Boston is a gorgeous city with countless things to do, from viewing historic buildings to kayaking. If you’re looking to plan a trip to the city, here are 10 off-the-beaten-path things to do while you’re there!
1. Find Bodega
This street fashion and sneaker store offers a unique draw: its hidden entrance. To get to Bodega, you’ll head to a seemingly average corner store. Go inside the store, and head towards the Snapple machine in the back. As you near, you’ll realize what looks like a vending machine is actually a sliding door that provides entry to Bodega.
2. Check Out The Mapparium
Head over to the Mary Baker Eddy Library to this notable stained glass work of art. The Mapparium is a truly stunning, 3-story tall inside-out globe that glows via LED lights, and is a wonder to behold. General admission to the Mapparium is $6, making this a great budget-friendly option as well.
3. Grab A Drink At Tiki Rock
If you’re looking for a truly off-the-beaten-path dining experience, check out Tiki Rock. This restaurant and bar offers delicious food and delicious drinks, as well as a memorable ambiance. The inside of Tiki Rock features decor that is equal parts almost darkly elegant and typical tiki bar – think gold flamingo statues and dark wood tables.
4. Visit Boston Public Market
Get some shopping done at Boston Public Market! This farmer’s market is a great place to pick up some locally grown produce, but also offers various other kinds of food including gourmet treats and fresh seafood. If you’re staying in the area somewhere you can cook, Boston Public Market is a great way to support the local community and pick up some ingredients.
5. Spectacle Island
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Consider spending a day on Spectacle Island! This 115-acre island is 4 miles offshore from mainland Boston and is a well-loved spot for fishing, boating, and hiking. You can access the island via ferry ride.
6. Explore Boston Common
Boston Common holds a unique claim to fame – being the oldest public park in the United States. Many attractions now common in other public parks, such as renting swan boats, originated in this park. You can look forward to exploring everything it has to offer, including running paths and a carousel.
7. Kayak Down The Charles River
With warm weather once again returning, those planning an upcoming trip to Boston might be wondering what there is to do outdoors. While Boston may not be known for its kayaking opportunities, spending an afternoon kayaking (or paddleboarding) down the Charles River can make for a fun and memorable time. Paddle Boston offers canoe, paddleboard, and kayak rentals, as well as guided tours.
8. Go Shopping On Charles Street
Head over to Charles Street to check out a variety of shops and galleries. This street offers a pretty eclectic variety of businesses, ranging from boutique stores to local art exhibits. Check out Beacon Hill Books and Cafe to grab some coffee and a book or two. Or, if you enjoy vintage fashion, head over to Vintage Taste, a women’s consignment shop.
9. Explore Boston Children’s Museum
Here’s a great option for those traveling with children! Boston Children’s Museum is the perfect mix of educational and fun. This museum inspired many of the features now common in children’s museums, including featuring some of the first “hands-on” exhibits as well as content geared towards very young children. Some of the museum’s current exhibits include a life-sized animatronic dinosaur and an area where kids can build their own fort. Tickets for Boston Children’s Museum are available online. Masks are currently recommended inside the museum but are not required for any visitors.
10. Castle Island
Castle Island is another coastal spot in Boston perfect for spending an afternoon at! Contrary to the name, Castle Island is a peninsula without castles (it draws its name from a historic fort). However, there are plenty of reasons you should visit. Relax on Castle Island Beach. Or check out Fort Independence, which inspired Castle Island’s name. Then, enjoy some fried clams at the popular Sullivan’s.
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