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Too hot and humid? Step inside for some fun Boston-based activities

Posted by Melanie Nayer  July 31, 2012 08:00 AM

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If the weather forecast is right, it's going to be hot, humid and rainy this week in Boston. Not the idea way to spend a summer vacation, but our friends at the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism came up with some great ways to beat the heat and stay dry during those hot summer days.

From enjoying Boston's best tea service to stepping back in time in historical homes, there's plenty of things to do around town to quench your curiosity during drab summer days.

Tea Time: Pour a cup at one of Boston's favorite harbor side hotels, the the Boston Harbor Hotel. The hotel's afternoon tea includes organic tea selections all served with traditional tea-time foods and champagne

Rum Tastings: (For adults only) Bring back the Boston-Caribbean connection from the colonial times by visiting Ryan and Wood Distilleries in Gloucester. Learn about how the spirits are made through a tour of the facility, and try hand-crafted varieties of rum, vodka, gin, and whisky. Tours run Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Colonist for a Day: Step back in time at three Plymouth Antiquarian Society historic sites. Explore the 1749 Spooner House’s original furnishings, walk the grounds of the 1677 Harlow Old Fort House, which is one of the few remaining 17th Century houses in Plymouth, or admire the Hedge House’s Federal style architecture as you overlook Plymouth Harbor. All open Thursday through Sunday, June through August, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie: A time-honored tradition that always seems to get lost in the shuffle... head to Strand Theatre in Clinton, first opened in 1924 as a vaudeville theatre, for dinner and a movie. This unique theatre hosts recent releases and well as classic movies nightly at 7 p.m.

StrandInside.jpgThe Strand Theatre is one of the oldest existing movie theaters and offers dinner and a movie nightly.

The Art of Making Money: Tour the facility that makes the paper for our U.S. dollar bills. Take a free tour of the Crane Paper Factory in Dalton and absorb the historic atmosphere of the 1844 Stone Mill that was used in the paper-making process for the past 200 years.

Readers: Where's your favorite place to hang out indoors when the summertime weather doesn't cooperate? Share your tips below!

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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