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Old 06-28-2009, 05:02 AM
Location: Metrowest, MA
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I know there are many threads about tourism in Boston... Here's the challenge. If you have 5 days 4 nights in Boston (or Boston Area), how would you set up the schedule? Assuming one activity each for morning, afternoon and evening (ie about 2-3 places to visit max per day)

This is for single college grad never been in Boston area.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:57 PM
Location: Dallas
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Where are they coming from Smarty?

My wife's young cousins came from Dallas and they glowed about how they were treated so well by their hosts. Being girls, they were particularly impressed that their hosts started then off with a pampering at some fancy spa somewhere. You might consider that. I'd definitely put the Top of the Hub Restaurant on for sunset and evening jazz. Must do The Oyster House / Bell in Hand for great seafood and history (tell how George Washington used to drink there with Sam Adams. Certainly the Freedom Trail. Pointing out the cryptic gravestones in the Old Granary and John Winlow's birthdate inscription of 1570 is something. Newbury/ Comm Ave / Public Garden stroll for sure. A free concert at the Esplanade. Fanuel Hall/Greenway/North End. MFA/Harvard museums. Comm Ave architecture can't be seen just anywhere. Salem witch fun. And if they've never been, the Fung Wah to NYC for a day for sure. Hampton Beach or a boat to P-town.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:15 PM
Location: MA/NH
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Originally Posted by smarty View Post
This is for single college grad never been in Boston area.
What did they major in? What interests to they have? Male or female?

Maybe start off with a Duck tour as an overview of the Boston area. Maybe they will be intrigued with a section of Boston along the tour.

The North End is cool, and if doing the waterfront area, the new ICA gallery building is nice. And Harpoon beer gives tours and tastings.

I'm planning to take two different out of town friends to the MIT museum. One is a recent engineering grad, the other is my boyfriend's stepdad who is a retired civil engineer. I would also love to take my nieces there.

If they like the arts and culture, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum of course.

What about Chinatown dim sum?
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:58 PM
Location: Metrowest, MA
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Thanks... college kids don't have that much money. $30-40 lobster is out of the question.

Miu... great suggestions.. like Harpoon beer tours (free), MIT museum ($7.50 or $3 under18)

Duck Tour is good but still $26... I guess freedom trail is free... lol

I would suggest getting the City Pass $44 for
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium
Skywalk Observatory
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Harvard Museum of Natural History -or- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Oh.. Harbor island ferry... $3.

Any other ideas...
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:35 AM
Location: MA/NH
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I just remembered that in the summertime, the North End holds festivals almost every weekend to honor their different saints.

Aren't there free movies at the Hatch Shell at the Esplanade during the summer? Thursday nights? Also keep an eye out for special Esplanade events. And last month, Cambridge had a river festival on their side of the Charles.

If they are of drinking age, many of my friends enjoy going to the Sunset Grille in Allston. The Super 88 Market food court is cheap and the parking is free. Both are good for people watching.

The college kids I work with go to the Asgard bar near MIT on Mass Ave in Cambridge. Monday nights it's cheap wings night or something. Buy one drink and get wings for 10 cents each.

Central Square at night is a lively place to walk around and hang out at. Noisy, a great variety of cheap ethnic eats, some live music clubs... but that should be an appeal for young folks.

Redbones or Johnny D's in Somerville would be possible choices for eats and hanging out.

Dim sum in Chinatown might be a fun novelty experience. Then head over to the waterfront area.

I think the USS Constitution is being overhauled, but the exhibit could be appealing, depending on that college grad's major and interests. I went last year and enjoyed walking on the boat. I liked the small museum attached to it also.

Splurges would be heading over to P-town by boat for the day.

College grads may be on a budget, but they always seem to have enough money for the things that they care about, like buying an iPhone.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:56 AM
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definitely at least a day of Cambridge / Somerville hangouts - Havard, Central, Davis definitely have chill scenes.

Clover Food Truck in Kendall is great for a quality, cheap, quick lunch
Boston Tea Stop in Harvard for amazing bubble tea

probably spend a day browsing Newbury St and the back bay, maybe a trip to Fenway? If you can't afford the game, can always check out the ballpark tour earlier in the day.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:38 PM
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Default City Point/Castle Island and Harborwalk

The Boston harbor walk is a must
great views of the city---
also take the Busses from Copley Square up to City point. and Castle Island they run pretty consistantly.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:13 AM
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I think the ICA (Institute of Contemporary ARt ) in has outdoor events that are geared towards young people--music, etc.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:23 AM
Location: nc
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WHALE WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO A WHALE WATCH!!!!!!!!!! I saw 14 whales, I'll never forget it...I think the aquarium was good, but nothing better than our aquarium down here in NC. The MFA was really cool and they have a great Renaissance exhibit right now worth the extra bucks. I liked the old state house, nice free lecture too. I went to the Boston Massacre place but you have to pay for the museum part but still kind of neat to go in. Interesting that the term was all hyped up, only 5 people died. Yea that's a lot but I feel like the term implies much more. I went by the Old North Church but didn't go in, wish I'd done that. Definitely go see Fenway, even if you can't get tickets, luckily we did. I enjoyed Legal Sea Food as far as dinning but apperently there are a couple of those, we don't have one.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:50 PM
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I would do as follows

Boston Subway map:
MBTA Subway 'The 'T' > Maps, Schedules, and Fare Information for the Boston Area Subway System

Day 1

AM --early afternoon

There's a grille/cafe near Park St. - by the common down the street from Lowe's theatre. - where you can grab a good breakfast. and its pretty cheap. I cant remember the name but its close to the Park St. "T" station

Walk from Park St. and follow the FREEDOM TRAIL

Go do the Freedom trail first thing - so you get the history stuff done
go to paul revere's house - the copps hill burial ground, old north church, and climb up bunker hill and board the constitution

Go to the Wharf navy yard shuttle ferry to Long Wharf
--by the aquarium
it offers a great view of the skyline and a nice 10-15 min boat ride

MBTA > Schedules & Maps > Boats > F4 (Long Wharf, Boston to Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown)

PM - Go to the New England Aquarium and check out a Sea Lion show , and a IMAX show in the IMAX theatre

Make sure you get to the Auqarium by 3pm becaus the Aquarium closes at 6pm most days (except Fri/Sat) open till 7pm
New England Aquarium Tickets, Hours and Discounts
New England Aquarium Home
get a combo ticket to save, IMax/Aquarium fee

Walk over to the north end (make a reservation earlier in the day just to be on the safe side) and go to one of the North End Establishments

make sure you save some cash (as most of the pastry shops are only cash only) - there' s ATMs around the North End though
try Napoli Pastry on Salem St. Bova's Bakery, or Modern Pastry.
Mike's is the tourist trap one , and pretty crowded most of the time, though its good :-) I prefer Napoli... :-) on Salem St. You could try a pizza at Pizzeria Regina, check out a Pizza at the pushcart cafe or Ernesto's, or try one of the many restaurants throughout the North End

The North End - Boston's Little Italy

After Dinner head to the Prudential Tower and go up at Night to see Boston at night - Prudential Skywalk
Skywalk Observatory - The Shops at Prudential Center
The Shops at Prudential Center

Day 2



Take the Green Line to Science Park - get a ticket for the Boston Duck Tour
Boston Duck Tours - The Official Website & Online Tickets
You can buy them from the Museum of Science .
Go on a Duck tour
gives you a land and water tour of boston and a good overview of the city

come back to the Museum and Go to the Museum of Science make sure you see a Lightning demonstration, Live Animal Presentation, and a OMNI theatre show.
Have lunch at the Cafeteria at the Science Museum

After the museum walk down past the Museum of Science garage and turn left into a driveway to the path along the Canal to Lechemere Cambridge Galleria. Walk down along the canal under the bridge and you'll be at the Cambridge Galleria

head over to Harvard Square
check out the Harvard Yard, the Newstand, the Harvard Coop,
The Garage Mall, and have dinner at one of the restaurants in Harvard Square

The Garage - The Garage - Harvard Square - Cambridge, MA
Harvard home - Harvard University
Harvard Yard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Harvard Guide: Harvard Yard Gates
Harvard Virtual Tour
Harvard University Map
Harvard University Map
Harvard University Map

Harvard Square:
Harvard Square Welcome to Harvard Square
Harvard Square - Restaurants - Restaurants - Harvard Square
Harvard Square - Shops

Harvard Coop:
Welcome to The Harvard Coop*Bookstore

Pandemonium Books & Games
Pandemonium Books and Games - Harvard Square
(Fantasy - Sci fi books )

head back home

Day 3

Start out at Museum of Fine Arts in the Morning -
take the "E" line to "MUSEUM"
also check out the Northeastern University Campus
on Huntington Avenue.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Home
Northeastern University

Go check out the Reflecting pool at the Cristian Science Center
and the Mapparium
a walk-through stained glass globe
Mapparium® | The Mary Baker Eddy Library
Christian Science Center in Boston - Guide to Boston Christian Science Center

If there's no Game head over to Fenway park and take a fenway park tour
get a ticket for the tour at the Box office by gate A
on Yawkey Way
have lunch at one of the restaurants near Fenway
Fenway Park Tours | redsox.com: Ballpark

I would suggest Bill's Bar
Bill's Bar : Boston's dirty rock club

if you like Irish - you could eat over in Kenmore Square
Cornwall's - Boston, MA

if there's an off day with no game you could try the Bleacher Bar right under fenway park - behind the bleachers you can get a table looking out over the ball-park :-)
Welcome to Bleach Bar
Bleacher Bar - Fenway - Boston, MA
I love their brisket sandwich :-)

PM -

Go up in the Prudential tower again SKYWALK and see the day-time view.
From Kenmore Square walk up toward Berklee College of Music, and down Boylston St. to Copley Square, go up in the SKYWALK

walk over to Newbury St. and stroll the shops, and have dinner at
one of the Newbury St restaurants such as Stephenies
Stephanie's on Newbury
Welcome to Newbury Street, Boston

Head over to QUincy Market for a cup of Clam Chowder at the Seafood place or a plate of fried clams
and enjoy the nightlife.
Faneuil Hall Market Place

Day 4

AM - head up to SALEM
Salem Massachusetts - The Comprehensive Salem Guide

walk around Salem, check out the burial ground
the Witch House
The Witch House (Jonathan Corwin House), Salem, Massachusetts

Salem Common
Salem Massachusetts - Salem Common Yesterday

The Friendship Ship and the Derby Wharf Lighthouse
Salem Massachusetts - Friendship Overview

Pickering Wharf
Pickering Wharf in Historic Salem, Massachusetts

the New England pirate museum
Salem, MA: Witch Dungeon Museum - Witch History - Pirate Museum

the Wax Museum
Salem Wax Museum Halloween

and the PEM - Peabody Essex Museum
PEM | Peabody Essex Museum

check out the many interesting shops at Salem
take a Salem Trolley tour
Salem Trolley

if you have time you could also check out
Pioneer Village and House of Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables
Essex National Heritage

Many options to eat at Pickering Wharf and around Salem
I would recommend Capt's and FINZ as well as 62 on the Wharf and
Victoria Station.
Finz: Seafood & Grill
Sixty2 on Wharf-62 on Wharf
Welcome to Victoria Station Restaurant


Go out to Lexington and Concord

Head to Lexington , check out the Lexington Green , Ride the Liberty Trolley
check out the different sights.
have lunch in Lexington

Lexington, MA: Visitors Information
Minute Man National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Restaurants - Lexington
Palio's Italian Grill - PALIO'S
Lexx Restaurant - Home - LEXX
Khushboo Indian Restaurant - Khushboo
Lexington Restaurants - Lexington, MA Restaurants --* MassMenus.com *** Lexington, Massachusetts ***
Lexington, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Member Seach


Head to concord
see the old north bridge check out the Battle Road Trail on the Way to Concord. -
check out the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington before you head to concord
Check out Walden Pond as well
In Concord, Stroll the shops and have dinner in Concord.

Concord MA
Concord, Massachusetts, USA: Thoreau, Emerson, Walden Pond, Alcott, American Revolution, Concord Minuteman, more...
Concord, Massachusetts Guide
History of Concord, Massachusetts, USA: Thoreau, Emerson, Walden Pond, Alcott, American Revolution, Concord Minuteman, more...
Concord Chamber of Commerce, Concord, Massachusetts 01742
Concord Museum
Amos Bronson Alcott: Concord
Orchard House - Home of the Alcotts
Department of Conservation and Recreation - It's Your Nature
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/images/WaldenPond.gif (broken link)
Verrill Farm, Concord, Ma. | Fresh Produce, baked goods, and seasonal special events


Serafina Ristorante - Serafina Ristorante
Home - Chang An
WALDEN GRILLE - Concord, MA - A fine Concord restaurant.
Papa Razzi Trattoria Bar
Untitled Document
Town of Concord Massachusetts Business Directory, Food (http://www.concordchamberofcommerce.org/food.htm - broken link)

If you have time take route 3 up to 495 to Westford for an Ice Cream at KIMBALL Farms
:-) in Westford
Welcome to Kimball Farm

if you can squeeze a Harbour cruise, whale watch or trip out to the harbor islands --george's island that'd be cool
I would highly recommend a whale watch
Boston Harbor Cruises, Whale Watch, Provincetown Ferry, Boston Sightseeing Tours
Boston Harbor Islands Visitor Guide || Explore the Islands

You could also try one of the dinner cruises on the Odyseey or the Spirit of Boston
pricey but worth it
Boston Cruises, Boston Harbor Cruises | Spirit Cruises in Boston (http://www.spiritofboston.com/bo/bridge.jsp - broken link)
Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise and skyline views at Rowes Wharf

Also Castle Island is pretty neat.. - as well - an old fort out by south boston
you can hop on the bus from Copley Square to City point ---out therethe busses are accessible from the corner of the Public Library - in Copley Square

Castle Island, Boston Harbor
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Those Castle Island hot dogs (http://www.examiner.com/x-1418-Boston-Fringe-Neighborhoods-Examiner~y2009m6d2-Those-Castle-Island-hot-dogs - broken link)
Rye Reflections: Castle Island in South Boston becomes a walkers' paradise
Castle Island Beach - Dorchester - South Boston, MA

You could also take a carriage ride through Boston
on horses
Horse & Carriage Rides In & Around Boston, MA - Bridal Carriage Company

if you visit newbury st. make sure you stroll through the public gardens on the way there and check out the make way for ducklings statue and island and the swan boats as well as the statue of George Washington, walk along Comm Ave a bit checking out the brownstones and the statues, then cut over the side streets to Newbury St. and Copley Square

Boston Public Garden- Boston, MA - VirtualTourist.com
Swan Boats of Boston
Friends of the Boston Public Garden
Public Garden, Boston

You could also cut over to Charles St. and Beacon Hill and walk through the old homes on beacon hill and check out the front of the Cheers bar (dont bother going inside unless its the SHOP) you want to go to , it doesnt look like the bar - in the tv show just the outside and the sign is like the TV show

Cheers | Where Everybody Knows Your Name (http://www.cheersboston.com/pub/ - broken link)
Cheers Boston Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill Online - Home (http://www.beaconhillonline.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi - broken link)
Beacon Hill Online - Walking Tour
Beacon Hill Online - Attractions

25 things to do in Boston for $25 or less
25 things to do in Boston this summer for under $25 - Boston.com

Hope this helps your planning

(Hope its not too late) :-)

Sorry for the long post but I had to get everything in :-)

Last edited by CaseyB; 08-02-2009 at 07:22 PM..
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