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Travel Guide: Welcome to Boston

Looking to visit Boston, Massachusetts? Here is everything you need to know: what to do, where to eat (and drink!), when to go, and ways to save.

 
  

  

  

  

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  

  

  

  

  
  
  
  

  
  

  
  
  
  

  

  

  

  
  
  

  

  
  
  

  
  
  

  

  
  
  

  
  
  

  

  

  
  

 

## **An Intro to Boston**

Boston is one of the oldest U.S. cities and the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As New England’s largest city, Boston is also the 23rd most populated city in the United States. Boston’s cosmopolitan culture reflects its history; the city attracts more than 20 million visitors every year. With many colleges and universities specializing in law, medicine, engineering, and business, Boston is an international center for higher education. Together with finance, professional and business services, biotechnology, information technology, and government, the city has a diverse economic base. The primary language spoken in Boston is American English with the official currency being the U.S. dollar.

## **Top Attractions in Boston** 

Boston has many visitor attractions, making it a great place to explore, especially if you have a love of sports, art, or history. 

Fenway Park has been the home of Boston’s American League baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, since 1912. It is the oldest park in Major League Baseball (MLB). Even if baseball is not your passion, the experience of catching a baseball game here is amazing and something you should try to do while in Boston. Why not tie in your ballpark experience with a one-hour walking tour of Fenway Park with one of the experienced tour guides?

If art is your love, then no visit to Boston is complete without a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. It is the fourth largest museum in the United States and has more than 450,000 works of art from a variety of art movements and cultures including Egyptian artifacts, Chinese paintings, and Japanese pottery.

While in Boston, learning about the city’s colonial history is something you should do. Take a walk on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston. You’ll find 16 sites on the trail, including the Massachusetts State House, site of the Boston Massacre, and Old North Church, all of which pertain to the Revolutionary War history of the United States. Free maps of the Freedom Trail are available from the National Park Service visitor center, or you can take one of the many guided tours that run daily. 

With so many other attractions in Boston, including the Boston Public Library, Samuel Adams Brewery, and whale-watching tours, you’ll find something for everyone to discover in this diverse city.

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## **Dining Out in Boston**

Boston’s cuisine is diverse, with something to suit most people’s palates and budgets. You will find many chain and independent restaurants in the city serving food from around the world. In fact, when it comes to food, there’s little you won’t find in Boston. Boston has some classic seafood-based specialties that you should experience when you’re in the city. These dishes include New England clam chowder, oyster stew, and many cod-based dishes including cheesy baked stuffed cod and codfish cakes. 

From fine dining to cheap eats, Boston has you covered. If you’re looking for food prepared and cooked by top-class chefs, you’ll find Boston restaurants such as Ostra at 1 Charles Street South, serving top-notch seafood dishes. Mistral serves sensational French fare at 223 Columbus Ave., and The Capital Grille delivers amazing steaks and American dishes at 900 Boylston St.

If you want a quick dinner or food on the run that won’t stretch your wallet, then the following restaurants will satisfy you. Regina Pizzeria has many locations throughout the city. Theo’s Cozy Corner Restaurant at 162 Salem St. and Thornton’s Restaurant at 150 Huntington Ave. have great vegetarian and vegan options available. Another great idea would be to grab something from one of the many food trucks, now a big part of the Boston culinary scene, that offer food from around the world. 

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## **Nightlife and Entertainment in Boston**

The legal drinking age in Boston is 21. Boston’s nightlife is as diverse as the culinary scene and has something for everyone. The city itself is home to several bars, night clubs, comedy clubs, concerts, restaurants, theaters, and dinner cruises among other entertainment options. With so many places to check out when you’re here, you’ll find out that the fun in Boston continues late into the night. 

## **Transportation in Boston**

Boston has a well-developed transportation system with roadways, subways, regional railways, airports, and seaports. You’ll find getting to and around the city simple. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates the bus, subway, and short-distance rail networks together with water ferry passenger services. Amtrak operates passenger rail services to and from major northeastern cities, and several intercity bus companies operate in Boston. If you choose to rent a car in Boston, remember that similar to many major cities, Boston has its own share of traffic congestion. Be ready for delays if you’re traveling during peak morning or evening commute periods.

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## **Climate in Boston**

Boston has a mostly humid continental climate. You’ll find warm, often hot, summers and cold, snowy winters. The city can experience severe weather, including winter storms and summer thunderstorms. Therefore, pack your suitcases and plan your activities accordingly depending on when you’re visiting the city.

## **When to Visit Boston**

The best time to visit Boston is from June to October when the weather is the most favorable; however, be sure to [book your Boston hotel](https://www.skyscanner.com/hotels/united-states/boston-hotels/ci-27539525) in advance. The summer and early fall months are times when the city fills with visitors from across the country and around the world. If you are looking for a bargain, [visiting Boston during the winter months](https://www.skyscanner.ca/tips-and-inspiration/how-skyscanner-works-whole-month-search-desktop  ) will save you money, providing you can handle Boston’s notorious winters. When traveling with family, be sure to consider hotels that offer family-friendly accommodations to suit both adults and children.

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## **Flying to Boston** 

Four airports serve Boston: Worcester Regional Airport, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, T. F. Green Airport (in Warwick, Rhode Island), and Logan International Airport. Logan is the largest airport in the New England region, offering several domestic and international routes. Cheap direct flights to Boston from other cities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other countries makes Boston, Massachusetts easily accessible for travelers.

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