Boston Travel Guide

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Boston Things to Do

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  • Faneuil Hall - Quincy Market

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    First Rule of Faneuil Hall - DON'T VISIT IN SUMMER Faneuil Hall consistently ranks in the top 10 on every list of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States. In 2013 it ranked #7 on a list of the most visited attractions in the WORLD. That means big summer crowds and lots of souvenir shops. Summer weekends in particular are a...

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  • Freedom Trail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    the freedom trail is the historic 2.5 mile (4 kilometers) long red colored foot path to the various historical sites along boston of which many of these sites you can see from a boston trolley tour if you don't want to walk the whole thing. besides the painted red lines along the historical sites, there are ground markers explaining events,...

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  • Beacon Hill & Charles Street

    Beacon Hill is a historic and the most affluent District of Boston and is where many of the Rich and Famous Bostonians Live (Think Upper East Side of Manhattan!). The District is known for it's narrow and elevated street and rows upon rows of old style federal houses plus the classical gas lit lamps in some areas and the occasional brick roads. The...

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  • Faneuil Hall - Quincy Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    Boston, Being known for it's sea food industy has lots and lots of sea food stalls and shacks inside the Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market areas (Paricularly at the Faneuil Hall Market place)and though the prices here are expensive tourist prices, still you would savor the assorted goodies that Boston and Massachusetts are knownn for like the Boston...

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  • Legal Sea Foods

    4 out of 5 stars

    a new concept of Legal Sea Foods wherein you have a smaller resto and less selection of foods but with a different twist. Their first Branch is located along the Departure Area of Boston Logan International Airport beyond airport security near the Delta Shuttle Gates. The offer some of the favorites of the Legal Seafoods like the fisherman's...

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  • Union Oyster House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Part Two of My Union Oysterhouse tips with more pictures. This Iconic Joint claim to be the oldest restaurant in America and the decor and ambiance inside definitely proves it plus is has been into numerous reviews in the boob tube courtesy of such heavyweights like the Discovery Travel Channel and The Food Network.Hence is definitely on my list...

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Boston Nightlife

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  • Lansdowne Street & Kenmore Square

    You know you want to spend a crazy night out on the town in Boston, but you just don't know what you want to do? Hit up Lansdowne Street and you won't be sorry. The entire block is jam packed with a variety of dance clubs, lounges, bars and nightclubs all right next to each other. Off the top of my head I can name the following places that I know...

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  • The Top of The Hub

    Before dinner we decided to visit a landmark restaurant/bar/lounge here in Boston. Located on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower, the Top of the Hub boasts some of the best views of the city and skyline. The restaurant's décor is elegant with a romantic atmosphere. If you are looking for a restuarant to celebrate a special occasion or if you...

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  • The Roxy

    Roxy is over and done with as of 2010. It has been renovated and brought back to life as ROYALE NIGHTCLUB. Royale Nightclub is one of the hottest places in Boston right now. With DJ's from all over the world such as: Paul Van Dyk, 3 nights of Tiesto, Aoki, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, and coming at the end of June, Laidback...

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Boston Transportation

  • T / subway

    Boston has a modest and reasonably efficient public transportation system known as "The T." The primary means to pay your fare is with Charlie tickets (somewhat similar to Metro tickets in Washington DC and Brussels) can be purchased with a set value and "recharged" at fare machines with cash, credit cards, or old MBTA tokens. As of July 1, 2014, a...

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  • Amtrak Train

    If you are thinking about travelling by train from Boston to the other cities, firstly make sure you know which train station it leaves from (North or South Station). Secondly make sure you know the train timetable before you go, otherwise you will not spend allot of time in the places. I am talking about Plymouth, Salam Lexington and Concord. If...

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  • Commuter Rail

    We caught the commuter rail a couple of times during our trip. Once to get to Bridgewater State Uni to visit our daughter and once to get to Salem for a day trip out of town. You can catch the T from where you're staying to one of the commuter rail stations. Tickets can be bought on the train itself from conductors but this is generally a little...

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Boston Shopping

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  • Prudential Center & Copley Place

    The Prudential Center and Copley place are unique in that you get so many different shops under one roof as everything interconnects through these long glass walk ways overlooking the streets. There is every shop imaginable for those wishing to make a purchase in a conventional mall setting. And if you get hungry there is always the food court,...

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  • Newbury Street

    There are a few shops on Newbury Street that aren't high end boutiques and the hardware store is one of them. We popped in because we foolishly didn't pack a bottle opener for our beer - and they gave us one for free. We will always pack this in future and think of the kindness of the man in the Newbury Hardware store with each beer. Wicked...

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  • Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market

    this will be my shopping tips on Quincy Market the historic Quincy market is one of the largest market built in the North East in the 18th century and was named after a famous Mayor of Boston Josias Quincy. The market at present is home to a various number of commercial shops, eateries, delicatessens, restaurants and souvenir shops, the fresh meat...

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Boston Local Customs

  • Speaking Bostonian

    Visitors from outside of New England are often confounded by local pronunciations, especially of Massachusetts cities and towns. Here’s a guide that’ll help you sound like a local: City: Pronunciation: Worcester WUH – stuh; also acceptable: WIS – tuh Just remember not to pronounce any r’s in Worcester and you’ll be fine. Leominster LEH – min...

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  • Interacting with the Bostonian

    Humor always depends on the language and the culture of the people. There are little nuggets of insight into the Bostonian's humor even if you don't speak to them. Keep your eyes open. This tiny portion of the Washington Street Bridge is just such an example.

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  • Tipping

    a guide in tipping in boston for hotels: Hotel porter toting your bags: $2 to $3 per bag Doorman if he hails your cab: $2 to $5 Room service without gratuity included: 20 percent Concierge: $5 to $15, depending on task difficulty for restaurants and bars and pubs and fast food: Restaurant wait staff: 13 percent to 20 percent of the bill...

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Boston Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking & Driving

    People on foot in Boston are some of the friendliest around. When you find yourself down some weird side street, ask directions. But when they get behind the wheel they are A**holes honking! We took this personally at first, but later when we walked around the city, we noticed honking was just a popular past time. But most importantly, get a map...

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  • Crime / After Dark

    So, after adding tips about pickpockets to my Paris and Madrid pages, I'm now adding one about my home city! While browsing the racks at Marshalls in the Downtown Crossing area recently, I felt a hand along my hip. I turned to find a hand right inside my bag! I yelled "HEY!" really loudly and the thief sauntered away. In hindsight I suppose it...

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  • Boston Common

    I was happily taking pictures of the lovely colors at Boston Common, when suddenly a man came running after me, shouting invectives about me taking his picture - which I wasn't - and I didn't even know he was there! He hurled threats at me like he was prepared to go to jail for me! I ran as fast as I could and at some point he stopped chasing...

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Boston Tourist Traps

  • 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 of the past, regarding the TV hit show,"CHEERS". To make your vist to the "Cheers" location, all the worthwhile, make sure you pose with the cast of...

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  • 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 make the market a welcome respite It's also got a vibrant street life and some good little shops so far as tourist draws go. Plus, as Boston can be a...

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  • 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 of the city from the water. This is in fact what is most appealing of this tour: the land-and-water journey, and the fact that the vehicles are...

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Boston What to Pack

  • Pack For Weather

    if you are visiting bostonn in the fall like i did, the weathe starts to become nippy more so in the late september so you must always carry a jacket or a sweater or better is to bring a weather proof jacket as this is also the season where it sometimes rains and you might get wet. If you don't want to bring an umbrella, the weather proof jacket...

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  • Pack For Walking

    Boston is one big Walking City.The attractions are not that far from each other and also since you would be beter in taking the Hop On Hop Off Bus than a regular tour bus to maximize the number of attractions to be seen and picture, better have a comfortable walking shoes like the new running and walking shoes becoming popular nowadays and even...

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  • Photo Equipment

    if you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away....

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Boston Off The Beaten Path

  • Salem

    Salem is a great side trip when visiting the Boston area. The Boston-Salem Ferry is a nice way to get to Salem via the water and is quite ejoyable in the warmer months. The Ferry is located right by the Boston Aquarium and drops you off about 3 blocks down from the House of the Seven Gables in Salem. From there you can spend the day wandering the...

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  • Boston's Neighborhoods

    This is my neighborhood and I love it dearly. Here are some reasons I've stayed in a 1 mile radius since I moved to the area: Inman Square, Cambridge: Easily accessible from Harvard Square or Central Square by public transportation or a pleasant 1 mile walk (north up Prospect St. from Central or east from Harvard Square up Cambridge St.). There...

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  • Harbor Islands

    A fine activity on a sunny day is to board a boat to one of the harbor islands. Among the most accessible islands is Spectacle Island, a former landfill that has been transformed into a tourist destination with miles of walking trails, a beach, an outdoor restaurant (open daily in the summer, weekends only in the fall). The landfill has made the...

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Boston Sports & Outdoors

  • Red Sox / Fenway Park

    If you are a fan of the Boston Red Sox (or Red Sucks as the New York Yankees would say) then you can either watcha live ball game at fenway park or take the tour of fenway park or just take pictures and selfies around the park and on the famous bronze statues of Famous Boston Players along Yawkey Way. The Public One Hour tours cost $ 17 for adults...

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  • Fleet Center, Celtics, Bruins

    The Boston TD Garden was also known as the Fleet Center and since in 2005, this was renamed as such, so attention tip editor of boston! please make the necessary changes! why this is the Home arena of the Boston Celtics if you are a basketball fanatic and also the home of the Boston Bruins, if your a fanatic of Ice Hockey. This is definitely a...

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  • Boston Marathon

    The Boston Marathon is one of, if not THE, premiere races in the world. Most runners qualify to run the race by completing another marathon with a certain finishing time and others pay big bucks to run for a charity. The level of runners in the field is much higher for that reason. However, one downside to the focus on the runner is that there is...

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  • Freedom Trail

    For Americans probably the most patriotic thing to do while in Boston is to tour the Freedom Trail. These are a collection of sites on a 2.5 mile trail that leads through historic Boston. Although many of the attractions on this trail have played a prominent role in the American Revolution some, like the U.S.S. Constitution do not. What you do have...

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  • North End

    Hanover Street is the main strip of the North End and Boston's "Little Italy". The street seems to be lined from end to end with Italian restaurants, many quite expensive. I came across to me as Boston's version of New York's Mulburry Street except that there are still Italians living here. The North End is also the location of a couple of...

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  • Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market

    The city of Boston finally has free Wi Fi Internet hotspots. One is in Quincy Market, Another is at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, near Long Wharf. Network Name (SSID) GalaxyFreeWifi Quincy Market is a big tourist spot in Boston and is on all the maps. Now you can connect to VirtualTourist and email friends about your travels to Boston...

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  • alza's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Just read that Hostelling International has opened a great HOSTEL in a a vibrant neighbourhood near Boston Common & Copley Square. This hostel hosts travellers of all ages, students, teachers, researchers & visiting lecturers. I love the Back Bay area of Boston & stayed there often for business trips but it's too expensive for my independent travel now. Boston Hostel is a short walk from Back Bay & will be my place to stay from now on! Below is the link to my favourite travel writer's article about it & the link to the hostel itself. Enjoy Boston!
    rochellelash.com/articles/20...

    http://bostonhostel.org/

    • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
      Mar 31, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      It opened almost 2 years ago, but I've heard it's quite nice.

    • alza's Profile Photo
      Mar 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Thanks Mark. I searched a bit for opening date but didn't find it. All I saw was "newest hostel" everywhere. :-) Boston Hostel already won awards as one of the best & I'm anxious to go there. Now that I travel independently, I prefer hostels to hotels. More fun to meet travellers there & share experiences than to be alone in a room & in a hotel restaurant, especially during the long trips I take since travelling for pleasure. I really love the hostel ethos. :-)

  • rudysmom626's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    A cool new exhibit at the MFA is Mario Testino: In Your Face! Widely regarded as one of the best living fashion photographers, his portraits have graced the cover of Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W. Coinciding with this exhibit is Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits - he took many of the most famous photos of Princess Diana, and most recently, he took Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photos. Read more here: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 
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