Weekend City Picks: Boston
Boston may be a tiny town compared to New York or Chicago, but its compact size means you can hit mainstays like Fenway Park and the Public Garden and still have time to veer off the beaten path. Explore a museum in a transplanted Venetian palace, go to a concert at a legendary venue and taste the clam chowder to end all clam chowders in one of America's most iconic port cities.
Arts & Entertainment
Located in the thriving Seaport district, Lawn on D is Boston's first interactive outdoor space, attracting audiences from across the city for events ranging from live music to food trucks to art exhibits.
There’s perhaps nothing more Boston than baseball, and whether the team wins or loses, taking in a game at Fenway in the original seats across from the (in)famous Green Monster with a couple of Sam Adams is an unforgettable experience. The Legal Sea Foods in the concessions stand isn’t a bad draw, either.
One of Boston’s most prolific artist patrons, Isabella Stewart Gardner amassed an unparalleled collection of fine and decorative arts, including Titian’s Rape of Europa, Fra Angelico's Death an Assumption of the Virgin and Piero della Francesca's Hercules. They are all on view in her former home, a breathtaking 15th century Venetian-style palace.
Beloved by musical artists and concertgoers alike, the Paradise was the first Boston venue played by bands like R.E.M. and The Double Yellow. It’s intimate size and dual level layout ensure that sightlines to the stage are excellent no matter where you stand.
Food & Drink
A food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurant, Mei Mei serves up unique twists on Chinese classics, such as scallion pancake sandwiches, pierogi dumplings and garlicky chicken wings.
Tucked away in the cobblestoned streets of the mostly Italian North End, Neptune, with its red leather banquettes and marble topped counters, is a lovely place to enjoy oysters, fresh fish and arguably the best New England clam chowder in the city.
The former drunk tank of the old Charles Street Jail, Alibi in The Liberty Hotel maintains its original brick walls and slings creative craft-cocktails and microbrews among photos of various celebrity mug shots.
Located on the Fort Port Channel, Boston Children’s Museum has exhibits focused on science, art, nature and construction with plenty of interactive opportunities for little hands.
For some local and national history, head to the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, where the USS Constitution, one of the first vessels in the US Navy and the oldest existing warship in the world, is permanently afloat.
The whole city shuts down on Boston Marathon Monday in April. The city’s race is the oldest annual 26-mile run in the world and stretches from the quaint town of Hopkinton to the finish line in Copley Square.
Take a break from the bustling city streets and cruise up and down the Charles, one of the country’s most beautiful urban rivers, taking in the scenery and views of historic Cambridge and the Boston skyline.
Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect behind Manhattan’s Central Park, the Arboretum’s stunning 281 acres include thousands of varieties of plants that are studied and maintained by Harvard University.
The country’s oldest privately owned collection of automobiles, the auto museum is housed in a charming 19th century carriage house in verdant Larz Anderson Park in leafy Brookline.
Located in Boston’s historic Back Bay, Newbury Street is a shopper’s dream, lined with gorgeous brownstones housing a wide variety of boutiques, salons, bookshops and eateries.
Illustrated Map of Boston