Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Attending the Boston Symphony Orchestra

If you want to have an amazing musical experience you've got to check out the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.  We went over Valentines Day last year and had a fantastic experience (and if your an MIT student and your interested in going get your tickets from the MIT Copy Tech, you get a card that allows you to buy tickets for only a few dollars a person... I can't remember the price exactly but I want to say it was between $5-$10/person.  If your a student from another university I suspect there are similarly discounted tickets available to you.)

We walked to Symphony Hall and enjoyed walking around the hallways for a few minutes and learning more about the history before we settled into our seats.   The Hall itself has incredible marble statues and ornate gold work lines the top of the hall, and once the music started well it was breath taking.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall

We really enjoyed being able to have this experience and if you like classical music this is a must visit.

Things to Note:

1) Price
It varies depending on the event.  Some are even free.

2) Getting There
I would suggest public transportation but there are a few parking garages around the area you can use.  More information about parking for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall
3) Children
Children over 5 years old are permitted to attend symphony events.  If you have children under 5 you'll have to wait and attend one of their "Concerts for Very Young People" performances where young children not only get the hear fantastic music but they also have a chance to interact with the performers.

4) Attire
Semi formal is generally requested though there is no official dress code.

5) Arrival
Get there earlier enough to be seated before it starts.  If you're late you'll have to wait until the end of whatever piece is being played before the ushers will take you to your seat.

Have you been here before?  If so I'd love to know more about your experience and any tips or tricks you have in the comments section below. 

Summary & Rating ★★★★☆

Four Stars.  While this was a great experience for my husband and I it's really not a very kid friendly activity. The hands on "Concerts for Very Young People" are great but they don't happen super regularly.  In any case if your looking for a nice date night this might be just the thing.

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-266-1492