The Ether Monument – Commemorating the Discovery of Anesthesia

This small monument in the Boston Public Garden commemorates the first public use of inhaled surgical anesthesia, which occurred at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846. The monument itself is quite understated, with a brief inscription marking this medical milestone. But the story behind the discovery of inhaled anesthesia is fascinating. In 1846, the use of ether as a surgical anesthetic was demonstrated for the first time by Dr. William T.G. Morton, Dr. John Collins Warren, and nurse Catherine Codman. This first public demonstration of surgical anesthesia took place in an operating theater at Mass General during the removal of a tumor from a patient’s neck. The patient was anesthetized with inhaled ether, allowing him to be completely unconscious during the surgery. This was a major breakthrough, as previous surgeries had to be performed with the patient awake. The Ether Monument was installed in 1868 near the site of that first surgery. It features a marble relief depicting theETHER administration and inscription detailing the events. Though small in size, this monument marks a huge advancement in modern medicine – one that began right here in Boston. Visiting the Ether Monument is easy with transportation from Boston Party Bus Company. We can pick up your group and drop you off right at the entrance to the Public Garden. After checking out the monument, spend some time strolling through the gardens and enjoying the famed Swan Boats. With convenient charter bus service, your group will have plenty of time to experience one of Boston’s best green spaces.

The Ether Monument
Address: Boston Public Garden, 4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 857-317-8503

SoWa Open Market – A Creative Outdoor Market

Every Sunday from May through October, the SoWa Open Market brings together artists, crafters, performers, and food vendors to transform the streets of the South End into an outdoor festival. With over 80 vendor stalls, this hip open-air market features all things handmade. It’s the perfect place to shop for unique art, jewelry, clothing, home goods, antiques, and more while enjoying street performers and food trucks. Kids love exploring the market while adults browse the many vendors. SoWa, short for South of Washington, is a creative district south of Downtown Boston. It’s home to many art galleries, design studios, and restaurants. The SoWa Open Market epitomizes the creative energy of the district. Here you’ll find vendors selling everything from photography to ceramics to textiles. It has a real arts festival vibe. Even if you’re not looking to shop, it’s a lively scene to take in on a Sunday afternoon. The market runs from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Come hungry, as there are always excellent food trucks on hand. And be sure to check out the adjacent SoWa Vintage Market to browse antiques, collectibles, and repurposed goods. Boston Party Bus Company provides easy group transportation to SoWa. We can drop your group right at the heart of the market, leaving you to enjoy the sights and sounds. Browse to your heart’s content knowing our comfortable charter bus will be waiting to take your group home at the end of the day.

SoWa Open Market
Address: 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 857-317-8503

Boston Circus Guild – Learn Circus Skills

Run away with the circus for a day at the Boston Circus Guild! This fun and unique hidden gem lets both kids and adults learn circus skills like juggling, tightrope walking, acrobatics and more. Classes are offered for all skill levels from beginners to advanced students. It’s an awesome active adventure for school field trips, camps, youth groups, or anyone looking to try something totally new. The Boston Circus Guild is housed in a cool warehouse space in Somerville, just outside downtown Boston. Classes take place on their 14 foot high ceilings with plenty of mats and safety equipment. Friendly expert instructors ensure a safe, engaging experience. Kids get a kick out of trying fun skills like the trapeze, rolling globe, and aerial fabrics. Even adults will enjoy trying their hand at beginner juggling or acrobatics. Private group classes can be booked for up to 30 people. With the guidance of their instructors combined withPeer encouragement, your group will be tumbling, jumping, and laughing. It’s a wonderfully active indoor activity for rainy days or to get moving after time at museums. We highly recommend booking 90 minutes to allow ample time to try multiple circus stations. Let Boston Party Bus Company provide easy transportation for your circus adventure. We’ll pick up your group across Boston and drop you off right at the Boston Circus Guild. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as we handle the driving and parking. Call 857-317-8503 to inquire about charter bus prices for your next school field trip, church group outing or team building activity.

Boston Circus Guild
Address: 80 Boardman St, Somerville, MA 02145
Phone: 857-317-8503

Skywalk Observatory – Dramatic Views from the Prudential Tower

Visit Boston’s only sky-high observatory located at the top of the Prudential Tower. The Skywalk Observatory provides unmatched 360-degree views of Boston and beyond from 50 stories up. On a clear day you can see out past Boston Harbor to the ocean. It’s one of the best views in the city. Your group can take a narrated audio tour as you survey the top sights from this amazing vantage point. The tour identifies Boston’s key landmarks and provides historical context. The Skywalk also has oversized binoculars available to zoom in for impactful closeups of the sights below. It’s a memorable perspective students love. Another highlight of visiting is the multimedia Dreams of Freedom exhibit. This moving display shares stories of courage from the nation’s fight for civil rights and liberties throughout history. Your school group will gain a deeper understanding of the struggles faced on the journey toward achieving the American dream of freedom. After taking in the views and exhibits, head to the newly opened 50th floor bar and lounge. Enjoy a refreshing drink or snack while soaking in a 360-degree panorama of Boston’s skyline and waterfront through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Getting a large group to the busy Prudential Center area can be tricky, but Boston Party Bus Company makes it easy. Our charter buses can drop your group right at the Skywalk Observatory entrance for convenient access.

Skywalk Observatory
Address: 800 Boylston Street, 50th Floor Prudential Tower, Boston, MA 02199
Phone: 857-317-8503

Freedom Trail Pub Crawl – Experience History with Fun

Enjoy Boston’s famous Freedom Trail with a lively pub crawl! This 3-hour walking tour takes you to 4 taverns and pubs located right along the Freedom Trail. You’ll experience colonial history with good cheer and local camaraderie. It’s a wonderfully engaging way for your group to take in historic landmarks like the Old State House and Faneuil Hall while also sampling iconic Boston brews and food. Some highlights include toasting the Boston Tea Party from the balcony of the historic Union Oyster House and sampling a Sam Adams from right above the location of the original brewery. You’ll also stop at fun pubs like Bell in Hand Tavern, the oldest tavern in the United States, and Green Dragon Tavern, a favorite watering hole of Paul Revere and John Hancock. Having a few snacks and drinks makes the walking tour much more festive and interactive for your group. There are chances to chat with locals and really soak in the colonial atmosphere of Boston’s most historic taverns. Participants must be 21 or older; those under 21 are still welcome to join and enjoy food and non-alcoholic drinks. Boston Party Bus Company provides convenient transportation to Boston’s North End, where tours begin. After 3 hours of walking and pub hopping, your group will be happy to relax on our charter bus for the ride back. Let us handle roundtrip transportation while your group simply enjoys the spirited experience.

Freedom Trail Pub Crawl
Address: Tour begins at Boston’s Old North Church, 193 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
Phone: 857-317-8503

East Boston Piers Park – Relax with Stunning City Views

One of Boston’s best kept secret parks is situated right along the waterfront, yet feels like a peaceful oasis far away from the bustle of the city. East Boston Piers Park offers gorgeous unobstructed views of downtown Boston across the harbor paired with lush green space to spread out and relax. It’s a perfect spot for a lazy picnic or place to unwind after visiting nearby Logan airport. When you arrive, take time to stroll the long pier right out into the middle of the harbor. The unique perspective from here shows off a stunning skyline view. Back in the park, there’s a nice playground area for kids as well as lots of benches and grassy areas to relax. Enjoy watching boats and ferries go by – you may even spot a whale during migration season! There’s an onsite cafe during spring and summer, or you’re welcome to bring your own picnic spread. There’s plenty of space to toss a ball, fly a kite or just bask in the sunshine. It’s a peaceful spot to chill out with superb scenery. Spring and summer especially bring abundant wildflowers and pleasant weather. Boston Party Bus Company provides quick transportation from downtown or Logan Airport directly to Piers Park. After time enjoying Eastie’s open space and sunshine, we’ll be waiting to bring your group back around the city.

East Boston Piers Park
Address: Marginal St & Jeffries St, Boston, MA 02128
Phone: 857-317-8503

Soaring Over Boston on a Duck Tour

Quack quack.. it’s time for Boston’s famous Duck Tour! These amphibious vehicles provide a outrageously fun tour around Boston’s downtown before splashing right into the Charles River for a totally unique waterfront view. Kids and adults alike will love zipping down streets before taking off as a “boat” on the water. Tours are about 80 minutes long and hilariously narrated by your captain. You’ll drive by all of Boston’s major attractions like Fenway Park, Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, and more with lots of quirky trivia and jokes mixed in. About midway through, your Duck splashes right down a ramp into the Charles River for breathtaking views along the waterfront and skyline. Duck vehicles are modified from vintage World War II amphibious landing vehicles. With their loud, distinctive honk and bright yellow appearance, they add some real local charm to your Boston visit. Tours run year-round with heated vehicles and even special holiday themes during the winter months. Boston Party Bus Company provides hassle-free transportation to your Duck Tour. We’ll drop your group off right at one of their convenient downtown locations, leaving you just steps from the Duck boarding area. With charter bus transportation, you’ll avoid the headaches of driving and parking around busy downtown. Just sit back and enjoy a laugh-filled Duck Tour!

Boston Duck Tours
Address: 4 Copley Place, Prudential Center, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 857-317-8503

Plan Your Trip With Boston Party Bus Company

Now that you’ve discovered 8 of our favorite unique attractions in Boston, let Boston Party Bus Company handle your group transportation needs. Our charter buses and professional drivers ensure easy, direct transportation to each destination so your group can fully enjoy these amazing hidden gems. Give us a call today at 857-317-8503 to reserve your bus and experience the best of Beantown!