Boston Tourist Tips - September 2013

Fireworks, Labor Day, Festivals - and a Hint of Fall Foliage?

Top September events and activities - Swan Boat rides in Boston's Public Garden
Go for a swan boat ride in the Public Garden

September is always a wonderful month to visit Boston. 

College students - about a 250,000 of them - return to the city, the weather is usually gorgeous, and lots of events and activities take place throughout the month.

Whether you're visiting Boston for Labor Day weekend or coming later in September, you'll find lots to do and see. 

But be sure to also save some time for just walking around the city and savoring the warm sunny days, relax and enjoy a meal at one of the many outdoor dining locations.

Or wander over to Public Garden and go for a swan boat ride on the Lagoon - a city pleasure since 1877.

If you're planning a visit this month, you'll be happy to know that hotel rates begin to drop a little after their summer peaks.  Find best rates, discounts, and reviews

 

What's Happening in Boston in September?

Labor Day Weekend

September kicks off with Labor Day weekend - which actually includes the final days of  August this year.  Especially exciting will be the big fireworks over Boston Harbor on Saturday night, but you find lots of other activities as well - everything from Red Sox games at Fenway to a Brew Fest featuring local craft beers to free family-friendly USS Constitution tours and the big Boston Arts Festival.

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Fall Foliage and New England Lighthouse Tours

You won't see much fall foliage in Boston during September - in fact, leaves don't take on much color here until mid-October - but other parts of New England become streaked with gold and crimson this month.  Fortunately, you can easily join tours and cruises departing from Boston and see some spectacular sights. 

Here are some great choices to consider:

Fall foliage New England tours - These tours give you a wonderful way to visit the best foliage viewing locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and even the Cape - plus you'll get to see what makes New England so special

New England Lighthouse Cruise - This special cruise, led by a New England lighthouse expert, takes you to see amazing places up close, and the fall tours are particularly special - but they do sell out, so don't wait to book!

Fall foliage cruises - This is the perfect way to explore the New England and Eastern Canadian coasts just as the foliage is turning - and of course color becomes even more intense as you head north

September Theatre and Concerts 

Don't miss these top shows and headliners:

  • Wicked at the Boston Opera House - Tickets
  • Steely Dan at the Wang Theatre - TicketsIan Anderson concert in Boston
  • Graham Nash at the Wilbur Theatre - Tickets
  • Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse - Tickets

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Sports Schedules - Home Games in Boston

Between the Red Sox and the New England Patriots, lots of games are underway.  And don't miss preseason games for the Bruins and Celtics.

Take a look at the schedules, and get your tickets now:

Red Sox at Fenway Park

Sunday, September 1 vs White Sox - 1:35pm
Monday, September 2 vs Tigers - 1:35pm
Tuesday, September 3 vs Tigers - 7:10pm 
Wednesday, September 4 vs Tigers - 7:10pm
Friday, September 13 vs Yankees - 7:10pm
Saturday, September 14 vs Yankees - 1:05pm
Sunday, September 15 vs Yankees - TBD
Tuesday, September 17 vs Orioles - 7:10pm 
Wednesday, September 18 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
Thursday, September 19 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
Friday, September 20 vs Blue Jays- 7:10pm
Saturday, September 21 vs Blue Jays - 7:10pm
Sunday, September 22 vs Blue Jays - 1:35pm

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Boston Bruins Pre-Season games at TD Garden

Thursday, September 19 vs Red Wings- 7:00pm
Monday, September 23 vs Capitals - 7:00pm

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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium

Thursday, September 12, 8:25pm vs NY Jets
Sunday, September 22, 1pm vs Tampa Bay

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More September Events in Boston

There's LOTS more going on this month!  Fashion Week, open artists studios, film and jazz festivals, big bicycle events - you'll find plenty to do in Boston in September.

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Ways to Save in Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art - Free admission each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm, and free admission for families (defined as 1 http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com for 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of each month, except for December. 

MIT Museum in Cambridge - Free admission every Sunday morning from 10am - 12 noon.

Boston Children's Museum - $1 admission 5-9pm on Fridays

Boston Discount Cards - Get one of these cards, and get free admission to Boston's top attractions, cruises, tours, and more. Choose the card that works best for you.  More about Boston Discount Cards.

Hotel Savings - Find best rates, discounts, and reviews

 

Family fun in Boston

For the younger set: 

For older kids, including hard-to-please teens: 

  • Visit the USS Constitution in Charlestown Navy Yard, where Park Rangers will give you a free tour of "Old Ironsides"
  • Go on Boston Whale Watch - (you'll save money if you have a GoBoston discount card)
  • Check out my favorite Boston Cheap Eats - find my favorite spot for affordable lobster rolls and other treats friendly to the family budget

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