Deals in Boston

Boston Guide

Politically progressive, ethnically diverse, and packed with boisterous pubs, Boston has evolved quite a bit since it was founded by prim Puritans.

But for all it's changed, you’ll still find evidence of the city’s rich history seemingly everywhere you look. In the Beacon Hill neighborhood, gas-lit cobblestone streets meander past trendy boutiques and organic grocery stores, and in Boston Common—one of the oldest parks in the country—you’ll find both students flinging Frisbees and costumed guides leading tours of Colonial history.

Often landmarks aren't made to stand apart from the rest of the city, but rather blend in seamlessly. Locals tend to forget they're strolling past Paul Revere’s house after picking up pastries in a North End bakery, or passing the site of the Boston Massacre on their way to work in a downtown office building. It is hard to miss the 221-foot Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, however.

Boston's position alongside the Atlantic Ocean means fresh seafood isn't hard to come by there. Throughout the city, you'll find cute clam shacks and high-end restaurants alike slinging creamy clam chowder, buttery lobster rolls, and fresh cod. In the North End—often referred to as "Little Italy—winding avenues are lined with fine Italian restaurants, cheerful gelaterias, and colorful pastry shops. Down in Chinatown, vendors hawk colorful fruits in front of Asian markets and pho noodle restaurants.

It would be ill advised to walk into Fenway Park wearing a Yankees cap. The Red Sox–Yankees rivalry is legendary, and many Bostonians are enthusiastic about showing support for their home team ("Yankees Suck" t-shirts are quite popular during baseball season). When game time rolls around, fans flock to sports bars to root for their team over pitchers of Sam Adams and baskets of chicken wings.

The metro Boston area is home to more than 50 colleges and universities, from powerhouse universities such as Harvard and MIT to small liberal arts colleges such as Emerson and Wheelock. Every year, hundreds of thousands of college students from around the world pour into the city. Their effect on local culture is most apparent during the academic year, when the Boston comes alive with student film festivals, lectures, and boisterous fraternity parties. 

The centuries-old shipping point is also home to the USS Constitution, a ship that was originally commissioned by George Washington.
 

Up to 56% Off Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl

The Bell in Hand Tavern

$40 $20

Participants don free t-shirts (1 per ticket package) and beads as they move from bar to bar, imbibing drink specials and snacks as they go

Big Apple Circus's "Luminocity" – Up to 41% Off

City Hall Plaza

$66 $39

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Circus troupe entertains with award-winning acrobats, contortionists, clowns, and humanely trained animals

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra – Up to 40% Off Mahler's Ninth

Symphony Hall

$88 $56

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Mahler's final completed symphony meditates on death with distorted waltzes and a dissonant sendup of Baroque counterpoint

50% Off Zombie Problem-Solving Game

Boston

$28 $14

Work with teammates to solve clues and find the key that opens the escape door before being grabbed by a zombie chained in the corner

Up to 50% Off Bridal-Tradeshow Admission

Multiple Locations

$14 $7

Attend one of seven 2014 bridal tradeshows featuring wedding specialists, planners, and product vendors

Up to 45% Off "Star Trek" Convention

John B. Hynes Convention Center

$20 $12

Along with appearances by stars such as Karl Urban and Kate Mulgrew, the two-day Star Trek convention includes fan panels and costume party

Up to 58% Off from Boston Civil War Tours

Boston Common Visitor Center

$12 $6

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Tour highlights locations where abolitionists spoke, demanded fugitive slaves be freed, and united to save the Union

Up to 56% Off Two- or Three-Night Stay at Rock On Rentals

Boston Bay Marina

$989 $499

Guests spend nights in luxurious houseboats, and explore the city via unlimited complimentary water-taxi rides to the heart of downtown

Walker Stalker Con 2014 – Up to 62% Off

Westin Boston Waterfront

$31.60 $16

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The stars of AMC's The Walking Dead and The Boondock Saints treat fans to panels, events, and zombie fun