The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Things to Do in Boston on a Rainy Day

If it’s rainy in Boston, there are still plenty of fun things to do inside with family or friends. Whether you want to grab a round of locally brewed beers or explore the city’s many museums (or both), Boston’s variety of engaging indoor activities will hold your attention all day long.

Explore Our Museums

Boston is full of history and home to some of the country’s most prestigious academic institutions, so it’s no surprise that many museums are sprinkled throughout Beantown. When you need to ride out the weather, we recommend visiting a museum large enough to entertain your party for a significant portion of the day. It’s also a good idea to take location into consideration: Museums close to the “T” (the subway) make transportation a bit easier and save you from getting caught in a torrential downpour.

If you’re traveling with kids, we recommend checking out the Boston Children’s Museum, New England Aquarium, or Museum of Science. Teens and adults may enjoy the Museums of Fine Arts and the Boston Public Library. There are two types of Boston discount cards that offer great deals on admission: The Boston CityPASS and Go Boston Cards.

Go to a Show

Going to the movies is probably one of the best rainy-day activities. AMC Loews Boston Common 19 is a beloved downtown movie theater located near the Park Street T station and Chinatown. It has easy access to the tube and is close to many delicious Asian restaurants. If indie and foreign films are more your thing, check out the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge off of the Harvard Square T station.

Live performances and comedy shows are another great rainy-day option. Boston’s Theatre District offers a variety of venues to choose from and showcases both local and national talent.

Say Cheers

A rainy day is a good excuse to go barhopping with your friends. Check out the city’s many breweries to get a taste of Boston’s famous beer. Samuel Adams Boston Brewery attracts visitors from near and far who want to tour the taproom and kick back with a delicious craft beer in hand. Other popular breweries in the Boston area include Democracy Brewing, Trillium Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, and so much more. City Winery and Abigail’s Tea Room are two solid alternatives if you’re not a beer aficionado.

Embrace the Rain

If we’re not talking about sleet or snow, you might enjoy a rainy walk in Boston’s historic downtown area. Boston Discovery Guide recommends that you start your adventure in Boston Common, walk toward Tremont Street, and follow the Freedom Trail to get a glimpse of famous historic sites and grab a bite at a local coffee shop along the way.

Boston always has something fun to offer, rain or shine. We hope we’ve encouraged you not to stay cooped up in your house or hotel—gallivant around town in the rain with your friends and family this week.


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