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Weekends Are Better In Boston! Things to Do In Boston For a Weekend Filled With Fun

Boston, Massachusetts has everything anyone could want, and more than you can imagine. From its colonial history to its distinctive accents, Boston will always make an indelible impression on the first time visitor and its frequent traveler, with its outrageous sports fans, gorgeous parks, and quirky personality.

Here are ten things to do in Boston, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

1. Fenway Park 

One of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country, Fenway Park is revered as a shrine by sports fans. The famous Boston Red Sox, winners of the 2018 world series and life long enemies of the New York Yankees, inspire fanatic adulation in Boston natives.

Built in1912, the stadium has been renovated or expanded many times, resulting in weird features like Pesky’s Pole, and the Green Monster in left field.

It has also hosted other sports competitions from soccer to football, in addition to concerts.

2. Harvard Yard 

Not many can get into Harvard, but anyone can tour its hallowed halls and see its Ivy-covered towers. One of the country’s oldest universities and one of the most famous, Harvard is situated in Cambridge, Boston’s sister city across the Charles River. Famous alumni include several Obamas, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

You can even download a free walking tour, and explore the famous red brick buildings seeking out the Harvard Crimson (newspaper) offices, the statue of John Harvard, and the Whispering Arch.

Around Harvard, there’s a ton of cool coffee shops, bars, and bookstores to fill up a day with academia and beverages. Don’t forget to pick up a crimson hat or T-shirt to wear at home!

3. New England Aquarium 

Over a million visitors a year check out Boston’s aquarium, which boasts the famous Giant Ocean Tank, a 200,000-gallon tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. Open at the top, the tank has a walkway that spirals down, giving visitors views of the reef from every angle. You can also see penguins, rare sea dragons electric eels, and sea urchins.

There are special exhibits dedicated to everything from jellyfish and turtles to seals to sharks and stingrays.

4. Quincy Market

This market has been serving food to local Bostonians since the 1800s. Also known at Fanueil Hall, this lively marketplace has all varieties of food plus street performers and all-around great people-watching.

Come here to grab some traditional Bostin meals like clam chowder, Boston cream pie, Boston baked beans with brown bread, and lobster rolls.

Because of Boston’s proximity to the sea, you can find all manner of fresh seafood. Oysters are especially tasty here, as they are freshly plucked from seabeds nearby.

Boston was also a place where many Italians resettled on coming to America. Expect to find a great assortment of Italian specialties, from excellent pizza to delicious desserts like cannolis!

5. Escape Rooms 

If you are traveling with a group, there’s no better way to bond than by solving a problem together. Try it at one of Boston’s newest attractions, Breakout Games. Here your group can search for clues and solves puzzles to escape before time expires in a number of scary scenarios, from being kidnapped to conducting a museum heist.

6.  Whale Watching

During spring and summer, you can jump on a charter boat and try to spot the whales that often travel through Massachusetts waters.  If you are lucky, you might see humpback whales, finback whales, or pilot whales that frequently pass through Massachusetts waters.

Whales migrate to Massachusetts to feed on mackerel, herring, krill, and other fish on their way to warmer climates to mate and give birth. There are lots of tours along the wharf and through the aquarium,  but be prepared to stay on the water several hours to give you a chance to see one. Dress warmly, too!

7. USS Constitution 

The USS Constitution, otherwise known as  “Old Ironsides” is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Everyone interested in all things maritime will love to explore this relic of the high seas.

A favorite for school trips, the ship and its museum next door have lots of interactive exhibits. If you take a harbor tour, you will learn about the Boston Tea Party, a pivotal moment in our nation’s evolution.

8. Boston Commons and the Public Garden

This beautiful park has swan boats to glide around in, and a statue based on the children’s classic: “Make Way for Ducklings.”

The oldest park in America, over the centuries it has served as a military camp, a dump, and a place for riots and protests. Nowadays, people who live in, work in and visit Boston traverse its paths for a bit of serenity in the middle of the big city.

Throughout all seasons there are things to do, from ice skating to Shakespeare in the Park in the summer to the floating jack-o-lanterns in the Frog Pond in October.

9. Warren Anatomical Museum 

The Warren Anatomical Museum is a treasure trove of strange medical tools, death masks, skeletons, and human abnormalities. See items like the skull of Phineas Gage, who survived an iron bar being driven through his head and lived to tell the tale.

Great for students of medicine or just people who like ghoulish things, this museum displays over a thousand watercolors, drawings, photographs, and lantern slides, a thousand anatomical models and casts, and thousands more medical, dental, and public health instruments and devices.

10. The Museum of Bad Art 

Founded in the fall of 1993, this place is exactly what it sounds like. With a tagline: “art too bad to be ignored,” this museum is currently under renovation but is worth the trip once it reopens.

You will roll on the floor with laughter at its collections of atrocious portraits (“poor traits”), hideous landscapes, and, of course, awful pictures of pets.

Things to Do in Boston: No End to the Possibilities

if you are trying to come up with a list of things to do in Boston, your real problem will be finding the time to do it all! This city is a must-see for history buffs, beer drinkers, and football fans, plus students, artists, and just about everyone else.

Keep checking back to discover new, interesting and silly ways to be entertained.

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Here Is A First Peek At The Taco Bell Pop-Up Hotel In Palm Springs

Taco Bell shared a first peek inside its much-anticipated pop-up hotel in Palm Springs, California named ‘The Bell’.

Reservations open Thursday, June 27,  with availability to guests this summer from August 8 through August 12 for $169 per night.

“The hotel draws on Taco Bell’s vibrant palette to create a unique and flavor-filled destination that is the ultimate expression of the brand, unlike anything the brand has done before,” says Taco Bell’s senior director of retail engagement and experience, Jennifer Arnoldt.

The branded hotel, which will temporarily take over the V Hotel Palm Springs hotel at 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, will offer 70 rooms. It will feature a “Freeze Lounge”—inspired by the chain’s “Mountain Dew Baja Blast” beverage—where presumably guests can enjoy antifreeze-colored slushies, try to not bounce off the walls in the ensuing sugar rush and ultimately crash into a puddle on the floor.

Other entertainment will include “dive-in movies” and performances from musical acts participating in Taco Bell’s long-running “Feed the Beat” food-for-touring-bands program, as well taco-themed nail art.

While guests will be able to eat Taco Bell-inspired resort fare and new (as-yet-unveiled) menu items, Taco Bell is also hinting that Taco Bell breakfast in bed will be available.

Click HERE for more info.

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Meet scUber: The World’s First Rideshare Submarine On The Great Barrier Reef

Uber is now headed underwater. The ridesharing service has announced scUber, “the world’s first ridesharing submarine.”

ScUber will take riders around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for $2,000 for two people. That cost also includes a helicopter trip to the docking station and the full one hour trip around the reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on Earth and has been hurt by climate change. According to a study recently published in the journal Nature, baby coral in the reef has declined by 89%, and mass-bleaching events caused by climate change have decimated large portions. Uber is matching the dollars spent on scUber—and donating an additional $100,000—to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help protect the reef from future harm.

ScUber is a limited time offering, running until June 18. The main service is only available to riders based in Queensland, Australia, but other regions have a chance to participate by entering Uber’s contest that gives the winner and a friend an all-expense paid trip to Queensland and a free ride on scUber.

Winners will be chosen based on pleas limited to just 25 words. Six of these trips will be awarded to various regions around the world, and submissions must be entered before June 1.

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Overhyped, Overrated Tourist Traps To Avoid At All Costs

There are plenty of attractions that you must see when traveling. You can’t go to Paris for the first time without seeing the Eiffel Tower, and few people want to come home from Yellowstone without photos of Old Faithful.

But for every tourist destination that’s come by its iconic reputation honestly, there’s a crappy tourist trap that isn’t worth your time or money.

Sure, a lot of this comes down to personal opinion. After all, one person’s tacky attraction is another person’s campy must-see perfect for Instagramming. Yet Far & Wide feels pretty confident that the places on this list are a total wash. Their lines are long, the crowds add hours to your visit, and the chances of having the time to genuinely take in what you’re seeing are very slim.

Check out the list HERE and see if you agree?

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Addicted To Americana By Charles Phoenix

Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road-trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. 

The photo collector, food crafter, and field tripper is famed for his hilarious live show performances and “theme park” tour of downtown Los Angeles.

This riotously colorful book, replete with Charles’s collection of vintage Kodachrome slides, celebrates his lifelong quest to unearth the best of classic and kitschy American life and style.

 

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as Phoenix guides us through his action- packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of midcentury marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

You can purchase the 176 page book HERE.

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Newly Opened LEGO House Is A Tribute To Creative Play

On September 28, 2017, a 12,000-square meter house filled with 25 million LEGO bricks opened its doors to a brand new creative universe. Children and creative souls of all ages can now get the ultimate LEGO experience all year round in the new LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

It has taken four years to build the most unique LEGO experience in the world – LEGO House. The house is located in Billund, Denmark, where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, and was opened at a grand event attended by HRH The Crown Prince and HRH The Crown Princess and their children.

For LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the house is a place where LEGO fans of all ages can find out much more about where LEGO play can take you.

“It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate LEGO experience. With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving abilities,” says third-generation LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and adds:

“At the heart of all LEGO experiences – from the boxes of LEGO bricks that children have at home to this fantastic LEGO House that we are celebrating today – is the unique and timeless LEGO brick. With LEGO bricks, you can express yourself creatively and make anything imaginable. The possibilities are endless, and nowhere else in the world can you experience it in the same way as in LEGO House.”

The heart of LEGO House is the experience zones. Here, you will find two exhibition areas and four play areas where you can explore your creativity in lots of different ways. The zones are based on four different colors, each symbolizing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.

“All activities in the house are related to our LEGO philosophy that learning through play promotes innovation and creativity. Play runs through the LEGO Group’s DNA, and it is really brought to life in LEGO House. Everything from experience zones and outdoor areas to our restaurant concepts is based on play and creativity, so no matter what you do in LEGO House, it will have something to do with playing,” says Jesper Vilstrup, LEGO House CEO.

If you wish to visit LEGO House, you need to book your visit in advance through the LEGO House website due to space restrictions. This is to ensure that all visitors get the full experience without having to endure long queues and crowded experience zones.

– LEGO House was designed by the architectural firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and consists of 21 white bricks stacked on top of each other. Its facade is covered with tiles, giving the illusion that the whole building is made of LEGO bricks.The building covers an area of 12,000 m2.

– On the ground floor, you will find three restaurants, a LEGO Store, a conference room and the 2,000-square metre LEGO Square. 

– The experience zones comprise four colored play areas, a large gallery of LEGO creations built by fans and a large exhibition about the history of the LEGO brand – including 200 of the most iconic LEGO boxed sets. 

– The experience zones are based on four different colors, each representing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.  Each color zone has a number of activities that encourage visitors to play.

– In addition to the experience zones, the enormous bricks house a sheltered public space and a number of interconnected outdoor terraces and playgrounds for visitors to explore and enjoy. From LEGO Square, you have free access to three eateries and a big LEGO Store. 

– Visitors arriving by air to Billund Airport are welcomed on approach by eight light beams from the gigantic LEGO keystone brick on top of LEGO House, representing the eight knobs on a 2×4 LEGO brick.

– LEGO House expects to welcome 250,000 paying visitors each year. Visitors are expected to come from all over the world – mainly families, but also school groups, LEGO employees and AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO). 

More info HERE.

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Check Out The Amazing LEGO London Flagship Store

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LEGO has officially opened its new UK flagship store in central London’s popular tourist hot-spot, Leicester Square.

The Leicester Square store is the 131st  LEGO Brand Retail store globally and is pushing the boundaries with many unique LEGO firsts. The largest LEGO store in the world boasts exciting new experiences, such as a ‘Mosaic Maker’, which offers LEGO fans of all ages the opportunity to purchase their very own, one of a kind, personalized LEGO mosaic portrait. The machine captures your image and in under ten minutes, printed instructions and the bricks required to complete the LEGO portrait are supplied to the customer. The London store is the first in the world to make this unique experience available.

John Goodwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the LEGO Group said:

“We are excited to have finally opened the doors to the world’s largest LEGO store here in London. We want to inspire and develop children through creative play experiences – and this store is all about that. Here, parents and children can explore the many different LEGO products while at the same time getting a truly immersive experience of the LEGO brand.”

Inspiring creativity and developing the builders of tomorrow is a central theme for the store and this is encouraged with unique hands-on interactive brick experiences. These  include ‘Master Builder Playtables’, where children will be free to build whatever they can imagine – inspired by iconic London landmarks and a range of exciting LEGO themes.

There will also be a timetable, when Certified LEGO Master Builders will visit the store sharing tips and tricks to help visitors build LEGO models and help inspire children to think outside the box when building their creations.

Through a partnership with Transport for London LEGO has created a life-sized London Underground tube carriage. The tube is the largest LEGO build in the store, made up of 637,903 bricks and it took 3,399 hours to build. The carriage offers fun photo opportunities and will be a must see for all the family.

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Other highlights within the new London LEGO Store include:

-Build a Minifigure Tower with Talking LEGO Minifigures – includes four different talking LEGO Minifigures including Lester, Royal Guard, Bobby the Policeman and Sherlock Holmes

-LEGO Minifigure Scanner – an interactive experience available from outside the store where people can find out which LEGO Minifigure they are

-Digital window display  – state of the art screens that will show LEGO movies and clips

-Lester’s room housing a model of store mascot Lester for photo opportunities both inside and outside the store

-Brickadilly corner – an interactive information center informing shoppers including in-store event schedules and highlighting retail experiences within the store;

– Digital endless isle – a digital experience allowing shoppers to browse a digital catalog of all LEGO sets available in store. It also calls for assistance by sending a message to the smart watches of store staff

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The $21,000 First Class Airplane Seat

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If you’ve got the cash, there’s no first class seat like the Emirates first class seat. Featuring a massive, private cabin with retractable doors, personal wet bar, order-anytime menu, and a shower, it’s like your own hotel room in the sky.

YouTube Personality and Filmmaker, Casey Neistat got a free upgrade on his way from Dubai to New York aboard an Emirates A380, and gives you an all-access tour of the best first class seating in the business.

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Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System

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With decades of experience making strollers, Bugaboo knows about mobility. Now they’re applying that know-how to travel. The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System ($1,030+) is more than just a set of bags. At its core is a versatile folding chassis that lets you push your bags like a stroller or pull them behind you. For longer trips, click the check-in sized Travel Case onto the chassis then slide the carry-on friendly Travel Case on top. For shorter excursions, attach the smaller bag to the chassis and go. An Organizer pouch sits on the back keeping essentials like your wallet, phone, and passport handy, while the Inner Bag of the Cabin Case helps keep you organized and doubles as a daypack once you’re reached your destination.

The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System will be available on September 26, 2016.

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Gidget Retro Camper

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The Gidget Retro Camper was created by an Australian developer and contains a Queen size bed, a television entertainment set and sink with refrigerators. Some models even include showers with hot water. It’s powered by solar panels.

The rear camper shell can double as an overhang that will provide some shade in the sun, or some shelter in the rain, for whoever ends up cooking out back.  If you’re camping somewhere windy, there’s even an accessory windshield that isn’t featured in the video, but is available to protect whatever you end up cooking up on the stove top.

Best of all, it won’t break the bank. While the average brand new RV costs over $100,000, the Gidget is only $15,000.

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Features include:

– custom slide-out, patent pending, unique world-wide
– designed to be towed behind a 4 cyl car
– fuel efficient design, easy to tow and manoeuver
– fully set up in 30 seconds
– fully insulated
– Queen-size bed
– 1200mm wide skylight to view the stars at night
– 21” TV, DVD player, stereo
– 330 litres of storage space inside cabin
– handcrafted Tasmanian timber kitchen and throughout cabin
– pressurized water system, Dometic sink
– 80 L to 120 L water storage
– 30 L waste tank
– 41 L Waeco ice box or fridge
– large 2 burner gas stove
– fire extinguisher, blanket, smoke detector
– pantry and utensil drawers
– single or dual deep cycle battery
– 240V inverter
– 12V, 240V and USB outlets
– LED lighting inside cabin and kitchen
– custom Smoothie hotrod wheels

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