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Holiday lights on trellis in Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End

Boston is a top travel destination, offering you a unique blend of historical sites and modern attractions, beautiful waterfront views and lush parks, wonderful hotels and restaurants, and more exciting events and things to do and see than you can possibly fit into one visit.

Whether you're planning your first trip or have been here dozens of times, you'll find plenty to explore and enjoy.

Welcome to, an independent travel and tourism guide packed with all the information you need to make the most of your Boston visit!


Top Boston Events & Activities Right Now

Holiday events in Boston in December Holiday lights in Boston's Faneuil Marketplace Holiday lights on trellis in Boston's Christopher Columbus Park

Holiday lights sparkle across the city, turning Boston into a magical winter wonderland. 

Cold weather has definitely settled in - although you can also expect bright sunny days, with temperatures occasionally feeling almost warm.  Whatever the outdoor temperature, you'll always find warm hospitality in the city's welcoming restaurants, bistros, and sports bars. 

With Christmas just around the corner and Boston's gala First Night celebration on New Year's Eve not far in the future, this is a great time of the year to walk around central neighborhoods such as Beacon Hill and Back Bay and enjoy all the seasonal decorations. 

Sports fans love this time of the year - with the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Celtics well into their 2014-2015 seasons, you can see at least one home game almost every day.

If you are visiting soon, wear a warm jacket and pack a couple of sweaters, scarf, and gloves for layers because December and January will bring plenty of cold days and evenings - and usually some snow!

And remember - you can go skiing less than an hour from Boston!


Happening Soon in Boston

Boston hotels offering New Years Eve Specials First Night Boston fireworks Boston theater and shows

Hard to believe - but Christmas and New Year's Eve are right around the corner.  Meanwhile, the winter theater season is in full swing in Boston's historic Theatre District.

Hotels book up at this time of the year - so make your reservations now!


Plan Your Boston Visit

Find the perfect Boston hotels for your budget and location preferences, top attractions to visit, entertaining city tours and sightseeing cruises . . . We offer recommendations for all of these travel essentials to make sure you enjoy the best of Boston!

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Take a look at our Trip Planner and recommendations for best Guide Books. 

If you're heading out of the city on a cruise ship, or coming here for a Port of Call stop, we have lots of useful information for you, too. 

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Save BIG - Where to Find Discounts

A Boston vacation can be more affordable than you might think - especially if you take advantage of all the ways to save. 

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Look for the biggest discounts on big-ticket items: flights and hotels. 

Discount cards give you savings of as much as 50% savings on top attractions, tours, and day trips. 

Discount tickets to theater, shows, cruises, sports, and entertainment let you save even more. Check Goldstar for discount tickets.


Boston's Top Events

Our biggest events attract millions of visitors each year, and the city sparkles with excitement during these mega-events. 

Start planning your own visit to experience in person the First Night celebration on New Year's Eve, the spectacular Boston Pops Concert and July 4th Fireworks extravaganza on Independence day, the exciting Boston Marathon in April, and the breath-taking display fall foliage during autumn months.

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Why You'll Love Visiting Boston

You'll find lots of reasons to love Boston:

  • Unique city neighborhoods filled with historic treasures, stunning architecture, and interesting things to do
  • Fun cruises around Boston Harbor and up the Charles River - and don't forget lots of exciting tours by foot, wheels, and pedal-power
  • Sports!  Fenway Park, the Red Sox, the Bruins, the Celtics, the New England Patriots
  • A thriving cultural scene, with world-renowned concert halls and orchestras, a vibrant Theatre District, numerous museums and galleries, and some of the best comedy clubs on the East Coast
  • Great shopping - must-visit spots include Newbury Street boutiques in Back Bay, browsing for antiques along Beacon Hill's Charles Street, and lively Faneuil Hill Marketplace across from the waterfront

All this and more makes Boston fun to visit, whether you're coming for a vacation or business travel.

But that's just the beginning.  Excellent hotels, chef-owned restaurants, and numerous things to do combined with Boston's compact, human-scale size give you the opportunity to fully enjoy yourself as you explore the city.

So if you're planning a visit, where to begin?  That's where Boston Discovery Guide comes in. 

You'll find all the travel information you need to plan your trip, ranging from guides to Boston's top attractions, fun events, and entertainment to our world-class museums and sports to tips about hidden treasures. is an independent travel guide created by experienced world travelers who have called Boston home for 20+ years.  We love Boston - and know you will too!


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Thanks for visiting Boston Discovery Guide. We hope you'll have a wonderful time during your visit - and enjoy this city as much as we do!

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