Boston really seems comes alive in the spring.
As Bostonians shake off the chill of winter and the unfair amounts of snow that have been plaguing the city for the last few months, the city is more than ready to offer fresh air, beautiful flowers, and amazing special events to visitors and locals alike.
If you’re coming to Beantown this spring but aren’t set on what to see, check out our list of things to do in Boston in spring for some inspiration, including…
- New England Aquarium Whale Watch
- Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley Tour
- Museum of Science
- Fenway Park Tours
- Swan Boat Ride
- and more!
Visit the New England Aquarium
Another fun option for the kids is the perennially popular New England Aquarium, beloved by all.
It’s one of the area’s most popular attractions and it has a ton to offer new and returning visitors alike.
From sharks to stingrays and everything in between, there’s an animal for you to marvel at somewhere in this modern aquarium.
Spring also marks the return of the Atlantic whale-watching season, so consider hopping aboard the New England Aquarium’s whale watch, too!
Tour the City
Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s a great opportunity to explore this lovely city. Take a charming trolley tour that will escort you around while highlighting major landmarks and neighborhoods.
Choose a hop-on hop-off option to allow for maximum flexibility. Plus, with this weather, we’re sure you’ll be tempted to jump off and explore on your own at least once or twice!
Some of the major highlights you’ll see along this tour include the New England Aquarium, Old North Church, Boston’s North End, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, and many more.
Explore the Museum of Fine Arts
Visitors flock to the wonderful Museum of Fine Arts year round, but their fine collection of special exhibits in the spring months make it especially worth a visit (or two!).
A featured exhibit is the incredibly popular “Making Modern,” an ongoing exhibit that fills five refurbished galleries with some of the museum’s most iconic modern art pieces, from artists like Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock.
There are also some special exhibits worth exploring, like one on “revival jewelry” and another fascinating one entitled “Massed Media,” as well as the upcoming “Matisse in the Studio” (opening April 17).
Roam the Museum of Science
Another iconic Boston attraction, the Museum of Science is an amazing place the whole family can enjoy. Explore the astonishing and inspiring world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as you wander through dozens of interactive exhibits.
Some top attractions at this museum include the Hall of Human Life, which is an in-depth look at the nitty gritty of the human body, and the Theater of Electricity, which contains the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator – pretty cool!
They also have a number of special exhibits this spring, like the delectable “Chocolate: The Exhibition” and “Da Vinci: The Genius.” You can also visit their butterfly exhibit for a small upgrade fee.
Root for the Home Team
Spring often means one thing for Boston sports fans – the start of Red Sox season!
If you’re a fan of the great game, why not snag a ticket and sit back to enjoy America’s favorite pastime? Don’t forget to grab a few Fenway franks!
For additional baseball fun, take a tour of the iconic park. The Red Sox home opener is April 3, 2017.
Picnic on the Boston Common
Although Boston isn’t quite the warmest spring destination on the books, it is a charming place nonetheless.
With spring comes the return of the many flowers and trees in the Boston Common and in the Boston Public Garden, both of which make for some excellent warm weather strolling.
If the ground is dry enough, grab some supplies and make a picnic day out of it (otherwise, try to grab one of the tables by the fountain on the Common to avoid the wet). While you’re in the park, why not take a ride on darling and historic swan boats?
Check Out Local Spring Events
Dine Out Boston
Various restaurants & bars
March 5 –10 & 12 – 17, 2017
Foodies will not want to miss out on this rare chance to sample cuisine from the city’s best restaurants at reduced prices.
Dine Out Boston’s spring offering spans two weeks in March, during which diners can choose from a wide variety of participating restaurants that offer dinner and/or lunch menus at predetermined price points.
From pizza and pasta to sushi and sandwiches, this special event spans the gamut of all possible types of Bostonian cuisine.
And in a city jam-packed with culinary talent like Boston, that’s saying something!
Irish Film Festival, Boston
Somerville Theatre, Davis Square
March 23 -26, 2017
Given Boston’s proud Irish heritage, it’s no surprise that Irish filmography is a big deal in this city.
The Irish Film Festival, Boston features an exciting lineup of Irish films straight from the motherland, many of which haven’t otherwise been seen in the U.S.
This is actually the biggest Irish film festival outside of Ireland, so you know it’s filled with authentic and amazing films that are must-sees for any cinephile.
You’ll also get to enjoy behind-the-scenes commentary, Q&As, and other special events.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 19, 2017, 1 pm
The official Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a huge event city wide, and attracts up to a million spectators – local and visitor alike.
In addition to the freedom to dress in outrageous amounts of green, viewers will also enjoy bagpipes, marching bands, beautiful floats, dancers, and local famous people.
If you want a good spot along the parade route – be sure to arrive early, as the crowds are admittedly massive. Don’t forget your camera, or your St. Patty’s best!
Boston Flower & Garden Show
Seaport World Trade Center
March 22 – 26, 2017
The 2017 theme of the Boston Flower and Garden Show is “Superheroes of the Garden,” which is a fun concept organized around the tools, individuals, and organizations that make horticulture the amazing and successful field it is today.
You’ll get to enjoy everything from stunning plant life displays to planting demonstrations. Take in professional lectures and learn how to develop your own growing skills.
This year, you can even take part in a garden photography workshop!
Remember to Save on Admission
Did we miss anything? A few things to do in Boston in the spring, including some special events, other seasonal activities in April, May, and June.
We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your spring vacation itinerary.