Boston Birthday Ideas (Updated for 2020 COVID safety!)

So you’re trying to plan a Boston birthday celebration? Looking for Boston birthday ideas that are both fun but also safe? There are hundreds of activities and attractions to choose from, however, with COVID coming in and stomping on all of our plans, we’ve had to reevaluate this list a little! We still want you to celebrate your birthday with your friends and family, and so we’ve created a list of fun things to do in Boston for your birthday!

We hope that you find. these Boston birthday ideas useful. If you think of any other safe activities, please let us know!

Trapology Boston – Boston’s best and cleanest escape room

Located in Downtown Boston, just steps away from the MBTA green line (Bolylston), red line (Downtown Crossing), and orange line (Chinatown) is Boston’s favorite escape room, known for a perfect place to celebrate a birthday in Boston.

Looking to escape from jail? How about saving yourselves from a haunted submarine? What about a spooky campsite where people are disappearing? These are all adventures that you can immerse yourself and your friends in at Trapology. Too tame? Trapology has an adult-only Rated R escape room called “The Boobie Trap”. We can’t divulge too much, but we hear there’s a secret sex playroom behind a coffee shop. It’s also the only escape room in Boston that has an actor in it!

Trapology’s rates ourselves as 5 star safe “Birthday in Boston” activity!

Why is Trapology a 5 star safe activity?

  • Private games with only your friends and family
  • Extensive cleaning of all surfaces before and after each group
  • Teams of two can play any of the games!
    • The Retreat, The Boobie Trap, and The Institute are all 2-5 players.
    • Drunk Tank and Hustler are 2-10 players.
    • Crush Depth is 2-8 players.
  • Contactless ticket purchase and check-in.
  • Intros are socially distanced and only 60 seconds max.
  • Bonus #1: You would be supporting a mom and pop small business
  • Bonus #2: The owner’s mom is a microbiologist that coordinates COVID testing at Boston Medical Center. She’s been advising the Trapology team on safe cleaning habits!

Address: 177 Tremont St. 2nd floor. Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (857) 285-2085

Paddle Boston – Rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe on the Charles River!

Get outside. Enjoy the sun. Be on the water!

Multiple locations!
Boston: Allston/Brighton
Cambridge: Kendall Square
Somerville: Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic River
Newton: Nahanton Park
Newton: Historic Auburndale Boathouse
Waltham: Moody Street Dam
Medford: Condon Shell on the Mystic River

Trapology’s rates Paddle Boston as 5 star “Birthday in Boston” safe activity!

Why is Paddle Boston a 5 star safe activity?

  • Their docks are cleaned daily and high touch areas will be cleaned frequently throughout the day
  • All boats, paddles & lifejackets are be sanitized after each use
  • All traffic flow is managed, so that renters are getting in and out of their boats at different times and at designated stations
  • Waivers and rental payment are completed in advance on your own devices

Fruit picking! – Some have animals, farm stands, and even cider donuts!

A fun Boston birthday idea may be to go, pick some delicious fruit, and then bring it home to devour it, or make some desserts!

Fruit Seasons
Here’s a guide on the fruits that are in season!

Here is a list of farms that we have seen from their website or social media that are open for 2020:
Cider Hill Farm (Amesbury)
Autumn Hills Orchard (Groton)
Carlson Orchards (Harvard)
Smolak Farms (North Andover)
Tougas Family Farm (Northboro)
Brooksby Farm (Peabody)
Apex Orchards (Shelburne Falls)
Clearview Farm (Sterling)
Carver Hill Orchards (Stow)
Parlee Farms (Tyngsboro)

Trapology’s rates fruit picking as 5 star “Birthday in Boston” safe activity!

Why is picking fruit a 5 star safe activity?

  • Outdoors where social distancing is possible!
  • Some farms require reservations so that the farm is not overcrowded!

Car Hop & Drive-In Movie Nights at Kowloon

Stay in your car with the people you feel safe with and enjoy a fun movie! The Kowloon restaurant on Route 1 transformed its parking lot into a car hop and drive-in movie theater.

For car hop, you and your friends can bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and tables. You’re of course, welcome to eat in your car!

Trapology’s rates Kowloon’s Drive-In Movie Night as 5 star “Birthday in Boston” safe activity!

Why is Kowloon a 5 star safe activity?

  • When watching the movie from inside your car, all surfaces are your own!
  • If you opt to be outside, you are able to socially distance from others

We hope you enjoyed our roundup of safe Boston Birthday ideas! We’ll be adding more to this list as time goes on. If you have any suggestions, please email us so that we can add to our list!