The Top 25 Things to Do in Boston While You’re in Town for HYPERGROWTH

We are counting down the days to HYPERGROWTH.

And before speakers and attendees start arriving here in Boston, we wanted to make sure everyone was prepared to have an incredible time — not just at HYPERGROWTH, but also while exploring the city.

So we surveyed the entire Drift team and put together a definitive, Drift-approved guide to exploring Boston.

You can check out our top 25 things to do in Boston below, and feel free to share your own suggestions with us via Twitter (@Drift) using the hashtag #HYPERGROWTH17.

Best Places to Grab a Bite

1. Blackbird Doughnuts (South End)

Recommended by: Dave Gerhardt, Marketing

Editor’s note: Mmm…doughnuts. Need to carbo-load before the big day? Blackbird’s gourmet doughnuts are always a delicious option.

See it in Google Maps.

2. Regina Pizzeria (North End)

Recommended by: Dan Murphy, Marketing

Editor’s note: Regina’s has a bunch of locations now, but the original in the North End is a Boston institution. (And FYI: Their margherita pizza never disappoints.)

See it in Google Maps.

3. Mike’s Pastry (North End)

Recommended by: Armen Zildjian, Sales

Editor’s note: Holy cannoli! There’s no way you can visit Boston’s North End without dropping by Mike’s (or any of the other incredible bakeries nearby) for some tasty Italian pastries.

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4. James Hook & Co (Waterfront)

(Photo credit: Buckitdream)

Recommended by: Amanda Yee, Product

Editor’s note: Little known fact: It’s actually illegal to visit New England and not eat a lobster roll while you’re there. So why not have one at James Hook while you’re overlooking Boston Harbor?

See it in Google Maps.

5. Harpoon Brewery (Seaport)

(Photo credit: Boston Magazine)

Recommended by: Carolina Lopez-Trevino, Engineering

Editor’s note: Sure, most people go to breweries for the beer. But in the case of the Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall (located in Boston’s Seaport District), the soft pretzels are the real stars of the show.

See it in Google Maps.

Best Spots for Enjoying an Adult Beverage

6. Drink (Fort Point)

Recommended by: Ryan Baker, Engineering & Keith Pescosolido, General & Admin

Editor’s note: It’s a rite of passage for people visiting Boston: Having a drink at Drink. Located in South Boston’s Fort Point district, drop by Drink to enjoy an award-winning craft cocktail.

See it in Google Maps.

7. Lookout Rooftop & Bar at the Envoy Hotel (Seaport)

Recommended by: Will Collins, Operations

Editor’s note: Come for a drink, stay for the incredible, panoramic views of Boston’s skyline.

See it in Google Maps.

8-12. *Bonus Round* Boston Breweries

Recommended by: Andrew McGlathery, Engineering

Editor’s note: Sam Adams isn’t the only beer in town — not by a longshot. So for all you beer enthusiasts out there, we had our resident craft beer expert Andrew whittle his list down to five must-visit breweries.

  1. Trillium (Fort Point) – See it in Google Maps
  2. Slumbrew (Somerville) – See it in Google Maps
  3. Lamplighter (Cambridge) – See it in Google Maps
  4. Aeronaut (Somerville) – See it in Google Maps
  5. Nightshift (Everett) – See it in Google Maps

13. City Tap House (Fort Point)

(Photo credit: Boston Magazine)

Recommended by: Alyssa Donahue, Customer Success

Editor’s note: Of course, instead of visiting a bunch of breweries, you could just head to City Tap — they have a massive craft beer selection, including dozens of local beers on tap.

See it in Google Maps.

Best Spots for Enjoying a Non-Alcoholic Beverage

14. Mother Juice (multiple locations, see below)

(Photo credit: Boston Magazine)

Recommended by: David Cancel, General & Admin

Editor’s note: Here’s a direct quote from David: “Get a cup of Unicorn Blood at Mother Juice. We drink it daily.”

15. Gracenote (Leather District)

Recommended by: Ryan Baker, Engineering

Editor’s note: One of the best cups of coffee in the city, plus Chinatown is right nearby. Grab a cup of joe and go explore.

See it in Google Maps.

Best Outdoor Activities

16. Go to a Red Sox Game

Recommended by: Cara Herrick, Customer Success & Danielle Diamond, Marketing

Editor’s note: Snag yourself some bleacher seats and enjoy a ballgame in one of the country’s most historic ballparks. (Here’s the RedSox’s schedule if you’re interested.)

See it in Google Maps.

17. See Boston by Land and Sea on a Duck Boat

Recommended by: Janna Erickson, Marketing

Editor’s note: Is it super-touristy? Yes. Is it also super-fun? Yes. But fair warning: Be prepared quack like a duck on command.

See it in Google Maps.

18-21. *Bonus Round* Boston’s Best Walks

Recommended by: Dave Vital, Finance; Brendan McManus, Sales;  and Vignesh Mohankumar, Engineering

Editor’s note: So many great places to go for a stroll in Boston, including the 2.5-mile long Freedom Trail that passes by many of the city’s historic sites. (Pro tip: If you see a line of red bricks on the sidewalk, you know you’re on the Freedom Trail.)

  1. The Freedom Trail – See it in Google Maps
  2. The Esplanade – See it in Google Maps
  3. Boston Common / Boston Public Garden – See it in Google Maps
  4. Castle Island – See it in Google Maps

Indoor Activities

22. See “Shear Madness” at the Charles Playhouse

Recommended by: Keith Pescosolido, General & Admin

Editor’s note: The best part about this murder mystery-themed show — apart from it being absolutely hilarious? The crowd participation. So put on your detective hat and get ready to laugh.

See it in Google Maps.

23. See a Show at the Improv Asylum

(Photo credit: Boston Community Art)

Recommended by: Alex Hanbury, Sales

Editor’s note: Located in Boston’s North End, nestled among the Italian restaurants, the Improv Asylum is Boston’s premier destination for sketch comedy and improv. (Pro tip: Show up a few minutes early so you can grab a drink at the bar before the show starts.)

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24. Visit the Skywalk Observatory on Top of “The Pru”

Recommended by: Chuck Rogers, Customer Success

Editor’s note: Want to see a 360-degree view of Boston from 50 stories up? The Skywalk, located atop the Prudential Tower (a.ka. The Pru) is definitely worth a visit. We just hope you’re not afraid of heights…

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25. Catch a Movie at the Coolidge Corner Theater

(Photo credit: Kriofske Mix)

Recommended by: Dimitri Kennedy, Engineering

Editor’s note: Specializing in independent, international, and documentary films, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline is more than just a cinema — it’s an architectural gem.

See it in Google Maps.

See You in Boston!

So there you have it: The Drift-approved guide to visiting Boston.

Is there a particular activity that you’re most excited about? — apart from HYPERGROWTH, of course 😉

Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #HYPERGROWTH17.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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