Best Bets For Boston Marathon Visitors

March 21, 2014 12:29 PM

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Hundreds of thousands of people will be pouring into Boston this year for marathon weekend. If you’re one of them, and you want to experience a bit of Boston while you’re in town, here are some of our favorite Boston-centric ideas.  Click any of the linked text to learn more.

Eat!

(Photo Credit: Maria's Pastry)

(Photo Credit: Maria’s Pastry)

The food scene in Boston is fantastic. Get all-day breakfastbrunchburgerscheap eats, the local specialty – clam chowder in bread bowlsdinerslate night diningdogsfamily-friendly dining and more.For the health conscious, there are veggie burgersgluten free food, and healthy takeout.

There’s also the ever-important carbo-loading.

Dessert brings milkshakescheesecakescheese shopschocolate cakecherry piefamous North End bakeries and more.

Drink!

(Katie Curley-Katzman/WBZ)

(Katie Curley-Katzman/WBZ)

Boston Beer Company, the makers of Sam Adams, revolutionized craft beer. Tour that breweryhit up Harpoon, or visit any number of other great local breweries.

Head to one the area’s best craft beer bars, or maybe one that focuses specifically on local brews (and spirits) to try one of the hundreds of other Massachusetts-made brews.

If beer isn’t your thing, that shouldn’t keep you away from the bars. There are cocktail barsinteractive cocktail barspiano barsbars with bottle servicepool hallsbars for geeksbars for movie stars, and just about anything else you could possibly think up.

Of course, it’s easy enough to stop at the first pub you see in the city, but why not raise the bar by checking out these day drinking spots, or these night drinking spots.

We’ve also got bars for date nightbars with free snackshotel barsloungesmartini barstiki barsbars with historybars with arcade gamescheap live music venues, and some of the best new bars around.

For runners: If you aren’t drinking this weekend, there are still a number of great Craft Beer Shops to pick up other awesome local brews as souvenirs.

(Photo credit: WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens)

(Photo credit: WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens)

Enjoy the View

There is an abundance of great waterfront dining options and spots that are perfect for people watching.

And what better way to juxtapose the sight of 20,000 sweaty runners than with a great view and a little romance. Check out one of Boston’s best spots for romance while you’re around.

Shop!

Long lines inside Marathon Sports after its re-opening. The store was damaged in the Boston Marathon bombings. (CBS)

Long lines inside Marathon Sports after its re-opening. The store was damaged in the Boston Marathon bombings. (CBS)

Boston is a walking city. Grab a new pair of sneakers at one of the area’s best sporting goods stores. The appropriately-named Marathon Sports‘ flagship shop is located right near the finish line (They also sell all kinds of Boston Marathon-related clothing).

If sports aren’t your thing, you check out some of Boston’s newest and trendiest boutiquesgo vintagebuy a hat, score some handmade jewelryshop for your pets, or just pamper yourself.

Fenway Park, with the "B Strong" logo mowed into center field and displayed on the Green Monster, during the 2013 postseason. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Fenway Park, with the “B Strong” logo mowed into center field and displayed on the Green Monster, during the 2013 postseason. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Catch a Game!

Marathon weekend is typically a great one for Boston sports.  The Red Sox play all weekend at Fenway Park, and once again this year the Bruins are in the playoffs.

Bring the Kids!

Spectators slap high fives with passing runners at the start of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Spectators slap high fives with passing runners at the start of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

If you have young kids in tow, we’ve got you covered. Take a Duck Boat Tour, visit the Children’s Museum, swing by the Boston Common and pose for family photoshit up the zoo or a playground, or try something off-beat.

Boston has all kinds of kid-friendly entertainment that’s equally enjoyable for parents.

Catch a Street Performance!

You may have trouble spelling it, but historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace is easy enough to find. The highlight, aside from the history, and all the touristy shops, is its street performances.

For more shopping and entertainment, head across the river to the equally entertaining Harvard Square. Since you can’t actually park the car in Harvard Yard, your best bet may be to take the ‘T’.

(Photo from Boston Symphony Orchestra/Facebook)

(Photo from Boston Symphony Orchestra/Facebook)

Get Cultured!

Boston has built a reputation on great artists and musicians. Enjoy a cultured day touring the city’s contemporary art museums,its weirdest museums, the city’s best muralsbusinesses with art galleries, ongoing museum exhibits and ones going on just this spring.  There are literary landmarks and some of the most haunted places in Boston.

Enjoy Saturday night at Symphony Hall or one of the other classical music spots.

(Photo Credit: CityofBoston.gov)

(Photo Credit: CityofBoston.gov)

Get Your Freedom On!

Take advantage of the Freedom Trail’s guided walking tours. It’s one of many freebies Boston has to offer.  The path winds its way through the historic city to Boston’s Little Italy, the North End.Boston also has a world-class parks systemBring a picnic basket. Most of these spots won’t cost you a dime to visit.

Need more ideas? Check out CBS Boston’s Best.

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