Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Boston? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Boston?”
When you hear “Boston,” your mind might conjure fifth-grade textbook images of colonists heaving tea into the harbor and ol’ Ben Franklin addressing the Founding Fathers. You’re not wrong. Boston is the birthplace of the Revolution, the so-called “Cradle of Liberty.” If you’re trying to tour historical sites to uncover America’s past, Nicolas Cage style, this is the place to do it. (Side note: Have you ever seen this SNL skit? Hysterical. ) But don’t ignore the city’s more recent 200 years. That’s when Beantown developed into an intellectual and innovation hub, a culinary destination and a thriving art and music town. Here, we’ve painted a picture that’s larger than historical attractions. Here’s a guide to exploring the very best things to do in Boston right now.