Things to do in Boston

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Go to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

If you are visiting Boston anytime in the spring or summer, walking along the Kennedy Greenway through downtown Boston is the best place to spend a sunny afternoon. Here you will 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 terrific opportunity to teach your children about horticulture and the importance of sustainability and preserving the natural world. Parents can also take their children to the Greenway Carousel, where kids can ride for $3.

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

The museum has not always been in its modern facility, 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 attempts to marry the new wave of industries with the city’s treasured historic sites.

Art here isn’t only confined between frames. ICA is a hotbed for large-scale interactive art pieces that completely immerse audiences. Don’t come expecting to understand every 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 just for sleeping, especially on a trip to Boston. Like all old cities, Beantown is home to its share of creepy websites and dark history. If you end up 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. With a 17th century gravedigger as your guide, the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour of Boston provides a night trolley ride around town.

Walk the streets as the Boston Strangler did, whom murdered 13 women in the Boston area in the 1960s. But there’s more to this tour than offense lore. Where you will be frightened 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’s a fantastic reason to visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library’s’Mapparium’. It’s a giant globe composed of 608 glass segments, reaching a height of 3 stories, 30-feet broad! If you aren’t dazzled by its sheer size, then the lighting system and acoustics will. There are 206 LED light fixtures able to create nearly 16 million color 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. Do not 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

Consider it as if boutique meets a speakeasy.

Part of the adventure is to be confused when you enter and struggle with how to’unlock’ the boutique, therefore it is frowned upon to describe, let alone film, the way to gain access. Not knowing is a 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 , Bodega conveys some of the rarest sneakers around, and have streetwear brands not found anywhere else in Boston.

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