What are Boston Essentials? In a nutshell: Everything you need to know to plan your trip to Boston and have a terrific time while you're here.
- Planning your trip - what to do and what to avoid
- What to pack (and where to do affordable emergency shopping if you forget something)
- How to get around once you're here (and what to avoid, such as driving)
- Boston weather - not only what to expect each month, but also some tips about hurricanes, blizzards, and other quirky conditions
- Where to get the best free maps, the most useful guidebooks, and even (because you're sure to fall in love with our food) cookbooks by Boston chefs
- How to eat a lobster (without making a huge mess)
- For Boston's Cruise Port visitors, everything you'll need to know to enjoy your shore excursion here - plus info about cruises departing from Boston to Bermuda, the Caribbbean, New England, Canada, and Europe
- Plus all the other useful things we think you might want to know
More Planning Advice
What to Pack - Our best tips
Boston Events - Can't decide when to come? Find top events for each month
Boston History Timeline - Need a refresher when you're seeing Boston's historic sites? Our timeline covers the highlights of Boston history
Boston Travel Questions - Check out our answers.
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