Greater Boston & Cambridge have a huge variety of great things to do & see

Great Things to Do in Boston and Cambridge MA with VisitNewEngland.com Boston and neighboring Cambridge, facing each other across from the bridge-sprinkled Charles River, has been called the Athens of America for its wealth of universities and museums. A trip here is a great vacation for couples of families; among the highlights are the grand food, music, and heritage-related festivals, from Fourth of July on the Esplanade to the Christmas lights of Faneuil Hall.

Find a quaint, urban boutique hotel or a hotel with a lavish spa and delve into Revolutionary history, performing arts, and luxury.

One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA, 02121 Phone: 617-541-5466

Meet the animal kingdom in Boston’s largest park

There is not a drop in the excitement at this magnificent Zoo no matter your age. Part of Boston’s famed Emerald Necklace, this 72 acre natural setting is Boston’s largest park and home to wildlife from around the world. Three exhibit areas including the Tropical Forest, the Kalahari Kingdom and the Giraffe Savannah offer lions, zebras, giraffes, lowland gorillas, lemurs, pygmy hippos and other fine beasts. The Aussie Aviary, open seasonally, features a free-flight, interactive bird adventure. You’ll find programs and classes for families and school groups and facilities for birthday parties and corporate events. The southwestern-themed Giddy-Up Grill and Kalahari Kitchen serves great food and snacks. Franklin Park Zoo is open year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

15 Arlington Street Boston, MA, 02116 Phone: 617-536-5700

Rooftop Sunday Brunch with spectacular views of the Public Garden and Boston

Enjoy traditional breakfast preparations, contemporary New England cuisine, and Indian specialties, alongside a bounty of dessert items made in-house by our talented pastry team.
Every Sunday, April-November, with seatings from 10:30am - 2pm. Reservations suggested.

200 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA, 02115 Phone: 617-450-7000

Explore an Amazing World

This beautiful library and museum, originally built for the Christian Science Publishing Society, has become an historic landmark in Boston’s Back Bay celebrating the life of Mary Baker Eddy. Born in rustic Bow, NH in 1821, Eddy lived an extraordinary life as founder of the Christian Science movement and whose work lives on through the Christian Science Monitor and in reading rooms across the globe. You’ll find books, documents, photographs, and exhibits as well as the Mapparium, a three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 and a symbol of the global outreach of The Christian Science Monitor. A World of Ideas illustrates how ideas cross time and geography to change the world. Activities include special events, webcasts, and children’s programs.

598 Assembly Row Somerville, MA, 02145 Phone: 866-228-6439

Build a fun day at Legoland Discovery Center

This magical place offers a 4D cinema, Kingdom Quest laser ride, Merlin’s Apprentice, 10 LEGO build & play zones and much more. Discover the city of Boston in miniature in MINILAND®. Plan a one-of-a-kind school trip to support the National Curriculum. Groups of 10 or more get special pricing on tickets. Hold a LEGO themed birthday party. Learn building tips from the Master Model Builder Workshops. Relax in the cafe with its selection of healthy food options where annual pass members receive a 20% discount on all purchases. The amazing LEGO Retail Shop is packed with the latest LEGO® products plus exclusive limited edition items. Stay nearby at any one of Legoland’s hotel partners.

Quincy Chamber of Commerce - 1400 Hancock Street, Suite 1A Quincy, MA, 02169 Phone: 617-471-1700

Coastal city a must for history buffs, fun-seekers

Whether you love history, nature or just plain fun, there is plenty to see and do in Quincy. The Stone Library at Adams National Historical Park houses the Bible given to John Quincy Adams by the Amistad slaves. Tour the house there where four generations of Adamses lived. At Blue Hills Reservation, explore 125 miles of trails or go rock-climbing or skiing. See 400 flags flutter at Flags for Vets Island, honor the nation’s history at Christ Church Burial Ground, have a seaside day at one of 11 beaches, enjoy dining with a view at Marina Bay, play a round of golf at one of three courses or learn about quarrying, early railroading, shipbuilding or early grist mills in this great historic city.

65 Main Street Watertown, MA, 02472 Phone: 617-926-2562

Explore three millenia of rich culture and history

You don’t have to be Armenian to find something fascinating at this premier destination for students, families and tourists. Discover the rich culture and 3,000-year history of Armenia by exploring galleries that hold ancient artifacts and textiles, and exhibits celebrating Armenian art and artists. In its 40-year history, the museum has grown from a small collection stored in a church parish to a full-scale museum housed in a four-story building at the center of Watertown. Permanent staples include the photography of Yousuf Karsh (containing his iconic portraits of Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Mother Teresa, and  others), along with an exhibition on the history and effects of the Armenian Genocide. Click on our link above to plan your visit and learn more.

Gropius House is a Landmark of Bauhaus Style

Curbed.com, a commentator on architecture, calls Gropius House, at 68 Baker Bridge Road in Lincoln, one of the two dozen best house museums in the United States. It was designed and built by Walter Gropius, founder of the design school known as the Bauhaus, and one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He designed Gropius House while was teaching architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In Bauhaus style, the house and its landscape exemplify maximum efficiency and simplicity. This National Historic Landmark is open to the public all year, but hours vary by season.

Lyman Greenhouses Bring the Outdoors Indoors

Here’s a fast and accessible treatment for the winter blahs: a visit to the Lyman Estate Greenhouses on Lyman Street in Waltham. The complex consists of an 1804 grape house, 1820 camellia house, 1840 orchid house, and a 1930 sales greenhouse. At any time of year a visit to these picturesque greenhouses is a treat. Rare orchids covered with exotic flowers bloom throughout the year. The horticultural staff offers advice and assistance. The gift shop sells historical gardening books, brass sundials, sachets, orchid accessories, pottery, rustic twig furniture, and more. Open year-round, but days vary by season. Guided tours on first Wednesdays. 781-891-1985.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Much More Than Shopping

You know Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston as the ever-fascinating place to browse for all kinds of cool souvenirs and interesting food and even to take in some sidewalk entertainment. But the Marketplace also hosts tons of other activities: storytelling, Dominoes at Dusk, chess, Zumba, movies, body building, swing dances, salsa night, Rockout & Workout, line dancing. Dozens of ways to work out your mind and body, on a rotating schedule. Come explore!

Trio of Dance Clubs, by The Bowery Presents Boston

The Bowery Presents Boston schedules live music at three Boston-area dance clubs: The Sinclair on Church Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge; Royale on Tremont Street in Boston; and Great Scott on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston. The clubs are for the young and hearty: seating in the concert halls is non-existent or limited and the action during the shows is in the dance pit. Each club gets high marks for band choices and overall ambiance. Said a reviewer: “It’s never a bad time when you walk up an elaborate split staircase to a rock hall.” The Sinclair serves food that gets generally high grades. Samples of some bands schedule in 2017 include Mipso, Sam Outlaw, Boss Hog, Steep Leans, Adam Ezra, Soul Clap, Andy Shauf.

See Boston From the Top of the Prudential Tower

You’ve enjoyed seeing Boston up close; now try the view from a distance. The public may visit the Prudential Tower (“the Pru”) at 800 Boylston Street and ascend 52 floors to visit the Top of the Hub and the Skywalk Observatory. Open daily, but hours vary by season (check website). The fee is $11 to $16, based on age, and it includes an audio tour and entry into the Dreams of Freedom Museum, which tell the story of immigration in Boston. But call ahead because the skywalk closes for special events and bad weather.

Yo, Ho, Ho and a Beverage of Your Choice

Forget Talk like a Pirate Day. Do you want to sing like a pirate, or a sailor of any description? The USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown hosts a Chantey and Maritime Sing on the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m. These monthly gatherings, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, are family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate. Bring singers; enjoy the museum. 617-426-1812.

Thoreauly Antiques Preserves History One Artifact at a Time

The home of Minute Man National Historical Park and many New England literary giants, Concord is an uber-historic place.. Thoreauly Antiques – its name a nod to Henry David -- at 25 Walden Street is crammed with unusual antiques from early America, Europe and beyond. Only 16 dealers present their collections here, and the dealers’ names on the website testify to their willingness to stand behind their choices. (Open daily; 978-371-0100) Browse awhile and then enjoy a gracious lunch or dinner at Concord’s Colonial Inn, welcoming guests since Colonial times.

Shutterbugs Get Guidance to Great Boston Images

Here's a peach of an idea: a guided walking tour that takes amateur photographers to the primo spots for taking pictures in Boston, complete with insider tips. The experts of the PhotoWalks tours offer creative photography tips and interesting commentary about Boston and the many ways to capture it photographically. Each photo tour is designed for people of all ages and skill levels. The tours include Beacon Hill, a showplace of Old Boston and a neighborhood rich in history; Back Bay, centered around Copley Square; Freedom Trail and the North End, with many Colonial-ear sites; the Public Garden; and the Waterfront, the busiest port in America for hundreds of years. 617-851-2273.

City Wine Tours

City Wine Tours of Boston offers guests a chance to spend a day exploring the historic city on a fun guided tour of the best restaurants and wineries. Meet the Wine Ambassadors, viticulture experts who can answer all your wine questions. These tour guides lead groups through the Harvard Square, Back Bay, South End, and North End areas of Boston. Experience samplings of delicious wine and food as you learn about varieties of wine, food pairings, and other fun facts. These half-mile tours are made on foot. Phone: 855-455-8747

Join In and Get Out

Bring a group and join the latest in team building exercises, the escape room! Head to RoomEscapers in Boston  -- in one hour or less, solve mysteries, search for clues, find answers to riddles and puzzles that will lead you out the door! In this creative way to build teamwork by clever strategizing, you’ll forget the clock and get caught up in the fun! With two themes to choose from, a modern-day tech startup time machine and a voodoo-haunted pirate bar to the tune of Captain Jack Sparrow, the stories come to life with you as the detective! Recommended for ages 14 and up. Children age 6-14 should be accompanied by an adult. Phone: 857-900-9144

Meet Underwater Pacific Life in Boston

Having trouble scheduling a side trip to the Pacific Continental shelf off the coast of Washington? No problem! New England Aquarium at 1 Central Wharf in Boston has expanded its Olympic Coast exhibit to display the fascinating plant and animal life of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, an underwater national park that protects 135 miles of shoreline along Washington State. Come watch the activities of invertebrates like hermit crabs, sea stars, sea cucumbers, snails, and anemones. The Olympic Coast is also home to the giant Pacific octopus, the largest known species of octopus. Kids are tickled by some of these wacky-looking critters. 617-973-5200.