It took years, but we finally got our own year-round indoor market a la the Ferry Building in San Francisco. You can sample everything from artisanal cheeses to regional wine (which makes for a cheaper afternoon), before grabbing lunch at one of the numerous takeaway spots (Beantown Pastrami Company, Bon Me, Noodle Lab). The in-house kitchen offers cooking demos and lectures, and every Thursday and Friday during Sip & Shop, you can also nurse a local beer or glass of wine as you wander the aisles.
Bocce, corn hole, ping pong, Jenga, and glow swings. Honestly, what else do you need? Beer and wine? You got that too. Hit up the outdoor space anytime during open lawn hours for some gratis G-rated fun. Many nights also include special events including movie screenings and live music performances, and interactive art installation is almost guaranteed at some point during the summer.
You can try to land last-minute tickets to a Sox game, but you’re much better off guaranteeing admission by taking a ballpark tour ahead of time. Your group will wander the grounds, pause on the warning track, and sit atop the Green Monster. The tours start three hours before game time, which means you’ll also catch some batting practice. Feeling hungry for more? Grab a beer at the Bleacher Bar before the first inning, and you can stare out onto the outfield while the players shag fly balls.
Yes, as it happens, Boston has an 18-hole course right in the middle of the city (beat that, NYC). The William J. Devine Course is the second oldest public course in the country, a par-70 course that’s part of Franklin Park, the city’s 527-acre wooded parkland. The clubhouse includes a restaurant and bar; if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to take a pause at the grill set up next to the sixth hole.
Bet you don’t even know what candlepin bowling is, right? It was developed in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the 1880s and today is unique to New England and parts of Canada. Think much smaller bowling balls and thinner pins (it’s both easier and harder than 10-pin). And Sacco’s is the perfect place to try out this foreign sport, as it gives you the full lane experience plus access to flatbread pizzas and beers delivered right to your lane.