Boston - what's cool to do?

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    Aug 10, 2012 12:54 AM GMT

    Going to be in Boston for the weekend - any suggestions of what I should see/do?
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    iridium99 said
    Going to be in Boston for the weekend - any suggestions of what I should see/do?


    --As a Red Sox/baseball fan, the first thing I have to suggest is a trip to Fenway Park.
    --Definitely do dinner in the North End. There are some unbelievable restaurants there.
    --Sam Adams brewery in JP is pretty cool.
    --New England Museum of Science is great.
    --Freedom Trail
    --Boston Commons


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    Aug 10, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    dump tea in the harbor!!!!!!!!
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Yeah, I heard they throw pretty hectic tea partiesicon_biggrin.gif. Planning on having a look at the historic older parts of town and doing some shopping. Where is a good place to go out in the evenings?
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    Start a revolution.
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    Aug 10, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    Plan on paying for taxi cabs if you stay out past midnight. Boston's public transport is the pits.
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    Aug 10, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    redsoxfan791 said
    iridium99 said
    Going to be in Boston for the weekend - any suggestions of what I should see/do?


    --As a Red Sox/baseball fan, the first thing I have to suggest is a trip to Fenway Park.
    --Definitely do dinner in the North End. There are some unbelievable restaurants there.
    --Sam Adams brewery in JP is pretty cool.
    --New England Museum of Science is great.
    --Freedom Trail
    --Boston Commons




    Circumstances changed, but I had planned a trip to Boston for this summer. My idea was to stay in a B&B in the Back Bay area, do a walking (and eating) tour through North End and do the tour of Fenway.

    Thing of it is...would I risk it by wearing a Tampa Bay Rays t-shirt around town?
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    redsoxfan791 said
    iridium99 said
    Going to be in Boston for the weekend - any suggestions of what I should see/do?


    --As a Red Sox/baseball fan, the first thing I have to suggest is a trip to Fenway Park.
    --Definitely do dinner in the North End. There are some unbelievable restaurants there.
    --Sam Adams brewery in JP is pretty cool.
    --New England Museum of Science is great.
    --Freedom Trail
    --Boston Commons




    Circumstances changed, but I had planned a trip to Boston for this summer. My idea was to stay in a B&B in the Back Bay area, do a walking (and eating) tour through North End and do the tour of Fenway.

    Thing of it is...would I risk it by wearing a Tampa Bay Rays t-shirt around town?


    If you ever do go to Boston, I say go for it. I wore my Red Sox hat to Yankee Stadium. I got a little bit of crap, but they warmed up quickly. The same should be true in Boston with a Rays t-shirt.
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    Aug 10, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    Go to:

    - Carson Beach / Castle Island in South Boston

    - Drive along Memorial Drive and get an awesome view of the city

    - Walk around fenway or go to Fenway park if there's a game

    - Shopping on Newbury

    - Boston Common/Public Garden

    - Dinner and drinks at a restaurant in the Seaport District

    - Stroll along Tremont street

    - Prudential Center and Copley Place for more shopping....

    - Harvard Square in Cambridge is OK but by no means a must.

    If you have time, rent a car and drive up through Salem, Gloucester and Marblehead. GORGEOUS.
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    Aug 10, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    redsoxfan791 said
    iridium99 said
    Going to be in Boston for the weekend - any suggestions of what I should see/do?


    --As a Red Sox/baseball fan, the first thing I have to suggest is a trip to Fenway Park. Last minute tickets, assuming you could even get them knowing that Fenway is consistently sold-out, are likely going to cost a small fortune. Just sayin'
    --Definitely do dinner in the North End. There are some unbelievable restaurants there. North End is the Italian section. Agree that the food there is great, but not if you're looking for another type of cuisine. South End is the gay section of Boston, and the restaurants there are arguably better than any other area of town with a much broader selection of cuisine
    --Sam Adams brewery in JP is pretty cool.
    --New England Museum of Science is great.
    --Freedom Trail actually a good time, providing a good history of the American Revolution and dispelling a lot of things you might have learned in school which aren't accurate
    --Boston Commons For god's sake, it's the Boston Common, although this is a pretty common error




    In addition to my comments above, I'd suggest one of the Duck Tours which are a pretty quick and fun way to see the entire city in a vehicle that goes on both land and water. Depending on how much time you have, there is also a cruise of Boston Harbor at night that's a good time.

    And contrary to the post immediately above, unless you're DYING to go to the beach, stay away from Carson Beach and Castle Island...these are convenient to city dwellers but a poor example of some of the pristine beaches available outside the city (Crane Beach on the North Shore is about an hour drive north of Boston). If you have an entire day free, you can take the ferry out to Provincetown.
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    Aug 10, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    redsoxfan791 said
    turtleneckjock said
    redsoxfan791 said
    iridium99 said
    Going to be in Boston for the weekend - any suggestions of what I should see/do?


    --As a Red Sox/baseball fan, the first thing I have to suggest is a trip to Fenway Park.
    --Definitely do dinner in the North End. There are some unbelievable restaurants there.
    --Sam Adams brewery in JP is pretty cool.
    --New England Museum of Science is great.
    --Freedom Trail
    --Boston Commons




    Circumstances changed, but I had planned a trip to Boston for this summer. My idea was to stay in a B&B in the Back Bay area, do a walking (and eating) tour through North End and do the tour of Fenway.

    Thing of it is...would I risk it by wearing a Tampa Bay Rays t-shirt around town?


    If you ever do go to Boston, I say go for it. I wore my Red Sox hat to Yankee Stadium. I got a little bit of crap, but they warmed up quickly. The same should be true in Boston with a Rays t-shirt.


    I would refrain from wearing ANY baseball caps in the city of Boston unless it has a RedSox logo on it. I lived in NYC for 12 years before moving here, and they didn't like the RedSox, but shared their hatred for the Mets, so it was kind of muted. Here in Boston, there is a rabid hatred for anything non-RedSox, and if you get some drunk kid (of which there are many after hours) you're just asking for trouble. Boston is unlike any other city in this regard. And with the Sox seemingly done for the year (5.5 games out of the wild card race), the fans are pretty pissed off and itching for someone to take it out on.
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    Aug 10, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    Science museum or aquarium are pretty cool. Faneuil hall area is pretty chill for new comers to Boston too, they got street performers sometimes, shops, and restaurants. And there is some historic stuff there too. Have fun. Boston's loyalty is well known. P.S. Boston common has a lot of young punks and hobos just a heads up.