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The best ways to celebrate Gay Pride in Boston

The best ways to celebrate Gay Pride in Boston

With the Boston Pride organization now dissolved, there may be not be any plans for an official Gay Pride parade around town this year⁠—but that’s not going to stop us from celebrating. We’ve scoured the city and found the best Pride events that’ll have everyone hitting the streets to support our local LGBTQ+ community and promote queer visibility throughout the month of June. Find dog-friendly happy hours, fun runs, dance parties and other celebrations of Pride from the South End to Dorchester⁠—and everywhere in between.. Of course, after you’ve hit one of these exciting events, don’t miss out on the afterparties at the best gay bars in Boston or check out the best drag shows. 

The 16 best waterfront restaurants in Boston

The 16 best waterfront restaurants in Boston

Name a city with better seafood and waterfront views, we’ll wait. Fortunately, you can’t, and there’s plenty of waterfront restaurants in Boston to get your fix of sun, sea and fresh salty air. Everyone knows food tastes better outside (as demonstrated by our best restaurants with outdoor seating), and a view of the harbor just elevates that experience. Below, find Boston’s best places to enjoy sparkling water views⁠—including our city's best seafood spots and finest oyster bars—all spring, summer and fall (with a little luck). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best restaurants for outdoor dining in Boston

The best restaurants for outdoor dining in Boston

When New England’s weather warms, everyone in The Hub heads outside to dine because it’s basically a known fact that food tastes better when eaten on a patio Dining al fresco in the city is about to start picking up for the season, and we’ve found the best Boston restaurants with outdoor seating, great food and good vibes. From waterfront restaurants to rooftop spots to patio bars, we’ve got your sun-drenched socializing covered. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best food and drink in Boston

The best lobster rolls in Boston

The best lobster rolls in Boston

Nothing says summer in New England like sweet chunks of lobster meat dressed with either butter or mayo, and tucked into a griddled roll. Ideally, this sandwich is served with a cold drink, a side of fries and some waterfront views. We scoured the city in search of the best lobster roll in Boston and we came up with a lengthy list of crustacean contenders. Need even more seafood in your life? Ditch the bun and grab one of the best lobster dishes around—and don’t miss our guide to the best seafood spots and best oyster bars in town. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The absolute best spots for outdoor brunch in Boston

The absolute best spots for outdoor brunch in Boston

When the weather here finally turns warm, all of Boston seems to head outside so they can make the most of every moment in the sun. One of our favorite things to do in the city is dine and drink al fresco—and having brunch outdoors is arguably the best way to truly savor those spring and summer days. Below, find the best places for outdoor brunch in Boston, where you can enjoy those Bloody Marys and Eggs Benedict with a side of fresh air. Or, if you’d prefer to stick inside, try our picks for the best brunch in Boston and best breakfast in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best clam chowder in Boston

The best clam chowder in Boston

We’d be hard pressed to name a city in the US that has more clam chowder options than Boston, and everyone has their favorite—just ask any local! From traditional-style chowders at casual pubs to elevated takes at fine seafood restaurants to modern twists at chic spots, there’s a bowl for everyone. For additional seafood options, visit the best seafood restaurants in Boston or the best oysters bars in Boston, or be sure to grab one of the best lobster rolls in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best ramen restaurants in Boston

The best ramen restaurants in Boston

When the temperatures drop, and you’ve had your fill of chowder, there’s nothing like a steaming bowl of ramen to warm the body and soul. Boston’s best ramen can be found in hip spots near Fenway and tiny tuckaways near South Station. If you’re seeking the best noods, we've got you covered with the finest slurp shops in town. For other Asian specialties, check out Boston's best sushi, Boston's best Japanese restaurants, or the best Chinese restaurants in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The 10 best fitness studios for working out in Boston

The 10 best fitness studios for working out in Boston

Finding a great workout in Boston can be as overwhelming as finding a new restaurant because we’re certainly spoiled with choices. Whether you’re looking to diversify your workout regime or to find a new way to sweat, we have you covered. We’ve gathered our favorite fitness studios and classes in this active metropolis, so read on for some sweat-spiration. Note: Most classes require a reservation, so we don’t recommend just showing up (although, you can always hit up one of the best gyms in Boston, if you're on your own schedule). Refuel with some food at the best vegan restaurants or the best healthy restaurants in Boston afterwards to feel the full effect of your fitness. 

The best day trips from Boston

The best day trips from Boston

City living can be intense, and a lot of us need to get out of town every now and then by taking some day trips from Boston. Luckily, one of the best things about living around here is taking advantage of the world of New England getaways at your fingertips. Hop in your car or get on the train, bus or ferry, and you can easily explore the many wonders of our region. The Hub’s main arteries (I-90, I-93 and I-95) give direct, easy access to Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Western Mass and even Vermont. And that means we have lots of enticing day trips to choose from at any time of the year. Once you’ve recharged and returned to the city, keep the fun going by checking out the best Boston attractions, best free things to do in Boston and best museums in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The most romantic bars in Boston

The most romantic bars in Boston

There’s no better way to get a conversation flowing—whether on a first date or after 20-plus years together—than cozying up with a creative cocktail or perfectly poured drink in great light to start or end the evening. The most romantic bars in Boston range from luxe spots at the best restaurants and sophisticated wine bars and discreet hideaways. After a few drinks, if you’re still feeling the romance, head to one of the most romantic restaurants in Boston. And if you’re looking for a more affordable night out with your significant other, also check out the best cheap date ideas around the city. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Boston

The best free things to do in Boston

The best free things to do in Boston

Boston is without a doubt an expensive city, but if you’re on a budget (or just love a bargain), you can still manage to find plenty of fantastic free things to do. With deep local history, charming architecture, world-class museums and peaceful green space, Boston boasts a number of wallet-friendly offerings. After having some fun for free, you can take those savings and use them towards a meal at one of the best restaurants in Boston—or continue to keep it frugal with the best cheap eats around town or the best cheap things to do in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best winter day trips from Boston

The best winter day trips from Boston

In New England, we take winter fun seriously—it’s how we thrive during this notoriously gloomy, cold season. If you’re looking to get out of the city for the day—whether it’s to embrace the chilly weather with an outside adventure or simply cozy up indoors to admire the snow from afar—there are plenty of places worth a visit. Explore all that New England has to offer, including quaint, historic towns and shoreline stops, as well as gaming destinations and, of course, buzzing hubs for outdoor activities situated in the beautiful mountains. Rather stay closer to home? Check out some of the best attractions, best free things to do or best museums in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to thebest things to do in Boston

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Row House

Row House

Located in Lovejoy Wharf, Row House features instructors who will take you through a full-body, 30- or 45-minute rowing workout that will leave you bursting with serotonin—and also a little exhausted. You’ll build endurance and strength in this group workout that’s low impact (your knees will thank you). First class is $10.

The Boston Bouldering Project

The Boston Bouldering Project

4 out of 5 stars

Climbing is one of the best full body workouts, and while bouldering outside in the city proper is a tall order, you can check into Bouldering Project (formerly Brooklyn Boulders) in Somerville for a climb. The studio currently offers climbing classes, yoga and other fitness classes. Try it out with a 30-day trial pass for $79.

Boston Body Pilates

Boston Body Pilates

With Boston locations in the North End and on Newbury Street, as well as in Brookline, Natick, Belmont and beyond, Boston Body Pilates caters to locals around the city and ’burbs alike. The studios offer small group classes and one-on-one instruction, with results that will leave you feeling stronger and leaner.

Barre Groove

Barre Groove

This award-winning fitness studio in Downtown Boston specializes in trampoline (bounce), barre and dance classes that are challenging, but also so much fun. Our favorite class is not in the studio—it’s at Bijou nightclub every Thursday and features a DJ, club lighting and multiple instructors. Grab your gang and check it out. Classes are $12 for first-timers. 

Title Boxing Club

Title Boxing Club

Sign up for a boxing workout at Title Boxing, and you’ll get an intense upper body and cardio workout in one. These addictive workouts (you can start with 30 minutes and work up to 75) throttle up the intensity of the world's oldest sport. Title also offers kickboxing, if you want to really move those feet.

MyStryde

MyStryde

If you think treadmill workouts are boring, this studio will change your mind. People hoping for some training to help them run faster and longer can try a straight Stryde class, which will have you running with a group to high energy music. You can also combine it with strength training or boot camp for a total body workout.

TRILLFIT

TRILLFIT

More than just a workout, TRILLFIT is on a mission to decolonize the wellness industry and promote radical self-love. Hit the studio in Roxbury for a super positive hip-hop dance workout that combines HIIT, core work, pilates and body weight exercises. You can join in person for $140 a month, or try an at home digital membership for $40.

B/Spoke

B/Spoke

The popularity of indoor cycling has yet to wane, and B/Spoke offers one of the most engaging rides with locations in Boston, Wellesley and The Cape. The studio's signature R/DE is a full-body workout consisting of intense cardio, towel arms and core work set to pumped-up playlists and packed into a 45-minute session.

Boston Ballet School

Boston Ballet School

Ever dream of performing Swan Lake on stage, but things just didn’t work out for you in ballet class when you were a kid? Relive that excitement in a beginner dance class from the renowned Boston Ballet in Boston or Newton, while strengthening your core and gaining flexibility. In person classes start at $25.

Sichuan Garden

Sichuan Garden

Tucked away in Brookline Village, in a sophisticated, airy room, is some of the best Sichuan cuisine in the Boston area, like Dan Dan noodles that will make your tongue tingle and braised beef with napa cabbage. However, what truly elevates this spot is Blossom Bar, the in-house cocktail bar that leans heavily into rum-based, tiki-style drinks, which delightfully complement the Sichuan food.

WynnBET Sports Bar

WynnBET Sports Bar

When you hit the new(ish) Encore Boston Harbor, head to the casino floor and visit the new WynnBET Sports Bar. Games and sports of all kinds are displayed on more than 60 televisions, including a 10-foot high and 123-foot-long video wall, and there’s ample sports memorabilia on show. You’ll also find a full-service bar and bites from Frank & Nicks—casual Italian snacks from two of the North End’s most famous restaurateurs, Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano—as well as Shake Shack.

Bess's Cafe

Bess's Cafe

Specializing in Jiang Nan style noodles and small bites, this homey, family-owned spot in Brookline has a short menu with a lot of flavor. Try the signature steamed chicken dumplings swimming in spicy Sichuan sauce, delightful dan dan noodles, scallion pancakes and out-of-this-world wonton soup.