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Your comprehensive guide to the best events and things to do in Boston

Halloween in Boston
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Halloween in Boston

What’s Halloween without a month of haunted houses, screamfests, and ghost tours? Get in the mood by checking out these notable destinations and scary activities in and around Boston

Hamilton

Hamilton

The musical sensation is finally here. Buy tickets now for its run at the Boston Opera House

Best Halloween events in Boston
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Best Halloween events in Boston

Time to pick out a costume and seek out some frightful fun

The 12 best day trips from Boston
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The 12 best day trips from Boston

Visit seaside cities and historic towns, all close to Boston

The 12 best Boston comedy clubs
Clubs

The 12 best Boston comedy clubs

Laugh your socks off at one of the city’s veteran comedy clubs

Where to see art in Boston

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts -whose globe-spanning collection encompasses more than 500,000 objects - continues to grow and innovate. Of particular note is the collection of American art, including Paul Revere’s Liberty Bowl and paintings by John Singleton Copley; the Egyptian collection, much of which was acquired through excavations in conjunction with Harvard University; the Japanese collection (the first in America, and one of the finest in the country); and the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist sections, including one of the largest collections of Monet's work outside Paris. An array of performances and special events attract culture hounds of all ages.

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Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art

Once crammed into a tiny building in Back Bay, the ICA is now the cultural cornerstone of the Seaport District. The dramatic, glass-walled building houses galleries, a theatre and a café. The museum prides itself on being a platform for challenging works, while changing shows explore broader themes that unite different artists' work, or focus on individual luminaries. After you've contemplated the art, retreat to the scenic outdoor harbor deck, site of numerous performances and events.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

As remarkable as its eccentric socialite founder, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a lavish reconstruction of a 15th century Venetian palace, including an exquisite interior courtyard. Conceived by Gardner and her husband to house the growing collection amassed during their extensive travels, the museum opened in 1903. Every item in the 2,500-piece collection, spanning European, Asian and Islamic art from classical times to the turn of the 20th century, is meticulously placed according to Gardner’s personal instructions. A new wing, designed by museum maestro Renzo Piano, houses gallery space for special exhibitions and other facilities.

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Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

Less than 20 miles north of Boston in Salem, the Peabody Essex Museum is home to one of the largest art collections in New England (around 1.8 million works in total). The backbone of the museum’s stock is maritime art, but there is also African, American, Asian, Native American and Oceanic art from which to choose. For a break in the appreciation, relax in the atrium’s bright café.

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North End Pizza Tour

North End Pizza Tour

Treat yourself to some of the best pizza in Boston on this walking food tour

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New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Discover thousands of marine animals at the New England Aquarium

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Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

Step back in time to discover how the Boston Tea Party shaped our nation's history

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Art Lab For Beginners

Art Lab For Beginners

Created for total beginners this class starts with basics of composition, color theory and art history

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The 9 best Boston museums
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The 9 best Boston museums

These fine institutions are well worth the price of admission

The 13 best Boston city tours
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The 13 best Boston city tours

Get to know the city via culinary walks, Fenway Park tours, market treks, and other creative Boston tours

The 7 best Boston cruises
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The 7 best Boston cruises

Enjoy the area through these informative and beautiful cruises

The best Boston trolley tours
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The best Boston trolley tours

Give your feet a break; there are plenty of alternatives for a guided tour around the city

19 fun things to do with kids in Boston
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19 fun things to do with kids in Boston

Boston’s full of G-rated pleasures, from revered museums and revamped parks to renowned attractions

Boston’s 25 best live music venues
Music

Boston’s 25 best live music venues

Rock and roll, classical, jazz, folk, and even country music play out in clubs and halls across the city

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The 15 best things to do in Virginia
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The 15 best things to do in Virginia

With valley hikes, decent beaches and a glut of fresh seafood, Virginia makes a strong case for a visit.

The 16 best things to do in Tennessee
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The 16 best things to do in Tennessee

Explore the best things to do Tennessee with our guide to everything from country music museums to distillery tours.

The 10 best things to do in Clearwater
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The 10 best things to do in Clearwater

This city has much to offer, from botanical gardens to craft beer. Here are the best things to do in Clearwater.

The 14 best things to do in Spokane
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The 14 best things to do in Spokane

Looking for things to do in Spokane? Here are the places to check out in the hometown of Bing Cosby.

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