Massachusetts is a state that has something for everyone—from metropolitan entertainment to small-town fun. The state has plenty of places to host a teenager's sweet sixteen birthday party. Here are a few of them.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, is one of the state's top attractions and creatively documents the history of basketball from its origins in the 1800s to the game in its current form. The hall is 40,000 square feet of exhibits, restaurants and a full-size basketball court, where teens and adults can play the game in the game's hometown. The hall offers birthday packages that include a meal at one of its seven restaurants and a tour of the hall. Additionally, birthday parties can enjoy one of the hall's meeting rooms, mainly used for dining, cake and presents.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1000 W. Columbus Avenue Springfield, MA 01105 413-781-6500 hoophall.com
LaserCraze in North Andover is a popular spot for teenager birthday parties. The facility offers different birthday party packages that cater to every budget level, including the deluxe, super and ultimate—all of which include different amounts of laser tag, game tokens, food and a party room. And if for some reason there isn't enough food, tokens or laser tag, you can add extras on at discounted prices any time you want. LaserCraze is open late Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Monday, and advance reservations are strongly suggested because the calendar fills up fast.
LaserCraze Interactive Family Fun Center 1600 Osgood Street North Andover, MA 01845 978-689-7700 lasercraze.us
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium in Boston is enjoyable for all age groups, from young children to senior citizens. The aquarium has multifaceted forms of entertainment, with dozens of live animal exhibits, whale-watching boat tours on the harbor, IMAX theater and restaurants. One of the most popular exhibits at the aquarium is the 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank that recreates life in the ocean, spans four stories and allows visitors on every level to see sharks, jellyfish, squid and fish up close. Various birthday packages are available to groups, including an IMAX and whale-watch package and IMAX and aquarium tour package. Additionally, boxed lunches or group catering lunches are available for extra—an option that could save you lots of money on a big group.
New England Aquarium 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110 617-973-5200 neaq.org