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Boston After Five: Things to do at Night

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If you’re looking for things to do in Boston, you’ll be happy to know you have plenty of options. Whether you’re traveling for work or for leisure, there is no shortage of activities in this bustling city at night. Check out some of these options for things to do in Boston after 5:00 pm.

Visit a Museum with Extended Hours

Boston is full of rich history and has several great museum’s worth paying a visit to. Many of the museums in Boston offer extended hours on select days.

Museum of Fine Arts // If you’ve never visited the MOFA, you’ll want to check this one off your bucket list. This museum features some of the most influential pieces of art in the entire world. You don’t have to be an art buff to appreciate the extensive collection at this beautiful museum.  The museum is open late on Wednesday-Friday till 10pm.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum // This Venetian-style mansion has been housing unique, eclectic pieces since 1903. This fascinating museum features a brightly lit courtyard filled with live plants and flowers. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is known for more than its unique collection. In 1990, thirteen pieces of art were stolen from the property, making it home to the world’s largest art heist in history. The museum is open late on Thursdays till 9pm.

Museum of Science // Who wouldn’t want to see a 65-million-year-old Triceratops fossil up close? You don’t have to be a child to enjoy everything the Museum of Science offers. You’ll want to put aside several hours to explore the many exhibits. The museum is open late on Fridays till 9pm.

Explore Faneuil Hall Marketplace in the Evening

Faneuil Hall was originally founded in the 1700s as a marketplace for crops and livestock in downtown Boston. Today it is home to dozens of shops, pubs, and eateries. Attracting millions of visitors each year, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a top tourist destination. Stroll along the cobblestone and watch street performers as you explore this historical, urban marketplace. Faneuil Hall is open till 7pm during the week, with extended hours till 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Things to do Fanuiel Hall Boston

Grab Dinner in the North End

The North End is a charming neighborhood in Boston known for its fine Italian dining. Being the “Little Italy” of the city, there are plenty of outstanding restaurant options to choose from. Be sure to finish your evening with an award-winning cannoli at Mikes Pastry. You won’t be disappointed!

Shop at the Prudential Center at Night

The Prudential Center in Boston is easily accessible by public transit and houses over 75 indoor shops and restaurants. Check out the skywalk observation deck for gorgeous panoramic views of Boston. The Prudential Center is a great option is weather is unfavorable. The Prudential Center is open till 9pm.

Boston Prudential Center Evening

Browse the Boston Public Library

Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library is the third-largest public library in the United States. Here you can quietly catch up on work, or just marvel at the magnificent building and architecture. Entrance to the library is free. The Boston Public Library is open Monday-Thursday till 9pm.

See a Movie at the Coolidge Theater

You can’t go wrong with a catching an indie flick at this classic cinema in Boston. The charming Coolidge Theater has been showing films and serving up snacks since 1933. With many showtimes and special screenings available, you’ll certainly find something of interest at the Coolidge.

Take a Sightseeing Tour

Tours of Boston are a fun and educational way to spend your evening. If you’re up for a little scare, Boston offers several haunted history tours. On one of the Walking Ghost Tours, you’ll learn all about the spooky side of the city. If you’re traveling in the warmer months, you may want to take a ride on one of the Boston Harbor Sunset Cruises. See what tours are available during the dates of your stay.

Boston at Night

Hit up one of the many breweries

There are lots of spectacular breweries in Boston. Try a tasting and tour at the well-known Samuel Adams brewery. If cider is more your flavor, you’ll love the Downeast Cider tour in East Boston. Depending what part of Boston you’re situated, you can also check out Harpoon Brewery, Night Shift Brewing, and Lamplighter Brewing Co.

With so many options for food and entertainment, you may have difficulty deciding how to spend your evening in Boston. Have you ever visited this fantastic city? What were your favorite things to do after 5:00 pm?


Guest Writer

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