15 Secret Things In Boston You Didn’t Know ExistedThese are some of Boston’s hidden gems, and we’re here to reveal them…
1. The Worst Art You Never Knew You Always Wanted To See
Want to see a boring old masterpiece, The Museum Of Bad Art aka MOBA is not where you are going to see one. However, if you want to see “works of art” so epically bad you can’t help stare in wonder (or is it disbelief?) then make MOBA your next stop. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
2. The Most Exclusive Bar Is The One You Didn’t Even Know Was There
Like a little mystery with your bar-going experience? Make a night of trying to find the secret entrances to these great bars: The aptly named Drink has a hidden entrance, and throws a cocktail party every night on Congress Street. Or, you can try to locate Brick & Mortar in Cambridge.
3. The Best Ramen You’ve Ever Had After Midnight
Tipsy on a Friday or Saturday night? Uni Sashimi Bar on Commonwealth has a late night ramen menu from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Yes, you heard me correctly. You can have a late-night, giant bowl of delicious, authentic ramen for only $10.
4. An Amazing Bodega Hidden In Plain Sight
You may think you like shoe shopping, but you have no idea what shoe shopping even means until you’ve been to Bodega’s super secret warehouse sale, where you can get three pairs of designer shoes for the price of one. This awesome shop on Clearway is absolutely a hidden gem that only the lucky Bostonians are in the know about. They only have warehouse sales about twice a year, and they’re announced pretty stealthily, so be on the look out for them!
5. Boston’s Hidden Tunnel Will Change Your Life This Winter
Boston may be freezing cold in the middle of winter, but those who aren’t up to braving the cold are in luck. Most people don’t know that there’s an underground tunnel that connects the upper levels of Park Street and Downtown crossing subway stations of the MBTA. Pedestrians can use the tunnel to pass (without charge, and without having to board a Red Line train) between these two major stations, therefore making the tunnel a direct means of transfer between the Green and Orange lines. It’s called the Winter Street Concourse! You’re welcome.
6. A Secret Garden Oasis In The Middle Of Boston’s Concrete Jungle
The Cambridge Center Roof Garden, smack in the middle of Kendall Square, is a small, but beautiful, escape for Boston urbanites looking for a little respite. It’s also a great place to get your party on—there are midsummer dance parties up there. If you’re really lucky, you’ll end up at one of Google’s secret parties on the roof, which have been known to take place in this little garden oasis.
7. A Hidden Park With Breathtaking Views Of Boston
You wouldn’t expect there to be such a beautiful, quiet park so near busy Beacon Street, and yet—right on top of Corey Hill—there is a gorgeous getaway complete with shady oak trees and incredible views of the city. There is also a giant grassy hill where—seeing as no one is ever there—you can unleash your inner child and roll down that grassy plain!
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8. Or You Catch A View Of The Boston Skyline From Your Own Private Gondola Ride
Most people don’t know that you can have an authentic Venetian experience right here in Boston. You can take a private gondola ride on the Charles River at sunset and see the entire Boston skyline lit up from the river. Surprise a date with this Boston secret and you’ll be golden.
9. But If You Have The Name Isabella You Can Have A Free Venetian Experience
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a quirky, fun place to visit—not only is it a museum filled with strange artifacts from the 19th century (like letters written by celebrities or a giant silver ostrich), it’s also home to some unique paintings by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Raphael, and Botticelli. Plus, the museum looks exactly like a Venetian palace, complete with Venetian gardens and architecture. And, the real secret? If your name is Isabella or if it's your birthday, then your entrance is free (and if you're rocking your Red Sox gear, it's a $2 discount)!
10. It Takes Two Bostonians To Tango Under A Full Moon
Every full moon, at 8 p.m., the Boston Tango Society holds free tango lessons on the Weeks Footbridge across the Charles. There are demos and lessons open to everyone and anyone, of any skill level. So if you’re feeling adventurous and have always wanted to learn to tango, this is your chance!
11. Forget Italy, The Best Italian Sub Shop Is Hiding Right Here In Boston
Monica’s Mercato and Salumeria has the best Italian sub in Boston, made with the tastiest ingredients on delicious, freshly-baked bread and a balsamic reduction sauce that’ll make you think you died and went to heaven. This is one secret we’re happy to share with the rest of you! No reason any one should be deprived of this sub any longer.
12. A Killer Cuppa And Cannoli On The Q.T.
Many people don’t know about Caffe Vittoria on Hanover Street—but they should! Here, you can have a delicious espresso, made with one of their vintage espresso machines, and also try one of the best cannolis you’ll ever have in your life. Plus, you can check out the antique espresso machines and coffee makers. Oh, and did I mention they make delicious martinis, too?
13. Somehow A 6-Foot Tall Mickey Mouse Lobster Has Remained A Boston Secret
For Mickey Mouse’s 75th birthday, Disney asked artists across the country to decorate a 6-foot tall Mickey Mouse statue that represented their local culture. Breanna Rowlette, a Bostonian artist, decided to take that assignment quite literally and created, “Lobsta’ Mickey,” which honors the Boston accent, along with Boston’s love of seafood by representing the happy rodent with lobster claws. He’s located at Faneuil Hall marketplace, so be sure to swing by and meet him sometime!
14. A Radical, Anarchist Bookstore That Would Give The NSA A Run For Its Money
This awesome, radical bookstore was originally founded in 1969 as a Maoist bookstore. Today, the Lucy Parsons Center is a predominantly anarchist bookstore and is proud of its extreme politics. In keeping with their anti-establishment philosophy, the bookstore is all volunteer-run and goes by the slogan, “No bosses, no pay!” You can find just about any piece of literature on progressive movements or use the space as a free place to meet with local activists groups, participate in cultural and educational events, and—perhaps most awesomely—you can join in the “Radical Movie Nights” every Wednesday at 7 p.m. S,o if you feel like raging against the machine a bit, check out this hidden anarchist refuge!
15. The Skinniest House In The United States Is Tucked Away In A Small Boston Neighborhood
Almost completely hidden, this four-story Skinny House is truthfully the skinniest house you’ll ever see. It’s only 10 feet wide and 30 feet deep. Legend has it that, during the Civil war, there was a feud between two brothers. When one of the brothers returned from the war, the other brother had already built a large house on the land which they both had inherited from their father. So, to combat his brother, this man built the Skinny House just to block the sunlight from his brother’s large home. Today, it’s a residential home that can be rented like any other apartment. One resident explained that when someone has to go to the bathroom, everyone has to get up and when guests stay over, they can stay on a mattress… in the closet.
Did we miss anything? Tell us your favorite secret spot in Boston in the comments below!
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