To Do in Boston

Boston is a wonderful place to live and explore.

Home to over 60 colleges and universities, several major medical centers, biotech, and computer industries the Boston area has a robust economy and lively academic life. Dozens of museums, galleries, and parks provide something for everyone.  Whether you want to experience the historical side with a walk on the Freedom Trail, enjoy a picnic or run in the Boston Common, or eat a delicious dinner and cannoli in the North End, there is always something to do.  Through MGH and Harvard you will also get discounted (or free) access to many museums, lecture series  , and even the community boating program.  Of course for the sports fans you’ll be kept busy rooting for the Celtics, Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, and New England Revolution (soccer). It’s easy to sightsee in the city traveling on the MBTA.  Click on the pins below (as well as the link for To Do in New England) for more information on some of our favorite spots!

To view the descriptions at a glance, see the list below.

Here are a just a few of our favorite things to do around MGH; the location is excellent!

Charles River Community Boating

A boathouse where you can learn to sail, rent sailboat, rent kayaks, and more! Inexpensive summer memberships. Ask Tommy and Jack about their sailing experiences!


A beautiful place to sit, run, walk, or bike while looking at the water and the city . There are several running loops you can do from MGH around various bridges ranging from 2 – 6+ miles!

Liberty Hotel

A trendy hotel that was formerly the Charles Street Jail, with 3 critically-acclaimed restaurants and a indoor/outdoor patio bar that is a favorite spot for DOM “Liver Rounds” during the summer months

Harvard Gardens (“HarGar”) and the Hill

Two great pubs across the street from MGH, where you can often find doctors and nurses socializing after work. Classic gathering holes for Med/Peds get togethers, Department of Medicine “Liver Rounds,” Department of Pediatric “Phatty Liver Rounds”

Charles Street

The main street of Beacon Hill, lined with restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and ice cream shops!

Boston Common

It’s beautiful to stroll through at any time of the year. We love ice skating on Frog Pond in the winter and riding the Swan Boats with our families in the summer!

Faneuil Hall

An historical Boston marketplace that the Freedom Trail winds through. This is a classic place to take visitors as well as to walk around on your own.

TD Garden

Home of the Bruins and Celtics, as well as a venue for many concerts touring through Boston.

North End*

The Italian district with many delicious restaurants. A favorite location for visit dinners with inpatient teams.


A city unto itself full of places to explore, and a favorite place for residents to live given the ease of taking the red line to work.

Back Bay*

Home of Newbury Street and Boylston Street with all the shopping, restaurants, and bars they have to offer.

South End*

A trendy area of Boston with great restaurants and coffee shops.

Seaport District*

Home of the Harborwalk and many restaurants with wonderful ocean views.

*These areas are also great places to live in and around Boston!