Despite being a "science person" I never seem to enjoy visiting the Museum of Science. One of the best things there is a giant musical staircase. The other is the IMAX theatre which has the dome ceiling as opposed to the lame big screen most new IMAX's have these days. I guess they do have the world's largest van de graph generator.
PROS: IMAX, musical staircase
CONS: kind of boring sometimes
The Charles Playhouse is a small theater in the theater district (T to Boylston) where the Blue Man Group plays show every day of the week. It does not seat many people and thus provides an intimate setting for the interactive Blue Man Group.
If you want to see the Blue Man Group show for free call the playhouse and offer to usher. The ushers every night are volunteers.
Desi Dhaba is the newest indian restaurant in the central square area but it has quickly become my favorite one to eat lunch at. Don't be put off by its almost overwhelming and trendy decor.
The lunch time buffet here to be very good with many enjoyable vegetarian and vegan dishes. The manager is always happy to tell me which dishes have dairy in them.
Most importantly though, the vegetarian dishes on the buffet seem to be different each day, sparing you the boredom of homogenous consumption.
PROS: tasty, vegetarian options
I remember a few years ago the otherside had a funky sky and cloud patterned ceiling and those wierd neon light bulbs that distort your sense of coloration. Those days are gone, but the food is still pretty tasty. Very stylish and relaxing atmosphere with seating downstairs and upstairs away from the hustle of newbury. Try the raspberry lime rickey and the vegetarian chilli.
PROS: tasty, relaxing, vegetarian options
CONS: kind of pricey
How could you not adore a dance club which has adopted the name of Surrealism's most famous photographer? And where else to go for great themed dancing like weekly gay and goth nights. Two dance floors mean two different DJ's and TV screens means soft core gay erotica. I am not making this up.
PROS: themed nights, gay clubbing, goth clubbing, good location
CONS: wierd, wierd, wierd, music sucks
What a completely ridiculous and over the top store. Silk flowers pasted all over the walls, every color and combination of stone, sequin, metal, fake and real gems. The store is like a psychedelic nightmare, unbelievable. I recommend going just because it defies any conception you might have of what's reasonable.
This zoo is pretty nice but a little tricky to get to (take a train and then take a bus). One thing that impressed me is that they have red kangaroos! (something my state zoo did not have). Also they have a really nice and spacious indoor aviary where birds freely roam.
PROS: lots of animals
CONS: tricky to get to, some cages seem small
The entire front of the Brattle Square Florist shop opens up in the summer and flowers spill out of the store. I find stepping into the store almost unavoidable with its delicate smells wafting out into the hot square. It is worth a visit if you are in the Harvard Square.
PROS: nice selection, nice smell
Planet Aid is a very small thrift store and it is somewhat overpriced. All the proceeds go to charity though. I found a neat dress there once but there is not very much selection. With the prices being so expensive you should only go there for charity not for thrift.
PROS: interesting clothes
CONS: small store, expensive
The Million Year Picnic is the oldest comic book store in new england. It stocks an interesting mixture of old school action hero types comic books, independent comics , and art + drawing books. It's packed with books, although pleasantly so and is a nice place to browse in your free time.
PROS: good selection