Boston November 12, 2017
by Juliet White 10 Things To Do In Boston When You Thought You’d Done Everything
Even people who’ve never been to Boston can list our city’s most popular attractions. But, after you’ve walked the Freedom Trail, taken in a game at Fenway, and been for a spin on a duck boat, you may be wondering what else there is to do here. Whether you’re a long-term resident or just passing through, here are 10 activities you’ve probably never considered doing in Boston.
1. Travel back in time.
If you’ve already reenacted the Boston Tea Party, try visiting the oldest wood-framed house in North America. The Fairbanks House (in Dedham) looks like it belongs in a fairytale. Dating back to 1637, it has none of the conveniences of modern life, like running water, heating or electricity. This provides a more accurate picture of life in centuries gone by. Tours of this enthralling building are available between May and October.
For more information and directions, read our previous feature article
2. Spend some time in the drunk tank!
This is probably one of the only drunk tanks where you
have to dry out! Alibi, a fun, jailhouse-themed bar, is now located inside the Liberty Hotel. Before being converted into a hotel, this building was the Charles Street Jail, and Alibi was installed in the old drunk tank.
For more information and directions, check out our previous article
3. Climb aboard a floating lighthouse!
Lightships are vessels that function as lighthouses in places where it wouldn’t be practical to build a traditional lighthouse. The biggest of these, the Nantucket Lightship LV-112, served for 39 years and is currently docked at the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in East Boston. See what living conditions were like on this National Historic Landmark by taking a tour (between the months of April and October or by appointment during the remainder of the year).
4. Marvel at the Warren Anatomical Museum.
With winter on its way, you may be looking for indoor entertainment. If so, the Warren Anatomical Museum is definitely a thought-provoking place to visit. Harvard professor and surgeon Dr. John Collins Warren donated his collection of 15,000 specimens to the university, and this museum of medical oddities is the result. Exhibits include the skull of Phineas Gage, a railroad employee who suffered an accident in which a massive iron rod went through his head. Gage lived on for several years and his case helped us to better understand the functions of the human brain.
For more information and directions, read our full article
5. Climb to new heights at an adventure park.
TreeTop Adventures is an aerial park in Canton where you can climb and zipline your way through the forest. With varying levels of difficulty, this is an experience that the whole family can enjoy.
For more information and directions, check out our feature article
6. Take a ghost tour.
You may think you know Boston, but you’ll see a whole other side of the city on a ghost tour. These tours blend creepy stories with actual history, giving you an engaging and informative experience. Haunted Boston Ghost Tours and Ghosts & Gravestones Boston Frightseeing Tours are two popular outfitters offering these tours.
7. Tour a chocolate factory or brewery.
Have your very own Willy Wonka experience at the Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville, or check out one of Boston’s breweries and cider houses. Even if you’ve already toured the Sam Adams Brewery, there are plenty of smaller operations worthy of your attention.
For more information on some of the fantastic factory tours in Boston, check out our previous article
8. Unwind in a sky-high garden.
Have you heard of the Cambridge Center Roof Garden? Situated on top of a parking garage in Kendall Square, this hidden gem serves as an urban oasis, complete with benches and even ping pong! You can access this secret garden via an elevator at street level.
Address: 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
9. Drift away to an oyster farm.
You probably think of Island Creek Oysters as a delectable dining option, but did you know that the company also allows visitors at their oyster farm? Head out on Duxbury Bay on a skiff and relax in the sun while an expert tells you all about oyster production. After that, the only thing left to do is to stuff yourself silly with oysters! The next set of tours will begin in April 2018. Click
for more information.
10. View a real Enigma machine and spy gear!
The International Museum of World War II in Natick has the most comprehensive collection of World War II documents and artifacts on the planet! From Enigma machines and spy gear (pictured) to propaganda, you could spend hours absorbing information from the exhibits here. Visits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Fridays and Saturdays, and at other times by appointment. You’ll need to bring ID and sign a waiver before you enter. Click
for more information.
Do you have any lesser-known attractions to add to this list? What fascinating hidden gems to you love to visit in Boston? Let us know in the comments!
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