Things To Do In Boston, MA

The Best Attractions, Tours, Museums, and More…


Uncover history and culture in our luminous city with our guide to all the best things to do in Boston, MA. Spend your morning exploring a unique art museum, or dine into the evening at a vibrant food hall. With Boston Harbor as your launchpad, these adventures are only a scenic walk or short drive away. Whether you’re journeying into the city with family, friends, or solo, our curated list has something for everyone. If your perfect Boston itinerary needs some extra love, the Concierge team at our downtown Boston hotel is always here to assist with reservations, planning, and personalized recommendations.

Meet the New England Aquarium Penguins

Perfect for an educational family outing or an indoor date, the New England Aquarium is home to many magnificent creatures. Take a 5-minute walk from our doors along the harbor and say hello to over 60 penguins! This nearby aquatic adventure is open daily from 9am to 5pm and is sure to inspire every ocean lover.


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Wander through the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Enjoy 1.5 miles of art, experiences, and nature with a Boston skyline backdrop. The Rose Kennedy Greenway spans from Chinatown to the North End, connecting some of Boston’s most iconic neighborhoods. Enjoy a picturesque walk through the city, just one crosswalk away from Boston Harbor Hotel.


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Eat Cannoli in the North End

The North End is Boston’s little Italy, fit for any pasta and cannoli lover. A quick 15-minute stroll from Boston Harbor through Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park will lead you to this lively food scene. Always leave room for dessert because from Mike’s Pastry to Modern Pastry Shop, there’s no shortage of delicious, fresh cannoli here!



Marvel at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Hop on the Green Line and discover Isabella Stewart Gardner’s extensive art collection in Fenway. Once you’ve marveled at the unique pieces, take time to appreciate the museum’s intricate architecture or relax in a beautiful private garden.


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Explore the Museum of Fine Arts

The 20th largest art museum in the world displays a large and diverse range of work. Located by Back Bay Fens, the Museum of Fine Arts is perfect for an indoor/outdoor adventure. Visitors of all ages can explore the artwork inside the museum then venture into nearby gardens or take a walk through the Northeastern University campus.


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Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art features leading visual artists in a variety of dynamic exhibits. From Boston Harbor, a 12-minute walk along Seaport Boulevard is all it takes to visit this multimedia museum. Located right on Boston’s waterfront, the ICA offers breathtaking art and views.


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Sample Local Brews

Explore Boston’s beer scene with Cisco Brewers, Trillium Brewery Company, Harpoon Brewery, and Night Shift Brewing all within 1.5 miles of Boston Harbor Hotel. Grab a pint at any of these local tap rooms, or venture further out into the city to find your perfect brew. If you’re looking to stay on property, sample Night Shift and other fan-favorite beers right here at Rowes Wharf Bar.

Shop on Newbury Street

From local bookstores to trendy retailers, Newbury Street has it all. This ultimate Back Bay shopping experience might work up an appetite so be sure to explore nearby restaurants and dessert shops!


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Buy the Perfect Gift from Home at Rowes Wharf

This one-of-a-kind boutique on Atlantic Avenue carries an array of items you didn’t know you needed. From Modern Relik home décor, to Diptyque bath products, to Assouline collectors books, find the perfect present for a loved one or yourself!


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Bowl at Kings Dining & Entertainment

Bowl into the night with snacks, games, and drinks at this exciting entertainment center. A 7-minute walk from Boston Harbor, Kings Dining & Entertainment has perfected the recipe for a successful night out.


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Cheer on the Red Sox at Fenway Park

Root for the home team at one of the oldest ballparks in America! Grab a jersey and some snacks and get ready for an exciting season of home runs. If you’re looking to learn more about the major league, public tours of the space are offered as well.


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Enjoy a Game Or Concert at TD Garden

Hop off the T at North Station and catch a Celtics basketball game, a Bruins hockey match, or a fantastic show. This impressive arena is the go-to for incredible athletes and performers with a food hall sure to keep you entertained and satisfy any craving.


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Uncover History at the Boston Public Library

Seeped in history and culture, the Boston Public Library has become an iconic landmark. This educational hub in Copley Square is perfect for a study session or calm afternoon with a good book. Stop by our Concierge desk and ask a team member what their favorite book is!


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Discover Vintage Finds at SoWa Vintage Market

Sustainable shopping never looked better than at this indoor market! Take an 8-minute drive over to the South End and find vintage clothes, jewelry, furniture and more that will definitely make you the talk of the town.


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Savor International Cuisine in Chinatown

This lively late-night neighborhood is home to some of Boston’s most authentic Asian cuisine ranging from hot pot to egg tarts. Let the Rose Kennedy Greenway, right across from Boston Harbor, lead you to the elegant Chinatown gate on Beach Street.

Indulge at High Street Place Food Hall

Enjoy local eats at this modern food hall in the heart of Boston’s Financial District, a 7-minute walk from our doors. With unique vendors and pockets of interesting design, High Street Place is the perfect destination for a delicious bite.


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