Best Boston Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Boston

Best Boston Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Gormo75
    Adelaide, Australia135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the 45 minute Sam Adams Beyond the Brewhouse tour and can highly recommend it. The guide was super fun and informative and we got to sample 3 beers in our visit. We also got to keep our small tasting glasses as a souvenir of our. Visit. This tour is great value and highly recommended.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • abroadwithashley
    Minneapolis, MN1,724 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After our tour of Fenway Park, this was the coolest thing we did in Boston. The tour isn't long, but it's only $6. We've traveled all around the world and never seen something like this. The globe is incredible and it's fascinating to see all the ways the world has changed since 1935. Plus the old no photos rule has recently changed, which meant after the show I was able to take photos to my heart's content! Incredible.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • slc1017
    Durham, UK62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did the tasting tour whilst staying in Boston for work! A quick 25 min tour of the factory ending up with a taste of the beers and ciders they offer and hearing a history of the company! Really worth it for the beer hall of fame cans at the end, managed to spot loads of British brands from over the years! Well worth a visit and our tour guide Alex was amazing.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • billg02176062 Bill G. Melrose MA
    Melrose, MA37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic lighthouses of Boston Harbor

    The day was excellent and although the seas got a little rough and filled with Spray but it was a most delightful day!

    We loved the day .. It was well organized and very well narrated with the Coast Guard Auxiliary person and the Park Ranger who did most of the narration.

    The skies were amazing with coastal storms brewing making it even more dramatic seeing Boston Light, Graves Light and the huge ships entering and leaving the Port of Boston ..

    A great adventure and seeing the Boston Skyline from the Harbor is breathtaking!

    Bill G.
    Melrose M
    Written 22 July 2023
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  • Mark H
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting array of plants, lots of lilacs, many species of trees. Worth a trip for people interested in gardens, plants, and walking. And it's free; parking on street is okay (only employees may park on site). Easy enough.
    Written 24 May 2023
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  • cannonater
    Salt Lake City, UT1,424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s like going back in time, you really get to experience a first hand look at what it was like to be in the printing industry back than. Visited October 2018
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Ed P
    New York City, NY64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must-see for history buffs, offering a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Nichols family, especially Rose Nichols (a nice of Augustus St Gaudens)
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • sedonasunset
    peabody15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I toured Bully Boy Distillery on 4/28 for the 1 hour tour at 1pm It was very interesting learning how the name came to be, who founded it and they types of spirits distilled. Our tour guide was quite excellent, explaining everything and what tastes to expect. First taste was of Gin and told how it is distilled and where stored. The Rum is very good and a taste of the Bourbon was very nice. We saw the room where the Rum and Bourbon are stored in the barrels and a history of how the barrels are sourced and charred to add flavor to the spirit. There is also a place to buy whatever spirit you wanted, I got a bottle of Rum and Bourbon. This is a craft distillery and all in all it was a great tour and tasting experience.
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • Explorer693511
    28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    George's Island wasn't what I expected. I don't feel like the other reviews really capture this place. The island is pretty much made up entirely of a huge, abandoned old fort. Once you're dropped off by the ferry, you're stuck there for a couple of hours. The visitor center doesn't have much - a brief overview only, and it's good for maybe 10-15 minutes. Then what? You need to go exploring and wandering around on your own through dark, spooky tunnels. Open up doors to unexpected creepy old rooms that almost seem haunted. Take unusual photos with interesting lighting and peeling paint. Jump out and frighten your significant other to make them scream. We went in October, and the island was almost deserted. There were only 20 of us on the ferry, and then we all scattered in our own directions. You really don't want to miss that last ferry and get stuck on the island. Even the few park rangers leave at night.
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • dmg38
    Kimberton, PA36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thanks for another great visit !! Friendly staff, got to go to a sample tasting , delicious green apple cider ( hope it stays!) and ending with a nice birthday surprise for my son-in-law ! Perfect ending to a snot night !!
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, MA720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Boston Fire museum features a fine collection of Boston's firefighting equipment and the artifacts of important Boston fires. Located in a former firehouse (dating back to the days of horse-drawn fire engines) near both the Boston Children's Museum & Boston Tea Party museum, the old fire engines in the Museum gives you an idea of how equipment has evolved.

    This Museum also highlights major dates in the history of the Boston Fire Department, such as the Great Fire of 1872, the North End Molasses flood of 1921, the Coconut Grove nightclub fire of 1943, and the Hotel Vendome collapse of 1972. The firefighters involved are featured as well as all this historic equipment. Museum volunteers (including current & retired firefighters) are very knowledgeable about the latest firefighting trends.

    Kids will also like all the displays of toy fire engines; many available for sale. This Museum is usually only open on Saturdays, but it's a good (free!) family activity if you're in the area for some of the other tourist activities.
    Written 2 March 2024
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  • nancym290
    Weymouth260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an awesome special access tour with Erin today. It was very informative and interesting. Even my husband who expected to "suffer through" it enjoyed the tour.
    The special access tour costs about $18 per person but it is well worth it. The tour group is small -- less than 10 -- which gives everyone a chance to see and ask questions. The tour lasts about an hour or so. The guide takes you up into the engines and below to the pumps. Erin was very knowledgeable and a good speaker.
    We definitely recommend this museum.
    Written 28 May 2023
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  • Linda L
    Meriden, CT291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but full of interesting information. Well arranged exhibits, some interactive. No entrance fee. Stop here before or after visiting the Ether Dome. Both are must sees, especially if you or a family member or friend is employed in the medical field.
    Written 13 February 2020
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  • CoachK2525
    Dedham, MA1,317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Starts with the layout, goes to the games and offerings, then onto great staff, and enjoy some great drinks...think all boxes checked!!
    Written 7 March 2023
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  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT2,546 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Housed in reclaimed industrial warehouse buildings, I like to visit this artsy area whenever I am in the city. Home to boutiques, art galleries and more, there is a wide selection of hand made, high-quality goodies that await you. An extra plus during this time of the year - the bright little white lights are now on the trees for the holiday season.
    Written 1 December 2023
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