Best New Reasons to Visit Boston
As New England’s biggest city, Boston receives an enormous amount of visitors each year (from near and far) looking to take in the best of the sights, sounds, and tastes the city has to offer. While things are always changing in a city as big as Beantown, we think these new or improved attractions are some of the best reasons to visit Boston. And don’t forget to visit old favorites like Boston Common, the North End, and Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall.
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BEST NEW WINGS
Fenway Museums, Boston
The museum quarter of the Fenway has been one big construction site for the last few years, but now that the dust has settled, the wait has proven worthwhile. The Museum of Fine Arts has added an American wing and repurposed its 1981 addition as the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, while the nearby Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has leapt into the 21st century with a new building to augment its stately Fenway Court with modernist space for contemporary art and concerts.
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300; mfa.org.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, 617-566-1401; gardnermuseum.org
BEST IMPROVED SKY SHOW
Hayden Planetarium, Boston
Take a trip that is literally out of this world, as you experience roaming the universe in a space ship. The Museum of Science spent $9 million to bring the Hayden Planetarium into the digital age with a state-of-the-art Zeiss Starmaster projector, currently one of only two in the country. The special effects and brilliant star fields are worth every penny.
1 Science Park. 617-723-2500; mos.org
BEST NEW MUSEUM
Tea Party Ships & Museum, Boston
The image of rabble-rousing patriots dressing up in Indian garb and tossing British tea into the harbor to protest the king’s tax policies continues to resonate nearly 240 years later. A lightning bolt in 2001 and a fire in 2007 destroyed the old ship and museum devoted to this singular event in U.S. history, but a new museum and three replica ships will open on June 24 of this year to put the Tea Party literally on the map again.
Congress Street Bridge. 617-737-3317; bostonteapartyship.com
BEST ROCK & ROLL SNEAKERS
Converse Store, Boston
Born in Boston and back again, Chuck Taylors rule the streets. And then, you also have to know that rockers and rappers from new to old (that’s Royce da 5’9″ to half the Stones) would rather go barefoot than be caught without their Converse customs on. It might be the hype, but it’s also the bomb. Converse the store is getting it on. Check it out.
348 Newbury St. 617-424-5400; converse.com
BEST NEW BARBECUE
Sweet Cheeks ‘cue, Boston
Tiffani Faison from “Top Chef’’ fame opened Sweet Cheeks in November of 2011 within steps of Fenway — and hasn’t slowed down serving fans, residents, and commuters since. Flawless barbecue: smoky pulled pork, crisp-tender ribs, fluffy butter-rich biscuits, and short ribs that’d make a dog break his chain.
1381 Boylston St. 617-266-1300; sweetcheeksq.com