Boston Tourist Traps

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Most Viewed Tourist Traps in Boston

  • 1. Bull & Finch Pub / Cheers

    Yes, this is a local tourist trap. No, you will not be fooled. When you enter the Bull and Finch (Cheers) you know it is a tourist trap. But....YOU DO NOT CARE! This is where you came to see a little...

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  • 2. Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market

    Faneuil Hall is an incredibly difficult tourist trap to avoid, and to spell, in equal measures. But, it ain't so bad in the grand scheme of things. A. It's architecturally historic B. Winter visits...

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  • 3. Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail is anything but about freedom. There are plenty of other cool old streets to wonder around without the masses. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice way to get to all the main tourist...

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  • 4. Duck Tours

    This tour takes you around the city in a reconditioned W.W.II amphibious landing vehicle, passing by the main historical landmarks of the city, and then splashes into the Charles river to have a view...

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  • 5. Boston Tea Party Ship

    Talk about built for the tourists. The boat is a replica set up purely for the tourists to visit and the guide buses to visit. the story may be true but the boat is tacky. In fact it's capital T...

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  • 6. Newbury Street

    Newbury Street. Mecca for overpriced, trendy, ecclectic shopping delirium, unless of course you actually like that sort of thing. This view is not the most luxurious of Newbury Street, but I guess my...

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  • 7. Union Oyster House

    This restaurant makes great Clam Chowder (CHOWDAH to locals), arguably the best in the city. However, it's located right on the Freedom Trail near Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and that means that it's...

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  • 8. Swan Boats

    I will never figure out why people bother standing in line to ride in the Swan Boats on the pond in the Boston Public Garden... You can walk around the pond in about five minutes, so, it's not like...

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  • 9. New England Aquarium

    We went to the New England Aquarium our last day in Boston and found it way overpriced. We managed to save 50% on the cost of tickets by presenting our Whale Watch tickets from a few days earlier....

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  • 11. Very romantic - Not Giovannis restaurant

    The board outside advertises a ver good lunch deal including a bottle of wine - but even though the restaurant was empty we were asked if we would share with...

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  • 12. Union Street and the Blackstone Block

    As you continue along the Freedom Trail from Faneul Hall, you come to Union Street. This street consists of some of the oldest buildings in Boston. It seems...

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  • 13. The Park Street Church

    Good grief that dreaded scaffolding again. I thought I left it all behind in Europe. Well not exactly for because Boston is such an old city many of the...

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  • 14. Subway Stores

    These catch tourists and locals alike. You're waiting for the blue line at Government Center and are willing to pay absolutely anything for a candy bar? They'll...

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  • 15. The City That Is Always On Construction

    There seems to be a never-ending construction project within the city of Boston. From the 'Big Dig' to smaller repairs, Boston traffic is a nightmare during...

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  • 16. Take you for a (not) free ride

    Avoid all driving if you can. Even though public transport doesn't run very late (trains are done by 2am and buses don't go much later), cabs will cost you an...

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  • 17. Hotel Rooms & Parking can be Expensive.

    Hotel rooms in Boston are usually discounted in the off season and especially over the weekends. With a hotel room shortage in Boston, prepare in...

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  • 18. Kind of corny, but a quick...

    Kind of corny, but a quick tour around the city is worth it I've heard. (I am speaking from local points of views). Boston is so rich in US history, that many...

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  • 19. Dont even thibk about going to...

    Dont even thibk about going to Boston without a working visa. We were told by STA travel that there was no way we could get one, when we got to Boston we found...

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  • 20. Museum of Fine Arts isn't as...

    Museum of Fine Arts isn't as good as it could seem from its name. It has quite poor collection, not very good location, atmosphere there aren't very friendly......

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  • 21. Try to avoid contacting with...

    Try to avoid contacting with respectable looking young men starting to talk to you in the streets. Most possibly he'll introduce himself as a poor student and...

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  • 22. Watch out for spending too...

    Watch out for spending too much money. Do not spend more money than you think you have to. Watch out for street vendors who will raise their prices when dealing...

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  • 23. I lost a lot of time when...

    I lost a lot of time when trying to obtain hotel accomodations with specific flat rates advertised in the Boston's papers. If You want to try so, do it as soon...

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  • 24. Chinatown: definitely the...

    Chinatown: definitely the ugliest chinatown I have ever seen - not to mention its seediness. Ok, there are some theatres with interesting shows there, but the...

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  • 25. A good buy is the Childrens'...

    A good buy is the Childrens' Museum on Friday Evenings. I believe from 5 to 9 pm that it is $1 per person. Also, look at www.citypass.net for a coupon package...

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