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Best of Boston

There’s so much to do in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Learn about just a few of our students’ favorite events, attractions, museums, restaurants and more.

You've heard it before: The location of a college is essential when it comes to developing an active and engaging social life. Emmanuel students love living on a safe and residential 17-acre campus, with outstanding entertainment, museums, shopping and restaurants in easy reach. Whether you're an athlete or artist, a fine food connoisseur or fashion lover, you will find plenty to keep you entertained nearby.

Here are a few of our students' favorites in Boston!


  • Climb the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument for great views of the city.
  • Ride the Swan Boats around the Public Garden Lagoon.
  • Walk the Freedom Trail and check out 16 historic sites covering two and half centuries of America's past.
  • Check out the street performers at Faneuil Hall Marketplace: jugglers, clowns, magicians, mimes and musicians.
  • Bundle up and enjoy ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond.


  • Visit the Copley Place Mall, home to over 75 shops and department stores, in the historic Back Bay.
  • Take in eight blocks of chic boutiques along Newbury Street.
  • Find local farmers' produce and artisans selling original art, designer clothing, jewelry, house wares and much more at the outdoor weekly SoWa Market.
  • Explore over 200 retailers, 300 independent jewelers and pushcart vendors in Boston's historic shopping district, Downtown Crossing.
  • Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables from dawn to dusk at Haymarket.
  • Browse the boutiques and antique stores along Charles Street, just steps from Boston Common and the Public Garden.


  • Root for the Red Sox at nearby historic Fenway Park.
  • Get your sports fix by visiting select stops along the Boston Sports Trail.
  • Check out a major league lacrosse game of the Boston Cannons.
  • Cheer on the Boston Marathon runners through the city streets on Patriots' Day.
  • Visit the TD Garden to root for the Boston Celtics or Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins.
  • Enjoy the world's largest regatta, the Head of the Charles, along the famed Charles River.
  • Come early to tailgate and engage in the Fan Zone before a world-class Boston Breakers soccer tournament.


  • Meet penguins, seals, octopus, sharks and other sea creatures at the New England Aquarium.
  • Enjoy a ferry ride to one of the 12 Boston Harbor Islands, where you can swim, sunbathe or hike.
  • Visit the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
  • Explore the streets of the city on a WW II-style amphibious landing vehicle through a Boston Duck Tour.
  • Check out Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned, granite fort located on Castle Island along the South Boston shoreline.
  • Take in a show at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, New England's most technologically advanced digital theater.


  • Receive exclusive nighttime access to the famed Granary Burying Ground, where John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams are buried during a Ghosts and Gravestones Tour.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth by taking a Chocolate Walking Tour through Back Bay, Beacon Hill or the South End.
  • Visit movie and TV filming hotspots on a Boston Movie Tour.
  • Take a tour of Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in America.


  • Walk around the corner to the Museum of Fine Arts, home to groundbreaking exhibits and state-of-the-art galleries.
  • Explore the New England Holocaust Memorial, located along the famed Freedom Trail.
  • Check out the Mapparium in the Mary Eddy Baker Library, a three-story painted glass globe.
  • Learn about four centuries of Boston women's history along the Boston Women's Heritage Trail.
  • Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston's newest museum, located on the waterfront.
  • Enjoy the Black Heritage Trail, a 1.6-mile walking tour exploring the history of Boston's 19th century African American community.
  • Head down the street to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and if your name is Isabella, sign up for free museum admission for life!
  • Learn about New England's sports history at the Sports Museum, located in the TD Garden.
  • Explore the Museum of Science, New England's most visited cultural institution.


  • Dance to a favorite artist at the House of Blues, located on nearby Lansdowne Street.
  • Located behind historic Fenway Park, Jillian's offers 30 tournament-caliber pool tables, table tennis and foosball.
  • Catch a concert at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River.
  • Try your hand at bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes, where you'll find 25,000 square feet of space for pristine bowling.
  • Catch a show at Oliver's Nightclub, where entertainment once included no-name acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and Aerosmith, as well as many other now-famous entertainers.
  • Hit the theater district for a show at the Colonial Theatre, Wang Theatre, Wilbur Theatre, Shubert Theatre or the Boston Opera House.
  • Enjoy a performance by Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse.


  • Check out the best view of Boston from the Prudential's world-class restaurant, Top of the Hub.
  • Try a cannoli from the famed Mike's Pastry in the North End.
  • Sample authentic dim sum in Chinatown.
  • Head over to nearby Emack and Bolio's for a homemade ice cream treat.
  • Indulge your sweeter side at the all-you-can-eat Chocolate Bar in Boston's Langham Hotel.
  • Pick up a burger and t-shirt at the original Cheers.
  • Dip into a delight at the Melting Pot, Boston's largest fondue restaurant.
  • Grab a bite and watch your favorite team compete on one of 90 HD TVs at Game On!
  • Can't make up your mind? The Fanueil Hall Marketplace boasts 40 pushcart eateries and 17 restaurants!