150 things to see, hear, and experience full-throttle in Boston

The courtyard area of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

New England’s capital brims with ivy-laden brownstones and impressive institutions — Ivy and otherwise — snazzy music venues, a vibrant arts scene, and so much sports.

(Of course, there’s tons of food, too; for 150 things to do in Boston that are all about eating and drinking, click here. And for 700 things to do in the rest of New England, head this way.)

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Arts and Culture

1. Admire the funky art on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
The Greenway’s string of parks also serve as a contemporary art exhibition, rotating pieces from internationally renowned artists yearly. (Atlantic Avenue and High Street, Boston)

2. Read a book among history at the Boston Athenæum
Take a tour of the resplendent 19th-century library tucked behind Boston Common, and enjoy its view of the Granary Burying Ground. (10½ Beacon St., Boston)

The Boston Athenaeum.

3. Check out a First Friday night at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Mix the ICA’s thought-provoking galleries with young professionals and a cash bar, and you’ve got one of the city’s cultural hotspots. (25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston)


4. Laugh through a standup show at the Wilbur
When one of the many comics with New England roots swings through town (see: Sarah Silverman, Mike Birbiglia), you’ll probably find him or her performing at the Wilbur. (246 Tremont St., Boston)

5. Stare into the empty frames at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner has plenty of incredible art on display, but it’s the empty frames from the 1990 art heist that arguably most catch the eye. (25 Evans Way, Boston)

6. Pick up arts skills — or any new skills, really — at the Boston Center for Adult Education
Whether your interest is crafts or visual arts, cooking or computers, the oldest nonprofit adult education center in New England offers a range of classes from which to choose. (122 Arlington St., Boston)

7. Tell someone it’s not their fault on the Good Will Hunting bench
You may sit on a similar bench by mistake, but it’s not your fault, either: The benches are indistinguishable, but if you see a plaque dedicated to “Barbara and her Pups,” you’re at the right place. (4 Charles St., Boston)

8. Watch a street performance at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Take a break from shopping, and you might see a death-defying stunt by one of the rotating performers who frequent the area. (4 S. Market St., Boston)


9. Catch a Broadway show at the Boston Opera House
The venue gets all the biggest musicals and plays when they’re in town, and for good reason: Its gorgeous interior is the perfect home for top-notch theater. (539 Washington St., Boston)

10. Stay up late at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
After a successful first year of after-hours art viewing, the MFA is bringing back its late-night parties for another go-around on Oct. 13. (465 Huntington Ave., Boston) 

11. Read a book in the secret courtyard at the Boston Public Library
Even longtime residents may not realize the BPL holds an idyllic courtyard behind its towering brick walls. The country’s oldest large, free municipal library also houses murals by John Singer Sargent. (700 Boylston St., Boston)

12. Put down a picnic blanket for an outdoor movie at Christopher Columbus Park
Of the many outdoor movie venues that pop up in Boston each summer, this park, with its views of the harbor, is one of the best. (100 Atlantic Ave., Boston)

13. Immerse yourself at The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
Since 1969, the NCAAA in Roxbury has featured a wide-ranging collection of contemporary, visual, and performing arts from around the globe. (300 Walnut Ave., Boston)

14. Hunt for your next read among thousands of used titles at Brattle Book Shop
Whether you’re looking for a rare first edition or something out of print, this three-story antiquarian shop — founded in 1825 — is the place to start your search. (9 West St., Boston)


15. Find your inner zen at the the Chua Luc Hoa Buddhist Center sculpture garden
Built by Vietnamese families in Fields Corner two decades ago, this garden is full of statues of important figures in the Buddhist religion. (7 Greenwood Park, Boston)

16. See a Boston Ballet performance
The troupe is best known for its annual Nutcracker production, but every show is elegantly choreographed and deftly performed. (539 Washington St., Boston)

Dancers perform during a dress rehearsal of Boston Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake.’

17. Enjoy an underground comedy show at The Riot Theater
This Jamaica Plain theater may not draw the headliners, but it has a robust lineup of long-running improv troupes and stand-up sets every week.  (146A South St., Boston)

18. Take time to reflect at the Egleston Peace Garden Murals
The garden and its paintings were created by community volunteers as a memorial to the neighborhood’s youngsters who died due to street violence. (3224 Washington St., Boston)

19. Celebrate nonfiction, poetry, and everything in between at the Boston Book Festival
Take in a keynote lecture or listen to a panel at this annual festival, which draws hundreds of authors and book enthusiasts to the city each October. (Various locations, Boston)

20. Stay up late for a midnight screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
One of Boston’s only independent movie theaters takes full advantage of its freedom, hosting year-round raucous midnight screenings of cult classics. (290 Harvard St., Brookline)

21. Find all the books and trinkets your heart desires at the Brookline Booksmith
Peruse meticulously organized new and used books, then shop at The Giftsmith, which the shop describes as a “beautifully designed room packed with everything from the sublime to the ridiculous.” (279 Harvard St., Brookline)


22. Share your story at The Moth
Each edition of The Moth StorySlam has a theme, and ticket buyers get five minutes to share their own experience with the audience. (12 Arrow St., Cambridge)

23. See a potential Tony Award winner before it moves to NYC at the American Repertory Theater
The A.R.T. has debuted several musicals before they hit Broadway, including Finding Neverland, Waitress, and the 2013 revival of Pippin. (64 Brattle St., Cambridge)

24. Spend a rainy day at the Cambridge Antique Market
This multi-story indoor market is the perfect opportunity for hunting down treasure from bygone eras, from Shaker furniture to Bakelite bangles. (201 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge)

25. Indulge your inner poet at Grolier Poetry Book Shop
The oldest continuous poetry book shop in the country stocks thousands of works to fulfill your every poetic need and inspiration. (6 Plympton St., Cambridge)

26. Watch artists at work on Modica Way
Unlike a lot of graffiti, the spray-painted alleyway in Central Square is completely sanctioned. (565 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

27. Grapple with trivia at The Druid
Whether the questions are about ’80s movie characters or World War II vegetable propaganda, this Irish pub’s weekly trivia is as challenging as it is random. (1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge)

28. Bask in the quiet at the Harvard Art Museums
The Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler museums used to each have their own place in Cambridge, but a renovated building opened in 2014, giving visitors all three for the price of one. (32 Quincy St., Cambridge)

29. Catch a trashy flick at Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre
The Brattle’s monthly Trash Night features some of the worst (but most beloved) VHS films ever created. (40 Brattle St., Cambridge)


30. Spend a Saturday at The Donkey Show at Oberon
Disco and Shakespeare are an obvious match, and that’s why Oberon in Harvard Square combines A Midsummer Night’s Dream with classic ’70s hits for an interactive dance party every Saturday night. (2 Arrow St., Cambridge)

31. Admire the aesthetic of the Eustis Estate Museum
An exemplar of the “aesthetic movement” from the late 19th century, the estate sits on 80 gorgeous acres at the base of the Blue Hills. (1424 Canton Ave., Milton)

32. Laugh yourself silly at the Museum of Bad Art
Tucked away in the basement of the Somerville Theatre, the MOBA exhibits only the worst of the worst for your viewing pleasure. (55 Davis Square, Somerville)

33. Book a private tour of the Museum of Modern Renaissance
Rarely open to the public, this museum’s great hall — lined with colorful fresco-like paintings full of Russian religious iconography — is a must-see. (115 College Ave., Somerville)

34. Embrace the ’60s counterculture at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University
This museum specializes in American arts of the 1960s and ’70s, with work by Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol — no Campbell’s Soup cans, though. (415 South St., Waltham)

35. Brainstorm the future with artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs at HUBweek
Innovations in art, science, and technology are the focus of this annual festival, which offers events including hackathons, workshops, and art installations throughout one week in October. Editor’s note: The Boston Globe (which shares ownership with is a co-founder of the event. (Various locations)

36. Take an art tour of the Mayor’s Mural Crew
The city brings artistic young people together each summer to paint public art or refurbish existing public art, resulting in some impressive works. (Various locations)


37. Get jazzy at Wally’s
Boston’s oldest gem of jazz has been hosting Berklee’s best young players since 1947. You can catch a jam session any night of the week, but get there early if you want a seat. (427 Massachusetts Ave., Boston)


38. Play a tune on the Charlestown Bells
What looks like an odd collection of metal door handles is actually a musical piece of public art by the grandson of French painter Henri Matisse. (Paul Revere Park, Boston)

39. Track down Keytar Bear
Common locales where you’ll find the ursine musician include Boston Common, Harvard Square, and Downtown Crossing. (Someplace funky, Boston)

40. Listen to the Boston Symphony Orchestra play the classics at Symphony Hall
One of America’s “Big Five” orchestras, the BSO plays all the greatest hits of the 1700s, from Beethoven to Mozart. (301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston)

41. Hear the Harborwalk Sounds thanks to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and Berklee College of Music
On Thursdays through the end of August, head outdoors for a concert series with the Boston Harbor as your backdrop. (25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston)

42. Request a crowd-favorite at Howl at the Moon piano bar
Jukeboxes are great, but who needs them when you’ve got a piano player taking requests all night? Howl at the Moon will tickle the ivories for all of your favorite classics, even if that means “Sweet Caroline.” (184 High St., Boston)

Billy Joel performs at Fenway Park on June 26, 2013.

43. Catch a concert at Fenway
The home of the Red Sox has become a summer home to some of the biggest touring music acts. This summer’s lineup includes James Taylor, Billy Joel, and two nights of Lady Gaga. (4 Yawkey Way, Boston)

44. Belt out your favorites at Thursday night Queeraoke at Midway Cafe
Midway in Jamaica Plain is the host of one of the area’s most popular LGBT nights. It also happens to be a karaoke night, in case you’ve been looking to show the world your hidden singing talent. (3496 Washington St., Boston)


45. Bust a rhyme at the Subway Cipher
Every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Downtown Crossing T Stop becomes an open cipher for any rapper, poet, or beat-maker to drop a freestyle. (Downtown Crossing MBTA stop, Boston)

46. Rock out on the open sea — er, Boston Harbor — with the Boat Cruise Summer Series and Rock On’s Concert Cruises
Live music is even cooler on a boat. Catch Boat Cruise Summer Series shows from Flosstradamus and Bonobo, or check out Rock On’s Concert Cruises featuring Spiritual Rez, Pink Talking Fish, and more. (200 Seaport Blvd., Boston and 60 Rowe’s Wharf, Boston, respectively)

47. Learn how to line dance at Loretta’s Last Call every Sunday and Tuesday
Country line dancing rarely creeps north of the Mason-Dixon, but in these parts, Loretta’s is it if you want to throw on your cowboy boots and learn all of the proper steps. (1 Lansdowne St., Boston)

48. Catch a show and grab a bite at The Beehive
If the cocktails and cozy ambiance don’t sway you, the warm melodies will keep you coming back to this South End stalwart. (541 Tremont St., Boston)

49. Discover some cool new music at ZuZu Mondays
Every Monday night, the Middle East’s club ZuZu welcomes a bill of local psych and garage rock bands. It’s always free and always a great venue for discovering up-and-coming Boston-area acts. (474 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

50. Get your guitar fix at Charlie’s Kitchen Mondays
Harvard Square’s self-described “Double Cheeseburger King” is one of the best dives in Cambridge, and also books local punk acts upstairs every Monday night. (10 Eliot St., Cambridge)


51. Flex your vocal cords at Courtside
If you’re looking to show off your vocal range, there’s nowhere better than in the supportive atmosphere of Courtside amid an enormous selection of tunes and cheap pitchers. (291 Cambridge St., Cambridge)

52. Dance the night away at Soulelujah
Boston’s most soulful dance party has gotten bigger and more popular every year. Playing all funk and R&B ’45s, Soulelujah happens every Saturday at ZuZu and the Middle East Upstairs. (472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

53. Spend a Wednesday with Dennis Brennan at Lizard Lounge
Local songwriting vet Dennis Brennan has been a part of the New England music scene since the late ’60s, and his solo band continues its residency here. (1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

54. Get downbeat at The Sinclair
Local Matthew Stubbs and his group, The Antiguas, play free shows every week for Downbeat Mondays at The Sinclair’s restaurant. (52 Church St., Cambridge)

55. Jam at State Park
State Park has a bevy of bar games and a menu full of soul food every night, but on Sundays, it also has free concerts by local acts playing everything from indie rock to country to blues. (One Kendall Square, Building 300, Lower Level, Cambridge)

56. Honk away at Honk! Fest
Grab your noisemakers and march about Honk! Fest — Somerville and Cambridge’s annual activist street band parade will return for its 12th year from Oct. 6-8. (Massachusetts Ave., Somerville and Cambridge)

57. Get a dose of the (Bearly) Dead at Thunder Road
Coming off of a hometown headlining set at House of Blues, Grateful Dead tribute band Bearly Dead keeps the party going every Wednesday night. (379 Somerville Ave., Somerville)


58. Hear the next big things perform via Berklee’s concert series
Some of Boston’s best homegrown talent sprouts out of the Berklee College of Music, and the college is giving you the chance to check out some of its acts for free at various venues around town. (Various locations)


59. See the giant Tyrannosaurus rex model at The Museum of Science
Fossils and dinosaur footprints are also at the museum’s permanent “Modeling the Mesozoic” exhibit. (1 Science Park, Boston)

60. Explore the massive globe in the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library
The three-story stained-glass globe is the library’s main attraction, showcasing the world as we knew it in 1935. (200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston)

61. Ask what you can do for your country at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
This museum is arranged chronologically, taking you from Kennedy’s days as a Massachusetts senator to his post-assassination legacy. (Columbia Point, Boston)

62. Become a member of Congress (briefly) at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Attendees can participate in a live floor debate inside a full-scale model of the senate chamber, though filibusters are frowned upon. (210 Morrissey Blvd., Boston)

63. Relive the revolution at the Boston Tea Party and Ships Museum
Visitors can dump boxes over the edge of a ship docked in the Boston Harbor, just like America’s revolutionary forefathers. (306 Congress St., Boston)

64. Dive into learning about the ocean and environment with the New England Aquarium’s Lecture Series
Hear about manatees, sea turtles, and how climate change will impact Boston during these hour-long programs in the aquarium’s IMAX theater. (1 Central Wharf, Boston)


65. See where a landmark surgery using an anesthetic was performed at MGH’s Ether Dome
Have a look at a collection of artifacts in the historic surgical amphitheater where the first public surgery using ether was demonstrated. (15 Parkman St., Boston)

66. Climb aboard the USS Constitution
The world’s oldest commissioned warship just finished undergoing a years-long restoration, so it should be spiffy for new visitors. (Dry Dock 1, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston)

67. Pore over the three-story steam engines that once pumped water throughout the city at the Waterworks Museum
The museum on the site of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station lets visitors explore the machinery that kept Boston hydrated from 1887 until the 1970s. (2450 Beacon St., Boston)

68. Ogle the cool old car collection at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Afterward, take a stroll around the scenic grounds and have a picnic lunch featuring a picture-perfect skyline view. (15 Newton St., Brookline)

69. Walk the halls and gardens of the Longfellow House
The yellow home that belonged to poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow — and also served as George Washington’s headquarters from July 1775 to April 1776 — is free and open to the public. (105 Brattle St., Cambridge)

70. Take a peek at the rare maps and documents in MIT’s possession at the Maihaugen Gallery
The gallery draws from the school’s unique library collections, with the current exhibit focusing on the history of Chinese students at the university. (160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge)

71. Gawk at the “Glass Flower” collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
More than 4,000 flowers in the prized collection represent more than 830 plant species. (26 Oxford St., Cambridge)


72. Check out thousands of old artifacts for scientific study at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
It has several curated exhibits, one of which, called Time, Life, & Matter, features an instrument designed by Galileo. (1 Oxford St., Cambridge)

Harvard Museum of Natural History’s glass flower collection.


73. Watch the Bruins prepare for their season
Training camp begins Sept. 14 at Warrior Ice Arena, and the first few sessions are open to the public. (90 Guest St., Boston)

74. Catch Harvard football’s home opener against Brown
It’s not the highly anticipated matchup with rival Yale, but it’s still football at Harvard Stadium. It will feel like you’re part of tradition and history. (79 North Harvard St., Boston)

75. Catch the drama of Boston Breakers soccer at Jordan Field
Watch the National Women’s Soccer League make moves for an affordable price. (65 North Harvard Ave., Boston)

76. Bowl at Kings while you keep tabs on Sunday football
This retro-style alley has 16 bowling lanes, Skee-Ball, and shuffleboard, plus TVs that display a full slate of NFL games once the season gets underway in September. (50 Dalton St., Boston; 600 Legacy Place, Dedham)

77. Savor a beer at the Head of Charles Regatta
When you watch from Reunion Village, you can enjoy food and drink along with the world-class annual collegiate rowing competition. (Between the Weeks and Anderson Bridges, on the Boston side of the Charles River, Boston)

78. Catch a U.S. soccer game at The Banshee
As the United States tries to qualify for the World Cup this fall, take in every tense minute with the Boston chapter of a U.S. soccer supporters group. (934 Dorchester Ave., Boston)


79. Cheer on the runners at the 41st Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women
Or better yet, get out there and run in the Columbus Day event, which features approximately 7,000 runners and a crowd usually three times that size. (139 Tremont St., Boston)

80. Take in a Red Sox game from the bleachers
Sure, Monster seats are trendy. They’re also pricey, and you’re practically wearing a bull’s-eye for right-handed hitters. The true spirit of Red Sox Nation resides in the bleachers. (4 Yawkey Way, Boston)

81. Take an official tour of Fenway Park
The big highlight is when you go inside the Green Monster, where the walls are signed by countless players who’ve visited through the years. (4 Yawkey Way, Boston)

The sky above Fenway Park is illuminated by the setting sun in the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers on Aug. 7, 2012.

82. Be in the house for Gordon Hayward’s Celtics debut
The team’s preseason starts October 2, and it’s a great chance to see Hayward, their star free-agent signing, as well as promising rookie Jayson Tatum. (100 Legends Way, Boston)

83. Visit the New England Sports Museum
This hideaway features several fun exhibits. Our favorite? Sitting in the seats from the old Garden and watching vintage Celtics highlights on a high-definition TV. (100 Legends Way, Boston)

84. Cheer the Bruins from the 300-section seats
Hockey is best experienced among passionate fans. That’s exactly what you’ll get in the upper 300-level seats of TD Garden. (100 Legends Way, Boston)


85. Relive Doug Flutie’s famous Hail Mary
Flutie’s winning Hail Mary over powerful Miami in 1984 is an iconic moment in Boston sports, and it’s perfectly commemorated with a statue by Henry Weber at the entrance of Boston College’s Alumni Stadium. (140 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)

86. See top NFL prospect Harold Landry play for Boston College football at Alumni Stadium
Boasting top players and welcoming top national opponents, Boston College football always makes for a fun in-person experience. (140 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)

87. Wake up with a Liverpool game at Phoenix Landing
This Central Square bar opens early during the 10-month Premier League season of Liverpool games and attracts a legion of loyal fans. (512 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

88. Take a swing at McGolf
With a driving range, a mini-golf course, and an ice cream-stocked cafe, McGolf is the perfect day trip for some low-stress sports. (150 Bridge St., Dedham)

89. Gather at Parlor Sports for the Patriots’ Thursday night opener
Consistently regarded as one of the best sports bars in the area, Parlor Sports would make the perfect Sept. 7 venue to watch Patriots vs. Chiefs, or any game thereafter. (1 Beacon St., Somerville)

90. Bundle up for a Hockey East matchup
The most competitive conference in men’s college hockey offers classic rivalries – including Boston University vs. Boston College – as well as a chance to view future NHL stars. (Various locations)

91. Gather a group of friends for coed Boston Ski & Sports Club soccerand make some new pals while youre at it
Players of all levels are welcome to join one of the many year-round BSSC’s organized soccer leagues. (Various locations)

Fitness and Outdoors

92. Ride your bikes on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Our favorite pit stop on the 10-mile trail is at Bike Stop in Arlington, where you can get your cycle repaired while waiting for some cones. (Bikeway map)


93. Walk all 2.5 miles of the Freedom Trail
Boston has enough historical landmarks for a month of tours, but the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail hits 16 of the most interesting stops. (139 Tremont St., Boston)

94. Hit the stairs at Harvard Stadium
The historic stadium is open to the public on non-event days, and the steep stairs through the bleachers are popular with DIY fitness gurus. (79 N. Harvard St., Boston)

Harvard Stadium.

95. Ride your skateboard under the Zakim Bridge
The Lynch Family Skatepark is Boston’s only public skate park, but don’t worry: The 40,000-square-foot cement haven under the Zakim has plenty of bowls, rails, and obstacles to satisfy. Rollerbladers and scooter riders are also welcome. (0 Education Way, Boston)

96. Shimmy during Salsa in the Park
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the free outdoor summer dance series offered through August. (50 West Brookline St., Boston)

97. Run the Emerald Necklace
The 5-mile running trail starts at the Museum of Fine Arts and reaches Jamaica Pond before looping back through the famous chain of parks designed by Jamaica Plain native Frederick Law Olmsted. (Emerald Necklace, Boston)

98. Bike the banks of the Charles River Reservation
Take your bicycle to the Esplanade and ride the full length of the 17.1-mile Paul Dudley White Bicycle Path, from Boston to Watertown and back again. (Various entrances along the Charles River Esplanade, Boston)

99. Visit Boston’s last remaining salt marsh at Belle Isle Marsh
Look out over this 241-acre marsh from a wooden observation tower, then wander along the landscaped hiking paths to view the plants, wildlife, and protected waters. (1399 Bennington St., Boston)


100. Remember Boston’s dead on a Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
Finding a historic graveyard in Boston is easy, but knowing the fascinating stories behind the most famous of the departed is G&G’s specialty. (200 Atlantic Ave., Boston)

101. Explore Allandale Woods, one of Boston’s urban wilds
Urban wilds are remnants of the original ecosystem of Boston. This one has 86 acres filled with intertwining streams, a cattail marsh, a historic spring house, and a Depression-era stone wall. (7 VFW Parkway, Boston)

102. Sit by the reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center
Designated a Boston landmark in 2011, the pool is surrounded by some of the most majestic buildings in the city. (250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston)

103. Play countless sports at the Melnea Cass Recreational Complex
This massive rec area has an indoor track with space for activities like indoor soccer and gymnastics, as well as an outdoor pool and access to nearby tennis courts at Malcolm X Park. (120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Boston)

104. Relax — or jam out — on South Boston’s Lawn on D
The Lawn on D has a little bit of everything: summer night movie screenings, cornhole, concerts from Waka Flocka Flame and Sammy Adams, and even contemporary glowing swings. (420 D St., Boston)

Lily Caron, 10, of Saugus, swings at the Lawn on D.

105. Take your next profile picture on Acorn Street
Sure, it’s a bit cliche, but it’s still worth snapping a photo on one of the most photographed streets in the city. (Acorn Street, Boston)

106. Receive a private sailing lesson with Courageous Sailing on Jamaica Pond
You can also rent rowboats or kayaks on this picturesque pond. (507 Jamaicaway, Boston)


107. Pause and reflect at the New England Holocaust Memorial
Inspired by Holocaust survivors who built new lives in the Boston area, the six illuminated glass towers are a sight to behold. (98 Union St., Boston)

108. Go whale watching with Boston Harbor Cruises
Board one of the high-speed catamarans, then zip over to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a feeding ground for whales and other marine creatures. (1 Long Wharf, Boston)

109. Take a historic walk through Beacon Hill on the Black Heritage Trail
See destinations with connections to the Underground Railroad and homes that once formed Boston’s 19th-century African-American neighborhood on the Museum of African American History’s guided tours. (46 Joy St., Boston)

110. Glow while you flow at Acorn Yoga’s GlowFusionYoga
Picture yoga plus dance, with EDM music, neon paint, and black lights mixed in. (576 Washington St., Boston)

111. Climb 294 steps to the top of Bunker Hill Monument
Yes, it’s a bit of a hike, but the view from Charlestown is worth it. (Monument Square, Boston)

112. Shop and snack at SoWa
The year-round indoor-outdoor bazaar features art, antiques, crafts, and multiple food markets. Summer brings the most vendors. (460 Harrison Ave., Boston)


113. View a 360-degree panorama from the Harvard Bridge
With its stunning views of the Charles River, you won’t even mind the traffic whizzing by as you walk from Cambridge to Boston (or vice versa). (Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

114. Survey the famous gravestones from atop Washington Tower at Mount Auburn Cemetery
More than 60,000 monuments dot the landscape of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and you can see many of them from atop Washington Tower. (580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge)


115. Feel wicked smaht on The Hahvahd Tour
You don’t have to be a prospective student to take the unofficial tour of Harvard Yard started by a Crimson alum. (1376 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

116. Rub John Harvard’s foot in Harvard Yard
Sure, the statue isn’t actually of John Harvard, and John Harvard didn’t actually found the university, but they wouldn’t lie about the foot bringing good luck too, right? (2 Kirkland St., Cambridge)

117. Try your hand at astrophysics and stargazing at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Harvard’s Observatory Nights — held the third Thursday of each month from October through May — include a lecture and allow participants to view the skies through a telescope from the roof. (60 Garden St., Cambridge)

118. Rent a canoe or kayak from Charles River Canoe & Kayak
Then spend the day experiencing Boston from a whole new perspective. (Just watch out for the Duck Boats.) (15 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge)

119. Gawk at the majestic architecture at MIT
For a mix of classic and contemporary, check out the Ionic columns of Building 10 and the Frank Gehry-designed Stata Center. (77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

120. Participate in one of Night Shift Brewing’s weekly fun runs
There are delicious beers to try at this local craft beer watering hole, but consider starting with a 5K loop that leaves from the brewery every Wednesday at 7 p.m. (87 Santilli Highway, Everett)

121. Go back in time with a walk on Battle Road Trail between Lexington and Concord
This five-mile trail in Minute Man National Historical Park connects a number of historic sites, including the Jacob Whittemore House and Hartwell Tavern. (3113 Marrett Road, Lexington)


122. Take a free tour of the Lexington Battle Green
The first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought on the green, and nearby spots like Buckman Tavern and the Hancock-Clarke House hosted historic figures like Sam Adams and Paul Revere. (1625 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington)

123. Look for a red-tailed hawk at Torbert MacDonald State Park
The birds are a common sight at this park, named best urban hike in 2017 by Boston magazine. Go biking, hiking, or just take in the Mystic River scenery. (4253 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford)

124. Rent a boat on the Mystic Lakes
Grab a canoe or kayak from the Mystic Lakes Dam and choose from one of two lakes: the Upper Mystic Lake to the north, or the Lower to the south. (Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford)

125. Run up Heartbreak Hill
You don’t have to run the full Boston Marathon to experience the feeling of trying to make it up its infamous Heartbreak Hill, which starts at Centre Street and ends at Hammond Street. (650 Commonwealth Ave., Newton)

126. Scale the colorful rocks of Quincy Quarries
The site of America’s first large-scale granite quarry, Quincy Quarries is now home to recreational hikes, rock climbing, and some amazing graffiti. (Ricciuti Drive, Quincy)

127. Enjoy a sunset picnic at Prospect Hill Park
Despite reportedly being the first site where an American flag was raised in the U.S., Prospect Hill remains a hidden gem, with amazing views of the Boston area. (Prospect Hill Parkway, Somerville)

128. Just keep climbing at Brooklyn Boulders
Take a class of any level at the popular indoor facility, which offers 28,000 square feet of climbing space. Afterward, head next door for a drink at Aeronaut Brewing. (12A Tyler St., Somerville)


129. Hone your down dog under the Boston sun
Sign up for Yoga Around Town’s outdoor yoga classes, and flow on rooftops, beaches, and the Harbor Islands through September. (Various locations)

Yoga Around Town.

130. #JustShowUp for the November Project
The enthusiastic fitness group’s motto welcomes workout warriors of all fitness levels. (Various locations)

131. Hike the Harbor Islands
Peddocks and Spectacle Island both feature hikes for all ages and abilities with views of the city and harbor. (Various locations)

132. Get fit with the Greenway Fitness Program on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
This seasonal program offers more than 100 free outdoor fitness classes, from yoga and Pilates to tango and triathlon training. (Various locations)

133. Celebrate the women who influenced Boston and beyond on the Women’s Heritage Trail
From the North End to West Roxbury, pick the neighborhood or theme for your self-guided walking tour, and visit places connected to prominent women in the city’s history. (Various locations)

With kids

134. Visit the famous Make Way for Ducklings” statues
The classic 1941 children’s book by Robert McCloskey comes to life in the form of these magical sculptures of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings. (Public Garden near Beacon and Charles Streets, Boston)

135. Let your toddler climb around the indoor PlaySpace at the Boston Children’s Museum
Frazzled parents can let their little ones burn off some energy inside this colorful, toy-stocked play area on a rainy day. (308 Congress St., Boston)

136. Throw the best birthday party ever at the Boston Fire Museum
Kiddos can ring the bell on a historic fire engine and run a hose line to a make-believe fire. Even better: Each kid gets to take home a fire helmet when it’s over. (344 Congress St., Boston)


137. Take a ride in the Swan Boats in the Public Garden
Fun fact: Since their debut in the 1870s, the swan boats have been run by the same family. (4 Charles St., Boston)

138. Have breakfast alongside bears, sloths, and gorillas (oh my!) at the Franklin Park Zoo
Animal-lovers will learn fun facts about creatures like two-toed sloths over a continental breakfast. You’ll get a special early entry to the zoo, too. (1 Franklin Park Road, Boston)

139. Wander among the flora and fauna of Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum
Don’t forget to borrow a free “discovery pack,” which comes filled with mini magnifying glasses and games that will make your little ones feel like real explorers. (125 Arborway, Boston)

140. Whirl around the playful carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
This isn’t your typical carousel with graceful horses. Instead, this one is stocked with creatures native to New England like lobster, cod, and harbor seals. (Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston)

Gabriel Liang, 9 years old, of Carlisle, rides on an eagle on the carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Aug. 4, 2017.

141. Slip down a giant water slide at Kroc Corps Salvation Army Center
Kids will love the two-story water slide that shoots them outside and back in again. Parents, meanwhile, may prefer the heated lazy river. (650 Dudley St., Boston)

142. Watch planes take off and land at Logan Airport from Constitution Beach
This stretch of sand offers prime viewing of flights departing and arriving — and it has a bathhouse, concession stand, and picnic areas to boot. (0 Barnes Ave., Boston)


143. Watch Myrtle the sea turtle swim in her giant tank at the New England Aquarium
For a special treat, parents can book a one-hour personalized tour to meet Myrtle, considered the aquarium’s most famous resident. (1 Central Wharf, Boston)

144. Attend a magical puppet show at Puppet Showplace Theater
The lovable puppets at this kid-centric theater spin tales about everything from princesses and pirates to butterflies and bunnies. (32 Station St., Brookline)

145. Let your kids invent imaginative games at the Alexander W. Kemp Playground at Cambridge Common
A wonderland of hills, valleys, and sand, this incredible playground is perfect for youngsters who want to get a little dirty and use their imaginations. (36 Waterhouse St., Cambridge)

146. Read a story at The World’s Only Curious George Store
Your child can cuddle with a plush toy and listen to a tale about an inquisitive monkey during the store’s weekly storytime on Friday mornings. (1 JFK St., Cambridge)

147. Get the giggles out at the Family Show at Improv Boston
This weekly Saturday night improv and music extravaganza won the Nickelodeon award for Best Children’s Theater. (40 Prospect St., Cambridge)

148. Embrace your inner child at Legoland
One of the most impressive Lego displays is Boston-themed, with 1.5 million bricks comprising some of the city’s most famous landmarks. (598 Assembly Row, Somerville)

149. Explore the innovative playground at Chuckie Harris Park
It has a slide built into a hillside and a goalpost-like rectangular pipe that rains water down onto playful children. (15 Cross St., Somerville)

150. Follow the Story Trail at Gore Place
Scattered along the trail are pages from a children’s book, and the only way to finish it is to hike the whole path winding around the 50-acre estate. (52 Gore St., Waltham)


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Perry Eaton is a freelance writer and regular music and entertainment contributor. He’s also the co-founder of Boston-based music website Allston Pudding. You can follow him on Twitter at @PerryEaton.

Lauren Friel is a retired sommelier and freelance writer living in Boston. You can follow her eating and drinking adventures around the world at @vin_drop.

Megan Turchi and John Waller also contributed to this article.