Welcome to the Hub of the Universe! We hope you'll grace Boston with your presence for more than just our party; there's loads to do and see here-- definitely something to everyone's tastes!
Start at 147 Tremont Street, Boston Common
The Freedom Trail covers 16 historic landmarks across Boston and Charlestown in a 2.5 mile walk, beginning in the Boston Common and ending at the Bunker Hill Monument. The Freedom Trail Foundation (http://www.thefreedomtrail.org) offers guided tours complete with colonial-costumed tour guides throughout the year. Audio guides are also available for rent if you would rather do it alone, or just grab a map and go completely free, experiencing the trail all on your own.
It's easy! Just follow the red bricks inlaid into the sidewalk. Make sure to look up.
You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more-- all aboard a DUCK, an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. As the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city.
1. Bring a jacket, as they do take you out into the Charles River.
2. Reserve tickets the night before.
3. Show up early. If your tour is at 11.00, be ready at 10.45.
bordered by Clinton, Chatham and Commercial Streets
"Here orators in ages past Have mounted their attacks, Undaunted by proximity Of sausage on the racks." -Francis Hatch
The 170-year-old Quincy Market, located directly behind Faneuil Hall, served as Boston's wholesale food distribution center until the 1960s. Today, the food stalls inside this stately granite building offer culinary delights to thousands of visitors a day, selling everything from calzones to gourmet soup to frozen yogurt.
The North and South Market buildings, which grace either side of Quincy Market, house specialty stores and eateries. If you have the time and the appetite, try a few of the bars and restaurants tucked into North and South Markets. Use the Force and common sense to avoid obvious tourist traps.
(It's only minutes from the North End, anyway.)
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Boston, MA 02110
Explore the Boston Harbor with the Harbor Cruises: whale watching, sightseeing, or a (super) fast ride on Codzilla are all available. Get your tickets in advance, if you can, and if going on a slower ride (not Codzilla), take a sweater or light coat.
Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles and Boylston Streets
The Common is a good place to go and relax. There is almost always something going on, even in the dead of winter when the frog pond becomes an ice skating rink. Originally set aside as a common area where people could put their animals out to pasture; now it has become a common area where people put themselves out to pasture.
There is a playground for the kids, mounted policemen, food vendors, occasional concerts, artists, and lots of people that just set around on the ground and benches and watch the day go by. It’s a good relaxing spot to get away from the city for awhile, which is odd considering it’s right in the middle of the city. With Beacon Hill to one side, the Public Garden to another, and Chinatown and Government Crossing close by, it is as central as it could possibly be.
On Boylston between Arlington and Charles Street
The Boston Gardens is a haven for the city life with its many fountains and ever changing and abundant seasonal flower arrangements. Look out for the famous "Swan Boats," located in the lagoon, which, if we luck out, will still be operational that late in the year. The sculpture of "Make Way For Ducklings" is also located in the garden. According to what I've been told, you will find the world's smallest suspension bridge here as well.
296 State St
From the entrance, where the sea lions outside welcome you with clapping fins, to the penguin park, dolphin shows and 4-story tall tank, the Aquarium is filled with enough to keep you busy for hours and keep the whole family intruiged.
Beca is particularly fond of the penguin park and of the colored lobsters, especially the blue one.
The North End is a lovely part of Boston to stroll around. It is largely an Italian neighborhood, and the buildings are beautiful old brick. You'll find pastry shops that can't be beat (e. g. Mike's Pastry), and dinner choices that are amazing. You will also find the Old North Church (of Paul Revere's midnight ride fame) here. Don't forget the beautiful churches to explore and lovely tucked away gardens to discover!
If you're walking the Freedom Trail, you'll stroll through the North End-- Paul Revere's house is there!
We love 'em, you love 'em, we've got 'em! Enough to slate any appetite and persuasion, from the MFA to the HFA. (That's the Harvard Film Archive, little free gem for you).
We're particularly fond of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science (no better way to spend a dreary Saturday afternoon), and the Isabella Gardner. Also, we have good street artists: keep an eye out.
4 Yawkey Way
Fenway Park should be high on your list, even if you're not a baseball enthusiast. It's the oldest major league baseball stadium in the country, being built in 1912, and one the most venerable and venerated. Home of the Boston Red Sox and the famous Green Monster, it is also home to one of Boston's must-not-miss items: plump, juicy Fenway Franks.
Take the Red Line to Harvard Square
The Harvard Square / Harvard University is a great place to get interesting used books and visit great independent cafes and stores around the square. Great times just walking around the campus and the square. Beware! Harvard students run wild here. We suggest making fun of their pipes.
Ok, so it's not Boston. But if you're going to be spending any time in New York, it's probably worth looking into. These guys do audio tours for people who don't take audio tours. You buy the mp3 for a particular walk, load it onto your player of choice, head to the starting point and take off. Really good stuff. Check out Chinatown, Little Italy, the Meatpacking District and many other gems the right way. Gets our vote!