Massachusetts Off The Beaten Path

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Massachusetts Off The Beaten Path

  • Boston's Neighborhoods

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    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

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    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

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    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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  • Museums

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The Mapatorium is when of the best and least advertised attractions in Boston. To describe it really does not do it justice. It’s a large stain glassed globe built in the 1930’s that you can walk through. The globe has not been updated so you get to see the world as it divided amongst the colonial powers pre world war II. Because of it’s shape and...

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  • Gloucester / Cape Ann

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    John Hays Hammond, Jr. - inventor - built a castle by bringing pieces of Medieval buildings over to the coast of New England. The exterior of the building is a castle, and the interior features facades of village buildings and even a climate controlled indoor pool room which they say would produce rain and snow as if it was outdoors. Walking the...

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  • Brookline

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    There's a connection between this house and Norway - believe it or not. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, John Longyear was a significant player in international capitalism. With a consortium of investors, some from Britain, some from Russia, he was instrumental in the industrial development of the islands of Svalberg (Spitzbergen). The...

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  • Emerald Necklace

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The Rose Garden in the Fens is a beautiful retreat on a warm, sunny day. The garden was designed by Arthur Shurcliff, and opened in 1930. It contains over 200 varieties of roses, arranged in a circle, with an extended garden with sculptures. The garden is open to the public from dawn to dusk, and has garden parties, and is available for weddings.

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  • North End

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    I’m not quite sure why I took pictures of the Traffic Tunnel Administration Building, but at the time I think that I was rather interested in the architecture of the structure. As you can tell from the pictures, this building – which is sunken down on the level of the tunnel entrances – is an interesting example of neo-Classical design. Apart from...

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  • Back Bay

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is my number 1 suggestion to anyone visiting Boston. The museum is located in Fenway and looks more like a house than a museum. Its three floors of art that an well to do widow (Isabella Stewart Gardner) collected over her years of travel. The museum is a four story stone structure with a giant atrium in the...

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  • Freedom Trail

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Copp's Hill Burying Ground was first laid out in 1660 and is the second oldest cemetary in Boston. Amazing considering the size of the land nearly 10,000 people are said to be buried here. Because of its location in proximity to the free black community there are over 1,000 black graves here. This includes many important community leaders. Beyond...

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  • Cambridge

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The Mount Auburn Cemetery is one of my favorite places to spend time walking around when the weather is nice. I love looking at the old gravestones and reading the names, as well as the lusciousness of the place. I'd recommend picking up a map when you get there, either by car or by bike (you'll have to park the bike when you get there), since it's...

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  • Beacon Hill & Charles Street

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Some streets are too small to appear even on the most detailed of maps. Cedar Lane Way, off Mount Vernon Street in Beacon Hill, is among these, on which automobiles cannot plausibly fit (though some have tried with questionable success- losing mirrors in the process). Even the most meticulous route planners will be taken by surprise upon the sight...

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  • Minuteman National Park

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The North Bridge located near Concord, MA. is the site where the first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired making famous the phrase: 'the shot heard around the world.' The site is at the very beginning of the Battle Road which traces the 22 mile British retreat from the Battles of Concord and Lexington back to Charlestown in Boston...

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  • Cemeteries

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    When I visit old cemeteries, I try to imagine myself in the past. But as I stare at the graves of long dead people, who have nobody left to mourn them, I can't help but be distracted by the idiotic simplicity of the modern surroundings. In this case, I wonder what William Dawes' family would think of Ruth's Chris Steak House. It's just kinda weird...

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  • Downtown Crossing

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    She said she was a starving artist!!!!! They were sitting in the muck and grime of Downtown Crossing. I thought my "donation" might go for something other than food but no matter. They gave me good conversation and lots of smiles. When I got back to the hotel and turned on the news, I found out a woman had jumped from a highrise building in the...

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  • Boston Public Library

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    When most people travel someplace to take in the sights, the Public Library usually isn't included in their list of must sees. The Boston Public Library is an exception to this rule. Located right on Copley Square, the McKim Building is a work of art, and feels more like a museum than a public library. The building is imposing on the outside, and...

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  • Charles River / Esplanade

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Now this was a find in my own back yard. This was a very relaxing and fun trip. I was surprised at how quiet it was even on the Esplanade by Boston's Hatch Shell that was crammed with concert goers in lawn chairs and on blankets-not to mention the boatloads of spectators. We sipped on champagne and noshed on strawberries while seranaded by an...

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  • South End

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The Bay Village is a charming little neighbourhood around Church Street. Much like Beacon Hill, the homes here were built in the early 19th century. The Bay Village's homes attest to what most of downtown Boston's residential areas looked like before the Civil War. A close sense of community is paramount to neighbourhood residents, who have their...

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  • Somerville

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Davis Square is the undisputed heartbeat of Somerville and a great place to hang out, enjoy icecream from JP Licks and listen to street musicians. But the guy who sings bad covers of Simon and Garfunkel should leave his guitar at home!

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  • John F Kennedy Library and Museum

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    This I found brought back memories and its very interesting. The scenery is also good. learn all about President John F Kennedy. Walk down the halls of the White House See his yacht. Take the subway and transfer to a free bus for a short drive, the bus will return you to the subway.

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  • Sidetrips: Portsmouth, NH

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Fall is the shortest of the four seasons and only lasts for 6 to 8 weeks at most and although you can experience fall weather in other areas of the United States, there is a rustic charm in seeing the fall foliage in New England as it has small and rustic towns and quiant sceneries too. So if you happen to be in Boston during the fall season and...

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  • South Boston & Dorchester

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    SOUTH BOSTON...('Southie' to locals) is the Irish section of town, a fact which immediately becomes apparent due to signs like these! Little by little, though, other ethnic groups are moving into the area -- Albanians perhaps foremost among them, which has led to the incongruity of our having an Albanian Church directly across the street from one...

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  • Basketball Hall of Fame

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The Basketball hall of fame makes for a great day trip from Boston. It is located about an hour and a half from Boston in Springfield Mass where basketball was invented over one hundred years ago. Upon entering the museum there is a large basketball court with many many basketballs and several hoops including different hoops througout the ages. You...

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  • Walden Pond

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Technically Walden Pond isn't in Boston but in Concord, MA. But it's only a short hop away and I think you would want to see it, if only because it was associated with Thoreau (I assume you've heard of him :) Walden Pond is also a scenic and peaceful area perfect for contemplation and inspiration. Thanks to Thoreau's writings, Walden Pond became...

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  • USS Constitution / Charlestown Navy Yard

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    this picture shows the first dry dock in boston. the navel yard is at the end of the 2.5 mile freedom trail walk. it was intresting to see a boat in the dry dock. they have a lot of historical information along with an overpirced store. this picture shows how the scally wags currenty fix hull problems. at the boat yard they give the old methods...

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  • Irish Heritage

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The Irish Famine Memorial is located on the Freedom Trail near Borders books store. The memorial commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine. Many Irish immigrated to Boston during this time. Today, the Irish have nothing to fear as there are several Pubs within walking distance of the memorial. God Bless America. Washington and School...

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  • Waterfront

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The park has a plocie station and is government regulated, so it's very safe, although East Boston is a modest income blue-collar city. Who cares! This park rocks! It has boats for rent AND reaches itself outward in a pier-type formation over the water right across from the BOSTON SKYLINE. Looks the buildings look massive! It's free and sunny days...

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  • Cape Cod

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Rent a car once and drive to Cape Code. It is a beautiful place to relax or take a swim in the summer time. Province town is very beautiful. I was very surprised to met so many gay and lesbians. I have no problem with 'em, not at all but it was funny to see!

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  • Saugus Iron Works

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Saugus Ironworks is a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service. It was the first integrated ironworks in North America, 1646-1668. It includes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling mill, and a restored seventeenth century house. There is a working water wheel. This is where America's iron and steel industry...

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  • Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    The Samuel Adams Brewery Tour was alot of fun. At first you learn the history of the beer and then how to make it. After that they take you to a tasting room and you get to taste all the different kinds of beer they make. At the end you get to keep your glass. It was alot of fun and at the end if you drink too much you just take the Subway back to...

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  • Boston History

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Lexington and Concord are steeped in history. Located west of Boston, they were where the first Revolutionary War battles were faught. Things to see in Lexington include; Lexington Battle Green, Minuteman Statue, Revolutionary Monument The Old Burying Ground and Historical Houses. Things to see in Concord include; North Bridge, Alcot family home...

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  • Blue Hills Reservation

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    About 10 miles south of Boston, Blue Hills is a great place for hiking. There is a lake for canoeing and swimming, but I like to hike, I have many times seen deer while walking the paths early in the morning. climb some of the peaks (easy climbs) and get a breathtaking view of Boston. The best time to go is in the fall for the foliage.

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  • Colleges & Universities

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Located in Chestnut Hill, Boston College is another awesome college in the Boston area. Since my purpose when I was in Boston was visiting colleges, so Boston College's campus didn't impressive that much as Harvard's, but still pretty nice. Easily reached by the Green Line - B (terminal station on the west side).

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  • King Richard's Faire

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    KING RICHARD'S FAIRE... This Renaissance Faire, located in Carver, Massachusetts, is open every weekend from September 1st until October 12st. You can see jousting knights, damsels in distress, craftsmen harking their wares, court jesters, fire jugglers and..... of course.... the King and Queen! The actors wear elaborate period costumes and address...

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  • Boston Public Garden

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Have you ever read the book "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McClosky, either as a child yourself, or perhaps youve read it to your own children? Well, that very book is of course set in Boston. Mrs. Mallard and her children decide that they need a new home and they set across Boston aided by a friendly policeman and finnally take up a new...

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  • Black Heritage Trail

    Boston Off The Beaten Path

    Museum of Afro American History 14 Beacon Street Phone: 617-725-0022 Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Mon.-Sat. Free admission This museum chronicles African American history in Boston and the contributions of African Americans from Boston and Massachusetts. It is also the starting point of the Black Heritage Trail, a 1.8 mile trip to historical antebellum...

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  • Davis MegaMaze

    The Davis Farm in northern Massachusetts (near the town of Sterling) features a large corn maze every summer and fall, which makes for a fun afternoon for the entire family. The maze changes every year and includes games and things to collect along the way. If you get lost, there are plenty of assistants who can help you find the way out (we gave...

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  • The Butterfly Place

    This is a great place to take kids. The Butterfly Place is a huge, glass atrium which is full of up to 500 butterflies at any given time. The butterflies live in a natural (but indoor) setting that you can either walk though or look at from their obseration room. They also offer a short film that teaches about the life cycle of butterflies. They...

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  • Borderland State Park

    Borderland is a great park to spend a day hiking, trail biking, or just plain relaxing. It's one of my favorite places to ride my mountain bike in the summer. Spanning the border between Sharon and Easton, this aptly-named park has something to offer for most people. There are three large ponds in the center of the park surrounded by a couple of...

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  • Spohr's Garden

    Woods Hole has a famous oceanography institute and it's also where a lot of ferries leave to take passengers to Martha's Vineyard. What often gets overlooked is a spectacular "hidden" garden called "Spohr's Garden" named for the owners who donated it to the city after their deaths. Approximately 6 acres along Oyster Pond, Spohr's main attraction...

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  • Urban hiking in the Blue Hills

    Just south of Boston, and spanning several cities, are the 6000 acres that make up the Blue Hills reservation. There are many miles of pleasant trails over hilly terrain. The largest hill is called Great Blue Hill, and it's summit offers some nice views of Boston and Quincy Bay. While up there, you can visit the weather observatory. The Blue Hills...

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  • Heading for Bradley Farm on Mount...

    It was a big disappointment to see that all roads to Mount Greylock, the tallest mountain in the region at 3,491 feet above sea level, were closed after reaching a certain height. The view of the valley below from the Visitor Centre, half way to the peak, was beautiful nevertheless (picture # 1). Mount Greylock is rich in both nature and history....

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  • A drive through Pittsfield State Forest

    Surrounded by streams, waterfalls and flowering shrubs, this park is spread over 10,000 acres and has 31 campsites.Our exploration of this State Forest was for a short duration. We wanted to get to the Berry Pond, the highest lake in the state of Massachusetts, to enjoy boating. However, we found the lake to be too small for our interest in...

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  • A drive through Scenic Mohawk Trail

    Taking route 2 from Willamstown to North Adams and then route 8 further northwards, we reached the scenic Mohawk Trail. This was one of the most beautiful of road trips ever taken by us. The beauty of this scenic route could be unmatched in fall season. This is one of the 3 scenic trails listed as major attractions in the Berkshires.The road first...

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  • A day at Lowell City amidst...

    Please note that pictures have to be downloaded to complete this tip.Continuing on Route 2 (the beautiful and picturesque Mohawk Trail that runs from the city of North Adams in Berkshires up to the city of Westminster, picture # 1 and 2) and then on I-495 under terrible rainy conditions, we reached Lowell. This is the fourth largest city in...

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