10 Cool and Quirky Things to do in Boston

January 29, 2019

1If you have already visited Boston before and checked out all the popular tourist attractions, you may be looking for something a little more unique on your next visit. Here are 10 of the coolest and quirkiest things to try out when in Boston.

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The Esplanade

If you are looking to up your fitness level while admiring some breath-taking views, renting out a hubway bike and taking a ride on the Esplanade may be the perfect option for you. As a visitor, you can rent a hubway bike from several bike shops dotted across the city, or even make use of the hubway public bike-share system. Simply rent a hubway bike from a bike stand near to the Public Garden before riding on the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge to get on the esplanade. Day passes cost $6 with the first 30 minutes being free. You can also able to save a bit of money by riding for two hours at a $10 cost.

Take a Cidery, Distillery or Brewery Tour

Boston is full to the brim with cideries, wineries, distilleries, and breweries. Whatever your tipple, you can embark on your own brewery tour at several venues across the city. You may be interested in taking a trip to the Sam Adams Brewery or the Harpoon Brewery. The latter features a large beer hall and serves some of the tastiest doughy pretzels that Boston has to offer. If cider is more your thing, you will enjoy the Downeast Cider afternoon tour.

Lawn on D

Those who are interested in the outdoors should check out Lawn on D. This is a green spot located on D Street. Throughout the summer, the area is incredibly popular with visitors and locals who flock to the spot to enjoy the various amenities that are put on, such as lawn games, music concerts, as well as the infamous beer hall. One of the best attractions at Lawn on D is taking a ride on a giant swing that glows and lights up as the sun is setting. 

The Mapparium

Situated in the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Mapparium is truly a piece of art. The building is three stories high and created from stained glass, offering visitors a 3D view of the globe as it looked back in 1935. When visiting the Mapparium, make sure that you stay for various presentations that feature LED lights, music, and conversations about subjects like geography that have changed the world. There are plenty of other exhibitions that take place in the library, so it’s best to check what’s on before you visit, as you may miss out on something you love.

Scarlett O’Hara House

When visiting the Scarlett O’Hara House, you will be surprised to learn that it’s not actually a house. While the structure may look like a plantation house, on closer inspection, you will see that it’s an optical illusion. Decorated 30 years ago, the main aim was to mask an unsightly concrete and brick wall, and the Scarlett O’Hara House is an attraction that will play with your mind. Make sure that you take a visit to the house to see if you can spot the difference. A holiday wreath hangs on the ‘front door’ throughout December, with flower boxes being kept up throughout the other parts of the year. This unique structure is situated off Revere Street in Beacon Hill.

Visit the Bodega Store

While the Bodega store is not an optical illusion, there is still a secret passageway that you may find interesting. When setting foot in the store, you may be under the impression that it’s a typical convenience store, however, when walking towards the Snapple Machine, you will notice a secret entrance door. Once you slide the door open, you will be greeted with the real Bodega, which is an up-market clothing store. The Bodega store is located at 6 Clearway St, so be sure to check it out.

Top of the Hub

When the sun goes down in Boston, what better way to view the skyline than a trip to the Top of the Hub. There you can expect to see a 360-degree view of the city skyline. The Top of the Hub is a sophisticated restaurant that is known for its jazz music and up-market American food. However, if the view is all you’re after, you can simply head to the top and enjoy some fantastic drinks 52 floors up in the lounge area. Guests can enjoy the music playing from 7:30 pm onwards every night, enabling you to relax and take in some of the most breath-taking views of the city.

Museum of Modern Renaissance

Found in the Sommerville neighborhood, the Museum of Modern Renaissance is an attraction not to miss. The museum has been running for over 14 years, featuring viable, unique, and glorious art displays. Once a Masonic lodge, the museum has now been transformed into a vision of art by the founders of the project who are looking to feature the museum as a historic landmark. While there are very few events at the museum that the public can access, it’s still worth having a walk by the museum to view some of the incredible artwork featured on the walls outside. 

Colonnade Rooftop Pool

If you’re visiting Boston in the summer months, a trip to the Colonnade Rooftop Pool is a must if you fancy taking a swim in one of the top rooftop pools in the city. The pool is in the Colonnade Hotel, so even if you’re not staying at the hotel, visitors are still able to enjoy the drinks, cabanas, and views of the city. Those who are not guests of the hotel can use the pool facilities in the day (on weekdays), though it’s cheaper to visit after 5 pm when you can expect to pay a $10 charge.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Housed in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was built to look like a Venetian 15th-century palace. This stunning museum can be visited all year round, however, it’s best to go in the spring or summer when tourists can wander outdoors and take in the fantastic courtyard. The Renzo Piano Wing is a recent addition to the museum, with many labelling it as one of the most incredible buildings in Boston. You can expect to view some brilliant art collections such as Medieval Europe, ancient Rome, and Asia, to name just a few. 

Flying to Boston

Now you have an idea of some of the coolest and unusual places to check out in Boston, the next stage is to book a flight to this wonderful city. Whether you’re a frequent visitor to Boston or not, make sure to use websites like flyporter.com, as you can earn exclusive points for every dollar you spend. 

Whether taking a cidery tour catches your interest or you fancy a ride on the Esplanade, there are plenty of quirky and unusual attractions to check out when you’re next in Boston. Before you travel, ensure you are aware of opening times and any restrictions to avoid disappointment. You may also need to purchase tickets to an attraction beforehand, so it’s always best to check first. 

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