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Old 08-14-2015, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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Putting together the final plans now... It looks like we will stay away from P-Town. We want nothing to do with the event there. That said, we really want to ride a ferry somewhere, to do something nautical. Does any Boston ferry go around the cape to MV or Nantucket? Is either island better for tourists?

Ready to leave the 110 heat index of SETX and head north!!!
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:42 AM
 
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Very small scale: Harbor ferry (F4) from Long Wharf in Boston to Charlestown--quick, scenic. Ferries from Boston to Hull-- longer, also scenic. Kind of nice in Hull but the ferry doesn't go to Nantasket Beach (the main destination in Hull) so how a person gets to the beach from Pemberton Pt would take some investigating. Private (more expensive) ferries service the harbor islands; you can make a day of it visiting even the two main ones. There are boats from Boston to Salem -- longer still, very scenic. There are whale watches out of Boston and other places; you go out for a few hours. The Steamship Authority runs real ferries (cars as well as passengers) from Woods Hole and Hyannis to the Vineyard and from Hyannis to Nantucket. But not from Boston. You can travel by train from Boston to Hyannis though. The ferry to P-town is really expensive; it surprised me a few years ago to learn that, although you have a fast ferry and the old slower, cheaper one, nearly all the crossings are by fast ferry at $75 a pop. Fast is an hour and a half which is good for day trippers in terms of having time in P-town but at that price I was surprised there wasn't more demand for the slower boat, but as it was, the slow boat (3 hrs each way) only went on Saturdays. I know you're not so interested in Provincetown but the scenery out there, the beaches and dunes, is really something to see.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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Leaving in the morning! SO MANY great things to see and do in 4 days! To encompass much of it we are doing the "Total Experience" Grey Line tour. Here is our working itinerary, still subject to change:

Sunday
Arrive, get rental car, drive along coast to Gloucester, sight see, eat.

Monday
Grey Line "total experience" tour 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, eat out that evening

Tuesday
Pilgrim museum in Plymouth, MA, 9:30 to 11:00 am then
Falmouth ferry to Marthas Vinyard, leave MV at noon, depart 6:45

Wednesday
Self tour downtown, ride "green line" trollys, then
RED SOX GAME, 7PM (got good first base seats)

Thursday AM departure to Houston.

Thoughts??? Thanks!

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Old 08-15-2015, 08:53 PM
 
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Leaving in the morning! SO MANY great things to see and do in 4 days! To encompass much of it we are doing the "Total Experience" Grey Line tour. Here is our working itinerary, still subject to change:

Sunday
Arrive, get rental car, drive along coast to Gloucester, sight see, eat.

Monday
Grey Line "total experience" tour 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, eat out that evening

Tuesday
Pilgrim museum in Plymouth, MA, 9:30 to 11:00 am then
Falmouth ferry to Marthas Vinyard, leave MV at noon, depart 6:45

Wednesday
Self tour downtown, ride "green line" trollys, then
RED SOX GAME, 7PM (got good first base seats)

Thursday AM departure to Houston.

Thoughts??? Thanks!

I think that you are little naive about traffic and "museum". It is big plantation, with so much to see, and explore. Plimoth Plantation can easily take 3-4 hours (totally worth it BTW). Traffic can be tough both ways.

What about "Rock" and Mayflower II reproduction (ship is really something to walk through and see, included in ticket, )? Ships and rock are in town of Plymouth, and separate from Plantation. To really take it all in, and make it worth spending all that entrance money, it will take you the whole day, if you want to do it right.

No way you can get on the ferry to MW so quickly, again, think traffic, CC bridge, parking, and possible delays. You might sail through but it is not common occurrence. Time on MW is too short as well.

To me, your plan on Tue is very ambitious and leaves no time for getting lost, finding parking, or for being stuck in traffic. You will be quite surprised what we in MA call highway!

All this being said, may you have good luck, and achieve all that you have planed.

What to See & Do | Plimoth Plantation
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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Thank you for your commentary about Tuesday. We might need to just pick one of the two. You are correct about the relative travel times. In SETX, we can travel 75 miles in 60 minuets, and parking is never any issue anywhere. I will adjust expectations.
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:06 AM
 
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Day one: Good flight in. Got the rental car and went north the Gloucester along the 1A coastal road. Made impromptu stop at Revere Beach. Drove to Gloucester and happened across a festival in the Fort Point park. Bought Crab Cakes and sat on the rocks overlooking the bay while we ate. Visited the Whale museum and walked the harbor area. Watched the Schooner Adventure sail in and dock. Ended the evening eating outdoors at "Blue Collar Lobster" right on the water. Had Lobster, Chowder, and shrimp. Great day in NE!
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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Day Two: The Grey Line "total experience" tour was all encompassing. We toured (seemingly) every historical site in the City and out in Lexington and Concord. The Revolutionary Experience touches the American sole. The tor lasted from 9:30 to 4:00. Then we hopped on the Green line and went to Lechmere station, then walked the Cambridge Galleria. Ate dinner at PF Changs near the Arlington station. Another great day...
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:57 AM
 
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Day three: Drove to Falmouth to board the Island Queen ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Bought a bus pass ad self toured Oaks Bluff, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown. Didn't have sunscreen with us and the cool Atlantic breeze obscured the harshness of the sun. Returned sun burnt but happy with the day. We really enjoyed the ferry rides to and from.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:05 AM
 
Location: The Moon
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Day three: Drove to Falmouth to board the Island Queen ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Bought a bus pass ad self toured Oaks Bluff, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown. Didn't have sunscreen with us and the cool Atlantic breeze obscured the harshness of the sun. Returned sun burnt but happy with the day. We really enjoyed the ferry rides to and from.
This is the best and most budget friendly way to see the Island, $8/day is a steal. Did the exact same this past Saturday. I hope you enjoyed it! I'm headed to South Texas at the beginning of next month.

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Old 08-20-2015, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Chambers County
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Day four: Casual day in NE. Slept in. meandered over to a small shopping mall. Headed to Quincy market Faneuil Hall hall. Bought souvenirs, then walked over the cobblestone streets looking at the oldest buildings and bars in town. Walked to "little Italy" and ate pizza. Drove to MIT and visited the Artificial Intelligence display at the MIT Museum. Capped off the week by seeing the Sox beat Cleveland 6-4. Took a 6AM flight home Thursday AM.

It was a great visit. The history and culture of Boston is overwhelming. Wife & I had a great time. Thank you all for all the great suggestions! We will come back and bring my son the history fanatic to Boston 24 months from now. It was great!!!
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