Things to do in Boston


Take advantage of Super Duck Tours with hotel specials in Boston.

If you are looking for things to do in Boston, consider taking advantage of the Super Duck Tour package. This hotel special allows you to see the city in a Super Duck boat, a unique amphibious vehicle that combines the best of land and water. This popular attraction has won several awards, such as the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. On these one-of-a-kind Boston tours, you will be able to see famous landmarks such as Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution and Old North Church from the best possible vantage point.


Super Duck boats take directly from the scenic waterfront neighborhood city streets into the harbor. You have a choice of taking a full 90 minute tour, which covers the waterfront area as well as a trip into the harbor, or taking a 45-minute, water-only tour. The tour even provides free shuttle service between downtown, near the New England Aquarium, to the site of the departure point at Charleston Navy Yard. The tour package lets you enjoy hotel accommodations for two adults, a breakfast buffet, a 10% Discount at the Red Sox Gift Shop and two adult Super Duck Tour tickets.

The Super Duck Tour Package is offered exclusively by the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay-Fenway, a Marriott hotel located in one of Boston's most fashionable neighborhoods. In addition to treating our guests to a host of luxurious amenities, we at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway are close to attractions such as Copley Square, Boston University and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. We offer our guests both short term and extended stay options, making it equally convenient for families taking a vacation and business travelers who will be in town for a while. Hotel suites come with features such as free Wi-Fi and full kitchens with refrigerators and cook tops.

Experience the 8th Annual Boston GreenFest This August

Boston GreenFest winds down the summer with a tribute to nature and environmental improvement through music and dance.

August 21 through 23, Boston GreenFest brings knowledge and the love of nature to Massachusetts. Situated next to Boston City Hall, vendors of all kinds will provide goods and information centered on support for the environment. This is just one of the many summer events in Boston.

The Boston GreenFest hosts a wide collection of musical artists ranging from folk performers to rap and hip hop. The music and entertainment deliver messages regarding how everyone can make a difference in the world. The festival's goal is to demonstrate that everyone can play equal roles when it comes to caring for the environment. As this is one of the largest cross-cultural entertainment events in Boston, you'll never know who you'll meet while enjoying the music. You'll be able to meet others who have similar interests and discuss how you can do your part to promote a sustainable human existence. The GreenFest is just one of the free events in Boston that can give you and the family something to do during your visit to the city.

Boston GreenFest

Art, fashion and many other attractions will be available at the GreenFest as well as the music. Whether you're already informed or would like to know more about a sustainable future, the exhibits at the event will deliver a great deal of information for supporting the environment and the human species. The Boston music festival can be a fun and educational way to end the summer.

During the GreenFest event, you'll want a conveniently located hotel. The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway is one of the newest deluxe extended-stay locations in the area. Contact us today to book your room and enjoy yourself at the GreenFest this year.

New England Aquarium Draws Visitors from Around the World

The New England Aquarium sits near the top of the list for fun things to do in Boston.

Families are coming from all over to experience the exciting and educational exhibits at the New England Aquarium. Here, visitors can see first-hand the diversity and magic of the world's aquatic wildlife, where thousands of marine animals from every ocean create an eclectic menagerie. As one of the premier attractions in Boston, the aquarium’s spectacular sights draw visitors from all over.

The aquarium provides the opportunity to see thousands of sea creatures up-close. Multiple breeds of sea turtles are joined by giant octopi and adorable northern fur seals. Habitat exhibits like the Amazon Rainforest, Coral Ocean Tank and Gulf of Maine let visitors experience whole ecosystems of marine life in a single trip. The highlight is the Giant Ocean Tank, featuring a breathtaking four-story tall coral reef.

New England Aquarium

This family fun attraction in Boston also hosts a variety of events and educational experiences to help you get the most out of your visit. From fur seal training sessions and penguin feedings to giant ocean tank talks and discussions on climate change, the aquarium fosters an environment where learning is fun. Summer camps and internship programs create an immersive experience for teens and youth.

The aquarium is dedicated to creating a sustainable environment where visitors can continue to enjoy the diversity of the aquatic world for generations to come. Guests can view habitats of some of the ocean's most endangered species, like the North Atlantic right whale, and marine life from the dwindling Phoenix Islands habitat is also on display.

Come to Boston, where the New England Aquarium lets you take a dip into international waters without having to leave the states. While you're here, we hope you consider staying with us at Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway.

The PGA and Boston Area Golf Courses

Spend labor day watching the pros or golfing like them at our local public golf courses.

Boston Golf CoursesLabor Day is a great time to visit Beantown. The weather is still warm, the college students are returning to campus and the Deutsche Bank PGA Tournament is in full swing at the TPC Boston golf course. Beginning Aug. 31, 2015, there are opportunities to mingle with players, watch practice sessions and spend time on the greens watching world-class golf. For golf lovers, this is one of the best things to do in Boston and the best times to be here.

Enjoy two Pro-Ams on Aug. 31 and Sept. 3, three days of professional play from Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, and two days of practice sessions. Volunteer opportunities are still available, if you are willing to trade your time to get a free chance to check out the backstage scene of a major sporting event. For those with a budget, special seating is available.

If spending time on the greens with Chris Kirk or Geoff Ogilvy inspires you to be on the course yourself, we are located near a number of private and public Boston area golf courses. Olde Barnstable, Stow Acres Country Club Stow North and Trull Brook Golf Course are all public courses in the Boston area that are nearby. Mature trees, immaculate grounds and the opportunity to golf in a region that was once home to the birth of our nation are just a few of the perks of a golf trip to Boston.

At the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway you'll enjoy the comfort of our rooms and suites after a long day on the greens. Visit our website for more information and to reserve your stay.

Boston Summer Arts Weekend 2015

The 2015 Summer Arts Weekend features free events in Boston.

Mark your calendar for the Boston Summer Arts Weekend. Of all the concerts in Boston, this is the music festival everyone looks forward to every year. This year, the fest will feature exceptional local talent as well as award-winning artists from across America, providing you and your family with a weekend of memories as well all the best that Boston has to offer.

The Boston Summer Arts Weekend will be held at Copley Square July 25-26. You can make plans to relax and enjoy a whole weekend of free performances. You could bring a lawn chair or a blanket and simply sit on the grass and enjoy a picnic lunch. You could also sample the fare from one of the many vendors or nearby restaurants. Whatever you want, it’s your weekend to unwind and take in the sights and sounds of Boston.

Summer Arts Weekend

This year, the Boston Summer Arts Weekend is slated to serve up acts from a variety of artists from a wide spectrum of the performing arts. It will have music performances for almost every taste, including New Orleans-style jazz, classical, country, R&B, fiddlers and folk singers. For the kid in all of us, there will be a wide variety of kid-centric offerings by magicians, musicians and poets. You may even see a puppeteer. Be sure to check the schedule of events so that you can see all the ways you or your family can make the most of your weekend in Boston and plan accordingly.

The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway is just a short distance from Copley Square, so when the festivities wind down for the evening, you can rest and feel right at home in one of our suites as you get ready for the next day’s events.

Boston's Run to Home Base Set for July 25

Run and walk through the streets of Boston and finish up at Fenway Park

One of the most heartwarming and fun events in the Hub will once again take place on July 25 with a veterans fundraising race that Boston has come to adopt with plenty of vigor. The Run to Home Base begins in the streets of Boston before concluding at home plate in the iconic Fenway Park.

This nine-mile run or two-mile walk, depending on your interest, will not only help benefit the Boston Red Sox Foundation but also give a boost to the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.


The Home Base Program was set up to aid the returning troops from Afghanistan and Iraq who have struggled to reintegrate themselves into society. The toll it's taken on them is reflected in the struggles their families have endured. The money raised by the organization is helping to make sure that their sacrifice isn't forgotten.

This is a charity event Boston and all of New England truly puts its heart into every year. This means that you not only have the opportunity to engage in a healthy endeavor, but you can do a great deal to help our brave warriors who have kept us safe.

If you're coming in from outside the area, we invite you to stay with us at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay. We're conveniently located in the heart of the city and just steps away from Fenway Park. Our hotels offers suites with full kitchens, free wireless Internet access, a free daily breakfast buffet and a heated indoor rooftop pool.

James Taylor Plays Fenway Park For the First Time

James Taylor rocks at one of Boston's most anticipated events this summer.

Not many rock 'n' roll legends have amassed the hits and fans as Hall of Famer James Taylor. The guitarist has played in amphitheaters and stadiums all over the world, but for the first time ever, he is bringing his all-star band to meet the Green Monster in Fenway Park with very special guest Bonnie Raitt. Make plans to see these two legendary performers at Fenway Park and help show your support for the Boston Red Sox. As a proud Red Sox fan himself, James Taylor witnessed the winning of the World Series in 2004 and is happy to be performing a song written especially about this historic win at Fenway Park.


Fenway Park
Thursday, August 6

Even though James Taylor is still turning out great music, his touring schedule is much lighter than it used to be. Fans may not have another chance to see the legend play Fenway Park, especially with fellow music legend Bonnie Raitt. Grab the family and plan your trip to one of the greatest summer events in Boston. Enjoy a night of fun, music and reveling with fellow Red Sox fans as you all gather and celebrate America's Baseball Team with two music legends. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. on August 6.

The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway is just steps away from all the fun at Fenway Park and we invite concert goers to make the most of the evening by spending the night with us.  Guest can enjoy a delicious dining experience at Bar Louie before the show then grab a tasty complimentary breakfast the next morning to jump start your day.  Reserve your stay by visiting our website or calling us at 617-236-8787.

Get Ready for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular & Boston Harborfest 2015

This award-winning festival on July 4th in Boston brings millions of people together.

 Celebrate Independence Day in Boston and explore the heritage of this maritime city and cradle of the American Revolution. 

Boston Harborfest

Taking place July 1 - 5, Boston Harborfest offers over 200 daily events throughout the historic sections of the city and on the waterfront. Mayor Marty Walsh will preside over the Opening Ceremonies featuring the Navy Band Northeast. During the festival, visitors can enjoy re-enactments of events from the Revolutionary war, walking tours of the city and live entertainment in addition to other fun activities. Many of the events are free or very affordable. For details about festival events, maps, great deals and places to eat check out the Harborfest official website. Be a part of the 2.5 million people from across the country and the world who come to experience this annual celebration.


Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

As part of the festival, see the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, July 3-4, 2015. The annual free outdoor concert combines the magic of pyrotechnics with one of the most loved orchestras. The annual July 4th concert series, which began in 1974, is held at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Spectators can view the fireworks and enjoy the choreographed music on the Oval, the Island or from a boat in designated areas in the harbor. For details about the Fireworks Spectacular, the performance schedules, parking and directions visit the event website.

For your stay in Boston, consider the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway.  After a day of activities in the city and on the waterfront, unwind in one of our suites with a view of the city. We are conveniently located in the Back Bay neighborhood near the MBTA commuter trains.  Visit our website to learn more about our hotel and reserve your stay.

The Summer Heats Up in July as the Foo Fighters Take to the Stage at Fenway Park!

Foo Fighters Will Perform at Fenway Park for the 1st Time this July!

If you love to rock out - you're in luck! This summer will be mark an epic event as the Foo Fighters perform at the legendary Fenway Park, not once but twice- it's a double header! That's right, one night just wasn't enough for the band's fans here in Boston. Opening for the band on July 18 will be the Boston band, Mission of Burma! This will be a show you don't want to miss.

Foo Fighters at Fenway Park
July 18 & 19, 2015

Tickets are on sale now!
July 18th show features Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Mission of Burma
July 19th show will feature Dropkick Murphys and Royal Blood.


If you will be coming in from out of town to see the Foo Fighters at Fenway Park, consider spending the night with us. The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway is just steps away from Fenway Park and offers amazing interior décor, great views of the park, and a variety of amenities including a complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet, complimentary Internet access and more.

Visit the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway website to check availability and reserve your stay.

Come Out to Cheer on the Teams Competing at the 36th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival!

The Boston Dragon Boat Race attracts racers from all along the east coast, from Canada down to Florida, and it is the largest race of its kind in the United States.

Every year in June, the fiberglass dragon boats head down the Charles River during the Boston Dragon Boat Festival. Honoring the life and death of Qu Yuan, an ancient patriot-poet, the festival promotes education of Asian-American heritage in New England.  The multi-day celebration features various dragon boat races, drum dances, music, lion dances, demonstrations and more.

2015 Boston Dragon Boat Festival
June 13-14, 2015
Free admission


Saturday June 13, 2015 - Races Only
7:00 am - 2:00 pm Time Trials

Sunday June 14, 2015 - Races and Cultural Festival
7:00AM – 5:00PM Dragon Boat Races - Finals
12:00PM – 5:00PM Asian Food
12:00PM – 5:00PM Arts and Crafts & Asian Cultural Performances

If you plan to be in Boston during the second weekend in June, you will want to add the Dragon Boat Festival to your agenda.  The high energy races with the colorful fiberglass boats are a lot of fun to watch.

If you are in need of overnight accommodations, consider staying with us at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway. We offer a variety of amenities including a complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet, complimentary Internet access and more. Visit our website to check availability and reserve your stay today.