Things to do in Boston

Boston, Water, Front, City, Architecture

Visit the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

If you’re visiting Boston anytime in the spring or summer, walking across the Kennedy Greenway through downtown Boston is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Here you will find rows upon rows of flowers that will enchant the senses. The garden is comprised of many little parks with each containing 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 may also take their kids to the Greenway Carousel, where kids can ride for $3. The greenway started in 2008 after Boston sought to demolish the aging John F. Fitzgerald Expressway.

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 isn’t just confined between frames. ICA is a hotbed for large-scale interactive art pieces that fully immerse audiences. Do not come expecting to understand each piece you see. Be confused, be appalled, give yourself the opportunity to find the leaders of the avant-garde art movement on full screen.

Nights are not only for sleeping, especially on a trip to Boston. Like all old cities, Beantown is home to its share of creepy sites and dark history. If you find yourself in the city between April and October, taking one of the Old Town Trolley Tours will provide you with 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 the city.

But there’s more to this tour than offense lore. Visitors get to explore two of the oldest burial grounds in the city… on foot. Where you will either be fearful or moved, as you go to the grave sites of famous historical figures like John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.

Visit the Mapparium

Most tourists wouldn’t go to a library while in Boston, but there is a fantastic reason to see the Mary Baker Eddy Library’s’Mapparium’. It is a giant globe composed of 608 glass segments, reaching a height of three stories, 30-feet wide! If you are not dazzled by its sheer size, then the lighting system and acoustics will. There are 206 LED light fixtures able to create nearly 16 million colour combinations.

Being a sphere, the Mapparium creates some of the strangest echoing. Stand at the center of the chamber and say something; you’ll be amazed when your voice echoes loudly. Don’t say anything provocative while standing at one end of the bridge as everybody at the other end will be able to hear you perfectly…

Shop at Bodega

Think of 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, therefore it’s frowned upon to describe, let alone film, how to gain access. Not knowing is part of the fun. Upon entering, you will be greeted by a chic retail floor lined with dark redwood, and a coffered ceiling. It is 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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