9 unusual things to do in Boston

Boston, baby! Sure, it's got history, it's got sports, it's got chowder. But if you’re craving something a bit more offbeat, we’ve got you covered. Whether you're a local on the hunt for a new adventure or a visitor wanting to explore beyond the usual spots, here are some unique things to do in Beantown that will make your trip a blast.

1. whale watching in Boston

Set sail from the harbor for a whale of a time! Jump aboard and get face-to-fin with humpback, finback, and minke whales. Keep your eyes peeled because if you’re lucky you might even see the sneaky white-sided dolphins. Bonus: the Boston skyline view from the water is downright epic. Staying at citizenM Boston North Station? Perfect! A quick bus or subway ride will get you to the harbor in no time. Hop aboard and let the ocean thrills begin!

2. stroll through the Kelleher Rose Garden

Need a break from the city buzz? Head to the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens – your secret garden escape. Since 1931, this little slice of heaven has boasted over 1,500 roses, statues, a fountain, and those Instagram-worthy arched trellises. Tucked away behind tall green hedges, it’s the perfect spot for a peaceful wander, just minutes from Boylston Street and Fenway Park. Plus, it’s only a 15-minute walk from the citizenM Boston Back Bay hotel!

3. explore the Brattle Book Shop

Bookworms, rejoice! The Brattle Book Shop, established in 1825, is a bibliophile’s paradise. With over 200,000 used and out-of-print books, magazines, and more, you could spend hours lost in the stacks. Located near Downtown Crossing, the shop even has an outdoor sale lot where you can score some literary gems. Dive into this booklover's heaven and discover your next great read! Maybe you’ll even get lucky and spot a rare first edition from your favorite author.

4. discover the Mapparium

Geography buffs, head to the Mapparium at the Christian Science Publishing House. This three-story stained-glass globe gives you a 360 view of the world as it was in 1935, from a 30-foot-long bridge inside. The acoustics are wild – your voice echoes in the coolest way! The Mapparium also puts on a light show complete with music and all! History, architecture, and a show– what more could you ask for?

5. wander through the Arnold Arboretum

Craving a nature fix? The Arnold Arboretum is your 281-acre wonderland! Managed by Harvard, this place is a botanical garden on steroids. Stroll through the gorgeous, landscaped paths, gawk at the amazing variety of trees and plants, and don’t miss the jaw-dropping views from Peters Hill. Check out the bonsai collection (yep, they’ve got those tiny trees), and snap some pics of the blooming lilacs in the spring. Perfect for a leafy escape right in the city! Bonus: It’s open year-round and free to explore. Nature lovers, rejoice!

6. get spooked on a ghost tour

Goosebumps, anyone? Boston’s ghost tours take you to the city’s spookiest spots. Wander through haunted places like the Granary Burying Ground, where Paul Revere and John Hancock are said to linger. Or jump on a trolley to eerie locales like the Omni Parker House, one of Boston’s most haunted hotels. Your guide will share spine-tingling tales of ghosts and infamous crimes. It’s a hair-raising, history-packed adventure you won’t forget!

7. enjoy a concert in the Public Library

Boston Public Library isn’t just about books. They host live concerts too! Just a 13-minute walk from citizenM Boston Back Bay, catch some local talent and soak in the vibes in this stunning, historic setting. It’s a concert hall with a side of literature.

8. take a Boston Duck Tour

Quack, quack! Hop on a Boston Duck Tour for a ride like no other. These amphibious vehicles will take you through the city streets and then splash into the Charles River for a unique view of Boston. It’s a fun, informative, and slightly wacky way to see the sights.

9. day trip to local vineyards

Feeling fancy? Take a day trip to one of the many vineyards around Boston. Sip on some local wines, enjoy the scenic views, and maybe even take a tour of the vineyards. It’s the perfect way to unwind and taste some of New England’s finest wines.

where to stay in Boston

So there you have it – the quirky, the spooky, and the downright delightful sides of Boston. Next time you’re in town, skip the usual and dive into these unusual adventures. Trust us, you’ll have a blast! Looking for a place to stay? You're in luck because our citizenM Boston hotels are located in the perfect spots to explore the city. Stay at citizenM Boston Back Bay or our citizenM Boston North Station hotel and have the city at your doorstep. With stylish living rooms and XL beds, you'll have everything you need for your next adventure. What are you waiting for?

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