Boston’s Best Of 2013

December 16, 2013 6:00 AM

As 2014 draws closer, it’s time to look back on 2013’s high points in Boston. This year, Boston’s Best has continued to show you Boston’s best local places to see and things to do. Some of our most successful content revolved around Food & Drink, or anything holiday related. Join us in celebrating 2013’s successes by checking out our top five posts in Boston below.

Fireworks during the Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular.

Fireworks during the Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular.

Planning Guide For Spending July 4th On The Boston Esplanade

Going into 1974, organizers decided it would be a good idea to add howitzer cannons, church bells and fireworks to the playing of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler suggested, “All hell could break loose.” Little did he know… Four decades later, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular drew about a half-million people to the banks of the Charles River, with millions more that tuned in to the broadcast.

It’s an awesome experience. But it can also be a very long day and night if you aren’t fully prepared. Here’s a guide for everything you need to know for the next 4th of July on the Esplanade.

(Photo credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images)

Best Apple Picking On The North Shore And In Merrimack Valley

It seems that as soon as the wind changed and the leaves turned, we began to think of pumpkins, apples and winter squash.  Here’s a list of family-owned farms on the North Shore and in Merrimack Valley focused on fresh apples and family fun.

Related: Boston Area’s Best Places To Go Apple Picking

Read here for the best apple picking spots on the north shore.

Cobra Custom Tattoo

(photo credit: Cobra Custom Tattoo)

Best Tattoo Parlors South Of Boston

Fashion trends come and go. Hair grows out and dye fades over time. But a tattoo is forever. If you’ve been thinking of getting inked, don’t look for the cheapest place to get it done. You want a shop with talented artists, a safe sterile environment and a comfortable atmosphere. There are some great shops in Boston, and there are some great shops beyond Boston. Here’s a list of great tattoo parlors south of Boston.

Read here for the best tattoo parlors south of Boston.

(Photo from The Davis Flea)

(Photo from The Davis Flea)

More Great Boston Area Flea Markets

Flea markets are getting more and more popular. With more people looking for unique items, great prices and keeping still usable items out of landfills, it seems like there’s a new flea market popping up in greater Boston each weekend. But before you take a long road trip just to be faced with junkyard fines, try some of these flea markets instead. The Boston suburbs are home to some great flea markets. Each with its own niche and flavor, you’re sure to find something you just have to have at these Boston suburb flea markets.

Read: Boston’s Best Flea Markets

Read here for more flea markets in the great Boston area.

WZLX Halloween Bash

WZLX Halloween Bash

Boston’s Best 2013 Halloween Parties

Halloween parties are usually a big hit in any area, and Boston is no exception. There are usually tons of options for all walks of life, whether one leans more towards all night ragers, coy costume get-togethers or simple All Hallow’s Eve parties with friends. Here are but a few of Boston’s best spots to celebrate Halloween.

Read here to get some ideas for 2014 Halloween.

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