Boston Travel Guide

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Boston Highlights

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    diver-x says…

     Lots to see, great food, tasty beer, waterfront, good public transportation 

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    RhondaRuth says…

     Driving a car around here can drive you nuts!! 

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     Lots to do in this compact city! 

Boston Things to Do

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  • Faneuil Hall - Quincy Market

    A cornerstone of American philosophy is the "marketplace of ideas", treating opinions like goods and allowing the strongest win through open competition. So it seems fitting that the "cradle of democracy", the Faneuil Hall was donated to the rebellious city of Boston by a merchant of Huguenot lineage and used as a marketplace for goods on the...

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  • Freedom Trail

    Follow the red brick line! The Freedom Trail is the most helpful tourist guide I've experienced in any city anywhere in the world. More cities need to copy this idea. Basically you can see pretty much all of Boston's historic sights by following a red brick line built into the pavement. In fact it's so easy you can forget to even navigate for...

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  • Fenway Park

    If you are interested in the history but not seeing a game, a trip down Yawkee Way is still great fun. There are reasonably priced tours available inside the ballpark as well. If you go when there is no game then you can walk around the outside of the park, and parking is available in local garages.

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Boston Restaurants

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  • Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market

    My wife and I were shopping in the Farmer's Market and the Faneuil Market when we decide to grab a bite to eat. I didn't feel like eating at one of the food hall stands so we decided to try this place out. I liked that the restaurant was upstairs and not on the main level where the crowds tend to mull. We were seated at a nice table for two...

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  • Barking Crab

    My name is Jorge Rodriguez and I'm from Puerto Rico which is considered to be american territory. My Driver license is my only official ID and with the same I can live, travel and work throughout the 50 states as an "american citizen". Today I went to The Barking Crab for a business meeting and some drinks, and the Manager told me that my Puerto...

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  • La Famiglia Spagnuolo

    I just finished my review entitled "Extremely Overpriced" and yet I forgot one more comment! When we asked for a "to go" container for our left over pizza, the waitress said, "we have been really busy, we don't have anymore TO GO containers." I then asked for some aluminum foil instead and she said that they didn't have any of that either! I then...

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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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  • Bull & Finch Pub / Cheers

    I've passed this pub many times and normally I wouldn't bother going inside if it's classified as a "tourist" place (which means too crowded, overpriced meals and drinks and not so good service), but we were strolling along Beacon after a really nice walk across Boston Commons and Gardens when we happened upon the bar. Ferni wanted to go in, use...

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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

    . You can purchase different types of passes. But if you only want a few rides, the CharlieCard or CharlieTicket can be used. You save money with a FREE CharileCard, read on for more info. CharlieCard will cost $2.00 per subway rides while the CharlieTicket will cost $2.50 per rides. It is only a savings but 50 cents per ride per persion, but why...

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  • Amtrak Train

    Boston is served by several stations operating Amtrak trains. The North station operates the Downeaster up to Brunswick in Maine. The Acela high speed express to Washington D.C. runs from South Station through Back Bay, as does the slower Northeast Regional which passes through Providence, New York, Washington D.C. before finishing in Norfolk,...

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  • Bus Service

    Busses between NYC and Boston, as low as $1.00 but most are $15.00 or more each way. Note: The China Town Fung Wah bus is no longer operating and not included in my...

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Boston Shopping

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  • Filene's Basement

    Bargain shoppers haven at Filene's Basement. My daughter was there for three months during the show she was performing. She said she was there almost every day. I was there for a long weekend and I was there almost every day and could have related to my daughter. Great bargains to be had if you can wade through all the merchandise and dodge all the...

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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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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

    If you look like a tourist,wearing shorts downtown with a camera strung around your neck, you'll be treated as a nuisance, in the way of people going about their own business, unless you happen upon an unusually unhurried and benevolent soul. Bostonians and their buildings are not animals in a historical zoo. The same goes for trips to Lexington...

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  • Eating & Drinking in Boston

    Boston is known as a famous Seafood City in New England and there are an abundance of assorted fishes and crustaceans which you can eat and various cooking styles to cook it, but easily the most numerous and most popular will be the battered and fried assorted seafood! tons and tons of large scallops, squid, clams, oysters, fish fillets like cod or...

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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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  • 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 attractions in town but do stray from the path. Use the trail to see all the main sights, preferably early in the morning so it's not so crowded and use...

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Boston What to Pack

  • Pack For Weather

    Always pack some sort of slicker/shell/waterproof jacket. I was visiting over the first weekend in May, after the hottest marathon day ever, and it was POURING RAIN and FREEZING. Like, 40 degrees freezing. Other friends of mine who had traveled from California for our reunion were going to Patagonia to buy fleeces because they had packed so...

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  • Pack For Walking

    Bring good waterproof boots in the winter. The streets can be slushy and snowy! Everyone wears boots in the winter. It's not even uncommon to see women wearing a full business suit with skirt and all and a pair of big klunky boots!

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  • Photo Equipment

    Boston weather is notoriously fickle. It can be bitterly cold in the winter and very hot and humid in the summer, so check online before you go. It's also one of the windiest cities in the coutry. When it's windy, it feels about 10 degrees colder! We only get something like 100 sunny days a year, not very many. So bring fast film if you're unlucky...

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Boston Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Fleet Center, Celtics, Bruins

    One of my favorite Boston college memories is when my friend Lane, an employee of a popular news channel, called me up and invited me to go see a Boston Celtics game. I agreed in a heart beat to go especially after Lane admitted that he had a friend he wanted to set me up with. Little did I know at the time that he was referring to Charles Barkley....

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  • Red Sox / Fenway Park

    Fenway is a must see if you're a baseball fan or not. You can tour the park 7 days a week 9 am to 4 pm. Tours last an hour and you can take pics. Like most things in Boston, the park is living history and you can't help but get caught up in it. The only drawback for me was the gouging in the souvenir shop. I mean $75 for a hoodie! Come off it...

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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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  • Boston Public Garden

    Coming soon! This is a beautiful landscape (except for the weather, cause it made the picture look gray) of the little lake in Boston Public Garden and the buildings on the background, I love the contrast there is between nature and the city, all within a few meters... I bet this park must look wonderfully beautiful in the summer and fall time,...

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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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