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Things To Do During Summer in Boston

Tourist Season Brings With It a Myriad of Activities


A city steeped in history, Boston remains one of this country's most-visited cities. During the summer months tourism spikes thanks to a bevy of events, festivals, and attractions that have helped Boston maintain its status of a family-friendly, historical summer destination. Here's a roundup of just some of the things to look out for.

Top Attractions in Boston

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>History bursts from nearly every street corner in this city, but the beauty of Boston is that one need not only be a history buff to enjoy all that the area has to offer. From museums to shopping to dining, Boston offers plenty for a variety of different tastes. But if you're starting from scratch, we suggest these 10 destinations in order to get you started.

Top Attractions in Boston for Kids and Families

Boston Children's Museum
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From The Children's Museum to the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston offers a wide array of attractions that will compel both kids and parents. The fact that children might learn something along the way at many of these top picks is just a bonus.

Guide to Boston's Duck Tours

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One of the most popular ways to explore Boston is on a Boston Duck Tour or a Super Duck Tour. Every spring, these amphibious vehicles take to the streets and waterways of downtown and have proven to be an extremely popular and unique way to visit many of this city’s historical sights.

Photo Tour of The New England Aquarium

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This Boston attraction celebrated its 40th birthday in 2009, and is well-known as one of the best aquariums in the country. Take a photo tour of this local landmark.

The Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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There is no better way to re-trace the steps of the American Revolution than by visiting Boston’s Freedom Trail, a two-and-a-half mile walking trail that passes by some of the nation’s most historic spots including the Boston Common, the Old North Church, and Bunker Hill Monument.

Free Things To Do in Boston

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If you find yourself opening your wallet a bit too frequently, you’re not alone. Boston can be an expensive city. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to experience much of Boston's history and many of its sights without having to shell out a penny. Here are 10 free ways to soak up what Boston has to offer.

Scream for Ice Cream at the Annual Scooper Bowl

It’s an ice cream bonanza at the annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, where you can sample some of the finest ice cream from New England and beyond, all for a good cause.

Guide to Boston Harborfest

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Boston's Harborfest is a six-day celebration that runs from June 29-July 4, boasting hundreds of family-friendly events that celebrate the city's colonial heritage. The celebration is highlighted by six main events: the Opening Ceremonies, Children's Day, Party on the Plaza, The Extreme Sailing Series, a reenactment of the American Revolution from a British point of view, and the popular Chowderfest.

Guide to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

One of the country's most renowned Independence Day celebrations features a brilliant marriage of music, color, and revelry. As the evening comes to a celebratory close, fireworks light up Boston Harbor in a display that is always memorable.

Top Spots for Outdoor Dining in Boston’s North End

When warm weather moves in, locals and visitors love dining on the patios and roof decks around Boston. The North End features some of the best Italian restaurants the city has to offer, with options for dining outdoors. Check out a few places to dine al fresco in this neighborhood of Boston.

Places in Faneuil Hall Offering Outdoor Dining

In Boston, we can’t get enough of the spring and summer nights dining al fresco. The following spots are located in historic Faneuil Hall, offering prime people-watching. Not only do you get to enjoy the warm weather and tasty food and drinks, but before or after dinner, there is also no shortage of shops and bars to explore when you dine at the following five options.

Restaurants, Dining, and Nightlife

Best-known for its seafood, Boston is also home to world-class chefs, classic Irish pubs, and energetic nightclubs. From the best dive bars to the city's top-rated restaurants, here's a primer on the best food and drink Boston has to offer.
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