See the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
If you are going to Boston anytime in the spring or summer, walking across the Kennedy Greenway through downtown Boston is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. Here you will see rows upon rows of flowers that will enchant the senses. The garden is comprised of many little parks with each featuring unique flowers and trees such as sweetbay magnolia or marsh blazingstar. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about horticulture and the importance of sustainability and preserving the natural world. Parents may also take their kids to the Greenway Carousel, where kids can ride for $3. The greenway is dedicated to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, former president John F. Kennedy’s mother. The greenway started in 2008 after Boston sought to demolish the aging John F. Fitzgerald Expressway.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) But that doesn’t 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 magnificent view it provides of the Boston skyline on the cantilevered glass wing, which extends across 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 tech 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 fully immerse audiences. Do not come expecting to understand each piece you see. Be confused, be appalled, give yourself the opportunity to see the leaders of the avant-garde art movement on full screen.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Nights are not just for sleeping, especially on a visit to Boston. Like all old cities, Beantown is home to its share of creepy sites 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 nighttime trolley ride around town. But there is more to this tour than offense lore. Where you will either be fearful or moved, as you visit the grave sites of famous historical figures like John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
Visit the Mapparium
Most tourists would not go to a library while in Boston, but there’s a good 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! Constructed in the 1930s, the Mapparium is the first of its kind. 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 produces some of the strangest echoing. Stand at the center of the room and say something; you will be amazed when your voice echoes loudly. Don’t say anything provocative while standing at one end of the bridge as everyone at the other end will be able to hear you perfectly…
Shop at Bodega Located in a residential block in Boston, the storefront is unassuming and very easily mistaken for a run of the mill New York style bodega. Consider it as if boutique meets a speakeasy.
Part of this adventure is to be confused when you enter and struggle with how to’unlock’ the boutique, therefore it’s frowned upon to explain, let alone film, how to gain access. Not knowing is a part of the fun. Upon entering, you will be greeted with a chic retail floor lined with dark redwood, and a coffered ceiling. It’s not all for show either, Bodega carries some of the rarest shoes around, and have streetwear brands not found anywhere else in Boston.