Boston sightseeing because the city is full of attractions for everyone. From family friendly places like the famous Faneuil Hall to adult-oriented places like the numerous historic bars, there’s always something to do. But what about those who are looking for something a little more weird? The places that the every-man or average tourist can’t find on TripAdvisor? Boston is home to a great deal of weird places that make you scratch your head and ask, “Why is this here?”
When you’re in a city where duck-shaped trucks turn into boats and tour the city, the weird isn’t so far away. Here are some of the weirdest places in Boston that you can visit.
Hood Milk Bottle
courtesy of Boston Eater
308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
This 40-foot-tall Hood milk bottle has stood outside the Boston Children’s Museum for nearly four decades now. Originally built by Arthur Gagner in 1930, the wooden structure now doubles as an odd landmark of the city while also serving as an ice cream stand during the spring and summer.
All Saints Way
courtesy of Huffington Post
4 Battery St Boston, MA 02109
Peter Baldassari’s collection of trinkets and mementos depicting the saints is hidden in an alley off of Battery Street in the North End. Behind a black door is this shrine full of images, figurines, and tokens of saints. While it is private property, Baldassari is known to give quick tours. The collection is also visible from the street.
Jamaica Pond Bench
courtesy of Yelp
Jamaica Pond, Boston, MA 02130
This curious bench sits next to Jamaica Pond, in a string of Boston parks known as the Emerald Necklace. The parks were designed by famed architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who created this U-shaped bench as a joke. Olmstead snuck the bench in without the approval of the parks department, where it went unnoticed by the City of Boston for a whole week. Sitting down is next to impossible, but laying down is an option.
Boston Athenaeum and the Skin Book
courtesy of Patch
10 ½ Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
The Boston Athenaeum is one of the city’s largest and oldest membership libraries. Not only is it stunning in its architecture but it contains one of the weirdest gems in Boston’s history, the Skin Book. The book titled, “A Narrative of the Life of James Allen: Alias George Walton, Alias Jonas Pierce, Alias James H. York, Alias Burley Grove, the Highwayman: Being his Death-Bed Confession, to the Warden of the Massachusetts State Prison,” details the life of famous highwayman and thief. Interestingly enough, the book is bound by his own skin. Allen had the book sent to one of his victims, post-mortem.
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Rollins Pl, Boston, MA 02114
This two story Greek Revival “house” is tucked away on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Notice the quotation marks. This isn’t a house at all. Instead, it is a three-dimensional painting made to obscure a brick and concrete wall. The detail is exceptional, including the flowers under the “porch” that are kept neat and beautiful year round.
So next time you’re searching for things to do beyond the usual Newbury Street walk or Faneuil Hall browsing, focus your efforts on something more weird. Think outside the box, veer off the Freedom Trail and explore some alleys. You never know what you may find.