On a Friday night, we’re racing through the streets of Boston trying to gather evidence and interrogate witnesses to find out who killed Mr. Body in what room and with that weapon. Sound familiar? If you love mysteries or the game and movie Clue, then you’ll love Clue Live Boston: the Sleuth Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt!
My friends and I, who composed a team, had two hours to figure out clues to locations, around Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market in downtown Boston, where we could find and interrogate characters from the board game and movie Clue. By completing their challenges, they revealed critical information to help solve the whodunit. Working together was an absolute must and time was of the essence. After all, were competing against other teams to solve the mystery! We received bonus clues for taking pictures of legendary and lesser known landmarks, monuments, and statues. We were even can able to bribe Clue characters, to reveal additional information, and other teams, to see what they had learned!
Will it be Miss Scarlett in the kitchen with the wrench, or Professor Plumb in the conservatory with the revolver? Clue Live Boston is a fast-paced, family friendly, and utterly enjoyable evening in which you and your friends get to play detective and immerse yourself in the game and movie. Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery?
The Sleuth Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt (Clue Live Boston) is a production of Head First Events. To find out more information and purchase tickets, visit their website by clicking here.
If you’re looking for a picture perfect, classic New England town, then Rockport, Massachusetts is the destination for you. Located just one hour north of Boston, Rockport is an easy day trip that offers seacoast charm, fun shopping, tasty seafood, and colorful art.
Most of the action in Rockport centers around Bearskin Neck, a long street of old fisherman and lobster shacks that have been transformed into a picturesque shopper’s alley.You won’t find any name bands here; it’s all local artists and owners.So you can truly shop locally, and there’s something for everyone, from nautical gifts, to soaps and silversmiths, to home and kitchen accessories.One of my favorite stops is Rusty and Ingrid, where you can purchase fine art screen prints that are sketched and created entirely in-store.On my last visit, Rusty kindly offered to show us how he and his wife make each screen print by hand.It’s a fascinating process, and I couldn’t resist buying two prints before leaving.I also recommend the Rockport Candle Company where all the candles are hand-poured and where you’ll find inventive scents like Salt Water Taffy, Buttered Lobster, Summer Crush, and Cocktails by the Sea. When you’re done shopping, head all the way to the end of Bearskin Neck for incredible views and a walk out onto the rock jetty.
Roy Moore’s Lobster Co.
Feeling hungry?Rockport has many options for dining and dessert.If you’re craving seafood, head over to Roy Moore’s Lobster Company.You have two options: a full service restaurant (called Roy Moore’s Fish Shack) or the seafood market and eatery. Today, we went for takeout, ordering a lobster roll, fish cakes, and stuffed clams and then walking to the end of Bearskin Neck to sit on the rocks and enjoy the scenery.Who needs fine dining with these kind of ocean views?!For dessert, you could get ice cream, but I would recommend the apple or cherry strudel from Helmut’s Strudel Shop. During our last trip, we split a flaky delicious cherry strudel and savored every bite.Of course I ended up with powdered sugar all over me, but it was well worth it!
If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for something to bring home, then stop in at Tuck’s Candy Factory.They’ve been making candy on the premises since 1929, so you know it’s got to be good!There are two locations: one combines a candy counter and fun gift shop, while the other is strictly candy. At the latter, you might even catch them making salt water taffy, a classic New England treat!
Looking for other activities in Rockport?Try these add-ons:
·Fit in some beach time.Front Beach is on Main St, while Pebble Beach is on Penzance Rd.Both are very small (so you’ll likely have a lot of company), and the latter is quite rocky.But they’re a close choice to cool off.
·Visit the Paper House.It’s a house made entirely out of newspapers!Don’t ask me why.Just go because you know you’re curious now!
·Spend some time at Halibut Point State Park.It was a once a quarry but now offers easy trails with incredible cliff and ocean views.
See a concert or live music act at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.There’s no back stage here, just a stunning view of the ocean through huge windows right behind the performers.See their schedule by clicking here.
Since I was a little boy, I’ve been going to Salem Willows Park and Arcade, although it’s been in existence for much longer, since 1858! Located just 10 minutes from downtown Salem, the Willows, as locals call it, offers a plethora of activities for both young and old alike. Our first stop is always the arcade, which features both modern and classic games, including our favorite, skee-ball! Collect tickets to cash in for fun trophies . . . err . . . prizes, as mementos of your day.
Getting hungry? While there are plenty of food options, including pizza, Chinese, and American, the best that the Willows has to offer is seafood. And there’s no better place to get it than at the Clam Shack. You wouldn’t know by just walking by, that this tiny shack has some of the best seafood on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Here, it’s take out only, but once you have your food, you can settle into the adjacent picnic tables, find a seat in one of the historic gazebos, grab a bench with an ocean view, or bring a blanket to have a picnic. The seafood is, obviously, the best thing on the menu, and they’re known for the fried clams, their namesake. A meal at the Clam Shack alone is worth a trip to the Willows!
Next stop, take a ride on the historic carousel. The Salem Willows Carousel dates back to 1905 and features a menagerie of animals including horses, buffalo, camels, sea monsters, lions, greyhounds, and even a St. Bernard! It’s a must for both adults and children. C’mon grown ups; you know you want to ride it! In the adjacent kiddie-land, here are other old fashioned rides and even a small miniature golf course.
Our final destination is a treat that is, to the best of my knowledge, unique to Salem Willows. Head all the way down the row of arcade buildings until you reach the end that’s closest to the water. E.W. Hobbes has been located in this historic building since 1897. They sell ice cream and popcorn, but the treats to get are the popcorn bars. I’ve been eating them since I was a kid! The bars come in a variety of flavors, but my personal favorites are the chocolate and the molasses and coconut. Unwrap the wax paper, break off a piece, and crunch away. I can taste them right now! While you’re savoring every bite, meander around the park for fantastic views of the ocean and Salem Sound. You might also catch some live music from the band shell. The Willows hosts a variety of events throughout the summer and fall. Check the schedule at their website.
If you’re in the Witch City, stop by Salem Willows Park and Arcade for an afternoon or evening of good, old-fashioned entertainment that the entire family will enjoy.
Salem Willows Park and Arcade are located at 165 Fort Ave in Salem, Massachusetts. There’s plenty of parking. If you don’t have a car and are visiting April through October, the Willows is stop #9 on the Salem Trolley. You can get more information about the trolley on their website. Click on the map for directions.