9 Ways to Experience Boston from Home

Posted by Greg Kiep on Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 5:23pm.

All of us are spending more time at home right now but that does not mean that you have to miss out on many of the experiences that make Boston a special place to live. Using the joys of technology, there are a ton of ways to "see" and "visit" Boston landmarks and attractions from the comfort of your home. Here are some of our favorite online experiences:

Boston Symphony Orchestra

The BSO is holding nightly concerts, Monday through Saturday, at 8 pm online for free! What a great way to remind of ourselves of the value of live performances. Check them out here.

Here is the upcoming schedule:

March 30 - Christian Zacharias Conducts Schubert
March 31 - Tetzlaff Plays Beethoven's Violin Concerto
April 1 - Moser Plays Dvorák
April 2 - A Midsummer Night's Dream, in Music
April 3 - Hannigan Sings "let me tell you"
April 4 - Lisiecki's BSO Debut in a Concerto by Chopin

Boston Children's Museum

Have little ones at home to entertain? The Boston Children's Museum has an incredible virtual tour that allows you to experience the exhibits! Check it out here. Walk floor by floor taking in everything that you love to see and plan your visit when it reopens. They also have a great learning resource center with activities for the family.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

One of our favorite museums in Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has virtual tours of many of their exhibits available online. Their online exhibit, Thirteen works, is a fascinating look at the pieces that were stolen from their collection 30 years ago.

Coolidge Corner theatre

Enjoy some great, curated Coolidge programming with an online rental from their website. Not only will it be entertainment for the family but your purchase will help compensate their staff during this unprecedented time. They also have a fascinating seminar coming up on Alfred Hitchock's social isolation classic, Rear Window.

Online courses

Use this time to learn a new skill with an online course. Many area universities are offering free or inexpensive learning experiences on a ton of different topics! Check out Harvard's online catalog as one example. Their Cognitive Fitness class talks all about staying mentally sharp which could be a great help during these times.

Boston Red Sox

Missing your favorite Boston baseball team? Have a little fun with the family with their Summer Slugger program! This fun and informational activity has launched early and has a ton of weekly games and activities to keep your little ones (and you) entertained! Check it out!

New England Aquarium

Take a tour of this underwater world with weekly activities, video tours, and Facebook live sessions! Every Friday at 11, their onsite team will present “mini-lectures” with Q&A following. Their most recent installment "Dwarf Seahorses!" was both informative and beautiful. Check out the full schedule!

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

This incredible museum has a variety of interactive exhibits all about the history of the Kennedy Administration. Check out their website for in-depth looks at the fight for Civil Rights, the Cuban Missle Crisis, and more. They also have a useful app.

Boston Public Library

Your trusted resource is closed for now physically but they have a wealth of online information and resources! All you need is your library card and you can read newspapers, learn a new language, and more right from the comfort of your home. Check it out!

What are your favorite Boston activities? What are you doing to stay busy while at home?

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