Revel in (or glare at) our city's sports championships at The Sports Museum
This is cool, semi-hidden, and another great museum in town. On levels five and six of the TD Garden, home to the Celtics and Bruins, there’s a museum dedicated to all of our local sports history with all sorts of memorabilia and exhibits. The museum tour also includes a visit to the arena’s top floor, where you’ll come eye-to-eye with all the building’s championship banners. In the offseason, you also get to take a peek inside the visiting team locker room.
Shop on Charles Street
Newbury Street is certainly iconic, but it’s also mobbed and a little thin on non-chain boutiques. Whereas, the indie shops, antique stores, and gourmet grocers of Charles Street will cause you to linger a lot longer. Plus, the tourist crowds are relatively contained. Anytime you crave a jolt of architectural history, just turn down a side street for carriage houses, cobblestones, and street lamps. (Beware: Real estate envy is inevitable.)