Skyline of Downtown Boston, MA.

Essentials

in Boston

Boston may have a conservative reputation, but it’s still a place of old-world charm and depth rarely found in American cities. It has world-class restaurants, shopping and people who love their city. You’ll love it too, if you let Hyatt guide the way.

Events in Boston

L Street Brownies Swim

January

Boston Harbor

Boston, MA

Every year on New Years' Day since 1904, the L Street Brownies take a swim in Boston Harbor. The strange thing is, no one really knows why.

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March

Boston, MA

You won't need a "Kiss me, I'm Irish" button at the St. Patrick's Day parade. It's in the most Irish neighborhood in the nation's most Irish city—there's just too much competition.

The Boston Marathon

April

Boston, MA

Held since 1887, the Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world and one of the most prestigious.

Boston Harborfest

June/July

1 City Hall Square

Boston, MA

In the town that gave birth to the American Revolution, a six-day festival with about 200 events seems like an appropriate way to celebrate.

Head of the Charles Regatta

October

619 Memorial Drive

Cambridge, MA 02139

+1 617 868 6200

The theme song for this Boston event is "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," as more than 300,000 people gather to watch nearly 8,000 athletes compete in 55 rowing events in two days.

Re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party

December

310 Washington Street

Boston, MA

Costumed actors from the Old South Meeting House re-enact that fateful day when Bostonians rebelled against the tea tax. 

Essentials

Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. With about 600,000 people crammed into an 89 square-mile area, it is also one of the most densely populated cities in the country. The density makes traffic a bit of a hassle, which makes walking the preferred option for getting around the city. Just remember: always look both ways before crossing the street.

With a plethora of institutions of higher learning in Boston—Harvard anyone?—the city is known as a bastion of intellectualism. Despite its stodgy reputation, Boston doesn’t mind being progressive in its politics. Still, Bostonians can be as blue collar as anyone else because the city loves hard work, as evidenced by the Big Dig, a highway tunnel project that took 16 years to complete. Getting around the city is easy to do, partly because Boston isn't an overwhelmingly large city and partly because the city has a good public transportation system. There are three rail centers in the city, if you want to see Boston by train.

Regardless of the time of day or what you’re doing, Boston can be a fast-paced city, and its denizens expect you to keep up. If you expect to see all the attractions that Boston has to offer, you will need to keep a quick pace. With all the restaurants, shopping, events and, above all, history, there’s always something to do. So, put on your three-cornered hat and follow Hyatt, as we light the way through Boston's historic streets. 

Resources

Metromix-Boston
Your guide to Boston nightlife.

Boston Magazine
This magazine has everything you need for your trip to Boston: restaurant reviews, the latest information on the trendiest shopping and news about the city.

Citysearch Boston
See what the locals are saying about the coolest places to go in Boston.

Weather
Boston is known for a lot of things, weather is not one of them.

Boston.com
The focus is more on news, but this city guide also provides the information you need for the things you want to do in Boston.

BostonUSA.com
Run by the Greater Boston Convention bureau, offers a great search engine to help you plan your trip well ahead of time.

Getting Around Boston

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
Being one of the top 20 busiest airports in the United States, Logan makes great use of its six runways.

MBTA-Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
For maps, schedules and any other public transportation needs, MBTA can get you there.

Taxis
Getting into a cab will cost you $2.60 and $.40 for each additional 1/7 of a mile. If you’re going to Logan International, there’s a $2.75 toll in addition to the regular rate. On the way from Logan, expect an additional fee of $7.50 for tolls and Airport tax.

TF Green International Airport (PVD)
Located 50 miles South of Boston, provides an alternative airport.

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