Boston is packed with lots of “must-see” spots, from history to museums and art galleries, eclectic shopping to delicious eats. Here is the guide that will give you a real taste of the Beantown in just 48 hours:
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Day 1-Explore Boston- Cradle of Modern America!
9:00 am- Start your day at the Breakfast Club!
Kick off your day with breakfast at the Breakfast Club. It is a retro diner that serves comfort fare. Get any breakfast item at this spot!
Address: 270 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134, United States
Phone: 1 617-783-1212
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 6:00 am-2:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 am-3:00 pm
10:00 am- History and Environment Collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History!
Head over on to the Harvard Museum of Natural History that features vast natural-science collection, including rare minerals, mammals and birds, dinosaurs and the famous Blaschka Glass Flowers exhibits. The museum has little bit of everything-culture, science and history.
Address: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
Phone: 1 617-495-3045
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Distance from the Breakfast Club: 2.4 miles or 13 minutes drive
Then head over to the Harvard University and MIT. Walk the campus of the America’s oldest higher learning institution. Take a free tour of the campus and know about its history, myth and architecture.
Address: Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 495 1000.
12:00 pm- Stroll around Harvard Square!
Stroll around the Harvard Square and experience its eclectic offerings. In and around, there are a couple of restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, and more. It’s a bustling shopping spot, where you’ll get everything, from high-end jewelry to sweatshirts. Also, there are plenty of good street performers and musicians to listen to at this spot. Pop in the Harvard Coop Bookstore to get shop!
Address: Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Boston, United States
Telephone: (617) 495 1000.
1:00 pm- Fuel your body, Stop for Lunch!
Harvard Square has plenty of restaurants. Stroll over to the Border Cafe (32 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138) for some Mexican fare, or drop by the Charlie’s Kitchen (10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States) for burger, beer and draught, or go to the Mr. Bartley’s (1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States) for burgers, frappes and fries.
2:00 pm- Edutainment Session at the Museum of Science!
Visit the Museum of Science that features many interactive science exhibits with hands-on activities. The exhibits include astronomy, anthropology, organic and inorganic earth sciences, computers, astrophysics, and more. Get an up-close look at the foremost space capsule, watch lightning show, go for a virtual tour of Acadia National Park, and more.
Address: 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Phone: 1 617-723-2500
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
3:00 pm- A Walk in the Park at Boston Public Garden!
Amble along the United States oldest botanical garden- the Boston Public Garden. Catch a ride on the pedal-powered swan boats that offer a calm relaxed ride from one end of the pond to another back and forth again. Enjoy the city’s beauty and elegance at this spot.
Address: 4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Phone: 1 617-635-4505
Distance from Museum of Science: 1.2 miles or 6 minutes drive
4:00 pm- Relive the history at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum!
Head over to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and delve deep into the American Revolution history. The museum tour begins with a meeting at an Old South Meeting house imitation led by actors dressed in period attire and goes on to the restored vessels where you’ll turn into a patriot and toss the tea into the sea.
Address: 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, United States
Phone: 1 617-338-1773
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Distance from Boston Public Garden: 1.3 miles or 9 minutes drive
5:00 pm-Go Shopping!
Time for some retail therapy! Head over to the Faneuil Marketplace (4 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109, United States) for shopping. It is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. The marketplace features unique shops, big commercial stores, gift shops, distinctive boutiques, and local stores, such as Newbury Comics. Also, there are plenty of street performers to entertain you.
For more shopping, head over to the Beacon Hill (80 Charles Street, Boston, MA, United States). It features antique shops, home decor stores, specialty stores, fine art galleries, small boutiques, and eateries.
7:00 pm-Catch a game at Fenway Park!
A trip to Boston is incomplete without a short visit to the Fenway Park. Catch a game at the Fenway Park, or if there isn’t any game to watch, take a tour of the park. Get the behind-the-scenes- tour of this iconic ballpark, which is home to the Boston Red Sox. Walk on the field, get an up-close look of the scoreboard, look at the players on field on game days and see the dugout.
Address: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215, United States
Phone: 1 877-733-7699
Distance from Beacon Hill: 2.1 miles or 9 minutes drive
8:00 pm- An Aperitif at Boston Beer Works!
Soak up in the city joy ambiance at the Boston Beer Works (61 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, United States). It has over 16 types of draft beers and there’s always a new seasonal beer to try at this spot. This spot also serves the best sweet potato fries in Boston.
Distance from Fenway Park: 1 minute
You can also go to Cheers (84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108, United States), a classic bar that serves pub food and drinks. It is backdrop to the hit and popular show of 1980s television sitcom of the same name. Pop in for a beer and the classic surrounding!
9:00 pm- Dinner!
Head over for dinner to the L'Espalier (774 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02199, United States) that serves French cuisines with New England touch. The restaurant offers four distinct varieties of caviar and also has a vast cheese selection.
For dinner, you can also drop by the Island Creek Oyster Bar (500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, United States). This spot serves fresh seafood and has an extensive beer and wine list and imaginative cocktails. The menu here changes frequently, so everywhere you hit this spot, there’s something new to please your palate!
10:00 pm- Live music and dancing at the Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub!
Head over to the Middle East Restaurant & NightClub for some live music and dancing. The club offers live music in three different settings. There’s an interesting lineup of bands at the Mid East that rock the stage playing music ranging, from rock-n-roll to rap and punk.
Address: 472-480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Phone: 1 617-864-3278
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 11:00 am-1:00 am; Thursday-Saturday: 11:00 am-2:00 am; Sunday: 11:00 am -1:00 am
Distance from Island Creek Oyster Bar: 1.6 miles or 10 minutes drive
12:00 am- Hit the dance floor at House of Blues!
Get on the dance floor, and enjoy the mix of DJs and live music at the House of Blues. The DJs spins some awesome music that you cannot hold yourself from getting up on the dance floor and groove to the music.
Address: 15 Lansdowne Street, Fenway, Boston, MA 02215, United States
Phone: 1 888-693-2583
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Distance from The Middle East: 1.8 miles or 10 minutes drive
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Day 2: Explore the Art and Culture!
9:00 am- Hearty breakfast at the Paramount!
Kick off your day with scrumptious breakfast at the Paramount. This spot serves hearty American comfort food. Head on to this spot early, as the waiting line gets too long!
Address: 44 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Phone: 1 617-720-1152
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm; Friday-Sunday: 8:00 am-11:00 pm
10:00 am- Admire the art at the Museum of Fine Arts!
Head over to the Museum of Fine Arts that features the contemporary and American artwork. The museum has a wide array of art collection from Europe and Asia and all spots in between. Enjoy the works art from across the world!
Address: 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, United States
Phone: 1 617-267-9300
Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday: 10:00 am-4:30 pm; Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 am-9:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Distance from The Paramount: 2.4 miles or 10 minutes drive
11:00 am-Arty Exploration at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!
Stroll around the Venetian-style palace-the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that showcases an eclectic and impressive collection of Asian, European and American art, including paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics and furniture. Also, it depicts the life of Gardner and the talents of the twentieth century artists.
Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115, United States
Phone: 1 617-566-1401
Opening hours: Monday & Wednesday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm; Thursday-11:00 am-9:00 pm; Friday-Sunday:11:00 am-5:00 pm; Tuesday-Closed
Distance from Museum of Fine Arts: 0.3 miles or 2 minutes drive
12:00 pm- Quacking around the city by Boston Duck Tours!
Explore the Beantown by sea and by land through Boston Duck tours! Embark a World War II-style amphibious landing vehicle- the “DUCK”. Cruise by the important locations in Boston, such as the Prudential Tower, State-house gold-domes and the Bunker Hill Monument. The tour includes the city’s historical sites and dives into the Charles River for a magnificent view of the city.
Address: 4 Copley Pl #4155, Boston, MA 02116, United States
Phone: 1 617-267-3825
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Distance from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: 1.4 miles or 7 minutes drive
1:00 pm- Stop for Lunch!
Up for some Italian or seafood, drop by the Erbaluce (69 Church Street), or Da Vinci (162 Columbus Ave Ste 1). If you want to have American food, head over to Mike & Patty’s (12 Church St. Church St. and Fayette St., Bay Village), for some Italian or steakhouse, head to Davio’s (75 Arlington St).
2:00 pm-Catch a performance at the Boston Symphony Orchestra!
Catch a show/concert at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is one of the most well-known orchestra in the world. History has been created within the walls of this hall, popular songs, such as “Sleigh Ride” has been created. A great music is composed and played at this spot that will put you in a trance. The music will take you in a journey like no other.
Address: 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, United States
Phone: 1 617-266-1492
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm; Saturday:12:00 pm-6:00 pm
3:00 pm- A trip back in time at the Museum of Afro-American History!
Explore African-American history at the Museum of Afro-American History. The Museum of Afro-American History features permanent and rotating exhibits on local American and African history. The museum is housed in two eighteenth century buildings: Abiel Smith School, the first school for blacks in the country, and the African Meeting House, the oldest black church and meeting house in the country.
Address: 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Phone: (617) 725 0022
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Distance from Symphony, Boston: 2.5 miles or 10 minutes drive
4:00 pm-Kids Fun at Boston Children’s Museum!
Head over to the Boston Children’s Museum. It features several exhibits on culture, history, science, environmental awareness, health, and art. There are cars to drive, crawling structures, construction zone, crafts, bubble room, and more. A great learning experience for kids!
Address: 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday -10:00 am -9:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Distance from Museum of Afro-American history: 1.4 miles or 12 minutes drive
5:00 pm- Explore Marine life at the New England Aquarium!
Visit the New England Aquarium (1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, United States). This spot has a four-story ocean tank, rays and sharks touch tank, and is home to sand tiger sharks, Caribbean coral reef, Green Pacific octopus, and more aquatic animals. Experience the watery world!
Distance from Boston Children’s Museum: 0.6 miles or 4 minutes drive
6:00 pm- Stroll along the Waterfront!
Waterfront, the heart of Boston, buzzes with parks, boutiques, interesting neighborhoods and urban cyclists. Take a leisurely walk along the harbor and soak in the sounds and breathtaking views of the Beantown!
Address: Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110
Distance from New England Aquarium: 0.4 miles or 5 minutes drive
7:00 pm- Go Shopping!
Head over to the CambridgeSide (100 Cambridgeside Pl, Cambridge, MA 02141, United States), an indoor shopping mall. It features shops, such as Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, J Crew, Ann Taylor, Best Buy, Macy’s, Old Navy, Gap, comic book store, and more. The mall has all kinds of shops, from high-end to low-priced.
In mood for some more shopping? Head over to the Shops at Prudential Center (800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199, United States). The shopping center includes the well-known brands, such as Free People, Lacoste, Barnes & Noble, Vera Bradley, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more.
9:00 pm- Dinner and drinks with a View at the Top of the Hub!
Head over for dinner and drinks at the Top of the Hub. Relish the American food while listening to live jazz. This spot offers magnificent and sprawling views of the city.
Address: 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199, United States
Phone: 1 617-536-1775
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:30 am-1:30 am; Sunday: 11:30 am-12:00 am
Distance from the Shops at the Prudential Center: 1 minute
10:00 pm- Dance, drink and be merry at the Royale!
Dance to the DJs music ranging from rock, techno and electronic to 40s mixes and hip-hop at the Royale (279 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116, United States). This nightlife spot has classic beauty as well as contemporary elegance, thus creating a unique atmosphere.
Distance from top of the Hub: 1.1 miles or 8 minutes drive
Or you can also go to Venu (100 Warrenton St, Boston, MA 02116, United States), a themed nightlife spot. Dance all night long to disco, hip-hop, house, Latin, R&B, rap, techno and alt rock.
Distance from Top of the Hub: 1.1 miles or 9 minutes drive
12:00 am- Nightcap at Drink-Swanky cocktail spot!
For a nightcap, head over to the Drink (348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, United States).The spot has expert mixologist that prepare drinks as per your preference and their imaginations. There is no menu, rather they’ve ears to listen to your preference and create bespoke drinks from their stock of mixers and spirits.
Distance from Royale: 2.4 miles or 8 minutes drive
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