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Acorn Street

Acorn Street

Distance: 1.5 mi


This narrow street is a reminder that Boston is a city built over a centuries-old town. Don’t forget your camera — it’s also one of the most photographed areas in the city.

Acorn Street

Acorn Street

Distance: 1.5 mi


This narrow street is a reminder that Boston is a city built over a centuries-old town. Don’t forget your camera — it’s also one of the most photographed areas in the city.

Boston Common

Boston Common

Distance: 1 mi


Created in 1634 (149 years before the founding of the United States), Boston Common is the oldest city park in the country.

Boston Common

Boston Common

Distance: 1 mi


Created in 1634 (149 years before the founding of the United States), Boston Common is the oldest city park in the country.

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

Distance: 0.1 mi


If you think that libraries are just for borrowing books and free WiFi, you need to reassess. The Central Library on Copley Square hosts lunchtime concerts, museum-quality traveling exhibitions, and meet and greets with best-selling authors.

Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

Distance: 0.1 mi


If you think that libraries are just for borrowing books and free WiFi, you need to reassess. The Central Library on Copley Square hosts lunchtime concerts, museum-quality traveling exhibitions, and meet and greets with best-selling authors.

Charles River Esplanade

Charles River Esplanade

Distance: 1.3 mi


Connected to Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace system of parks and open spaces, the park is home to the country's first public boating program. This 17-mile stretch of land along the banks of the Charles River houses the Hatch Shell and paths that run the length of the park for biking, walking, and rollerblading.

Charles River Esplanade

Charles River Esplanade

Distance: 1.3 mi


Connected to Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace system of parks and open spaces, the park is home to the country's first public boating program. This 17-mile stretch of land along the banks of the Charles River houses the Hatch Shell and paths that run the length of the park for biking, walking, and rollerblading.

Cheers Bar

Distance: 1.2 mi


As the inspiration for the '80s hit TV show Cheers, the exterior of this intimate neighborhood pub is easily recognized, but the inside doesn't resemble the Hollywood soundstage in any way. It continues to be a top tourist attraction in the city to this day.

Cheers Bar

Cheers Bar

Distance: 1.2 mi


As the inspiration for the '80s hit TV show Cheers, the exterior of this intimate neighborhood pub is easily recognized, but the inside doesn't resemble the Hollywood soundstage in any way. It continues to be a top tourist attraction in the city to this day.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Distance: 1.2 mi


Dubbed "America's most beloved ballpark," Fenway is the oldest Major League Baseball park in the country. The lone red seat in the right field bleachers represents the longest home run ever hit at Fenway, by Ted Williams in 1946.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Distance: 1.2 mi


Dubbed "America's most beloved ballpark," Fenway is the oldest Major League Baseball park in the country. The lone red seat in the right field bleachers represents the longest home run ever hit at Fenway, by Ted Williams in 1946.

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

Distance: 1 mi


Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary-era sites, from the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End.

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

Distance: 1 mi


Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary-era sites, from the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End.

Hatch Shell

Hatch Shell

Distance: 1.9 mi


Come the summer months, the lawn in front of the shell becomes a sea of blankets as people claim a place for the summer movie series that features box-office hits both recent and classic.

Hatch Shell

Hatch Shell

Distance: 1.9 mi


Come the summer months, the lawn in front of the shell becomes a sea of blankets as people claim a place for the summer movie series that features box-office hits both recent and classic.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Distance: 1.4 mi


If you’re wearing Red Sox memorabilia, you receive discounted admission to this Fenway-Kenmore museum that houses philanthropist Isabella Gardner’s eccentric art collection featuring artists like Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Raphael. © Sean Dungan

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Distance: 1.4 mi


If you’re wearing Red Sox memorabilia, you receive discounted admission to this Fenway-Kenmore museum that houses philanthropist Isabella Gardner’s eccentric art collection featuring artists like Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Raphael. © Sean Dungan

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Distance: 2 mi


Be sure to set aside about two hours to check out all 20,000 animals housed in the aquarium, assuming you aren't also taking advantage of the on-site IMAX theatre and summer whale watches.

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Distance: 2 mi


Be sure to set aside about two hours to check out all 20,000 animals housed in the aquarium, assuming you aren't also taking advantage of the on-site IMAX theatre and summer whale watches.

Old South Church

Old South Church

Distance: 0.1 mi


This gothic-revival church was built in 1873 and hosts regular “fun” faith programs, like festivals and jazz worship services.

Old South Church

Old South Church

Distance: 0.1 mi


This gothic-revival church was built in 1873 and hosts regular “fun” faith programs, like festivals and jazz worship services.

Old State House

Old State House

Distance: 2.2 mi


On the Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of this relic of the Revolution, which was originally built in 1713, making it 70 years older than the United States!

Old State House

Old State House

Distance: 2.2 mi


On the Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of this relic of the Revolution, which was originally built in 1713, making it 70 years older than the United States!

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Distance: 0.2 mi


View the city and beyond from 50 floors up at Boston’s only sky-high vantage point.

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory

Distance: 0.2 mi


View the city and beyond from 50 floors up at Boston’s only sky-high vantage point.

TD Garden

TD Garden

Distance: 2.3 mi


As well as being the home of the Boston Celtics, the Garden hosts concerts from top performers like Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, and Elton John. © Marcio Jose Bastos Silva

TD Garden

TD Garden

Distance: 2.3 mi


As well as being the home of the Boston Celtics, the Garden hosts concerts from top performers like Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, and Elton John. © Marcio Jose Bastos Silva

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

Distance: 0.6 mi


When not conducting services or hosting concerts and guest lecturers, volunteers take visitors on guided tours of the opulent 120-year-old church.

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

Distance: 0.6 mi


When not conducting services or hosting concerts and guest lecturers, volunteers take visitors on guided tours of the opulent 120-year-old church.

Copley Square Hotel Wanderguide

Your top-rated places to explore in Boston, MA

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The Weekender

How to spend 36 hours in Boston with Copley Square Hotel as your base camp.

 

Friday

6 p.m. | Free Flicks on the Hatch Shell 

While the movies don’t start until sundown (summers only), come early to secure your spot on the lawn of this bowl-style outdoor stage, made famous by the Boston Pops Orchestra, on the south bank of the Charles River. Expect featured films to have been previous huge box office successes, both recent and modern classics. 

10 p.m. | Dinner at Beacon Hill Cheers

Originally founded as the Bull & Finch pub in 1969, this late-night restaurant has now adopted the name for the show it inspired back in the 1980s: Cheers. While the show itself wasn’t filmed here, the producers modeled its Hollywood version off it and showcased the iconic facade in the opening credits. Naturally, the menu pays tribute to the characters with names like Carla’s Meatballs & Linguini and the Norm Burger. 

Saturday

10 a.m. | Walk the Freedom Trail

Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary Era sites, from the Boston Massacre in front of the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End. The walk can take all day if you plan to stop and tour every site, so we suggest first perusing the full map and keeping your stroll focused to just your favorites.

1 p.m. | Lunch at the Butcher Shop

Inspired by the chef’s travels throughout France and Italy, this tribute to European boucheries in the South End is both a neighborhood wine bar and full-service butcher shop. Enjoy a glass of wine along with handmade charcuterie, antipasti, and bistro-inspired dishes.

3 p.m. | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

If you’re wearing Red Sox memorabilia, you receive discounted admission to this Fenway-Kenmore museum that houses philanthropist Isabella Gardner’s eccentric art collection. As you peruse the collection, note the handful of empty frames. It’s not a mistake but a sad reminder of the US’s biggest art heist that whisked away 13 masterpieces more than 25 years ago, including a Rembrandt, a Vermeer, and a Manet. 

8 p.m. | Dinner at Lucky’s Lounge

Descending the stairs into this Frank Sinatra–themed bar is like stepping through a portal into a swinging hipster lounge straight out of the ’50s. Every Saturday night, from 7 to 10 p.m., a tribute jazz band covers the best of Old Blue Eyes.

Sunday

10 a.m. | Brunch at Boston Chops

You might not think of a steak house when you think of brunch, but this South End restaurant will make you think twice. Expect steak house staples with a twist, like shank and grilled tongue hash, beef tournedo and eggs, and huevos rancheros with machaca beef cheeks.  

12 p.m. | Visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

This venerable Boston institution is the fourth largest museum in the United States, containing more than 450,000 works of art, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary. 

Like a Local

Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.

Bunker Hill Monument

Boston is a city filled with landmarks, but one of the less touristy spots is this 221-foot-tall granite obelisk in Charlestown that marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. While you can hoof the 294 steps to the top to see the unparalleled view of the city, locals prefer to sprawl out on the lush green lawn to soak up the sun with a picnic or dive into a book.

Bogie’s Place

Roped off behind the bar of JM Curley in Downtown Crossing, this secluded, darkly lit 20-seat chophouse is marked only by a small gold placard that reads “Bogies” and the art deco signage that proclaims “Adults only. Please no cell phone use.” Inside, expect decadent cuts of steak, caviar service, and à la carte build-your-own martini menu. 

Castle Island

Often missed by tourists and locals alike, Castle Island in South Boston is a great place to stroll along Boston Harbor. The site of an old armory, it is a 22-acre “land-bound” island (meaning it was connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land in 1928) home to a paved walkway and a shoreline string of parks and beaches. Bring a picnic, or hit the snack bar that serves burgers, fries, clam strips, and ice cream. 

Marliave 

One of Boston’s oldest restaurants, having opened in 1885, this local gem on a dead-end street in Downtown Crossing features a comfort food menu that takes cues from French, Italian, and straight-up New England. Locals swear its “Sunday Gravy” is the best pasta dish you’ll get in all of Boston.

The Adventurist

When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Boulders

Indoor Rock Climbing | Brooklyn Boulders

The 40,000-square-foot facility feels like a community center mated with a rock climbing gym. In addition to 28,000 square feet of climbing space, the space is adorned in local art and murals and features lounges and space for community events.

 

Roll Around Boston | Boston Segway Tours

One- and two-hour tours start at the State Street location, then wend through the center of the city, passing landmarks, like the Financial District, the Harborside, and R.F. Kennedy Greenway.

 

 

 

Paddle the Charles | Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, and take on the nine-mile stretch of the Charles, which virtually has no current, allowing for painless round-trips. Home to the world’s largest rowing regatta, Head of the Charles, the river winds past scores of parkland, local colleges, like Harvard and MIT, and the Esplanade. 

Flavor of…

The best food artisans, farms, and local markets.

 

Photo Courtesy of Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Open May through November on Tuesdays and Fridays, Boston’s biggest and busiest farmers’ market is in the heart of Back Bay’s commercial and cultural hub. More than two dozen Massachusetts farmers offer a vibrant selection of local and delicious products, selling fresh-baked bread, cheese, pasta, hummus, fresh-caught fish, and more. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Ice Haus Patissier

Ice Haus Patissier

This South Natick business is owned by a Cambridge School of Culinary Arts grad, who creates from-scratch flavors of gelato and sorbet with milk and cream from local dairies and fruit and nuts sourced locally when possible. While you can find the frozen treats in restaurants, like Strega Waterfront, be on the lookout for a frozen dessert truck one day.
 

 

Photo Courtesy of Formaggio Kitchen

Formaggio Kitchen

This South End gourmet food shop specializes in small-production artisan cheeses, charcuterie, handmade sweets, hard-to-find spices, and more. It also features culinary programs, from introductory cheese tastings to demonstrations with local chefs highlighting Formaggio products.

 

Photo Courtesy of SoWa Open Market

SoWa Open Market

Come spring and summer, this behemoth of a farmers’ market pops up in the South End. Essentially, several markets – a farmers’ market, an arts market, a vintage market, and a food truck market – are all rolled into one in this Sunday event that draws thousands of visitors from across New England. To step things up in 2016, SoWa even premiered Boston’s only weekly beer and wine garden.

 

Bricco Salumeria & Pasta Shoppe 

This little taste of genuine Italy is tucked away between a narrow alley in the North End. In addition to being a grocer of homemade pastas, breads, and imported goods, like mozzarella and other cured meats, it’s probably best known for its made-to-order sandwiches the size of your forearm. Try the panino – prosciutto and freshly made mozzarella with tons of olive oil on thick crusty bread. 

 

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