Yes, I am in a relationship with the city of Boston. When I found out that I was going to get the opportunity to stay in Boston for the summer, the first thing that popped into my head was that I needed to take advantage of everything this historic and beautiful city has to offer. I immediately made a list of things I wanted to do for the next four months. And what better way to accomplish new and exciting things than with someone special by my side? That’s where Dan comes into play. I decided to turn this list into dates with both the city and my boyfriend.
These dates can be romantic or platonic, depending on your relationship status. With hectic work or internship schedules, it can be difficult to devote time to having fun, so this dedication to going on one new date a week will help me to keep a healthy balance while expanding my knowledge of the city. If anything, these dates are meant to provide entertaining opportunities that every Bostonian should take advantage of in the summer months.
Date number four: The Museum of Science
First off, let me say that it has been many years since I have gone to a museum for fun rather than being forced to go for school, but for some reason I really wanted to go to Boston’s Museum of Science. As an added bonus, spending the day inside the air-conditioned museum was a perfect way to escape the summer heat for a while.
Showing up at the ticket booth, I did find the prices to be a bit expensive. It wasn’t until after our date when I was bragging to a friend about how much fun we had that she kindly pointed out that BC gives students one free ticket to the Museum of Science per semester at the Robsham Ticket Office. All the more reason that this could be a great summer activity for you!
The three-floor museum has so much to offer anyone of all ages. It can be a bit overwhelming so definitely grab a map on the way in.
Dan and I started out by venturing into the Red Wing. This wing has the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the Mugar Omni Theater, Museum Store, Riverview Café and the children’s Discovery Center. There are a variety of shows to choose from in each of these areas in the Red Wing, but all of the exhibits here cost extra money on top of the entry fee, so we skipped most of them. We did get the chance to look around though and there is a really cool Cosmic Light exhibit outside the planetarium.
Next, we made our way to the Green Wing. This wing offered a lot to see and had more of the typical museum feel. The focus of the Green Wing is habitats and animal exhibits. Do NOT go in here if you are scared of taxidermy. I highly recommend trying the game in the bird room where you try to sneak up on a bird. Watching Dan tiptoe across the room without the electronic bird noticing and setting off the alarm was some serious entertainment.
On to my favorite part of the museum: the Blue Wing. The Blue Wing is the largest and offers the most to look at. I would recommend spending most of your time here in this area. There really is a large variety in the Blue Wing, which is home to the dinosaur, natural mysteries, and the machines and transportation exhibits-- just to name a few.
Now, I’m a sucker when it comes to cute animals so one of my favorite parts of the day was seeing the Chick Hatchery. There was an incubator with some newborn chicks on one half, and some un-hatched eggs on the other half. One of the eggs had a tiny, tiny hole where the chick was starting to break through. As we watched for a while we realized that this chick was taking his sweet time coming out and we decided to move on.
At the end of our time at the museum, we decided to go back and see how the baby chick was doing. And boy did we go back at the perfect time! We saw the little guy break through the egg and it was honestly one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!
In between waiting for the chick to hatch, we caught part of the Theater of Electricity show, where they produce a lightning storm inside. That was pretty awesome, and I could feel my hair becoming frizzy when we touched the lightning in a tube.
The final memorable exhibit that Dan and I went to was the Butterfly Garden. This was the one thing we decided to pay extra for and it was worth it. You enter the greenhouse room and there are plants and butterflies everywhere! There were hundreds of different varieties of butterflies fluttering around the room. A few of them landed on us for a brief period of time but it was beautiful to watch them just soaring around the room freely. I loved the butterfly garden and would have liked to sit in there all afternoon.
Over all, the Museum of Science was a great date. Some of the exhibits are geared towards younger children, but anyone can enjoy this gem. We saw interesting exhibits and had a lot of fun all while spending time together.
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