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The Best Hidden Destinations in Boston

Saints Way | © Mie Mie/Flickr
Saints Way | © Mie Mie/Flickr
While staples such as Quincy Market, the Freedom Trail, and Fenway Park are certainly worth the visit, Boston has its fair share of hidden gems for those looking to get off the beaten path. From shady bars to a bodega that sells designer sneakers, here are some of the city’s best-kept secrets.

All Saints Way

Shrine
All Saints Way is a labor of love for its creator
All Saints Way is a labor of love for its creator, Peter Baldassari | © Elijah Lovkoff / Alamy Stock Photo
This private alleyway in Boston’s North End neighborhood has been turned into a shrine to the Patron Saints of… pretty much everything you can think of. Even when the gate is locked, you can still get a decent look from the street.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Quiet

The giant light-up globe you can explore from the inside

Library
General view of the Mary Baker Eddy Library, home of the Mapparium, on a sunny day in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Mary Baker Eddy Library is home of the Mapparium | © Adam Gasson / Alamy Stock Photo
Inside the Mary Baker Eddy Library is the Mapparium, a three-story, pre-WWII, stained glass globe that guests can enter from the outside. Once you’re in, there is music and a light show.
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Miniature village in the cemetery

Cemetery, Forest
Caretaker's Gate at Forest Hills Cemetery
Caretaker's Gate at Forest Hills Cemetery | © C.K. Hartman / Flickr
Deep inside the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain sits a miniature village that eerily resembles a dollhouse town square made of stone. Apparently it was added as an art exhibit over a decade ago, though now it mostly serves to creep out visitors.
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These recommendations were updated on October 12, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.