The largest Shark and Ray touch tank on the East Coast has just debuted at the Aquarium allowing visitors of all ages to get a hands-on experience gently touching cownose rays and bonnethead sharks as they swim around in a mangrove-themed tank. The exhibit also discusses the importance of conserving essential coastal habitats, including mangroves and lagoons. Check out the website for the Aquarium at neaq.org for more information.
Location, location, location just may be the best way to describe The Boston Harbor Hotel. Situated at Rowes Wharf overlooking the ocean, this landmark five-star hotel is just steps from Faneuil Hall, the North End and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Be sure to request a harbor front deluxe room (with separate sitting area) for a beautiful view of the private boats, yachts, dinner cruises, and party boats pulling in and out of the wharf.
The waterfront hotel offers 230 guest rooms, including one- and two-bedroom suites as well as a luxurious Presidential Suite with butler service upon request. Award-winning Chef Daniel Bruce (the mastermind behind the 20-year-old Boston Wine Festival) offers small and large dishes paired with wine at Meritage The Restaurant. From its attentive service to the elegant accommodations, The Boston Harbor Hotel remains a standout in the city.
Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss the Summer Series here, which runs from June to September and includes Tuesday night R&B and soul bands, Wednesday night classic entertainment, Thursday night blues barge (complete with floating stage) and Friday night outdoor Movies by Moonlight series.
Boston’s most famous and popular Irish pub, The Black Rose, has attracted crowds of all ages from tourists to locals to Faneuil Hall. In the nation’s fairest city, people having been coming here by the droves since 1976 for the fish and chips, washing it down with a pint of Guinness, all while enjoying live Irish music. Does life get any better than this?
The name comes from a 17th century elegiac poem entitled Roisin Dubh (the small black rose) – “Over the highways and byways the pilgrim goes aflame with the name of my small black rose.” This two-story pub has been voted one of America’s top ten Irish establishments. Both levels feature live Irish entertainment on the weekends – the upstairs gets lively with a younger crowd late at night while the first floor attracts a 30+ clientele.
The menu here offers some of the best traditional Irish fare in town, including the award-winning clam chowder, and of course Mother Sweeney’s corned beef. You never know who you might see jump up on stage and grab the mike here – some unforgettable guests have included members of the Chieftains, flutist James Galway, Tommy Makim, Liam Clancy, John Denver and even U2 back in the day.
Insider’s Tip: Don’t miss the happy hours every Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. where they feature live Irish entertainment from traditional bands like Celtic Clan, Eugene Byrne & Co. and Sunday’s Well.