Things to do in Boston?

LukinFanLukinFan Florida Posts: 27,655
I was lucky enough to win tickets to Fenway night 1 and plan to be in Boston over the weekend. What are some historical must-see spots that my fiance and I  should check out? (Music related or not.) If there's already a thread about this, I apologize. 

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  • Jumping in on this, I would also like to know, doing both shows so have some free time so also looking for ideas...
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  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 12,876
    A few things I would recommend:

    Boston Harbor Islands

    http://www.bostonharborislands.org/

    The Freedom Trail

    http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

    Museum of Fine Arts

    http://www.mfa.org/


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  • willnycwillnyc ...nycPosts: 98
    Freedom Trail for sure - and there are historic taverns along the route...
  • feederfeeder Posts: 59
    Go to Cambridge visit Harvard
    Sam Adams Tour, it was pretty cool.  The train drops you off in a neighborhood and you have to walk a few blocks to find it.
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  • I'll be up that weekend as well, as my #1 spot is to grab dinner in the North End and hit Mike's Pastry.
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 17,251
    Union Oyster House.  Claims to be America's longest continuously running restaurant.  Cool place and if you like oysters you can go wrong.
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    Union Oyster House.  Claims to be America's longest continuously running restaurant.  Cool place and if you like oysters you can go wrong.
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  • JB288319JB288319 Posts: 82
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    Another vote for the Freedom Trail, great way to see the historical sites and it's free unless you do a guided tour, just follow the brick trail around town. Check out the Bunker Hill Monument for a nice view of the skyline

    The observation deck at the Prudential Tower is worth the price of admission if the weather's clear. There's a very informative audio tour you can do that gives a lot of cool history while you're taking in the view

    If you're into seafood Rule 34 is fantastic, but a little pricey. Get a reservation. Best raw bar and lobster roll IMO though is at Neptune Oyster. They don't take reservations and it's very small. The nice thing is that you can give them your phone # and walk around the neighborhood while you wait. It's worth it, so good.

    If you're into beer head out to Publick House in Brookline, one of the best tap lists in town. Also worth heading to Trillium to pick up some cans or if you want drafts they had a pop-up beer garden on the greenway downtown during the summer that will hopefully be back next year
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    neighborhood around breed's hill along the freedom trail was fantastic.  I also second seeing harvard and the surrounding town.
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  • amethgr8amethgr8 Posts: 602
    That trail looks awesome and the uss constitution, I want to tour and paul reveres house! Thanks for the suggestions!
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  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 12,876
    The trail is absolutely fantastic and will take you through so many points of interest. Boston isn't big and is perfectly walkable. Great city to be outdoors in.
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  • Miss.SnowdropMiss.Snowdrop ScotlandPosts: 172
    I only looked briefly into things to see and do in and around Boston. I saw Salem is not too far away. Has anyone ever been there and would you recommend it? 
  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,953
    I only looked briefly into things to see and do in and around Boston. I saw Salem is not too far away. Has anyone ever been there and would you recommend it? 

    Salem is worth doing if you are interested in the history of the witch trials. There are several places/museums there to visit that deal with that. The actual "House of the Seven Gables" that Hawthorne's book is based on is also a museum there.
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  • I only looked briefly into things to see and do in and around Boston. I saw Salem is not too far away. Has anyone ever been there and would you recommend it? 

    Honestly I'd say only if you've been to Boston before and feel like you've seen the sights and want to venture out a bit, or if you're just super into the whole witch trials history. Otherwise there's so much to see in the city I don't think it's worth the trip
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  • PJNBPJNB New BrunswickPosts: 5,051
    Looking at a place in Revere now since my last one within walking distance to Fenway was cancelled and everything is now booked up. Its on Dedham st. Is this a decent neighbourhood? I have heard good and bad things about the  Revere beach area. Also I was think of driving into the show and parking. There is a good rate at this location. 30 Kilmarnock st The Harlo Garage. 

    We are going down with our 3 kids and my mother in law will be watching them while we are at the show. I am trying to limit my time away from the kids before and after the show so I thought driving in would be the quickest way in and out just worried that I would get stuck in the area around Fenway before and after the show trying to park and return home. Any locals have any advice?


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  • pjl44pjl44 Posts: 3,924
    PJNB said:
    Looking at a place in Revere now since my last one within walking distance to Fenway was cancelled and everything is now booked up. Its on Dedham st. Is this a decent neighbourhood? I have heard good and bad things about the  Revere beach area. Also I was think of driving into the show and parking. There is a good rate at this location. 30 Kilmarnock st The Harlo Garage. 

    We are going down with our 3 kids and my mother in law will be watching them while we are at the show. I am trying to limit my time away from the kids before and after the show so I thought driving in would be the quickest way in and out just worried that I would get stuck in the area around Fenway before and after the show trying to park and return home. Any locals have any advice?


    That's a good location for a garage if you're getting a decent rate. Traffic getting out is pretty much what you'd expect, but not terrible since you're in the city and lots of people take public transportation.

    From an access standpoint any places to stay in Brookline, Cambridge, Allston/Brighton, Newton, or Watertown? Revere isn't bad bad, just dingy. And those areas will be easier to get to/from before/after the show.
  • ed243421ed243421 Posts: 6,414
    PJNB said:
    Looking at a place in Revere now since my last one within walking distance to Fenway was cancelled and everything is now booked up. Its on Dedham st. Is this a decent neighbourhood? I have heard good and bad things about the  Revere beach area. Also I was think of driving into the show and parking. There is a good rate at this location. 30 Kilmarnock st The Harlo Garage. 

    We are going down with our 3 kids and my mother in law will be watching them while we are at the show. I am trying to limit my time away from the kids before and after the show so I thought driving in would be the quickest way in and out just worried that I would get stuck in the area around Fenway before and after the show trying to park and return home. Any locals have any advice?


    Revere?

    take a look at Stoneham if you’re driving in
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  • ed243421ed243421 Posts: 6,414
    Poncier said:
    I only looked briefly into things to see and do in and around Boston. I saw Salem is not too far away. Has anyone ever been there and would you recommend it? 

    Salem is worth doing if you are interested in the history of the witch trials. There are several places/museums there to visit that deal with that. The actual "House of the Seven Gables" that Hawthorne's book is based on is also a museum there.
    There’s this

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  • PoncierPoncier Posts: 9,953
    PJNB said:
    Looking at a place in Revere now since my last one within walking distance to Fenway was cancelled and everything is now booked up. Its on Dedham st. Is this a decent neighbourhood? I have heard good and bad things about the  Revere beach area. Also I was think of driving into the show and parking. There is a good rate at this location. 30 Kilmarnock st The Harlo Garage. 

    We are going down with our 3 kids and my mother in law will be watching them while we are at the show. I am trying to limit my time away from the kids before and after the show so I thought driving in would be the quickest way in and out just worried that I would get stuck in the area around Fenway before and after the show trying to park and return home. Any locals have any advice?



    I'd term Dedham St Revere an OK neighborhood at best, its off of Broadway, basic residential area, not the finest part of Revere.
    I think you can do better, especially if bringing the kids.
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    ed243421 said:
    * eagle fans excluded
    NFL season will probably open two days after the second fenway show and there are no philly PJ shows.  Expect to see A LOT of Eagles gear.  
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    ed243421 said:
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  • The Freedom Trail sounds good! Easy enough time wise to do that and see Pearl Jam the same day? reserved seating gets the whole being there super early out the window need so trying to pad out the gig days along with the full day inbetween
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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 8,823
    pjl44 said:
    PJNB said:
    Looking at a place in Revere now since my last one within walking distance to Fenway was cancelled and everything is now booked up. Its on Dedham st. Is this a decent neighbourhood? I have heard good and bad things about the  Revere beach area. Also I was think of driving into the show and parking. There is a good rate at this location. 30 Kilmarnock st The Harlo Garage. 

    We are going down with our 3 kids and my mother in law will be watching them while we are at the show. I am trying to limit my time away from the kids before and after the show so I thought driving in would be the quickest way in and out just worried that I would get stuck in the area around Fenway before and after the show trying to park and return home. Any locals have any advice?


    That's a good location for a garage if you're getting a decent rate. Traffic getting out is pretty much what you'd expect, but not terrible since you're in the city and lots of people take public transportation.

    From an access standpoint any places to stay in Brookline, Cambridge, Allston/Brighton, Newton, or Watertown? Revere isn't bad bad, just dingy. And those areas will be easier to get to/from before/after the show.
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  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 12,876
    If you do end up booking outside the city my recommendation would be to look west. Newton, Brookline, Watertown...these places are all relatively close to Fenway. Your trip in and out will be easiest if you are going east/west, both if you are driving/parking or taking public transportation. I wish I had good advice on cheap hotels but in Boston there just aren't a lot.
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  • stickmanstickman Posts: 878
    It is touristy I know, but seeing Boston from the Duck Boats is always fun IMO !!! Just book ahead of time !!
  • stickmanstickman Posts: 878
    Book The Midtown.  Not crazy expensive.  Easily walk to Fenway.  Stayed there in 2016, and was a good place to stay.  
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