Looking for some ideas of how to make the most of the long weekend? We've got a few options to honor Boston’s past and present.
1. Free Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA in Boston is a great place to escape the heat (hopefully not the rain). The museum offers free admission on Memorial Day. It’s a big museum with a lot to see, but we recommend the Art of the Americas Wing. There are portraits of Boston’s key players in the buildup to the American Revolution, some of Paul Revere’s silver, and much more!
2. Join Ye Olde Tavern Tours for a tour along the Freedom Trail
If you want to learn more about the events in Boston that led to the Revolutionary War, join us on Ye Olde Tavern Tours on Saturday or Sunday. We’ll visit ten historic sights along the Freedom Trail, drink craft beer where they planned the Boston Tea Party, and talk about the “shot heard round the world” at Lexington and Concord. HUZZAH!
3. Boston Common’s Garden of Flags
Honor Memorial Day with the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization, which places 37,000 flags on Boston Common every year to commemorate the Massachusetts service members who have lost their lives since the Revolutionary War. It’s a powerful display.
4. Brunch on a Monday
Brunch is everywhere in Boston on a Saturday or Sunday, but brunch on a Monday is nearly impossible to find. Two of our favorite breakfast joints will be open and they serve beer too, if you want it to be a boozy brunch. The Friendly Toast has locations in Back Bay and Cambridge and The Paramount has locations downtown and in South Boston.
5. Check out a day game at Fenway Park
Cap off the long weekend with a Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon. Several Red Sox players cut the 1943 season short to join the war effort, including Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky (the namesake of Pesky Pole)!
We're highlighting four moments from Boston's past that are...um...awkward. These one-minute videos break them down.
Who is Storrow Drive named for? Well, that's what's awkward. The Storrows would not be happy to have their name linked to it.
A fast and easy way to earn money--what could go wrong?! We can imagine the beyond awkward and shameful moment when Charles Ponzi had to admit to his scam.
This may be a very elite neighborhood today but it used to be home to Boston's hookers. You read that right.
Great Molasses Flood
This event is both incredibly tragic and awkward. 20 people in Boston died by way of molasses.
Looking for things to do in Boston during the summer? There’s no better combo than sunshine and beer! From May through October, outdoor beer gardens are the place to be. Join one of our tours and then hit up one of our favorite spaces listed below.
1. Trillium Brewing Company
One of the hottest craft breweries in Boston merits a visit on a hot summer day! Situated on the lovely Greenway under a gorgeous, enormous tree, Trillium’s beer garden feels more like a friend’s backyard than downtown Boston. It’s dog-friendly with picnic tables and twinkly lights, but these aren’t your average homebrews! Get to the party early, this place fills up for post-work happy hour. Bonus: there's usually a food truck parked nearby.
Where: Rose Kennedy Greenway between Atlantic Avenue and High St.
When: Wednesday-Friday: 2-10pm
2. Wachusett Brew Yard
If you want to admire some historic Boston architecture while you sip, grab a Wachusett brew at “The Patios” directly across from Faneuil Hall. Better yet, check out the beer garden after coming on Ye Olde Tavern Tours so you can impress all your friends with your new knowledge of beer and Boston history! Wachusett blueberry beer is a favorite.
Where: “The Patios” in City Hall Plaza, across from Faneuil Hall
When: Monday-Wednesday: 4-9pm
3. Night Shift Owl’s Nest
The Esplanade might be Boston’s best-kept secret. With cherry blossoms in the spring, sail boats in the summer, and colorful foliage in the fall, all it needed was beer…and Night Shift came to the rescue! Whether you’re walking your dog, finishing up a run, or meeting some friends for sunset views, Owl’s Nest has you covered. Hallelujah.
Where: Charles River Esplanade near Fielder Field
When: Wednesday/Thursday: 4-10pm
.4. Cisco Brewing Company
If you can’t get to Nantucket, the Cisco beer garden might be the next best thing! The venue is expanding as fast as the Seaport, with room for over 1,000 beer drinkers. Start with the signature Whale’s Tale Pale Ale or refreshing Grey Lady Ale, both of which we like to drink on Ye Olde Tavern Tours! End with a glass of wine or a wine-based cocktail (yep, you read that right) from their sister company Nantucket Vineyard. They pair nicely with the lawn games and taco bar!
Where: Seaport, 65 Northern Ave.
When: Tuesday-Friday: 4-11pm
5. Brewer’s Alley
Directly across the street from the Trillium Beer Garden is the newest addition to the Boston Harbor Hotel’s stellar summer lineup. Each month a new brewery will take over the pop-up beer garden on the harbor – including some of our faves, including Jack’s Abby, Night Shift, and Lord Hobo. Pair it with a free concert Tuesday through Thursday or a movie on Friday nights. Hello date night.
Where: Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf
When: Monday-Friday: 2-10pm
Before your outdoor beer adventures, check out the one-minute video below. It's a brief history of the Greenway, which helps us appreciate all that this space has become. See you down there!