Not so long ago, Somerville was completely different. Construction was not omnipresent and new hip restaurants and shops were not opening on every corner. Yet, fast forward to today, the city has become one of the most vibrant areas around Boston.
The city carries many attractions, the most prominent being the Assembly Row development which has everything from large big-box retailers to up scale restaurants and a movie theater. Besides Assembly Row, there are a number of other attractions the city offers that are unique to the Boston area. So whether you are just in the area for the day or you are considering moving there, here is a to-do list for you!
Museum of Bad Art
Located in the basement of the Somerville Theatre resides a collection of some of the world’s worst art. The level of complexion is certainly different than your average second-grader's art class efforts. As you stroll through the museum, you really begin to experience a whole new side to art that is different from your typical exhibition.
Staying in the same building as the Museum of Bad Art, the Somerville Theatre is an independently operated and owned theater that shows everything from huge blockbuster movies to small-studio productions. Located in trendy Davis Square, the theater has a completely different feel to it than your average AMC theater.
Candlepin Bowling and Flatbread Pizza
When you first hear of this combination, it may sound strange. Candlepin bowling is supposed to be a New England-born tradition, which is really just regular bowling except the pins are wooden sticks (instead of those regular white, plastic pins) and the balls are significantly smaller. If you are looking to combine a little time of relaxation with food, then Flatbread Pizza, located in the same building, is a fantastic combination.
Activist Marching Bands
In the falls in David Square, there are a number of troupes of activist marching bands! It’s a great item to add to the check-list of things to do in Davis Square on a sunny, fall weekend day.
The craft beer industry has certainly been growing these last few years, and Somerville is home to a number of companies. One of the most highly-raved about places is the Bantam Cider Company (technically hard cider and not beer, but just as good). Other really good brewing companies to check out are the Aeronaut Brewing Company and the Somerville Brewing Company (pleasantly nicknamed Slumbrew).
So, there are certainly quite a few unique things to do in Somerville that are not comparable to anywhere else around Boston. The city clearly has an artsy and hip vibe that lives through the restaurants, shops, and entertainment areas. Plus, it's only 15 minutes away from downtown, so it really is combining the best of both worlds; a vibrant and exciting city that is really close to a major downtown area.