The swan boats have been a go-to date activity for more than a hundred years, so make a point of taking someone special. When you’re done appreciating the botanicals from the back of a giant bird, check out what the ducklings are wearing this season.
Every Wednesday night there’s a line out the door for Poetry Slam night at Central Square’s Cantab Lounge, which features some of the best spoken word art in the country. It officially starts at 8pm, but you’ll have to get there around 6:30pm to get a seat. Stick around for the featured poet and the slam, or hit 1369 across the street to re-up on caffeine and compose your own three-minute masterpiece for next time.
5. Stuff your face with seafood
Boston is home to some of the best lobster rolls, chowders, fried clams, and cod dishes. There’s no excuse not to try them while you’re here… unless you’re allergic to seafood. We also love our bivalves, and there’s a great oyster bar on almost every corner, complete with happy hours where the briny beauties are typically a buck each. Sadly, those are the only happy hours we have here...
6. See a show at OBERON
OBERON is home to some of the most offbeat performances in Boston. Half club, half theatre, it’s an incredible nightlife destination for anyone who’s sick of the same old thing. Go see The Donkey Show (a glitter-drenched disco version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that plays every Saturday night), an original burlesque production, or one of A.R.T.’s amazing artists in residence (Boston Circus Guild, Liars & Believers, and Touch Performance Art).
Built in 1903, it’s the nation’s oldest stadium and a miracle of architectural engineering. It’s also the city’s greatest free workout: Hike the 1,000 stairs, either alone or with the November Project, and you’ve done your cardio for the day. If you can score tickets to the Harvard-Yale football game, all the better.