As a vacation destination, Florida is unmatched. From the picturesque barrier islands of the Panhandle to the stunning Atlantic beaches around Fort Lauderdale and the gorgeous Gulf Coast, there are plenty of famous places that draw people to Florida year after year. With all the amazing wildlife, vibrant cities, and natural wonders, Florida is a pretty special place. You can find amazing sights and experiences across the entire state. If you are planning to cruise from Fort Lauderdale and want to see some of the most amazing spots Florida has to offer, here are four amazing natural wonders of Florida.

 

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Florida's natural wonders - The white sand beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore

The white sand beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore

The Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola is a gorgeous panorama of long, empty beaches, rolling dunes, and picturesque waves punctuated by dolphins. A wonder at any time of the year, this spot truly comes alive in the fall when the vast migration of monarch butterflies pause here on their way to Mexico. During this time, the air is set alight with the fluttering of delicate orange wings.

Lake Okeechobee

Florida's Natural Wonders - Lake Okeechobee Sunset at Flood Dam

Lake Okeechobee Sunset at Flood Dam

You can shade your eyes as much as you like, but catching a glimpse of the far shore of Lake Okeechobee is nigh-on impossible. Even from the top of the bridge at Port Mayaca, Florida’s largest lake stretches out as far as the eye can see. One of the most well-known natural wonders of Florida, Lake Okeechobee has successfully resisted development and remains an untouched haven of natural beauty.

The Everglades National Park

The Everglades - one of Florida's Natural Wonders

The Florida Everglades

The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the US and one of the largest wetlands in the world. It is a unique ecosystem, stunningly biodiverse, and home to some of the most fascinating and rare species of plants, animals, birds, and marine life anywhere in the world. The Florida panther, the American crocodile, the West Indian manatee, and the snail kite are all only found in the Everglades, and exploring the 1.5 million acres of this ‘sea of grass’ is an astonishing adventure.

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

The Florida Keys - a natural wonder

The Florida Keys

Florida’s best reef is easily accessed from almost every beach in the Keys and provides access to an underwater fantasy world of bright, electric colors and bizarre marine life. Queen angelfish and vibrant parrot fish brush fins with manta rays and groupers, all surrounded by glorious corals and gorgonians. A truly magnificent world of magic found just below the surface makes this a true natural wonder of Florida.

Anyone who’s into world travel will be familiar with Tulum. This jungle coastline on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula has become a recent hotspot, with its stunning Cenotes and boutique beach hotels featuring prominently all over social media. While Tulum is no longer off the beaten path, the food scene, the funky artist vibe, and the stunning nearby sites make it the perfect destination in our books. If you’re in the area, be sure to take advantage of some great day trips from Tulum.

 

Renting a car is the best way to take day trips from Tulum, but you can also find local tour operators who will organize everything for you. You can check out Get Your Guide or Viator to get an idea of pricing and reviews and to book your tour ahead of time.

1. Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza - one of the best day trips from tulum

The Chichen Itza Pyramid – one of the New Wonders of the World

It’s safe to say that the number one day trip from Tulum is a visit to one of the New Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you see this awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site and how it rises impressively from the surrounding countryside.

Chichen Itza is best reached by car and takes about 2 hours one-way from Tulum. If you don’t have your own car, you can go on a full-day excursion that combines a visit to Chichen Itza, the Hubiku Cenote, and Valladolid.

2. Cenote Ik Kil

Swim in the stunning Ik Kil Cenote - a day trip from Tulum

Swim in the stunning Ik Kil Cenote

Located a 2-hour drive from Tulum is one of the most beautiful Cenotes on the Yucatán Peninsula. The ceiling of a former freshwater limestone cave has long since collapsed, creating a steep crater-like opening with jungle vines spilling into the pool below.

It’s hard to believe that a place like this exists on earth. Keep in mind that there is a fee to enter which seems to get more expensive year after year so come prepared with your pesos. 

3. Swimming with Turtles in Akumal

For one of the best day trips from Tulum, head up the coast to Akumal, a Mayan word that means place of the turtles. In Akumal Bay, you can swim with juvenile green sea turtles who hang out here until they head to open waters in their adulthood.

Akumal is a public beach, so it’s absolutely free to swim with the turtles. However, there are some privately-owned beaches near the area, so be sure to avoid trespassing and upsetting the local owners.

4. Coba Mayan Ruins

Climb the Coba Mayan Ruins on your daytrip in Quintana Roo

Climb the Coba Mayan Ruins

The Yucatán Peninsula is home to some of the most impressive Mayan ruins, and the pyramid at Coba is a must-see. This particular site is special because it’s one of the only Mayan ruins that you can actually climb.

If you have your own car, it’s about a 45-minute drive from Tulum, but there are also local buses that connect Coba to Tulum.

5. Valladolid

The Suytun Cenote near the town of Valladolid

The Suytun Cenote near the town of Valladolid

The colorful quaint little town of Valladolid is a perfect day trip from Tulum for anyone who wants to see an eclectic colonial town in the heart of the Yucatán. If you’re making the trek to Valladolid, don’t miss the nearby Suytun Cenote.

This Cenote is one of the most popular sites on the Yucatán, famous for its cathedral walls and stone platform that leads to the middle of the freshwater pool. It’s a popular spot, so it’s best to visit Suytun Cenote in the afternoon after the tourist buses have departed. 

6. Cozumel

Take a Yucatan Peninsula day trip to the paradise beaches of Cozumel

Relax on the paradise beaches of Cozumel

Cozumel is a mostly-undeveloped island that looks like an island paradise: white sand, turquoise waters, and palm trees that grow right up to the shore. Luckily, it’s possible to take a day trip from Tulum to Cozumel.

There are ferries departing from Playa del Carmen every hour, so there is never too long of a wait. Once on Cozumel, you can go snorkelling among the reefs, or head to a sandy beach to relax.

7. Sian Ka’an Biosphere

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the impressive Mayan-built canals that can still be seen in this area. Located about an hour away, it’s one of the best day trips from Tulum for anyone looking to get a taste for the Mayan culture.

Visitors can even take a kayaking tour through the ancient canals that were used to control irrigation in the region.  If you want to go with a guide through the vast Biosphere, you can take a half-day tour from Tulum that combines kayaking in the lagoon with exploring Mayan ruins in the surrounding jungle.

8. Rio Secreto underwater cave tour

Explore the Rio Secreto Caves and underground lakes

Explore the Rio Secreto Caves and underground lakes

The Rio Secreto is one of the most stunning sights on the Yucatán peninsula. This network of limestone caves has underwater rivers, hiking trails, and massive cathedral-like rooms. You’ll have to go with a guide to explore the underground area, and there are tours ranging from full-day experiences to shorter visits.

9. Swimming with Whale Sharks near Isla Mujeres

Swim with Whale Sharks off the coast of Holbox

Swim with Whale Sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres

If you’re spending a long vacation in Tulum, you should make time to take a day trip to the north. Here you’ll find a more remote and untouched part of the Yucatán peninsula, so it’s the perfect day trip for those looking to get off the beaten path.

From June to September, you can find Whale Sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres, and it’s possible to book a tour from Tulum to swim alongside these gentle giants.

10. Bacalar Laguna de 7 Colores

The Bacalar Laguna de 7 Colores & Bacalar Cenote

The Bacalar Laguna de 7 Colores & Bacalar Cenote

If you’re looking for something further afield from Tulum, you can head 3 hours south to Bacalar Laguna de 7 Colores. It’s a good idea to take a day trip to Bacalar from Tulum if you want to get off the beaten path in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Although it’s a fair distance away from Tulum, the stunning lagoon is worth it. The best way to see the lagoon is from the water, so you might consider splurging on a full-day sailing trip that picks up from Tulum.

Anyone looking for things to do in St. Louis already knows to visit Tower Grove Park, the City Museum, the Grand Arch, and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour, but maybe you’re looking for something more off the beaten path. Read on for the top picks of the best hidden gems in St Louis, places that are lesser-known but still well worth a visit!

 

1. Laumier Sculpture Park

Laumeier Sculpture Park - a hidden gem in St Louis

Discover more than 70 large-scale works of art in Laumeier Sculpture Park

The Laumeier Sculpture Park is a free open-air museum located in Sunset Hills which covers 105 acres. Here, you can find sixty sculptures that you can inspect when walking along the various trails across the park.

During your walk, you will come across a Tudor stone mansion which was built in 1816 and now houses a beautiful indoor gallery. 

You can opt to explore the park on your own with a self-guided tour or join the free walking tour, which takes place the first Sunday of every month from May to October. Whichever you choose, you will come away with a whole hoard of knowledge and you may even feel inspired artistically. 

2. Lemp Mansion

If you’re a fan of haunted houses and don’t scare too easily, you should definitely stop at the infamous Lemp Mansion. This historical house is located in Benton Park, where the Lemp family once lived. It is also known for the three suicides that occurred in the house, after the untimely death of the son, Frederick Lemp. 

Legend has it that the Lemp mansion is haunted by the Lemp family and has been named as one of the top ten haunted properties in the US. To see for yourself, you should consider taking the Lemp haunted neighborhood walking tour, where you will find out everything there is to know about the Lemp family, including their brewery business success and of course a few ghost stories. 

3. Union Station Whispering Arch

Hidden gems in St Louis' Union Station - The Whispering Arch

The Whispering Arch in St. Louis’ stunning Art Nouveau Union Station

The Whispering Arch in St. Louis’ Union Station isn’t hard to spot with its intricate green and gold decoration which stands out instantly along with the Tiffany stained-glass windows that feature three robed women. However, the arch is not just beautiful to look at, as it also has sound-altering abilities which make even the quietest of whispers sound clear as day. 

To test out the theory, head up to the second floor in Union Station with a friend. You should stand on opposite sides of the gallery and whisper as quietly as you can, and if the legend is true, it should be heard loud and clear. 

4. Forest Park Jewel Box

The recently restored Art Deco greenhouse is one of St. Louis' best hidden gems

Visit the recently-restored art deco Forest Park Jewel Box

One of the best hidden gems in St. Louis is the Forest Park Jewel Box. While this is not an actual gem, it is an art deco greenhouse that houses hundreds of flowers in the middle of the 17-acre park. 

The Jewel Box was first installed in 1936 and has since undergone a $3 million renovation to rejuvenate its glow by updating the flowers and creating a beautiful and bright space.

You can take a look around the Jewel Box for just $1, although you can keep a look out for any upcoming special events during your visit, as they are bound to be spectacular. 

5. Central Library

Whether you’re a bookworm looking for a quiet space to enjoy a good novel, or want to do a quick search to find out about a travel extension, so you can explore more of St. Louis, the Central Library is the place to go.

This is not only a building with great resources, but it is also brimming with history and beauty, so it’s no wonder that it is known as one of St Louis’ hidden gems and grandest works of art. 

St. Louis’ Central Library is a stunning building that was once voted one of the top 12 architecturally significant libraries globally. To uncover its beauty, you can take your own personal tour of the building or attend one of the many lectures held in the library, where you are guaranteed to come away with a whole host of knowledge. 

6. St. Louis Hills Art in the Park

Another hidden gem in St. Louis is the Art in the Park festival in the St. Louis Hills which takes place every September. Here you can enjoy an array of masterpieces from sculptors to musicians and more. 

If you decide to attend Art in the Park, you will be in for a treat as there is plenty of delicious food available from street vendors. Another great thing about Art in the Park is that admission is free, and it also offers a wide range of child-friendly activities which are guaranteed to entertain any little ones in your party. 

7. Turtle Playground

If you are bringing children along on your trip, then Turtle Playground should be at the top of your list of places to visit. The kids will be entranced by the huge sculptures of snapping turtles, box turtles, and even oversized turtle eggs which are all made of concrete. 

The Turtle Playground was designed as a gift to the children of St. Louis, offering a place to play and explore in the middle of such a busy city. However, just because it was built for the children does not mean you have to resist climbing on the back of a forty-foot-long turtle. 

 


Now that you’ve uncovered some of the best hidden gems in St Louis off the beaten track, it’s time to start planning your itinerary.

Will you be brave enough to face the dreaded Lemp mansion, or would you prefer to discover the beautiful architectural wonders that St. Louis has to offer? Either way, enjoy your visit to ‘The Gateway to the West!’

There is a reason New Zealand is a popular shooting location for fantasy movies and TV shows. The stunning and other-worldly landscapes make New Zealand one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There is no better way to take in this beauty than by hiking one of the best day hikes in New Zealand. That said, we have listed ten must-visit hiking trails in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

The Best Day Hikes on New Zealand’s North Island

The North Island is home to a diverse set of stunning landscapes. When comparing hiking conditions between the North and South Island of New Zealand, the North Island offers warmer temperatures on average.

From the alpine peaks in Tongariro National Park to coastal paths in Northland, there is something here for everyone, regardless of your hiking style.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - one of New Zealand's best day hikes

One of the best day hikes you in New Zealand would be the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This hike is so memorable, that many people have heralded it as New Zealand’s Greatest Day Hike. When you try it for yourself, you’ll see that this is no flattery or exaggeration on anybody’s part.

Aside from the stunning mountainous terrain, you’ll be able to see emerald lakes and volcanic views. Since this is rocky and steep terrain, it would be a good idea to bring your hiking poles with you to be safe, even if you’re a veteran hiker. 

 

Tama Lakes Track

Another one of the best day hikes in New Zealand that you should try if you’re hoping to visit beautiful lakes in New Zealand is the Tama Lakes track. This particular hiking trail passes the Taranaki Falls trail, which you’ll pass by in order to get to the Lower Tama Lake lookout.

The Tama Lakes Track is a great trail for taking in the view of the Tongariro volcanic area. The whole track takes about 5-6 hours round trip.

Cape Brett Track

Te Toroa Bay from the Cape Brett Trail - one of New Zealand's best day hikes

Te Toroa Bay from the Cape Brett Trail.

If you want to go hiking along the New Zealand coasts, you should head to the North Island and try the Cape Brett Track. It’s a gorgeous coastal hiking trail that is at the far north of North Island. It’s considered one of the more challenging day hikes in New Zealand, because of the elevation changes and length of the trail. 

If you want to cap your hike off with a refreshing swim at the end of the track, you can head to the Deep Water Cove. It’s possible to do the hike in one day, but that would require you to skip part of the trail. If you have the time, you could consider staying in a hut along the way to turn your hike into an overnight adventure.

Pinnacles Track

Nowadays, most people are aware that New Zealand is the setting of many fantastical movies and shows. The most famous film set in New Zealand within the fantasy realm is the Lord of the Rings. If you want to see one of its filming locations in New Zealand, you should try the Pinnacles Track.

The Pinnacles Track is named so due to the pinnacles towering above you. These are pillars that the winds and water have shaped into what they are now. It takes just under 4 hours to reach the summit from the trail head, which makes the Pinnacles Track one of the best day hikes in New Zealand to enjoy the country’s beauty.

The Best Day Hikes on New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand’s South Island is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. The Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park has plenty of options for breathtaking day hikes, so any trip to New Zealand should include plenty of time exploring the area.

But don’t forget to pay a visit to Wanaka, known for its incredible scenery, snow-capped mountains, and turquoise lakes.

Sealy Tarns Track

Near Sealy Tarns in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. One of the best day hike in New Zealand

Near Sealy Tarns in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

The Sealy Tarns Track is one of the more challenging day hikes for New Zealand hikers who want a bit more of an adventure. If you’re hoping to get a gorgeous view of Mount Cook and even Hooker Valley, the Sealy Tarns Track is where you should head to. The entire track takes 3-4 hours, and there are multiple viewpoints along the way for an excellent picnic spot.

Mueller Hut Route

Red Mueller Hut in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

The Red Mueller Hut in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

If you’re looking for unique and popular places to go to when hiking New Zealand, you should embark on the Mueller Hut Route. This route is trendy for its red Mueller Hut, hence the name.

Although you can finish this trail within one day, you also have the option of turning it into a 2-day trek and spending the night in the famous red Mueller Hut.

Hooker Valley Track

The Hooker Valley Track is one of the most popular day hikes in New Zealand. It is located within the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, South Island.

The Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki/Mount Cood National Park, South Island

Hiking in New Zealand will lead you to all sorts of places that you’ve never seen, let alone heard of before. Therefore, if you come across unique names for hiking trails, don’t be dissuaded.

Such is the case for when you make your way over to conquer the Hooker Valley Track that would lead you right to Hooker Lake. The trail crosses 3 suspension bridges and finishes at a lookout above Hooker Lake with an excellent view of Mount Cook.

This 10 km/6 mile hiking trail is one of the easier day hikes in New Zealand since it’s a flat trail. However, it can get quite crowded, so you should take this track early so that you don’t have to drown in the hiking crowds. You’ll be able to enjoy the Hooker Valley better that way.

Roys Peak Track, Wanaka

Roys Peak Track in Wanaka

Roys Peak Track in Wanaka

Roys Peak Track in the Wanaka region is one of the more challenging day hikes in New Zealand that gets you up to Mount Roy’s summit. It takes about 3 and a half hours to reach the top, where you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views. You should take this track sometime around January to October for the best experience.

Rob Roy Glacier Trail, Wanaka

Day Hikes in New Zealand - Rob Roy Track in Mount Aspiring National Park

Rob Roy Track in Mount Aspiring National Park

Beneath Mount Rob Roy, you can try the Rob Roy Glacier Trail, which follows the Rob Roy Stream after crossing the West Matukituki River. The gorgeous stream across the deep grey valley of rocks is a sight to behold. The track typically takes 3-4 hours and is considered an easy track, making it suitable for beginners.

Along the way, you’re going to encounter a beech forest and waterfalls, which adds to its value as a hiking trail.

Avalanche Peak, Arthur’s Pass National Park

View north from track to Avalanche Peak, Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand. One of the best day hikes in New Zealand

View north from the track to Avalanche Peak, Arthur’s Pass National Park

Another peak that you should consider climbing if you’re looking for a challenging hiking trail is the hike up to Avalanche Peak. This one-day hike in New Zealand can take five to eight hours, depending on your condition and hiking skills.

This is a challenging track to traverse, so make sure that you prepare and research beforehand. If there’s poor visibility or the peak is very snowy, it will be dangerous. However, if you go there on a good day, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment after reaching the peak and taking in the view of the valleys below.


Hiking in New Zealand is an excellent way to explore the country. That’s because there are plenty of hiking trails that will allow you to explore the beauty of the stunning landscape. If you ever manage to go to this lovely country, be sure to take to the trails and enjoy the best day hikes in New Zealand.

The city of Boston is one that encompasses many things; extensive history, impressive academics, world-class health care and that infamous thick accent that screenwriters across the country have come to know and love. While Boston is known for many “touristy” things, such as Faneuil Hall and the Freedom trail, there are so many other hidden gems in Boston that only locals typically frequent. 

While COVID-19 has affected us, like the rest of the world, Boston is slowly opening its doors and the city is starting to come alive again.  As we are living in unprecedented times, please remember to follow our local COVID guidelines and double check to make sure everything is open prior to arrival!

Off the Beaten Path around Charles Street

In terms of restaurants and bars, some of Boston’s best kept secrets are in the heart of the city, right on Charles Street. Running down the middle of Beacon Hill, Charles Street is a quaint yet bustling street that connects down to the Boston Common.

One of my favorite breakfast spots of all time is The Paramount. It’s a small place but be careful, it gets packed on the weekends so head there early. It’s cafeteria style, but the food is top notch. After grabbing breakfast there, you can head on down to the common and walk through the Boston Public Garden

Explore hidden gems around Boston Public Garden

The Boston Public Garden

If you’re looking for more of a true Boston bar in that area, then you have to stop at The Sevens, also on Charles Street. It’s a small bar that perfectly encompasses the intersection of dive bar and historical haunt, and is always overlooked by tourists. If you’re looking for one of those hidden gems in Boston with a true pub room feel, The Sevens definitely is a bar for you.

Exploring Around Newbury & Boylston Street

After exploring the area around Charles Street, you can head on over to Newbury and Boylston streets to do some shopping (window or otherwise), check out the Boston Marathon Finish Line and see the map room at the Boston Public Library

Hidden Gems in Boston: Newbury Street - eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and dining.

Boston’s Newbury Street – eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and dining.

If you’re exhausted from your shopping and want to grab some food or a drink, there are plenty of great spots along Newbury and Boylston. One of my favorites is Sonsie on Newbury. Sonsie is more of an upscale place but they have a cute bar with great food.

Boston overall is a very casual town though, so even “upscale” here really just means put on your jeans instead of your COVID-friendly sweatpants. Stephanie’s on Newbury also is great and has a cute front patio if you want to relax and people watch as well. 

Hidden Gems and Boston Harbor Views in the Seaport District

If you don’t want to get up early for breakfast, then starting your trip in the Seaport District is another great way to go. There they have the Barking Crab, which is a seafood restaurant with a unique atmospheric blend that’s casual, but with fantastic waterfront views.

Hidden Gems in Boston - The Barking Crab in the Seaport District

The Barking Crab in Boston’s Seaport District

Nearby is the Envoy Hotel which has more of a high class feel. There you can go to the roof and check out the Lookout Rooftop and Bar. While the drinks are on the pricier side, the scenery is gorgeous, and they even have COVID-approved igloos that you can rent as well.

In that area, you also can walk down the street to the rooftop at Legal Seafood, or you can get a true Boston experience by going to Harpoon Brewery for a brew tour and a few beers.

Breweries and Dive Bars off the Beaten Path in Boston

If our city’s watering holes are one of the reasons that brought you here, then look no further. Boston’s food scene is still up and coming, but our alcohol scene has been top level since the Revolution!

If you want a brewery feel in downtown, then I would suggest Trillium Brewery which has a Fort Point location and also has an outdoor spot in their Garden on the Greenway. They have great hazy IPAs and are typically rated some of the best beers in the country. 

If you’re looking to take more of a self-guided brewery tour, then I would suggest heading outside of downtown and going into the neighboring town of Somerville. There you can do your own “brew tour” and hit up places like Aeronaut, Remnant Brewing, Slumbrew and the Winter Hill Brewing Company. These places have more of a hipster vibe than the breweries downtown and also can tout some of the best hazy IPAs in the state. 

The Craft Beer Taps at Night Shift Brewery - Everett

The Craft Beer Taps at Night Shift Brewery – Everett

If you’re staying slightly outside the city, I also would always suggest checking out Nightshift in Everett. They have a great outdoor spot and often times have a lot of fun beers relating to classic 80s and 90s themes.

They too have a satellite location called Nightshift – Lovejoy Wharf, which is right near the TD Garden and is a perfect spot to stop at if you’re in town checking out a game.

To continue the fun after the game, look no further than Sullivan’s (Sully’s) right down the street from the garden. This is true dive bar atmosphere but is a perfect place if you’re not ready to go home after watching a good Bruins or Celtics game.

Hidden Gems in the Boston North End

Close to the Garden lies Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. This you need to check off your list if you’re coming to Boston, but personally I feel like it’s over touristy and doesn’t really give you a glimpse into the city.

After making a quick pit stop there, head over to the city’s famous North End. If you can catch it on a feast day, which occur sporadically throughout the summer, then I would highly suggest checking it out. 

Walk through the city’s old cobblestoned narrow streets and experience our Little Italy, either with friends or on a date night. They have amazing restaurants there, my personal favorite being Bricco, which has incredible food and a dark moody, yet modern, atmosphere. Ristorante Fiore is also fantastic and has a beautiful roof deck for the summer months. 

The Improv Asylum is a great little comedy club right on Hanover Street and makes a perfect pairing with some good Italian food later in the night. After you’ve gone to dinner and checked out a comedy show, then you have to head over to the original Regina Pizzeria at 11 ½ Thatcher Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Hanover. The pizza is truly amazing and is perfect if you need a late-night snack.

Staying Active In Boston

At this point, if you’ve drunk all you can drink and eaten all that you can eat, then I would suggest taking a walk along the Charles River Esplanade to burn off some of those calories.

It’s also a great place to bring a picnic and watch the sunset over the river if the weather is nice enough. Parking in that area can be difficult, but you can park at the Boston Common (along the Beacon Street side) and walk over. 

The Charles River Esplanade - A favorite spot for Boston locals

The Charles River Esplanade – A favorite spot for Boston locals

If you want more activity than just a casual stroll and don’t mind waking up early, then you have to check out the November Project. This is a great work out and is free, which is even better! All you need to do is show up.

They offer workouts Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at varying locations across the city. Typically, these workouts involve things like doing the stairs at Harvard Stadium or running hill sprints in Brookline. More information can be found on november-project.com and I highly recommend joining their community if fitness is top of your priority list!

If you want to do an activity that doesn’t involve acting like Rocky Balboa running up and down stairs, then check out Boda Borg which is a combination of an escape room and an obstacle course.

It’s fun and easy for all levels, perfect for an afternoon with friends. You also could bring your skates and go skating at the public rink in the North End which has a partial glass wall where you can see the harbor. 

Lastly, the city’s location in beautiful New England makes it a great jumping-off point for some amazing day hikes near Boston. This four-season guide includes 60 great trails in Eastern Massachusetts to help you get even further off the beaten path when visiting Boston.

Boston’s Lesser-Known Guided Tour

Now at this point, I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty tuckered out and would want someone just to show me around. While the Duck Tours are the most popular tour of the city, I always recommend something a little spookier.

The Ghost and Gravestones tour of Boston is fantastic, albeit a little gimmicky. They give you a great tour of the city while also enlightening you to some of the spookier aspects of Boston, such as the Boston Strangler, the Great Molasses Flood and the ghosts of the revolution that haunt our streets. You’ll need to make reservations in advance, but I always suggest this as I feel like it’s a little more off the beaten path and a fun way to explore Boston.


Truly, Boston is an amazing town full of a lot of character, grit, and plenty of hidden gems. Of course, if this is your first time visiting, be sure to also take a look at the top things to do in Boston to make sure you’re not missing out!

The history here is fantastic and there are enough things to do in and around the city to last a lifetime.  Once you’ve been once, you’ll understand why we Bostonians think our city is “wicked” cool. Have fun! 

 

Hidden Gems in Boston – A Local Insider’s Guide