Sep 272016


Like most historical cities in the United States, Boston has a rich and expansive history. There are more historic buildings and locations in Boston than you could see in just one day. Instead of killing yourself trying to take in all the usual tourist spots, check out these off the beaten path spots in Boston. There’s something for everyone, they’re all unique, and while you might not learn quite as much I’m sure you’ll have just as much fun (if not more)!

Check out Bodega
6 Clearway St, Boston, MA 02115

It might look like a dingey bodega straight from the streets of NYC but head to the back, watch the Snapple machine slide out of the way and BOOM! Your jaw will drop. It reveals an awesome shoe store. Even if you don’t need shoes it’s a pretty awesome place to browse and the thrill of a 007-esque entrance is worth the visit, in my opinion!

Play with Lasers at Danger!Awesome
Cambridge, Massachusetts

There are different events for different days and you should plan accordingly but you can actually cut stuff…with lasers. It’s pretty amazing and totally fun for the adventurer or even the science enthusiast.

Check out the Observation Deck at the Custom House
3 McKinley Square, Boston, MA 02109

You can check out the panoramic views of the city and feel like you’re on top of the world. What better way to view such a beautiful and historic city?!?

Brunch Fiesta at Masa
439 Tremont St. Boston, MA

Between 10 and 3 on Saturday and Sunday you can experience perhaps the best brunch fiesta ever at Masa in the South End. For less than $10 you can eat a monster sized brunch and be fueled up for your day!

Sam Adams Brewery Tour or Central Bottle Wine Tasting
These are both great options if you love beer or wine. It’s fun to go and see the brewery and who could turn down tasting some while you are there? These are also great options for date night in Boston!

Head to Castle Island
Sure, this is historic and tour-ish BUT it’s also really amazing and fun! It’s not everyday you get to explore an old fort! Or maybe it is if you work there or something, but in that case you already know how awesome it is!

Boston University Observatory
There are special occasions when the Boston University Observatory is open to the public. You can feel like a real space cadet while checking out the beautiful views from atop the building! These are open to the public, weather permitting, during the fall and winter!

Brooklyn Boulders
12A Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

This is an indoor rock climbing facility and let me tell you…it’s awesome. You’ll have way more fun and get way more exercise here than  you will doing a walking tour with two screaming kids. If you like to rock climb this is a great place to visit while you are in the Boston area!

Venture out to the Witch Museums
It may seem cliche and a little overdone. It’s not typically one of the HUGE historical things about the city that everyone needs to see but they’re fun. There are pirate museums, witch museums and tours. It’s a part of the city history and if you are already in the area I would definitely recommend making a stop.

Boston Public Library
Plays host to some concerts in the courtyard. If you are in Boston between June and – September I would recommend you check out the schedule and stop in for one of the shows in the courtyard at the Boston Public Library.

Escape the Room
Of course there’s an Escape the Room in Boston! Check it out with your family or your friends and see how well you do! This is a great option for some fun under pressure and it’s definitely different from the typical museum style tourist stuff happening across the city. You only have 60 minutes to figure out the clues and earn your freedom so it can really be a high pressure kind of fun.

There’s definitely a lot of fun to be had in Boston!

  80 Responses to “Off the Beaten Path Spots in Boston”

  1. I’ll have to share this post with my husband. He wants to head back to Boston as a family. He loves it there.

  2. great list, Robin..can’t wait to stroll around Boston and share it in my blog indeed 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been thinking about heading to Boston, but I didn’t want to go to the “standard” spots. I wanted something different.

  4. These are great! I’ve been to Boston a couple of times, and I would love to see something new. Thanks!

  5. What a great list of fun things to do in Boston! When I visit next I will be sure to mark some off the list! Thanks so much!

  6. OMg these all sound so amazing. I need a trip to Boston in my future. You’ll be my tour guide right?

  7. I like off the beaten path tourist spots. I want to do the Escape Room some day. We are supposed to get one here in a few months, so I hope it’s as good as Boston’s!

  8. Boston is such an amazing place to visit, so much history there! I can’t wait to go one day!

  9. I have to add this place to my bucket list. Boston is amazing, I hope I can go there soon.

  10. Boston has been on my list of places to visit for YEARS. I need to get a visit in soon. 🙂 I’ll have to keep these places in mind.

  11. These all sound like awesome things to see in Boston. That breakfast fiesta has my name written all over it.

  12. These look like some great options. I love doing non-traditional travel options.

  13. I love discovering things off the beaten path. I am saving this so I know what to discover when we visit Boston.

  14. Oh I’d definitely have to check out Bodega. I think the observatory would be a lot of fun to see too.

  15. I would love to go and check out Boston.
    So much to see and do I don’t know which one would be the first on my list!

  16. Great list! I’ll have to share these with some friends of ours that head that way! 🙂

  17. I definitely hope to visit Boston someday. The Sam Adams Brewery Tour would be an absolute must for both me and my husband.

  18. These all sound really neat. I would love to play with lasers or try the escape room.

  19. These all sound like they would be a lot of fun! I would love to visit Castle Island, I think my kids would love it.

  20. Boston does have a ton of great things to check out. It’s one of my favorite cities to visit, especially with all the historic sites.

  21. I haven’t been to Boston in the longest time, but I’d love to go! It sounds like these places are so worth checking out!

  22. I used to live in Boston and these are all fabulous finds! That Sam Adams tour is a really good time and the Salem witch museum is a CLASSIC!!!

  23. This post is so timely. My husband is headed to Boston this weekend. I’ll have to share these treasures with him.

  24. I have been to Boston once but only one of these did I see (Sam Adams Brewery) so I think that means I need to go back, right?

  25. That brunch fiesta sounds amazing! I love going to places that are not very well-known because they’re less crowded so you get to enjoy what the place has to offer without having to fall in line or deal with a lot of people.

  26. Boston is definitely one of my favorite cities because it reminds me so much of my sweet home Chicago. The only place on this list I have been to is the Boston library and I loved it!

  27. I would love to go to a witch museum. Sounds like alot of fun places!

  28. Boston is an incredible city and a great place to explore. It has such a variety of interesting sights to enjoy.

  29. Pinning this to travel because I have friends visiting the area soon and they need to know about the good spots, plus I want to visit them too. You always know where to go! I love your posts.

  30. I have never been to Boston! That is very cool! Sounds like there are a lot of places to visit!

  31. Thank you so much for these tips! Exploring historical places in Boston sounds like a great idea!

  32. I’ve never been to Boston but have always wanted to go! Someday! I’m especially interested in playing with lasers lol. What can I say? I’m a nerd haha.

  33. I live in Maine, so it is a quick trip to Boston. LOVE this list, so glad I came across it, pinning it for a resource later 🙂

  34. I want to visit each and every one of these places. I have actually have never been to Boston and I cannot wait to get there

  35. Love Boston. I’ve lived there. Such a beautiful city for visitors to see.

  36. What a great list of spots in Boston!!! I love the history of Boston it is so much fun to explore towns like this!

  37. I am from the New Jersey/New York are and we are always talking about going back and visiting. I would love to visit some of these spots while on the trip.

  38. Wow, Boston looks like a great place for vacation. How I wish I can travel there!

  39. Boston is a nice place. I missed this place so much, next year we will be coming over.

  40. Visiting Boston is on our bucket list because the hubs wanted to visit and watch a ballgame at Fenway Park. 🙂 Thanks for the list.

  41. This place goes right to my bucket list!

  42. Wow, I want to go to that place. I haven’t been in an out of the country trip, I will be there soon!

  43. What a lovely place. I will put this on my bucket travel list for next year.

  44. Boston is one of the great places I’ve been into. I want to go back there soon!

  45. My husband and I are planning to visit Boston soon and this is a wonderful list of places I will keep in mind while there.

  46. These look like great places to check out. I will be in Boston in the spring. I will have to go see a few of these places.

  47. I haven’t been back to Boston in quite some time but hoping to take a family trip there soon. I really think my toddler would enjoy sightseeing there.

  48. I haven’t been to Boston is so long. These destinations look worth checking out on my next visit. I love hidden gems

  49. I’m not sure who would have more fun cutting stuff with lasers, my husband or our kid. Sounds like there is so much fun to be had in Boston.

  50. I would so love to visit Boston one of these days! I will save your post for that day so I can explore all there is to explore

  51. Going there soon. will definitely check out some of these places. Escape the room is always so much fun and it’s different in every city.

  52. These sound like fun date ideas. I enjoyed last week even though we were super busy. I was able to go on several dates with my husband. I would enjoy a few of these on your list.

  53. I have always wanted to visit Boston, but haven’t had the chance so far. I am bookmarking this list for when I finally make it up there!

  54. I have always wanted to visit Boston, but haven’t had the chance so far. I am bookmarking this list for when I finally make it up there!

  55. I would love to visit Boston! I have always wanted to, and all your posts really make me wish I could get there! Would love to visit all these spots!

  56. Hey you do have a Sam Adams there! I know someone who LOVES that beer (there are probably lots of someones who do, I’m sure). 🙂

  57. That’s a really neat list. So many people are unaware of all the cool things that are right around them.

  58. Castle island looks like tons of fun. I haven’t been to Boston, but will keep this list handy when I do

  59. I’m all about hitting up places that aren’t the most popular. They seem to offer the better occasion!

  60. I adore Boston! I’ve been to one or two of these places and love this list!

  61. I’ve never been to Boston. I’ll have to go to some of these places when I get a chance… which is usually for conferences. lol

  62. Great suggestions of places to see in Boston. I’d love to visit the observatories and the public library first. That would be so cool!

  63. This looks like so much fun! We are not far from boston, i think we might need to make a trip!

  64. Hubby and the older kiddos would be playing with lasers while the little guy and I were at the library.

  65. You are right. It is also fun to explore a place’s off the beaten path spots.

  66. I’ve never been to Boston but all of these places sound like so much fun! I’ll definitely keep them in mind if we ever travel there.

  67. My family is due for a little road trip and this would be awesome little list to follow! Thanks so much for sharing.

  68. Boston is on my must-see list, so I definitely need to save this post for later!

  69. I’ve never been to Boston but sounds like a lot of fun to be had. THough I hear the winters are pretty cold.

  70. Boston is such a lovely city! On my next visit I want to check out a few of these spots! The observation deck especially!

  71. Boston is such a lovely city! On my next visit I want to check out a few of these spots! The observation deck especially!

  72. I haven’t made it this far east yet, but plan to in the next year or so. Sam Adams brewery was already on the list, I will be adding some of these also.

  73. I have never been to Boston or even Massachusetts for that matter, but I’d love to visit someday. Especially since there’s so much history and interesting places to visit.

  74. This is such a great list! Thank you for sharing! I have always wanted to visit Boston! My husband travels for a living and I tend to go with on some of his fun trips. I’ll have to add this to my list of places to go.

  75. totally love your list! i would be bookmarking your blog for my future travels in this places

  76. Boston seems like a wonderful place to visit with lots to offer. I really like the sound of the observation deck. The brunch also sounds good as I enjoy trying out new foods.

  77. That indoor rock climbing facility sounds like a lot of fun! We have several Escape Rooms, where I live, and they are a blast!

  78. I have never been to Boston, but I’d love to visit for all the history. These all sound like amazing places.

  79. Boston is in the top 5 bucket list destinations for me. I’m bookmarking this as I’m sure it’s going to come in handy as soon as I get there!

  80. I would love to visit Boston one day. So many fun things to do and see. Thanks for sharing some of the hidden gems.