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Anyone know of some non-mainstream places that are really nice places to explore/experience/see in Boston? Feel free to include pictures or stories, thanks!
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Only in Boston, or surrounding area as well?
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There's a nice anime store in Boston. Also, if you take the T to Cambridge there's a nice anime store there as well
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I travel often enough, and the best way to go about this is to just talk to the locals when you arrive. It really adds to the experience, and you meet some really awesome people. I'm assuming you're asking because you're going for the first time.
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I travel often enough, and the best way to go about this is to just talk to the locals when you arrive. It really adds to the experience, and you meet some really awesome people. I'm assuming you're asking because you're going for the first time.


I second this. Good job!!
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Anyone know of some non-mainstream places that are really nice places to explore/experience/see in Boston? Feel free to include pictures or stories, thanks!


i have to say, in Boston itself, most of what you find is mainstream. It's the towns surrounding it that have the real fun and unique things to do. As for the mainstream I'd suggest the Museum of Science, The Aquarium, the Old North Church, JFK Museum and Faneuil Hall.

If you're into classic films in the slightest you may want to check out the Brattle Cinema as well.

Into music? The House of Blues is a fun place to be.

Bostons also great for small music-based clubs and comedy clubs.

Also are you interested unique shopping as well? We have a few really good, genre shoppes for anime goods, comics, collectibles, books, music etc.

Now if you mean areas outside Boston but fairly close to it, there's quite a bit of everything most connected by the T (Mass Transit Subway and Bus lines).
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I know nothing about Boston. Sorry I can't help you.
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Anyone know of some non-mainstream places that are really nice places to explore/experience/see in Boston? Feel free to include pictures or stories, thanks!


I've moved this to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

Even though I've lived in the area for many years now, it's actually been quite a long time since I've been out and I don't really know what's cool these days.

You might want to browse http://thephoenix.com/ though. If it resembles its (now defunct) print version from years ago it'll have listings from a mix of of places from mainstream to what we called "alternative" back in the day.

What kinds of things are you most interested in exploring?

If you like innovative, contemporary art, I suggest the ICA, Boston. It's not exactly not mainstream but it's really first-class and not at all stuffy.

Games and SF/Fantasy books (Central Square, Cambridge): http://www.pandemoniumbooks.com/. They do hold some gaming events.
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Gwedian wrote:

Anyone know of some non-mainstream places that are really nice places to explore/experience/see in Boston? Feel free to include pictures or stories, thanks!


i have to say, in Boston itself, most of what you find is mainstream. It's the towns surrounding it that have the real fun and unique things to do. As for the mainstream I'd suggest the Museum of Science, The Aquarium, the Old North Church, JFK Museum and Faneuil Hall.

If you're into classic films in the slightest you may want to check out the Brattle Cinema as well.

Into music? The House of Blues is a fun place to be.

Bostons also great for small music-based clubs and comedy clubs.

Also are you interested unique shopping as well? We have a few really good, genre shoppes for anime goods, comics, collectibles, books, music etc.

Now if you mean areas outside Boston but fairly close to it, there's quite a bit of everything most connected by the T (Mass Transit Subway and Bus lines).


Hmmm, can you give me some examples of some fun stuff to do in the towns surrounding Boston then? This is my second semester here and I've already exhausted a lot of the things to do here, so I'm just looking for another exciting thing I can see, thanks.
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I'm really okay with anything, but the thing I'm really searching for is like a very quiet and unknown place that can become something special (whether it be a nighttime view spot or chill hangout place).
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Boston has some unique shops in it's Chinatown district...and the Prudential Center has a lot great shops as well. I'd say the north end section of Boston has some nice spots and some wonderful bakeries (Like Bova's ) but the North End isn't really the place to be if you're looking for somewhere quiet...but as stated by other people above, there's a wonderful anime store called Anime Zakka located in Cambridge and I don't think you could go wrong there...
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I WANNA GO TO BOSTON
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The Boston Public Library in Copley Square is a beautiful old building; great architecture, great artwork, and lots of quiet corners to sit and read.

Area 4 has in Technology Square (near Kendall Square in Cambridge) has become my favorite coffee shop. Good coffee, good pastries (especially if you can catch their cinnamon pecan rolls right out of the oven), good ambience.

There is a Japanese food court in Porter Square (Cambridge) in the building owned by Lesley University that has some good food (if you like Yakisoba or Udon) at a good price and some good people watching.

Best night time view I've found is from the Harvard Bridge (Mass Ave). On a warm night just walk about half way across the river and just stand and look out at the sky line.
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Gwedian wrote:


neugenx wrote:


Gwedian wrote:

Anyone know of some non-mainstream places that are really nice places to explore/experience/see in Boston? Feel free to include pictures or stories, thanks!


i have to say, in Boston itself, most of what you find is mainstream. It's the towns surrounding it that have the real fun and unique things to do. As for the mainstream I'd suggest the Museum of Science, The Aquarium, the Old North Church, JFK Museum and Faneuil Hall.

If you're into classic films in the slightest you may want to check out the Brattle Cinema as well.

Into music? The House of Blues is a fun place to be.

Bostons also great for small music-based clubs and comedy clubs.

Also are you interested unique shopping as well? We have a few really good, genre shoppes for anime goods, comics, collectibles, books, music etc.

Now if you mean areas outside Boston but fairly close to it, there's quite a bit of everything most connected by the T (Mass Transit Subway and Bus lines).


Hmmm, can you give me some examples of some fun stuff to do in the towns surrounding Boston then? This is my second semester here and I've already exhausted a lot of the things to do here, so I'm just looking for another exciting thing I can see, thanks.


Well the towns I'll list are all withing 15-20 miles of Boston I believe and all accessible by bus or train as well as driving.

Cambridge as others have posted is a great place. Myself I love Harvard Square. It's all built with college students in mind. An International Food Court, Street-side shoppes, and an old garage turned into a multi-story mini-mall once again targeting the younger crowd.
http://www.harvardsquare.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-garage-cambridge

Cambridge is also home to one of my favorite comic stores I've ever been to...
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-million-year-picnic-cambridge
When it comes to back issues no one beats them.

Cambridge also has a stunning museum right at Harvard College.
http://hmnh.harvard.edu/


There's also a computer store on Mass Ave that can't be missed if you're into computers. Micro Center is about the size of a supermarket.
http://www.microcenter.com/

Salem,Ma (aka Witch City) is about 20 miles by bus or car. There are TONS of landmarks in Salem including the Witch Museum, The Peabody Essex Museum and The House of Seven Gables. Those are just the icebreakers, there are also a pirate museum a few other museums, and supposedly RL haunted sites if you're into that (great at Halloween). It also has that old town feel more than a full-blown city feel.
https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Massachusetts/Salem-796152/Things_To_Do-Salem-TG-C-1.html
http://hauntedhappenings.org/
http://www.salem-chamber.org/visitor-info

Framingham, also 20 miles away by bus or car, has the Garden in the Woods. A beautiful nature walk sort of atmosphere. It's actually stunning.
http://www.newenglandwild.org/visit/Garden-in-the-Woods

In Boston itself the Museum of Science and the Aquarium are both very relaxing places to be.
http://www.mos.org/
http://www.neaq.org/index.php


The Boston/Cambridge area is also home to some of the biggest comic, collectibles and anime conventions in the entire New England area.

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