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Popular Things to Do in Boston

Experience & Explore the Best of Boston

Boston is a great city for business or leisure travel. In fact, even if you come here for business, you cannot help but indulge in the city’s culinary, cultural, and historic offerings while you are here.

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Fifteen Beacon is centrally located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, providing easy access to everything to see and do in and around Boston.

We have provided a quick overview of some of the city’s major activities; however, if you want additional information on Boston attractions and things to do, please feel free to e-mail our Concierge.


Performing Arts

For those interested in culture and the arts, Boston offers everything from mellow jazz clubs, rock concerts, and Mozart concertos to children's puppet shows, musicals, and classic plays.

Our Concierge is happy to assist you in securing excellent tickets to the finest events in the city.

  • American Repertory Theatre

    Located in Harvard Square, the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) is one of the country's most celebrated resident theaters and the winner of numerous awards, including the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

  • Berklee College of Music

    With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow.

  • Boston Ballet

    Boston Ballet, founded in 1963 by E. Virginia Williams, was the first professional repertory ballet company in New England. The Company is now one of the major ballet companies in North America and among the top companies in the world.

  • Boston Conservatory

    The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience.

  • Boston Lyric Opera

    Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is New England's largest opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent.

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops

    Orchestra Founded in 1881, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is the largest orchestral organization in the world, encompassing the Boston Pops and the orchestra's summer home, Tanglewood.

  • Broadway Across America

    Every year Broadway Across America/BOSTON presents a spectacular season of critically-acclaimed Broadway musicals and plays at historic Boston theatres.


Museums & Attractions

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This Boston gem, modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo, showcases Mrs. Gardner's vast collection of more than 2,500 art objects and boasts a gorgeous inner courtyard with changing landscapes.

  • Museum of Fine Arts

    The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. Welcoming more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

  • Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail Foundation offers some of the most popular and acclaimed historical tours in all of New England. Walk Into History along the famous red line with 18th century costumed guides. Hear the tales of the brave Bostonians and colonialists who dared to challenge Britain and helped establish the greatest republic in the world.

  •  Boston Common & Public Garden

    The Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods. The Public Garden is breathtaking green space and the nation's first botanic garden and part of the Emerald Necklace. 1 block from XV Beacon.

  •  The State House

    The "new" State House, designed by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798, features 23-karat gold leaf dome with copper under layer installed by Paul Revere. 1 block from XV Beacon.

  • The New England Aquarium

    Interact with penguins, sharks, turtles, and other creatures of the world's waters from Boston Harbor to the Amazon River.

  • Boston Children's Museum

    The Children's Museum is unlike any other, designed specifically to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live.

  • Boston National Historical Park

    Tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong.

  • Museum of Science

    Compelling technology and science-based exhibits like "WeatherWise" and Colossal Fossil. The Theater of Electricity offers daily lightning shows and the Charles Hayden Planetarium presents celestial adventures.

  • Museum of African American History

    New England's largest African-American history museum is dedicated to the preservation, conservation and accurate interpretation of the contributions of African Americans.

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art

    In a landmark building overlooking Boston Harbor, the ICA fosters new artists working in multidisciplinary forms. Permanent collections include 21st-century sculpture, painting, video, photography and drawing.

  • USS Constitution

    Called "Old Ironsides" because cannonballs bounced off her thick, oak sides, the world's oldest commissioned warship is a 52-gun frigate that never lost a battle.

  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace

    Built and given to Boston in 1742 by local merchant Peter Faneuil, "the Cradle of Liberty" was the meeting place for the Sons of Liberty and the site of the anti-slavery rallies in the 1840's. Today, Faneuil Hall houses a museum and shops as well as numerous eateries at Quincy Market. 3 blocks from XV Beacon.

  • Wang Theatre

    Opened in 1925 as the Metropolitan Theatre and seats 3,600 people.

  • Opera House

    Once a lavish movie theatre and performance venue, the Opera House underwent a $38 million renovation in 2004 and now hosts Broadway shows and Boston Ballet's Nutcracker.

  • Symphony Hall

    Built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Admired for its lively acoustics from the time of its opening, the hall is often cited as one of the best sounding classical concert venues in the world.

  • Concord Museum

    A renowned historical collection including the 1775 Revere Lantern, American literary treasures of Thoreau and Emerson and splendid Concord antiques - all in engaging galleries with award-winning Exploring Concord film - the Concord Museum is where Concord's history begins.

  • JFK Library

    The permanent collection on the life and legacy of President Kennedy and his family is housed in architect I.M. Pei's striking waterfront memorial.


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 Shopping

  • Antiquing on nearby Charles Street, there are also many independent boutiques to enjoy
  • The outdoor kiosks of Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Upscale boutiques of Newbury Street, Copley Place, and The Shops at Prudential Center in the Back Bay
  • Harvard Square and CambridgeSide Galleria in Cambridge
  • The Kittery Outlets and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, and the high-end shops of the Natick Collection

Additionally, with no sales tax on clothing under $175 and only a 6.25% sales tax on everything else, it seems like quite the bargain hunter’s paradise.


Sports and Recreation

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  • Boston Red Sox

    Boston is the center of Red Sox Nation! The Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and again in 2007 at historic Fenway Park.

  • Charles River Canoe and Kayak

    Enjoy an outing on one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the country with views of Harvard University, MIT, Boston University and the Cambridge and Boston skyline.

  • Kendall Square Skating Rink

    Cambridge and Boston's newest winter attraction is now open in Kendall Square.

  • Newton Commonwealth Golf Course

    Newton Commonwealth Golf Course is a beautiful, exceptionally groomed, 18 hole public course located just minutes from downtown Boston - right across the street from Boston College.

  • Pinehills Golf Club

    New England's premier daily fee golf experience. Two championship golf courses by Rees Jones and Nicklaus design.

  • Suffolk Downs

    Suffolk Downs is New England's premier thoroughbred racetrack.

  • TD Banknorth Garden

    TD Banknorth Garden is home to the Boston Celtics (professional basketball), Boston Bruins (professional hockey) and the Boston Blazers (professional lacrosse).

  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    A mountain of fun, just one hour west of Boston! Only MA Home of two detachable quad chairlifts. 18 Trails from novice to expert; 5 lifts; cross country trails.


Dining

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