Five Ways to Unplug in Boston

Unplug from technology during the National Day of UnpluggingTomorrow is the third National Day of Unplugging. From sundown to sundown, turn your phone off, step away from the computer, and spend time apart from everyday distractions and responsibilities. Here are five ways to unplug if you live in Boston.

Friday will be a cool sunny day, with a temperature around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Accuweather.com, just the perfect conditions to take a day off from technology and embrace an unplugged lifestyle. Sabbath Manifesto and Causes.com invite you to celebrate the third Day of Unplugging. If you are in Boston, here are just a few suggestions of how to take advantage of this day.

1. Go see some art!
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is hosting an exhibit titled “Paper Zoo,” featuring paintings, drawings and photographs by Picasso, Audubon and Rembrandt honoring the animal world. Around 40 different works are displayed, some dating back to 1500.

If you feel like being Picasso yourself, unplug by getting a white piece of paper and coloring material, and draw. It is a therapeutic activity, a nice stress reliever and a very fun activity to do with the whole family. There are great art supply stores in Central Square and on Huntington Avenue. Give them a visit and come up with different art projects for the Day of Unplugging and beyond.

Go on hike during the National Day of Unplugging2. Take a hike!
Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forrest Hills and get lost in the Arnold Arboretum, part of Boston’s beautiful Emerald Necklace. Bundle up, wear sneakers and take a camera. The highway and city noises will diminish the deeper you step into the park, taking you to a much more Zen place.

Hike alone and you will be in touch with your meditative side. Go with friends or family and have a healthy quality time admiring the outdoors and nature. It is a great escape, if you are trying to get away from the city.

3. Go see some theater!
Witness art in the making, for free! Stop by Boston University’s College of Fine Art, studio 352 and see Emily Rudofsky’s “Shira Sings the Blues,” debuting Friday and Saturday night. Rudofsky is a Theater Arts senior at CFA, who wrote this play as her thesis project to graduate college. The cast is formed by BU students.

The play is described by one sentence, “In a nightclub were lonely people go, a blues singer gives one final show.” Featuring original music by Matt Ketai, the play offers a different way to disconnect, offering an alternative option to the traditional night out at the theater (or movie theater for that matter). Come Friday right after sundown, at 7:30 p.m., or Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Explore the Charles River during the National Day of Unplugging4. Go see the river!
A walk around the Esplanade is always a good plan. Begin your day of unplugging by watching the sunset with the Charles River, or start your Saturday morning with a good workout under the sun. The Esplanade is very flexible, so you can walk, run, bike, skate or even roller blade if you so wished.

If the weather is not too cool for you, take the family out kayaking on the Charles! Kayaks are available for rent in the Kendal pier. They provide floating devices for protection, safety instructions, and different kayak options. If you are looking for a calmer (and drier) activity, go to one of the docks and do some Yoga. There is no better place to stretch and breathe than right by the water.

5. Go read a book!
Did you know that the Boston Public Library is the biggest library in the U.S. after the Library of Congress? Take advantage of it! Go get a book – or a list of books – and have some relaxing, reading time. The library offers many different spaces to read and write, just find the one that appeals best to you.

The old portion of the library has a beautiful indoor patio, conveniently situated near the cafeteria. There are few things better than unplugging with good literature, the sound of birds, the sun rays and a quiet space. Get a card for free and make the library your second home!

-Alexandra Gyarfas

Photo Credit: Flickr/billaday, Flickr/BostonPhotoSphere, Flickr/NikiSublime
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