Once the Thanksgiving holiday is over, there is plenty of time to spend with family exploring Boston. Get out in the crisp air, learn about past holiday traditions and prepare yourself for the upcoming December holidays. These are the best places in Boston to visit over Thanksgiving weekend.
137 Warren Ave.
Plymouth, MA 02360
There is not a more appropriate place to spend Thanksgiving weekend than at Plimoth Plantation. Its calendar is packed with fun activities for all to enjoy. Play the Wampanoag games, pick up cooking techniques for seasonal food or learn about the two cultures who met here. Don’t miss out on the mishoon burning, which is a traditional way to make the canoe-like boats used by the Wampanoags. Stop by the nushwetu structure to hear the native staff share stories and to ask any questions you might have.
Boston Tuba Christmas
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109
Dates: Nov. 30, 2013
This exciting event will be the 28th annual Boston Tuba Christmas. Over 140 local tuba and euphonium players gather at Faneuil Hall to play your favorite holiday songs. Enjoy the brightly dressed musicians and get in the holiday spirit while spending some time in the crisp air. Tuba and euphonium players are encouraged to join in to make this the biggest gathering to date. Download a registration form here.
52 Gore St.
Waltham, MA 02453
Date: Nov. 29, 2013
Gore Place is the estate and historic home of former Governor Christopher Gore. The property includes the elegant period mansion and a small farm with poultry, goats and sheep. Experience a showing of the grounds with a special Thanksgiving holiday tour titled “At Home With the Gores.” View the inside of the beautiful mansion and learn about early 19th century entertaining and celebrating during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Boston Common Coffee
97 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
Take a stroll through the North End before stopping by this delicious cafe and bakery to grab a bite to eat and a warm drink. Try one of the featured seasonal coffees like pumpkin spice, or stick with the more traditional breakfast blend. After the indulgence of Thanksgiving, a wrap or panini will be the perfect light lunch to fuel you for the rest of the day. The baked goods are always fresh, so don’t forget to take some to go. Congo bars, muffin tops, brownies and cinnamon sticks are just some of the mouthwatering choices.
75 Chestnut St.
Boston, MA 02108
Head over to 75 Chestnut for a drink with friends or family after a long Thanksgiving holiday. The extensive wine and martini lists assure that there is a drink to satisfy every taste. If you are looking to spice things up, try the spicy and dirty martini. This unique drink is made with vodka, olive juice and pepperoncini brine, and garnished with pepperoncini and blue cheese stuffed olives. If you have gone green, try one of the sustainable drinks made with organic liquors. Top things off by ordering a signature dessert like the 75 sinful chocolate trilogy or end your night with an espresso martini. Either way, your taste buds will thank you.
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