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Back in 1775, the best thing to do in Boston at night was to mount a horse and ride through town warning the public that British colonial forces were approaching to attack. Over 240 years and an earth-shattering revolution later, nighttime activities in Boston have changed considerably. Next time you have a night or two to spend in Beantown, make sure you check out our list of the best things to do and see at night in one of America’s most historic (and fun) cities!
Close to the cruise port, this National Historic Landmark once served as a marketplace for
fishermen, merchants and vendors and as a sounding board for American revolutionaries like Samuel Adams, James Otis and others to rally support for their efforts. Established in 1743, Faneuil Hall is now home to 100 shops, including locally owned boutiques and national recognized retailers, as well as a large assortment of pushcarts featuring art and other unique items. Faneuil Hall also boasts numerous restaurants and pubs to choose from in the Quincy Market Food Colonnade. If your nighttime itinerary calls for eating, drinking, and being merry, then you have arrived!
The original “frightseeing®” tour had its beginnings in Boston in 1998 when public interest in the supernatural was at an all-time high. With national recognition from The Today Show, The Sci-Fi Channel, and The Travel Channel, this excursion into Boston’s spooky past is the ultimate nighttime activity for some serious thrills and chills! Enjoy exclusive nighttime access to one of two famed cemeteries like the Granary Burying Ground, where John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams are buried, retrace the steps of the notorious Boston Strangler, and much more as costumed “Gravediggers” guide you on a spine-tingling night ride aboard the Trolley of the Doomed!
Boston’s passion for history extends to its pro sports teams which feature one of the most fervent fanbases in the country. Since 1957, the Celts, as the faithful affectionately call them, have racked up a record 17 NBA Championship titles and remain one of basketball’s most storied franchises. If you want to experience a night of hoops and hooplah, a visit to The Garden is a must to include on your nighttime activity calendar!
One of the shrines to ‘America’s Past Time,’ Fenway Park is home to the beloved Boston Red Sox. Generations, since 1912, have enjoyed a day out in the old ball field shagging foul balls and munching on peanuts and Cracker Jacks while enthusiastically rooting for a BoSox win. While you’re there, head on over to section 42, row 37, seat 21. The lone, red seat found there commemorates the longest home run ever recorded – a moonshot that measured 502 feet by Hall of Fame and all-time Red Sox great, Ted Williams!
For a great ballpark bite, Fenway covers all the bases. With the grand opening of Time Out Market in the summer of 2019, this legendary ballpark is now home to world-class eats as well. Inspired by a similar endeavor in Lisbon, Portugal, this upscale food hall is sure to please the palette of every member of your family. The 25,000-square-foot space comprises 15 food and beverage concepts from some of Boston’s top chefs and multiple bars serve craft beers and wine for the adults to enjoy. Middle-Eastern fare, classic lobster rolls, off-the-hook burgers, and even vegan delights can be found here. Take me out to the ballgame, indeed!
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The very first #TimeOutMarket is @timeoutmarketlisboa. Since opening in 2014, this celebrated space has become Portugal's most visited attraction, inviting locals and travelers from all over the world to discover the best of Lisbon – and winning several awards in the process. Now that magic formula is headed to Boston.
As bitterly cold as Boston can get in the inclimate winter months, outdoor activities are generally a no-no. But when the frost melts away, Boston comes out to play and one of the favorite things locals like to do is grab their lawn chairs and picnic baskets and head to one of the many outdoor movie screenings happening all over the city. Whether it’s the Hatch Shell, the Family Film Festival at the Prudential Center, Summer Movie Nights in the Parks, or the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Movies by Moonlight, your things to do at night in Boston list should include cinema under the stars.
At only two and a half miles in length, this demarcated trail, winding through the streets of Boston, highlights the most important places and events that lead to the War of Independence and the birth of a nation. The trail was designed so that the average visitor can follow it with little effort.
Boston is a big urban center, and like many throughout the world, nighttime activities are never in short supply. Catch the sun setting on the Charles River, cruise the waterfront, and take part in the endless possibilities in one of America’s most distinctive and inspiring cities!