An Abundance of Fun Things to Do in Downtown
The corner of St. James Avenue and Trinity Place in Copley Square tells you everything you need to know about Boston. Rising 62 stories into the skyline, the slender, glass-encased John Hancock Tower is a shrine to modernity. Approximately 700 feet below, the beautifully Romanesque Trinity Church crouches in the iconic skyscraper’s shadow on the same land it has occupied since 1870.
This is Boston: a wonderful assortment of contrasts that goes well beyond past and present living elbow to elbow. It’s the high-end boutiques straddling Newbury Street and the peanut-strewn concourses at Fenway. The penguin habitat at the New England Aquarium and Swan Boat rides in Boston Public Garden. The beauty of the Charles River Esplanade and the charming grittiness of the MBTA trolley cars trundling up Comm. Ave.
If pressed for time, the Freedom Trail is the fastest (yet no less fascinating), way to immerse yourself in Boston’s living history. This 2.5-mile, downtown route (follow the red-painted bricks) leads you to over a dozen landmarks, from museums, meetinghouses, churches and cemeteries to Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church and the USS Constitution
in Boston Harbor. To understand the press’s role leading up to and during the Revolutionary War, The Printing Office of Edes & Gill offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a colonial era print house in action. The solemn stone obelisk at Bunker Hill memorializes the June 17, 1775 clash pitting overmatched American colonist against a powerful Red Coat army. Though outgunned, the militia held their own against the Brits and turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. Few places offer a taste of history like The Union Oyster House. Since serving its first guest in 1826, America's oldest restaurant is still shucking and serving oysters across the very same bar Daniel Webster was said to haunt. Learn more about the iconic historical attractions near Ames Boston Hotel
Volumes could be written about Boston’s culture and the effort would still fall short. For music lovers of all stripes, there are the legendary Boston Pops, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and concerts at the Tanglewood Music Center and New England Conservatory. Theater and dance offerings range from the Boston Opera House and the Boston Ballet to the cerulean-hued hijinks of the Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse. The Museum of Fine Art’s collection of 450,000 objects encompasses everything from Renaissance and baroque art to impressionist works, African masks and inspiring Native American pottery. Whether you want to relive the tension of the Cuban Missile Crisis or experience life in Camelot, the John F. Kennedy Library Museum celebrates the life and mourns the death of one of our greatest presidents.
Seasonal & Outdoor Activities
When it comes to the great outdoors, downtown Boston offers plenty of opportunity for urban adventure. Once spring and summer arrive, there’s nothing quite like a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, which is not only one of baseball’s most beautiful parks but also the oldest. As the oldest public park in the country, Boston Common has been inviting locals to escape the concrete confines of the city since 1830. Throughout its 50 leafy acres you’ll find everything from walking, running and biking trails to horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating on Frog Pond. Nearby, the Boston Public Garden features tranquil paths winding by stone fountains, lush plants and flowers, and Swan Boat rides gliding across on the lagoon. There is an abundance of additional outdoor activities to enjoy throughout Boston’s four seasons. Read more about what to explore during your stay
Few cities love (and love to hate, depending on how they’re playing) their sports teams like Boston
.. In any other city, the three-time World Series champion Boston Red Sox, playing in baseball’s most iconic ballpark, Fenway Park, would rule the sporting realm. Not here. Not with the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics playing at the TD Garden and the 2015 Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots calling nearby Foxborough. Given Boston’s reputation as a college town, it may not be surprising to learn about the thriving rugby culture. The city is home to numerous amateur, college and semi-professional sides, with three teams in the USA Rugby Union’s premier division — Mystic River Rugby Club, the Boston Irish Wolfhounds, and Boston RFC. Ames Boston Hotel boasts a premiere location for catching a game throughout the year. Visit the following teams during your stay:
Our concierge would be pleased to make personal recommendations and orchestrate all of the arrangements for your visit to Boston.