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For those of you who are are visiting Boston right now, or are planning to come to Boston in the near future, welcome to our great city! Below you will find information on some of the more interesting neighborhoods, cities, and towns in the Boston area, including a sampling of restaurants in each area. So grab a good map and have a great time in our city! (Note: This Boston Visitors Information page is part of our restaurant features section.)

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Cities, Towns, and Neighborhoods to Visit in the Boston Area
Other Cities, Towns, and Neighborhoods to Visit
Things to See and Do in the Boston Area
Recreation in the Boston Area

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods to Visit in the Boston Area:

photo of Beacon Hill, Boston, MA Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is one of Boston's wealthiest and most attractive neighborhoods. Narrow, tree-shaded streets are lined with old brownstones and townhouses, and the pace is slower than in other Boston neighborhoods. Charles Street is its main thoroughfare, with interesting shops and restaurants. To get to Beacon Hill, take the T to the Park or Charles station.
Featured restaurants on Beacon Hill include:
75 Chestnut, Harvard Gardens

photo of North End, Boston, MA North End
The North End of Boston is a mostly Italian neighborhood that retains its old-world charm today. Some of the best restaurants, cafes, and pastry shops in Boston can be found along the narrow, bustling streets that make up the North End. To get to the North End, take the T to Haymarket or North Station.
Featured restaurants in the North End include:
Galleria Umberto, Rabia's

photo of Back Bay, Boston, MA Back Bay
The Back Bay is an upscale section of Boston. High-end shops and restaurants intermingle with beautiful brownstones and churches. From the boutiques of Newbury Street to the bars of Boylston Street, the Back Bay is great for people-watching. Subway stops in the Back Bay include Copley and Prudential.
Several Back Bay restaurants are featured in:
Popular Boston Restaurants, Boston Cheap Eats

photo of South End, Boston, MA South End
Boston's South End is a neighborhood of charming row houses and trendy restaurants. Located just south of the Back Bay, the South End is quieter than its neighbor, but it has a cozy charm that attracts increasing numbers of visitors. To get to the South End, take the T to the Mass. Ave. or South End station.
Featured restaurants in the South End include:
Picco, Addis Red Sea

photo of Cambridge, MA Cambridge
Cambridge is across the Charles River from Boston. A city of famous learning institutions, Cambridge is also filled with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and museums, as well as scenic (and popular) parklands along the river, which bikers and runners frequent. Several subway stops are in Cambridge, including Harvard and Porter.
Featured restaurants in Cambridge include:
Greek Corner, The Similans

photo of Lexington, MA Lexington
Lexington is an attractive suburb of Boston that was the site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War. Historic houses, interesting museums, and beautiful open spaces make Lexington a popular place with tourists. Lexington is accessible by buses from the Alewife T stop.
Featured restaurants near Lexington include:
Jade Garden, Via Lago

photo of Concord, MA Concord
Concord is a beautiful old town with a lot of history. People visit Concord to see the North Bridge, Walden Pond, and the old homes that line the streets around what is one of the most attractive town centers in Massachusetts. Concord can be reached by commuter rail from Boston.
Featured restaurants near Concord include:
Chang An, New London Pizza

photo of Marblehead, MA Marblehead
Marblehead is an old seafaring town about 20 miles north of Boston. The narrow lanes, old homes, and nearby ocean make Marblehead look much like a village in England or Ireland. Marblehead can be reached by bus or commuter rail, which has a stop in Swampscott, one town to the west.
A featured restaurant in Marblehead is:

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Other Cities, Towns, and Neighborhoods to Visit

Surrounded by the city of Boston on three sides, Brookline is a diverse town with many interesting neighborhoods. The Coolidge Corner section of Brookline is a particularly interesting area, with a huge number of interesting shops and restaurants.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston, Charlestown is a charming place complete with narrow, winding streets that lead up to the Bunker Hill Monument, which is one of the most popular spots on the Freedom Trail.

Gloucester is an important fishing town on Cape Ann, a scenic area that many Bostonians go for day trips. In addition to its historic sites, art galleries, and seafood shacks, Gloucester is also known for its beautiful beaches and rocky coastal areas.

Jamaica Plain
One of the funkiest, most quirky parts of Boston, Jamaica Plain has some great restaurants and pubs, and is the home of the Arnold Arboretum, one of the crowning jewels of Boston's extensive park system.

Plymouth is where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620. Today, Plymouth, which is less than an hour south of Boston and just north of Cape Cod, is a tourist town with shops, restaurants, historic homes, and museums.

Rockport is an artist colony at the tip of Cape Ann, which is about an hour north of Boston. Located next to historic Gloucester, Rockport is filled with boutiques, art galleries, inns, and seafood restaurants.

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Things to See and Do in the Boston Area

Boston Children's Museum, Boston
Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, Boston (Fens)
JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Dorchester
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Fens)
Museum of Science, Boston
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Cambridge

Interesting Bookstores
Brookline Booksmith, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
The Coop, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
New England Mobile Book Fair, Needham
Porter Square Books, Cambridge (Porter Square)

Independent Movie Theaters
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge (Harvard Square)
Capitol Theater, Arlington
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
Somerville Theatre, Somerville (Davis Square)
West Newton Cinema, West Newton

Restaurants That Should Not Be Missed
Barker Tavern, Scituate (American)
King Fung Garden, Boston (Chinese)
New Bridge Cafe, Chelsea (steak tips)
O'Sullivan's, Somerville (hamburgers)
Santarpio's, East Boston (pizza)
Village Restaurant, Essex (seafood)

Misc. Points of Interest
Freedom Trail, Boston
Minuteman National Historic Park (Lexington, Lincoln, Concord)
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge
New England Aquarium, Boston (Waterfront)
Trinity Church, Boston (Back Bay)

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Recreation in the Boston Area

Blue Hills, Canton, Milton, and Quincy
Breakheart Reservation, Saugus
Great Meadows, Arlington and Lexington
Lynn Woods, Lynn
Middlesex Fells, Winchester and Medford
Walden Pond, Concord

Biking, Jogging, Rollerblading
Charles River Reservation, Cambridge and Boston
Minuteman Bikeway, Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford
Nantasket Beach, Hull
Neponset River Greenway, Dorchester, Mattapan, Milton
Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

Castle Island, South Boston
Houghton's Pond, Milton
Larz Anderson Park, Brookline
Sandy Beach, Winchester
Walden Pond, Concord

Scenic Areas
Blue Hills, Canton, Milton, and Quincy
Castle Island, South Boston
Charles River Reservation, Cambridge and Boston
Fort Sewall, Marblehead
Piers Park, East Boston
Walden Pond, Concord
World's End, Hingham

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