Our Top 10 Tips for Traveling in Boston
What to do in Boston
Insider’s Guide to the city
Looking to head to the home of stunning cityscapes, championship sports games, the Boston Marathon, and of course clam chowder? Our list of favorite things to do in Boston is complete. From what you should definitely do to what you shouldn’t do while in the city, here is our insider’s guide to Boston.
1. Stop searching for happy hours in Boston—they don’t exist
In November 1984, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to implement a happy hour ban. Currently, there are eight states with similar laws, including Rhode Island and Vermont.
2. Newbury Street: great for shopping, average for eating
Everybody flocks to Newbury for the shops, but we recommend heading elsewhere in the city for better food, less crowds, and a more local experience.
If you’re determined to eat something on Newbury, make sure it’s a lobster roll at Saltie Girl!
3. Take “the T”
The train that gets you around Boston is called “the T”, not the subway or the metro.
4. Opt to not drive
If you’re going into the city, we suggest walking, taking the T, or grabbing an Uber. Parking is a nightmare, and the city of Boston is extremely happy to dole out parking tickets.
5. Boston Common: America’s oldest public park!
And, it happens to be our favorite place to hang out on a summer day. Grab a blanket and some snacks and set up a picnic with friends.
6. Forget the accent
Don’t walk around testing out your Boston accent or asking somebody local to say, “Park your car in Harvard Yard.” Cars aren’t even allowed there.
7. What not to call Boston
Only tourists refer to Boston as “Beantown”, so we’d advise leaving that one at the airport. You’d be accurate to call it “City of Champions”... but best not to parade around saying that aloud.
8. Want to get out on the water?
Head to the Charles River and rent kayaks and paddle boards for epic views of Boston and Cambridge.
Rent from Community Boating for our favorite experience on the river.
9. What to skip
You aren’t missing anything if you skip the Cheers bar or don’t snap a photo on Acorn Street. A spot we'd recommend stopping instead: Sandwiches at Sam LaGrassa's.
10. Do hit Fenway Park
Don’t skip Fenway Park just because you aren’t a Red Sox “fan”. It’s fun, easy to get to, and the perfect place to get a good sense of Boston locals. Beware: Bostonians take their sports very seriously, so we suggest root, root, rooting for the home team when you’re at Fenway.
Looking to stop by another major city around the nation? Check out our local Partytricks:
Girls Just Want to Have Caviar and Martinis
The Caviar Co. inspired caviar, martinis, gal pals, games, great music… the perfect girls night in, with delicious small bites. This party is great year round!
The Big Game
Game on! Gather your squad and cheer on your team with this quintessential football watch party.
Hedonistic Holiday Party
More is definitely just right for this gathering. Call all your gods and goddesses to experience all the flavors any mortal palate can handle, inspired by DIO. This party is great for a holiday party, christmas party, or New Years Eve (NYE) party!
Be Mine, Valentine
This crafty kids party is a great way to celebrate with your favorite littles.
Cocktails with Aplos
Aplos cocktail hours are the most refreshing ways to “take the edge off” after a long day. Connect & create a memorable experience.
Shabbat Dinner Party
Hit pause and reconnect with loved ones this weekend with light, airy decor, warm bread, and relaxing company.
Grab your girlfriends and gather for a Supper Club filled with low-abv cocktails, pizza, and cookies. This is our Head of Parties' favorite way to host with a small group and can easily be elevated (even if you decide to skip the cooking) to celebrate any occasion.
Brunch with your besties to celebrate Galentine's, yes please!
Comfort Food & Caviar Girl’s Night
Is there anything better than a fun girls night with caviar bumps and colorful cheer?!
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