For those of you who will be traveling from outside of New England, there are plenty of things to do and see in the area. Below is a list of different activities you can check out in the Greater Boston Area while you are in town.
Additionally, if you are staying outside of the city or if you are renting a car, it's quick to drive from state to state. If you're in town for a while and you're willing to drive, we would suggest checking out Newport, RI (1 hr from Boston) or Portland, ME (2 hrs from Boston) if you have time.
Walk the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites. Learn about the people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story. You could either walk it yourself or take a guided tour.
Faneuil Hall Market Place
Faneuil Hall was built in 1742. It has served as a marketplace packed with stores, restaurants, bars, and street performers.
Red Sox's Game at Fenway Park
Check out a baseball game at America's oldest ballpark. Bleacher seats are usually pretty affordable on different ticketing websites.
Italian dining emporium with groceries, seafood markets & a dozen eateries. You can grab a glass of wine and walk around to check everything out.
The North End
The North End is "Boston’s Little Italy". On the self-guided Freedom Trail, you can pass through historic sites like the 1680 Paul Revere House and the Old North Church. Italian restaurants, coffeehouses, pastry shops and old-school delis pack the area, especially on Hanover Street. Check out the famous Mike's Pastry and pick up a cannoli or eat at one of the many "fresh off the boat" Italian restaurants. You can't go wrong at any of the restaurants!
Check out Harvard Square, located right next to Harvard University. Walk around the campus or check out some of the cool stores and restaurants in the area.
Check out the neighborhood that we spend the majority of our time at. Southie has a few boutique shops which are cute. There's also an unlimited supply of amazing restaurants. Also take a walk around Castle Island, which is a quick 2 minute drive from West Broadway Street (center of Southie).
Breweries, Distilleries, & Wineries
Here's a list of some of our favorite places to get sample flights and tastings.Wineries
- Boston Winery
- 90+ Cellars
- Nashoba Valley Winery (this is near the reception venue)
- Bully Boy Distillery
- Boston Harbor Distillery
- GrandTen Distilling
- Short Path Distillery
- Trillium Brewery
- Backlash Beer Company
- Sam Adam's Brewery
- Harpoon Brewery
- Dorchester Brewing
- Night Shift Brewing
- Aeronaut Brewing Company
- Somerville Brewing Company
- Bone Up Brewing
- Downeast Cider House
- Medusa Brewing Company (this is near the reception venue)
Restaurants & Bars
You could always google restaurants as well, but we figured we would give you a list of places to check out in case you were looking for suggestions:To Eat & Drink
- Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant - Modern American
- Warren Tavern - Varied pub food & colonial charm
- Barcelona Wine Bar- Spanish tapas and small plates
- Top of the Hub - Upscale American. Great for a cocktail as well
- Loco - Baja style Mexican fare
- Capo - Pastas, pizza & other Italian standards in Southie
- The Broadway - City inspired restaurant with pizza & a huge bar
- Douzo - Amazing sushi
- Genki Ya - Cheap, but good sushi
- Worden Hall - Modern American food
- The Beehive - Modern American food with live music
- Tia's - Great for seafood and patio by the water
- Metropolis Bistro & Wine Bar - Mediterranean inspired food
- SVR - Italian tapas and small plates
- Floretine Cafe - Classic Italian
- Legal Harborside - 3rd floor has a great view & sushi
- Boston Burger Company - Huge, unique burgers
- Flour - Great to go sandwiches & salads
- City Tap - 100+ craft beers with hip food
- Lolita's Fort Point - Upscale mexican with chic dungeon interior design
- Sweet Cheeks Q - Awesome BBQ
- Tiger Mama - Adventurous Southeast Asian–inspired eats
- Regina Pizzeria (North End) - The original & voted best pizza
- Fool's Errand - Adult snack bar and tapas inspired by American food
- Citrus & Salt - Mexican tapas with a very aesthetically pleasing atmosphere
- Whiskey Priest - Roof deck bar by the water
- The Black Rose - Live Irish music
- The Bostonian - Depending on the night they have live music. Great bourbon drinks
- Fin McCool's - Irish bar with pool tables, skee ball, etc.
- Drink - Speak easy cocktails
- The Envoy Hotel Roof Deck - Roof deck bar with one of the best views in the city
- Paddy O's - Irish bar by day, 90s club by night
- Lucky's Lounge - Usually have a live band with a decent crowd
- The Bean Town Pub - Classic Boston bar to grab a drink & play pool
- The Pour House - Lots of nick nacks on the walls to check out while you drink
- King's Bowling - The newer alley is located in the seaport
- Lucky Strike - "Adult" arcade in Somerville with shuffle board, food, and a large bar