Things to do in Boston

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts

Best of the best

298 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fenway Park. Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home field since 1912. The most distinctive feature of this classic baseball park is the 37-foot... read more

Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, is a major league baseball park nestled in the Kenmore Square neighborhood of Boston. The park one of only two remaining classic major league baseball parks... read more

Fenway Park is a baseball park located in Boston, at 4 Yawkey Way near Kenmore Square. Since 1912, it has been the home for the Boston Red Sox, the city's American League baseball team, and since 1... read more

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great food, excellent brunch. Live music on several nights of the week. Nice interior - gets very busy. Full bar with good cocktails. Right in the middle of the Boston Center for Arts in the Sou... read more

One of my favorites in Boston. The Beehive has amazing drinks and even better food (make sure to make a reservation though). They also have a great patio right out front which is gives you a grea... read more

The Beehive is one of the most popular restaurant in South End/ Back Bay area. It has live jazz music every night (check their website for schedule), amazing foods, and great cocktails.

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Exceptionally good Vegan & vegetarian. FR Fresh Juices, Highly recommend their signature dish 'Goddess Bowl with egg & Avacado add-ons. Delicious for Ominivores, too! Lunch and Dinner

It's ultra clean fuel made to taste as good as food that's bad for you: veggies and sauces, nuts and cheese and whole grains and legumes - all organic - basically what I cook at home but with a fan... read more

An organic vegetarian cafe with a funky vibe. They serve delicious veggie bowls, soups, wraps, smoothies and juices. Try the Lover and the Thrive Alive.

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The fancy restaurant in this building is a big tourist attraction. However, I suggest you don't go to the white table cloth on the top floor- go to the restaurant and LOUNGE area. Look at their w... read more

The highest spot in Boston where you can enjoy 360-degree night view of the city. You can either reserve a table for a better view ($24/person minimum spend) or just grab a cup of drink by the bar.... read more

There's a restaurant/viewpoint on top of the Prudential, Boston's 2nd highest building. It has a great view of the entire city during anytime - day or night. Top of the Hub has different vibes - th... read more

258 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. MFA is the fourth largest museum in th... read more

The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. MFA is one of the most comprehensive a... read more

The MFA is one of the largest museums around. An entire day could be spent admiring the works, both ancient and modern, that live within these walls. Along with many amazing (and famous) paintings,... read more


Toro Boston

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 1704 Washington St·Map·Hours·Website·

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Small, stylish spot from Chef Ken Oringer serves up celebrated tapas, cocktails & Spanish wines. They don't take reservations. Excellent

Interesting and busy American themed Tappas Food and very lively bar with a full liquor license. Almost always crowded with a fun crowd from 4:30 till closing. The crowd is typically loud and ac... read more

Best Spanish Tapas in Boston. Public transportation accessible. This place is always packed and doesn't take reservation but worth the wait.

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are several JP Licks in MA, but this is the original, where all started. Excellent place to stop by, check the JP vibe, and choose one of those legendary ice cream flavors. Rum Raisin is so... read more

All source of great quality ice cream, pastries and coffee. Take your little ones for a short walk around the pond and end up in JP Licks to get ice cream

Iconic JP based ice cream shop with a wide variety of flavors. We highly recommend cookies & cream and brownie batter, as well as their interesting seasonal flavors. Some people love their coffee, ... read more

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Jamaica Pond has a path all the way around the pond. Walk or run it (1.49 miles). Rent a boat. Sit by it. Picnic by it. Live concerts at the Boat House and at Pinebank Manor overlooking the Pond. ... read more

For a beautiful walk or running path, head up Centre street and all the way down to Jamaica Pond. There is a water fountain near the boat house where you can grab some water if needed. It's a big... read more

About a fifteen minute walk from our condo is beautiful Jamaica Pond. There is a path that goes all the way around the pond (about 1.25-1.5 miles) and is popular with families, joggers, and dog wal... read more

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Great place to relax and have a picnic. Walk through the Boston Garden with beautiful flowers and swan boats into the Common to catch a frisbee and hang out with friends. They also have an ice sk... read more

The Oldest city central parks with Swan boats, and fund thing to do with kids. Boston Common (also known as the Common) is a central public park in downtown Boston, is the Oldest city central Dati... read more

Great green space in the middle of Boston, overlooking the State House. Frog Pond ice skating in winter, Swan boats for romantic rides, etc. Be on the lookout for the Make Way for Ducklings famil... read more

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite breakfast/bakery joint in Back Bay / South End by well-known chef Joanne Chang. She beat Bobby Flay for her famous sticky buns ($3.5 bundle of goodness). Also recommend the egg sandwich.

Breakfast, lunch and occasional take out dinner specials. Wonderful, but pricey for some. Joanne makes her own bread from scratch and her breakfast & lunch sandwiches can be ordered as a salad. ... read more

Flour is not in Charlestown but it is certainly worth a visit! There are several locations in Boston and Cambridge; if you are near one I strongly recommend stopping in for a sticky bun. The baked ... read more

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are two City Feeds in JP. Both independently owned feature local food, quality deli, fresh baked goods, coffee and excellent sandwiches. City Feed fans say it’s “refreshing” to frequent thes... read more

There are two City Feeds in JP, we are nearer to the one on Boylston Street. They have great coffee and tea, hot or cold. They also make awesome sandwiches made to order, bagels, and some fresh bak... read more

. Independently owned, this store features local food, quality deli, fresh baked goods, coffee and excellent sandwiches. Centrally located along Center Street, grab a quick bite or coffee and sit a... read more

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Harvard University was founded in 1636, making Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the illustrious alumni are civi... read more

Just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge offers an exciting, multicultural setting where visitors from around the world can take in great art, music, bookstores, boutiques and cafés. Ma... read more

Stroll around Harvard Yard, the epicenter of Harvard University. Make sure to touch the statue of John Harvard to ensure that you will attend the school one day! You can sign up for a free tour o... read more

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

TD Garden is home to the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. The venue also hosts big-name artists such as Justin Bieber, J.cole, and Ed Sheeran.

The Old Boston Garden: catch a Celtics game, a Bruins game, a show, a concert, a convention, a circus and lots more

Home Arena to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins Teams. Easy to get to using the Wells downeaster Wells station. Only an hour and 45 minutes away.

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Knock out ice cream made on the premises by Gus Toscanini Great Coffee, too. Voted Best Ice Cream by NY Times (Gus modestly says " It's the best ice cream in the world.")

Because.... YUM! Arguably some of the best ice cream I've ever had. I indulge on the BBB... brown sugar, butter and brownie ice cream. Short walk for coffee and ice cream at night from the prope... read more

The New York Times once called Toscanini's the best ice cream in the world. It's a couple blocks from our home - stop for a sweet treat on your way back! They have inventive and indulgent flavors a... read more

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The coffee is not bad. The pastries are decent. Bill likes the muffins here because they don't come with paper wrappers on the bottom (less work). It's super close to our place too.

Good place to hang out and work or catch up with friends. Open Mon-Fri at 7 am and Sat-Sun at 8am, open until 10pm Sun-Thur and until 11pm Fri-Sat.

Great loose tea selection, primo coffee, the best bagels, lots of other yummy food stuff, WiFi, tons of seating, great atmosphere, and the best baristas around.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 134 Hampshire St·Map·Hours·Website·

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic fine dining in Cambridge. Refined Turkish/Mediterranean inspired menu by Ana Sortun, much of the produce comes from her husband's local farm. Spectacular meals for omnivores and vegetarian... read more

This is a pricier establishment, but it has a charming outdoor patio and Turkish-inspired food that you can't get anywhere else. I like the somewhat more casual offshoot, Sarma (in Somerville), a t... read more

James Beard award-winning restaurant serving Mediterranean-inspired local food. Gorgeous outdoor patio, vegetarian friendly. Advanced reservations (at least a few weeks) recommended unless you get ... read more

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The short walk to the Esplanade is worth the experience. On the way there you will experience the iconic Charles River, Storrow Drive, and Salt & Pepper Bridge. Jogging, biking, and people watching... read more

The Charles River is down the street from Harvard. If you cross one of the bridges (there are many) you will have a beautiful view of Cambridge and Boston. It is a lovely walk to downtown Boston. ... read more

Take the beautiful paved trail along the Charles River to the Esplanade and Hatch Shell. There is a pedestrian ramp right before the Mass Ave bridge that provides access to the trail. Great for wal... read more

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It is perhaps the highest-end fine cuisine available in JP --and Ten Tables arrived even before JP was considered a location to be seen eating serious food. Beware, though it has been expanded bare... read more

One of JP's renowned (and more expensive local restaurants, known for its intimate setting (only 10 tables) and fresh, ever changing menu. TT Bar, next door, is run by the same folks and serves del... read more

Ten Tables is our go to neighborhood spot (10-15 minute walk) for a special occasion dinner. It's on the pricier side for this neighborhood, but it has a great atmosphere and delicious food. It's t... read more

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An incredibly popular live music venue, the Middle East has big up and coming names fill the house on a weekly basis. The Middle East complex includes Zuzu, and both upstairs and downstairs locations.

The Middle East is a live music venue, bar and restaurant in the Central Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Having featured a huge variety of musicians since 1987, the establishment, with its... read more

Very well-known among the locals, The Middle East has shows almost every night of the week. Typically these are local rock bands, although well-known artists come through every so often to play a s... read more

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

More than a movie theater- the main theater is frequently used for concerts and performances. All December long the silly and suggestively titled holiday alt-favorite "The Slutcracker" -a saucy bu... read more

The Somerville Theater is a fun place to hang out. They actually serve beer during the shows and the occassionally have concerts. The movies aren't always the latest, but they're usually popular an... read more

Awesome old theater that shows a mix of blockbusters, timeless classics, bands and indy films. Beer and wine available as well as snacks.Also houses the Museum of Bad Art in its basement!

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This Italian dessert mecca in the North End serves up the finest homemade old-school Italian sweets like pizzelle, torrone, biscotti, and some of the very best cannolis on the Eastern seaboard.

The ever-popular North End (Italian Quarter) landmark. Get your conolies, stroll the meandering cobbled streets, and pretend you're in Italy.

Probably one of the best/most dangerous decisions you could make, Mike's is VERY well-known for their canolis and desserts. There may be a line outside because they are just that popular.

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tapas and wine bar....Many guests have really liked their experience at Tres Gatos. About 15 minute walk. Not cheap, the tapas bill adds up, but worth a splurge! Small and intimate, best to reserve... read more

“Small bites feel big” at this Jamaica Plain joint putting out “delicious”, “funky” Spanish tapas that “draw all the locals”; the “cozy, welcoming” vibe driven by a “super-friendly” staff extends t... read more

Cozy, colorful Spanish tapas restaurant & wine bar with a tiny shop in back selling books & music. A real neighborhood gem.


Flour Bakery

Food SceneBakeries
$$· 190 Massachusetts Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Flour is not only known for their amazing pastries (sticky buns!), but also serves great grab & go food that is accommodating of food restrictions and preferences. They have a seasonal/rotating men... read more

My favorites: twice baked brioche, milk chocolate hazelnut cookie, roast beef sandwich. The hot chocolate (done right with housemade ganache) is pretty killer! Avoid the bread puddings.

Great for breakfast foods and coffee in the morning and cookies and treats all day long. They are extremely busy at lunch catering to the MIT clientele but offer healthy options for sandwiches, so... read more

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great beer! "The Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, in Boston's Seaport District, offers a full selection of Harpoon beers straight from the source along with delicious pretzels to pair with your pint."

This brew hall is fun, but if you're going for a tour, head over early in the day and purchase your tickets in person first thing. They never last long and tours book up fast. They don't take phone... read more

This is not an activity that you can do with children. When you spend $5.00 you get to tour the brewery and leaner about the brewing process. There is a section of the tour that you get to sample f... read more

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Epically delicious donuts. You will never crave another donut after you've tasted these. Named Boston's Best Donuts by Boston Magazine. Popular picks include: Maple Bacon, Sea-Salted Bourbon Carame... read more

Gourmet Donuts. Fantastically delicious and very sweet. On weekends they have a line out the door and sell out of donuts by 2p. People travel from across the river to find this place. (In Boston, c... read more

These donuts have generated quite the following! People are willing to wait in long lines for these Portland-style donuts. The bacon and maple syrup donut is a favorite of many.

109 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Copley Square BPL has gorgeous murals, sculptures & architecture on the Dartmouth Street side. The Boylston Street side has recent publications, etc. A beautiful courtyard connects them. Cafe too.

The first public municipal library in the world! Hop on a guided tour to hear about the history and architecture, and have high tea in their beautiful courtyard (reservations required). Check out t... read more

You probably knew there was a SWEET courtyard in the middle of the Boston Public Library, but I bet you did not know that June - August there are bi-weekly concerts preformed here! If you have the ... read more

55 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Redbones serves up authentic Southern barbecue including Memphis and Baby Back ribs, pulled pork and smoked beef brisket. There are also vegetarian options, grilled fish and chicken.

Right off the main drag of Elm St. in Davis Square is Redbones BBQ. Downstairs is a dimly-lit relaxed bar and dining area, complete with classic rock, wall art, ribs and the best brisket in town.

Redbones serves up authentic Southern barbecue including Memphis and Baby Back ribs, pulled pork and smoked beef brisket. There are also vegetarian options, grilled fish and chicken. Downstairs is ... read more

58 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you need some caffeine to start or maintain your day, I highly recommend coming here. Also in the Brewery complex, it's close to both my home and the Stony Brook subway station.

Nice internet Cafe with great coffee and other breakfast items. You can sit inside or outside. Nice place to check out the local scene. They are open for breakfast and lunch. They have very unique ... read more

This is our favorite coffee shop within five minutes walking distance of our condo. They have a large variety of coffee and tea drinks, including some fun seasonal offerings. They also offer good b... read more

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Guided tours are held Monday - Saturday beginning at 10 AM. Learn all about Samuel Adams, brewer and patriot. Experience the entire brewing process, from start to finish. Sample a few beers. Call ... read more

With over 30 distinctive, award-winning styles of craft beer, Samuel Adams offers discerning beer drinkers a variety of brews. The tour is free and tours are Monday - Saturday beginning at 10 AM. ... read more

The Samuel Adams Brewery tours are always a success! You can get to experience the brewing processes, sample the goods, and have a great time at this cool site. For six generations the Bostonian Ko... read more

58 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great place for a sit down family dinner. They also have a very cool indoor Bar, and a nice outdoor patio area. The food is very good, and their margaritas can't be beat. Everything is ma... read more

This is a short Uber ride away at the far end of JP Owned by our good friends - Excellent food - nice bar - and outside patio in nice weather - nightly music and theme nights - Karyoke, Trivia nig... read more

A lively American-fare restuarant with full bar and pizzas of for all palettes. Local musical acts and DJs take the stage every weekend and live jazz bands accompnany patrons on Wednesday nights. ... read more