See 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 day. Here you will find rows upon rows of flowers that will enchant the senses. The garden is comprised of several small parks with each containing 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 maintaining the natural world. Parents can also take their kids to the Greenway Carousel, where kids can ride for $3. The greenway is devoted to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, former president John F. Kennedy’s mother. The greenway opened in 2008 after Boston sought to demolish the aging John F. Fitzgerald Expressway. But that does not mean everyone can not 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 across the Boston Harbor.
The museum hasn’t 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 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 this avant-garde art movement on full screen.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Nights are not just for sleeping, particularly on a trip 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 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 be frightened or moved, as you visit the grave sites of famous historical figures such as John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
Visit the Mapparium
Most tourists wouldn’t visit a library while in Boston, but there’s a good reason to see the Mary Baker Eddy Library’s’Mapparium’. It is a giant globe made up of 608 glass segments, reaching a height of 3 stories, 30-feet wide! Built in the 1930s, the Mapparium is the first of its type. There are 206 LED lighting fixtures able to create nearly 16 million color combinations.
Being a world, 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 everybody at the other end will be able to hear you perfectly…
Shop at Bodega
This surreal sneaker and clothing store is located behind a vending machine in a seemingly dingy and run down bodega. Consider it as if boutique meets a speakeasy.
Component of the experience is to be confused when you enter and struggle with how to’unlock’ the boutique, therefore it’s frowned upon to describe, let alone film, the way to gain access. Not knowing is a 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 carries some of the rarest shoes around, and have streetwear brands not found anywhere else in Boston.