Things to do in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, Skyline, Downtown

Go to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

If you are visiting Boston anytime in the spring or summer, walking across the Kennedy Greenway through downtown Boston is the best place to spend a sunny day. Here you’ll see rows upon rows of flowers that will enchant the senses. The garden is comprised of several little parks with each featuring unique flowers and trees like sweetbay magnolia or marsh blazingstar. This is a great opportunity to teach your children about horticulture and the importance of sustainability and maintaining the natural world. Parents can also take their children to the Greenway Carousel, where kids can ride for $3. The greenway is devoted to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, former president John F. Kennedy’s mother.

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Contemporary Art is not for everyone, and the art here is how you say,’advanced’. But that doesn’t mean everyone can’t find a piece that fascinates them if they approach the art with an open mind. Perhaps the ICA best feature is the magnificent view it provides of the Boston skyline on the cantilevered glass wing, which stretches over the Boston Harbor.

The museum hasn’t always been in its modern centre, as the ICA has moved 13 times since its founding in 1936. In many ways this Diller Scofidio and Renfro designed building is reflective of the emerging technology culture in Boston, and shows of how the city seeks to marry the new wave of industries with the city’s treasured historic sites.

Art here is not just confined between frames. ICA is a hotbed for large-scale interactive art pieces that fully immerse audiences. Don’t come expecting to understand every piece you see. Be confused, be appalled, give yourself the chance to see the leaders of the avant-garde art movement on full display.

Old Town Trolley Tours

Nights are not only for sleeping, especially on a visit to Boston. Like most old cities, Beantown is home to its share of creepy websites and dark history. If you find yourself in the city between April and October, taking one of the Old Town Trolley Tours will offer you a glimpse of the city’s darker side. Having a 17th century gravedigger as your guide, the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour of Boston provides a night trolley ride around town.

But there is more to this tour than offense lore. Where you will either be frightened or moved, as you visit the grave sites of famous historical figures like John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.

Visit the Mapparium

Most tourists wouldn’t visit a library while in Boston, but there’s a good reason to visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library’s’Mapparium’. It is a giant globe made up of 608 glass segments, reaching a height of 3 stories, 30-feet broad! There are 206 LED lighting fixtures able to create nearly 16 million color combinations.

Being a sphere, the Mapparium produces some of the strangest echoing. Stand at the middle of the room and say something; you’ll be astonished when your voice echoes loudly. Don’t say anything provocative when standing at one end of the bridge because everyone at the other end will be able to hear you perfectly…

Shop at Bodega

Consider it as when boutique meets a speakeasy.

Part of the adventure is to be confused when you input and struggle with how to’unlock’ the boutique, so it’s frowned upon to describe, let alone film, how to gain access. Not knowing is part of the fun. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with a chic retail floor lined with dark redwood, and a coffered ceiling. It’s not all for show either, Bodega conveys some of the rarest sneakers around, and have streetwear brands not found anywhere else in Boston.

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