Best time to visit Boston

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Best time of year to visit Boston

Massachusetts’ capital is rather busy year round, but May through October is considered to be the best time to visit Boston. Despite high prices and hordes of tourists, you can enjoy baseball games, open markets, whale watching, and seafood. A period between November and February can be cold and snowy, but that comes with moderate prices and almost desertlike streets. It's a perfect time for sledding or watching frozen waves, just don't forget to bring a warm coat! Known as the rainy season, March through early May can be rather cold but don't worry, great deals, raining poetry, and fiddleheads for dinner will warmly welcome you.

19 THINGS TO DO IN BOSTON (JULY 01 - JULY 10)

Raining Poetry

Raining Poetry

April–November • activity

Rainy weather reveals secret poetry that covers much of the city center

Island Hopping

Island Hopping

May–mid-October • activity

The islands of Boston Harbour conceal abandoned forts, ancient lighthouses, and many other surprises

SoWa Open Markets

SoWa Open Markets

May–October • event

Boston's South End Open Market takes food shopping to another level

Baseball and the Red Sox

Baseball and the Red Sox

April–October • event

Visiting Boston without seeing the Red Sox is just unforgivable

Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises

March–December • activity

Boston Harbor has all kinds of cruises on offer

4th of July Fireworks & Parade

4th of July Fireworks & Parade

July 04 • event

Enjoy the holiday in the city where the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 18, 1776

Visit America's Oldest Lighthouse

Visit America's Oldest Lighthouse

late June–early October • activity

An ancient lighthouse overlooked by the Boston city skyline—a real trip for romantics

Lobster

Lobster

mid-May–mid-November • food

During lobster season seafood is particularly succulent

Boston Harborfest

Boston Harborfest

July 01–July 04 • event

Naval ship cruising, historical reenactments, walking tours, and concerts—tonnes of fun and all for free!​

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

April–October • nature

Cruising in Boston Harbour is twice as enjoyable when your companions are dolphins, whales, and seabirds

Bocce

Bocce

April–September • activity

This ancient bowling game which comes from the Roman Empire is nowadays quite popular in Boston

Clams

Clams

June–September • food

Clams come fresh, steamed, baked, fried, breaded, and in clam chowder—one has no excuse to abstain from this divine delight

Concerts in the Courtyard

Concerts in the Courtyard

June–August • event

Summer courtyard concerts—free of charge

Charles River Kayaking

Charles River Kayaking

April–October • activity

Boston is one of those lucky cities that can be observed by boat

Beach Season

Beach Season

mid-May–mid-September • activity

If you don't mind frigid waters, you can enjoy a nice beach weekend

Boston’s Historic Trails

Boston’s Historic Trails

April–October • activity

The glorious history of freedom-loving Bostonians lives on the city's numerous heritage trails

Cycling

Cycling

April–November • activity

While the overcrowded downtown is slightly problematic for bicycles, scenic suburbian trails are perfect for the activity

Swan Boats

Swan Boats

mid-April–mid-September • activity

A short-lasting voyage does magic: passengers come back revitalised​, relaxed, and feeling great!

Singing Beach

Singing Beach

late May–early September (all year round) • activity

Shuffle the sand and listen to the magic sounds of this beach at Manchester-by-the-Sea near Boston

26 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

St Anthony Feast

St Anthony Feast

August 25, 2019 • event

This feast showcases Italian culture in America's melting pot

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

April 20–21, 2019 • event

Check out the action on the Charles River in spring and autumn when Boston hosts two famous water races

Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads

March • food

Have you ever tried eating ferns? In Boston, this green delicacy is quite a popular ingredient

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

April 15, 2019 • event

Runners from all over the world come to Boston to partake in its most famous athletic competition

Boston Pride Parade

Boston Pride Parade

June 08, 2019 • event

The most important event for LGBT community

Boston Book Festival (BBF)

Boston Book Festival (BBF)

October 13, 2018 • event

The goal of this festival is to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire with the power of words

Frozen Waves

Frozen Waves

January–February • nature

This unusual phenomenon is a great reason to visit an island of Nantucket when temperature drops

What the Fluff?

What the Fluff?

September 22, 2018 • event

The abundance of yummy, fluffy delicacies makes for a true paradise for anyone with an appetite for sweets

Boston Calling Music Festival

Boston Calling Music Festival

May 24–26, 2019 • event

Dance, laugh and enjoy a great music festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex

Oysters

Oysters

mid-October–April • food

Oysters never taste better than during harvest season

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

October • nature

A leisurely stroll in Boston's parks is a delightful autumn experience

Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms

mid-April–late May • nature

Boston is particularly charming and colourful during the spring flower blooming period

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 05, 2019 • event

Boston's large Chinese community shows off colorful traditions and delicious food

SoWa Winter Festival

SoWa Winter Festival

December 07–09, 2018 • event

The biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

March 03–08, 2019 | March 10–15, 2019 • event

Choose the place that fits your budget and your appetite

Boston Pizza Festival

Boston Pizza Festival

July 07–08, 2018 • event

Prepare yourself for a dough-filled weekend

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–December • event

Holiday illumination makes winter seem less dark and cold

Sledding​

Sledding​

December–March • activity

Boston's hilly terrain promises great winter fun

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

late November • event

The official start of the holiday season in Boston

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2019 • event

A huge celebration of everything green

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

June 08–09, 2019 • event

Charles River gets crowded with elegant dragon boats as well as live music and entertainment

Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)

Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)

April 24–May 01, 2019 • event

Watch about 100 new films and meet film-makers

Japan Festival Boston

Japan Festival Boston

April 27–28, 2019 • event

Passing on Japanese traditions have never been this fun

Boston Comedy Festival

Boston Comedy Festival

September 11–15, 2019 • event

The best multi-day comedy event in New England

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

December • event

Festive entertainment and plenty of gift ideas for the holidays

Boston Christmas Festival

Boston Christmas Festival

November 02–04, 2018 • event

A holiday tradition for superb gift shopping