You may have packed your bags in anticipation for a sunny trip to Boston, but things don’t always go to plan.
Whether it is raining, snowing or something in-between, Boston hosts a terrific variety of indoor activities that will keep you busy no matter the weather.
Your trip needn’t be doom and gloom, as there is an extensive and exciting list of incredible things to do in Boston when it rains.
1. The New England Aquarium
Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, United States.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm.
From sea turtles to a diversity of fish, penguins and seals; The New England Aquarium boasts an impressive yearly visit rate of 1.3 million people.
The New England Aquarium holds up-close and personal tours and beautiful coral reefs, alongside a range of exhibits show an in-depth story into the lives of the animals, as you meet them face to face.
Tickets to The New England Aquarium are $31 for adults and $22 for children. However, admission is also included with the Boston City Pass that saves you a total of 45% on admission to the four most popular Boston attractions.
2. The Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium Exhibition
Address: 200 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, United States.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10:20am-4:40pm (tours run every 20 minutes).
Perhaps one of the most underrated and yet incredibly fascinating experiences in Boston is the Mapparium exhibition, inside The Mary Baker Eddy Library. The Mapparium is a three-story tall globe made from shockingly gorgeous stained glass, in all the colours of the world.
The most amazing part?
You can literally stand inside of the globe and walk around as you observe a three-dimensional perspective of the world.
The exhibition will undoubtedly draw out your inner geo-enthusiast as you are presented with a world of orchestral music, LED lights and words that show you how geography has shifted the world into the present time.
This incredible attraction is a super affordable thing to do in Boston with admission for adults $6 and children $4.
3. The JFK Library
Address: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, United States.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday, 9am-5pm.
A trip to the JFK Library is one of the best things to do in Boston when it rains. This modern building with stunning architecture (with a great view of downtown Boston) houses some of the greatest and most essential history lessons.
The JFK library pays homage to the 35th president of The United States, with a skilful combination of library artefacts and exhibitions, that will give you all the historical information you need to know.
See his legacy for yourself in just under three hours, with historically accurate exhibitions that will leave lovers of past events in awe; such presentations as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the legendary space program are just some of the attractions the library offers.
Admission is $14 per adult, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for teens/youths under seventeen, with free entry for children twelve and under.
4. The Time Out Food Market
Address: Time out Market Boston, 401 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 7:30am-10:00pm, Friday 7:30am-11:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:00am – 10:00pm
The Time out Market started from a food magazine that tested and showcased trendy food. The creators of the magazine were eventually able to bring their idea to life, and a hub of deliciousness was born – all to be showcased in one building, that is there perfect place to keep warm on a rainy day.
Whilst displaying twenty-four eateries with fifteen unique food concepts (from gelato to Asian cuisine) there is an option for any eating preference.
The Time Out Food Market also hosts additional activities such as DJ’s, wine tasting, bars and kid-friendly fun; there’s even a demo kitchen that allows you to taste the upcoming talent!
5. The Performing Arts Of The Citizens Bank Boston Opera House
Address: 539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111, United States
Opening hours: The Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. Saturday-Sunday 2 hours prior to each performance.
The historically renowned Boston Opera House will pull on your heartstrings with its range of shows. Arguably the Opera Houses’ biggest strength is that it is truly built-in luxury, with architecture that will amaze you.
The opera house underwent significant renovations in 2004, and The Grand Theatre holds historical tours of the building which are available to be booked in advance online for $17 per person.
The Opera House shows globally celebrated Broadway productions such as The Lion King and Les Misérables, along with concerts and the Boston Ballet. Depending on what show you are seeing, seats range from as little as $20 per person.
6. Cocktail Bars
Drink – 348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, United States
The Hawthorne – 500 A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, United States
The Baldwin Bar – 2 Alfred St, Woburn, MA 01801, United States
Drink – Monday-Sunday, 4:00pm -1:00am.
The Hawthorne – Monday-Sunday 4:00pm to 1:00am.
The Baldwin Bar – Monday-Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm – 12:00am. Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm.
Consider escaping the rain and indulging in elegance and style with a visit to some of the best cocktail bars in Boston.
You can get merry at Drink. Drink has been described as an underground bar in the Seaport District and has made many must-see lists in its time. It’s master bartenders are unique in their methods of mixology, as they listen to the drinker’s preference and create a concoction based on your desires.
The Hawthorne, is a cosy lounge with executive-style couches and small plates that pair well with the delicious menu of drinks on offer.
A final suggestion would be The Baldwin Bar; The Baldwin Bar is an energising experimentation bar that is run by famous mixologist Ran Duan (one drink is even said to contain vinegar), the bar is situated within a restaurant and its intimate setting has been coined ‘a bar within a bar’, which leaves much to the imagination.
7. The Boston Public Library
Address: 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, United States
My favourite thing to do in Boston when it rains is to hide out in Boston’s Public Library. Having opened in 1848 and was the first library to permit the borrowing of books. Today, you can loan a selection of more than 23 million books from the library.
With free tours covering the architecture of the building, treasured art collection and some of the incredibly rare first edition books from famous writers such as William Shakespeare. The Boston Public Library is the perfect place to spend a rainy day in Boston.
8. TD Garden
Address: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Opening hours: doors typically open one hour before events, though doors can open two hours before for members.
While seeing the rain might get you down, you can pick yourself up again by visiting New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena, TD Garden.
With an incredible range of sports and entertainment programmes from converts to ice shows, sporting events to family shows, an evening at TD Garden can create an unforgettable experience from your time in Boston.
The arena’s latest renovations have produced state of the art seating with a 360-degree LED technology experience that is sure to dazzle attendees in their executive seats. Ticket prices range from $60 right up to $300.
9. J.J. Foley’s Café
Address: 117 E Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02118, United States
Opening hours: Monday 11:00am-10:00pm. Tuesday–Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm. Friday-Saturday 11:00am-12:20pm. Sunday 10:30am-10:00pm
Established in 1909 as a family business run in the south end, J.J. Foley’s Café is widely known as the oldest Irish bar in Boston.
The bar offers the traditional Irish Guinness alongside a wide selection of spirits and wines. Take in the Irish atmosphere and watch some sports on the widescreen TV’s while dining on some of the fantastic foods available in the homely Café.
10. The Museum of Fine Arts
Address: Avenue of Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, MA 02115, United States
Opening hours: Monday–Tuesday 10:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday-Friday 10:00am-10:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts is incredibly popular amongst the locals of Boston and tourists. It’s the fourth largest museum in the surrounding area and entrance fees are reasonable at $25 for adults, $23 for students and seniors with children and members gaining access to the museum for free.
The museum of fine arts also hosts an extensive list of programmes such as lectures from professional authors and critics with indie and classic films shown regularly with open and group discussions post-showing.
11. The Improv Asylum
Address: 216 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, United States
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours
The Improv Asylum is a comedy and theatre improvisation show designed for an incredibly immersive and reactive viewing experience.
Since its opening, the show has been compared to the works of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Saturday Night Live! With some saying it is a combination of both.
The actors interact face to face with the audience members and occasionally pick people to take part. Tickets range from as little as $10 to $25 and there’s no minimum drink requirement.
12. The Cambridge Antique Market
Address: 201 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA 02141, United States
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm
Whether you’re looking for a piece of furniture or an antique piece of clothing, The Cambridge Antique Market quite literally has something for everyone. With five floors consisting of one-hundred and fifty dealers, you’re sure to get lost in the market’s corners.
Adding to their collection of treasures, they also sell artworks and pottery at affordable prices. The market is held in the Monsignor Building, with one of the most incredible and decorative murals at the entrance of the building.
13. Boston Bowl
Opening hours: Open twenty-four-hours.
Address: 820 Morrissey BLVD, Boston, MA, USA
Boston Bowl offers people an alternative to a night on the town. Open twenty-four-hours, the bowling alley also acts as a multi-functional entertainment centre.
If you have any spare change, be sure to hit up the arcade. Visiting Boston Bowl is one of the most affordable attractions for a rainy day in Boston costing just $7 per person.
14. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115, United States
Opening Hours: Monday 11:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday 11:00am-5pm, Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm, Friday 11:00am-5:00pm
Based on the personal vision of one woman, all created under one palace; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a breath-taking look at the connection between beauty and art. Using past and contemporary art, the museum also incorporates dance and music into its regime.
You may also have wanted a walk-through nature, and you still can, with Isabelle’s interior gardens that are built around the building. They also have greenhouses too, to gaze over all the different plant forms.
Every structure within the museum is built from one woman’s vision, such as the recently ‘old meets new’ project.
Unbelievably, the museum is free to enter, the only thing that may cost are the pieces themselves, as you can buy one of the artworks if you wish.