This museum for the young and young-at-heart is the second oldest of its kind in the United States. From learning the inner-workings of heavy construction to interactive exhibits like the bubble room and a real two-story townhouse from Kyoto, Boston’s sister city, the museum is an easy way to spend an afternoon indoors. Visit on Friday evenings after 5PM for Target Friday Nights, and enjoy $1 admission!
It’s easy to work up an appetite while inside, but save room for some of the neighborhoods best bites after you’ve explored the exhibits. Sullivan’s, a South Boston staple, runs a snack stand from the iconic Hood milk bottle outside the museum. This is a great spot to grab general snack-type foods and take for a picnic at one of the many tables and chairs lining Fort Point Channel. If you want something a bit heartier, try the Barking Crab, one of the city’s most popular seafood hangouts just a short walk from the museum.