Boston – the capital of Massachusetts, the education mecca of the world and the home of Fenway Park and the Red Sox. Yes, Boston is known for its sports fans and horrible accents, but it’s also known for its great American history and incredible universities. I have lived in the Greater Boston Area my entire life and I can say without a doubt there are some hidden gems that you must visit if you ever find parking in Harvard yard (wink, wink).
1. Top of the Hub
Located on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower. Trust me when I say there is no view more magnificent than up here. The restaurant prices are kind of steep – so even enjoying a cocktail at the bar would suffice. The restaurant boasts an incredible view with floor to ceiling windows that look down onto the many facets of Boston’s neighborhoods. The Top of the Hub is a 145-seat white tablecloth restaurant with 190-seat lounge. The lounge hosts live jazz music, which is very popular during Sunday brunch. Personally I love the Hub Chopped Salad and Grilled Filet Mignon. But of course you must finish your meal with their signature Boston Cream Pie.
Located: 800 Boylston St. 52nd Floor, Boston – 02199
Hours of Operation: Mon- Wed 11:30 am – 1:00 am, Thu – Sat 11:30 am – 2:00 am and Sun 11:30 am – 1:00 am. For more information visit Tob of The Hub.
2. The Science Museum – Mugar Omni Theater
Tourists and Boston natives alike visit The Science Museum for many reasons. It is home to many experiments, interactive studies, children’s areas, captivating exhibits, a gift shop and a planetarium. But the one reason I still go (after having gone on field trips many times) is for the Omni Theater. It is the world’s largest film format projected ont0 a five story tall IMAX screen. Audiences are brought to far away worlds and underwater into the darkest depths of the sea. It has a state –of-the-art digital sound system and truly redefines what it means to go to the movies. Think of it as really living Planet Earth.
Located: 1 Science Park, Boston – 02114
Hours of Operation: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information visit The Mugar Omni Theater.
3. SoWa Market
Currently open for its 10th season, the SoWa Open Market is open on Sundays throughout the summer and fall in Boston’s historic South End. The market is home to 35 food trucks, an organic farmers market and an arts market. The best of Boston makers and designers are accepted to sell at the market, resulting in only the best art and cuisine. Not many know about this three-block marketplace full of culture and retail. Last year I bought a darling set of homemade candles. They had the most delicious scent – now I have to go back and get more!
Located: 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
Hours of Operation: Every Sunday from May – October 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information visit SoWa Market.
4. Frog Pond/ Boston Common
The Boston Commons is a beautiful landscape of parks, trees and water. Many university students come out to throw Frisbees or picnic during the warmer months. Others pass through it on their daily trek to work. The reason I keep coming back to the Commons is to skate on Frog Pond. During November and December they play Christmas music, while twinkle lights sparkle among the trees and Beacon Hill is dressed up with wreaths and bows. Although it’s most romantic during the holidays, you can enjoy the area year round. It is one of America’s oldest and more treasured public parks. In the spring and fall the pond turns into a reflecting pool and in the summer – a spray pool and children’s carousel. There is also a playground for children and the Frog Pond Café is open year round!
Located: The Boston Commons, Boston, MA
Hours of Operation: Public Park – Carousel Hours 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Reflecting Pool by Saturday April 13th, The Café Mid May, The Spray Pool Thursday, June 27th – Labor Day. For more information visit The Boston Common Frog Pond.
5. Mike’s Pastry
If you’re from Boston I know at this point on the list you are yelling at me – Hello! Why haven’t you mentioned the North End yet?! The North End is one of the most historic neighborhoods of Boston. Known for its Italian cuisine and culture, tourists flock to this neighborhood during all seasons. While I could write a whole article on the North End, I will stick to the gem that you will all one day thank me for mentioning. Mike’s Pastry will defy all things pastries. The legacy of the shop has brought spirit and inspiration to the streets of the North End for many years. I can’t help myself from trying every type of cannoli the minute I walk in. They also serve traditional Italian pastries like biscotti, cake, cookies, pies, squares, torrone, gelati and marzipan. Delizioso!
Located: 300 Hanover Street, Boston – 02113
Hours of Operation: Sun – Tues 8:00 am – 10:00 pm. Wed- Thu 8:00 – 10:30 pm. Fri – Sat 8:00 am – 11:30 pm. For more information visit Mike’s Pastry.