If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site
duck boats and a bridge in a park
ReservationsMenu
Find Your Boston
X

Ames Boston Hotel Wanderguide

Your top-rated places to explore in Boston, MA

North End Boston

North End Boston

Distance: 0.4 mi


Over 50 percent of Boston’s Italian immigrants ended up in the North End, which makes it a modern-day hub for Italian food, feasts, and festivals.No Credit/Shutterstock.com

North End Boston

North End Boston

Distance: 0.4 mi


Over 50 percent of Boston’s Italian immigrants ended up in the North End, which makes it a modern-day hub for Italian food, feasts, and festivals.No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Harbor Islands and Whale Watch

Boston Harbor Islands And Whalewatch

Distance: 0.3 mi


Boston Harbor Cruises take visitors out on the water to get up close and personal with migrating whales or out to the harbor’s many islands for camping and relaxing on the beaches. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Harbor Islands and Whale Watch

Boston Harbor Islands And Whalewatch

Distance: 0.3 mi


Boston Harbor Cruises take visitors out on the water to get up close and personal with migrating whales or out to the harbor’s many islands for camping and relaxing on the beaches. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden

Distance: 0.7 mi


The first public botanical garden in the United States, these gardens have a Victorian touch – from the globe lights to the decorative bridges – that offers an extra level of style to the flower-lined walkways. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden

Distance: 0.7 mi


The first public botanical garden in the United States, these gardens have a Victorian touch – from the globe lights to the decorative bridges – that offers an extra level of style to the flower-lined walkways. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum

Distance: 1 mi


The USS Constitution first set sail in 1797 and has been active every year since. Explore the oldest ship in the US Military’s arsenal and see the cannons, rigging, and antique navigation equipment for yourself. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum

Distance: 1 mi


The USS Constitution first set sail in 1797 and has been active every year since. Explore the oldest ship in the US Military’s arsenal and see the cannons, rigging, and antique navigation equipment for yourself. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

The Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House

Distance: 0.4 mi


Located in the historic home of the man himself, this museum catalogues the life of Paul Revere as well as his famous midnight ride. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

The Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House

Distance: 0.4 mi


Located in the historic home of the man himself, this museum catalogues the life of Paul Revere as well as his famous midnight ride. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Common

Boston Common

Distance: 0.5 mi


Created in 1634 (149 years before the founding of the United States), Boston Common is the oldest city park in the country. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Common

Boston Common

Distance: 0.5 mi


Created in 1634 (149 years before the founding of the United States), Boston Common is the oldest city park in the country. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum

Distance: 0.6 mi


One of the museum’s most popular exhibits allows guests to storm aboard one of two ships and throw tea overboard as they did on that fateful night in 1773. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum

Distance: 0.6 mi


One of the museum’s most popular exhibits allows guests to storm aboard one of two ships and throw tea overboard as they did on that fateful night in 1773. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Market Place

Distance: 0.2 mi


Built in 1742, this marketplace is now home to a mixture of local boutiques, pushcarts, and big-name retailers like Ann Taylor and Coach. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Market Place

Distance: 0.2 mi


Built in 1742, this marketplace is now home to a mixture of local boutiques, pushcarts, and big-name retailers like Ann Taylor and Coach. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

TD Garden

TD Graden

Distance: 0.5 mi


As well as being the home of the Boston Celtics, the Garden hosts concerts from top performers like Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, and Elton John. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

TD Garden

TD Graden

Distance: 0.5 mi


As well as being the home of the Boston Celtics, the Garden hosts concerts from top performers like Panic! At the Disco, Ariana Grande, and Elton John. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old Town Trolley Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours

Distance: 0.4 mi


The best way to see everything Boston has to offer? With unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges and 18 stops at some of the city’s favorite destinations. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old Town Trolley Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours

Distance: 0.4 mi


The best way to see everything Boston has to offer? With unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges and 18 stops at some of the city’s favorite destinations. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old North Church

Old North Church

Distance: 0.5 mi


The launch point of Paul Revere’s ride, this church is the oldest still standing in Boston. You can take 30-minute guided tour up into the bell tower and down into the crypts or explore the main church area in a self-guided tour. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old North Church

Old North Church

Distance: 0.5 mi


The launch point of Paul Revere’s ride, this church is the oldest still standing in Boston. You can take 30-minute guided tour up into the bell tower and down into the crypts or explore the main church area in a self-guided tour. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old State House

Old State House

Distance: 0.07 mi


Every Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of this relic of the Revolution, which was originally built in 1713, making it 70 years older than the United States! No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old State House

Old State House

Distance: 0.07 mi


Every Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of this relic of the Revolution, which was originally built in 1713, making it 70 years older than the United States! No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

Distance: 0.4 mi


Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary-era sites, from the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

Distance: 0.4 mi


Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary-era sites, from the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Distance: 0.4 mi


Along with traditional aquatic exhibits, the New England Aquarium boasts the Simons IMAX Theatre and whale watch tours from April through November. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Distance: 0.4 mi


Along with traditional aquatic exhibits, the New England Aquarium boasts the Simons IMAX Theatre and whale watch tours from April through November. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

Distance: 0.1 mi


This landmark was the planning site for the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and now acts as a museum with exhibits that follow Boston’s history. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

Distance: 0.1 mi


This landmark was the planning site for the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and now acts as a museum with exhibits that follow Boston’s history. No Credit/Shutterstock.com

Ames Boston Hotel Wanderguide

Your top-rated places to explore in Boston, MA

Full Screen
Exit Full Screen

Wanderlust

Like a Local

Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.

Castle Island

Often missed by tourists and locals alike, Castle Island in South Boston is a great place to stroll along Boston Harbor. The site of an old armory, it is a 22-acre “land-bound” island (meaning it was connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land in 1928) home to a paved walkway and a shoreline string of parks and beaches. Bring a picnic, or hit the snack bar that serves burgers, fries, clam strips, and ice cream. 

Bunker Hill Monument

Boston is a city filled with landmarks, but one of the less touristy spots is this 221-foot-tall granite obelisk in Charlestown that marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. While you can hoof the 294 steps to the top to see the unparalleled view of the city, locals prefer to sprawl out on the lush green lawn to soak up the sun with a picnic or dive into a book.

Bogie’s Place

Roped off behind the bar of JM Curley in Downtown Crossing, this secluded, darkly lit 20-seat chophouse is marked only by a small gold placard that reads “Bogies” and the art deco signage that proclaims “Adults only. Please no cell phone use.” Inside, expect decadent cuts of steak, caviar service, and à la carte build-your-own martini menu. 

Marliave 

One of Boston’s oldest restaurants, having opened in 1885, this local gem on a dead-end street in Downtown Crossing features a comfort food menu that takes cues from French, Italian, and straight-up New England. Locals swear its “Sunday Gravy” is the best pasta dish you’ll get in all of Boston.

The Weekender

How to spend 36 hours in Boston with Ames Boston Hotel as your base camp.

Friday

6 p.m. | Twirl around the Ice

If you want to feel like you're bringing a Currier & Ives print to life, head to the seasonal ice rink at Frog Pond on Boston Common, rent some ice skates, and twirl around the ice skating rink.  A "life is good!" feeling will sweep over you. To try out Boston's newest skating venue, visit the huge ice skating path at City Hall Plaza.  The whole area transforms into a winter paradise, complete with places to eat and drink, and even a European-style Holiday Market where vendors and artisans offer specialty products.

 

10 a.m. | Dinner at Beacon Hill Cheers

Originally founded as the Bull & Finch pub in 1969, this late-night restaurant has now adopted the name for the show it inspired back in the 1980s: Cheers. While the show itself wasn’t filmed here, the producers modeled its Hollywood version off it and showcased the iconic facade in the opening credits. Naturally, the menu pays tribute to the characters with names like Carla’s Meatballs & Linguini and the Norm Burger. 

Saturday

10 a.m. | Walk the Freedom Trail

Starting at Boston Common, the two-and-a-half-mile self-guided Freedom Trail wends its way through 16 Revolutionary Era sites, from the Boston Massacre in front of the Old State House to the Paul Revere House in the North End. The walk can take all day if you plan to stop and tour every site, so we suggest first perusing the full map and keeping your stroll focused to just your favorites.

1 p.m. | Lunch at the Butcher Shop

Inspired by the chef’s travels throughout France and Italy, this tribute to European boucheries in the South End is both a neighborhood wine bar and full-service butcher shop. Enjoy a glass of wine along with handmade charcuterie, antipasti, and bistro-inspired dishes.

3 p.m. | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

If you’re wearing Red Sox memorabilia, you receive discounted admission to this Fenway-Kenmore museum that houses philanthropist Isabella Gardner’s eccentric art collection. As you peruse the collection, note the handful of empty frames. It’s not a mistake but a sad reminder of the US’s biggest art heist that whisked away 13 masterpieces more than 25 years ago, including a Rembrandt, a Vermeer, and a Manet. 

8 p.m. | Dinner at Lucky’s Lounge

Descending the stairs into this Frank Sinatra–themed bar is like stepping through a portal into a swinging hipster lounge straight out of the ’50s. Every Saturday night, from 7 to 10 p.m., a tribute jazz band covers the best of Old Blue Eyes.

Sunday

10 a.m. | Brunch at Boston Chops

You might not think of a steak house when you think of brunch, but this South End restaurant will make you think twice. Expect steak house staples with a twist, like shank and grilled tongue hash, beef tournedo and eggs, and huevos rancheros with machaca beef cheeks.  

12 p.m. | Visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

This venerable Boston institution is the fourth largest museum in the United States, containing more than 450,000 works of art, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary. On display through June 2017, you can see more than 50 works by Robert McCloskey, the beloved author and children’s book illustrator who penned the Boston-based Make Way for Ducklings.

Flavor of…

The best food artisans, farms, and local markets.

Photo Courtesy of Formaggio Kitchen

Formaggio Kitchen

This South End gourmet food shop specializes in small-production artisan cheeses, charcuterie, handmade sweets, hard-to-find spices, and more. It also features culinary programs, from introductory cheese tastings to demonstrations with local chefs highlighting Formaggio products.

Photo Courtesy of SoWa Open Market

SoWa Open Market

Come spring and summer, this behemoth of a farmers’ market pops up in the South End. Essentially, several markets – a farmers’ market, an arts market, a vintage market, and a food truck market – are all rolled into one in this Sunday event that draws thousands of visitors from across New England. To step things up in 2016, SoWa even premiered Boston’s only weekly beer and wine garden.

Photo Courtesy of Bricco Salumeria & Pasta Shoppe 

Bricco Salumeria & Pasta Shoppe 

This little taste of genuine Italy is tucked away between a narrow alley in the North End. In addition to being a grocer of homemade pastas, breads, and imported goods, like mozzarella and other cured meats, it’s probably best known for its made-to-order sandwiches the size of your forearm. Try the panino – prosciutto and freshly made mozzarella with tons of olive oil on thick crusty bread. 

Photo Courtesy of Ice Haus Patissier

Ice Haus Patissier

This South Natick business is owned by a Cambridge School of Culinary Arts grad, who creates from-scratch flavors of gelato and sorbet with milk and cream from local dairies and fruit and nuts sourced locally when possible. While you can find the frozen treats in restaurants, like Strega Waterfront, be on the lookout for a frozen dessert truck one day.

Photo Courtesy of Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Copley Square Farmers’ Market

Open May through November on Tuesdays and Fridays, Boston’s biggest and busiest farmers’ market is in the heart of Back Bay’s commercial and cultural hub. More than two dozen Massachusetts farmers offer a vibrant selection of local and delicious products, selling fresh-baked bread, cheese, pasta, hummus, fresh-caught fish, and more. 

The Adventurist

When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do. 

Roll Around Boston | Boston Segway Tours

One- and two-hour tours start at the State Street location, then wend through the center of the city, passing landmarks, like the Financial District, the Harborside, and R.F. Kennedy Greenway.

Paddle the Charles | Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, and take on the nine-mile stretch of the Charles, which virtually has no current, allowing for painless round-trips. Home to the world’s largest rowing regatta, Head of the Charles, the river winds past scores of parkland, local colleges, like Harvard and MIT, and the Esplanade. 

Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Boulders

Indoor Rock Climbing | Brooklyn Boulders

The 40,000-square-foot facility feels like a community center mated with a rock climbing gym. In addition to 28,000 square feet of climbing space, the space is adorned in local art and murals and features lounges and space for community events.

Top
Menu