In short, Greater Boston is New England's cultural hub, home to engaging offerings of world renown in all flavor of the arts. While the well-known haunts are world renowned (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra, etc.), the real value is found in variety: unexpected diversity, from funky jazz clubs to a vibrant community theater scene to the newly opened architectural masterpiece along the waterfront at the Institute for Contemporary Art. You'll find so many compelling choices that it's easy to forget the next T stop has even more to explore.
Boston's legendary Museum of Fine Arts and the newly waterfronted Institute for Contemporary Art are extraordinary, but off-the-path museums like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Harvard Art Museums are intriguing examples of why the Boston area is an art lover's paradise.
Beyond the Boston Ballet's season, featuring the often sold-out annual Nutcracker performance, dance performances can be found at smaller theatres and performance spaces around Boston and Cambridge.
The Boston area is a tour stop for national acts, and its local music scene is noted among the country's finest for folk, pop, rock and jazz. The legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra anchors a thriving classical music schedule year-round, indoors and out.
Gala performances at the Citi Performing Arts Center, the Opera House and other venues are matched by compelling offerings at a wide range of intimate spaces across Boston, Cambridge and even less-known locales like Newton and Stoneham.
Get a taste of Ivy League life in the home of Harvard and MIT. And don't forget to take in the sunset along the Charles River in Harvard Square.Find: Lodging | Attractions
The shops and restaurants around Coolidge Corner are a great place to spend an afternoon, and you'll be just a short walk from the birthplace of John F. Kennedy.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Alive with modern and historical delights, Quincy is a great place to dine by the water, and get a glimpse into the fascinating life of John Adams at the Adams National Historic Site.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Sargent's murals. Wonders of Asian art. And traveling exhibitions of some of the world's most famous works. Find it all at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and stop by the museum café for an elegant lunch. Learn more>>
Arguably our nation's finest Presidential Library, and the very best source for all things Camelot. It's a short T ride to a museum that's thoroughly educational - and inspirational. Learn more>>
Finally, a museum where you're encouraged to touch the exhibits. The Children's Museum offers fun and education for all ages. Learn more>>
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