The summer season is always the time when things get hectic in the city. Boston is certainly one of the top choices of families and groups alike. Many come for their fill of history lessons, and immersion into the American culture. With that, it’s no surprise that tourists frequent this great city and choose to experience all the Boston sites and sounds.
Bostonians may often find themselves in a situation where one of their family members or friends contacts them around this time, informing them of their plans to head to the city. This leaves the local scrambling to put together an itinerary that highlights all Boston has to offer.
When put in this predicament, a duck tour or following the Freedom Trail may seem like tempting options, but we’ve put together a list of four more unique options. These activities will give any visitor a full Boston experience, without the usual “touristy” things.
Watch a Red Sox game, NOT in Fenway, but in Bleacher bar
Boston is a sports city, that much is true. Walk through Boston Common, Faneuil Hall or through a T station and it’s impossible not to see someone wearing any piece of clothing related to the myriad of Boston teams in different sports. The Boston Celtics, New England Patriots as well as the Boston Bruins are some of the teams that the city glorifies, given the fact that they have given Bostonians a lot of bragging rights in both past and present times.
The Boston Red Sox are no exception of course. And with baseball season happening during the summer season, it is expected that the people of the city show their support. Heading to the iconic Fenway stadium is a good way to feel the Boston pride, but the popular Bleacher Bar that is tucked underneath the stadium can give one a unique experience too.
With the live view of the game as good as if you’re sitting in the batting cages, inexpensive drinks, quality food, as well as the chance to cheer alongside Red Sox fans, this is the next best thing to being up in the Fenway bleachers itself.
Find secret beautiful garden spots around the city
Who would have thought that, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, among the tall buildings and structures of both old and new alike, that there would be hidden, lush gems around Boston? These spots will not only make visitors feel at peace in the middle of the craziness that is the city, but with its beautiful greenery, one can’t help but marvel at how these places exist amidst the chaos.
See Indie films at Coolidge Corner Theater
This theatre is definitely a go-to place, especially for your movie-lover friends. Coolidge Corner Theatre is Boston’s own non-profit, independent movie theater that’s located on the corner of Harvard Street in Brookline. In this movie house, they cater to almost all genres- from classic, to foreign and even midnight cult films. Going to a normal cinema can be quite cliche, especially if your companion can do that in his or her hometown. Coolidge Corner, with its unique structure and splendid location as well as its great selection of films definitely can make your friend’s trip count!
Free wine tasting at Central Bottle
Boston is the home of one of America’s favorite beers- Samuel Adams. Its brewery, one of the absolute must-visit Boston sites, is located at the heart of Germania street, and most tourists who visit love to experience the brewery tours it has to offer where they can showcase their factories and offer beer tasting.
But not everyone is a fan of beer, of course. Some of your friends visiting may well be a wine enthusiast of sorts. In these instances, taking them to Central Bottle for their free wine tastings is a great option too! With their wide array of wine options, their knowledgeable staff and the free tastings they offer from Wednesday through Saturday afternoon for two hours, it’s impossible not to enjoy yourselves in this establishment that is local to the city.