring, summer and fall and, a-a-h, Boston is a city transformed. The drab becomes green. Flowers are abloom. Sailboats fill the Charles. The outdoor cafes are packed. In the evening, Harvard Square , Back Bay , the North End, the Seaport are alive with people out late enjoying the warm air. The ferries are plying the harbor--to the Islands, Salem , south shore. Visit then and you won't want to leave!

Visit in February and you'll want to catch the next flight back to LA.

The trolley tour covers areas near the freedom trail sites I suggest you pick up a guide book. For a history lover who likes to read all the details , the freedom trail is an all day affair

If you can give me more info about fun places to go I would very much appreciate it.

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29 Fabulous Things To Do This February In Boston

From Valentine's Day specials to quintessential New England wintertime activities, February is our last month of "real winter" so squeeze out every bit of cozy, snowy, heartwarming fun you can!

Ameera Hammouda

We’re halfway through winter, and while spring is far ahead on the horizon, there’s so much to enjoy during this occassionally snowy month! From wintertime classics like sledding and ice skating to Valentine’s specials like romantic concerts and dinners, we have plenty of activities and ideas for you to enjoy this February in Boston.

1. Enjoy the soothing sounds of classical music by candlelight

Candlelight Concert Series

Whether as a Valentine’s date or just a fun winter adventure, a candlelight concert is a Boston bucket list must! There are so many comforting classics and to pick from this month:

  • Valentine’s Day Special ft. “Romeo and Juliet” and More
  • A Tribute to Taylor Swift and her greatest hits
  • Queen, Mozart and Puccini in one concert at A Tribute to Queen and More

You can also spice things up with a Candlelight gift card and leave the show picking up to your giftee!

2. Indulge yourself in some local chocolates (all month long)

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Sure, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get some delicious chocolates. But why wait? Every day is chocolate day in our books. Pick truffles like Pistachio Praline Encased in creamy white chocolate or Almond Shortbread from some of our favorite chocolate shops !

3. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the city

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Explore the most romantic corners of Boston and learn about some of the secret love languages of the city. Afterall, Boston was named the “ most romantic state! ” Check out our full list of the best things to do this Valentine’s Day in Boston.

4. Get ready to watch the Superbowl at a local hangout

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The Superbowl is Sunday, February 12 ! While the Pats won’t be in the lineup, it’s still a good time to cheer on a team and enjoy some delicious Superbowl eats like wings and nachos- and let’s not forget about the commercials.

Rumor has it Brady and Ben Affleck have commercials in the lineup this year and there is nothing like watching them live in a rambunctious crowd!

5. Enjoy the last guaranteed month of supple snow on the slopes

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February is the last month of meteorological winter. As we know, Boston has a barometer of its own, which means we could get snow through April, but we could also transition into a normal spring for once.

Play it safe and make sure to squeeze out every last bit of skiing or snowboarding at these awesome skiing towns like Stowe and North Conway !

6. If you can’t ski…there’s always snow tubing!

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Not all native New Englanders know how to ski, and many transplants certainly don’t. But that shouldn’t be a reason you can’t enjoy the thrill of gliding down the slopes at full force. Luckily, Massachusetts is home to one of the best snow tubing destinations in the country so you can cash in on the winter fun!

Find Butternut Ski Area and Tubing Center at 380 State Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230

7. Treat yourself to a solo winter-themed date

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We don’t take ourselves out enough! We mean  out  out. Spoil yourself and treat yourself to an indulgent day with some of our winter date ideas – this applies to singles and those in relationships!

8. Send your taste buds dancing with fabulous hot chocolate

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It’s Valentine’s Day in a cup! From the super decadent Tatte hot chocolate to the over-the-top creations at Trident, there are so many spots to grab a hot chocolate in Boston this winter.

9. Go on a mystery winter picnic date

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Food tours are the perfect way to explore the best offerings of Boston’s food scene. Instead of stressing about what to eat for dinner, go on a guided (or self-guided!) tour around the city to have a totally unique culinary experience. Our favorites in Boston right now include:

  • Mystery Picnic Date: Self-Guided Foodie Adventure
  • Mystery Picnic with Friends: Self Guided Foodie Adventure

10. Twirl around one of these Boston ice skating rinks

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It’s a workout and winter fun in one! Frog Pond was once the best ice-skating rink in America, so make sure to take advantage of this iconic rink! If you prefer to ditch the long lines, check out these 7 other skate rinks we love !

From February 9 -14, The Rink 401 Park welcomes the return of “The Pink Rink”. The entire space will glow pink setting the perfect stage for a romantic skate date that can launch into the neighborhood’s hot spots for an ideal evening.

And, on Saturday, February 10 visitors to The Rink 401 Park will enjoy a free Barbie movie-inspired skating spectacular, “Skate Kenway” from 7-8 PM.

11. Dine inside a dazzling heated yurt

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You and up to 7 others can dine inside a winter-themed yurt at the Bowery Bar. The New American restaurant offers classic comfort food with a modern twist.

12. Buff up on haunted history with a Boston Ghost Tour

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Ghost tours are a signature Boston event for a reason! if you’ve never been on one before, then be sure to check out the Boston Ghost Tour , running every night throughout the winter. While walking the city streets after dark, you’ll learn the stories of haunted locations and ghosts that provide a different viewpoint on some of the real history hidden behind the city’s past.

Tours start in the Boston Common at 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108

13. Check in on that New Year’s resolution to get fit

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So you made an oath to hit the gym on the daily. Or to try a new sport. How is it going?

Hopefully good, but if not (or if you’re just looking for a way to shake up your current exercise routine) these 30 gyms and exercises classes are the best in the city, according to Bostonians. And they sound incredibly fun!

14. Try this sultry ‘Dining in the Dark’ experience

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But your tastebuds to the test at this mysterious blindfolded dinner. It will heighten your sense of taste and smell during the 3-course meal. Secure your tickets for this one-of-a-kind dinner!

15. Visit Kennebunkport for ‘Paint the Town Red’ Month

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A little over an hour and a half away from Boston lies Kennebunkport, a tiny little port town in Maine, where every February is a celebration of all things red and romantic. From February 1st to the 28th, Kennebunkport will “ Paint the Town Red ” and host a variety of deals, events, and celebrations that earns this town the tile of “Most Romantic Town” in New England.

16. Marvel at a massive ice castle in New Hampshire

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Ever dreamed of stepping into Elsa’s ice castle from  Frozen ? That dream can now be a reality at the new Ice Castles  experience in North Woodstock, New Hampshire— just 2 hours north of Boston. You can walk through your very own icy fairytale!

Find the Ice Castles at 24 Clark Farm Road North Woodstock, NH 03262

17. Go sledding!

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We’re bound to get some more snow this February, and what better way to enjoy some inclement weather than to sled down some freshly snowed-upon hills? Boston’s multitude of public parks means that there are plenty of options for picking the best hill for sledding – check out our favorites here.

18. Buy someone you love (self-included) a fat bouquet of flowers for no reason

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Did you know flowers can instantly heighten your “happiness hormones,” dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin? Peony, anthurium or rose-whatever makes you giddy, grab a bouquet. Some of our favorite flower shops in the city are Rouvalis on Beacon Hill, Winston’s in Back Bay, and Rococo Floral in Somerville.

19. Take a winter break at a tranquil New England destination

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Not many states get a week-long school break in February, luckily in Massachusetts we do! Grab the family for a getaway at one of these tranquil destinations . They’re also perfect for a weekend excursion or Valentine’s Day date!

20. Enjoy some delicious Italian food in the North End

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Italian is perhaps the most romantic of all the cuisines. From splashing flour onto your partner’s face to a Lady and the Tramp pasta moment, February and Valentine’s Day set the perfect ambiance for romantic Italian dinners. Some of our favorite ways to get an Italian fix in February are:

  • An Italian cooking class with tiramisu finale
  • A pizza tour of the North End
  • A classic Italian dinner at one of these North End restaurants

21. Celebrate Black History Month this February and beyond

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Boston has many culturally rich Black history museums, festivals, and events celebrating Black communities of the past, present and future. From an accessible opera performance celebrating Black artists to a “Black Dolls Matter” exhibit, there is so much to take in this month and enjoy and learn about the Black history of our city .

22. Check out the Planet Oat pop-up in Downtown

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Celebrate the launch of Planet Oat’s latest innovation, Planet Oat Barista Lovers Oatmilk, at the Barista Lovers’ Coffee House! Located at Boston’s Dewey Square , the pop-up experience is open to the public to celebrate the launch of and sample the new Barista Lovers Oatmilk! Warm up with hand-crafted coffees, delicious treats, and more.

The one-day-only experience takes place on Thursday, February 15 from 7:30 AM until 4 PM .

23. Go somewhere new for winter recess

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Luckily, Massachusetts has a lovely break from President’s Day, February 19, through the 23 , at least if you have grade school-aged children. These are some perfect excursions that are only a short drive or plane ride from the city:

  • Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico is only a 3.5-hour flight from the city, and you don’t even need a passport! Sun and sand await!
  • AutoCamp Cape Cod is just a 1-hour drive or Peter Pan bus ride from Boston and is one of the coolest hotels near the city. Stay in a cozy AirStream, grill under the stars, partake in ongoing activities like sunrise yoga, and explore the charming seaside town of Falmouth!
  • Only have time for a day trip? The New Bedford Whaling Museum is hosting special programming specifically for the upcoming winter recess. Each day offers a host of free learnings and activities for the whole family to enjoy, celebrating the remarkable life and legacy of Captain Paul Cuffe.

24. Check out the dazzling ice sculptures in Wellesley

should i visit boston in february

And have the chance to win $725! The first-ever Wellesley Ice Sculpture Stroll takes place on February 9! Find more info about how to win over $700 in gift cards!

25. Ride a snow tubing summit in Seaport

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You can now go snow tubing in Seaport ! It’s one of the most exhilarating winter activities in the city. Pro tip, ride the lane closest to the stairs if you want a speedy trip down the summit!

26. And while you’re there…try the tableside hot cocoa at Woods Hill Pier 4

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The upscale waterfront farm-to-table restaurant has a tableside hot cocoa cart featuring the most extravagant hot cocoa to sip on this season! Pick from four cocoa bomb flavors, two different marshmallow options and your choice of milk and whipped cream! It’s simply divine!

27. Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Boston

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Cambridge’s Sumiao Kitchen has a special menu to commemorate the Year of the Dragon. The Hunan kitchen in Kendall Square is known for its bold flavors. On Lunar New Year’s Eve, with a tradition of good fortune – red envelopes filled with surprises will be distrubuted during the February 9 dinner!

On February 18, South Street Diner , Boston’s favorite late-night restaurant is hosting a lively Chinese New Year celebration that you won’t want to miss! South Street Diner welcomes you to celebrate the Year of the Dragon during the Lion Dance festivities on Sunday, February 18th with special menu items including savory Breakfast Ramen, signature Egg Foo Young Style Omelette and more!

28. Explore 100s of exotic orchids on display at Franklin Park Zoo’s Orchid Adventure

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Orchid Adventure invites visitors to explore the breathtaking world of orchids amidst the wild wonders of the zoo. This botanical extravaganza, featuring hundreds of orchids, is designed to showcase the diversity and splendor of these exquisite flowers. From rare species to exotic hybrids, Orchid Adventure promises an immersive experience that combines the enchantment of the animal kingdom with the delicate beauty of orchids. Find it from February 2 through March 10 at Franklin Park Zoo!

29. Celebrate the Leap Year!

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This only happens once every four years! February 29 is a leap day , so celebrate the 366 days in 2024 with these can’t miss experiences in Boston !

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Visiting Boston In February: Winter Extravaganza

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Planning a trip to Boston in February? Get ready for a delightful mix of chilly weather, exciting events, and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. From exploring historic sites to enjoying winter festivities, Boston offers something for everyone during this time of year. Let's dive into what makes February a unique and memorable time to visit the vibrant city of Boston.

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Is February a Good Time to Visit Boston?

February may not be the coldest month in Boston, but it certainly has its charm. With fewer crowds, lower hotel rates, and a festive atmosphere, February can be an excellent time to explore the city. Plus, you might get lucky with milder weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing without the summer crowds.

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Reasons to Visit Boston in February

Winter fun:.

Embrace the cold and enjoy winter activities like ice skating, skiing, and snowboarding at nearby ski areas. Explore the city's parks, including the Boston Public Garden and Frog Pond on Boston Common, which transform into enchanting winter wonderlands.

Cultural Events:

Experience the vibrant cultural scene of Boston with events such as the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown. Marvel at colorful lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, and traditional celebrations that add a touch of excitement to the city streets.

Valentine's Day Specials:

Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in Boston with special Valentine's Day offers from hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Enjoy candlelit dinners, live music performances, and romantic walks along the historic streets of Beacon Hill or Newbury Street.

Historic Sites: 

Explore Boston's rich history by walking the Freedom Trail or taking a guided tour of iconic landmarks like Faneuil Hall, the Boston Opera House, and Harvard Square. Learn about the city's revolutionary past and discover fascinating stories behind each historic site.

Indoor Attractions:

Beat the cold weather by visiting indoor attractions such as museums, art galleries, and theaters. Warm up at the Boston Symphony Hall or catch a show at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace while immersing yourself in the city's cultural offerings.

Boston February Weather

Boston weather in February can be unpredictable, ranging from mild days to chilly temperatures and occasional snowfall. Average high temperatures hover around 39°F, while lows can dip down to 25°F. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and pack accordingly with layers, warm coats, gloves, and hats to stay comfortable while exploring the city.

Things to Do in Boston In February

Hit the slopes at nearby ski areas for a day of skiing or snowboarding. Enjoy scenic views and fresh powder at ski resorts within driving distance of Boston, offering a fun winter escape for outdoor enthusiasts.

Ice Skating Rinks:

Lace-up your skates and glide across outdoor ice skating rinks like Frog Pond on Boston Common, Kelly Outdoor Rink, and The Rink at 401 Park, or indoor rinks such as Steriti Memorial Rink, Warrior Ice Arena, and the Boston Common Frog Pond. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and stunning city views while skating with family and friends.

Valentine's Day Events:

Celebrate Valentine's Day with special events and activities tailored for couples, including romantic dinners, wine tastings, and couples' spa treatments. Explore charming neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and indulge in intimate moments with your loved one.

Chinese New Year Parade:

Immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities of the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown. Marvel at colorful dragon dances, cultural performances, and traditional ceremonies celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Walking Tours:

Discover Boston's hidden gems and historic landmarks with guided walking tours of the city . Explore neighborhoods like Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the North End while learning about Boston's architecture, culture, and local history.

Top Attractions in Boston

Freedom trail:.

Follow the red-brick path of the Freedom Trail and journey through Boston's revolutionary history. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere House, and Bunker Hill Monument while immersing yourself in the city's rich heritage.

Boston Public Garden:

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and stroll through the serene oasis of the Boston Public Garden. Admire vibrant flower beds, scenic lagoons, and the famous Swan Boats as you explore one of America's oldest public parks.

Faneuil Hall:

Discover the lively marketplace of Faneuil Hall, where history meets entertainment. Browse through unique shops, savor local cuisine at Quincy Market, and catch street performers in action while experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of this historic landmark.

Beacon Hill:

Wander the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill and marvel at the charming Federal-style architecture, gas-lit lanterns, and picturesque row houses. Explore Acorn Street, often referred to as the "most photographed street in America," and soak in the timeless beauty of this historic neighborhood.

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Boston Symphony Hall:

Experience world-class performances at the renowned Boston Symphony Hall, home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. From classical concerts to contemporary music events, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Boston's music scene at this iconic venue.

Newbury Street:

Indulge in shopping, dining, and people-watching along Newbury Street, Boston's premier retail destination. Browse through upscale boutiques, art galleries, and trendy cafes while exploring this vibrant and eclectic neighborhood in the heart of the city.

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What to Wear in Boston in February

When packing for your trip to Boston in February, it's essential to dress warmly and be prepared for variable weather conditions. Here's what to include in your winter wardrobe:

- Warm Layers:

Dress in layers to stay insulated and comfortable throughout the day. Start with a thermal base layer, add a sweater or fleece, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof jacket.

- Winter Necessities:

Don't forget essential accessories like gloves, hats, scarves, and earmuffs to protect yourself from the cold. Opt for moisture-wicking and insulated materials to keep warm and dry.

- Waterproof Footwear:

Choose waterproof boots or shoes with good traction to navigate snowy and icy sidewalks. Look for styles that provide warmth and stability while exploring the city streets.

- Thermal Underwear:

Consider wearing thermal underwear or leggings to keep your legs warm during outdoor activities. Look for breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics to stay dry and comfortable throughout the day.

How Cold is Boston in February

Boston can experience cold temperatures in February, with average highs around 39°F and lows around 25°F. However, temperatures can vary throughout the month, so it's essential to check the weather forecast before your visit. Be prepared for chilly conditions and dress accordingly with layers, winter coats, and insulated clothing to stay warm outdoors.

Does Boston Get a Lot of Snow in February?

Snowfall in Boston can vary from year to year, ranging from heavy snowstorms to lighter dustings. On average, Boston receives around 2.9 inches of precipitation in February, which can include snow, rain, or a mix of both. While February can bring snowfall to the city, it's essential to check the forecast and be prepared for winter weather conditions during your visit.

In conclusion, February is an exciting time to visit Boston , offering a mix of winter activities, cultural events, and historic charm. Whether you're exploring the city's iconic landmarks, enjoying outdoor adventures, or celebrating Valentine's Day with your loved one, Boston has something for everyone to enjoy during the winter months. So bundle up, embrace the cold, and experience the magic of Boston in February.

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When is the perfect time to visit Boston?

Jillian Dara

May 27, 2023 • 3 min read

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Long evenings full of sunshine make summer a popular time to visit Boston © Marcio Jose Bastos Silva / Shutterstock

Though summer is arguably Beantown’s high season, Boston flaunts its magic all year round.

The public parks , harbor and surrounding waterfront offer a wealth of activities for everyone year-round – from ice skating on the frozen ponds in winter to outdoor yoga come spring, picnics and pop-up beer gardens in summer, and autumn strolls under falling golden leaves. Here's how to choose the best time to visit Boston for you.

June to August is Boston in all its glory

Summer, generally June to August, is the glory time for Boston’s showcase attractions like outdoor sporting events and waterfront dining. Of course, it can also mean crowds of visitors at the city’s most coveted attractions – walking the Freedom Trail , sailing the Harbor, indulging in a lobster feast at a waterside restaurant, and meandering the boutiques and galleries along Newbury Street.

Boston’s version of restaurant week, called “ Dine Out Boston ,” takes place twice a year, including once in August, so you can find some good deals. It’s wise to book hotels and excursions as far in advance as possible if you’re visiting in summer to ensure you won’t miss out.

June sees average temperatures in the mid-70s, while July and August's temperatures increase to the low- to mid-80s, though that can feel hotter depending on where you are in the concrete jungle. The occasional summer storm might roll in, but there are plenty of indoor attractions too, like the New England Aquarium and great museums.

A group of young kids wearing bright green hats blow from green plastic horns during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston.

March to May and September through November bring colorful flowers and foliage

Spring and autumn are wonderful in Boston, with balmy, mild temperatures perfect for strolling and exploring. Crowds will be thinner and the backdrop is full of spring flowers like rosy-hued magnolias from March to May, while September through November means the reds and yellows of New England leaves.

Key events in spring include the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March and the Boston Marathon in April. In fall, September brings Oktoberfest festivities throughout the city, when you can count on food vendors, live entertainment and, of course, lots of beer. The third weekend in October is the Head of the Charles Regatta , three days of rowing races on the Charles River that attract thousands of elite competitors and several hundred thousand spectators.

Average temperatures in spring and fall typically range from 50-60F, with early fall offering the possibility of summer-like stretches of sunshine.

A dusting of snow covers bare tree branches in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. estive creative lighting and sparkling Christmas trees are everywhere as the Boston embraces the holiday season.

December to February is best for fewer crowds and lower costs

It’s really no secret that Boston winters are cold, and they can also be pretty snowy. Furthermore, though Chicago’s moniker is the “windy city,” a variety of statistics show that Boston is actually windier. With all that said, if you come prepared – pack a warm jacket and cozy accessories – Boston’s low season can be enjoyable because of its low tourist numbers and more local atmosphere. Plus, you’re more likely to snag reservations at favored restaurants.

December also means holiday magic; twinkling trees and festive pop-ups are a great reason to brave the chill. Another is the three-month-long Boston Wine & Food Festival , which starts mid-January and runs through the end of March.

Do dress appropriately, though. The cold temperatures typically blow in during December, averaging between 30 to 40F, but that dips in January and February, when average lows hover between 20-25F. Wind chill can often exacerbate the cold, making temperatures feel even lower (don’t forget to look at the “feels like” temperature on the weather to be sure you’re properly prepared).

This article was first published May 6, 2021 and updated May 27, 2023.

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A Complete Guide to Visiting Boston in the Winter, From a Local

By Author Meg Frost

Posted on Last updated: March 9, 2024

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Boston in the Winter can be a wonderful time to visit, as long as you plan accordingly.

I’ve lived in this historic city for 20 years now, so I have an insight into all the best winter activities and tried-and-true tips on how to deal with the weather.

If you’re planning to visit Boston in the Winter, here’s my comprehensive guide to help you with weather tips, a packing list, and a curated selection of activities you don’t want to miss.

Weather in Boston in the Winter

Photo of the Make Way for Duckling statues in the Boston Public Garden with a fresh layer of snow on them.

A Winter trip to Boston is sure to include chilly weather with a chance of snow. Here’s what you can expect month by month, from December through February.

Weather data courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Average temperatures in Boston in December typically range from 30°F to 45°F. That’s a decent range, so to narrow it down, the average temperature in December 2023 was 40°F.

The beginning of the month usually starts pretty mild, but as the month progresses, the temperatures start to drop.

Sometimes you’ll get snow, although usually it’s just flurries. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a big snowstorm though!

January brings the full blast of winter to the city! Average temperatures range from 24°F to 36°F, and we usually get a good snowstorm or two.

Every few years, though, we get blasted with a blizzard in January or February, with temps dropping even lower.

February is much like January. Average temperatures range from 26°F to 37°F and there’s bound to be a snowstorm or two.

I highly recommend getting a travel insurance policy that covers inclement weather. There’s a higher chance this time of year that you’ll have to move your trip due to ice or snowfall.

What to pack for Boston in the Winter

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If you’ve decided to brave the cold and visit Boston during the winter season, packing smart is essential.

To put it simply, layering is your best friend. Here’s a comprehensive packing list to ensure you’re prepared:

  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots : Make sure they are warm, comfortable for lots of walking, and have a good grip. It’s best if they’re waterproof, too. Most of all, pack a minimum of two pair!
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves : These warm layers can be added or removed as needed.
  • Winter coat : A waterproof coat is best, in case you get met with snow or rain, but above all, make sure it’s warm!
  • Casual layer-able clothing : Unless you have a fancy event to attend, you can stick to casual wear. Bring clothing that you can layer so you don’t get too hot or cold.
  • Warm socks : Opt for moisture-wicking materials that dry quickly, like wool.
  • Lip balm and moisturizer : The dry winter air is no joke here. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
  • Small backpack or day bag : Bring something easy to carry and will fit what you need for the day.
  • Camera or smartphone : You’ll want to record all of your fun memories!
  • Portable phone charger : Stay charged up throughout the day with a power bank.
  • Waterproof, insulated snow boots : Check the weather before you leave, as this might be overkill.
  • Thermal underwear : If you’re not used to the cold, you may want to wear thermals under your clothes for added warmth.
  • Hand and toe warmer inserts : These are great to have on hand if you’ll be outside lots.

Things to do in Boston in December

Boston goes all out in December when it comes to the Winter holidays! There’s no shortage of events for Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa!

Here are my top picks for things to do in Boston in December.

Shop for the holidays

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Get your holiday shopping done in style along Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. This famous shopping street is lined with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, plus many of your favorite chain stores.

For a more festive atmosphere, check out the Seaport Holiday Market at Snowport and the SoWa Winter Festival in the South End.

These vibrant pop-up markets offer unique, handcrafted gifts and plenty of snacks from local vendors.

See the holiday lights

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Boston twinkles with festive lights during the holiday season.

Explore places like the Boston Common, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Copley Square, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which are adorned with a myriad of holiday displays that add a warm glow to chilly evenings.

Each year, a giant Christmas tree is lit up on Boston Common, as well as a large menorah, accompanied by live music and other festivities.

Want to make a night of it? Check out the Holiday Lights Trolley , which takes you around the city to see the best light displays.

It’s BYOB for 21+ and includes a pit stop at the Snowport market for the afternoon run and Encore Casino for the evening run.

See a holiday show

There are always several good shows running throughout the area that celebrate Christmas. Here are my top recommendations:

  • Holiday Pops featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity – a retelling of the Nativity with a Black twist, such as Gospel music
  • The Nutcracker featuring the Boston Ballet
  • The Slutcracker – An 18+ burlesque version based on the original ballet

First Night Boston

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Ring in the new year on December 31 at First Night Boston.

This free event includes live music, ice sculptures, a parade, fireworks, and other family-friendly fun.

Activities take place throughout the city at key spots like the Boston Common, City Hall Plaza, Downtown Crossing, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

For more details about this year’s city-wide party, check out the First Night Boston website.

Things to do in Boston in January

Start the new year with a winter vacation to Boston in January! Here are a few fun events to check out this month.

Boston Celtic Music Festival

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This festival features traditional Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton music, as well as dance performances and introductory music classes.

Also known as BCMFest, it usually takes place over a weekend in mid-January. For more information, check out the festival’s Facebook page .

Boston Wine & Food Festival

The Boston Wine & Food Festival is a culinary extravaganza put on by the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Each weekend, from mid-January through March, there are wine tastings, seminars, tastings, and themed brunches and dinners.

Check out the festival’s website for more information, including how to make reservations or buy tickets.

Things to do in Boston in February

Whether you’re in town for the Super Bowl or a romantic getaway, here are the top fun things to do in Boston in February.

Boston Beanpot Hockey Tournament

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The Beanpot Hockey Tournament has been a Boston institution since 1952!

This tournament features the men’s and women’s hockey teams from 4 major colleges in the area: Boston University, Boston College, Harvard University, and Northeastern University.

The men’s teams typically face off on the first 2 Mondays of February at the TD Garden, while the women’s teams play on the first 2 Tuesdays with the location rotating each year between the 4 schools.

Black History Month Film Festival

Another excellent film festival in Boston in February is the Black History Month Film Festival.

Hosted by The Boston Globe, this event includes virtual and in-person film screenings and discussions featuring films that “celebrate the lives, culture, and creativity of Black Americans,” as the festival’s site states.

For more information on dates and a schedule, check out the festival website .

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

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Each February, Sci-Fi film fans flock to Somerville Theatre for screenings, panel discussions, parties, and premieres.

Recently, an online component was added on Filmocracy so fans worldwide can join in, even if they can’t make it to Boston.

Check out the festival website for dates and schedule.

Things to do in Boston in the Winter

Even with Winter’s bite, the city of Boston comes to life with seasonal events and activities that celebrate this special time of year.

Here are more must-do activities that will make your winter visit to Boston memorable, no matter when you visit during this season.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Photo of a dancing dragon from a Chinese New Year celebration in Boston.

Boston’s Chinatown hosts a Chinese New Year celebration, complete with a lion dance parade, cultural performances, and a street fair.

The date varies but typically occurs between the end of January and the end of February. The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) is a good source for celebration dates and information.

Outdoor dining (hear me out…)

Yes, that’s right – you can dine outdoors in Boston in the winter ! There are a handful of spots that have heated igloos and yurts for outdoor dining that also provide a bit of privacy.

Here are a 5 top spots to consider:

  • 75 on Liberty Wharf
  • The Anchor Boston in Charlestown
  • The Bowery Bar in Dorchester
  • Deck 12 in Seaport
  • Lookout Rooftop Bar at the Envoy Hotel

Ice skating

Aerial photo of the Boston Common Frog Pond ice skating rink during sunset.

Embrace the season with ice skating. The Boston Common Frog Pond and the Rink at 401 Park offer picturesque outdoor locations for a spin on the ice.

Skate rentals are available at both locations, so no worries if you don’t have a pair of your own!

Taza Chocolate Factory Tour

Venture on a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about Taza’s stone-grinding techniques and sample their delicious chocolates.

This is a perfect indoor activity for a brisk winter day or a unique date activity!

Black Heritage Trail

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The Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6-mile walk through the Beacon Hill neighborhood that highlights over a dozen important sites in Boston’s Black history and heritage.

The walk can be self-led via an audio tour from the NPS app or you can join a guided tour through the National Park Service during the Summer .

Boston Bruins & Celtics games

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We’re a bit obsessed with our professional sports teams here in Boston.

If you’re visiting during the winter months, you can catch a Boston Bruins hockey game or Boston Celtics basketball game, both held at the TD Garden.

You can catch the home game schedules here: Boston Bruins | Boston Celtics.

Explore Boston’s finest museums

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If outdoor activities aren’t your thing, dive into Boston’s rich history and renowned museums.

Here are the top spots to hit up this time of year:

  • Boston Children’s Museum – Definitely check out their Snowmazing! indoor playground!!
  • Institute of Contemporary Art – Contemporary art museum with stunning views of Boston Harbor.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – Be sure to check out their holiday courtyard garden on display from December-January.
  • Museum of African American History – Learn about African American history from the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Museum of Fine Art – Browse the permanent and visiting fine art exhibitions from around the world.
  • Museum of Science – Super fun, immersive museum with an IMAX theater.

What are your favorite things to do in Boston in the Winter?

Boston in the Winter brings lower crowds and for some, a romantic snowy backdrop.

On the other hand, the weather can be a turn-off for some. But if you pack smart and plan lots of indoor activities, you’ll have a great time.

Just be sure to book refundable hotels and transportation and make sure your travel insurance covers cancellations or rescheduling fees due to inclement weather.

About the author

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Meg Frost is a Boston-based travel blogger that helps people embrace technology to make vacation planning and traveling wicked easy, affordable, and fun.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.

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Stretching 2½ miles, the Freedom Trail weaves past 16 of the city's most historic sites, including Faneuil Hall Marketplace , the Paul Revere House and Old North Church . Taking in all of the trail's attractions requires at least half a day (and some comfortable walking shoes), but you can easily plot points of interest before you begin your jaunt from Boston Common .

Though most visitors agree the trail is easy to navigate on your own, some recommend a guided tour or downloading an app to tell you about the sites. (You'll find a handful of apps available for Apple and Android devices.) If you have a Go Boston Card, standard guided tours given by the Freedom Trail Foundation are covered by your pass.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market free

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Four buildings – Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market – constitute Faneuil Hall Marketplace, with the oldest being Faneuil Hall. Built in 1742 and now a stop on the Freedom Trail , Faneuil Hall has had a long and important history in Massachusetts politics. Samuel Adams once stood here to push for resistance against the British, and abolitionists and suffragists have stood on their soapboxes here. In fact, this is where colonists famously challenged the Stamp Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "no taxation without representation." From those illustrious days, the marketplace has expanded to include more than 100 shops and restaurants.

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Boston Public Garden Boston Public Garden free

Though the Boston Public Garden sits right next to Boston Common , the two are quite different. The public garden is newer (established in 1837) and holds the distinction of being America's first public botanical garden. Flowers and trees are beautifully organized and kept in quality condition throughout. You can see the colorful arrangements and exotic trees from the 6-acre pond as you glide along the water in a Swan Boat. Additionally, the park houses two of Boston's most iconic statues: Make Way for Ducklings (a bronze sculpture of a duck and her eight ducklings) and a sculpture of George Washington (which shows America's first president riding on a horse).

Visitors looking to relax after sightseeing will enjoy the Boston Public Garden. Parkgoers say you'll find plenty of shade beneath the park's trees, which comes in handy on hot summer days. Plus, you'll likely spot some ducks and geese swimming around the lagoon. And if you have a few dollars, visitors recommend taking a 15-minute ride on a Swan Boat. The large paddle boats cost $4.50 to ride (or $3 for kids ages 2 to 15 and $4 for seniors); travelers with Go Boston Cards ride for free. Swan Boats are usually available between mid-April and Labor Day.

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Chances are you'll end up in the North End at least once during your visit to Boston. It's steeped in the city's rich history as it holds the title of Boston's oldest neighborhood and houses three attractions on the Freedom Trail . What makes this neighborhood a top point of interest, however, is its Italian culture: The North End is considered Boston's Little Italy.

While Italians weren't the first to settle in this area (English settlers arrived first then European Jews, African Americans and Irish immigrants), their cultural influence on the North End withstood the test of time. Today, you'll find all kinds of Italian food from classic pizza pies served at the popular Regina Pizzeria to Sicilian-style seafood, such as black linguine (made with squid ink) and calamari meatballs at The Daily Catch . For dinner, try Mamma Maria for fine dining, Giacomo's for its affordable, made-in-house pasta or Bricco , which sources its meats and bread from its own meat and bread shop, located right next door. If you’re only interested in pizza, hit up Galleria Umberto for delectable solo slices or Antico Forno for its full-size, wood-fired pies. Prezza is known for its extensive wine list, boasting hundreds of wine labels to choose from. For dessert, make sure to pick up a cannoli at Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry , or tiramisu at the 24-hour Bova's Bakery .

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Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Fine Arts

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You'll also find an impressive collection of Asian art here, plus works from Monet, Renoir, Manet and Rembrandt on display. And in special temporary exhibits, you can admire masterpieces from Black artists like Diedrick Brackens and Picasso, among others.

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Boston Common Boston Common free

The grounds of Boston Common started as a cow pasture in the mid-1600s. It was also used for Puritan punishments, like whipping, and even for hangings. In 1768, the area was transformed into a British camp. After the Revolutionary War, the park became a popular locale for public speeches and rallies. Now, the Common is best known because of its status as the oldest public park in the country. You'll also find a variety of activities and events – including theater and musical performances and free fitness classes – hosted here throughout the year. If you plan to traverse the Freedom Trail , you'll start the walk here at Boston Common.

Though some visitors say you won't find much to do in this park, Boston Common is great for picnics or a leisurely stroll. Travelers also mention that this site is a wonderful spot to take young children. In addition to ample running room on the park's green space, kids can play at the Tadpole Playground or Frog Pond. Frog Pond offers a spray pool during the warmer months and an ice skating rink in the winter. Some visitors do note that the park tends to draw Boston's homeless population, particularly at night.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

After Isabella Stewart Gardner's husband died in 1898, the art enthusiast carried out their plan to buy land in Boston's Fenway area and open a museum to display her impressive collection of Italian art. The museum, which was fashioned after the Palazzo Barbaro in Venice , was completed in 1901, at which point Gardner moved in to the fourth floor and began installing her collection. Today, you can visit this Boston museum to get your fill of the Italian masters, such as Raphael and Titian. The building also showcases a cache of beautiful furniture, photographs, sculpture and rare books straight from Europe. The museum's New Wing, designed by Renzo Piano, includes a glass atrium, greenhouses and landscaped gardens.

The art isn't the only interesting thing here: the museum is also the site of the single largest property theft on Earth. In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves made their way into the museum disguised as police. The duo stole 13 works, including pieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet. Today, the museum has empty frames on the walls as placeholders until the art returns to the museum. As you may have guessed, the crime has not been solved and the works haven't been recovered. The museum is even offering a sizable reward ($10 million) for information leading to the art. 

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Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park

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The 114-acre Spectacle Island is a great option for those looking to hike. Here, you'll find 5 miles of trails, including one which leads to the harbor's highest hill, offering incredible views of Boston's skyline. If you’re looking for a place where you can sink your toes into the sand, head to Lovells Island. Here, you’ll find secluded shorelines as well as tide pools (when it's low tide, a whopping 71 acres are added to the island's land mass). Meanwhile, history lovers will enjoy a trip to Georges Island. Georges Island is home to Fort Warren, which the U.S. government used for patrolling and training Union troops as well as housing Confederate prisoners during Civil War times. Peddocks Island, one of the largest of the Boston Harbor Islands, offers a little bit of everything. This island is considered a prime camping spot and features scenic hiking trails that pass through coastal forests, headlands connected by tombolos and the biggest beach of any island. You'll also find a little bit of history thanks to Fort Andrews and a restored chapel from World War II.

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Starting at the higher end, by Massachusetts Avenue, you'll find more budget-friendly retailers like TJ Maxx and Forever 21, as well longtime local favorites Newbury Comics and Trident Booksellers. In fact, Newbury Comics' opening in 1978 was the catalyst that began the transformation of Newbury Street from a heavily upper-class retail destination to a hipper, trendier spot for everyone.

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Cambridge, which sits about 3 miles northwest of Boston's city center, is home to both Harvard University and MIT , but there's more to see in Cambridge than just the schools themselves. The city features an impressive array of cultural institutions that feature collections and exhibitions ranging from fine art to technological innovations.

The Harvard Art Museums , which include the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum and Arthur M. Sackler Museum, house a wide range of periods, styles and mediums within its walls. Here, you’ll find a mix of modern photography, 13th century sculpture, paintings from legends like Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso and Jackson Pollock, and much more. If you prefer history, head to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology , which boasts exhibits exploring everything from ancient Latin American cultures to the evolution of American eating habits and tableware to the lives of Native Americans. If science is more your speed, head to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to view dinosaur fossils, rare minerals and animal specimens from New England to Asia.

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Beacon Hill is arguably Boston's most beautiful neighborhood. Located north of Boston Common , Beacon Hill is awash with quaint, cobblestone-lined alleyways, corners dotted with gas street lamps, stately townhouses affixed with bay view windows and vibrant, flower-filled window boxes. It's Beacon Hill's incredible style, a stunning mix of Federal and Greek revival architecture, that make this neighborhood an attraction in and of itself. And recent visitors couldn't agree more.

Travelers who venture to Beacon Hill are charmed by its beauty and say that it's the perfect place to take a long stroll and wander around. While here, make sure to make your way to noteworthy spots including the picturesque Louisburg Square and Acorn Street, the latter of which is one of the most photographed places in Boston. After, head down Charles Street, where you'll find restaurants, shops and bars. Fans of the TV show "Cheers" will want to walk down Beacon Street to find the bar that inspired the program.

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Old North Church Old North Church

Most people who know anything about American history have heard of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, when he rode through town to warn people about the arrival of British troops. Before heading off to Lexington, Revere gave orders at Old North Church. Robert Newman – the church's sexton – and Captain John Pulling Jr. – the church's vestryman – then climbed the steeple and held two lanterns as a signal that the British were indeed coming, but by sea.

The church itself, which is officially named Christ Church, is filled with beautiful relics from the past, including North America's oldest set of change ringing bells and chandeliers brought in from England in the early 1700s. The pews have a long history as well; Pew No. 54 was reserved for Paul Revere's son.

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With a giant milk bottle structure at the front of the building, it's hard to miss the Boston Children's Museum. Here, hands-on exhibits present a fun and engaging way for kids to learn about various sciences, culture, art and health and wellness, among other subjects. Among the museum's standout exhibits are "Construction Zone," where little ones can learn about and play with kid-sized construction equipment, "The Common," where kids play with color, games and music, and "Japanese House" – a 100-year-old authentic Japanese house reconstructed in Boston by Japanese carpenters.

Museumgoers praise the variety of engaging exhibits tailored to kids within different age groups and can't recommend it enough. Others warn the museum gets crowded, especially in the summer.

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Many previous visitors said the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway not only offers a much-needed respite from the city, but also an easy way to explore Boston with kids during the warmer months. And, in many sections of the Greenway, you're never more than a few steps away from the Freedom Trail .

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

This hands-on museum offers an entertaining look at one of Boston's pivotal moments. You can toss (fake) tea overboard, climb around replica ships and converse with period actors about Colonial issues. Exhibits at the museum, which is located on Griffin's Wharf (close to where the actual Tea Party occurred on Dec. 16, 1773) include 3D holograms, talking portraits and the Robinson Tea Chest, an authentic tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. Two of the three ships have been recreated, the Beaver and the Eleanor, which are fun to explore. The film "Let It Begin Here" depicts the events that immediately preceded the American Revolution. You can also grab a cup of tea or a snack in Abigail's Tea Room, which has one of the best views of the harbor around.

Visitors love the interactive nature of the museum and tossing tea overboard, saying their time there was entertaining for all ages. They also add that the guides are informative and stay in character.

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Museum of Science Museum of Science

If you're traveling with young ones in tow, be sure to swing by the Museum of Science. Here, kids can learn about astronomy, earth sciences and anatomy, not to mention participate in some fun interactive exhibits. Budding scientists can examine the Arctic in "Arctic Adventure: Exploring with Technology" exhibit or play on swings to learn about physics in "Science in the Park." The museum also features the Charles Hayden Planetarium, where you can indulge your inner astronaut during shows. Meanwhile, at the Mugar Omni Theater, you'll feel like you're actually in the IMAX film thanks to its cutting-edge sound technology and five-story-high projection screen.

Although the museum is very kid-focused, past visitors said that young-at-heart adults and even teens will get a kick out of the museum's engaging displays and shows. Though most travelers spend about half a day exploring the museum, you could easily allocate an entire day to this attraction. Also, remember that separate tickets (which cost extra) are needed for some museum features, such as IMAX films, planetarium shows and the Garden Walk and Insect Zoo.

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Boston Duck Tours Boston Duck Tours

Wander Boston for a couple of hours and you're sure to see a Duck Tour quacking its way through the streets (and waterways). These "Truck Duck" vehicles recreate the look of a DUKW truck used by the U.S. military during World War II and transport tourists all over the city by land and water. The tours drive past a number of landmark sites including the Old State House, Newbury Street , Prudential Tower, Public Garden and the Swan Boats, and Copley Square (home to the Boston Public Library ). Once launched into the water, you'll cruise down the Charles River checking out MIT, the Longfellow Bridge, as well as the Esplanade and the Hatch Shell. 

Besides giving tours around the city, Boston Duck Tour boats have been used in all of the victory parades since 2002 for the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins (the city's major teams for football, baseball, basketball and hockey, respectively). What started off simply as a way to roll the Patriots through downtown Boston for a Superbowl celebration has turned into a much-loved tradition that continues today.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra

Even if you're not a classical music aficionado, you can't miss attending one of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's world-renowned performances at Symphony Hall. The BSO began performing in 1881. Today, the symphony performs everything from family shows to traditional concerts and Boston Pops – a lively performance filled with singing and a variety of music. The BSO performs at Symphony Hall from September through April, then heads to Tanglewood (which is about 130 miles west of Boston) in the summer.

Past spectators not only praised the world-class talent, but also noted the impressive acoustics of Symphony Hall as a main selling point for attending future concerts. If you can't score tickets to an orchestra performance, consider taking a free tour of Symphony Hall. Tours, which are offered in the fall, winter and spring, provide information about the property, as well as insight into the orchestra's musicians and conductors.

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New England Holocaust Memorial New England Holocaust Memorial free

Gaze up at the six 54-foot glass towers that comprise the New England Holocaust Memorial, and you're bound to be awestruck. Dedicated in 1995, each haunting tower is etched with numbers. The 6 million numbers represent the Holocaust's victims, while the towers represent the six major death camps. There is also a granite path covered in quotes from survivors that leads visitors inside the towers.

Recent visitors described walking through the columns as an emotionally charged and unforgettable experience. The monument's location next to Faneuil Hall Marketplace makes it very accessible while walking the Freedom Trail .

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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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Paul Revere House Paul Revere House

For a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1700s, head to Paul Revere's former residence in the North End . The house, which is situated on the Freedom Trail , offers insight into how homes looked in Revere's time (it's even filled with period pieces, including fine silver). Inside, history fans can admire the building's sweeping beams, spacious fireplaces and some original furnishings owned by the Revere family.

If you like American history, travelers say you'll enjoy seeing the Paul Revere House. This house is small, though, so don't allot more than an hour to tour the property. Docents are friendly and knowledgeable.

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Massachusetts State House Massachusetts State House free

The golden-domed Massachusetts State House is an important building for many reasons and is one of the stops on the Freedom Trail . The land it sits on was originally used as John Hancock’s cow pasture. It was designed by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798 and the cornerstone was laid by Samuel Adams in 1795. A copper dome was installed by Paul Revere in 1802 (later covered in gold). Nowadays, senators, state representatives and the governor conduct the Commonwealth's business here.

Free tours are offered by docents who explain the building's history and discuss the important art and architecture within. Make sure to look for the Sacred Cod in the House of Representatives Chamber. The almost 5-foot wooden cod symbolizes the importance of the salt cod industry to the area.

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New England Aquarium New England Aquarium

Your kids will find plenty to love at the New England Aquarium, starting with the Atlantic harbor seals that hang out just beyond the ticket booth. Inside, you'll find thousands of marine critters to study, and at the center: the Giant Ocean Tank. This four-story tank includes a coral reef habitat that houses more than 1,000 underwater creatures including green sea turtles, eels and barracuda. In other parts of the aquarium, you'll find exhibits dedicated to penguins, sea jellies and seadragons, plus a six-story high projection movie screen with digital surround sound, where you can watch films about sea creatures and more. And don't forget to check out the Shark and Ray Touch Tank, which allows visitors to graze sharks and rays as they swim by.

While some visitors bemoan the aquarium's compact size (which, in turn, made for thick crowds), many appreciate the attraction's variety of animals. Several travelers also recommend watching a penguin or seal feeding.

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USS Constitution USS Constitution free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Every July 4th, the USS Constitution takes her annual "turnaround" sail in Boston Harbor. The particular sail is the only one open to the public and the US Navy holds a lottery with the lucky winners getting to board "Old Ironsides." – Jill LeGrow

History lovers, boat enthusiasts and military aficionados alike can't miss the chance to board the USS Constitution. Docked at the Boston National Historical Park in Charlestown, this historic vessel is the world's oldest commissioned warship still operational today. It is helmed by United States Navy sailors, who also serve as the ship's guides. The ship's accompanying museums displays nearly 2,000 artifacts related to the ship's history.

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Bunker Hill Monument Bunker Hill Monument free

Bunker Hill Monument is part of the Boston National Historical Park and a stop on the Freedom Trail . The first major battle of the American Revolution took place on Breed's Hill in June 1775, though originally it was supposed to take place on nearby Bunker Hill. Names aside, the British won the battle but fared worse than their American foes. The British sacrificed about nearly half of their 2,400 men; American casualties were between 300 and 500 out of an army of 1,400 to 1,800 soldiers. Construction of the monument started in 1827 and was completed in 1842. The 221-foot granite obelisk offers fabulous views from its observatory, though you have to work for it by climbing 294 steps to the top.

Start your visit at the Bunker Hill Museum, located across the street. Exhibits explain the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the monument, and the history of Charlestown. Free tickets are required to climb the monument and you can also pick them up at the museum. Visitors enjoy the museum and say the monument is awe-inspiring and the grounds beautiful.

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View Boston View Boston

U.S. News Insider Tip: To save some cash on your sightseeing, pick up a Boston CityPass which allows you to visit up to four attractions (such as the Museum of Science , New England Aquarium , Boston Harbor City Cruise and View Boston) for one discounted price. – Jill LeGrow

Replacing the iconic Top of the Hub restaurant and Skywalk Observatory that closed in 2020, View Boston opened in June 2023 to offer 360 panoramic views of Boston from atop the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center. Taking over the top three floors of the Prudential Center, View Boston includes an observatory, a wraparound roof deck and indoor/outdoor cocktail bar called Stratus, and a floor with interactive exhibits such as a projection-mapped 3D model of Boston. There's also Beacon, a bistro offering seasonal beverages and food.

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The Mapparium The Mapparium

Located at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, this three-story, stained glass globe never fails to elicit wonder. Designed by the architect of the Christian Science Publishing Society building, Chester Lindsay Churchill, the globe depicts the world as it was in 1935.

The "How Do You See the World" experience includes the globe; the "Our World: Mapping Progress," which highlights humanity's achievements since 1935; and "Points of Progress," where you can learn about significant events in human rights, scientific advances, exploration, and other fields. A 10-minute audio narration features clips from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai (a Kenyan Nobel laureate) and others. One of the coolest features of the globe is that it is a "whispering gallery." Stand at one end of the gallery while a friend stands at the other. Whisper something to them and they will be the only one to hear it.

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What to Do in Boston in February

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This post covers the top things to do in Boston in February.

We include free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and activities, all updated for 2024.

  • Nighttime Activities
  • Free Things to Do
  • Family Friendly
  • Tourist Discounts
  • Things to Do in Boston (any time of year)

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

The following section will cover the most popular and interesting activities available in Boston during this time of year.

In addition to our top 10, you may also want to consider one of the following attractions or tours:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • The USS Constitution
  • Little Italy Food Tour
  • Boston Bike Tours
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace

The best way to save money in Beantown is by purchasing a Boston tourist pass .

These services include discounts of up to 55% or more on some of the most popular attractions in the city.

1.   Go to a Concert

The Boston area is home to many different music venues, big and small.

Below, we have listed several top musicians playing in and around the Boston area this January.

Some of these concerts are located just outside of the city, but if you’re a fan of the artist, it may be worth a trip to see them perform.

  • Michael Shannon and Jason Narducy | February 13th
  • Mitski | February 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th
  • Boys II Men | February 9th
  • Lucious | February 2nd

If you’re interested in classical music, note that the  Boston Symphony Orchestra  will perform at Symphony Hall throughout the month.

Check out  even more concerts  you can see in Boston this February.

2. Attend a Sporting Event

Some of Boston’s most popular teams will be playing home games throughout the month of Feburary.

If you’re a sports fan, you're sure to find a game you'll want to attend.

  • Boston Celtics
  • Boston College Eagles
  • Boston Bruins
  • Harvard Crimson

Check here for even more sports in February in Boston.

This might also be a good time to take a  tour of historic Fenway Park , the home of the Boston Red Sox!

For more games, check this list of Boston sporting events in February .

3. See a Popular Show

There will be some good musicals and theatrical performances to see in Boston during the month of February.

  • Moulin Rouge
  • Book of Mormon

Performance Art

  • Blue Man Group  

Family-Friendly Shows

  • Boston Ballet: Winter Experience

If you’re looking for more fun the kids can enjoy, please  check our section on family-friendly activities .

Check this list to see more  theatrical shows in Boston this January .

4. Enjoy Live Stand-up Comedy

If you're in need of a good laugh, there will be several notable comedians performing in Boston during the month of February.

Comedy Shows

  • Ari Shaffir | February 1st, 2nd
  • Jessica Kirson | February 3rd
  • Dan Soder | February 17th
  • Jimmy Dore | February 18th

Comedy Clubs

  • Laugh Boston
  • Nick's Comedy Stop
  • City Winery  (also has music and other entertainment)

Find  other comedy events in Boston  here.

TIP: Open mic comedy nights are hosted at several clubs. Check out our free things to do in Boston post for more details.

5.   Take a Walking Tour

Although it can be a bit cold in Boston during the month of February, you may still want to consider taking one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours:

  • Freedom Trail
  • Cambridge/Harvard
  • North End/Little Italy
  • Beacon Hill Crime Tour
  • Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Kennedy/Irish History

With no price tag upfront, these tours are a great way to discover the city without spending a lot of money. 

We also offer several self-guided Boston tours which cover a lot of notable and historic locations in the city.

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6. Celebrate Chinese New Year

This year is the year of the Dragon!

Boston has designated the Lunar New Year as an official holiday, with the 2024 New Year beginning on February 10th.

Chinatown puts on a Lion Dance Parade on February 18th at Phillips Square. You'll find lots of color, firecrackers, drumming, and more.

Keep an eye out for red paper lanterns, dance troupes, kung fu presentations, music ensembles, and multiple processions of costumes and dancers going through the neighborhood.

Read more about the festivities here .

Note that the Vietnamese New Year celebration, Tet in Boston, is expected to have events starting February 4th. Visit here for more information .

7. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to see a lot of attractions while visiting Boston, it’s worth noting that you can save money on tickets by using a tourist pass.

Boston currently has several different types of passes to choose from, and they each include a lot of popular activities including tours, museums, cruises and other things to do.

An all-inclusive pass will save you the most money, but you’ll have to use it for as many attractions as possible in order to get a big discount.

This pass includes admission to dozens of services and locations for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days).

There are also flex passes that provide access to a set number of activities (3, 4, or 5) for one flat price.

While you can save money with this service, it’ll be important to choose the most expensive attractions.

Here are a few of the most popular tours, museums, and other things to do included with these passes:

  • Hop on Hop off Trolley
  • New England Aquarium
  • Six Flags New England
  • Boston Duck Tour
  • Skywalk Observatory
  • Museum of Science
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Boston Bike Rental
  • Fenway Park Tour

Depending on which pass you choose, you should be able to save anywhere from 20% - 50% off these activities.

For more details, please read our post covering Boston tourist passes .

If you already know which discount pass would work best for you, you can purchase it here: All Inclusive - Boston Go City | Explorer - Boston Go City | Boston CityPass

8. Attend Harvard University

Well at least for the day! To visit this historic and prestigious campus, take our self-guided Harvard University tour for free. 

Alternatively, you can also join our pay-what-you-wish Cambridge & Harvard Guided Walking Tour which goes into even more detail about the area.

If you’re looking for another option, it’s worth noting that Harvard University offers its own free walking tour which you can take at various times throughout the year. 

These tours are provided by students, so they’re usually only available when classes are in session.

9. Attend the Cupid’s Undie Run

If you’re looking for a different kind of Valentine’s Day celebration, this charity run is anything but typical. 

Despite the fact that it’s still winter, hundreds of people participate in this race which tasks them with running half-naked through the streets of Boston.

To keep everything safe and fun, the main event only lasts for 15 minutes and begins around 2PM

At the end of Cupid’s Undie Run, there will be a party at Lansdowne Pub. 

Proceeds from this race and the after-party will go towards a charity to find the cure for neurofibromatosis.

This race is scheduled for February 17th, 2024. For more information or to register for this race, visit the Cupid’s Undie Run website.

10. Attend the Boston Sci-fi Film Festival

If you’re a science fiction fan, this is one event you won’t want to miss. 

For 49 years now, the Boston Sci-fi Film Festival has honored some of the finest movies in the genre.

They're expected to have 30 features, 75 shorts, workshops, panel discussions, parties, and more.

The Somerville Theatre will be hosting the festival from February 14th–19th.

For more details or to purchase tickets, visit the Boston Sci-fi Film Festival website .

THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN FEBRUARY

This section will provide a few additional activities you can enjoy at night in Boston during the month of February. 

Make sure to check our other sections for ideas such as concerts, musicals, sporting events, the Boston Sci-fi Film Festival and more.

If you’re looking to save money on some of the most popular nighttime activities in this city, think about getting a Boston tourist pass .

NORM! Grab a drink at the Cheers Bar

Go where everybody knows your name and have a pint at Cheers.

If you choose to visit this historic location, don’t expect it to look quite like Sam Malone’s bar. 

This isn’t just some tourist trap made to look like a bar; they do actually serve a variety of drinks and food on-site, including several menu options named after characters in the show.

For more details on this opportunity, make sure to read our post about visiting the Cheers Bar .

Get Some Lobst’ah

Seriously, make sure you have some lobster while you’re visiting Boston.

Being so close to the ocean, local restaurants tend to have a lot of fresh seafood each day. 

If you’re going to be in town for Valentine’s Day, you may want to think about taking your significant other out to a nice dinner at one of these locations.

We have a list of the Best Places for Lobster in Boston which should help you find a great place to eat.

Catch a film at the Historic Coolidge Corner Theatre

Boston in February

This Art Deco movie theater has been open to the public since 1933. 

Here you can find international, documentary, animated, and independent film selections and series and watch them in a lavish setting that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back into time.

If you’re looking for a historic location to enjoy a film or two, this is one of the most notable theaters in all of Boston.

The whole family will enjoy time spent at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

For directions and show listings, visit their website .

TIP: If you’re interested in seeing a movie, don’t forget that the Boston Sci-fi Film Festival is taking place this month.

Make sure to read our post about free things to do at night in Boston .

FREE THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

This section will include some fun and interesting activities you can enjoy for free in Boston during the month of February. 

If you’re looking for even more free activities, check our full post of free things to do in Boston .

Explore the Museums

A great way to stay warm in Boston in February is to go to a museum or art gallery!

Thankfully, there are a lot of great museums you can visit for free in Boston. Here are a few of the more popular options:

  • Boston’s Museum of Science
  • Old State House Museum
  • Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts
  • Quirky Museums in Boston
  • Boston Fire Museum
  • Waterworks Museum
  • Commonwealth Museum

If you want to save some money on other museums in the area, consider getting a Boston tourist pass .

They can be purchased here: All Inclusive - Boston Go City | Exporer - Boston Go City | Boston CityPass

Take a Free Tour of Symphony Hall

During the orchestral season (October–May), Boston Symphony Hall offers free tours of the hall .

With a history that dates back to 1881, this is one of the most historic sites in all of Boston. 

If you want to learn more about this location, their tour is a great way to discover some of the traditions held by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Your guide will also provide information about the history of this, one of the most popular symphony halls in America.

Visit the Boston Public Library

If you’re looking to avoid the cold, consider visiting the Boston Public Library.

Not only is this location free to visit, but they also provide free tours throughout the week. 

In addition to the architecture of the building itself, there is also a lot of great artwork on display here.

Even if you just want to find a good book to read, this is a great place to visit while you’re in the city. 

It’s also worth noting that residents of Boston can get a library card and take advantage of their Museum Pass to get into several popular attractions for free.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN FEBRUARY

In this section, we will provide some excellent activities that you can enjoy with your family in Boston throughout the month of February. 

Take a look at our other sections for ideas like going to a free museum, catching a movie at Coolidge Corner Theatre and more.

For more ideas, check our post about what to do with kids in Boston .

Experience Groundhog Day at Drumlin Farms

Is winter over yet? Meet Mrs. G, the hopeful official groundhog and forecaster of spring for Massachusetts. 

On February 2nd, she looks for her shadow in order to determine whether or not there will be six more weeks of winter.

Afterward, stick around for hot chocolate and a visit to the farms.

This location is actually a wildlife sanctuary, so there are a lot of interesting things to see and do here. 

You can expect to see animals like pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, cows, and more! Learn more about visiting Drumlin Farms .

Go on a Harvard Square Chocolate Tour

Harvard Square is a great place to take the kids for a variety of reasons, but one of the main factors is that there are a lot of great places to get chocolate treats.

If your children are chocoholics, consider taking them on a chocolate tour that includes locally made ice cream, tea, a trip to a traditional candy shop and much more.

  • Tickets: $50 per person
  • Availability: Saturdays
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Purchase tickets or learn more .

Go for a Spin on the Ice

There are many ice skating options in Boston that are available even in February.

Our favorite is in Boston Commons at the Frog Pond, but chances are that you’ll find one that fits well into your itinerary no matter where you are in the city. 

Ice skating is fun for all ages, and some of the rinks have lessons or skating buddies to help younger skaters.

If you’re not directly in the city center, here are a few ice skating rinks you might want to consider:

  • Johnson Ice Rink (at MIT)
  • Simoni Skating Rink
  • Veterans Memorial Rink
  • Murphy Memorial Skating Rink
  • Steriti Memorial Rink

Tickets range from $5-$15 depending on how long you stay and which services you choose to purchase.

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Things To Do in Boston in February on Vacation or Locally

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Afternoon Tea

Well it’s not London, but it’s probably the closest city to London that you’ll find in the States. Check our our post on our Favorite Afternoon Tea in Boston and warm up your tootsies next to a dancing indoor fire.

Take a Food Tour or Chocolate Tour with Off The Beaten Path Food Tours

We run our Food Tours and Chocolate Tours year-round for a reason: they’re fun, life goes on in the winter, and our friendly guides are excited to meet you. Our Harvard Square Chocolate Tour is running on Valentine’s Day this year, and also the weekends nearby. So  check the Tour Calendar  for something fun going on this week. We’ll bring the smiles and the handwarmers!

Hot Tubbing and Salt Caving

Winter blues got you down? Perk up your spirits with a hot tub experience at Chelsea’s Russian Bath steamroom at  Dillons . For the adventurous, try floating in a float tank and meditating such as at  FLOAT  in Somerville. Another way to lift your mood is relaxing in a salt cave – think of those pink Himalayan salt lamps x 100000 – try  G20 Spa  right in the city of Boston or venture south to  Four Seasons  or  Saltitude . note: please consult your doctor before trying any of these activities.

Visit Our Indoor Markets

We love our indoor markets here in Boston, some things never change. On our  Union Square Somerville Food Tour we visit Bow Market which features Etsy-makers and local small businesses. Venture a little farther north with us to try a Lowell Mill No 5 Food Tour, which is a market inside a converted textile mill.  In Cambridge, we have an Antique Market  which is five floors of antiques and interesting finds.

Winter Sports Are in Full Gear!

In the city known for its Boston Marathon every April, we don’t slow down in the Winter. In fact, a little snow never stopped us, and most of us are equipped with a waterproof coat as well as snow tires or at least 4WD. So grab your gloves and get out there, feel the chilly winter air on your cheeks, and smile — it’s February in Boston!

  • Kendall Square Cambridge Ice Skating  – take a spin after our Kendall Square Food & Innovation Tour or go during the weekdays and grab some authentic Jamaican food at a kiosk nearby. Here’s our list of where to go ice skating around Boston .
  • De Cordova Sculpture Park Snowshoe Tours  – a can’t miss activity for outdoor and art lovers!
  • Blue Hills Boston  – a great beginner slope, just outside of Boston enjoy this “smaller” hill – they have lessons available and make their own snow!
  • Weston Ski Track   – we’ve been going here since we were little, for cross-country skiing with a few “golf course sized” hills and a ton of fun to get your energy out by snow shoeing — the world is your oyster!
  • Great Brook Ski Touring  – another awesome place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, there’s some delicious eats and history in nearby Concord, MA
  • Wachusett Mountain Night Skiing  – for the more adventurous downhill skiier, Wachusett is our tallest mountain in Massachusetts, and we have a blast night skiing here

Stay Warm with our Craft Breweries

Check out  our blog post about our favorite craft breweries in Boston . There’s so much creativity in the Boston brew scene, from the label to the process/recipes to the names of the local bottles, these are truly labors of love. On our tours we often sample beer, and you can  email us  for specific recommendations if you want more recommendations.

Magical Outdoor Shopping

Cobblestone streets are made for the winter! So kick off your stilettos, put on a pair of UGGs, and join us for some outdoor shopping around the city’s oldest areas. Our favorite places to wander the cobblestones include: Harvard Square, Beacon Hill, and Newbury Street.

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Indoor Sports: Golf or Rock Climbing, anyone?

Interval training? Keeping up that golf swing? There’s plenty of ways to enjoy yourself this Winter with indoor sports, all around the city. From trampoline parks to indoor golf to our favorite rock climbing gym, you’ll find something to suit your fancy!

  • Indoor Mini Golf
  • Indoor Volleyball
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If you’re considering a trip to Boston in February, you’re in for a treat. While the weather may be chilly, the city comes alive with a variety of cultural events, indoor activities, and unique experiences. From enjoying winter sports to exploring museums and attending special festivals, Boston offers plenty of reasons to visit during this time of year.

In February, Boston experiences cold temperatures with average lows of around 25°F (-4°C) and highs of approximately 37°F (3°C). There is a possibility of snowfall, adding to the city’s picturesque charm. It’s essential to pack warm clothing, including a heavy coat, gloves, and a hat to stay comfortable while exploring the city.

Boston Wine Expo

The Boston Wine Expo is an annual event held in February, attracting wine enthusiasts from around the world. Visitors can sample a wide array of fine wines, attend educational seminars, and indulge in delectable food pairings, making it a must-visit for wine lovers.

Chinese New Year Parade

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the vibrant and colorful parade that winds through the streets of Boston ‘s Chinatown. Enjoy traditional lion dances, martial arts performances, and cultural exhibitions, creating an unforgettable experience for both locals and visitors.

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

Movie buffs shouldn’t miss the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic mix of imaginative and thought-provoking films from around the globe. This event provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of science fiction, fantasy, and other innovative genres.

Boston’s top places to visit in February

The museum of fine arts.

Escape the winter chill and immerse yourself in the Museum of Fine Arts, home to an extensive collection of art spanning various periods and cultures. Wander through its galleries and appreciate masterpieces by renowned artists, providing a perfect indoor activity for art enthusiasts.

Fenway Park

Baseball fans can embark on a tour of Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox. Learn about the stadium’s rich history and explore behind-the-scenes areas, including the famous Green Monster, offering a fascinating glimpse into the world of America’s favorite pastime.

Quincy Market

Indulge in culinary delights and vibrant atmosphere at Quincy Market, where an array of food vendors and shops await. Sample local specialties, browse for unique gifts, and take in the lively ambiance, making it a charming spot to experience the local culture and flavors.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Discover the enchanting Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a treasure trove of art, architecture, and lush gardens. Explore the stunning courtyard and marvel at the museum’s diverse collection, including rare works of art and intricately designed spaces, offering a captivating journey through history and creativity.

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The Best Times to Visit Boston for Lower Prices, Beautiful Weather, and More

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Boston, Massachusetts is a beloved destination for those looking to dive deep into American history. It's a spot where culture abounds thanks to fantastic museums and science centers like the Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of Science, and it's an academic powerhouse, with schools like Harvard, MIT, Emerson, Northeastern, Boston College, and Boston University calling the city home. And it's all waiting for you to come and explore.  "Boston is a vibrant city rich in history, world-class museums, and a diverse culinary scene," Saba Alhadi, the founder of PhotoWalks Tours of Boston , shared with Travel + Leisure . "Many attractions are within walking distance or easily accessible by the subway system."

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Saba Alhadi is the founder of PhotoWalks Tours of Boston, which offers photography and history walking tours of the city.

William Bunce is the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, a luxury hotel in Downtown Boston.

There is another thing Boston is well known for — its four very distinct seasons. 

"Whenever you decide to visit Boston, regardless of the season, there's always an energy and vitality here that captivates our visitors," William Bunce, the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston , shared. "Our restaurants have fast become some of the most diverse in the country, with chefs showcasing cuisines from all over the world in neighborhoods that are easily walkable from downtown. That's why they call us America's walking city! Our waterfront is programmed with seasonal activities that will keep you enjoying the outdoors all year round." 

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Boston is one of America's most iconic cities. While it offers year-round excitement, the weather can vary greatly from season to season. Crowds and prices for hotels and excursions also vary throughout the year. Boston's three main tourism seasons are:

  • High Season: Summer, from June to early September
  • Shoulder Seasons: Spring and fall, from September to November and April to May
  • Low Season: Winter, between December and March

Here are the best times to visit Boston for fewer crowds, beautiful weather, and more.

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Best Times to Visit Boston for Smaller Crowds 

The best time to visit Boston for smaller crowds is during its shoulder and low seasons. The city's shoulder season runs from September through December, into the low season from January through February, and again in the early spring for the second shoulder season in March and April. Thankfully, the city’s major museums, attractions, hotels, and restaurants never shut down, meaning even in the lowest tourism season, you’ll still be able to get reservations for just about everything you want to do, just with fewer other tourists present. 

Best Times to Visit Boston for Good Weather 

Though the idea of “good” weather is subjective, we can confidently say you’ll experience comfortable weather throughout Boston’s high season in the summer, as well as its shoulder season in the fall. As WeatherSpark reported , Boston’s warm season lasts for just over three months, between early June and mid-September, when the average high temperature is 73 degrees Fahrenheit. (The warmest month is July when the average high temperature hits 82 degrees.) The fall is particularly inviting in Boston, when the temperatures fall to the high 60s, causing the leaves to change into a kaleidoscope of colors. The leaves begin to change in September and usually peak in mid-October. However, the colorful leaves can last well into November, when temperatures start to dip into the mid-50s. 

Best Times to Visit Boston for Lower Prices 

The best time to visit Boston to get great deals on hotels and potential discounts on excursions and other offerings is during its low season over the winter months. In fact, prices are known to drop dramatically for some of the city’s top hotels between December and March. As Meet Boston reported, the average daily rate for hotels in Boston was $186.38 in January 2023 and jumped to $334.28 in May. Beyond lower hotel rates, the city’s museums also offer free days or reduced admission times all year long, including the Boston Children’s Museum , which offers $1 admission every Sunday from 1:30- 4:30 p.m., and the Museum of Contemporary Art , which offers free admission every Thursday night from 5-9 p.m. 

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Best Times to Visit Boston for Sports 

Beyond the excellent hotels, world-class dining, museums, and historical sites, Boston is perhaps one of the best sports cities in the world. It’s home to several major sports teams, including the Boston Red Sox, the Celtics, and the Bruins (and technically the Patriots, but we won’t count them here as their stadium is in Foxboro and not Boston proper). It’s also home to one of the most celebrated marathons on Earth, which brings in thousands of participants and spectators each year. 

The best day to visit Boston for sporting events is Patriots' Day, which honors the first battle of the American Revolution, celebrated every year on the third Monday in April. This also happens to be Marathon Monday, which visitors are welcome to enjoy from the sidewalks stretching from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. Visitors can also catch a Red Sox game on Patriots' Day; as Boston Pastime explained, the Red Sox have played home games on Patriots' Day (almost) every year since 1960.

“Our sports teams, to the dismay of those who live outside of Boston, are often champions in their leagues, and history buffs love broadening their perspective through our revolutionary past,” Bunce said. “There’s always something happening in Boston that will undoubtedly enthrall and delight any visitor.” 

If you miss Patriots' Day, that’s okay, because the Red Sox play more than 80 home games at Fenway Park throughout the entire summer. And that runs right into basketball and hockey season, which both begin in October, so you can always catch a Bruins or Celtics game to root on the home team no matter when you visit. 

Worst Times to Visit Boston 

Again, “worst” is subjective, however, there are times you may want to avoid visiting Boston. The winter months can be excessively cold and snowy in Boston. According to WeatherSpark, the cold season in Boston usually falls between early December and mid-March, with average daily highs in the high 30s to low 40s. January is the city’s coldest month when the average high temperature hits just 37 degrees and the average low is a bone-chilling 24 degrees. 

Additionally, because Boston is a very college-centric town, you may want to avoid the city in early September during move-in time and early to mid-May during graduation season. During these times, the city is saturated with students and their families, so if you’re not among them, perhaps pick another time to visit. 

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Best Time for Weather in Boston

The weather in Boston varies significantly throughout the year, experiencing all four seasons – from hot and humid summers to cold and snowy winters. Understanding the average temperatures and precipitation levels can help you decide when to visit based on your weather preferences.

Average Temperatures in Boston throughout the year

Boston experiences a wide range of temperatures throughout the year:

Spring (March – May): Temperatures in spring range from 30°F (-1°C) to 70°F (21°C), with May being the warmest month of the season.

Summer (June – August): Summers in Boston are warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from 50°F (10°C) to 90°F (32°C). July is usually the hottest month of the year.

Fall (September – November): Fall is a pleasant time to visit Boston, with temperatures ranging from 40°F (4°C) to 70°F (21°C). The crisp autumn air and colorful foliage make it a popular time for tourists.

Winter (December – February): Winters in Boston are cold, with temperatures ranging from 20°F (-7°C) to 40°F (4°C). January is typically the coldest month of the year.

Remember to pack accordingly based on the season you plan to visit. Layering clothes is always a good idea due to the temperature variations throughout the day.

Rainfall and Snowfall in Boston

Boston experiences precipitation throughout the year, but the type and amount vary by season:

Spring: Spring is a relatively wet season in Boston, with April being the wettest month, averaging around 3.9 inches (99 mm) of rainfall.

Summer: Summer months can experience thunderstorms, but they are usually brief. July is the driest month, averaging around 3 inches (76 mm) of rainfall.

Fall: Fall is generally dry with occasional showers. October usually receives around 3.4 inches (86 mm) of rainfall.

Winter: Boston receives a significant amount of snowfall during the winter months, averaging around 44 inches (112 cm) of snow each season. The snowiest month is typically February.

If you prefer to avoid heavy rainfall or snowfall, it is advisable to check the weather forecast closer to your travel date to plan your activities accordingly.

Best Time for Budget Travel in Boston

Visiting Boston doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little planning, you can enjoy the city on a budget. Knowing when to visit and what activities to do can greatly affect your spending.

Cheapest Months to Visit Boston

The most affordable time to visit Boston is during the shoulder seasons – late spring (April and May) and fall (September and November). These months offer relatively pleasant weather while avoiding the peak tourist seasons and the associated price hikes in accommodations and attractions.

  • April and May: As the city shakes off the winter chill, you’ll find fewer tourists and lower prices on accommodations. However, be prepared for a mix of rain and shine.
  • September and November: Post-summer, pre-winter, this is another sweet spot for budget travelers. The weather is pleasant, and the summer crowds have dispersed, leading to a decrease in hotel prices.

It is advisable to avoid visiting during peak tourist seasons, such as summer (June to August) and winter holidays (late December to early January), as prices for accommodations, dining, and attractions tend to skyrocket.

Budget-Friendly Activities in Boston

Boston has a plethora of activities that are budget-friendly or completely free:

Walking Tours : Boston is a walkable city with rich history and beautiful architecture. The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile long trail that passes by 16 historically significant sites, is a must-do activity for visitors and is completely free.

Public Parks : The Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden are beautiful, centrally located, and free to visit. Enjoy a picnic, go for a walk, or just relax and people-watch.

Museums : While many of Boston’s museums have an entrance fee, several offer free admission on certain days or times. For example, the Museum of Fine Arts offers free admission on Wednesdays after 4 pm.

HarborWalk : This is a public walkway that stretches for miles along the Boston waterfront, offering stunning views of the city skyline and harbor.

Free Events : Throughout the year, Boston hosts various free events and festivals. For example, in the summer, you can enjoy free concerts and outdoor movies.

Biking : Bring your bike and explore the city on two wheels. The Minuteman Bikeway is a popular trail that offers scenic views of the city.

Remember, the key to budget travel is planning ahead. Be sure to check the schedule and prices of attractions online before your visit.

Best Time to Avoid Crowds in Boston

Boston is a popular destination, attracting millions of visitors each year. However, if you prefer a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere, it’s essential to know when to visit to avoid the crowds.

Peak Seasons in Boston

The peak tourist seasons in Boston are during the summer months, from June to August, and during major events or holidays.

Summer (June – August) : This is the busiest season in Boston. The weather is warm, and many outdoor activities, festivals, and events take place during this time. Tourists flock to the city, and popular attractions like the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, and the Boston Harbor Islands can get crowded.

Major Events and Holidays : Events like the Boston Marathon (April), Fourth of July celebrations, and college graduations (May) also attract a significant number of visitors, making the city more crowded during these times.

Fall Foliage (October) : Although not as crowded as the summer, the fall foliage season in October attracts many visitors who come to see the beautiful autumn colors.

Off-Peak Seasons in Boston

To avoid crowds, consider visiting during the off-peak seasons.

Late Winter and Early Spring (February – March) : This is one of the quietest times of the year in Boston. The weather is still cold, and there is a possibility of snow, which deters many visitors. However, if you don’t mind the chilly weather, you can enjoy the city’s attractions without the crowds.

Late Fall (November) : After the fall foliage season and before the holiday rush, November is a relatively quiet time to visit Boston. The weather is cooler, but you can still enjoy outdoor activities and attractions without the hassle of large crowds.

Early December : The first two weeks of December are relatively quiet before the holiday rush begins. This is a great time to enjoy the holiday decorations and festive atmosphere without the crowds.

Remember, while visiting during off-peak seasons means fewer crowds, some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed for maintenance. It is always advisable to check the official websites of attractions for the most up-to-date information.

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Boston offers a variety of activities for every type of traveler. Whether you’re interested in attending a festival, participating in a sporting event, or exploring the great outdoors, there’s a perfect time to visit Boston.

Festivals and Events in Boston

Boston hosts a multitude of events throughout the year, catering to different interests and hobbies.

Spring : The Boston Marathon is one of the city’s most iconic events, held on the third Monday of April. It’s a vibrant event that brings together athletes from around the world. There’s also the Boston Pride Parade in June, which is a colorful and festive celebration.

Summer : During the summer months, you can enjoy a series of free concerts and outdoor movies throughout the city. The Boston Harborfest in July is a week-long celebration of the city’s maritime history with activities for the whole family.

Fall : The Head Of The Charles Regatta in October is the world’s largest two-day rowing event and attracts competitors and spectators from around the globe. Additionally, October hosts several Oktoberfest events and Halloween celebrations.

Winter : First Night Boston is one of the oldest and largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country, featuring a grand fireworks display.

Outdoor Adventures in Boston

Boston offers a variety of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Spring : As the weather starts to warm up, it’s a great time to visit the Boston Harbor Islands, go for a hike, or take a whale watching catamaran cruise.

Summer : This is the perfect time for beach outings, kayaking, and paddleboarding in the Charles River, or catching a game at Fenway Park.

Fall : The fall foliage in and around Boston is stunning. It’s a great time for hiking, cycling, or going for a scenic drive.

Winter : While it’s cold, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond or skiing in the nearby mountains.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Boston

Boston is a vibrant city with something to offer everyone, regardless of the time of year. Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly travel, wanting to avoid the crowds, or planning your activities around the weather, there’s a perfect time to visit Boston. Be sure to plan ahead and check the official websites for the most up-to-date information on events, attractions, and activities.

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12 Fun Activities To Experience In Boston During February

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Winter in Boston may be cold, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! February is the perfect time to explore all that the city has to offer. From ice skating on the Frog Pond to indulging in comfort food at the South End Winter Restaurant Week, there's no shortage of activities to experience. So grab your winter coat, scarf, and mittens, and get ready for some unforgettable adventures in the heart of Boston.

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When visiting Fenway Park, be sure to explore the Stadium Tour. The tour is a guided walk through the stadium that covers history, culture, and traditions of the Red Sox. Visitors will have a chance to see the Green Monster close up, the iconic left-field wall that has remained in place since 1934. The tour also takes you through the press box and the dugout, giving visitors an insider's view of what goes on behind the scenes.

In February, the crowds at Fenway Park are minimal, making it the perfect time to take in a game. Visitors can experience the stadium, the crowds, and the Red Sox players as they hit the field. The smells of ballpark food, the sounds of the crowd cheering, and the sight of players on the diamond all come together to create a deeply authentic sports experience. A trip to Fenway Park in February is a unique opportunity to view the sport in its most raw and stripped-down form, free from the commercialism and fanfare that sometimes accompany baseball.

For those who are less inclined towards sports, there is still plenty to do around Fenway Park. The neighborhood surrounding the park is home to some of Boston's most historic sites and popular attractions. Visitors can stroll through the beautiful Frederick Law Olmsted-designed green spaces at the Back Bay Fens or explore the city's Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, the charming streets of Beacon Hill and the bustling entertainment district of Downtown Crossing are just a short drive or subway ride away.

One of the best ways to experience Fenway Park and the surrounding district is through a walking tour. Guided walking tours take visitors through the heart of the city, passing through historic neighborhoods with breathtaking architecture, charming cobblestoned streets lined with shops, cafes, and bars. Walking tours also make it easy to get around the area while taking in the sights and sounds that make Fenway Park and Boston so unique.

Finally, when visiting Fenway Park, be sure to plan for unpredictable weather conditions. Boston is known for its inclement weather, and February is no exception. Temperatures can dip well below freezing, and the city experiences regular snowfall throughout the month. Visitors should dress warmly in layers, carry hats, gloves, and scarfs, and be sure to wear waterproof boots. Dressing appropriately will ensure that visitors stay comfortable and can experience all that Fenway Park and Boston have to offer.

In conclusion, a trip to Fenway Park in February is a remarkable experience for visitors of all ages. From the historic stadium tour to the classic ballpark atmosphere, there's something for everyone at Fenway Park. Visitors should take advantage of the low attendance in February and plan for a relaxed and authentic experience. Whether indulging in sports, arts, history, or culture, Fenway Park and the surrounding areas in Boston offer a wealth of exciting activities for visitors to enjoy. So, pack your bags, put on those layers, and get ready to make unforgettable memories in one of America's most iconic stadiums.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra is a cultural landmark of Boston, Massachusetts that has been enchanting visitors with their musical prowess for well over a century. Established in 1881, it has since grown to become one of the most impactful and influential classical music orchestras around the world. One of the main reasons the Boston Symphony Orchestra has captured the hearts of millions is their breathtaking performances at the Symphony Hall of Boston.

At Symphony Hall, located in the heart of Boston's famous Back Bay district, visitors are met with an awe-inspiring setting that captures the magnificence of classical music in all its glory. Deemed one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in the world, Symphony Hall's architecture boasts of towering ceilings and crystal chandeliers. While the exterior may seem simple, upon entering, the grandeur of the venue becomes apparent. The vast stage and seating area offer an intimate experience for each member of the audience, ensuring that the concert hall's rich sound is enjoyed by all.

February is an exceptional month to visit Symphony Hall, as you can witness some of the most remarkable and captivating performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This month, visitors can expect to hear the orchestra as they perform their annual Beethoven cycle. This event sees the orchestra playing all of Beethoven's symphonies throughout February, honoring the iconic composer's artistic legacy. It’s a musical experience that will leave you in awe, with each performance only keeping you wanting more.

If you're planning to attend a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert, here are some valuable tips to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. Firstly, it's essential to arrive at least half an hour before the performance, allowing you ample time to settle down in your seats and appreciate the surroundings. The venue has a designated coatroom, and it’s worth keeping in mind that cameras and other electronic devices are prohibited. Additionally, if you're thinking of promoting your social media handles while attending the concert, you might want to think twice as photography is strictly prohibited during the performance.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra isn't the only attraction in the Back Bay neighborhood. Visitors can explore the bars, restaurants, and boutique stores that dot the nearby streets. A must-visit spot is the Newbury Street, the shopping haven widely known for its high-end boutiques and luxury shops. Other tourist attractions within a short distance of Symphony Hall include the iconic Fenway Park, the Boston Public Library, and the Prudential Center.

Attending a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert is an experience in and of itself. It's no surprise that visitors flock from far and wide to enjoy the orchestra's unmatched musical prowess. As Emily Miller, a visitor to the Symphony Hall, eloquently stated, "The majestic architecture of the venue and the phenomenal artistry of the performers ensure an unforgettable evening, creating an immersive cultural experience that one can only savor in Boston."

In conclusion, a visit to the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall is an outstanding opportunity to experience classical music in one of the world's most iconic venues. February is an excellent month to visit, with the Beethoven cycle guaranteeing to deliver extraordinary musical performances that will leave an indelible mark. So, why not head to Boston and immerse yourself in Beethoven's musical legacy, listening to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Symphony Hall today?

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The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a must-visit attraction when in Boston, Massachusetts. Each February, the museum offers visitors a unique experience to relive the historic event that took place on December 16, 1773. The museum is located on Congress Street in the heart of Boston’s waterfront.

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum of Boston has an excellent exhibit on the Boston Tea Party. The exhibit traces the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party and explains the impact that the event had on American history. The exhibit is interactive and provides visitors with an opportunity to participate in the Boston Tea Party. The museum also has several artifacts from the Boston Tea Party, including the tea crates that were dumped into Boston Harbor during the event.

Visitors to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum in February can expect a unique and immersive experience. The museum hosts a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party that is both entertaining and educational. The reenactors are dressed in period clothing and perform in a replica of one of the ships that participated in the Tea Party. Visitors are encouraged to join in by throwing fake tea crates into the harbor.

One of the highlights of this attraction is the opportunity to go on board a replica of one of the ships that participated in the Boston Tea Party. The ship, called the Beaver, is a replica of the ship that was owned by the East India Company, and it was one of the Tea Party ships that was docked in Boston Harbor in 1773.

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is open year-round, but visiting during February is particularly special. The museum is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm, and there are several tours available throughout the day. Admission prices vary depending on the type of ticket purchased, but general admission is $29.95 for adults and $18.95 for children.

Aside from the interactive exhibits and reenactments, the museum provides an excellent view of the Boston Harbor. Visitors can also explore the Tea Party Museum Shop, where they can purchase souvenirs and other items related to the Boston Tea Party. The museum shop offers a wide selection of items, including books, t-shirts, and tea sets.

In the words of the museum's Chief Executive Officer, John J. Hurley, "The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum offers our visitors the opportunity to experience one of the most significant events in American history. We offer an immersive experience that is both educational and entertaining, and our goal is to provide our visitors with a better understanding of the events leading up to the American Revolution."

Visitors to Boston cannot miss out on the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, especially during February when the museum hosts its special events. This experience is perfect for history buffs and families traveling with children. The museum is an excellent opportunity to relive American history and to gain a deeper understanding of one of the most significant events in American history.

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The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston is a great destination for art lovers. Located in the heart of Boston, the museum offers a vast collection of art from different cultures and eras. February is a great time to visit the MFA as the museum hosts special events and exhibitions during this month.

Visitors can start their visit by exploring the exhibition titled "Women Take the Floor." This exhibition highlights the work of female artists from various cultures and time periods. The exhibition celebrates the contributions of women artists, curators, and collectors who helped shape the art world. The exhibition features a wide range of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos.

Another exhibition to check out at the MFA during February is "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation." This exhibition showcases the work of late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his influence on the hip hop generation. Visitors can learn about Basquiat's life and work and see some of his most iconic pieces.

In addition to the exhibitions, the MFA also hosts various programs and events in February. Visitors can attend lectures, workshops, and film screenings related to the exhibitions. The museum also offers tours that focus on different themes and topics.

When planning a visit to the MFA in February, it's important to check the museum's website for information on specific events and exhibitions. Visitors should also make sure to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid long lines. The MFA is open seven days a week, and visitors can check the museum's website for hours of operation.

One of the best things about the MFA is its commitment to storytelling. The exhibitions and programs at the museum tell the stories of artists and their work in a way that is engaging and informative. The museum's collection includes art from different cultures and time periods, making it a great destination for anyone interested in art and culture.

A visit to the MFA in February is not complete without exploring the museum's impressive collection of American art. The museum's American wing includes paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the colonial period to the present day. Visitors can see works by famous artists such as John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Jackson Pollock.

Overall, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is a must-see destination for art lovers. February is the perfect time to visit as the museum offers a range of exhibitions, programs, and events. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or a casual visitor, the MFA has something for everyone. Visitors can expect to be inspired and entertained during their visit to this world-class museum.

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February in Boston may be wintry and cold, but it’s also the best time of year to visit the New England Aquarium. With fewer crowds and special winter programming, the aquarium is worth braving the chilly weather for.

Located in the heart of Boston, the New England Aquarium is home to over 20,000 animals of more than 600 different species. The most popular attraction is the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story aquarium that houses Myrtle, the beloved 90-year-old sea turtle, as well as sharks, barracudas, and other marine life.

Visiting the aquarium in February means avoiding the large crowds that typically come in the summer months. That means shorter lines for tickets, exhibits, and shows. The aquarium also offers special programming during the winter months, such as behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, and even a penguin feeding experience.

Aside from the Giant Ocean Tank, visitors can explore exhibits such as the Amazon Rainforest, the Pacific Reef, and the Edge of the Sea touch tank. Visitors can even catch a sea lion show, where they’ll watch these playful creatures swim, bark, and interact with their trainers.

One of the tips for visiting the aquarium in February is to dress warmly. The oceanic environment of the aquarium is kept at a cool temperature year-round, so wearing a coat and comfortable shoes will go a long way in making the experience enjoyable. Another tip is to arrive early in the day to avoid the crowds and have more time to explore.

Beyond the exhibits, the New England Aquarium serves as a leader in marine conservation research, with scientists conducting important work on coral reefs, endangered sea turtles, and more. Visitors can learn about these efforts and even make a donation to support the work during their visit.

Overall, the New England Aquarium is a must-see destination in Boston, and visiting in February provides a unique and memorable experience. As aquarium Vice President for Marketing and Communications Leslie Jones once said, “With the winter programming that we have, there’s really no better place to be.”

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The Harvard Art Museums, located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a must-visit destination for art lovers from around the world. The museum, which comprises three interconnected buildings - the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, offers an unparalleled collection of works of art from all over the world. This February, visitors to the Harvard Art Museums are in for a treat as the museum has a host of exciting exhibitions and events lined up.

One of the most anticipated exhibitions at the museum this February is "Lorna Simpson: Sport 2009-2010." This exhibition features a series of photographs by the acclaimed artist Lorna Simpson, which explore the intersection of race, gender, and identity in the world of sports. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to be both moved and challenged by Simpson's powerful images.

Another must-see exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums this February is "Conte crayon drawings by Edgar Degas: the dancer and the dance." This exhibition features a selection of exquisite drawings by the legendary French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas, which capture the grace and fluidity of the human body in motion. This is a rare opportunity to see some of Degas' finest works up close and personal.

In addition to its exhibitions, the Harvard Art Museums also offer a wide range of events and programs for visitors of all ages. From guided tours and lectures to art-making workshops and film screenings, there is always something happening at the museum. Visitors can also explore the museum's many galleries and collections at their leisure, taking in everything from ancient Greek and Roman art to contemporary works by living artists.

One of the most striking things about the Harvard Art Museums is its stunning architecture. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the museum's three buildings seamlessly blend old and new, with modern glass and steel structures interweaving with the historic brick facades of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger Museums. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful space that is both inspiring and intimate.

If you're planning a visit to the Harvard Art Museums this February, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your experience. First, be sure to check the museum's website for information about current exhibitions and events, as well as hours of operation and admission fees. You may also want to consider purchasing tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the entrance.

When you arrive at the museum, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the building's architecture before you start exploring the collections. Be sure to grab a map of the museum and plan your visit accordingly, as there is a lot to see and it can be overwhelming at first. Don't miss the chance to attend a guided tour or lecture, as these can provide fascinating insights into the works on display.

Finally, remember that the Harvard Art Museums are not just about looking at art - they are also about engaging with it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, share your own thoughts and opinions, and seek out opportunities for hands-on activities and art-making workshops. The more you engage with the museum, the richer and more rewarding your experience will be.

In conclusion, if you find yourself in Boston this February, be sure to make a stop at the Harvard Art Museums. With its world-class collections, inspiring architecture, and exciting events and programs, this museum offers an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages and interests.

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While the views alone are worth the price of admission, the Top of the Hub offers so much more. They have a fantastic menu and a great bar. The restaurant is open for dinner, while the lounge is open for drinks and snacks. The menu is diverse, with offerings ranging from seafood to steak to vegetarian options. The bar offers signature cocktails as well as an extensive wine list.

One of the great things about visiting Top of the Hub in February is that it is the perfect place to warm up after a day of exploring the city in the cold weather. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. The lounge area is perfect for a drink with friends, offering a laid-back atmosphere that is great for unwinding after a long day.

If you want to experience the full Top of the Hub experience, make sure to plan ahead and make reservations. The restaurant and lounge can get busy, especially on weekends. However, if you are just looking for a drink and a snack, the lounge is walk-in only.

One of the most unique experiences at Top of the Hub is their Sunday brunch. From 11am-2pm, guests can enjoy an incredible selection of breakfast and lunch dishes while taking in the breathtaking views. Live jazz music adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the brunch.

In addition to the amazing views and great food, the staff at Top of the Hub is also exceptional. They are knowledgeable and friendly, and willing to go above and beyond to make sure guests have a great time.

Overall, Top of the Hub is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Boston in February. The views, food, and atmosphere make for an unforgettable experience. As one visitor raved, "This place is a hidden gem in Boston. I have lived in Boston for 10 years and never knew about it. Best view in the city and amazing food and drinks."

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Winter in Boston can be a magical time, especially when you visit the Ice Rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond in February. As the air becomes crisp and cold, the city transforms into a winter wonderland offering endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The Ice Rink at Boston Common Frog Pond is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique winter experience in the heart of Boston.

Located at the heart of Boston Common, the Ice Rink has been a popular spot for both tourists and locals since 1973. Open from November to March, the rink is a perfect place to enjoy a day out with family and friends. With the beautiful city skyline as the backdrop, the rink offers breathtaking views while you glide on the ice.

If you are planning to visit the Ice Rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond in February, make sure you check the rink’s schedule ahead of time. The rink hosts numerous events throughout the season, such as ice-skating lessons, curling, ice hockey, and more. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced skater, there’s something for everyone at the rink.

Before heading to the rink, make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather, as Boston's winters can be harsh. Dress in warm layers, hats, gloves, and scarves, and bring extra socks as the rink can get chilly. Additionally, bring your own skates or rent them at the rink, and don't forget your ID if you plan on renting.

Aside from skating, the Boston Common Frog Pond offers a variety of winter activities, such as sledding, snowshoeing, and animal spotting. Explore the nearby Skating Path to see historic statues and monuments, ice sculptures, and other surprises along the way. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the perfect shot of your winter adventure.

A visit to the Ice Rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond is an excellent opportunity to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. The rink provides a unique winter experience that's hard to find in any other city. So, whether you're looking to impress a loved one or spend quality time with family and friends, the Ice Rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond is the perfect destination for a fun-filled day out.

In conclusion, the Ice Rink at the Boston Common Frog Pond is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique winter experience in the heart of Boston. With endless opportunities for outdoor activities, the rink is a perfect place to enjoy a day out with family and friends. Make sure to check the rink’s schedule, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring your skates or rent them at the rink. Don't forget to check out the nearby Skating Path, grab a bite to eat, and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from the cafe. Visiting the Ice Rink at Boston Common Frog Pond is an experience like no other, and it's one you won't want to miss.

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As winter sets in and blankets the city of Boston in snow, its public parks come alive with festive lights and vibrant displays. The Greenway is no exception, as its winter lights display is a must-visit for anyone in search of a truly magical winter experience. The event takes place throughout the month of February and transforms the park into an enchanting wonderland of light and color.

The Greenway is a beautiful park that spans across several neighborhoods in Boston, stretching from Chinatown to the North End. It's already a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, with its sprawling gardens, bustling food trucks and fabulous art installations. But in February, the park takes on a whole new life, with intricate light displays illuminating the space and adding a magical atmosphere that's perfect for an evening stroll.

Visitors can explore over a mile of the park that's been transformed with beautiful and thought-provoking installations, including a light archway that welcomes visitors into the park and a 70-foot light tower that can be seen from miles away. The light displays are created by local artists, and are often inspired by the Greenway's commitment to sustainability and responsible living. Along the way, visitors can warm up with food and drink from the various food trucks that line the park.

But the Greenway's winter lights display isn't just about visual beauty. The park also plays host to several events, including live music, performances and interactive experiences. In the past, the park has hosted light-up dance parties, a silent disco and even a lighted hula hoop workshop. These activities provide a fun and engaging experience for all ages, making this event perfect for families or couples looking for a unique date night.

To make the most of your visit, plan to come to the park in the early evening when the light display is really at its brightest. Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes, as you'll be doing a fair bit of walking around the park. You can also purchase tickets for one of the many guided tours that are offered throughout the month of February. These tours provide a deeper understanding of the Greenway's history and the meaning behind the light installations.

The Greenway's winter lights display is a testament to Boston's creativity and community spirit. It's a beautiful way to celebrate the winter season, and a reminder that even in the coldest months, there's still magic to be found in this vibrant city. So don’t miss out on the chance to experience Boston’s winter wonderland at the Greenway this February.

In conclusion, there are so many reasons to visit the Greenway for the winter lights display. From the stunning visual displays to the fun-filled events, visitors are guaranteed a truly magical winter experience. With guided tours and food trucks on site, it's perfect for family outings or a romantic date night. So bundle up and head to the park in February for a winter experience you won't soon forget!

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Held at the Boston Harbor Hotel, the festival is a celebration of all things wine, featuring over 100 different wines from all over the world, including many rare and exclusive vintages. Guests can expect to sample everything from sparkling wines and champagne to full-bodied reds and crisp whites.

In addition to tastings, the festival also hosts a range of educational events, including seminars and master classes led by industry experts. Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or just starting to develop your palate, these classes offer a unique opportunity to learn about different types of wine, how to properly taste and evaluate them, and how to pair them with food.

One of the highlights of the Boston Wine Festival is the series of dinners hosted by renowned chefs from across the country. These multi-course meals are carefully curated to pair perfectly with selected wines, providing guests with an unforgettable culinary experience. Past chefs have included Jody Adams, Todd English, and Lydia Shire, to name just a few.

To get the most out of your visit to the Boston Wine Festival, it's best to plan ahead. Tickets can sell out quickly for some events, so it's a good idea to book early. Additionally, keep in mind that many of the events require dressy attire, so be sure to bring appropriate clothing.

Finally, it's worth noting that the Boston Wine Festival is more than just a celebration of wine and food – it's an opportunity to connect with fellow wine enthusiasts and experience the vibrant culture of Boston. Whether you attend one event or several, you're sure to leave feeling inspired and invigorated by the rich flavors and warm hospitality of this beloved festival.

As festival goer John Smith puts it, "The Boston Wine Festival is an unforgettable experience. From the stunning location to the amazing wines and delicious food, it's truly a feast for the senses. I can't wait to come back next year!" So, whether you're a local looking to explore the best of Boston or a visitor from afar, the Boston Wine Festival is an event not to be missed.

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In the month of February, Boston is an exciting place to be, as Black History Month celebrations take over the city. Whether you are a local or a visitor, there are several events that you absolutely must attend to learn and celebrate the rich history of African Americans in Boston.

One such event is the Black History Month Family Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts. This festival is perfect for families and children of all ages and features hands-on activities, art-making, and storytelling. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore works of art by African American artists, as well as participate in interactive workshops and performances. The event takes place on February 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another event to put on your calendar is the Black History Month Film Festival at the Roxbury International Film Festival. The festival showcases films that celebrate the stories, experiences, and contributions of African Americans. Visitors will have the chance to watch a variety of films, attend panel discussions and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The festival takes place on February 15, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For those interested in learning about the history of African Americans in Boston, the Black History Walking Tour, led by the Boston By Foot organization, is a must-attend event. The tour takes visitors on a two-hour journey through the city's neighborhoods and landmarks where they will learn about the contributions of African Americans in areas ranging from arts and culture to business and politics. The tour runs every Sunday in February, starting at 2 p.m.

Another event that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser is the Black History Month Gospel Concert at the Berklee Performance Center. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to some of the most talented gospel artists in the country, including local and national performers. The event takes place on February 22, 2020, at 7 p.m.

In addition to attending these events, there are other ways to celebrate Black History Month in Boston. Make sure to visit the Museum of African American History on the Black Heritage Trail to learn about the rich history of African Americans in Boston. You can also take a stroll along Malcolm X Boulevard in Roxbury, where you'll find the Roxbury Heritage State Park and the National Center of Afro-American Artists.

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the rich history and contributions of African Americans in Boston and across the country. Boston offers several opportunities to celebrate and learn through a variety of events and activities. Don't miss out on this chance to be a part of this important celebration. Whether you're a local or visitor, there's something for everyone in Boston this February.

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Visiting the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown of Boston in February is a must for anyone looking to experience the vibrant culture and traditions of the Chinese community in the city. Every year, the parade brings together locals and tourists alike to witness stunning performances and immerse themselves in the festivities.

Taking place on the first Sunday of February, the parade typically starts at 11:00 am and lasts for several hours. It usually kicks off at the Phillips Square and makes its way through Chinatown, passing by landmark sights such as the Chinatown Gate and the historic China Trade Building. The parade is a spectacular display of colorful floats, traditional lion dances, dragon dances, and martial arts performances.

To get the most out of the experience, it is recommended to arrive early and secure a good viewing spot along the parade route. Many locals come equipped with folding chairs and warm blankets to enjoy the event comfortably, so having some preparation can go a long way. Another great way to witness the parade is to book a table at one of the many restaurants along the route that offer special New Year’s menus and VIP viewing areas.

Apart from the parade itself, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Chinatown during the festivities. Many stores sell festive treats such as Chinese New Year cakes and traditional snacks, and visitors can browse through the markets selling Mandarin oranges, lanterns, and tokens of good luck. Taking a stroll down the streets, visitors can also see the decorative displays that adorn the storefronts and buildings.

For many in the Chinese community, the parade is a way to connect with and celebrate their cultural heritage. According to Karen Chen, a resident of Chinatown, "The parade is something we look forward to every year because it brings everyone together. It reminds us of where we came from and how we can continue to share our traditions with others."

Overall, attending the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown of Boston in February is an unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the rich and vibrant cultural traditions of the Chinese community in the city. Whether you are a local or a tourist, it is an event not to be missed.

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Frequently asked questions.

- Although the weather can be chilly, Boston offers several outdoor activities such as ice skating at Boston Common Frog Pond, skiing in nearby mountains, and walking tours of historic neighborhoods.

- Boston hosts several cultural events during February, including the Boston Wine Expo, Chinese New Year Parade, and Boston Comedy Festival.

- Couples can enjoy a cozy dinner at one of Boston’s many restaurants, go on a Valentine's Day cruise on the Boston Harbor, or visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to view timeless art collections.

- Families can participate in a winter scavenger hunt at the Boston Children's Museum, attend the New England Boat Show, or watch the Disney On Ice show at the TD Garden.

- Boston has a variety of indoor attractions to visit, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the New England Aquarium. Additionally, visitors can take in the city’s rich history by visiting the Freedom Trail or the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.

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Boston is an excellent city to spend time in, whether you love staying indoors or prefer to venture outside. No matter your preferences or the time of year you visit, you’ll have more than enough to do. People come to Boston year-round to experience what the city has to offer. If you’re there just for a brief time, you’ll even be tempted to start planning your next trip to see the city during a different time of year.

What is the Best Time to Visit Boston – Experiencing the Different Seasons in Boston

Wintertime in Boston is pretty cold, but if you’re willing to brave the weather, you can take in a football game or do your holiday shopping in the city. Springtime in Boston is lovely, with lots of attractions to choose from and green spaces to spend sunny afternoons. Even though summertime is busy with tourism, there are a lot of outdoor activities to keep you busy. Moving into fall, you can be among the buzz of returning students and stick around to see the leaves at their prettiest.

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Winter in Boston can be quite cold, especially once December comes, so if you’re coming from a warmer part of the world, make sure you’re prepared with proper clothing. At the very least, you’ll want a good pair of boots and a thick coat. Pack gloves and a scarf, too.

The snow in Boston can be unpredictable, and some winters only get a little bit of snowfall, while other years see blizzards. It’s coldest and snowiest during January, but this is also when hotel rates are their lowest. If it’s too cold to walk around the city, you can hop in a Lyft or Uber.

The Boston Wine Festival occurs during the winter, where you can try all sorts of food and wine.

Weather in Boston during the spring is temperamental. You might get a gorgeous, mild spring day, or you may deal with days upon days of rain. Either way, though, the blooming flowers are prettiest here during spring, so it may be worth it to chance the weather. Average temperatures during the spring range from the 50s to the 70s, rising the further you get into June.

There are two big reasons to visit Boston during the spring: Saint Patrick’s Day and the Boston Marathon.

The summertime is when most tourists flock to Boston, so if you want to avoid the crowds, plan to visit during a different time of the year. If you do travel to Boston during the summer, just be aware that hotel rates will be higher than during the rest of the year. Average temperatures in July climb to the low 80s, and you may experience very warm days as late as September.

There are tons of free events during the summertime, like concerts at the Hatch Memorial Shell (which is by the Charles River) or Summer in the City performances thanks to the Berklee College of Music. You can probably find a running club or yoga class to join, too.

Once the summer ends and September’s here, the weather in loses its humidity and is more comfortable for spending a day outside. However, sometimes fall in Boston stays warm for a bit, and you may get experience temperatures in the 70s as late as September and October. 

While tourists tourism thins out during the fall, students return to school this time of year. Boston is home to more than two dozen colleges, and there are over 130,000 students in the area. Some parts of Boston attract a bigger youth crowd than others. For example, Kenmore Square and the Fenway neighborhood tend to be teeming with students. However, all of those younger people mean that Boston has excellent nightlife and less-costly dining options. Plus, over holidays, spring break and the summer, the city empties out.

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One of the prettiest times to visit Boston is during the fall, and you should time your trip with when the leaves change and are at their peak color. People travel from all over the country to see the bold colors of Boston’s foliage.

Even though peak foliage changes a bit from year to year, there’s a general schedule you can count on. Midway through September, you’ll start to see vibrant colors here and there. By the beginning of October, more leaves have changed. Usually, peak foliage is during the third week of October, and they’ll only last to the beginning of November if they make it that long.

If you want to soak in the sight of gorgeous fall foliage, take a cruise on the Charles River or book a Duck Tour, and bring your camera to catch the reflection of the leaves in the water. If you’d rather stay on dry land, go to Boston Common, and pick up a cider in a nearby café to keep you warm. You can also couple leaf-peeping with a tour of Harvard Yard – the walking tour will give you plenty of views of the leaves as you learn about Harvard University.

What to Expect Each Month in Boston

There’s really no bad month for visiting Boston, but if you want agreeable weather and fewer tourists, plan your trip for spring (April to June) or early fall (September and October). However, some people feel that Boston is great to visit at any point between June and November because you’ll avoid the springtime rain and the coldest winter months. Ultimately, it’s up to you and what you plan to do during your time there.

Let’s go over what you can expect each month so you can perfectly plan your trip to Boston. (Note that temperatures are in Fahrenheit.)

January is Boston’s coldest month. Average temperatures don’t creep much higher than 36 degrees, and they can get as low as 22 degrees. There’s also a lot of snowfall during January, the most out of the year, with 13 inches as the average.

While February in Boston is still chilly, temperatures have risen since January. Average temperatures range from 25 to 39 degrees, and snowfall drops to 11 inches on average. That’s still a good amount of snowfall, though, and you may catch a storm during your trip.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, or check out a local college’s hockey team compete in The Beanpot tournament. Also, if the Patriots have made it to the Superbowl, head to one of Boston’s many sports bars to watch the game along with an excited and rowdy crowd. If the Pats win, there’ll be a Duck Boat parade in the streets in celebration.

Spring finally arrives in March, and temperatures range from 31 to 45 degrees on average. It can still get pretty cold at night, and you may even see some snowfall during March – the average is 8 inches. This is also the month with the most rainfall; the average precipitation is 4 inches.

Saint Patrick’s Day is huge in Boston, especially in predominantly Irish neighborhoods like South Boston. There won’t be a lack of parades to catch. The rest of the month, check out different restaurants and get special deals during Dine Out Boston (the March edition – there’s also one during the summer).

It’s still not quite spring weather in Boston during April. It’s possible there’ll still be some snowfall – the average is 2 inches – and temperatures range from 41 to 56 degrees on average. Since this is when temps start to climb, hotel rates follow.

The Boston Marathon takes place every April, and people come from all over the world to participate or to spectate. Try to get to town a couple of days early so that you can check in without fighting the crowds, and book even further in advance. Also, keep in mind that hotel rates are higher than normal when the Marathon’s in town. You may also want to take in a Red Sox game – their season starts in April.

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Warmer weather is officially here during May, with average temps ranging from 50 to 66 degrees. This is when it starts to really feel like springtime in the city.

There’s a lot to do in Boston during May. Attend the Boston Calling Music Festival, experience the beauty during Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum and go to the Duckling Day parade at Boston Common.

June welcomes the summertime, and temperatures don’t tend to dip below 60 degrees, sometimes climbing to 76 degrees. Toward the end of the month, you’ll really start to feel the warm summer weather kick in. Overall, June weather is warm enough to walk outside in comfortably, and it may even get hot enough to warrant a trip to the beach.

June is also when the school year wraps up, so if you want to visit a college area, you won’t have to compete with crowds of college kids during your trip. One of the most popular events during June is the Boston Pride Parade.

July is Boston’s hottest month, with temperatures ranging from 65 to 81 degrees. The sun’s out all the time, too, for a total of 300 hours during July.

If you’re in Boston at the start of the month, you can celebrate Independence Day with the locals – there’s a lot that goes on along the Charles River, like a performance by the Boston Pops and fireworks. Or, learn about the history of the city at Boston Harborfest.

Even though you may assume August is hotter than July, the average high temperature actually drops slightly this month (the low temperature stays the same for now).

During August, there are a lot of food festivals to take advantage of, like the Italian-focused Saint Anthony’s Feast. You can also order from prix fixe menus during Dine Out Boston, which is a great opportunity to dine at expensive and popular restaurants.

Even though fall technically starts in September, temperatures are still on the warm side, ranging from 57 to 72 degrees. This is a gorgeous time to visit the city, combining summer weather with autumn foliage.

Sports fans can ring in the season for the Patriots and the Red Sox. Or, try different eats at the Boston Local Food Festival. There’s also The Boston Arts Festival for a dose of culture.

The autumn season – and its gorgeous, colorful leaves – ramps up in August, with average temps ranging from 47 to 61 degrees; summer is officially over. Like during the summer, though, hotel rates are still pretty high during October, because it’s a popular time to come to town.

Watch the Head Of The Charles Regatta, a rowing race that’s been a Boston staple since 1965.

Snowfall starts in November, and average temperatures range from 38 to 51 degrees. Don’t worry too much about the snow – the average precipitation is one inch. However, you may end up getting caught in the rain, so carry your umbrella.

This is when the city begins celebrating the holidays, and the streets will be adorned with festive lights – keep your eyes peeled for holiday displays, too. Head to Boston Common for the tree lighting, and see if you can get tickets to the Boston Comedy Festival.

Average snowfall in December rises to 9 inches, and sunshine drops to a measly 148 hours for the month. Temperatures average 28 to 41 degrees.

Aside from holiday shopping, December is the perfect time to take a spin around the ice rink at Frog Pond or to attend the Boston Tea Party Reenactment. You may also want to take a stroll through the Beacon Hill neighborhood, where you’re bound to see festive decorations.

More to Do in Boston

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For the best chance of taking advantage of the activities and events available in Boston, visit sometime between late spring and early fall. The weather’s the nicest during this span of time, and just about every attraction is open. For example, you can take the USS Constitution cruise from late March to early November. You’ll visit the ship at the Charlestown Navy Yard and head inside to take a tour. There’s also a naval museum right nearby. Once the winter rolls around, though, tours will be closed for the season.

If you’re looking for low-cost or free things to keep you busy, check out university calendars. The area colleges often have film series, lectures and other types of cultural or educational events at no cost throughout the school year. Also, a lot of the city’s museums will have days when you can enter for free, and they’re open year-round.

You may not think of a city having a ton of natural appeal, but Boston actually has tons of parks and green spaces to enjoy. You’re almost always close to a park, and during the summer, you can cool off in a splash pad. Boston’s Emerald Necklace, which was designed by the landscape architect who we can thank for Central Park in New York, is a ring of green space that connects a lot of the places you’ll probably want to stop, like Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Arboretum. Also, check out the Rose Kennedy Greenway, which is a walkable strip of beautifully landscaped grounds that also display public art. To check a national park off your list, go to the Boston Harbor Islands, which you can get to by ferry – and bring your hiking sneakers.

What happens when it rains, though? There are tons of museums that you can visit no matter the time of year or weather. On top of art museums, there’s also the Children’s Museum and the Museum of Science. Just remember that the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum are partly outside, so you’ll want to save that for a nice day.

Getting Around Boston

Boston is a walking city, so you’ll want to bring season-appropriate footwear that’s comfortable for a day of walking. This is especially true if you plan to stroll along The Freedom Trail. The path, which is easy to find because it’s red brick, connects different historical sites throughout the city. It’s about two and a half miles, and best taken on foot.

While Boston is compact, especially the downtown area (it’s about two square miles), prepare to be on your feet all day long. Yes, there’s a subway system, but it can actually be quicker to walk to your destination than to get on a train. If you need a break from walking, though, you’ll be able to find a subway station every couple of blocks.

Odds are you’ll have driven your car into Boston, but once there, you won’t want to take it out. And you may even be better off taking public transportation into the city. Some hotels charge $40 or more per day to park in their lot. (To park on the street, you’d need a resident’s permit.) Even if you’re willing to pay the price to park, there’s a lot of traffic in Boston, so it’s easier and less aggravating to walk.

Seasonal Hotel Prices

Unless you’re staying with friends during your time in Boston, you’ll have to secure accommodations. Hotel prices are highest from May through October. Even though the summertime is busy with tourism, some hotels may have their highest prices during October, because a lot of people are in town to see the fall foliage. The lowest prices are during January and February – the weather is its coldest then, and there’s a good chance of snowfall, so it’s not a heavy tourism time.

Crowds and Tourism

The peak tourist season in Boston lasts from May through October. However, don’t let that scare you away – this is when tourism tops out in the city, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be standing on endless lines to get into attractions. Even when tourism is at its busiest, you’ll still be able to access the most popular attractions.

That said, put a bit of thought into when you visit Boston if you have kids with you. Since kids aren’t in school during July and August, local families try to do a lot in the city during the summer. If you’re traveling with little ones, you may want to plan your trip for a different time of year so that family-friendly activities aren’t crowded.

If you like cold weather, consider visiting Boston during February. Hotel prices are low, and a lot of locals head outside the city to go skiing.

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FAQs about the Best Time to Visit Boston

Boston is gorgeous during the fall thanks to changing leaves. The nicest time to visit Boston in the fall is mid-to-late October (the third and fourth weeks of the month), which is when the weather will be crisp and the foliage will be at peak colour.

The temperature in Boston during mid-October ranges from about 45 to 65 degrees, with temperatures dropping quickly once the sun goes down. October isn’t particularly known for precipitation, so you can look forward to crisp, dry days.

Since you’ll spend a lot of time walking outside, you’ll want to wear layers so that you can stay warm when outdoors without getting overheated once you arrive at your destination. Wear pants and a light long-sleeve top, then layer a sweatshirt or thin jacket over that. Bring along a hat and pair of gloves, too, and grab a heavier jacket if you’ll be out in the evening.

Like Boston, the best time to visit Massachusetts is from June to November. To avoid tourists, don’t book your trip for the summertime. Massachusetts can be charming during the winter – and the cost for accommodations is low – but just be ready to face cold temperatures and heavy snow.

Final Thoughts on the Best Time to Visit Boston

The best time to visit Boston is based on your preferences. If you love cold weather and bundling up to explore charming streets and shops, head there during the winter. Spring and fall are the two prettiest seasons in the city, and there’s a ton to do both indoors and outside. Summer is hot and tourism is high, so you may want to avoid coming to Boston during June, July and August. Other than that, though, narrow down your options by the events you want to attend or your favorite weather – since Boston experiences all four seasons, there’s no “bad” time to visit, with each season offering its own charm.

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The Best Time to Visit Boston

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Weather in Boston

  • Seasonal Prices

Tourist Attraction Availability

  • Popular Events
  • Frequently Asked Questions

As with other New England cities and towns, the best time to visit Boston depends on your favorite season, as you can truly experience all four in Boston, but popular opinion from locals and tourists alike reveals your best bet for great weather and fewer crowds is in the spring (May to June) or fall (September to October).

Late spring and early fall are the best time to visit because it’s not too hot, not too cold, and you can take advantage of key attractions that make the city a top tourist destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit Boston , refer to this guide as you plan what to do, where to stay, and what to pack.

One of the best parts of Boston is that you can experience all four seasons, as each is quite different when it comes to weather. There are benefits to each season, but choosing the best season to visit depends on whether you prefer snow, foliage, or sunshine.

Spring typically brings highs in the 50s to 70s degrees F, increasing to the higher end as you get into June. In the summer, average temps will reach the low 80s. July and August see average highs in the low 80s, though June and even September can get hot as well. During hotter months, you may consider taking a day or weekend trip to Massachusetts beaches  north or south of the city, or even heading to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket. But if you choose to stay overnight in a coastal destination, expect peak season pricing from Memorial Day Weekend all the way through October in many cases.

As you get into fall, the end of September and sometimes early October can remain in the 70s—but eventually, October and November bring chillier, more fall-like weather.

Once December hits, the temperature drops significantly and stays that way until spring comes around. Snowstorms have hit Boston as early as November and as late as April, so be aware of that as you book travel arrangements. Boston can be unpredictable in this way, but the snowstorms can also make for beautiful scenery throughout the city.

Seasonal Prices in Boston

May through October is when you’ll typically experience the highest price for accommodations, with October topping the list in recent years. July and August don't see quite as high prices as the other months, likely due to hot temperatures that oftentimes make for a better day spent at the beach than in the city. For the most economical option, pull out your parka, and head to Boston in January or February.

Even during peak season (May through October), you’ll likely find that the crowds aren’t as crazy as in other popular tourist destinations. More often than not, you won't find yourself waiting in hours-long lines that you can find in other major cities. But keep in mind that for local families, kids are typically only out of school during July and August (snow days tend to keep public schools open through the end of June). This adds to the crowd situation at tourist attractions, especially those that are ideal for families. If you have specific museums and activities in mind, it's always helpful to plan ahead and grab tickets online if you can, which will not only secure you a spot but may also help save some money.

During peak season, you’ll be able to access the major sights with no problem. You may even want to find a way to head to one of the Boston area beaches in the summer months.

Attractions like the popular Boston Duck Tours , which take you out on the Charles River and through various points within the city, operate daily from April to late November. Holiday Duck Tours have also been offered.

The city certainly doesn’t shut down during the winter months, as Bostonians are well acclimated to the chillier temps and snow. For outdoor activities, you can go ice skating at the Frog Pond or browse the city’s festive holiday décor, especially in neighborhoods like Beacon Hill.

And whether it’s cold or rainy at any time of year, there are plenty of indoor museums to visit , ranging from the Museum of Science to the Children’s Museum. One that you’ll want to save for nicer weather is the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum , as you’ll be outdoors for a bit during the reenactment and dumping of the tea overboard.

Popular Events in Boston

One of the most popular events that brings people from all over the world to the city is the Boston Marathon , the country’s oldest marathon that takes place each year on Patriots’ Day in April. Whether you’re a runner or spectator, it’s quite the experience, as long as you don’t have a problem with crowds. If you’re traveling to the city on the weekend of Marathon Monday, expect hotel rates much higher than usual, and be sure to book far in advance.

St. Patrick’s Day is a popular Boston holiday, especially in Irish neighborhoods like South Boston, where a parade takes place each year. And there are lots of activities around Independence Day along the Charles River, including the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks.

There are plenty of other events throughout the year, with more month-by-month details on what to check out and prepare for below.

While the holiday season may be known for snow and chilly weather, it’s actually January when Bostonians historically experience the coldest temps of the year, with highs in the mid-30s and lows in the 20s. Stats also show that it’s the snowiest month in Boston. There’s still plenty to do in Boston during this time of year—and hotels are typically cheapest in January—but you’ll want to bundle up as you walk around or consider taking an Uber or Lyft from place to place.

Events to check out:

  • Ring in the New Year at First Night Boston .
  • Enjoy wine at the nation’s longest-running food and wine festival, the Boston Wine Festival .

The weather in February doesn’t change much from January, with averages only a couple of degrees higher. Over the past several years, there have been a number of big snowstorms during this month, so keep that in mind as you book travel. Hotel prices are typically in line with January, making February another affordable month to visit Boston with few crowds. Locals will either be hibernating for winter or hitting the slopes for skiing up north .

  • Head to Chinatown for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations.
  • Watch some of Boston’s best collegiate hockey teams in the Beanpot tournament .
  • If the Patriots are in the Super Bowl, take it all in at a local sports bar, and then celebrate in the city streets during the Duck Boat parade—the “ Rolling Rallies ”—if they win.

March can be a tease because it’s technically the kick-off of spring, but recent years have brought mid-month snowstorms, so watch the weather before you visit. It shouldn’t be too chilly though, with average highs around 45 degrees.

  • Experience St. Patrick’s Day , especially in the city’s Irish neighborhoods.
  • Get a three-course meal at one of the city’s best restaurants for a deal during Dine Out Boston March .

The first day of spring may technically be in March, but in Boston, you tend to start feeling signs of spring in April with highs in the mid-50s, which ultimately leads to the beginning of climbing hotel prices as peak season approaches.

  • The most popular April event is the Boston Marathon , which falls each year on Patriots’ Day.
  • Experience a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park; April is when the season kicks off.

Another beautiful month to experience Boston is May, as this is when you’ll get weather that truly feels like spring, with highs in the 60s. To coincide with the nice weather, this is also when you’ll notice hotel prices will start to climb, so keep that in mind.

  • Get your music fix at the Boston Calling Music Festival .
  • Spend the day outside at the Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday , marking the arrival of spring.
  • Participate in the Duckling Day Parade —which celebrates Robert McCloskey's children's book, "Make Way for Ducklings"—at the Boston Common.

By the end of June , it’ll start to officially feel like summer, not only due to the weather, but also because the school year is coming to a close. During June, you’ll either have perfect weather for walking around, or it may get hot enough to hit the beach.

  • Enjoy live music from June through August during the Summer in the City Entertainment Series on the Harborwalk Terrace .
  • Help fight cancer while eating ice cream at the Jimmy Fund’s Scooper Bowl .

Independence Day truly kicks off summer in Boston. This is when many Bostonians head to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket to enjoy the beach season, but there’s still plenty to do within the city.

  • Celebrate Independence Day and take in Boston history during Boston Harborfest .
  • Enjoy food trucks, fireworks, and live entertainment at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival , where artists from around the world compete to create the coolest sand sculpture.

August is similar to July with fewer big events happening around the city, so you may find it a tad less busy. However, most schools in Massachusetts don't start until post-Labor Day, so there will be plenty of families out and about enjoying the city in August. Typically, hotel rates are in line with July as well.

  • Get no-cost admission to the city’s museums and other cultural spots through the Free August Adventures program.
  • August is when some of the bigger North End Feasts take place, such as St. Anthony’s Feast, where you can get your fix of authentic Italian food and culture.
  • Dine Out Boston is the perfect time to try out popular restaurants in discounted, three-course prix fixe meals for lunch or dinner.

September is a beautiful time to visit Boston, as the weather is still quite warm but some signs of fall start popping up here and there. Bostonians look forward to the start of the Patriots season and Red Sox playoffs, but there are also a variety of festivals to enjoy.

  • Check out the Boston Local Food Festival for some delicious bites to eat.
  • Support the city’s artists and musicians at the Boston Arts Festival .
  • Get tickets to a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium.

The fall weather is usually here to stay come October, and with that comes peak foliage season and average highs in the low 60s. Because October is sweater-weather perfection, you can still expect hotel prices to be high, with this month seeing the highest average rate—over $300 a night—in recent years.

  • Take part in the tradition of watching the Head of the Charles Regatta , a rowing head race that has been a staple event since 1965.
  • Take a day trip to America’s spookiest city, Salem , for some Halloween fun.
  • Get a ticket to a Red Sox playoff game at Fenway Park .

The holiday season officially kicks off during November, and the city will get into the festive mode with beautiful lights and displays around the city. Boston does usually experience its first light snowfall in November, but this has recently been the rainiest month of the year. It’s nothing to be concerned about when deciding when to visit, as Boston doesn’t have a “rainy season,” but rather intermittent rain throughout the year.

  • Mark the start of the holiday season at the holiday tree lighting at the Boston Common.
  • Have some laughs at the Boston Comedy Festival .
  • Head to the Boston Ballet for the iconic Nutcracker performance.
  • Drive to Princeton, MA, to enjoy live music, beer, and savory bites at Fall Food Truck Fest .

‘Tis the season to get in the holiday spirit in Boston! During December, you’ll start to see a bit more snow and chilly temps. There are plenty of festive events throughout the city to check out, along with fun activities like ice skating at Frog Pond.

  • Participate in the Boston Tea Party Reenactment and celebration.
  • Get dressed up for a night at Boston Symphony Orchestra 's annual Holiday Pops concert.
  • Countdown to the New Year at First Night Boston .

For the best weather and fewest crowds of tourists, the spring and fall are the best times to visit Boston, either between May and June or September and October.

July is the hottest month in Boston with an average high temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) and an average low temperature of 67 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius).

January is the coldest month in Boston with an average high temperature of 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and an average low temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius).

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When’s the best time to visit Boston? This incredible city is wonderful to visit year-round, but some times of year are much better than others!

I grew up just outside Boston and lived in Boston for several years. I’ve eaten chowder outside on 98-degree days and walked through ankle-deep snow in stilettos. After seeing Boston at its best (October on a clear day!) and worst (Faneuil Hall at 2 AM before Uber existed!), I absolutely know the best time to visit this city!

You can go to Boston any time of year and have a great time. Because the winters get so cold, much of Boston is outfitted for spending time indoors. You’ve got plenty of museums, bookstores, restaurants, and indoor shopping areas.

Then again, some of the best experiences in Boston are quite seasonally dependent. Singing along to “Sweet Caroline” at a Red Sox game. Sailing down the Charles River. Walking the Freedom Trail. Cheering on the runners in the Boston Marathon. Riding the Swan Boats in the Public Garden.

And if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to travel to Boston at its most magical time, when the trees explode into shades of red and orange and yellow.

Here you’ll find it broken down into detail: the best time to go to Boston!

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Boston's South End lit up at sunset. You see brownstones on the ground, skyscrapers in the distance, trees turning yellow and orange, and the sky is a pink, purple, and blue sunset.

Best Time to Visit Boston

The best time to visit Boston is when the weather is warm but not hot, with minimal rainfall, and not during peak times. In my opinion, the best time to visit Boston is from late September through mid-October, with early October being the sweet spot.

The fall months have lovely weather and the bonus of fall foliage. September and October are wonderful , as is late June. July and August are hot and sunny, but also very humid.

In my opinion, the best month to visit Boston is October, especially early-to-mid-October . The weather is gorgeous and you get peak foliage, with lots of reds and oranges.

Usually the best time for peak foliage in Boston is in the first two weeks in October, though it can continue for a bit longer. If you’re planning a New England trip beyond Boston, keep in mind that the leaves change earlier in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Red Sox play from April through September (October if they make the playoffs), and seeing a Red Sox Game is a great cultural activity in Boston. Check their schedule to make sure they’ll be home.

One of Boston's swan boats -- a wooden boat topped with rows of benches, in the back is a wooden swan behind which a driver sits -- about to go underneath a small suspension bridge (the smallest in the world, actually).

Boston Weather

Boston is a city with extreme weather. You get very cold winters, very hot summers, and high humidity throughout the year. Not only that, it can change on a dime! It’s not unusual to have an unseasonably warm day sandwiched with two frigid, icy days.

Boston is known for its massive snowstorms, which are called nor’easters here in New England. Most nor’easters hit between January and March, though it’s not unheard of to have snow as early as October or as late as April.

Summers in Boston can be extremely hot and very humid. If you’ve always lived somewhere with dry heat, like Southern California or Arizona, prepare to sweat through your clothes in Boston.

Even so, Boston’s coastal location regulates the temperatures, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than destinations further inland in New England.

With the effects of climate change, Boston’s weather has been warming year-round. It’s not unheard of to have a 60 F / 16 C day in February, and July temperatures sometimes soar above 100 F / 38 C.

Boston's public garden in the spring: a field of orange and yellow tulips in front of the statue of George Washington on horseback.

Boston in Spring

Spring in Boston is the shortest season of the year, and it’s arguably the least reliable season of all. Heavy snowstorms drag on through late March and occasionally into April, and everyone is wearing their winter coats until mid-to-late April.

You’ll see the first crocuses poke their heads through the ground in early April. Daffodils follow shortly after. By late April, the trees become full and lush, then burst with blooms.

Yes, there are cherry blossoms in Boston — and they tend to bloom briefly in mid-April.

Early May is one of the best times to see flowers in bloom throughout the city. The Public Garden is filled with gorgeous multicolored tulips, and magnolia blossoms dot the trees in Back Bay.

There are usually a few days in late April that feel like early summer, and everyone in Boston heads to the parks and beaches to soak it up. Then it usually turns chilly again.

It rains quite a bit in the spring, especially May. Even June needs to get through a few rainy weeks before turning into summer. If you visit Boston during the spring, be prepared for it to rain a lot!

Much of New England wryly welcomes “mud season” in the spring, a consequence of snowmelt. Mud season isn’t as much of a thing in Boston because it’s an urban environment, but there will be lots of muddy, sludgy areas in parks, especially in April.

Spring in Boston is less crowded than summer or fall, as long as you avoid weekends in late May and early June, which are filled with college graduations and lots of visitors.

Spring in Boston can be lovely — but most years in Boston, it feels like it goes directly from winter to summer with very little springtime in between.

The skyline of Back Bay in the summer, several sailboats sailing along the Charles River.

Boston in Summer

Summer is when Boston receives the most visitors — especially families, taking advantage of kids being out of school. And Boston becomes positively fantastic in the summer months!

Summer in Boston roughly lasts from late June through mid-September. During this time, expect high temperatures — you might even hit 100 F / 38 C — and high humidity. Despite being right on the coast, the air can be particularly thick and moist in Boston. Expect to sweat a lot, and you may want to plan downtime in air-conditioned areas each afternoon.

Summer is a great time to get out on the water in Boston — in a sailboat on the Charles River or on a larger ship in Boston Harbor! Beaches both within and just outside the city are filled with locals. Some of the best beaches in the Boston area, like Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, are easily accessible by train.

Summer is also the best time to enjoy dining outdoors. Newbury Street in Back Bay is the place to see and be seen while dining on a patio — though Tremont Street in the South End is my personal favorite.

Summer also brings lots of free live concert events at the Hatch Shell — most famously, the Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular.

Summer is also the best time of year to catch a Red Sox game, though I urge you to grab a seat in the shade if you can. The shadeless seats are extremely hot in summer.

If you’re planning a longer trip to the Boston area in the summer, consider extending your trip to see Cape Cod, the islands, and other coastal towns within a short reach of Boston. I’m from the North Shore so I always recommend towns like Newburyport, Rockport, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Overall, if you love hot weather, free concerts, baseball games, and outdoor dining, summer is a wonderful time to visit Boston.

Boston's public garden in the fall: you see the pond surrounded by red, orange, and yellow trees, skyscrapers in the background.

Boston in Fall

Fall in Boston is absolutely gorgeous — the best time of year to visit. It’s no lie that the fall months are when the city is at its best.

Even so, a lot of travelers struggle with timing fall travel appropriately in Boston.

For starters, summer temperatures extend into mid-to-late September! Cool temperatures hit suddenly and hard, though because this is still New England, you may ping-pong back and forth with warm and cold days. Leaves start changing color in mid-to-late September.

October is my favorite month to visit Boston, and this is when you experience peak foliage! The peak dates can vary each year, but generally you see the best foliage in early-to-mid-October.

By November, peak foliage is over and the leaves have turned yellow, and will turn to brown soon after. November is when you start feeling colder temperatures and you’ll probably need a heavier coat. People used to colder temperatures can usually get by with a leather jacket or light puffer jacket in November; if it’s a cold year or you’re from Texas, you’ll need a heavier winter coat.

By December, the trees are bare and Christmas decorations are all over the city, making it a very nice time to visit Boston.

Does is snow in Boston in the fall? Occasionally. Most years we have one brief snowstorm in November or early December; occasionally there will be snow as early as October. Every now and then we’ll have a white Christmas. But the big nor’easters, the storms that dump upwards of a foot of snow and cancel school, tend not to arrive until January.

Boston in the winter: the public garden with snow on the ground. A shoveled path is surrounded by trees covered with sparkling lights.

Boston in Winter

Winter in Boston is extremely cold, windy, and snowy. Boston tends to receive several snowstorms each year, most of them between January and March. It’s not unusual to get snowfall as early as October or as late as April.

And while you see lots of beautiful winter wonderland photos like the one above, it’s not long before the snow turns dirty and gross. You may step into what looks like solid snow but is actually a deep puddle.

Is it worth visiting Boston in winter? It depends.

If you’re not used to very cold winters, I urge you not to visit Boston during the winter. If you do come, you may need to invest in winter clothing, like waterproof boots and a heavy winter coat, plus gloves, a scarf, and a hat. A leather jacket won’t cut it here in winter.

As I always say, if you’re from Minnesota or Michigan, you know what you’re getting into when you visit Boston in winter. If you’ve lived your whole life in Texas or Florida, you’ll have a hard time enjoying yourself. Even my British friends struggle with Boston winters.

Winter in Boston can be very difficult for people with mobility challenges, due to snow banks, uneven pathways of packed down snow, and people not shoveling their sidewalks. If you have mobility challenges, you may want to visit at a different time of year.

Beacon Hill, one of the oldest and prettiest neighborhoods in Boston, is exceptionally difficult to navigate on foot after a snowfall due to its steep cobblestoned streets. I recommend not booking accommodation in Beacon Hill during the winter months for this reason.

Finally, if you visit Boston in winter, you should have a contingency plan for what to do if a snowstorm hits and strands you for a few extra days. Travel insurance can be helpful here ( I use and recommend World Nomads ), but it’s good to have a plan no matter what. Will your boss be infuriated if you miss an extra day of work? If so, you may want to avoid the winter months.

Rows and rows of brownstones in Back Bay shot from the air.

High Season and Low Season in Boston

High season in Boston is primarily during the summer months, from June through August. This is when Boston is at its most crowded and expensive. Boston is a very popular destination for families, so summer vacations and school holidays are when you see a lot of travelers.

Other peak periods for travel in Boston include the Boston Marathon in April, college drop-off and move-in dates around September 1, college graduation weekends in May and early June, and if the Red Sox are in the playoffs in October.

Shoulder season in April and May, excluding the weekend adjacent to Marathon Monday and graduation weekends in late May, and mid-September through early November.

Low season in Boston is during the winter months. This is when Boston receives the fewest tourists. Most hotels are still welcoming business travelers, but not so much on the weekends, so you may be able to find some good hotel deals on winter weekends.

I don’t recommend winter travel in Boston to most people, but if you know what you’re getting into and have a contingency plan for what to do if a snowstorm cancels your flight, go ahead and book it.

A small cobblestone street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, edged with historic red brick buildings.

Best Month to Visit Boston

What’s the best month to visit Boston? I personally think October is the best month to visit Boston. September is good, too, and so is late June. The summer months can be fun if you don’t mind heat, humidity, and crowds.

Beyond that, here is information about weather and events in each month of the year:

January in Boston

January in Boston is one of the coldest months of the year. The first nor’easter or major snowstorm of the year tends to hit sometime in January, and there actually may be several snowstorms before the month is done.

Temperatures in January average from a low of 23 F / -5 C to a high of 37 F / 3 C.

First Night , a New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston, continues into New Year’s Day. Cultural events for people of all ages take place around the city, and buying a button gets you access to all of them.

February in Boston

February is another cold, snowy month in Boston. There will likely be at least one major snowstorm before the month is over, and sometimes several. In the past few years there have been random warm days in February — think springlike temperatures — before it goes back to winter.

Temperatures in February average from a low of 25 F / -4 C to a high of 40 F / 4 C.

Boston has a huge Chinese population, and Lunar New Year brings the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, usually held on the second Sunday after Chinese New Year begins.

March in Boston

Spring may technically begin in March, but March in Boston is very much still the winter. Some of the biggest snowstorms of the year take place in March, and don’t expect any relief from the snow until the end of the month.

Temperatures in March average from a low of 31 F / 0 C to a high of 46 F / 0 C.

Boston is the most Irish city in America and St. Patrick’s Day is a big celebration here. On St. Patrick’s Day it seems like every bar is full of drunken revelers, even Mexican restaurants! The parade takes place in the traditionally Irish neighborhood of South Boston, a.k.a. Southie, not necessarily on St. Patrick’s Day but often the weekend after.

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston can be fun, but it can be A LOT. Exercise caution, because a lot of people take this holiday as an excuse to drink far too much.

April in Boston

In Boston, it’s April, not March, that goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. The month begins firmly ensconced in winter temperatures, but slowly it warms, trees bud, flowers start to bloom, and by the end of the month, temperatures are much warmer. There is also a lot of rain in April.

Temperatures in April average from a low of 42 F / 0 C to a high of 58 F / 14 C.

April brings the world-famous Boston Marathon , which is always one of the peak times to travel to Boston. Marathon Marathon takes place on Patriots’ Day, a local holiday, which falls on the third Monday of April.

May in Boston

May is when Boston is in bloom. The leaves have grown, the flowers have burst, and the Public Garden puts on its best show of the year. Sunny May days are fantastic in Boston — but it also tends to rain a lot. Expect lots of overcast days, no matter what time of May you visit.

Temperatures in May average from a low of 52 F / 11 C to a high of 68 F / 20 C.

Boston Calling , an independent music festival, is one of the biggest concerts of the year and usually takes place on Memorial Day weekend.

June in Boston

June may be the official kickoff of summer, but you won’t have consistently sunny and warm weather until closer to the end of the month. The rain persists in the beginning of the month, but don’t worry, summer is coming!

Temperatures in June average from a low of 60 F / 16 C to a high of 76 F / 24 C.

The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is a popular charity event raising money for cancer research in early June. A ticket includes all-you-can-eat ice cream!

Bunker Hill Day, a Massachusetts state holiday, takes place on June 17 and commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolution. The closest Sunday brings a parade to Charlestown and is a fun event, especially if you’re into history.

July in Boston

July is the hottest month of the year in Boston! Expect lots of heat and humidity in the month of July. It doesn’t rain much, making it the perfect time for enjoying Boston’s best outdoor activities.

Temperatures in July average from a low of 68 F / 20 C to a high of 84 F / 29 C.

Boston celebrates Independence Day in style with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular . The Boston Pops perform with both famous singers and undiscovered local talents, and it all takes place at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The show ends with fireworks. Here’s a tip: there’s a rehearsal on July 3, and many Bostonians prefer to attend that day!

August in Boston

August is another sizzling hot month in Boston with sky-high temperatures and lots of humidity. You start to feel the firsts whips of fall with slightly cooling temperatures at night.

Temperatures in August average from a low of 66 F / 19 C to a high of 82 F / 28 C.

August, like the rest of the summer months, is a great time to experience outdoor concerts and enjoy spending time outdoors. Public schools in Massachusetts usually begin the school year at the end of August.

September in Boston

In September, the atmosphere in Boston changes. Being such a college town, September feels like a switch is flipped. The tourists go home, the students move in, and the whole city takes on a new feel. The beginning of September feels warm and summery; as time passes, it becomes cooler and the leaves begin to turn.

Temperatures in September average from a low of 60 F / 15 C to a high of 82 F / 28 C.

September 1 and Labor Day are move-in days for college students. In addition to being a pricey time for accommodation, this is a time of year many Boston residents despise the most — a time when moving trucks block streets and get stuck under bridges. Once Labor Day is over, you’re golden.

October in Boston

October is the best month to visit Boston. This is an absolutely beautiful time of year — in the beginning of the month, you have warm days and cool nights; toward the end, sweater weather takes over and you might even get some frigid days. The leaves burst into color in early October and darken throughout the month.

Temperatures in October average from a low of 49 F / 10 C to a high of 64 F / 18 C.

The Head of the Charles Regatta , the world’s largest rowing event, takes place on the third weekend in October. It’s a wonderful event to watch and photograph in the autumn colors.

Chowdafest , a celebration of clam chowder across the city, now takes place in early October. (A welcome change. It used to be in summer and I did not enjoy eating chowder in 90-degree heat!)

The city of Salem — yes, of the witch trials — goes crazy for Halloween all October long with Haunted Happenings , culminating in a huge street party on Halloween night. It’s a 30-minute drive or train ride from Boston.

November in Boston

In the beginning of November, you might still get to enjoy some fall colors — more yellow than anything else, on the way to brown. Soon you’ll be experiencing winter temperatures, and you might even get the first snowstorm of the year by Thanksgiving. If you’re not used to a cold climate, November might be the coldest you’ve ever been, though it’s only the beginning for Bostonians.

Temperatures in November average from a low of 38 F / 3 C to a high of 52 F / 11 C.

Plimouth Plantation , 45 minutes south of Boston, goes all out on celebrations to commemorate Thanksgiving. Plymouth can be a fun day trip, but be ready to be disappointed by how small Plymouth Rock is!

December in Boston

December is when temperatures drop further, but there’s relatively low precipitation. Snowstorms are possible but uncommon; you’re likelier to see a flurry or two. Be prepared for low temperatures and overcast days; the Christmas lights add cheer to what is a stark month weather-wise.

Temperatures average from a low of 30 F / -1 C to a high of 43 F / 6 C.

In December, Boston is all decked out for the holidays, and various tree lightings take place in early December, the biggest taking place on Boston Common. If you enjoy Christmas lights and decked out store window displays, this is a good time to visit Boston.

First Night is Boston’s popular New Year’s Eve celebration. A ticket gets you admission to interesting arts events all over Boston.

View of the Boston skyline from the Cambridge side of the Charles River. In the foreground is a large Japanese maple tree with bright red leaves next to a wooden park bench.

Best Time to See Fall Foliage in Boston

In Boston, peak fall foliage tends to hit in early-to-mid-October — though sometimes it can be the first week and sometimes the third week. This can sometimes vary a bit with global weather patterns, so consult an almanac for an up-to-date prediction.

However, if you’re planning to explore more of New England on your trip, keep in mind that the further north you go, the earlier the leaves change. When the leaves are peaking in Boston, the leaves in northern Vermont are on their way to a dull brown.

If you’re planning to road trip through Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine and looking to hit peak foliage there, you may want to move your trip back a bit to late September. Again, an almanac will be very helpful to you here.

To see the best fall foliage in Boston, I recommend spending time in Boston’s best parks: Boston Common and the Public Garden; the Esplanade, running between Back Bay and the Charles River; the Back Bay Fens, which pairs well with a Museum of Fine Arts visit; and the Arnold Arboretum, in Jamaica Plain. Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge is definitely worth the trip in October.

You can get some nice old-timey Boston fall photos in Beacon Hill and around the Harvard campus in Cambridge.

A row of brass duck statues -- the Make Way for Ducklings statue -- and the duck statues are topped with knitted hats and ribbons tied around their necks.

Best Time for Visit Boston with Kids

What’s the best time to visit Boston as a family? Boston is a great city to visit with kids of all ages! There are lots of fun yet educational activities (man, I went on a LOT of field trips in Boston as a kid), like the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium, as well as fun kid-oriented activities like the Swan Boats and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and lots of parks, playgrounds, and places to run around.

If you’re working with a regular school schedule, summer will probably be your best bet, and that’s not a bad time to visit Boston at all. This is when Boston is firing on all cylinders for families! Just know that it will be crowded, as most places in the US will be.

If your kids’ spring break is in March, don’t expect spring weather in Boston — March is prime snowstorm season. If their spring break is in late April, you’ll have a better chance of pleasant temperatures and no snow.

Another tip: if you’re visiting Boston with kids, I recommend staying in or around the North End , as it gives you easy access to kid-friendly sites and Italian restaurants serving pizza and pasta.

Kate takes a selfie at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox play, lots of people wearing red in the background.

Best Time to Visit Boston for Sports Fans

Boston is a sports-crazy town, and if you’re a sports fan in the least, I recommend seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. It’s the best cultural experience in Boston. To get the full experience, spend a few hours before and after in the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood.

Opening Day takes place in April and the Red Sox will play into September, or October if they make the playoffs. Check MLB.com for the current schedule and to make sure they won’t be away.

You can also enjoy games by the Boston Celtics (basketball), Boston Bruins (ice hockey), or New England Patriots (football), and they can be a lot of fun — though not QUITE on the cultural level of seeing the Red Sox play.

The Boston Celtics preseason begins in November and the regular season continues into April, with the finals in May. Check NBA.com for the current schedule and to make sure they won’t be away.

The Boston Bruins preseason begins in September and the regular season continues into April, with the finals in May. Check NHL.com for the current schedule and to make sure they won’t be away.

The New England Patriots play in Foxborough, 30 minutes from Boston by train. The NFL preseason begins in August and continues until January. Check NFL.com for the current schedule and to make sure they won’t be away.

And don’t forget the Boston Marathon, taking place on the third Monday in April! This is Boston’s best sports tradition of all.

A row of fancy Beacon Hill brownstones in Boston beneath a bright blue sky.

Cheapest Time to Visit Boston

Boston is one of the more expensive cities to visit in the United States, so I don’t blame you for trying to save money where you can. But if you’re looking for the cheapest time of year to visit Boston, you may want to consider visiting during January or February. Possibly March, St. Patrick’s Day excluded.

Yes, it’s a cold, dark, and snowy time to visit — but hotels tend to be cheap around this time of year, especially on weekends, and you have the benefit of enjoying museums and attractions without the crowds.

You should keep in mind that snow could derail your travel plans and ending up costing you extra days in your hotel and rebooked flights, effectively making your cheap trip more expensive. I would never book a trip to Boston without travel insurance. ( I use and recommend World Nomads .)

Of course — I don’t recommend visiting Boston in winter if you’re not used to extreme winters, or if you have mobility difficulties.

Boston's public garden on a gray fall day, some trees with bright orange leave, lots of leaves on the ground. You see the pond with the small suspension bridge in the background.

Overall Best Time to Go to Boston

If we were narrowing it down to the most specific time period possible, the best time to travel to Boston overall is in October: the first two weeks of October if you want to see good foliage, and the later two weeks in the month for darker foliage. That’s a beautiful time for a trip!

Go enjoy your trip to Boston. It may be my hometown, but it’s also one of my favorite cities, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Boston Itinerary: How to Spend Five Days in Boston

The towering skyline of Boston, MA as seen from near the water with a blue sky above

One of the most historic cities in the United States , Boston is the city I called home for the first 25 years of my life.

More a collection of towns than a metropolis like New York , Boston is a city steeped in history (it contains a lot of historical firsts for the United States and played a pivotal role in its founding), delicious food, wide-open green spaces, first-rate museums, and warm, welcoming people.

Visiting Boston offers all the benefits of a big metropolis without the intensity and fast pace of New York.

Boston is easy to get around and compact, making it perfect for travelers. The subway will take you wherever you need to go.

So how many days do you need to visit Boston?

Most people visit for three to four days, and I think that’s a perfect amount of time. As someone who’s lived there, I can say that, since Boston is so small, you won’t waste a lot of time “in transit,” so you can pack a lot into your days. Obviously, you can spend longer here (slow travel is the best travel), but for the first-time visitor, three to four days is enough.

Here’s a suggested Boston itinerary that will allow you to see the best of Boston:

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Boston Itinerary: Day 1

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Boston's Freedom Trail sign

  • Boston Common
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King’s Chapel Burying Ground
  • Benjamin Franklin statue and the former site of Boston Latin School
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old State House
  • Site of the Boston Massacre
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
  • USS Constitution
  • Bunker Hill Monument

You follow a brick road through the city, and there are signs and historical markers all along the way. Given all the walking that’s involved, I would make this the main activity of the day. You’ll want to take your time and see all the sites thoroughly.

You can also take a guided tour from the visitor’s center. Tours run hourly between 11am and 1pm, with additional tours in the afternoon in the spring and summer. Tickets are $17 USD for adults, $15 USD for students and seniors, and $8 USD for children 6-12 (free for kids under 6).

a sunny day in downtown Boston during a walking tour of the city

4 S Market St, +1 617-523-1300, faneuilhallmarketplace.com. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.  

The green and lush Boston Common on a sunny summer day

Browse for Books Located a stone’s throw away from the Boston Common, Brattle Book Shop is a family-run used bookstore that dates back to 1825. It’s actually one of the oldest surviving bookstores in the country! It’s home to over 250,000 books, maps, postcards, and other odds and ends. In addition to used books, the store is also home to an impressive collection of first editions and antique books.

9 West Street, +1 617-542-0210, brattlebookshop.com. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm.

Walk Around the Back Bay This area used to be an actual bay. Before the Europeans arrived, the indigenous population used the tidal bay to catch fish, as the bay drained completely during low tide. When the land was colonized, a dam was built and the tidal bay was eventually filled in, creating the Back Bay area.

The end of the Public Gardens meets Boston’s Back Bay, our version of New York’s SoHo and West Village. This is where Boston’s elite and wealthy live, and nearby Newbury Street is our Madison Avenue, with lots of expensive shopping and high-end eateries. It’s a beautiful space to stroll around, with pretty brownstones and tree-lined streets. You can still see plenty of old Victorian homes in this neighborhood that date back to the 19th century. ( Here’s a list of other neighborhoods worth checking out as well!

Trinity Church on a summer's day in Boston, USA

You’ll also find the Boston Public Library here. Opened in 1852, it’s one of the largest municipal libraries in the country, home to over 23 million items, with almost 4 million visitors each year.

206 Clarendon St, +1 617-536-0944, trinitychurchboston.org. The church is open for prayer and tours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sundays 12:15pm-4:30pm. Tours are $10 USD for adults, though it is free to enter for worship.

Head up to the Prudential Tower Head back toward Copley to see the Prudential Tower, colloquially known as “The Pru.” You can actually go up to the top and get a bird’s-eye view of Boston. There are 52 floors in the building, which was built in the 1960s. These days, it’s the second tallest building in the city (the John Hancock Tower is first).

800 Boylston St, +1 617-859-0648, prudentialcenter.com. Open daily from 10am-8pm (10pm in the summer). Admission is $34.99 USD for adults, with discount available for students, seniors, and children.

Blue skies over Boston's Charles River

47 David G. Mugar Way, +1 617-626-1250, hatchshell.com. See the website for an up-to-date list of events.

The Museum of Science in Boston, USA

1 Science Park, +1 617-723-2500, mos.org. Open Saturday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-9pm. Admission is $29 USD for adults, with discounts available for seniors and children.  

A penguin at Boston's aquarium

1 Central Wharf, +1 617-973-5200, neaq.org. Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Admission is $34 USD for adults, with discounts available for kids and seniors.

An aerial view of the north end of Boston, Massachusetts

See the Skinny House When you’re in the North End, visit 44 Hull Street. Known as “the Skinny House” (or the Spite House), this incredibly narrow house has a rather interesting history. Built after the Civil War, it was a passion project of Joseph Euestus, who came home from the war to find that his brother had taken over more than half of the inherited land they were meant to share. Joseph decided to build on the remaining land — which his brother thought was too small to build anything on. Joseph went ahead and built a narrow four-story home on the small slice of land to block his brother’s view.

Visit an Art Gallery or Museum Boston has a lot of great galleries and museums, so depending on your interest, you’ll want to check out some (or all) of the galleries and museums below. It will take more than an afternoon to see them all but you can always spread these visits out over a few days!

  • Institute of Contemporary Art : If contemporary art is your cup of tea, this is for you. While it’s not my favorite style of art, I have to admit this place does put on some insightful exhibits. 25 Harbor Shore Drive, +1 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.
  • Commonwealth Museum : This museum explores the history of Massachusetts. It’s actually really interesting and entirely underrated (especially if you’re a history nerd like me). 220 Morrissey Blvd, +1 617-727-2816, sec.state.ma.us/arc.
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History : This natural history museum has exhibitions showcasing dinosaurs, animals, and minerals (including meteorites). It’s a great choice if you’re traveling with kids, though there is plenty of informative content for adults too! 26 Oxford St +1 617-495-3045, hmnh.harvard.edu.
  • Harvard University Art Museums : Harvard actually has three art museums – the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. They are home to both modern and historical art exhibitions. See what exhibitions are running by checking their website. harvardartmuseums.org
  • Museum of Fine Arts : This museum has an impressive collection of over 450,000 pieces of fine art. It also runs all sorts of art classes throughout the year, both multi-week classes as well as single-day workshops. If you’re looking to learn something new or improve your skills, check out the website for more details. 465 Huntington Avenue, +1 617-267-9300, mfa.org.
  • Warren Anatomical Museum : Founded in 1847, this macabre museum is filled with Civil War–era medical tools as well as some unique (and perhaps unsettling) medical mysteries. It’s super weird but super neat. A definite must if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path museum! 10 Shattuck St, +1 617-432-6196, countway.harvard.edu/center-history-medicine/warren-anatomical-museum.
  • Boston Tea Party and Ships Museum : This interactive museum is home to some historic ships that have been authentically restored to show you what life was like at sea during the Boston Tea Party. It also has a really informative documentary about the events that led up to the Tea Party and the American Revolution. Best of all, you can actually throw fake crates of tea into the river yourself to see what it was like! 306 Congress St, +1 617-338-1773, bostonteapartyship.com.
  • Paul Revere House : Built in 1680, this is actually the oldest building in the entire city (it’s been renovated but it’s still the original building). The museum is filled with the family’s furniture and artifacts, giving you a sense of what life was like in Boston before the Revolution. 19 N Square, +1 617-523-2338, paulreverehouse.org.
  • Museum of Bad Art : The name says it all! This is a museum filled with terrible art. The MOBA has rotating exhibits throughout the year, so there is always something new and terrible to behold. If you feel like a laugh, definitely check out this quirky gallery! 55 Davis Square, +1 781-444-6757, museumofbadart.org.
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum This museum is home to an amazing art collection of over 20,000 items, including European, Asian, and American art. Opened in 1903, the museum is made up of a wide-ranging collection of paintings, tapestries, decorative arts, and sculptures. It’s one of the best museums in Boston. Don’t miss it. 25 Evans Way, +1 617-566-1401, gardnermuseum.org.

The Harvard University campus in Cambridge is a great place to spend the day

Harvard University, +1 617-495-1000, harvard.edu/on-campus/visit-harvard/tours.

Harvard Square is the place to be at night in Boston

125 Arborway, +1 617-524-1718, arboretum.harvard.edu. Open daily 7am-7pm. Admission is free.

Take the Sam Adams Brewery Tour After four days of sightseeing, you deserve a beer or five. Luckily, this brewery is located near the Arboretum so it’s easy to visit and a great way to end your day. Sam Adams is a major brewer in Boston, and locals drink it widely and frequently. The brewery offers free tours, starting in mid-afternoon and departing every 45 minutes. You get a few free samples along the way. If you’re under 21, don’t worry. You can still go — you just can’t drink.

30 Germania St, +1 617-368-5080, samueladams.com. Tours are available Monday-Thursday and Saturdays 10am-3pm. On Friday, tours are available between 10am and 5:30pm. Their Sam Signature Experience is 45 min long and costs $10 USD.

watching a baseball game in Boston

4 Yawkey Way, +1 877-733-7699, mlb.com/redsox/ballpark. See the website for an up-to-date schedule.

(The Sox not in season? No worries. We have the Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots. No matter the time of year, you’ll be able to find a game to see!)  

the start of the Black Heritage Trail in Boston

Visit the Children’s Museum If you’re traveling with kids, this is a great place to spend part of your visit. It’s the second oldest children’s museum in the US and has permanent exhibits on health and exercise, construction, space, art, and diversity. It also has a real two-story house from Kyoto, Japan, that teaches kids about life there (it’s actually pretty cool!).

308 Congress Street, +1 617-426-6500, bostonchildrensmuseum.org. Open Wednesday-Sunday 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm. On the first Saturday of the month, the museum opens at 10am. Admission is $20 USD for both adults and kids (free for infants under 12 months).

the USS Constitution in the Boston harbour

Charlestown Navy Yard, +1 617-426-1812, ussconstitutionmuseum.org. The ship is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm (with extended hours in the summer); the museum is open 10am-6pm (with extended hours in the summer as well). Admission is free, though the museum has a suggested donation of $10-15 USD.

Visit More Museums – With any extra time, visit more museums! There’s plenty of them to see! Try not to skip the big ones!

stargazing on a clear night

725 Commonwealth Avenue, +1 617-353-2630, bu.edu/astronomy/community/open-night-observatory/. Viewings are Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the autumn and winter and 8:30pm in the spring and summer. Make sure to get there 10 minutes early as they don’t permit entry once it starts.

A statue in a relaxing park on a sunny day in Boston, USA

See the Mapparium – Located in the Mary Baker Eddy Library, this three-story inverted globe serves as a giant map of the world that you can walk into via a glass bridge. It is constructed of over 600 stained-glass panels and shows the world as it looked in 1935.

200 Massachusetts Avenue, +1 617-450-7000, marybakereddylibrary.org. Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission to the Mapparium is $6 USD for adults, with discounts available for students, children, and seniors.

Head to Castle Island – Castle Island is located in South Boston and is famous for Fort Independence. When the fort was no longer needed for defense, it was actually used as the first state prison. The island covers 22 acres and has excellent beaches, as well as some running trails that are popular with the locals. There’s also an area for picnics and you can visit the old fort for free. The place gets pretty busy on the weekends during the summer, and you can often see school groups exploring the fort during the spring.

Relax at the Lawn on D – This massive green space is new to the city (when I was growing up, there was nothing in this area so you would never go there). There are all sorts of free activities happening year-round, from concerts to festivities and everything in between! There’s public seating, free Wi-Fi, art exhibitions, and a few games, like table tennis and bocce. To see what events are happening during your visit, check the website for details.

420 D St, +1 877-393-3393, signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d. Open Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Saturday from 7am-11pm and Thursday & Sunday from 7am-10:30pm (hours may vary for events). Admission is free.

Hike the Blue Hills – This park is a bit out of the way, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you want to get out and stretch your legs. The 7,000-acre park is home to over 100 miles of trails and offers some picturesque viewpoints. There are also plenty of activities to keep you entertained, such as boating, fishing, skiing, and rock climbing (depending on the season). It can get busy in the summer on the weekends, so just be sure to arrive early.

Tour the Custom House – Built in the 17th century, the Custom House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city. In 1915, a tower was added to the building, making it the tallest building in the city at the time. The building is owned by Marriott Hotels now, though you can still take a free tour (by appointment) to go up to the observation deck on the 26th floor.

3 McKinley Square, +1 617-310-6300, marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosch-marriott-vacation-club-pulse-at-custom-house-boston. Tours are free though they are by appointment only.

Boston is a great city (and I’m not just saying that because I grew up there). I’ve never encountered a person who hasn’t liked it. This Boston itinerary will give you a good overview of the city at a relaxing pace. You’ll be moving around a lot, though, so make sure you get an unlimited “T” pass (subway/train pass). If you have more time, you can squeeze in some other activities .

But why rush such a beautiful place?

Take it slow. Mix and match the itinerary to suit your needs but this is how I’d structure my days if I was visiting Boston!

Book Your Trip to Boston: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They are my favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

For the best hostels, check out this post on the best hostels in the city.

If you want to know the best neighborhoods, here’s my guide to all the best areas in town !

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • Safety Wing (best for everyone)
  • Insure My Trip (for those over 70)
  • Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)

Looking for the Best Companies to Save Money With? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will save you money when you travel too.

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The Ultimate Boston Packing List

As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston has had a few centuries to develop into the showstopper it is today. If history is your thing, few towns can top it; after all, a little something called the Boston Tea Party took place here, and the Freedom Trail covers some of the "greatest hits" from that founding era. Of course, there’s more to this New England capital than just revolutionary sites. From chic boutique hotels  and seafood of every stripe to swan boat rides in the Common and super-champ sports teams—Boston knows how to bring it. The weather here can be unpredictable, but our month-by-month guide to packing and foolproof outfit ideas will prep you. Grab your suitcase, some Dunkin' Donuts (a mandatory pitstop), and hit the ground running.

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THE LUGGAGE

When it comes to packing, it’s all about the right bag for the right job. If you’ve been making do with a beat up old duffle or an ancient carry-on with a sticky wheel, you’ll be amazed at how a new bag makes travel so effortless. Every smart traveler should have three key pieces of luggage: a weekender bag for quickie getaways, a carry-on suitcase for week-long trips, and a larger suitcase for longer stays or travelers that overdo it on souvenirs. (Guilty!) For a weekender, we’re fans of the  Away Everywhere  bag. This little dynamo has separate pockets for your laptop, pens, reading materials, and phone, plus a waterproof umbrella compartment—genius when you visit a rainy destination. For a one-week trip, it’s hard to beat  Away’s Carry-On —it changed the suitcase game with an ejectable battery for phone charging, smooth spinner wheels, and a lifetime warranty. And for any trips lasting two weeks or longer, go for the  Travelpro Platinum Elite . There’s a reason flight crews swear by this luggage brand. This checked bag has gliding spinner wheels, a telescoped handle, and two-inches of zippered expansion. Consider yourself packed.

The Carry-On by Away in Coast blue

THE PACKING GEAR

Every packing hurdle is made easier with this trio of travel gear. Got a hotel room or cruise ship cabin with little counter space? This hanging toiletry bag will give you elbow room at the sink plus provide dedicated pockets for all your creams, gels, and sprays. Hang it on the bathroom door or over the towel rack to keep everything upright, protected, and in place. If you have an issue with overpacking — who doesn’t? — then packing cubes are a game-changer. This four-piece set will keep all your things, from underpants to electronics, organized and condensed, saving you precious suitcase space. And rather than depend on the freebie toiletries at the hotel (that harsh hotel soap will zap all the moisture from your skin), bring your own tried-and-true toiletries in these TSA-approved squeeze bottles.

Hanging Toiletry Kit

THE IN-FLIGHT ESSENTIALS

Only travel amateurs get on a flight without bringing the essentials. A sleep mask not only blocks out cabin lights—it provides the privacy you need to get some Zs. The Trtl travel pillow is a travel editors’ favorite for keeping your neck and head comfortable as you nod off. And Comrad compression socks’ moisture-wicking technology keeps feet comfy and protects you from deep vein thrombosis. (Yikes!) Fly like a pro with these packing essentials.

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BOSTON OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Like an “I Love New York” shirt in NYC, a Harvard sweatshirt is the telltale sign of a non-Bostonian. Listen, the city is chock-full of coeds, but that doesn’t mean flip-flops and hoodies are the status quo. You never know what the weather holds in New England—a sunny, 60-degree day can turn into a spring snowstorm in no time—so it’s smart to dress in layers. Follow the locals’ lead and pack an array of short- and long-sleeve tees, light sweaters, and a mid-weight jacket so you can keep up with the weather. Ride the T or take a walk downtown and you’ll find that Bostonians are fond of casual—but pulled-together—ensembles. Quality denim, comfortable footwear, and classic outwear will do the trick for women and men.

Women’s Outfits

Boston women’s casual look, shop the look.

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Weekender Bag

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Boston women’s formal look.

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V-Neck Dress

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Silver Pearl Earrings

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Boston Women’s Summer Look

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Wrinkle Releaser, Travel Size

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Boston Gender Neutral Gear Pack

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Neck Support Travel Pillow

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Portable Phone Charger

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Jet Lag Reducer

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Easy Travel Pill Organizer

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Wash & Stain Bar

Men’s outfits, boston younger men’s casual look.

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Button-Up Shirt

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Waterproof Oxford Shoes

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Boston Older Men’s Casual Look

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Cashmere Hat

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Wool Bomber

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Leather Attache

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Leather Belt

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Wing Tip Oxford

Boston younger men’s night look.

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Bomber Jacket

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Travel Wrinkle Free Oxford Shirt

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Boston Older Men’s Night Look

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Luxury Socks

Boston men’s summer outfit.

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Red Sox Hat

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THE THREE PAIRS OF SHOES YOU’LL NEED FOR EXPLORING BOSTON

Boston is a highly walkable city, but bring the wrong pair of shoes and you’ll be racking up blisters left and right. No matter the season, a cushy, supportive pair of sneakers will suit you well. Since Boston’s seasons are so extreme, the rest of your footwear collection will depend on the dates of your trip. Touching down in spring or summer? Flat (or nearly flat) sandals and boat shoes are the way to go. Heading into fall, ladies would do well with a pair of low- to mid-heeled booties for nights out and men will find rugged boots with serious traction will have them fitting right in with local gents. If you’re one of the brave souls heading into the city in blizzard season, L.L. Bean’s iconic Bean Boots are the only option. They’ll keep your toes warm in negative-15-degree windchill and prevent slips and falls on New England’s treacherous black ice.

Women’s Shoes

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What to Pack for Boston

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  • Lightweight Raincoat

Shoes & Accessories

  • Walking shoes
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  • Fold-down tote
  • Dental floss
  • Conditioner

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  • Moisturizer
  • Contact lenses
  • Contact lens solution
  • Shaving cream
  • Brush and comb
  • Hair styling tools
  • Tampons and pads
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pain relievers
  • Stain remover
  • Portable charger
  • Tablet or E-reader
  • Device chargers
  • Power adaptors
  • Memory card
  • Selfie stick

Other Essentials

  • Medical insurance card
  • Water bottle (empty)
  • Travel blanket or wrap
  • Travel pillow
  • Laundry bag

Helpful Printouts

  • Emergency contacts
  • Boarding pass
  • Hotel and car rental reservations
  • Maps and directions
  • Bank and credit card contact info
  • Copies of passport and ID

WHAT NOT TO PACK FOR BOSTON

Boston is a bustling city with CVS and Walgreens locations on practically every corner. For this reason, you can skip the excess toiletries, first-aid kits, and emergency snacks, and pick them up on the ground if you really need them. The city is also pretty casual in dress, so you can leave your going-out get-ups at home and opt for regular ol’ jeans and cobblestone-friendly footwear.

THE *ONE THING* WTP EDITORS ALWAYS PACK FOR BOSTON

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Boston is a wonderfully pedestrian-friendly place—it’s actually known as “America’s Walking City,” and very much lives up to the moniker. Really, the most important thing you can bring on a trip to Boston is a pair of excellent walking shoes, like this Adidas sneakers for men and women we spotlighted above. And if you want to show some local pride, rock the unisex Chuck Taylors from Boston-based Converse. Whether you’re strolling the lovely green haven that is the Boston Public Garden , walking to key stops (like Federal Reserve and Russia Wharf) along HarborWalk , or going on a self-guided Italian bakery/salumeria/pizza tour of the charming North End neighborhood, these classic kicks are a reliable companion. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that their O.G. color scheme matches the Red Sox team colors. — WTP Editors

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BOSTON’S WEATHER AND SEASONS

Boston street in winter, snow falling and a bus in the street.

Boston has four distinct seasons—a blessing or a curse depending on who you ask. Spring is temperate, with a cool sea breeze; summer is warm (if not hot) and balmy, with upwards of 80% humidity; fall is reasonably mild and sets the trees ablaze in fiery shades; and winter, ah winter, unleashes rain, snow, and ice storms that can shut the city down for days at a time. Because Boston’s weather is so erratic—even day to day—it’s key that you check (and recheck) the forecast just before your trip. Weather is often like a light switch here, so if you only pack for breezy spring days, you may be caught off guard when a last-second storm sneaks in. Heed our warning and pack layers or you may be scrambling to buy a new wardrobe when the seven-day forecast takes a sudden detour.

Note: This data comes from our friends at Weather.com. We recommend using this together with a traditional forecast as you get closer to your departure date.

  • Plan for day temps between 22 and 36
  • Expect 3.36 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in January: Snow is likely and icy temps are all but guaranteed. Don’t leave home without your gloves, warm hat, scarf, and other essentials.

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  • Plan for day temps between 25 and 39
  • Expect 3.38 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in February: Snowstorms and sunny blue skies don’t seem like they’d go in hand, but unexpected weather patterns are February’s bread and butter. This month can be Boston’s snowiest, but it’s also not as bitter as December or January. Pack a mid- to heavy-weight winter parka and all your usual cold weather accoutrements.

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  • Plan for day temps between 31 and 45
  • Expect 4.32 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in March: Layers are the way to go in March. From whipping winds and the last of the year’s snow flurries to balmy, spring-like days, you’ll see it all. Pack a beanie, scarf, and layer-able sweaters, but don’t go packing your Bean Boots until you’ve checked the forecast.

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  • Plan for day temps between 41 and 56
  • Expect 3.74 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in April: Weather varies greatly in April—especially from the beginning to end of the month—but pack layers and you’ll be fine. Sunglasses and a water bottle will also prove useful if you watch the Boston Marathon, hit the Patriots Day parade, or sit atop the Green Monster at a Red Sox game.

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  • Plan for day temps between 50 and 66
  • Expect 3.49 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in May: Temps in the upper 50s and 60s make May a beautiful time to visit Boston. Pack one lightweight jacket for early mornings and late nights but otherwise, spring attire will work just fine.

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  • Plan for day temps between 60 and 76
  • Expect 3.68 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in June: Temperatures rise well into the 70s come June, making it a lovely month to visit Boston. While early mornings and late nights are a little chillier, you likely won’t see anything below 50 degrees. Pack typical early summer clothes—AKA breezy dresses, comfortable sandals, cropped jeans, and a light coat.

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  • Plan for day temps between 65 and 82
  • Expect 3.43 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in July: Summer is in full swing in July, when temps jump into the 80s (and a few days usually even exceed 90!). Pack the usual: shorts, tanks, sandals, sunglasses, a water bottle, and—if your hotel has a pool—a bathing suit.

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  • Plan for day temps between 65 and 80
  • Expect 3.35 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in August: August weather is much like July; prepare for humid days in the 80s by packing light summer essentials like shorts, sundresses, and flowy skirts. Be sure to throw sunblock, sunglasses, and a water bottle in your bag.

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  • Plan for day temps between 57 and 72
  • Expect 3.44 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in September: Temperatures can fluctuate in September, but for the most part, summer is still around. Pack a light jacket for mornings and nights, and add a few more layers to your bag if your trip falls at the end of the month.

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  • Plan for day temps between 47 and 61
  • Expect 3.94 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in October: With temps in the 50s and 60s and splashes of fall foliage across the Common and Public Garden, autumn is a pleasant time to touch down in Boston. Pack a midweight coat, sweaters, leather boots, and other layers that can be added or subtracted.

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  • Plan for day temps between 38 and 52
  • Expect 3.99 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in November: Fiery foliage and temperate conditions characterize the beginning of November. But, once the second half of the month hits, freezing rain, flurries, and even full-blown Nor’easters are known to occur. Winter apparel is likely the way to go, but check the forecast before you pack your suitcase.

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  • Plan for day temps between 28 and 41
  • Expect 3.78 inches of precipitation

What to Wear in Boston in December: New England winters are notorious for a reason. While midday weather may seem extreme, mornings are even more startling as temps can dip into the low teens. Pack all your heavy winter gear and make sure you have waterproof footwear as you’ll be tromping through slush puddles when it snows.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BOSTON

What is the best shopping in boston .

Faneuil Hall may be on everyone’s list, but you can do far better than an American Eagle and Newbury Comics filled with first-time visitors. Instead, opt for Back Bay’s Newbury Street or Beacon Hill’s Charles Street. The first, which runs eight blocks from the Public Garden to Massachusetts Avenue, offers big-name designers, high-end consignment shops, and trendy boutiques tucked into grand Victorian mansions. And the latter, which is right off of the Common, offers antique shops and chic boutiques lined up along gas-lamp-lit streets.

What are the cultural faux pas in Boston? 

Without a doubt, the number-one thing you can do to tick off any Bostonian is spout off “ Pahk the car in Hahvahd Yahd ” in a “Good Will Hunting”-esque accent. To avoid further eye rolls, you should also leave the Yankees gear at home, walk single file— not three or four abreast—down crowded sidewalks, and let people get off the T before you try to shove on.

What time do bars/public transportation close in Boston? 

Nightlife is a totally a thing in Boston, but the city’s bars and clubs come to a screeching halt much earlier than most would expect. Technically, state law says alcohol service has to end by 2 a.m., but many bars close up shop at 1 a.m. Likewise, the T stops running at 1 a.m. and doesn’t resume service until 5 a.m. If you’re going to be out late, be prepared to call an Uber.

Where can I get the best seafood in Boston? What about the best lobster roll?

Picking the best seafood and lobster roll spots in Boston is like picking the best pizza joint in Chicago—it’s an impossible (and highly scrutinized) job. There are quite a few options, depending on whether you want simple and straightforward or white tablecloth. Either way, it’s worth checking out Atlantic Fish Company , Saltie Girl , Barking Crab , James Hook & Company , The Daily Catch , and—though admittedly touristy— Union Oyster House , the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the U.S.

Should I rent a car in Boston?

Unless you’re planning on day-tripping to other New England cities, you won’t need a car in Boston. Most tourist-frequented spots—like the Boston Common , Faneuil Hall , and Fenway Park —are reachable by foot or the T. Trust us, parking is expensive (on the street and in garages) and traffic is an absolute nightmare, so you’ll save yourself money, time, and stress by forgoing a car.

1. WHAT TO WEAR TO WALK BOSTON’S FREEDOM TRAIL

The iconic 2.5-mile Freedom Trail encompasses some of Boston’s most historic sites, from the 18th-century Old South Meeting House to the 221-foot-tall Bunker Hill Monument . Ensure you don’t have to stop for Band-Aids along the way by opting for comfortable, sport-ready sneakers and a correspondingly casual outfit.

2. WHAT TO WEAR TO TOUR FANEUIL HALL

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is like the Times Square of Boston. Circus performances clog the marketplace’s two main drags, and throngs of people flood in and out of Quincy Market with cupcakes, clam chowder, and Regina’s pizza in hand. The last thing you want to worry about here is getting a heel stuck in the cobblestone lanes or catching your coat on a passing plate of pasta. Instead, women should opt for frayed skinny jeans, leather booties, and a denim jacket that can easily take you from Faneuil Hall to dinner. For men, a relaxed outfit consisting of a terry sweatshirt with a backpack (for new purchases and to-go desserts) should be just fine.

3. WHAT TO WEAR TO A GAME AT FENWAY PARK

Whether you’re sitting atop the Green Monster or just rows behind first base, a cap will do wonders to shade you from the sun. Aside from Yankees gear, there isn’t much we’d advise against wearing here. Jeans, a tee, sneakers, and a backpack (for stowing sunscreen and other essentials) is all you need.

4. WHAT TO WEAR FOR A BREWERY CRAWL AROUND BOSTON

From Baltic porter at Lamplighter and Kimchi Gose at Down the Road Beer Co. to Sam Adams and Harpoon, there are a lot of beers to be tasted in Boston. Prep for the day ahead with a casual jeans-and-tee outfit. Since you’ll be walking around fermenters, glycol chillers, and other brewery equipment, it’s smart to wear closed-toe shoes and bring a warm layer (which will also suit you well on late-night walks back from the bar).

5. WHAT TO WEAR TO STROLL AROUND BEACON HILL (IN SPRING OR SUMMER)

Just down the street from the Charles River Esplanade, Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s most charming neighborhoods. Federal and Victorian-style brick row houses sit shoulder to shoulder with boutique clothing and decor shops, and you’re never far from sweet treats like French pastries and homemade ice cream. If you’re ready to depart from your typical jeans and tee get-up, now is the time. Women, go for a flowy midi dress, a classic denim jacket, and sandals with thick enough soles to handle the bumpy cobblestones of Acorn Street, one of the most photographed streets in the country. Men, this is a good time to break out your button-down—especially if you’ll be grabbing brunch (try The Paramount for huevos rancheros and banana-caramel French toast).

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55 Best Things To Do in Boston 2024 (With Pics)

Updated : May 02, 2024

AAA Travel Editor, SMT

Table of contents.

  • Boston Light
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Boston Signature Lunch Cruise
  • Boston Harbor Sunset Sail Tour
  • Boston Common
  • Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
  • Boston Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey
  • Evening Ghost Tour of Boston
  • Small-Group Boston City Tour
  • Walking Tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail
  • Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour
  • Boston Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt Adventure
  • Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
  • Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
  • Boston Parks and Works of Art Scavenger Hunt
  • Italian Dinner With Tiramisu Finale in Boston
  • Boston Harbor Moonlight Cruise
  • Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise
  • Boston History and Highlights Walking Tour
  • Boston Seafood Lovers Adventure
  • Boston Sights and Sips Cruise
  • Boston Private City Tour
  • Boston Summer Nights Tour
  • Mysteries on the Move Scavenger Hunt
  • Boston Mafia: Outdoor Escape Game
  • Boston Premier Bunch Cruise on Odyssey
  • Boston Seafood Walking Tour
  • Tour of Boston’s Revolutionary and Drunken Past
  • Boston Holiday Cocoa Cruise
  • Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise
  • Boston Ghosts by US Ghost Adventures
  • Guided Walking Tour in Boston
  • VIP Private Tour of Boston
  • Holiday Sunset Cruise in Boston Harbor
  • Asian Dumplings and Dim Sum in Boston
  • The Story of America Scavenger Hunt
  • Fenway Park
  • Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston
  • New England Aquarium
  • Private Boston Movie Mile Tour
  • Boston and Cambridge Private Day Tour
  • Boston to Kennebunkport with Optional Lobster Tour
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
  • Intro to Sushi Making with Classpop
  • Boston Crime Tour
  • Quincy Market
  • Boston Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Tour the Samuel Adams Brewery
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Boston Symphony Hall
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Signature Boston Guided Brewery Tour
  • Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

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Founded in 1630, Boston, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities in the United States and a great place to visit on your next vacation. Not only are there fun outdoor activities like walking the 2.5-mile long freedom trail or taking a relaxing cruise on the Boston Harbor, but there’s also an exciting nightlife as well as fun for families. 

Here, we’ve listed the 55 best things to do in Boston, so there’s something for everyone on this list. Whether you’re visiting for Boston’s rich history or tasty seafood, we have you covered. And if you’re an AAA member , you can also take advantage of plenty of discounts while you’re there.  

1. Boston Light

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The Boston Light is one of the most iconic Boston attractions , and it’s a must-see for history lovers. During the Revolutionary War, the original Boston Light was destroyed and later restored in 1859. There are a variety of cruises in Boston Harbor that allow you to see the light from a distance, or you can take a boat tour to Little Brewster Island to see the lighthouse up close. 

2. Boston Athenaeum

Bibliophiles will love visiting the Boston Athenaeum , one of the oldest libraries in the country. Originally founded in the early 1800s, you can take a free tour of the Athenaeum to learn more about the building’s rich history in Boston. The Athenaeum has hundreds of thousands of books, and there are quiet reading rooms where you can sit down and enjoy some good books. There are also regular events at the Athenaeum, so check their calendar before you book your trip.

3. Boston Signature Lunch Cruise

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If you’re looking for a good meal while also taking in scenic views around the Boston Harbor, the Signature Lunch Cruise is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. This two-hour lunch cruise has a complete lunch buffet with plenty of options and a DJ on board for entertainment. For the adults, you can enjoy some cocktails, beer or wine and their full bar.

4. Boston Harbor Sunset Sail Tour

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The Boston Harbor Sunset Sail Tour is perfect for couples looking for a romantic night out while visiting Boston. The cruise is two hours long, and you’ll have incredible views of the city as you travel around the harbor at sunset on this elegant 80-foot yacht. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, you can relax with some adult beverages.

5. Boston Common

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The Boston Common dates back to colonial times, and it’s a great historic location to visit during your visit. Located at the southern end of the Freedom Trail, it has a large park with cozy places to picnic or relax by the pond. It also has walking and jogging paths, and during the winter, the Boston Common is perfect for ice skating. Throughout this 50-acre area, there are also a variety of memorials, like the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, as well as sculptures and statues.

6. Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour

Horror lovers will have a blast at the Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour , a fun-filled ghost-themed tour showing the spooky side of Boston. Known as one of the most haunted cities, you’ll hear ghost stories based on wars from the past, murders and more. This tour goes throughout Downtown Boston and visits the King’s Chapel Burying Ground, home to the graves of many of Boston’s first citizens. Reservations are required, so be sure to book your tickets in advance.

7. Boston Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey

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The Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey is a cruise that lasts two to three hours while you enjoy entertainment and upscale dining. The Odyssey has a dress code of semi-formal attire, so it’s a great date night or an adult gathering with friends. They offer a full bar, a life DJ, a menu with different salads, pastas, poultry or fish dishes, and delicious desserts. On this cruise, you’ll see the glistening lights from the Boston skyline and landmarks like the Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, the Seaport District and the USS Constitution warship.

8. Evening Ghost Tour of Boston

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One of the many fun things to do in Boston is an evening ghost tour that starts in Downtown Boston. This guided tour allows you to explore Boston’s dark history and areas known for paranormal activity. This walking tour is one and a half hours, and your tour guide will entertain you with ghost stories and legends along the way.

9. Small-Group Boston City Tour

If you’re unsure what to see in Boston, this small-group Boston city tour has you covered. This fully narrated tour is great for Boston sightseeing because you’ll visit many of the city’s most iconic locations. On this tour, you’ll visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution and popular points of interest like the historic Ivy League college Harvard. The tour is perfect for families and small groups and can host up to seven travelers.

10. Walking Tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail

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Boston’s Freedom Trail is one of the top places to visit in Boston because it’s filled with the rich history of the American Revolution. The Boston Freedom Trail walking tour is 90 minutes long and allows you to see various historic locations. Some notable landmarks along the Freedom Trail include the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere’s House and Park Street Church. There are also burying grounds like the Granary Burying Ground, the final resting place of historical figures like Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.

11. Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

If you’re a movie buff, one of the fun activities in Boston that you don’t want to miss is the Movie Mile walking tour . This tour lasts for 90 minutes and lets you visit over 30 locations where various TV shows and movies were filmed. You can have a drink at the original bar where they filmed Cheers or sit on a bench at the Boston Public Garden where Good Will Hunting was filmed. Some other popular filming locations are from films like The Departed, Amistad and Ted.

12. Boston Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt Adventure

There are many things to see in Boston when you’re checking out the Freedom Trail, but here, you can also have some fun with a historic scavenger hunt. This innovative Freedom Trail Scavenger hunt lets you use your smartphone to guide you as you find and learn about well-known and overlooked parts of the city. This is a great activity for anyone who enjoys challenging puzzles and hunting for clues while enjoying famous parts of the city.

13. Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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The hop-on hop-off trolley tour in Boston is perfect to combine with one of the Boston Harbor cruises. This trolley tour allows you to create your itinerary and see some of the most popular sites in Boston, but you get to do it at your own pace. The boarding area for this trolley tour is near the cruise port, and the ticket also comes with discounts on additional activities in Boston, like the Sports Museum and the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum. There are 18 convenient stops, including Faneuil Hall, Historic North End and Copley Square.

14. Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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This sightseeing cruise lets you see many Boston tourist attractions while traveling on a 1920s-style yacht. While on this cruise, you’ll see famous locations like Old North Church, the USS Cassin Young and the Bunker Hill Monument. The sightseeing cruise also travels by Boston Harbor’s beautiful islands and is a one-and-a-half-hour voyage. The cruise serves light snacks and beverages at the bar if you get hungry.  

15. Boston Parks and Works of Art Scavenger Hunt

One of the best things to do in Boston is to visit all of the magnificent artwork throughout the city. A fun way to experience the city's various monuments, statues and art is by doing the Boston Parks and Works of Art Scavenger Hunt . This activity is run by the top app-led scavenger hunt company Let’s Roam, and it’s great for groups. You will tour the city, seeing different works of art and landmarks while each member of your group has a different interactive role that comes with unique scavenger hunt challenges.

16. Italian Dinner With Tiramisu Finale in Boston

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If you’re a couple looking for things to do in Boston this weekend or any weekend , the Italian dinner with a Tiramisu finale makes for a great time. This isn’t just an ordinary Italian dinner, either. When you attend, the incredible Chef Joe Maglio, who has over 15 years of experience, will be teaching you how to cook a delicious Italian meal from scratch. This hands-on cooking class teaches you the ins and outs of making authentic pasta, and it can also be a great activity for a group.

17. Boston Harbor Moonlight Cruise

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Hosted by Mass Bay Lines, you can take a moonlight cruise through Boston Harbor in the evening during your trip. This is an all-ages 90-minute cruise around the Boston Harbor, where you can relax and see the Boston skyline and other notable landmarks. Onboard, there are snacks, beverages and alcoholic drinks available for the adults.

18. Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise

This brunch cruise is a great way to start your day in Boston. The cruise is two hours long, and you’ll have access to a diverse buffet menu that includes fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, seasonal salads and bakery items. On the brunch cruise , you’ll take in some great sights, like Spectacle Island, Lovells Island, Independence Fort and Boston’s amazing Seaport District.

19. Boston History and Highlights Walking Tour

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There are plenty of must-see locations throughout Boston, and this walking tour will let you experience many of them. On the tour, you will see Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper, as well as Faneuil Hall and the Massachusetts State House. You will also visit the Freedom Trail and can rest your legs at the lovely Boston Public Garden. This walking tour is hosted by a knowledgeable tour guide who will teach you about Boston’s rich history as you take in the stunning views.

20. Boston Seafood Lovers Adventure

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Boston is the home of some of the most delicious seafood in the country, so this is one of the best things to do in Boston, MA , for all seafood-loving travelers. During the Seafood Lovers Adventure , you will get to eat some of the city’s best seafood and have a tour guide leading you to some of the most historic sites. Some of the amazing seafood fare you’ll get to taste include lobster rolls, clam chowder and more as you visit waterfront shacks and classic restaurants.

21. Boston Sights and Sips Cruise

The Sights and Sips cruise in Boston is an adults-only cruise that offers an incredible evening of fun and alcoholic beverages. This 90-minute cruise provides scenic views of the Boston Harbor as you drink cocktails, wine and beer from the fully-stocked bar. There’s also an onboard DJ for some live entertainment.

22. Boston Private City Tour

As you can see, there are a lot of different city tours of Boston, but if you want a more private setting for your group, this is the tour for you. This private city tour is four hours, and you’ll travel the city in a comfortable luxury vehicle with your group. This tour is catered to your group’s preferences and will stop at the sights you want to see the most. This allows you to go at your own pace while also getting each location’s full history from your guide.

23. Boston Summer Nights Tour

During the summer, a fantastic way to see the city is on this sunset Summer Nights trolley tour of Boston. You will take an Old Town Trolley as you watch the sunset over the Charles River and travel along the cobblestone streets of Boston. The tour stops include John Hancock Tower, the Boston Public Garden, Massachusetts State House and Boston Common. 

24. Mysteries on the Move Scavenger Hunt

If you want to combine Boston sightseeing with a murder mystery, this is just the activity for you. This scavenger hunt is a classic whodunnit where you’re solving the murder of silent movie director Rex King in the 1920s. During this scavenger hunt , you will visit famous historical sights around the city and use your smartphone as you gather clues to solve the murder. There are 10 historical stops along the way, and this is a fun-filled activity for ages 13 and up.

25. Boston Mafia: Outdoor Escape Game

While in Boston, you can learn all about the city’s mafia past while playing a fun escape game. As you take the role of a reporter, this outdoor escape game has you solve different puzzles as the story of Boston’s mafias unfolds. This game also allows you to embrace Boston’s history as you visit areas like the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden, North Street Park and more. 

26. Boston Premier Bunch Cruise on Odyssey

The Odyssey has a variety of cruises, and this one provides an exquisite brunch experience to start your day. On the Premier Brunch Cruise , you get to set out on Boston Harbor while having panoramic views of historic landmarks and islands. During the cruise, you’re treated to a delicious brunch menu with salads, freshly prepared entrees and desserts with unlimited coffee or tea.

27. Boston Seafood Walking Tour

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Seafood lovers can go on a culinary journey while experiencing the city with this walking tour. The Boston Seafood walking tour is guided, so you will hear stories about the history of Boston while you sample various classic seafood dishes from the area. This tour goes along the Boston waterfront, and some of the incredible dishes include lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, fried oysters and much more.

28. Tour of Boston’s Revolutionary and Drunken Past

In addition to Boston’s historical landmarks, there are also historic taverns in the area. When taking the Tour of Boston’s Revolutionary and Drunken Past , you will visit 10 locations along the Freedom Trail, like the Old State House and the site of the Boston Massacre. More importantly, your tour will stop at three historic taverns where you can grab a beer or hard cider. Visitors on the tour will learn quite a bit about the city’s drunk history from guides who are expertly trained historians.

29. Boston Holiday Cocoa Cruise

Should you visit Boston during the winter holiday season, there’s no better way to spend your time than with some hot cocoa as you cruise around the Boston Harbor. The Holiday Cocoa Cruise is a great way to spend some time with friends, family or your significant other during your holiday trip to Boston. This cruise allows you to see the Boston skyline and some iconic landmarks while sipping on some cocoa and listening to classic holiday music.

30. Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise

This two-hour brunch cruise offers delicious holiday dishes while seeing some historic landmarks around Boston’s Seaport. On the Holiday Brunch Cruise , you’re treated to a three-course gourmet brunch and will travel around the harbor, seeing locations like the Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church and Sea Castle Island. This cruise is for people of all ages, and they even have infant seats available if you’re traveling with young ones.

31. Boston Ghosts by US Ghost Adventures

Horror fans and lovers of all things spooky will enjoy the Ghosts by US Ghost Adventures in Boston. This tour takes you down some of the most eerie locations in Downtown Boston and provides a unique perspective on the city’s haunted history. During this nighttime tour, your guide will tell you bone-chilling Boston stories that will frighten the bravest individuals. 

32. Guided Walking Tour in Boston

If you’re looking for a shorter walking tour while you’re in Boston, this is the one for you. This guided walking tour is about an hour long and takes you along the Freedom Trail, where you’ll visit 10 historic sites in Downtown Boston. On the tour, you will also be able to go inside of two of the locations. Some popular sites you will see include the Old South Meeting House, the John Adams Courthouse and City Hall Plaza.

33. VIP Private Tour of Boston

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Many of the tours and cruises in Boston are large groups with many other visitors, but you can also take this VIP private tour of the city. You and your group will experience the best of the city’s history on this four-hour tour. You’ll be escorted to the various locations in a private luxury vehicle, and they also offer hotel pickup and drop-off services. The tour stops at locations like the Bunker Hill Monument, Harvard University and the USS Constitution. At the end of the tour, you’ll go on a cruise around the harbor.

34. Holiday Sunset Cruise in Boston Harbor

During the holiday season, a great way to spend the evening is by taking a holiday-inspired sunset cruise through Boston Harbor. This cruise allows you to see the Boston skyline and harbor during the twilight. This cruise is on a ship fashioned in the style of the 1920s, with holiday beverages and music. The ship’s captain gives some commentary on different landmarks around the harbor, and the ship also passes under the majestic Tobin Bridge.

35. Asian Dumplings and Dim Sum in Boston

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Treat yourself to some delicious Asian cuisine that you get to create while visiting Boston. This dumplings and dim sum experience is a fun activity for couples or groups of friends. Located just east of the Boston Common, the cooking class’s teacher is 15-year veteran Chef Gary. This is a great way to build memories with your group or significant other while you’re in Boston, and it’s also a skill that you can bring back home after your trip.

36. The Story of America Scavenger Hunt

Learn the story of America while you enjoy the fun of a scavenger hunt with this walking tour. The Story of America scavenger hunt is run by Let’s Roam, the top app-led scavenger hunt company. Using your smartphone, you’ll walk historic parts of the city, where you’ll discover hidden gems while solving fun challenges. Each person in your group will have a different role and puzzles to solve, so it’s great for families and groups of friends.

37. Fenway Park

During baseball season, you can catch a famous Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park . Originally built in 1912, Fenway Park has over 100 years of history to experience while you’re also enjoying a baseball game. Even if you’re not a fan of watching baseball games, Fenway Park is also a great location to take a tour and learn some history about the city. The tour lasts about 90 minutes, and you’ll see and learn about the Green Monster Wall and get to see the dugouts. 

38. Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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When planning your trip to Boston, you may have different locations that you want to visit while not touring with a large group. If that’s the case, you can take the private customized walking tour of the city. This tour is two to two and a half hours long, and when you make your reservation, you get to customize the itinerary with a tour guide to see various locations like Freedom Trail, Copley Square and other locations on your list.

39. New England Aquarium

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While in Boston, you can spend the day with a wide range of aquatic life by taking a trip to the New England Aquarium . This aquarium is the home to over 15,000 creatures of the sea, and it’s the perfect place for family fun. It’s located on Central Wharf, and it hosts a four-story, 200,000-gallon oceanic tank filled with sea turtles, eels, sharks and a wide variety of exotic fish. You can also take a three-hour whale-watching tour from the aquarium or stay indoors to watch an ocean life documentary on their IMAX screen. 

40. Private Boston Movie Mile Tour

Movie fans who want some privacy during their tour experience can take the private Boston Movie Mile tour . This private tour is for small groups, and it lasts about 90 minutes. During the tour, you’ll visit locations where famous movies like Good Will Hunting and many others were filmed. The tour also goes to famous landmarks like the Boston Common as well as Beacon Hill. On this private tour, your guide is a local actor who offers a unique perspective on each filming location.

41. Boston and Cambridge Private Day Tour

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This private walking tour is the perfect way to see the city’s most significant sites in a private setting. The private tour of Boston and Cambridge is a walking tour that later transitions into a drive to some other parts of the city. Some landmarks and neighborhoods you’ll visit include Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Seaport. Your local guide will give you a full history of the different locations, and you’ll also stop for lunch along the way.

42. Boston to Kennebunkport with Optional Lobster Tour

If you’re looking to venture out a little further than the Boston Harbor during your trip, this activity is for you. Kennebunkport is located in Maine, about 90 miles north of Boston. You will travel along the coast and see many locations outside of Boston, so you’ll experience more than staying within the city limits. The tour travels along the New Hampshire coastline, and you’ll take a one-hour break in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before reaching Kennebunkport. Once there, you can explore the city or take the optional hour-long lobster tour.

43. Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is full of incredible artworks from around the globe. The museum has nearly 450,000 unique pieces of art, and over one million people visit the museum each year. This museum is home to a 13-foot-tall statue of the goddess Juno, which is the largest Roman-era statue in North America. It also has art and sculptures from Ancient Egypt and other parts of the world. You can spend the day here viewing art and learning the history of the work, and there are four restaurants on-site.

44. Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

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The Boston Tea Party is one of the most important events in American history, and you can visit the exact location and learn more about it during your trip. At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum , you will learn the details of the events that led to the Boston Tea Party in 1773. You can explore the tall ships from the event and visit different exhibits throughout the museum. There are also guided tours and a movie theater where you can learn even more about the events.

45. Intro to Sushi Making with Classpop

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Boston is home to some of the best seafood in the country, making it a great spot to eat sushi. You can eat sushi while in Boston, and at Classpop , you will learn how to make sushi yourself. Chef Harold teaches this cooking class is at a local Boston brewery. In the class, you get hands-on experience crafting different sushi rolls in this laid back class, and the chef will teach you the secrets of making the perfect sushi roll.

46. Boston Crime Tour

The city of Boston is pretty safe but has a lengthy history of organized crime. On the Boston Crime Tour , you get a view of the underworld of Boston when gangsters like James “Whitey” Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang were operating. The tour takes you to various sites where crimes happened as you learn how the Boston Police and FBI handled the actions of these notorious gangsters.

47. Quincy Market

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For 200 years, Quincy Market has been a prime spot for shopping in Boston. This is a popular area for locals and visitors because it has incredible architecture and plenty of places to shop. Quincy Market has over 100 shops and eateries in the area, giving you plenty to do while you’re there. The area also has carts selling snacks, coffee, seafood and artisanal breads. You can also take a bike tour throughout the area or take a ride in a coach.

48. Boston Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace is next to Quincy Market and has over 30 food stalls selling a wide range of food and beverages. This is an especially fun place to visit because the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is where street performers like to hang out and entertain visitors and locals alike. The marketplace is inside a building that dates back to the 19th century and is centrally located next to the financial district. During the holiday season, there are special events as well.

49. Tour the Samuel Adams Brewery

Samuel Adams beer has been an American classic for decades, and while in Boston, you can visit the place where the magic happens. Founded by Jim Koch, Samuel Adams beer is the first Boston Lager, and you can take a tour of the famous brewery . The tour includes an inside look at the production process, and you get to sample the ingredients that go into the famous beer along the way. They also have an eatery and a gift shop, so you can take home some memories from your visit.

50. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has an art collection of 2,500 pieces, and it’s all hosted inside a 20th-century mansion. The mansion is modeled after a Venetian palazzo from the medieval era, and the art’s owner was one of the city’s art patrons, Isabella Steward Gardner. You can spend hours viewing the art and exploring the mansion, which has an entire wing made of glass. 

51. Boston Symphony Hall

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If you’re a fan of classical music, you may be able to catch the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing at the Boston Symphony Hall . This location is one of the top classical music venues in the country, and it has exceptional acoustics to showcase the beautiful music of the orchestra. When the symphony isn’t playing a show, you can take a guided tour to view the hall and see the massive 4,800-pipe organ.

52. Franklin Park Zoo

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In addition to the local aquarium, you can also visit the Franklin Park Zoo , which sits on 72 acres of land and is the home to various animals. The zoo has plenty of exhibits for you to see, like the Aussie Aviary, the Giraffe Savannah, Gorilla Grove and Serengeti Crossing. Some exhibits are seasonal, so plan ahead to map out what you want to see during your trip. They also have behind-the-scenes tours where you can get up close with some animals.

53. MIT Museum

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most famous colleges in the country for its technology-based and robotics courses. Some of the world’s most innovative creations have been designed here, so the MIT Museum is a great place to visit for those interested in the tech world. Founded in the early 1970s, the museum has exhibits for artificial intelligence, robotics, holography, etc.

54. Signature Boston Guided Brewery Tour

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Beer lovers looking for the best places to visit in Boston will have a great time on the guided brewery tour in Boston . In addition to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, there are many other breweries throughout the city. The tour allows you to see behind the scenes and learn how they make the beer while tasting various crafted beers along the way. The stops rotate based on the time of the year, but some of the breweries include:

  • Samuel Adams
  • Aeronaut Cannery
  • BearMoose Brewing
  • Distraction Brewing
  • Mighty Squirrel Brewing
  • Short Path Distillery
  • Winter Hill Brewing

55. Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

A great way to see the city is with light exercise and a breeze in your face as you take a guided bicycle tour around Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The Emerald Necklace is a path around Boston’s most gorgeous green spaces in the city. There are many parks along the journey and the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue. You’ll also ride along the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum. The best time to take this tour is during the fall because the foliage in the area is at its brightest colors.

Now that you know the best spots for Boston tourism, the next step is to plan your trip. With an AAA membership, you benefit from exclusive discounts and other offerings while visiting Boston. To learn more about each location and book your reservations, you can do it through our Travel page while learning more about the various attractions.

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The eta aquarid meteor shower, debris of halley’s comet, peaks this weekend. here’s how to see it.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Eta Aquarid meteor shower, remnants of Halley’s comet, peaks this weekend. And with just a waning crescent moon in the sky, it should be visible.

The Eta Aquarids occur every year in early May. This year’s peak activity happens early Sunday with an expected 10 to 30 meteors visible per hour in the Northern Hemisphere. Viewing should be even better in the Southern Hemisphere. The shower lasts through May 27.

Here’s what to know about the Eta Aquarids and other meteor showers.

What is a meteor shower?

Multiple meteor showers occur annually and you don’t need special equipment to see them.

Most meteor showers originate from the debris of comets. The source of the Eta Aquarids is Halley’s comet.

When rocks from space enter Earth’s atmosphere, the resistance from the air makes them very hot. This causes the air to glow around them and briefly leaves a fiery tail behind them — the end of a “shooting star.”

The glowing pockets of air around fast-moving space rocks, ranging from the size of a dust particle to a boulder, may be visible in the night sky.

How to view a meteor shower

Meteor showers are usually most visible between midnight and predawn hours.

It’s easier to see shooting stars under dark skies, away from city lights. Meteor showers also appear brightest on cloudless nights when the moon wanes smallest.

The Southern Hemisphere will have the best view of Eta Aquarids, but a waning moon just 14% full will allow for clear viewing in both hemispheres, according to the American Meteor Society.

When is the next meteor shower?

The meteor society keeps an updated list of upcoming large meteor showers , including the peak viewing days and moonlight conditions.

The next big one is the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which peaks in late July.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science and Educational Media Group. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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Karen Read trial continues, jurors visit crime scene

Jurors ventured outside the courtroom friday to visit several locations tied to the night boston police officer john o'keefe died, by munashe kwangwari , marc fortier and anthony vega • published may 3, 2024 • updated on may 3, 2024 at 8:01 pm.

The Karen Read murder trial left the courtroom on Friday after a week of intense testimony .

Jurors wrapped up the week by visiting the scene of the crime where Read's boyfriend, Boston police Officer John O'Keefe , was found dead.

The jury trip included a stop at the Fairview Road home in Canton, Massachusetts, where O'Keefe was found dead as well as the Waterfall Bar and Grill — the last place he was seen alive.

I’m in the courtroom for Friday’s testimony in the #KarenRead trial. Follow this 🧵 We expect morning testimony, then a visit by the jurors to the scene, then afternoon testimony. I’ll be posting today until about noon. You can watch the trial on @NECN & https://t.co/jLCpXACgLj — Sue O'Connell (@SueNBCBoston) May 3, 2024
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Read is charged with second-degree murder in the 2022 death of her boyfriend. He was found in the snow outside fellow Boston Police Officer Brian Albert's home in Canton. Prosecutors say Read hit O'Keefe with her SUV, while Read says she has been framed in a wide-ranging coverup. Read has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.

Before heading out to visit sites from the case, jurors heard the conclusion of Thursday's testimony from Canton firefighter/paramedic Katie McLaughlin.

Specifically, defense attorney Alan Jackson grilled McLaughlin about her relationship with Caitlin Albert, Brian Albert's daughter. The two attended high school together, and Jackson referenced the fact that McLaughlin and Caitlin Albert are friends on Facebook and both appeared in photos from at least two beach trips.

Jackson is asking her affirm the “sum & substance” of what she said yesterdays Has your story evolved? Ok. Who is Caitlin Albert? Someone I went to school with was named Caitlin Albert. Did you know Caitlin Albert. McLaughlin describes her as an acquaintance, not a 1 on 1 friend — Sue O'Connell (@SueNBCBoston) May 3, 2024

McLaughlin acknowledged that she has known Caitlin Albert for about 10 years, dating back to high school, but said they are not close friends. They do have mutual friends and have gone on day trips together in the past but McLaughlin said she has not discussed the case with her.

Jurors left for the site viewing around 11 a.m., and returned to court and returned around 12:45 p.m. to hear some additional testimony.

#BREAKING : This is the Lexus SUV that #KarenRead jurors just viewed outside the house where John O’Keefe was found. Notice it’s missing a back passenger taillight. Unclear if this is the actual SUV Read was driving that night, but this SUV hasn’t been inspected since 2022. pic.twitter.com/PFWJZ975EB — Eli Rosenberg NBC10 Boston (@EliNBCBoston) May 3, 2024

The first witness to take the stand following the jury site view was Greg Woodbury, a lieutenant/paramedic with the Canton Fire Department. Like the other firefighters and paramedics who have taken the stand previously, he testified about his recollection about the response to O'Keefe's death back in January of 2022.

Woodbury described Read's demeanor when emergency personnel arrived at the scene, saying she appeared "very distraught, very upset" and was resistant to the idea of being taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, saying she didn't need any assistance.

Around 2:30 p.m., another Canton firefighter/paramedic, Daniel Whitley, took the stand. Like the other firefighters before him, he testified about the snowy weather on the night of the response and what he saw when he arrived at the scene. He also testified about Read's demeanor and attempts to get her to agree to be taken to the hospital.

He also detailed Read's behavior in the ambulance on their way to the hospital and upon arrival at the hospital.

"She was giving the nurses a hard time," Whitley said, noting that Read didn't want to wear a hospital gown or give a urine sample.

Canton firefighter/paramedic Jason Becker was next up to testify, and also spoke of the initial response to the scene and how Read was distraught. She reportedly told Becker that she had just performed CPR on O'Keefe, and had blood on her face, around her mouth and on her neck.

During a half day of trial Thursday, one line of questioning that both the prosecution and defense followed with each witness involved was what they heard a distraught Read say at the scene of the incident.

The first responders testified to hearing Read say different things amid the emergency response for O'Keefe: "I hit him, I hit him," "He's dead, he's f***** dead," "Is he alive?" and, repeatedly, "I hit him."

When Read was indicted by a grand jury on a second-degree murder charge in June, prosecutors said in court that Read told a Canton firefighter/paramedic at the scene, "I hit him, I hit him, I hit him, I hit him."

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The first witness called on Thursday was Canton fire Lt. Anthony Flematti, who'd begun his testimony on Tuesday afternoon. He was one of the first responders to the scene of O'Keefe's death.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Lally asked Flematti about his arrival at the scene, standard department operating procedures and the weather on the night O'Keefe's body was found. He also described seeing three women at the scene in addition to O'Keefe.

He said O'Keefe's body was covered by 4-6 inches of snow when he arrived, and O'Keefe was underdressed for the weather in a long-sleeve T-shirt and jeans. A previous witness earlier in the week had testified that O'Keefe was dressed for the weather.

Flematti said as he and other firefighters and EMTs arrived at the scene, he began speaking to Read to find out what might have transpired. He said he spoke to her first because she seemed to be the one most distressed. He said she was attempting to perform CPR but her behavior was erratic.

"We tried to get any type of information we could from her at that time, with no luck," he said. "The only response I was given was, 'I hit him, I hit him, oh my God I hit him.'" He said Read's comments were very loud, and she didn't answer his additional questions, only repeating, "I hit him, I hit him."

Jackson then cross-examined Flematti about Read's response to his questions on the night of O'Keefe's death, focusing specifically on how the fire lieutenant moved Read over to speak with a different firefighter after he refused to get any answers from her.

Around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Jackson was about to show dashcam video from the night of the incident so that Flematti could show him the portion where he was having a discussion with Read, but Judge Beverly Cannone wanted to view it first, ordering the jurors out of the room.

Following a recess, Jackson began showing the dashcam footage, a still image of which can be seen below:

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The footage showed multiple people moving about, and first responders attending to O'Keefe. But Flematti struggled to identify any of the people in the dashcam video — including himself — because the video was at least partly obscured by the weather conditions.

Do you see people entering from screen right. Who does that appear to be? Could be one of the firefighters. What is the activity on the left side? Lowering the stretcher. Do you recognize the person facing the camera? No Jackson is starting and pausing video. — Sue O'Connell (@SueNBCBoston) May 2, 2024

Jackson showed a portion of dashcam video showing the ambulance doors being closed, and asked Flematti if he was inside the ambulance at that point. Flematti said he was in the ambulance at some point, but couldn't confirm he was inside the ambulance the entire time, saying he might have exited the vehicle to collect equipment.

The defense attorney appeared to be trying to get Flematti to confirm that he was inside the ambulance and thus wasn't part of the group of first responders speaking with Read outside.

Jackson - You testified that my client said “I hit him” You testified Anthony heard #KarenRead said “I hit him” Jackson says we see #KarenRead being questioned, are you in the frame? Flematti: No — Sue O'Connell (@SueNBCBoston) May 2, 2024

Jackson also pointed out during cross-examination that nowhere in his reports did Flematti mention to investigators or doctors that he believed Read had told him O'Keefe might have been hit by a vehicle.

"It would have been important yes," Flematti acknowledged. "It's not in the reports, no."

During redirect, Lally asked Flematti again about the conversation Flematti said he had with Read where she reportedly told him, "I hit him." Lally noted, and Flematti confirmed that the interaction occurred when Flematti first arrived at the scene.

Lally asking if Flematti has ever seen video before, can he confirm time, accuracy, etc. No Lally establishes why Flematti was asking questions. Jackson is back up. — Sue O'Connell (@SueNBCBoston) May 2, 2024

The second witness of the day, Canton firefighter/paramedic Matthew Kelly, was called around 11:20 p.m. He was also one of the first responders to the scene of O'Keefe's death.

Lally began by questioning him about his work history and training, and the route he took to the scene.

He described seeing a frantic woman screaming, at least twice, "He's dead, he's f***** dead."

On cross-examination, Read attorney David Yannetti asked Kelly about what he saw at the scene, including confirming that O'Keefe had one shoe on, whose matching pair he didn't see, and about standard procedure when responding to incidents.

After confirming that he never heard Read say, "I hit him," Yannetti played video from a police cruiser's dashcam. On it, Kelly said, "I heard someone say, 'f***** dead.'"

Lally returned to ask more quesitons of his own, establishing that it wasn't clear to Kelly he was at the scene when the video Yannetti showed was taken. The prosecutor also confirmed with Kelly that he and his team weren't always together, so they may not all have heard what others heard.

Firefighter/paramedic Francis Walsh was next on the stand and recalled driving to the scene in very poor weather conditions. He didn't speak with the civilian women at the scene, but heard one screaming and crying. All he recalled hearing her saying was, "Is he alive?"

The last witness called Thursday was firefighter/paramedic Katie McLaughlin, who recalled being asked to talk to the women to find out what happened. Read answered some of the questions, but was distraught, and repeated, "I hit him."

Another woman said, "You're hysterical, you need to calm down," while an officer nearby said, "You what?" according to McLaughlin. Read repeated the phrase, and the police officer said, "Get Goodie down here," which she took to mean a police sergeant.

The day's testimony ended in the early afternoon — Thursdays are half days in the trial — with McLaughlin due to continue her testimony on Friday.

Legal experts have told NBC10 Boston that some of that early police t e stimony has shown that the investigation into O'Keefe's death "wasn't thorough." Read's defense team has already poked holes in police protocols, questioning why investigators didn't go into the home or talk to the homeowner's after O'Keefe was found.

"As a law enforcement investigator, the first thing you're looking for are facts. Facts lead to evidence, evidence can be gleaned from eyewitness accounts, from the Ring doorbells, anything that can help you stitch this mystery back together again," security analyst Todd McGee, a retired Massachusetts State Police trooper, told NBC10 Boston. "And the fact that the investigation wasn't thorough provides a big wrinkle in the prosecution's case."

We heard more from the families of those involved Wednesday, as they fight for their own form of justice.

For the Read family, court has already taken its toll just two days into testimony.

"If you've been in that courtroom, and if you've listened, it's difficult not to feel the same way I feel and my family feels," William Read said.

O'Keefe's family is also seeking justice. The officer was just 46 years old when his life was cut short two years ago.

Through the first two days of testimony, jurors have heard from family members of O'Keefe, along with police officers and firefighters who responded to the scene of his death in Canton in January of 2022.

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Here's what we learned through the first two days of testimony in the controversial murder case:

Day 1: Opening statements, O'Keefe's brother, sister-in-law testify

The trial opened Monday with prosecutors saying a cracked taillight and Read's own words to firefighters that she "hit him" will prove she is guilty.

"The defendant, Karen Read, is guilty of murder in the second degree, striking the victim, Mr. O’Keefe, with her car, knocking him back onto the ground, striking his head on the ground, causing the bleeding in his brain and swelling, and then leaving him there for several hours in a blizzard," Lally told the jury.

As the case unfolded, the defense’s strategy has been to portray a vast conspiracy involving a police coverup. It has earned Read a loyal band of supporters — who often can be found camped out at the courthouse — and has garnered the case national attention.

"Karen Read was framed," Yannetti told the jury. "Her car never struck John O’Keefe. She did not cause his death and that means somebody else did."

The couple had been to two bars on a night in January 2022, prosecutors alleged, and were then headed to a party in nearby Canton. Read said she did not feel well and decided not to attend. Once at the home, O’Keefe got out of Read’s vehicle, and while she made a three-point turn, she allegedly struck him and then drove away, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors haven’t said where they think she went after that. However, they allege she later became frantic after she said she couldn’t reach O’Keefe. She returned to the site of the party, where she and two friends found O’Keefe covered in snow. While on the scene, firefighters said she told them “I hit him, I hit him, I hit him.”

He was pronounced dead at a hospital. An autopsy concluded he died from head trauma and hypothermia.

Investigators found a cracked right rear tail light near where O’Keefe was found and scratches on her SUV. Prosecutors are also expected to present evidence of injuries suffered by O’Keefe consistent with him being hit by the car and strains in the couple’s relationship including a “20 minute screaming match” witnessed by O’Keefe’s two adopted children they had while on vacation in Aruba.

The defense has spent months arguing in court that the case was marred by conflicts of interest and accused prosecutors of presenting false and deceptive evidence to the grand jury. In a motion to dismiss the case, the defense called the prosecution’s case “predicated entirely on flimsy speculation and presumption.” A Superior Court judge denied the request.

On Monday, Yannetti argued that close relationships between investigators and those in the house resulted in authorities focusing solely on Reid, whom the defense described as a “convenient outsider.”

Yannetti also claimed investigators failed to consider the possibility that O’Keefe got into a fight at the party and was left for dead outside. While not offering evidence of who was responsible, they laid out of a series of missteps in the investigation — failing to investigate a history of animosity between O’Keefe and the family who owned the home nor searching the home for evidence of a struggle.

They also are expected to provide evidence that Read’s taillight was damaged when she hit O’Keefe’s car hours later at their home — not at the party — and dispute that the couple had a strained relationship. They got along well that night and had made plans for several trips in the months ahead.

“You will question the Commonwealth’s theory of the case,” Yannetti said. “You will question the quality of the Commonwealth’s evidence. You will question the veracity of the Commonwealth’s witnesses and you will question their shoddy and biased investigation.”

In August, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey criticized suggestions that state and local enforcement were orchestrating a cover up, saying there is no evidence to support O’Keefe was in the Canton home where the party took place nor was in a fight.

The idea that multiple police departments and his office would be involved in a “vast conspiracy” in this case is “a desperate attempt to reassign guilt.”

Such comments have done little to silence Read’s supporters, dozens of whom dressed in pink for the first day of the trial.

The first witness in the trial was O’Keefe’s brother, Paul, who described in harrowing detail having to rush to the hospital that morning, walking past Read, who was repeatedly screaming “Is he alive?” and into a room where his brother’s body was covered partially with a white sheet.

“He was pretty banged up,” Paul O’Keefe told the jury, detailing how his brother had blood running down his mouth and nose and markings on his right arm. “What really stood out to me was the eyes. It was as if there were ping pong balls under his eyelids.”

The second witness to take the stand for the defense was Paul O'Keefe's wife, Erin. She testified about the Aruba trip, saying that Read reached out to her to say that she had seen John O'Keefe kissing someone else in the lobby of the hotel they were staying at.

She also testified about speaking to Read by phone soon after the body was discovered: "She just yelled back in the phone, 'John's dead!'"

Day 2: First responders take the stand

Read's demeanor and the words she uttered at the crime scene were the focus Tuesday on the second day of her trial.

Testimony from two police officers and two firefighters who arrived on the scene early Jan. 29, 2022, described a chaotic scene in which O’Keefe was laying face up and Read was attempting to give him CPR. She had blood on her mouth, possibly from giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. They described Read as distraught and screaming and that O’Keefe had no pulse and wasn’t breathing.

They also described interactions with Read, in which she made statements that appear to implicate her in O’Keefe’s death.

Timothy Nuttall, a Canton firefighter who treated O’Keefe at the scene, recalled Read repeatedly saying, “I hit him,” when she was asked about what happened.

That built on testimony late Monday from Canton Police Officer Steven Saraf, who was among the first to arrive on the scene. He recalled Read being upset and saying: “This is my fault. This is my fault. I did this.” He also said Read repeatedly asked, “Is he dead?”

Defense attorneys on Tuesday attempted to discredit Saraf and raise doubts about the integrity of the investigation by pointing out mistakes made in the police dispatch log, including the wrong address where O’Keefe’s body was found. They also pointed out that Saraf never wrote in his police report that Read said, “This is my fault,” only that she screamed, “Is he dead?”

“In the two times you were asked to reflect back on exactly what happened on that morning Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, both times you attributed only three words to my client having been repeated continually in her distraught state, ‘Is he dead,’ right?” Jackson asked Saraf. In response, Saraf said yes.

But when Jackson tried to suggest Saraf’s memory of that morning was evolving, Saraf said that the discrepancy between what he initially wrote and what he later testified at the trial was “an oversight.”

The defense team also tried to raise doubts about what Nuttal heard, suggesting he was too focused on saving O’Keefe’s life to hear conversations around him. They also were able to get Saraf and another police officer to acknowledged they never heard Read say that she hit O’Keefe.

The defense also used the testimony from the police and firefighters to raise doubts more broadly about the investigation.

They were able to get Saraf and Canton Police Officer Stephen Mullaney to acknowledge they never saw pieces of broken taillight at the scene, which prosecutors say was found near O’Keefe’s body and are proof that Read backed her SUV into O’Keefe.

Initially, Nuttal said he couldn’t say whether the injuries — including a hematoma or egg over his right eye — came from a fight. But when pressed by Jackson, Nuttal acknowledged the injuries were consistent with getting beaten up.

The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks, with full days on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and half days on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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