Visit 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 find 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 terrific opportunity to teach your children about horticulture and the importance of sustainability and maintaining the natural world. Parents can also take their children to the Greenway Carousel, where children can ride for $3. The greenway is devoted to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, former president John F. Kennedy’s mother. But that doesn’t mean everyone can’t find a piece that fascinates them if they approach the art with an open mind. Perhaps the ICA best feature is the stunning 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 centre, 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 seeks to marry the new wave of industries with the city’s treasured historic sites.
Art here is not just 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 see the leaders of this avant-garde art movement on full display.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Nights are not just for sleeping, particularly on a visit to Boston. Like most old cities, Beantown is home to its share of creepy websites and dark history. If you find yourself 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. Having 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… in the world. Where you will either be frightened or moved, as you go to the grave sites of famous historical figures like John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
See the Mapparium
Most tourists would not visit a library while in Boston, but there is a good reason to visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library’s’Mapparium’. It is a giant globe composed of 608 glass sections, reaching a height of three stories, 30-feet wide! Built in the 1930s, the Mapparium is the first of its kind. There are 206 LED lighting fixtures able to produce nearly 16 million color combinations.
Being a sphere, the Mapparium produces some of the strangest echoing. Stand at the center of the chamber and say something; you’ll be amazed when your voice echoes loudly. Don’t say anything provocative when standing at one end of the bridge as everyone at the other end will have the ability to hear you perfectly…
Shop in Bodega Consider it as when boutique meets a speakeasy.
Part of the experience is to be confused when you input and struggle with how to’unlock’ the boutique, therefore it is frowned upon to explain, let alone film, the way to gain access. Not knowing is 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 either, Bodega conveys some of the rarest shoes around, and have streetwear brands not found anywhere else in Boston.