Crowds? Tourists? No thanks.
Like many other Boston holidays, Marathon Monday (which, FYI college kids, is actually called Patriots Day) means rowdy 20-somethings, jam-packed sidewalks, and over-priced beer. Looking for an escape? Head to some of our anti-marathon spots for an afternoon get-away.
1. The ICA
Not only is a museum a safe bet for peace and quiet, but the Institute of Contemporary Art is situated far, far away from the chaos of Brookline and the Back Bay. The museum currently features an exhibit by Barry McGee, as well as work by Haegue Yang, in his exhibit, “Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored.’’ While you’re in the area, be sure to stroll the Fort Point neighborhood.
2. Davis Square
Ditching the marathon is a great excuse to get out of your own back yard and explore Somerville. Davis Square, situated well outside the running route, offers a variety of restaurants, like the Diesel Cafe (pictured), bars, and shopping for a sunny afternoon.
3. Showcase Cinema De Lux in Dedham
Dinner and a movie are another great option for avoiding the crowds on Monday, so why not do both at the same time? Head to this Dedham theater for VIP treatment via your leather movie auditorium seat.
4. Boston Pizza Tour in the North End
Let this tour transform your Boston surroundings to a slice of Italy, with an all-encompassing look (and taste) at pizza in the North End.
5. Kalmus Beach in Hyannis
Though spring weather is still, well, springing, the beaches of Hyannis offer a great alternative to the streets of Boston this weekend. Grab a towel and a good book (and probably a sweatshirt), and hunker down in the sand for an afternoon.
6. The Natick Collection
The one-stop-shopping hub eliminates the fear of being bombarded by fans and runners on Newbury Street and the fear of blowing too much cash. The deals and the off-Route 93 location are a prime for Monday.
7. Lanes and Games in Cambridge
This throw-back bowling alley, with décor (and a website) circa 1972, is located off Route 2 and is an ideal get-away on Monday. The two-floor venue also offers a game room, lounge, bar, and restaurant.
8. Hike the Noanet Woodlands
Located in Dover, the Noanet Woodlands are less than an hour outside Boston, and a guaranteed safe-haven for those looking to avoid the marathon while still spending the afternoon outside.
9. Patriot’s Day parade in Concord
If you’re up for a brief history lesson, head to Concord for a commemoration of the North Bridge Fight featuring musket salutes. The parade will reach the bridge around 9:30 a.m.