Best of Boston

Best Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roxbury

The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists

Boston
Housed in an 1872 mansion, the NCAAA is one of the region's largest depositories of art from the African diaspora. The biggest draw is the [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South Boston

Thomas Park

Boston
Sure, you could catch a gorgeous sunset on the Esplanade, but the best view in town is from atop Thomas Park. Nine months of the [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South End

Mills Gallery

Boston
Open until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the Mills Gallery is the perfect excuse to extend a cocktail-hour date, and a great way to check [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Union Square

Prospect Hill Park

Somerville
George Washington raised the Grand Union Flag here in 1776. Now marked by a castle monument, the city still raises the flag here every New [...] read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Dorchester

Strand Theatre

Dorchester
It took years to restore this former vaudeville palace, but it’s now a beautiful venue to take in a gospel concert. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway/Kenmore

Blazing Paddles

Fenway/Kenmore
Batting at Fenway may not be an option, but you can swing steps away, in Game On’s new Ping-Pong basement bar. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fort Point/Waterfront

The Institute of Contemporary Art

Fort Point/Waterfront
The ICA’s been around for nearly 80 years, but its exhibits and classes are still cutting-edge. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Jamaica Plain

Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Jamaica Plain
Known for its upholstery class, the school also offers lessons on underappreciated skills like carving longbows. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

Belly Wine Bar’s " Arm + A Leg" Dinner

Kendall Square
The large-format meaty feasts here are an excursion unto themselves. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roxbury

Hibernian Hall

Roxbury
Fully renovated in 2005, Hibernian Hall is now a great spot to check out a breakdancing competition or to step up to a spoken-word open [...] read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South Boston

Castle Island

Tour the historical Fort Independence, take a stroll around picturesque Pleasure Bay, or just grab a bench and watch the planes overhead—the options are endless. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South End

SoWa Sundays

The seasonal outdoor arts-and-crafts market remains SoWa’s headliner, but the indoor vintage market, open year-round and filled with all manner of antique gems, has also [...] read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Union Square

Taza Chocolate Factory Tour

Union Square
The Wonka-esque factory may be hard to find, but the chocolate samples (in flavors like chipotle chili) are well worth the extra effort. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Washington Square

The Publick House

Washington Square
Think of the Publick House less as a bar, and more as a library stocked with craft Belgians. You’ll even get an education, thanks to [...] read more»