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36 Hour Itinerary to Explore the Temporary Home of Cirque’s Traveling Show
East Boston –  Travelers seeking a juxtaposition of ingenuity and old school charm in a quick getaway need look no further. Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS has pitched its tent at Suffolk Downs, nestled at the crux of East Boston (“Eastie”) and Winthrop; an area best known to locals but often overlooked as a destination. With award-winning restaurants, incredible views, and budget-friendly lodging options (see itinerary below), KURIOS – shows through July 10, 2016 – is just one of many reasons Eastie and Winthrop should be on the radar of summer travelers.


KURIOS continues the Cirque tradition of wowing audiences with incredible physical talents with unbridled creativity, this time with a nouveau steampunk-meets-vaudeville vibe. Acts include contorting sea nymphs, a flying cyclist, and upside-down balancing artists. And just beyond the canvas walls, East Boston and Winthrop are all about authentic, local experiences.

Think: hidden beaches and family-run eateries that have been around for decades dot the peninsula. Santarpio’s pizza, for instance, has been a landmark eatery since 1903, serving up some of the best pies you’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking your teeth into. And there’s Winthrop Beach; an in-the-know spot with a laid-back vibe, perfect for escaping touristy crowds and soaking up some summer sun. The list goes on!

With shows running for just a few more weeks (July 10th is the finale!), and summer on the horizon, there’s no time to waste. Take the weekend, or a few personal days from work, to take in the show and explore the best of Eastie and Winthrop! Download this 36 Hours in Eastie + Winthrop itinerary for all the details:

Show: Cirque du Soleil Presents KURIOS
Date: Now through July 10, 2016
Location: Under the Big Top at Suffolk Downs, 525 McClellan Highway, East Boston, MA 02128
Tickets (discounted 20%):

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