Things to Do in Dorchester

Get to know the vibrant, inclusive, and diverse neighborhood of Dorchester! From Upham's Corner to Ashmont, Fields Corner to Four Corners, Dorchester offers bustling commercial districts alongside public parks, beautiful murals, and ethnic cuisine, including some of the best Vietnamese and Caribbean food in Boston.

Explore Boston's largest and oldest neighborhood, which is home to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & MuseumFranklin Park Zoo, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate and Commonwealth Museum. As you explore Dorchester, you'll discover delicious restaurants like 224 Boston Street Restaurant, dbar, and the Freeport Tavern.

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Top Activities in Dorchester

  • 220 Morrissey Boulevard
  • (617) 727-9268

The Commonwealth Museum brings history alive through exhibits and educational programs. Changing exhibits interpret artifacts and documents that illuminate Massachusetts history.

  • 210 Morrissey Boulevard
  • (617) 740-7000

The Kennedy Institute is open for pre-booked tours and programs. Visit the Institute Experience democracy at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. As soon as you step inside the Institute, you are greeted as a U.S. Senator. You’ll interact with a variety…

  • 1 Franklin Park Road
  • (617) 541-LION

Franklin Park Zoo, a 72-acre site nestled within Boston's historic Franklin Park, is operated and managed by Zoo New England. Conservation is the cornerstone of Zoo New England's mission, and we are committed to preserving and protecting the incredible biodiversity of this planet…

  • Columbia Point
  • (617) 514-1600

Step back into the recreated world of the early 1960s and experience first hand the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Period settings from the White House and 25 multimedia exhibits create a stirring account of President Kennedy's thousand days in office. Housed in a…

  • Roxbury,Dorchester and Jamaica Plain Neighborhoods
  • (617) 286-6577

Live Like A Local Tours is a series of walking and chartered tours that allows people to explore the Food, history & culture of Roxbury, Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.

Additional Activities

Boston Harbor Distillery: Boston Harbor Distillery, located at The Port on Boston Harbor, offers tours, such as the Whiskey Wednesday VIP Tour and more, as well as live music and events.

Dorchester Brewing Company: Visit Dorchester Brewing Company and enjoy quality brews, cider, and wine as well as delicious BBQ bar bite faves from M&M BBQ.

Strand Theatre: The Strand Theatre is a restored vaudeville house located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester. The theatre offers a variety of entertaining arts from plays to dance to music. Check out The Strands Theatre's upcoming events!

The Boston Winery: Schedule your wine tasting visit today! This winery also offers customized wine options where you can create your own unique taste.

Where to Eat in Dorchester

  • 1236 Dorchester Avenue
  • (617) 265-4490

dbar is Dorchester's premiere destination for fine dining, delicious cocktails and exciting nightlife. Outdoor dining is available! See amenities below for more information.

  • 23 District Avenue
  • (310) 214-9572

Gyu-Kaku provides an authentic Japanese BBQ dining experience where guests cook-to-order their own premium meats over a flaming smokeless grill, while sipping on Japanese sake, shochu, and frosty cold beers. We are all about spending time with friends and family while inspiring…

  • 20B District Avenue
  • (617) 288-8810

Enjoy Southern hospitality with city sophistication at The Pearl at South Bay, a contemporary seafood grill and raw bar on District Avenue at South Bay. The Pearl is committed to a high-quality culinary experience serving handmade cocktails from a patio-accessible bar. District…

  • 20 Ericsson Street
  • (617) 436-3120

Fine European cuisine and attentive, professional servers await your arrival. This Business is Group Friendly! Venezia Waterfront Restaurant can accommodate groups up to 100 people for all occasions. Private rooms available for groups of 50 people or more. Our waterfront Ballroom…

Additional Restaurants

224 Boston Restaurant: Specializing in comfort food, 224 Boston offers an array of irresistible options to satisfy your cravings, such as their savory Steak Sandwich, flavorful Chicken Milanese, and their beloved 224 Burger.

Boston Little Saigon: The Boston Little Saigon Cultural District, located in Fields Corner, is known for its rich Vietnamese-American Culture. There are more than 200 shops, services, and restaurants in Little Saigon today. 

Lucy's American Tavern: Lucy's American Tavern offers modern comfort food and BBQ options, accompanied by an impressive selection of 27 craft beer taps, seasonal cocktails, and a carefully curated boutique wine list.

Oasis Vegan & Veggie Parlor: Oasis Vegan & Veggie Parlor is a plant-based food paradise with a diverse menu of flavorful fresh dishes, juices, smoothies, grain bowls, and more. 

Restaurante Cesaria: Visit Restaurante Cesaria and indulge in the traditional culinary riches of the Cape Verdean diet while enjoying live Morna music- a form of folk music usually sung in Cape Verdean Creole

Where to Stay in Dorchester

  • 240 Mount Vernon Street
  • (617) 822-3600

The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside is Boston's premier choice for hotel accommodations. Located off I-93 adjacent to the MBTA Red Line, we offer complimentary shuttle service to Logan International Airport and downtown Boston - just minutes away. Our 197 beautifully…

  • 800 Morrissey Boulevard
  • (617) 287-9100

The Ramada Boston offers a unique combination of lodging, dining and family entertainment. Overlooking the harbor, the Ramada boasts 174 tastefully decorated guest rooms. Dining is offered at The Old Phillips Old Colony House, Freeport Tavern and Pizano Cafe . Only 4 miles from…

  • 100 Morrissey Boulevard
  • (617) 287-4800

Residence Hall Summer Housing UMass Boston is pleased to offer comfortable, convenient, and affordable summer housing options for you or your group. Our residence halls are steps away from campus buildings, university conference and event space, and within walking distance to the…