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Underwater Boston Tea Party

Legoland Discovery Center Boston

A little Lego easter egg is hidden underwater in the Boston Tea Party tableau at Miniland. 


Underwater in the Boston Tea Party portion of Miniland, there’s a fun easter egg hiding beneath the surface. It’s a tiny tea party, complete with scuba divers partaking in what looks like a delightful gathering. Tea is poured and sipped, as one of the fully kitted out divers snaps photos.

The subsurface scene is part of a larger display that recreates the Boston Tea Party, the iconic moment in colonial America’s history when disgruntled colonists tossed crates of tea into the harbor to protest the taxes imposed upon them by the English government.

The Lego exhibit shows a fairly accurate depiction of that fateful night. With its enormous sailing ship, smaller vessels, and the boxes of tea strewn about the docks, it gives a glimpse of what the Tea Party would’ve looked like, had it been made of little toy bricks and a giant had been gazing down on it. Except unlike during the actual event, some of the participants in this miniature one actually indulged in a sunken spot of tea.

The harbor scene is just one of the many miniature worlds to explore within the Discovery Center. Miniland as a whole is comprised of over 1.5 million Lego bricks, which is comprised of multiple exhibits depicting different parts of Boston.

Know Before You Go

Requires admission to Legoland Discovery Center Boston. Found in Miniland in the Tea Party section. Viewable from above looking down into the water, and through an underwater window. Legoland Discovery Center Boston requires that all adults be accompanied by a child during regular operating hours, so be sure to bring a kid. Adult only nights occur on the third Wednesday of every month.

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