Boston Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Harbor
If the "Girls Gone Wild," party-till-the-break-of-dawn Miami spring break isn't your style, Boston offers its own ways to escape the monotony of the winter months.
Get the All-Inclusive Treatment:The Blue Room
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience
Thanks to notoriously strict open-bar policies in Boston, all-inclusive deals are hard to come by, but the limitless Sunday brunch at The Blue Room in Cambridge makes up for that. While unlimited buffet brunches can often be sub-par, this version shines with coffee, tea and everything from buttermilk pancakes to rich, housemade beef brisket, for $27 ($13 for kids under 12).
Worship Water:New England Aquarium
A fun water-centric activity
This summer, the New England Aquarium released the completely revamped, incredibly life-like four-story coral reef, housing more than twice the number of sea creatures the exhibit has ever had. The new seven-tank gallery at the top gives close-ups that can keep you enthralled for hours.
It's 5 O'clock Somewhere -Here:Sunset Cantina
Where to get a really great tropical drink
The beaches of Mexico may be far away, but the frozen margaritas at Sunset Cantina on Commonwealth Avenue will transport you to Cancun's beating sun and enormous palms. Though there are more than 25 flavors, the tangy, sweet pomegranate blend of the classic Cantina Margarita ($6.99) can only be matched by Sunset's addicting chips and salsa.
Closer than Disney World: St. Patrick's Day Parade
A great activity for kids and families
Boston never feels more like a theme park than on St. Patrick's Day. Whether you're a local or an out-of-towner, the trip to South Boston to watch the legendary parade's floats, music and enthusiastic and outrageous crowds will not disappoint. Stake out a spot anywhere on Broadway for prime views of kids' favorites, like the Star Wars characters, clowns or the traditional bagpipe band.
Budget Beach Bites:Captain Marden's Cod Squad
An affordable beachy or seafood meal
In New England, beach fare is a little less tropical and a little more comfort, and no one does steaming clam chowder (starts at $4) and decadent lobster rolls (starts at $9) better than Captain Marden's Cod Squad food truck. Try the fresh fried clams (starts at $13) at this mobile miracle for a true bite of Boston.
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Maggie Burdge is a senior at Boston College, and a Contributing Digital Editor for Boston magazine. In her four years in Boston she still has not gotten used to the cold, but holds a soft spot in her heart for the beautiful first few weeks of spring, when all of the trees are in bloom, as if they sprouted overnight.