Things to do in Boston

Unwind at the Rooftop Terrace in Boston Back Bay

When you stay with us at the Residence Inn, you don’t have to go very far to unwind and enjoy a refreshing drink. You just have to head up to our Rooftop Terrace in Boston Back Bay! Our indoor/outdoor Fenway rooftop terrace gives you space to completely relax while taking in the incredible views of Boston and Fenway Park. And if the weather’s a little unfavorable, you can head inside and continue having a great time.

Looking for Rooftop Bars in Boston? Look No Further

View of Citgo SignOurs is one of the rooftop bars in Boston that offers a full-service bar for our hotel guests. The bar opens every day at 5 PM, and you can choose from a wide range of local cocktails, wines, and refreshing beers. Our specialty cocktails, such as the Fenway Mule and Boston Tea Party, are firm favorites with our guests. The bar has several televisions and comfortable seating.

The terrace is also available for private parties, and you can rent either part, half, or the entire patio. So if you’d love to have a get-together on roof decks in Boston, grab a group of friends and head to Residence Inn. Our bar serves champagne for those special occasions or just because you feel like a treat!

After a delightful time on the terrace, retire to your spacious guest room with apartment-style amenities at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay/Fenway or head out to check out the sights and sounds of Boston.

We look forward to hosting you at our Inn.

The Dragon Boat Festival in Boston Takes Place in June

The 37th Annual Dragon Boat Festival in Boston will take place on June 11 and 12, 2016. This is one of those festivals in Boston you won’t want to miss. The race speeding trials will take place on the Charles River on Saturday while the festival, races, and finals will be held on Sunday.

What Is the Dragon Boat Race in Boston All About?

Dragon Boat FestivalThe Dragon Boat race in Boston sees racers aboard Hong Kong style, fiberglass dragon boats. Teams are allowed to wear their own matching floatation devices and the boat, paddles and drums will be provided. The length of the course is about 500 meters, and the course flows from the Western Avenue Bridge through to the Weeks footbridge.

The festival has a packed schedule of fun events and entertainment. On Sunday, festival-goers can look forward to the Dragon Boat finals, delicious Asian foods, cultural performances and loads of arts and crafts. Don’t miss festival favorites like the eye-dotting ceremony, Chinese drumming, the traditional Dragon Dance and much more.

Book Your Accommodations Soon

If you are headed to Boston for the race, book your stay with us at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway. Better yet, book an extended stay with us and stick around to check out the sights and sounds of Boston. Our hotel is just a few steps from some of the top attractions in the city and major transportation. Our suites offer fully equipped kitchens, gorgeous views of Fenway Park and a range of apartment-type amenities. We also offer one or two bedroom suites and studios. Guests will receive a daily hot buffet breakfast and complimentary internet access.

We look forward to welcoming you to Boston.

We Can’t Wait to Celebrate Memorial Day in Boston with You

Why not do something different this year and come and spend Memorial Day in Boston? We’ve got the scoop on some of the top events.

Garden of Flags in Boston

The Garden of Flags in Boston is a signature community event. Volunteers in the hundreds create a spectacular garden of flags to commemorate Memorial Day right on Boston Common. The area at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument is covered in flags; each one represents the life of a Massachusetts veteran who died in service to our country, from present day all the way back to Paul Revere’s ride.

Remember and Honoring Our Heroes Ceremony

Memorial DayThis Memorial Day ceremony in Boston will be on May 26, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony includes families of those who died during service who read out their loved one’s names in front of the Boston Common flag display.

Honor, Courage, Commitment

To honor our veterans, head to the USS Constitution Museum during Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – 30, 2016. Learn about the severe conditions service men and women endured while they fought in the War of 1812. Join a tour of the USS Constitution with a real Navy sailor. For the entire weekend, admission is free for active, retired and reserved military personnel.

Don’t Forget to Book Your Stay

If you’re planning a Memorial Day getaway, take advantage of the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay -Fenway’s hotel discounts in Boston. Our Salute to the Heroes package has been designed in appreciation of our service men and women. Whether you are active duty, retired or a reservist in the armed forces, law enforcement or firefighters, you can enjoy a 50% discount off our best available rates.*

Come and celebrate our country’s heroes while enjoying comfortable accommodations and a great getaway to Boston.

*Terms and conditions may apply. Please visit us online for details.

The Boston Calling Music Festival Is around the Corner

Can you believe how quickly summer has come around? The Boston Calling Music Festival has already announced its lineup for this year’s Memorial Day Weekend in Boston, May 27 – 29, 2016. Once again, the festival promises a stacked assortment of artists taking to the stage at City Hall Plaza.

This year will also mark the debut of a somewhat intimate third stage for comedy and various other performances. The expanded beverage program is set to feature a brand new wine pavilion with selections from Wicked Wines and Wine Riot.  There will also be an incredible selection of craft beer and ciders, and they will feature a custom beer only available at Boston Calling. 

Music Festivals in Boston Don’t Get Better Than This

Music FestivalAs music festivals in Boston go, this is one of the most anticipated summer events. Tickets have been on sale since January.

Headliners this year include electronic duo Disclosure, Australian pop solo singer Sia, Swedish pop star Robyn and many other talented artists, like sister trio Haim, Australian singer/guitarist Courtney Barnett and R&B singer Janelle Monáe.

Looking for a Place to Stay?

Don’t be stuck without accommodations for the festival. Book your stay with us at Residence Inn Boston Back Bay-Fenway. We are an extended-stay hotel that is ideal for bringing the whole family and enjoying Boston’s offerings. All our kitchen suites offer apartment-style amenities.

Guests can look forward to a daily hot breakfast buffet, high-speed wireless internet and a variety of amenities that make for a cozy home-away-from-home getaway. Our Inn overlooks the stunning Fenway Park, and guests can relax in the heated rooftop pool or on the open-air deck while sipping drinks from the Terrace Bar.

After an exciting time at the festival, head back to the Inn and unwind in spacious and comfortable accommodations and enjoy all our convenient amenities.

Book your tickets to the festival and your accommodations soon!

Check Out the Boston Museums with Free Admission

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Boston and you’re on a budget, there are several incredible Boston museums with free admission.

Museums in Boston That Are Free to Visit

The following museums in Boston have free admission days:

Museum of Fine Arts

This is one of the most comprehensive art museums on the globe. The museum’s collection entails close to 500,000 works of art from contemporary to ancient Egyptian and more. Free admission is possible on Wednesdays after 4:00 p.m. and certain holidays.

The Institute of Contemporary Art

MuseumGo along to enjoy the dynamic exhibitions set in a stunning waterfront setting. The museum started its collection in 2000 and offered a diverse overview of both international and national artworks in a variety of media. Admission to the museum is free on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

BU Art Galleries

Admission is always free at the BU Galleries. The galleries are committed to a range of art and culture and maintain an ongoing schedule of exhibitions that tend to focus on national, international and regional contemporary art developments.

The Commonwealth Museum

This is another museum where admission is always free. The museum brings to life the story of the first battle for American independence, the first public schools, and even the first abolitionist newspaper, via interactive exhibits. The incredible “treasures gallery” holds some of the significant historical documents that protect American liberties.

Book Your Stay in Boston

Bring the family along for an educational and fun trip to Boston. Book your accommodations with us at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway. Come along and indulge in a luxurious extended stay hotel while being just steps away from some of the top attractions in the city, including several of the above-mentioned museums.

Take the Family to Legoland® Discover Center in Boston

If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids in Boston, head over to Legoland® Discovery Center in Boston for a great family day out.

Loads to Look Forward to at Legoland® Boston

ChildrenWith tons of fun attractions to discover, Legoland® Boston has been designed with both kids and parents in mind. Younger kids will love jumping into a massive box of Lego® bricks and letting their imaginations run wild in a world of creativity and color.

Be sure to check out the 4D cinema where you can ride with your favorite Lego® characters. Experience all the elements from wind and lightning to rain and snow and even reach out to touch the stars.

Earthquake Tables are a fun experience for kids who love to build towers. Grab the Lego® bricks and build the tallest tower you can on a special Earthquake Table Plate. Then, turn that switch and see the plates move to see if your tower remains standing.

The Kingdom Quest Laser Ride allows participants to go on an adventure to rescue the Princess who has been captured by skeletons and trolls. Hop into a chariot and use a laser to zap the bad guys and rescue the Princess while winning the highest score.

With so many attractions and activities, Legoland® makes for a fun and unforgettable day out for the entire family.

Remember to Book Your Accommodations

If you’re bringing the family to Boston for a fun trip, make sure you book your stay with us at Residence Inn Boston Back Bay- Fenway. Our suites come fully equipped with kitchens, separate living and sleeping areas and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Guests can also look forward to a complimentary breakfast.

We look forward to welcoming you on your next trip to Boston.

Book A Tour at The Samuel Adams Brewery

If you’re coming over to Boston on vacation and you love great beer, make sure you book a tour at the Samuel Adams Brewery. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about the history of the brand and witness the craft brewing process before the best part: tasting the special malts and sampling a couple of the award winning beers.

More About These Brewery Tours in Boston

Beer-on-TapThese brewery tours in Boston depart every 45 minutes throughout the day and last around an hour. It’s a good idea to arrive early as breweries in Boston prove popular attractions and tours get busy quickly, particularly on Saturdays. The tour is free and donations are requested which go towards local charities. Bookings are not taken for these tours, and they work on a first come, first serve basis for participants 21 years and older with proof of identification. The Morning Mash In Tour is a particular favorite at this brewery. The tour starts every morning at 9:40 AM and participants can look forward to a unique tour complete with specialty tasting. It is advisable that you book for the morning tour, but there is always the chance of being able to walk-on if you arrive early.

Looking for Somewhere to Stay in Boston?

The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway is the ideal extended stay hotel in Boston, complete with apartment style amenities and comfortable accommodations. Guests can choose from studio or one or two bedroom suites complete with full kitchens, separate living areas, and free wireless Internet access. Start the day with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet before heading off on your brewery tour and after a day out, come back and enjoy views of the lovely Fenway Park from out heated rooftop pool and open-air deck. We look forward to welcoming you.

Will You Be at the Japanese Festival in Boston?

This year the annual Japan Festival in Boston will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Boston Common from 11 am – 6 pm. This year’s festival promises to be even bigger than last year, and it is expected that over 40,000 visitors will flock to the event which is fun for all ages.

More About the Japanese Cultural Festival

Japan FestThe popular Japanese cultural festival is dedicated to preserving the tradition of fairs and festivals. This particular festival has grown in leaps and bounds since it began five years ago and had become the largest Japanese cultural festival in New England. While there will be plenty of entertainment, one of the highlights of the day is the Cosplay Festival in Boston Common, where participants can show off their fabulous costumes and stand the chance of being featured both on stage and on the festival’s website. There will be various contests and even a death-match held on the day, too.

Book a Stay with Us for the Festival

If you’re coming over for the Japanese festival, book your accommodation at Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway. Our well-appointed and comfortable extended stay hotel offers fully-equipped kitchen suites and stylish accommodations. As a guest, you can enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast buffet, wireless high-speed Internet, luxury bedding and fully equipped suites. After a day at the festival, have a drink and something to eat at our on-site bar, Bar Louie where you can choose from a menu of traditional American fare. Alternatively, unwind in the heated indoor rooftop pool or at the Terrace Bar as you take in the views of Fenway Park and enjoy a relaxing stay with us during this year’s Japan Festival.

Get Ready for the 2016 Boston Marathon

Get your running shoes out and get ready to join all the other participants in the Boston Marathon on April 18.

The History Behind One of the Biggest Marathons in Boston

Residence Inn - FenwayOnce B.A.A member John Graham had experienced the majesty and crowd spirit on the Olympic marathon, the inaugural US Olympic team manager was inspired to arrange a marathon in Boston. With the help of a businessman, several routes were considered before a distance of 24.5 miles was settled on, and on April 19, 1897 the first of what has grown to become one of the biggest marathons in Boston was held. Later in 1924, the course route was lengthened to 26 miles to conform to Olympic standards.

Between 1897 – 1968, the marathon would be held on April 19, Patriot’s Day. The only exception would be when that date fell on a Sunday where the race would be held the following day. In 1969, though, the holiday was moved to the third Monday in April and the race has been held on that day ever since.

Stay with Us During Marathon Weekend

If you’re coming to Boston especially for the marathon, book your stay with us at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway, one of the newest extended stay hotels in Boston. We’re located in the neighborhood of Back Bay, just a few steps from some of the top attractions in the city. All our suites are fully equipped with kitchens, separate dining and living areas and complimentary wireless Internet access. We also offer a complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily. After participating in the marathon or spectating, head back to the Inn and enjoy a refreshing drink on our terrace bar while overlooking Fenway Park. Alternatively, soak those muscles in the heated indoor pool on our rooftop and simply relax and unwind.

Get Ready for the Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park

Enthusiastic baseball fans shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to get tickets to the Red Sox Home Opener scheduled for April 11. The Boston Red Sox will open the season in Cleveland on April 4. This is the first time that the team will open a season in Cleveland.

Check Out the Red Sox 2016 Schedule before Making Any Plans

Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – FenwayTheir home opener is against the Orioles, and their first home stand features 4 games against Toronto, 3 games played against Tampa Bay, and 3 games against Baltimore. Before making any plans to attend a game and see your favorite team in action, make sure you check the Red Sox 2016 schedule and start looking for accommodation options located near Fenway Park, designed to ensure a comfortable stay and help you create memories meant to last a lifetime. Your journey starts at Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway, an elegant hotel located in the proximity of Fenway Park, where you can get ready to experience the excitement of Opening Day and let the countdown begin.

Plan Your Stay at Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway

Inaugurated in 1912, Fenway Park is now recognized as America’s best-loved ballpark. Based in Boston, Fenway Park is known as the home of the Red Sox, and the oldest and one of the most prominent ballparks in MLB. So far, Fenway Park has had the honor of hosting the World Series 10 times (5 of them were won by the Red Sox). For those who are currently analyzing the Red Sox 2016 schedule and planning to attend the Red Sox home opener, Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway provides a wide range of comfortable and convenient accommodation options. Book your stay with us and benefit from all the amenities and complimentary services put at your disposal by a chic urban hotel that is only a 5-minute walk away from Fenway Park.

Choose the perfect one or two-bedroom suite or studio, benefit from a complimentary breakfast buffet and spend quality time sipping your favorite cocktails and relaxing on the lavish Rooftop Terrace Bar, before or after the game.