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Unique Things To Do In Boston

Boston is a diverse city brimming with history, culture and interesting attractions. Whether you’re traveling with the family, friends or on your own, you’ll find there is something for everyone. Here are a variety of unique things to do in Boston.

Take the Art & Architecture Tour at the Boston Athenaeum
Offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays; this docent led tour gives you an insider’s view of what’s inside the Boston Athenaeum. A private, members-only institution, this place is loaded with incredible collections of books and art and is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. It’s also one of the oldest libraries in the United States and a great example of French Renaissance architecture. Located on Beacon Street, the ground floor is always open to the public, and features rotating exhibits, sculptures and other masterpieces. The tours are the best way to see what you can’t if you’re not a member—they are said to have books from George Washington’s personal collection. Reservations are required for the tours and space is very limited so it’s a good idea to call early.

Eat Pizza and Cannoli in Little Italy
Located in the North End, Boston’s oldest residential community, Little Italy is the place to go for delicious, authentic Italian food. There are more than 80 restaurants within the quaint cobblestone streets. Whether you’re in the mood for upscale dining, a pizza joint, or something in between, this is the place to go. From cappuccino and tiramisu, spaghetti and meatballs to gnocchi and lasagna, you’ll find it here. For traditional, home cooked specialties, stop in at Mother Anna’s, a Little Italy icon that’s been around since 1932 and is still run by the grandson and great grandsons of Anna herself.

Experience The Boston Tea Party
Ever been to a floating museum? That’s just one of the many things that makes the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum unlike any Boston museum you’ve ever been to before. When you get there, don’t expect a hum drum tour, dusty artifacts and an overpriced gift shop. Live actors playing the roles of the Sons of Liberty will engage you with the events that took place on that fateful night. They’ll even assign you a role to play as you make your way from the Meeting House to Griffin’s Wharf and throughout the museum. You’ll throw tea overboard on an authentically restored tea ship and see one of the two surviving tea chest from the Boston Tea Party. Equipped with highly advanced 3D holographic and multi-sensory technology, you’ll see, hear and feel what is was like to be in the Boston harbor on December 16, 1773. For visitors looking to extend the fun into the evening, stay for the museum’s Tavern Nights event on select Fridays throughout the month. Enjoy a mug of ale, converse with the Sons and Daughters of Liberty and experience true 18th century hospitality.

Ride The Greenway Carousel
A totally whimsical experience, the Greenway Carousel is a beautifully and uniquely designed carousel that is said to become a Boston landmark. Inspired by the drawings of children in Boston Public Schools, the ride features sculptured, life-like animals including a lobster, sea turtle, cod, grass hopper, harbor seal, fox, whale, butterfly, sea serpent and more. Located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from Christopher Columbus Park and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, this modern, one-of-a-kind merry-go-round is surrounded by trees and shrubs and is close to restaurants, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Children’s Museum and many of downtown Boston’s most popular attractions.

Discover Life as a Pilgrim
A short drive from the city, the Plimoth Plantation is a living museum that showcases the lives of 17th Century Pilgrims in a variety of outdoor and indoor exhibits that include costumed actors and actual natives of the Wampanoag nation. You’ll see the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoag Homesite, the Craft Center, which shows off the tools, materials and craft techniques of the 1700’s, and the Nye Barn, home to historic breeds of sheep, goats and cows. At the museum’s other nearby location, check out the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the original ship that brought the pilgrims in 1620. You can board the ship, see the where the passengers ate and slept, stored their furniture and belongings for their long voyage and learn about the perils of their pilgrimage to America and more.

Fun for Everyone in Boston
A beautiful, clean and compact city, Boston offers so many unique things to do and see. Plan ahead to make the most of your visit and be sure to explore all the enriching, historic sites.


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