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What should I do in Boston (now)?

Asked by jsc3791 (1988points) October 1st, 2008

I am in Boston until Friday morning, but admit I am a bit overwhelmed with everything to see and do. My days are tied up mostly in a conference, but can someone offer some suggestions of “musts” to see/do while I am here? I am at the Marriott in Back Bay (Copley Place).


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KatawaGrey's avatar

Let me give you the most cliched answer possible… go see a show! I saw the Lion King on Broadway for my 16th birthday and it was amazing. If you don’t have the time or the money for that, just take a stroll. Boston is a beautiful city. walk around, see what there is to see. maybe you’ll find something and be able to tell us something new. :)

jsc3791's avatar

i was thinking of doing the walking around thing katawagrey, but i am afraid i am missing something! not sure when i will get to come back.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Mmm..brick oven pizza.

jjd2006's avatar

A couple of ideas:
~ Faneuil Hall
~ Boston Garden/Common
~ The North End (Boston’s Little Italy – Best Italian food)
~ The Museum of Fine Art
~ The Institute of Contemporary Art (one of my personal faves!)
~ Harvard Square in Cambirdge
~ Climb the Bunker Hill Monument or go to the top of the John Hancock Building (beautiful view of the city)
~ The Freedom Trail (if you’re into the history of Boston)

Let me know what kinds of things you’re interested in. I can work with that.

jsc3791's avatar

Thanks jjd2006!

Do you think one of those trolley tours would be worth it? They seem to cover a lot of those places. Just don’t want to seem to tourist-y or get ripped off. What do you think of the Old Town Trolley Tour?

Judi's avatar

I think I’d hunt down Denny Crane and Alan Shore. (I just had a Boston Legal watching Marathon)

cookieman's avatar

- Tomorrow hop on the Green Line E Train from Copley station (on Boylston Street).
– Get off at the Longwood stop on Huntington Ave.
– Behind Mass College of Art is the Elizabeth Stuart Gardner Museum – MUST SEE
– After that you can walk over to the Museum of Fine Art – ALSO GREAT (not as quaint)
– Hop back on the Green Line at the Museum stop. Take it to Haymarket.
– Walk over to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market – COOL SHOPS, TOURISTY

- Lastly, walk on over to the North End. Walk down Hanover Street, but don’t eat dinner there. It’s too pricey and commercial. Instead, take a detour down any of the side streets in the North End. Get lost a little. Find a little Ma & Pa joint. Sure to be the best Italian food you ever ate.

- Finish up with a gelato and a walk over to the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House.

jjd2006's avatar

cprevite laid it out!! That looks like a pretty good itinerary!

@jsc3791 – Yeah, I think it would be worth it. They do a good job of giving you an overview of the city and then you can just hop off and look at whatever you want! However, Boston is EXTREMELY walkable and it’s super easy to use the T (which is the subway) so be sure to walk a lot and do not pay for cabs. Enjoy! Boston is WONDERFUL!

DandyDear711's avatar

Do what cprevite and jid2006 suggest but make sure you eat some seafood…

cookieman's avatar

at the Barking Crab.

Said Bahking Craab by us locals.

jsc3791's avatar

Thanks for all the suggestions guys! I did the Old Town Trolley Tour and got off at Faneuil Hall and ate at the Black Rose on State. I had George’s Bay scallops, which were delish. I also walked around Newbury a bit, mainly because I spotted H&M and we don’t have that where I live =)

Slightly, touristy I know, but I had a great time seeing all the sights. I can’t wait to come back!!

cookieman's avatar

Glad you had fun. Come back soon.

pathfinder's avatar

Enjoy the city many ways.

bobnob's avatar

PF CHANGS chinesuntrae resta

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