Hidden Gems in Boston

Sprinkle some hidden gems into your next trip to Boston with our helpful guide to the city’s lesser-known destinations! There’s something for everybody on this unique list of Boston attractions.

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If you have a group returning to Boston for a visit, let Ally Charter Bus be your provider of safe and reliable transportation. We reserve accommodations for groups of all types to events across the northeast, giving us the necessary experience to arrange the perfect travel option for your group’s unique needs.

No matter how big or how small your group, we’re always able to find the best bus option to ensure that all passengers are comfortable. After a day of walking through the city, you’ll enjoy comfortable reclining seats while a professional driver transports you back to your home or hotel. You can put together your own itinerary full of your favorite Boston stops and let your driver navigate you across the city with ease.

Whether you’re a family hosting a Boston reunion, a business attending a corporate event, a teacher looking for field trip ideas, or simply a visitor looking for something extra to experience, we’ve got everything you need to schedule the perfect trip at a great price!

Exploring Boston’s Hidden Gems

Ready to dive deeper into the unique attractions that Boston has to offer? If you’ve covered the classics like a ball game at Fenway Park, a stroll through Boston Common, and a visit to the historic sites on the Freedom Trail, you’re probably ready to discover some lesser-known attractions that call this classic, historic city “home.”

There’s something for everybody to love in Beantown. On your next trip to Boston, be sure to include some of these hidden gems of the city in your itinerary:


Add these unique shopping destinations to your itinerary for experiences and souvenirs you can’t find anywhere else! Between stops, you can store bags and other belongings on your bus, freeing up your hands to collect more gifts for yourself and for your friends.

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Address: 6 Clearway Street, Boston, MA 02115

At first glance, Bodega looks like nothing more than your everyday convenience store; but hidden behind a secret entrance is the door to this high-end shoe, cap, and sportswear retailer.

Brattle Book Shop

Address: 9 West Street, Boston, MA 02111

Phone: (617) 542-0210

Find used, rare, and antique books (even some first editions!) at one of the country’s oldest book shops, often overlooked by the nearby Boston Commons and Boston Public Gardens.

Lucy Parsons Center

Address: 358 Centre Street #A, Boston, MA 02130

Phone: (617) 522-6098

This radical anarchist bookstore houses a collection of anti-establishment literature and serves as a meeting space for local activist groups. The shop even hosts “radical movie nights” for when you feel like going against the grain for a bit.

Drinking & Dining

From lunch to dinner to late-night libations, Boston has plenty of lesser-known foodie destinations to please everyone in your group.

A barrel with the label 'Wines Liquors'

Caffe Vittoria

Address: 290 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

Phone: (617) 227-7606

While it’s often overshadowed by other local spots like Mike’s Pastry, Caffe Vittoria holds the distinction of being Boston’s first Italian Cafe. The menu features traditional Italian coffee, pastries, and gelato.

Monica’s Mercato

Address: 130 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Phone: (617) 742-4101

This gourmet grocery store offers true Italian subs as well as European meats, cheeses, breads, and drinks. Take home a sample of their authentic prosciutto or stop in for a quick lunch during your tour of the city.

Bogie’s Place

Address: 21 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111

Phone: (617) 338-5333

By reservation only, Bogie’s Place serves select steaks and unique cocktails in a speakeasy-style setting. Classic cocktails and unbeatable steaks make for a great backdrop to your evening corporate dinner or family gathering.

GrandTen Distilling

Address: 383 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02127

Phone: (617) 269-0497

Located in a former iron foundry, GrandTen Distilling offers creative cocktails made with spirits that have been distilled on-site. Stick around and enjoy shuffleboard, foosball, and some old-school board game classics.


Find new museums and beautiful views of the city at these destinations, many of which often aren’t discussed on other “Top 10” lists of Boston’s attractions.

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The Mapparium, Mary Baker Eddy Library

Address: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 450-7000

Located in the Mary Baker Eddy Library, this gigantic stained-glass globe stands three stories high and has a hollow inside for curious minds to step in and explore the ideas that connect people across the globe.

Observation Deck at Independence Wharf

Address: 470 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Phone: (617) 737-0974

Often overshadowed by the city’s better-known observation decks at the Prudential Center and Hancock Tower, the 14th-floor deck at Independence Wharf is free to attend and offers a beautiful view of the city.

Warren Anatomical Museum

Address: 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 432-6196

Once you’ve covered the local art and history museums, head to Harvard Medical School’s anatomical museum, where you’ll find old medical equipment, learn about surgery practices during the Civil War, and gaze upon a kidney stone collection.

Boston Athenaeum

Address: 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 227-0270

One of the oldest independent libraries in the United States, the Boston Athenaeum houses a large collection of books, including over 100,000 rare books and, according to rumors, one that’s bound in human skin.

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