Boston 101: Arts & Leisure/Sports & Recreation



ARTS BOSTON 100 Boylston St., Boston, 617-432-4454
  To access these discount tickets, call the above number to get on their mailing list. They will send you a monthly list of arts events that you can order discount tickets for.
BOSTIX Faneuil Hall, 617-723-5181
  Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 11-4. Closed Monday. Half-price tickets are available on the same day of the performance. Tickets may also be purchased for advance performances.
TICKETMASTER 617-931-2000
  HMV and Tower Records in Harvard Square are among
the outlets.
UNION TICKETS 1-800-234-8497. Hours are Monday-Friday 9-8.

These are just a few suggestions. As far as we are aware, the Fenway and Boston Common theaters are the only ones on this list that have stadium seating.
AMC FENWAY 201 Brookline Ave, 617-424-6266.
COOLIDGE CORNER THEATER 290 Harvard St., Brookline,
617-734-2500. Old-style movie house. Boston’s only nonprofit
first-run arts house theater.
KENDALL SQUARE CINEMA 1 Kendall Sqaure, 617-494-9800. Shows independent and
foreign films.
LOEWS FRESH POND CINEMA 617-661-2900. Older theater, crowded with teenagers on
the weekend.
LOEWS HARVARD SQUARE 10 Church St, 617-864-4580. Only the first performance is a
matinee on the weekends.
LOEWS THEATRES BOSTON COMMON 175 Tremont St, 617-423-3499. A 5-minute walk
from the Park (Red Line) or steps away from Boylston (Green Line), it might be the
nicest theater in the area. Matinee prices until 2 PM on the weekends.

Local public libraries offer free passes to library members to many of the museums listed
below. The passes allow 2-4 people to visit the museums for free. Some museums do
not allow free passes during the busy tourist season.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 300 Congress St., Boston, 617-426-8855. The Children’s
Museum houses great exhibits that change regularly.
COMPUTER MUSEUM 300 Congress St., Boston, 617-426-2800 (next door to the
Children’s Museum). This is a unique museum completely devoted to computers and
their impact on society. They have a wide range of exhibits including more than seventy
hands-on exhibits like a giant walk-through computer and an award-winning
Animation Theater.
DECORDOVA MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE PARK 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, 781-259-
8692. Another unique museum featuring both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The outdoor
section features sculptures on a huge, child-safe and picnic-friendly lawn. Hosts
a local art fair every June.
FRANKLIN PARK ZOO 1 Franklin Park, Dorchester (Boston), 617-541-5466. In the mid-
1990s, this zoo was ranked as the worst major zoo in the country. A new director was
hired to consider closing it; instead, it has been massively renovated. It now features
the African Tropical Forest, Bongo Congo, Australian Outback (with kangaroos and
wallabies hopping by), a butterfly enclave, and the Children’s Zoo, all situated in historic
but unsafe Franklin Park (don’t hang around after the zoo closes).
HARVARD UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUMS 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, 617-495-9400.
Comprised of the Busch-Reisinger Museum (Northern and Central European Art),
the Arthur M. Sackler Museum (Ancient and Asian Art) and the Fogg Art Museum.
They house over 120,000 works of art of all periods and nations. Admission free with
Harvard ID.
Cambridge, 617-495-3045 or 495-1910. Four museums in one building, including
the Botanical Museum’s glass flowers, the Mineralogical and Geological Museum, the
Museum of Comparative Zoology’s dinosaur’s skeletons and endangered species, and
the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology’s outstanding Pre-Columbian
artifacts. Admission is free with Harvard ID and on Saturday mornings 10-12.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART 955 Boylston St., Boston, 617-266-5152. The institute
presents contemporary art in all media: painting, sculpture, photography, video,
and printmaking.
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM 2 Palace Rd, Boston, 617-566-1401. This is a
beautiful museum housed in a building styled after a late Renaissance Venetian palace
with a gorgeous indoor courtyard. The collection is from Isabella Stewart Gardner
(1804-1924) and includes Italian Renaissance, 17th century Dutch, and 19th century
American paintings, sculpture, tapestry, furniture, and much more. Take the T to the
Museum stop on the Green Line.
JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Columbia Point, Boston, 617-929-4500.
Housed in a building overlooking Boston Harbor, this museum focuses on the life of
John F. Kennedy, including a replica of the Oval Office and a film on his life.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300. This museum has
over 200 galleries of Asiatic, Egyptian, Classical European, and American paintings
and sculpture. There is also a unique musical instrument collection. Harvard students
are admitted free with ID. Take the Green Line T to Museum.
MIT), Boston, 617-723-2500. The Museum of Science has wonderful displays and
hands-on exhibits in natural history, life sciences, medicine, astronomy, and dinosaurs.
There is a “Discovery Room” for all ages, a play area for children, and a planetarium.
Take the Green Line T to Science Park.
NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM Central Wharf, Boston, 617-973-5281. Located in a spectacular
building on Boston’s waterfront. The Aquarium has many activities ranging
from tanks with exotic animals to a hands-on tide pool, with live demonstrations
throughout. They also offer whale-watching, which is fantastic. Take the Blue Line T
to Aquarium.
SPORTS MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND 1175 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, 617-787-7678.
This museum is the only comprehensive regional sports museum in the country. It has
artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia that celebrate New England’s greatest sports
heroes and sporting events. Take the Green Line T to Lechmere.


AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE 74 Brattle St., Harvard Square, 617-547-8300. Classic
and experimental theatre.
BOSTON BALLET COMPANY 19 Clarendon St., Boston, 617-695-6950. The Boston Ballet
presents modern and classical works. At Christmas time do not miss the “Nutcracker.”
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA 114 State St., Boston, 617-542-6772.
BOSTON PHILHARMONIC 617-868-6696. This group was founded in 1979. It offers concerts
from October to May in Jordan Hall in Boston and Sanders Theater in Cambridge.
617-266-1200. Recorded concert information at 617-CONCERT.
Theatre District, 617-426-6912. Home of
the incredible Blue Man Group.
COLONIAL THEATER 106 Boylston St, Theatre
District, 617-426-9366. Hosts national companies
and pre-Broadway tryouts.
ESPLANADE CONCERTS Hatch Shell (off Storrow Drive on the Charles River),
Boston. The Boston Pops performs in July and the Boston Ballet in August.
For information on the free concerts call the Metropolitan District Commission at
HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY 300 Mass Ave., Boston, 617-262-1815. This Society was
founded in 1815 and is the oldest musical organization in the city. They present a
series of instrumental and choral concerts throughout the year.
NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC 290 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-536-
2412. During the school year there are FREE concerts.
NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Rd, Beverly, 978-232-7200. Great regional,
family-oriented theater. HLCA took a trip to see their “The Christmas Carol,” an
annual production.
SCHUBERT THEATER 265 Tremont St, Theatre District, 617-482-9393. Broadway shows
with New York casts.
TANGLEWOOD The BSO’s summer home as well as host to many other performers,
Tanglewood offers a beautiful outdoor setting for summer concerts. Bring a picnic dinner
and sit on the lawn while listening. Located in the Berkshire Hills, off of I-90.
Concert schedule and detailed directions are available on the BSO website.
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Harvard has a wide array of athletic facilities including gyms, swimming pools, boathouses, and squash and tennis courts. Call the Athletic Center for information on building hours, locker reservations, and even towel services. 617-495-4848. There are also many intramural sports teams to join including the popular basketball program. Watch for flyers during first semester for information on these teams.

BICYCLING Boston’s BikeMap, sold at many bookstores is a great resource for getting
around Boston and the surrounding areas on bike. The map includes Arlington,
Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Malden,
Medford, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Waltham, and Watertown. A wonderful
bike path, the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bikeway, runs 18 miles along both sides of the
Charles River, but for safety ride in daylight only. The Minuteman Bike Trail runs
from Davis Square in Somerville to Bedford (22 miles round trip), through the
Alewife T stop and Arlington Center and past the Lexington Battle Green. The
Charles River Wheelmen, a local club, takes bike trips every Sunday. Call 617-325-
BIKE for information.
FISHING Freshwater: on the banks of the Charles River, at Turtle Pond, Stoney Brook
Reservation, Turtle Pond Parkway, and Hyde Park. From the shore: John J. McCorkle
Fishing Pier, Castle Island, and the pier at City Point.
GOLFING Fresh Pond Golf Club, 691 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-9130.
Massachusetts Golf Association, 190 Park Road, Weston, 781-894-4903. Woburn
Country Club, Country Club Road, Woburn, 781-935-4653. Stone Meadow Driving
Range, 675 Waltham St., Lexington, 781-863-0445.
JOGGING Charles River: Boston/Cambridge/Watertown: packed-base path. Fresh
Pond: Cambridge/Belmont, two miles, asphalt. The Boston Marathon is on Patriots
Day (3rd Monday in April).
ROLLERBLADING Charles River along Memorial Drive. On Sundays, the MDC closes the
road to traffic. Rent blades from vendors along the drive May-October. Lessons are available.
SAILING Harvard Sailing Center: Memorial Drive and Wadsworth St., 617-495-3434.
Sailing on the Charles River. Community Boating: 21 Embankment Road, Boston,
617-523-1038. Sailing on the Charles and Harbor trips.
SKATING Bright Hockey Center, 617-495-4205, from early November through mid-
March. Skating Club of Boston: 1240 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton (Boston), 617-
782-5900. Metropolitan District Commission (MDC): 20 Somerset St., Boston, 617-
272-5215. Call for information on skating rinks offering lessons and open skate time
throughout the Boston area.
SWIMMING For information on non-Harvard outdoor pools, call the Metropolitan
District Commission, 617-272-5215.

For a map and complete list of state parks and their facilities, call 617-727-3180. For
information about parks in the Boston area call the Metropolitan District Commission
(617-727-9547). For the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation call 617-635-4505.
ARNOLD ARBORETUM Rts. 1 and 203, Arborway, Jamaica Plain (Boston), 617-524-7217.
Owned by Harvard; designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (who also did Central Park)
in 1872 as the cornerstone of Boston’s “Emerald Necklace.” This is a big and beautiful
park, especially in the spring, with over 15,000 labeled trees and shrubs. Great
walking paths. Orange Line T stop is Forest Hills.
BEACHES Crane’s Beach, Ipswich; Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester; Wingaersheek
Beach, Gloucester; Singing Beach, Manchester; C’s Beach, Ipswich; Nahant Beach,
Nahant; Nantasket Beach, Hingham; Horseneck Beach, beyond Westport.
BEAVER BROOK RESERVATION Trapelo Road, Belmont, 484-6357. Has a duck pond,
paths to walk along, playground, tennis courts, and a summer sprinkler system
designed for children to play in.
BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL Downtown Boston, 617-742-5415. A 90-minute walk through
sites that were historically important to Boston’s African-American community.
Guided tours start in front of the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in Boston Common
during the summer.
BOSTON COMMON Downtown Boston. The oldest public park in America, dating to
1630. Very popular for jogging and walking, and full of memorials to historic Boston.
The pond is frozen in the winter for ice skating. Take the Red Line T to Park St.
DRUMLIN FARMS Lincoln. Owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Has 220 acres
of pastures, fields, woodlands, and ponds. New England farm animals are housed in
several large barns (children can learn why pig farmers have been unpopular throughout
history), and a live exhibit of wild animals that typically inhabit the New England
landscape is located on the property.
FREEDOM TRAIL Downtown Boston and Charlestown (Boston). A three-mile walk
through many historical sites from colonial Boston and the American Revolution. The
trail begins near the Boston Common. Follow the red painted or paved line on the
sidewalk. The National Park Service offers a map and free 90-minute guided tours
from the Visitors’ Center at 15 State Street T stop is State (Blue Line) or Park Street
(Red and Green Lines).
HARBORWALK Begins at the Old State House (206 Washington St., downtown Boston –
the site of the Boston Massacre) and traces Boston’s maritime history. Follow the blue
line on the sidewalk. T stop is State (Blue Line).
617-426-1885. This helpful organization sponsors narrated tours of Beacon Hill,
North End, Chinatown, Back Bay, and Downtown, plus the Mother’s Day Make Way
for Ducklings parade. Advance registration required.
LEXINGTON GREEN, Lexington. The first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought
here, on April 19, 1775. At 6 a.m. on Patriots Day (3rd Monday in April), the town
reenacts it. There is also a parade. It’s a must! Near the green are Lexington Center, the
“downtown” of Lexington, and a large park and playground.
MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge/Watertown, 617-547-7105.
One of the earliest and most beautiful cemeteries in the United States. Walk in the fall
or the spring and enjoy the vivid colors.
PUBLIC GARDENS downtown Boston (across the street from the Common). The famous
Swan Boat rides are here, in a nicely landscaped duck pond. Near the pond are statues
commemorating Robert McCloskey’s classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings.
WALDEN POND outside Concord, Rt. 126 off Rt. 2, 978-369-3254. Now a
Massachusetts state park. Wooded trails lead to a replica of Thoreau’s cabin in the
woods. Evening strolls are offered in the summer and also a morning children’s hour.
There is a beach for swimming, although it may be closed due to erosion, and it is a
great place to picnic. Can be very crowded on weekends.