If you’re planning your next trip to Boston (if you aren’t you definitely should) we have fourteen reasons it will be way worth the trek to the charming east coast. Beyond all of the historical sites and tasty clam chowd(ah), Boston holds the key to moments you haven’t even heard of. For example, did you know the oldest Italian café is in Boston? Or that Edgar Allan Poe has a square in Boston that’s dedicated to him (because he was born nearby)? Boston has a lot of delightful secrets we’re happy to share below.
The glass flower display is something out of a fairytale script. The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants is one of the museum’s most famous treasures and something you shouldn’t miss. Check out all of the exhibitions here.
A giant, glass globe built in 1935 for the win. Boston architect, Chester Lindsey Churchill, was commissioned to design this three-story, inside-out, stained-glass globe. Once illuminated with hundreds of lamps, today it glows with the soft light of LEDs.
This streetwear store is hidden behind a fake Snapple Machine in the back of a deli. Um, intrigued yet? We are too. All you need to is slide the door of the Snapple machine (easier than it sounds) to reveal an entirely fresh and beautiful apparel store on the other side. Cool!
Leave it to Boston to have a secret garden in the heart of the city. This lush spot dates back to 1931 and features over 1,500 roses.
This one just because it’s weird/cool. The narrowest house in Boston is something to see, but be sure you don’t miss it! Go inside for a little tour (it’s surprisingly spacious for its appearance).
This site, home of Paul Revere’s historic two lantern warning, has a history you won’t forget. Also, the architecture will take your breath away.
This interesting little ice cream stand serves as a snack bar and cutesy time capsule of milk serving. You won’t miss the spot – it’s a 440-foot tall milk bottle made of wood. And it’s been sticking around town since 1930, when Arthur Gagner built to bottle next to his ice cream store.
No one knows why but this stone, embedded at a base of a historic Boston building, is something to stroll by. Legend has it that the stone was imported from England in 1700 by Thomas Childs, who opened a paint mill on the site. Childs used the stone to grind pigment for his paints. Maybe, just maybe, the stone is good luck?
Historic Hull Street was the first street in Boston with a proper name. Also, it’s really pretty.
You’ve probably seen this one on Instagram (or Pinterest) a time or ten. One of the oldest bookstores in the U.S. has been selling paper treasures since 1825.
In the middle of a modern tower, sits the remnants of Gilded Age elegance. And a staircase to nowhere. If we haven’t heard of an Instagram moment, here’s one.
These gardens are one of the last remaining World War II Victory Gardens in the U.S. Also, they’re right across from Fenway Park.
If you’re into sandwich shops that were once men’s restrooms, you’ll dig this. This one, located in Boston Common, is an octagonal stone building that once served as a men’s resting place. But, don’t worry! The Earl of Sandwich spent more than one million dollars renovating the former bathroom turned foodie stop. Now, all is well.
Brittany is the content and communications Marketing Manager for Sun Country Airlines. Her favorite things about Sun Country are the close-knit family vibe and the passion behind the people, as if the employees and customers grew up loving the “airline next door.” Her favorite destination? The whimsical forests and rain of Seattle’s coast.