Top 3 Things to Do in Beacon Hill

Top 3 Things to Do in Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston and is known for its charming atmosphere and cobblestone streets. This neighborhood sits in the heart of Boston. It is where the first European settlers built their homes. Explore the elegant mansions and tree-lined streets that offer a glimpse into the Boston society days. This highly desirable residential area, with its Federal-style row houses and gaslit streetlamps, provides the perfect spot to enjoy shopping, dining, and historic sites.

Wander through the areas of Pickney and Cambridge streets, and you’ll experience the rich tapestry of Boston’s history, especially regarding the abolition of slavery and the pursuit of religious freedom. You’ll also find several museums and historical spots like the Museum of African American History and part of the Black Freedom Trail. Continue along to Charles Street, where you can immerse yourself in lively restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. Whether you want to shop, dine, or simply wander and appreciate the stunning beauty and charm, Beacon Hill offers things to do for everyone.

Here is a list of several Beacon Hill attractions and activities everyone will enjoy.

Explore the museums

Beacon Hill has several exceptional museums, but two offer an opportunity to explore the interior of the spectacular 18th- and 19th-century homes that fill the area. The houses weren’t built many years apart but offer quite different styles on the inside, so they’re worth exploring just for that.

Nichols House Museum

55 Mt Vernon St, Boston, MA

This museum sits in a Federal-style house circa 1804 designed by famous Boston architect Charles Bulfinch. From 1885 to 1960, this was the home of Rose Standish Nichols, a garden designer, peace activist, and women’s right to vote advocate. The original furnishings and art from several generations of the family are still contained here, including 19th-century work by sculptor Augustus Saint-Guadens. Tours, programs, and special events are held annually for visitors.

Otis House Museum

141 Cambridge St, Boston, MA

Otis House is the last surviving mansion in the area, designed by Charles Bulfinch for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer, member of Congress, and former mayor of Boston. This house is another classic example of the Federal style and reflects the classic proportions and delicate detail through meticulous and extensive restorations. A visit inside the home offers a glimpse of Boston’s upper class from the late 1700s. Fancy furnishings, bright colors, and mirrored doors adorn the home. Take a tour and learn about the family’s life during the Federal era, when it was a middle-class boarding house and clinic. As a National Historic Landmark and home of the Historic New England Library and Archives, you’ll love exploring the rich history here.

Massachusets State House

24 Beacon St, Boston, MA

Though not technically a museum, the gold-domed State House is considered Beacon Hill’s “Crown Jewel” and is another example of Charles Bulfinch’s architecture. The cornerstones of this masterpiece were laid by American Revolution heroes Paul Revere and Samuel Adams in 1795. The original dome was covered in copper by Paul Revere but was later replaced by gold leaf in 1861. It is considered the zero-mile marker for Massachusetts. It offers an opportunity to explore art and history displays from the American Revolution, Civil War, and Boston’s role in the fight for liberty.

Indulge in exceptional cuisine

Beacon Hill is home to several exceptional restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bars. Charles Street offers a walkable opportunity to enjoy a variety of spots, from casual restaurants to Beacon Hill’s best fine dining spots. Here are several of the best restaurants in Beacon Hill from a local’s standpoint.


37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA

This lively restaurant is in an inconspicuous, subterranean spot along the back of Beacon Hill. Its imaginative, contemporary Italian cuisine has earned high praise, while its cozy ambiance and exceptional service keep guests returning. Dine in an intimate space with exposed brick walls and local creative artwork while enjoying dishes like duck confit, escargot, and short rib gnocchi.

Ma Maison

272 Cambridge St, Boston, MA

This fabulous French bistro offers classic dishes with fresh local products from Master Chef and owner Jacky Robert. The intimate and elegant ambiance adds to the atmosphere, while the exceptional dishes, daily specials, and boutique wine list will please the palate.


15 Beacon St, Boston, MA 

The original location of the Mooo brand was opened in the luxurious XV Beacon Hotel with chef and owner Jamie Mammano. This exquisite steakhouse offers a classic yet modern menu with traditional steakhouse dishes and an award-winning wine list. The warm and contemporary decor provides a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere, while the service is friendly and accommodating.

Stroll the local shops

You’ll find some of the best Beacon Hill shopping along Charles Street. Nestled among the various homes and buildings, you’ll find small, independent boutiques, high-end clothing stores, gift shops, and more.

Crush Boutique

138 Charles St, Boston, MA

This retail spot offers a full-service experience with personal shopping and private parties. Their contemporary designer pieces and handbags are favorites. Whether you’re searching for elevated cocktail attire or everyday fashion, Crush will offer something hand selected for you.

Dress Boston

70 Charles St, Boston, MA

Another high-end fashion boutique on the list is Dress Boston. This picturesque women’s boutique focuses on wardrobe essentials and accessories hand-picked for you. You’ll find everything from clothing to shoes, jewelry, and fragrance here, carefully curated by smaller, more niche designers. The serene storefront and accommodating staff ensure your experience is second-to-none.

In addition to the beautiful clothing and accessory stores lining the area, you’ll find shops full of New England-themed gifts, chocolates, home goods, and more. In a neighborhood with so much to offer, it’s no wonder locals and tourists love strolling the streets of Beacon Hill, enjoying the various attractions and activities.

If you’re interested in Beacon Hill homes for sale, contact Will Argabrite today. As a respected real estate agent in the area, he’ll help get you started.

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