Boston is a world-famous city for a reason. So many of America’s most profound historical moments have taken place in these city limits. In recent years, it has gained a reputation as a culture-rich destination with plenty to explore. But, there’s much more than what meets the eye in Boston. When you book a stay at The Boxer Boston, the city’s hidden gems are within easy reach. Here are a few of our favorite attractions and experiences to put on your itinerary during your stay.
The Boston Athenæum
Ever wondered what hides behind the historic façade of one of Boston’s most beautiful buildings? The Boston Athenæum is a hidden gem, often overlooked by tourists. Founded in 1807, it’s one of the country’s oldest independent libraries. The Boston Athenæum boasts a collection of over half a million books, ranging from 19th-century classics to contemporary releases. While membership grants full access, visitors can purchase a Day Pass for $40, allowing exploration of this literary haven. No matter if you’re a bookworm or simply craving a glimpse into old Boston, the Athenæum is a wonderful choice for all.
The Big E
Venture just outside Boston to Springfield, MA, for an unforgettable day trip to The Big E, the ninth-largest fair in North America. This New England autumn tradition gives you access to the sights, sounds, and irresistible aromas of fall. Try regional favorites, hop on some heart-rate-pumping rides, and explore the rich cultural diversity that defines New England. The Big E promises a one-of-a-kind experience that will make you fall in love with the season.
William J. Devine Course
Golf enthusiasts take note: Boston has a hidden gem for you too. The William J. Devine Course, an 18-hole wonder nestled in the heart of Franklin Park, is the second oldest public course in the country. With well-maintained greens, scenic ponds, and a clubhouse featuring a restaurant and outdoor seating, this par-70 acre course offers a unique urban golfing experience. Play a round on this Olympic-worthy course and enjoy the charm of Franklin Park.
At Bogie’s Place, an adults-only restaurant and speakeasy, step behind an iconic, red velvet curtain to enjoy a steak prepared to perfection. Sip on perfectly paired cocktails like a French 75 or the Ward Eight, while you indulge in thoughtfully prepared dishes. On the way in, don’t miss the small signs pointing you to the restaurant’s entry point—you wouldn’t want to miss this exclusive dining experience.
Boston’s own success story, GrandTen Distilling, has transformed an iron foundry into a hub for small-batch spirits. Step inside their chic bar space, open Thursday through Sunday, and explore a creative cocktail menu featuring distilled spirits on-site. Shuffleboard, foosball, and board games provide entertainment to pair with your drinks. Savor spirits like rum, vodka, brandy, and gin, as well as specialty creations like Craneberry, infused with Cape Cod cranberries.
As the season changes and the long-awaited season of fall arrives, now is the perfect time to explore the hidden gems of Boston. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, art enthusiast, or simply a traveler seeking relaxation, Boston offers a diverse array of experiences beyond the well-trodden path.