If you're looking for an exciting getaway to Boston, then you'll be pleased to know that there is no shortage of things to do! From museums, to whale watching to cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park, there's something for everyone in this vibrant city. No matter the experience, you won't have to look hard to find inside or outdoor things to do in Boston. My recent trip to Beantown courtesy of Meet Boston was packed with adventure and I can't wait to share all the details with you. So, read on to learn more about our exciting Boston getaway!
Exploring Boston's Culinary Scene
Boston is a city rich in history, and that history can still be tasted in the food found in this dynamic and exciting city. The spark that fueled the fight for American independence still burns brightly in Boston today, inspiring both new and classic cuisine. With five-star stays and world-class venues accessible in all four seasons, Boston offers an unparalleled culinary scene that is not to be missed.
Grace by Nia, is a must when you want to a feast for all of your senses. This black- owned establishment has a menu that will have your mouth watering so definitely come hungry! The lounge boasts a stage for live performances and adjacent restaurant seating. You won't be able to take your eyes off the gilded, gold finishes and intricate detailing throughout the space. Getting. a reservation is not easy so plan accordingly but trust me, it is worth the wait. The 5,000 square foot venue is perfect for a night out with friends or a hot date. So break out your fancy clothes and prepare for an evening filled with drinks, food, music and more – it's all waiting for you at Grace.
Grace by Nia is open daily, 4 p.m.—11 p.m. and for brunch, Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.—3 p.m. at 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston.
Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar, is the coolest speakeasy in East Boston- where hidden surprises are around every corner. Get ready for light-up, smoking and bubbling cocktails that are sure to amaze. This trendy joint boasts a unique entrance- instead of an underground spot, Next Door is located right next to Pazza on Porter. It's disguised as a locksmith shop but pay close attention, and you'll notice cocktail-making equipment in the window and the bar's logo perched on top of the door. Sound intriguing? To get in you have to spill the beans to the hostess at Pazza on Porter and let them know you're in on the secret.
Next Door is open 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. Kitchen closes at 11 p.m. at 107 Porter Street, Boston. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Smith & Wollensky, nestled between the lovely Rose Kennedy Greenway and Fort Point Channel, Atlantic Wharf boasts of a beautiful waterfront spot. Dine in coziness with the lush wood and leather furnishings that'll make you feel right at home. Meat lovers rejoice as the dry-aged Black Angus cuts await you, making every bite sinfully delicious. Sip a cocktail and take in the breathtaking views of Boston Harbor. This classic steakhouse experience comes with a modern twist that's truly unforgettable.
Smith & Wollensky is open 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. Monday through Saturday; 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday at 294 Congress Street, Boston.
Flight Club, Get ready to score some serious points at the Seaport's hottest darts club! With a raw bar, restaurant, and state-of-the-art dart set-up, this place will blow your mind. With 11 playing areas, each called an “oche,” you and your friends can battle it out with up to 20 players at a time. But this isn't your average dive bar set-up – this club boasts high-tech dartboards with five original games, automatic scoring, and tracking technology. With games like Demolition, you won't want to put down your darts! Get ready, aim, and hit that bullseye!
Flight Club is open 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Sunday at 60 Seaport Blvd., Suite 215, Boston.
Rose Town Kitchen & Bar is a swanky spot on the second floor of the Canopy by Hilton! With a horseshoe-shaped bar and killer views overlooking Faneuil Hall and Haymarket Square, this casual café is the perfect spot to unwind. Their menu is packed with shareable plates like seared scallops, tuna sashimi, and wood-fired pizza, as well as heartier options like top sirloin, roasted chicken, and mussels. And don't forget about their top-notch cocktails! Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a high-quality snacking experience, this spot has got you covered.
Rose Town Kitchen & Bar is open 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Saturday and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 99 Blackstone Street, Boston.
Hue, Get ready for a night out like no other! This spot is not just a bar, supper club, or speakeasy – it's all three! And let's not forget how adorable it is. With three unique areas spread over two floors, there's something for everyone. At the street level Rosebar, satisfy your cravings with a delectable selection of Asian inspired American dishes and cocktails. From crispy chicken wings with sweet chili sauce to succulent Kofta meatballs in a spicy Indian tomato sauce, your taste buds will be thanking you. Downstairs, you'll find a nightclub-sized bar, an additional dining area (Supper Club), and Speakeasy. It's a fun experience that'll leave both your taste buds and senses feeling spoiled!
Rosebar at Hue is open 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for lunch, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday for dinner; Supperclub 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; Speakeasy 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; Brunch 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at 90 Exeter St., Boston
Beehive, Step inside the Cyclorama building and discover a unique dining experience that'll leave you captivated. This Bohemian hotspot boasts a clever split-level layout, adorned with funky drapery, chandeliers, and an ever-changing exhibit of local art. Satisfy your cravings with mouthwatering dinner plates like steak frites and roasted chicken. Plus, we're known for serving up delicious drinks and hosting world-class live music performances. Don't miss the chance to dine in this quirky yet elegant space, located in the heart of Boston's Center for the Arts complex.
Beehive is open 5:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m. Monday. through Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday at 541 Tremont Street, Boston.
Museum Hopping in Boston
Boston is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for museum-goers and art enthusiasts alike! With a plethora of museums to choose from, it can be tough to decide which ones to visit. However, two museums that should be at the top of your list are the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of nearly 500,000 pieces. The MFA boasts an amazing collection of art, including everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary works. You can explore galleries filled with impressionist paintings, decorative arts, and even a Japanese tea house! Plus, the MFA is currently hosting a special exhibit on view through July 16 called “The Great Wave Exhibit”. This exhibit features the iconic Japanese print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, made famous as an emoji in our digital age. Trust me, you don't want to miss it!
The Museum Fine Art is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Closed Tuesday. Located at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is housed in a stunning Italianate palace filled with art from all around the world. The museum's namesake, Isabella Stewart Gardner, was a self-made woman who spent her life collecting art and creating this beautiful haven in the heart of Boston. The galleries at the Gardner Museum are filled with breathtaking pieces, including works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, and John Singer Sargent. Plus, the courtyard at the center of the museum is an absolute marvel and definitely worth a visit.
Make sure you check out the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s infamous art heist exhibit. This exhibit documents the world’s biggest art heist, where in 1990, 13 works of art including several Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings were stolen from the museum and still remain missing to this day. The exhibit takes visitors through the circumstances leading up to the heist and the ongoing investigation to find the stolen pieces.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is open 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday; Closed Tuesday. Located at 25 Evans Way, Boston.
Explore Outside in Boston
Catching a Red Sox Game at Fenway Park. No trip to Boston would be complete without catching a game at the legendary Fenway Park. As the oldest ballpark in the country, Fenway has seen its fair share of historic moments, and the electric atmosphere is something every baseball fan should experience at least once.
From the pre-game festivities to the seventh-inning stretch, the energy of the crowd is contagious. Grab some classic ballpark eats like hot dogs, popcorn, and French fries and settled in to watch the Red Sox take on their rivals. Be advised that Fenway doesn't offer Heinz ketchup or mustard and I am still baffled.
Fenway park is located at 4 Jersey Street, Boston
Whale Watching, It's an adventure that you simply can't miss. Get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures as you witness them breaching the surface and splashing about in their natural habitat. You'll be amazed by the sheer size and beauty of these gentle giants. The whale watching tour guides provide you with tons of information about whales and their behaviors. Plus, you'll be surrounded by stunning views of the city's skyline and harbor.
Whale watching tours board at 1 Long Wharf, Boston. The tour last roughly four hours as they travel in highspeed catamarans that allow you to view from various decks or inside.
Codzilla, If you're a fan of speed, water and adventure, then this is definitely for you. It all started with a quick safety briefing and then we were off! The codzilla boat is massive and is equipped with two V8 diesel engines that can take it up to speeds of 40 miles per hour! The ride is bumpy, wet and wild- but that's what makes it so much fun! All while on the boat, there's a tour guide who points out famous Boston landmarks and tells interesting historical facts. The view of the city from the water is absolutely breathtaking, and the cool breeze in your hair is so refreshing. It's the perfect activity to do with friends or family, and the memories will last a lifetime.
Codzilla boards at 1 Long Wharf, Boston. The tours are quick and there is a high probability that you will get wet. Ponchos are available for free on board but really don't help.
Boston Common, one of the oldest public parks in America, and a hub for public events and social gatherings since its establishment in 1634, making it a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists alike. Sprawling across 50 acres of land, this lush green park offers a serene oasis in the bustling city, perfect for picnics, strolls, and leisurely afternoons.
But the true star of this park is the Embrace Statue, which is a must-see for any visitor to Boston Common. Created by artist Hank Willis Thomas, this stunning sculpture depicts Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King in an intimate embrace, symbolizing a powerful message of unity, love, and hope for the future. As you stand before this impressive work of art, you cannot help but feel its powerful message of love and acceptance. The Embrace Statue represents the importance of establishing unity and social justice, a reminder to every visitor to Boston Common of the power of embracing diversity and celebrating what makes us unique.
Where to Sleep in Boston
The Canopy by Hilton boasts a prime location in the heart of Boston's vibrant downtown area, making it easy to explore all the city has to offer right outside your doorstep. With stunning views of the Boston skyline and modern amenities such as complimentary WiFi, mini-fridges, and state-of-the-art fitness center, the Hilton Canopy offers the perfect blend of comfort and convenience.
From the moment you walk into this beautifully appointed hotel, you'll be greeted by friendly staff, contemporary decor, and amenities to enhance your stay. Each room is modern, spacious and offers plush bedding and robes to make you feel at home.
Canopy hotel is located in downtown Boston at 99 Blackstone Street. It is within walking distance of TD Garden, Government Center, Faneuil Hall, and the Freedom Trail.
Fortunately, the city is filled with plenty of hotel options for every budget. Whether you're looking for luxury accommodations or a cozy inn, Boston has something for everyone.
I'm looking forward to my return where I will highlight more of Black in Boston. Have you been to Boston and what's on your must do list?