5 Off the Radar Attractions for Boston Visitors
Living in Boston means that you’re likely to have friends and family visiting from afar. Boston is a world-class city, and it’s a destination for tourists from all over the world. If you’ve only recently arrived, you might still be discovering your favorite local spots as you settle into a new lifestyle. But, when you’re called into service as a tour guide, you’ll want to have some off-the-beaten-path destinations in mind for your Boston visitors.
Here’s a short list to get you started:
Boston’s oldest chocolatier is located in Dorchester, only about a mile from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum at Columbia Point. You’ll want to go there to savor the view, the architecture, and history. Then, about a mile away, you can savor the taste of delicious chocolate at Phillip’s Candy House, which has a history of its own. Established in 1925, it’s still a family-run business, renowned for its fudge and its turtles. There’s nothing like a sweet treat after a busy day of sightseeing! You’ll return again and again (whether or not you have any Boston visitors)!
Bowling, Billiards and Brew
Boston Bowl is a happening place, and the fun happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A real bowling alley with both 10-pin and candlestick lanes, as well as an over-21 reserved area with private bar, there’s also a lively arcade. Become a regular and join a league, or book a private party at the lanes, then enjoy a wide variety of food choices and craft beers at DW Brewpub in the same building. It’s a win, and it’s just a stroll away from the Candy House; there’s a second location in Hanover.
Hop the Ferry
Ride a ferry from mid-May through mid-October to six of the 34 islands that comprise Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. The round-trip fare includes transfers, so you’ll want to check out what’s happening on each island before you go. Pack a picnic lunch, participate in a volunteer work party or practice yoga with other fitness fanatics. To be fair, these are not “out-of-the-way” destinations. More than half a million visitors each year come to play and to explore the ecological habitat. However, it’s a great way to “get out of the city” for a day or two. You can even reserve a rustic campsite, with a tent or a yurt, for an overnight stay.
Unleash Your Inner Child
The Greenway Carousel, located along the unique roof garden park over a Boston Freeway tunnel, is not your ordinary merry-go-round. No matter what age you are, it’s worth a visit to see Boston’s native animals, showcased as mounts for children or “young at heart” adults. Ride a lobster, a grasshopper, a peregrine falcon, or one of 11 other unique species that live in the area. Then stroll the Greenway and grab a bite from one of the nearby food trucks.
Be Free at Jamaica Pond
They say the best things in life are free, and this glacial “kettle hole” is among the best! A year-round park, you can jog around it, fish from the shore, sail or row across it, or attend a Summer Sunday in the Park event to listen to music or watch a movie. In late October, the park comes alive with flickering lanterns that cast an eerie glow over the water.
Of course, you’ll want to walk the Freedom Trail, visit the Commons, stop by Faneuil Hall, and check out Fenway – both the ballpark and the neighborhood. You can show off the city skyline from the Skywalk Observatory, the top of the Pru or the John Hancock building; and Boston visitors will certainly want to grab a quick bite or enjoy a leisurely meal near the harbor.
Get out into the nooks and crannies of Boston and explore its distinctive neighborhoods. Make Boston personal. Who knows, your friends and family might just want to move to Boston to join you.