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Things to do in Boston

 Our Top Ten!

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Free Cultural Events

HarborWalk Sounds @ Institute of Contemporary Arts – Outdoor jazz concerts every Thursday, 6-8:30 PM, July 7 – September 8.

Landmark Orchestra Concerts @ Hatch Shell on Esplanade – Classical concerts every Wednesday, 7 PM start, July 13 – August 31.

Shakespeare in the Park “All’s Well That Ends Well” @ Boston Commons – July 27 – August 14, Tues – Sat @ 8 PM, Sundays @ 7 PM.

 

Outdoor Activities

Rent a kayak or canoe per hour or for the day at Charles River Canoe and Kayak,  1071 Soldiers Field Road.  Canoe rentals start from $16/hr and Kayak rentals from $15/hr.

Explore the Boston Harbor Islands by taking a ferry from the Long Wharf North at Charles Columbus Park.  Ferries leave every hour beginning at 9am-5pm, M-TH and 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun.  Roundtrip: $14/adult, $8/child.

Hike the Blue Hills at the Blue Hills Reservation in Quincy.  Over 7,000 acres of outdoor fun!

Visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Forest Hills.  It’s the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants.

Go to a Red Sox game in Fenway Park!

 

Indoor Activities

Museum of Fine ArtsInstitute of Contemporary Arts & Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  FREE with Harvard ID.

Skywalk Observatory is Boston’s only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond.

Museum of Science where more than 700 permanent, hands-on exhibits are enhanced by live stage presentations and science interpreters offering one-on-one challenges.

 

Historic Boston

Visit the Old Ironside “USS Constitution” and Boston Naval Shipyard in Charlestown near MBTA’s North Station.

Eat at the Barking Crab—a genuine crab shack along the canal on Fort Point Landing.  Close to MBTA South Station (88 Sleeper St, Boston).

Discover the North End—Boston’s Little Italy and eat a delicious cannoli from Mike’s Pastry, 300 Hanover St., Boston.

Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston and visit many historic sites.  The trail begins by the Park Street MBTA line stop.  Either walk with a tour or follow the map and discover the sites for free on your own.

Visit the New England Aquarium and go on a Whale Watch.