Boston offers more things to see and do than you can possibly pack into one trip, or even a dozen.
From famous historical attractions to iconic events to whale watching cruises to sports and theater, Boston is full of interesting activities and places for you to explore and enjoy.
Boston's small, compact size makes getting around easy.
Take a look at all the possibilities, and then choose your favorite things to do and see while you're here.
Top photo: Duck boat splashing down in the Charles River
Top Attractions, Sightseeing, & Things to Do
Explore Boston's Brew Culture
Looking for an entertaining but legit way to see Boston and learn about its history and culture?
From the time of the first Puritan settlers, beer and taverns have been front and center in Boston life. These tours give you a fascinating glimpse of this important part of Boston history and current culture:
Entertainment, Sports, & Cultural Things to Do
With four pro sports teams, every kind of music you can imagine every night, a vibrant theater and performing arts scene, and world class museums, you'll never run out of things to do here!
Parks & Green Spaces
Celebrations, Top Events, & Fun Things to Do
Boston's Top Holidays & Celebrations
New Year's Eve / First Night | Valentine's Day | Chinese New Year's Parade | St Patrick's Day | Patriot's Day | Boston Marathon | Mother's Day | Memorial Day | July 4th Concert & Fireworks | Labor Day Weekend | Indigenous Peoples Day | Halloween | Veterans Day | Thanksgiving | Christmas in Boston | New Year's Eve / First Night | All Boston Events
More Things to Do in Boston Each Month
Find the top things to do in Boston each month:
Boston Hotels: Where to Stay
Choosing a hotel for your Boston visit? You'll find what you need in our Boston Hotel Guide:
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Easiest Way to Find a Cheap Boston Hotel
Boston hotel rates can be high - sometimes very high. How can you find affordable hotel rates for your visit?
The quickest way to find hotels with the cheapest rates is to enter your travel dates on this Boston hotel map from Booking.com. Zoom in with the + button if necessary, and you should be able to see at a glance which hotel (and apartments and short-stay rentals) offer the lowest rates:
Sightseeing on the Water
Fun Things to Do & See
Fun Activities for Each Season
- Boston Summer Activities - Sailing, races, outdoor concerts, biking, more!
- Where to Go Sailing in Boston
- Boston Outdoor Winter Activities - Fun outdoor Boston activities for cold weather
- Ice Skating in Boston
- Ski Areas Closest to Boston
- New England Ski Areas
- Visiting Boston in November - Things to Do & See
- Boston Indoor Winter Activities - Have fun while staying warm in museums, pubs, concerts, movies
- Romantic Things to Do in Boston in December
- Winter Break in Boston - What to do during February winter break vacation week
- Where to See the Best Spring Flowers
- Boston Garden Tours - Get an insider's view of the best blooms in Boston during May & June
See Boston on Foot - Self-Guided Walking Tours
- Greenway Walking Tour - Explore diverse attractions along the Rose Kennedy Greenway
- Boston Walking Tour for a Rainy Day - Short walk around Boston's historic center
- Winter Walking Tour - See the most picturesque parts of the city under a blanket of snow
- Boston Victory Gardens - Historic community garden near Fenway Park, plus the Kellerher Rose Garden
- Memorial Day Weekend Itinerary - See 3 iconic Boston attractions, including Fenway Park
- Running the Charles River Loop - Best running loops around the river
- The Best of Boston in 6 Hours - How to see the best of Boston during a 6 hours layover
Top Shopping Destinations
Where to Find Discounts & Savings
Want to save on things to do in Boston? Here are some of our favorite savings tips:
- Discounts, deals, coupons, and more
- Black Friday savings on Boston travel
- Boston discount cards
- Inexpensive Boston hotels
- Last minute flight deals at Expedia.com
Things to Do Beyond Boston
More Articles about Dining Destinations in Boston
- Experience a taste of Ireland in Boston's favorite Irish pubs
- Check out Boston's hottest chef-owned restaurants in Fort Point
- Find Boston's best wine bars, wine tasting festivals, and wine shops offering free wine tastings
- Get the best dining deals around during Boston Restaurant Week
- Get a glimpse of Boston history when you visit our historic taverns
Need a Boston Hotel or Apartment?
Use this handy map from Booking.com to find the perfect place to stay. Just enter your dates to find what's available, see the best rates, and make your reservations.