Massachusetts Things to Do

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Massachusetts Things to Do

  • Faneuil Hall - Quincy Market

    Boston Things to Do

    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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  • Pilgrim Monument

    Provincetown Things to Do

    252 feet tall, 200 steps to climb. This little bit of exercise will cost you $5 admission but parking is free and normally available nearby. The Pilgrim Monument is open to visitors daily from 9 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. April through October with extended hours until 6:15 p.m. in July and August. In November, the Monument is open on Fridays, Saturdays...

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  • Plymouth Rock

    Plymouth Things to Do

    A short and pleasant walk from the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock really is a must see place to visit. At first glance, the rock seems quite small but for me, it is the symbolism that counts and this is immense. It represents the sheer courage of the Pilgrims to escape the religious persecution and injustices that they were suffering. On the day that I...

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  • MASS MoCA

    North Adams Things to Do

    You've gotta check this place out. It's located in an old Mill building so there's lots of space for all kinds of exhibits in all sizes. Some are nice, some are funky, some are laughable and some are downright disturbing. All in all it was a fun time! We didn't try it, but we walked into the Cafe Latino, looking for bottled water. It's really...

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  • Fenway Park

    Boston Things to Do

    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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  • Freedom Trail

    Boston Things to Do

    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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  • Public Garden

    Boston Things to Do

    The smaller sister of the more famous Boston Common, the Public Garden is far more relaxing and beautiful. Where the Common is a largely unstructured space, the Public Garden is landscaped with flower beds, trees and paths, and decorated with statues. The centre piece is a "swan" lake crossed by an elegant suspension bridge. It was America's...

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  • Beacon Hill & Charles Street

    Boston Things to Do

    Boston was once called Trimountaine after the three hills which dominated the peninsula. Beacon Hill was the highest of these, so named because of the beacon that was placed on its summit to warn the citizens of attack. It was once so high it looked down upon the State Building, where now they sit side by side. Beacon Hill is intrinsically...

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  • USS Constitution - Charlestown Navy Yard

    Boston Things to Do

    In the movie Master and Commander the crew of Captain Jack Aubrey's ship are shocked to discover the ship they are chasing, the Archeron, was built in the famed dockyards of Boston. It meant their foe was greatly more powerful than they were expecting. In fact that French ship, the Acheron, was modeled completely on the USS Constitution. The movie...

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  • Boston Common

    Boston Things to Do

    A cow pasture for much of its life, Boston Common is now the oldest park in America. The British then used it as a camp before they were turfed out by the Revolutionaries. It was also used for public hangings, notoriously for witches and even a Quaker. Only around 1830 did it become a true park. Today it's open, unstructured expanse of grass,...

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  • Harvard Square - Harvard University

    Boston Things to Do

    Harvard is well worth a visit. It`s in Cambridge and has its own atmosphere. You could think of the hard work being done by the serious looking students or the many famous people who studied here. We just went for a walk around, visited the wonderful natural history museum and went for a nice lunch in Harvard Square. If you have time there are...

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  • Cheers

    Boston Things to Do

    Cheers - "where everybody knows your name". Or so the theme song used to go. My friend tried to get inside and found not only did nobody know his name at all, they wouldn't let him in. It was too full. The place is a magnet for fans of the series, and even those, like me, who just remember it from their childhood. But if you can't get in you...

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  • North End

    Boston Things to Do

    The north end got a real start for Italian influence around late 1800's when immigrants came to the town to help construct the new State House. They were masons, skilled in mosaic tile floor laying and making and placing stained glass. That took some 2-3 years, and they located in the north end to live in the interim. Before that the area was known...

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  • New England Aquarium

    Boston Things to Do

    Among the best places to take kids in Boston is the New England Aquarium. The featured attraction is the brand new, giant fish tank, complete with spiral ramp all the way to the top so you can explore the tremendous varieties of fish that live at the various depths. At the top, you can look down on the whole tank for an entirely different...

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  • Prudential Center

    Boston Things to Do

    We really enjoyed visiting the observatory and found it to be good value at about 12 dollars each. You travel up a high speed lift about 52 floors. The skywalk tour gives you great views of Boston. You get a handset and punch in the numbers listed on the windows to get the audio tour - there is an adult and a child version but I listened to both....

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  • Downtown & Financial District

    Boston Things to Do

    The Customs House was originally built along the Boston waterfront as offices for customs inspectors, but after years of filling in the harbor to expand the city, it now sits several hundred yards from the water. The shifting landscape is not the only change the Customs House has seen. The original building was a single story Greek temple-like...

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  • Granary Burying Ground

    Boston Things to Do

    The Granary Burying Ground is located on Tremont Street just behind the Park Street Church. Created in 1660 is holds some of Boston's (and the US) most famous patriots. I'd not had a chance to wander the rounds until the night I was driving a college bus of classmates to see the movie Gone With the Wind opening at a theater just down the street....

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  • Museum of Fine Arts

    Boston Things to Do

    If you haven't been to the MFA in a while, here's your excuse to go back. If you've never been, well..... that's pathetic! BUT we'll forgive you if you go check out the new American wing. You'll absolutely LOVE yourself if you go NOW* while the Chihuly exhibit is on. *Mention is subjective to the passage of time. Suckers.

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  • Old North Church

    Boston Things to Do

    Whatever reason you may have for travelling to Boston you can't deny all the historical significance of this city. One of the best spots to find many historical sites is the city's oldest neighborhood, The North End. The Old North Church is fascinating not just for it's significance in the founding of our nation but its pristine and well...

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  • Chinatown

    Boston Things to Do

    Boston's Chinatown is a great place to wander. The Paifang welcomes you into Chinatown. We walked under the arch and explored the sights and smells of Chinatown. There are so many shops, markets and restaurants in Chinatown with some delicious smells of food eminating from their doors. Chinatown doesn't just have Chinese food but Japanese,...

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  • Back Bay

    Boston Things to Do

    77 Rowe Street Auburndale, Mass 02466 617-213-8400 Free Tour of Finagle’s Bagel-Making Facilities Tour our facility and see the bagel dough being made fresh every day. Enjoy our self-guided tour through the facility and learn the histories of both the bagel itself and Finagle a Bagel. From our start in Faneuil Hall in 1982 as Julian’s Cheesecakes,...

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  • Harbor Cruises & Whale Watch Tours

    Boston Things to Do

    There are plenty of cruises you can take for seeing the Boston skyline, but if you want a quick and cheap alternative the MBTA has ferries running across the harbour that offer great views as well. I took the F4 ferry from Charlestown Naval Dockyard to Long Wharf, Boston. It took about ten minutes. The ferry to the airport is probably great too.

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  • Copley Square

    Boston Things to Do

    Copley Place is usually a stop for us when we are in Boston. Both my wife and I enjoy a bit of retail therapy and this is a plce to get it done. This shopping center caters to more upscale stores and vendors such as: Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Intimacy, Tourneau, Salvatore Ferragamo, Porsche Design, David Yurman,...

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  • Maparium - Christian Science Center

    Boston Things to Do

    Once I came here, I didn't want to leave. This place is beautiful. My friend, Tim, and I came here a few times during my last summer here. It was because of Tim that I was able to enjoy so many of Boston's fabulous attractions from a different point of view. The reflecting pool is defianately a must see. You don't have to be a member of the church...

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  • Duck Tours

    Boston Things to Do

    The "DUCK", an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. Your are first driven around Boston with a narrative tour of Boston's Historical sites. Then the "DUCK" goes into the Charles River for a nice scenic ride. A fun thing to do on a summer day. Price as of April 2013 Adult $33.99 Student/Senior(62+)/Military...

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  • Holocaust Memorial

    Boston Things to Do

    The Boston Holocaust Memorial is a bit odd, in that it is a towering glass structure that appears to rise out of the middle of the city’s bureaucratic heart. Composed of six glass towers, the stones and glass panels are etched with various quotes from both eminent figures and the soldiers who liberated various camps (not Auschwitz, though, as that...

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  • Bunker Hill

    Boston Things to Do

    Bunker Hill was at the end of the Freedom Trail. Having taken a stroll through the beautiful area of Charleston, we arrived at Bunker Hill site of the monument that commemorates the first major and significant battle in the American War of Independence. Running low on ammunition Colonel William Prescott gave the immortal order "Don't fire until you...

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  • Seaport District

    Boston Things to Do

    If you have kids with you, Museum Wharf is a must. There you will find the Children's Museum and the Computer Museum. I had a hard time dragging my nephew away from the Children's Museum! Even if you don't have the kids with you, the Museum gift shops are great for gift ideas. In addition to the museums, the Milk Bottle, Au Bon Pain and a deli on...

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  • Paul Revere House

    Boston Things to Do

    Paul Revere's house wouldn't look out of place in Stratford-upon-Avon or any other Tudor town in England. Shakespeare could have lived here and I wouldn't have been surprised. It's not Colonial architecture, the age of which makes Boston feel old, it's pre-Colonial. It hasn't survived because the value of the house was immediately recognised....

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  • Hancock Tower

    Boston Things to Do

    Just kidding, well sort of. Panes of glass once fell from the tower, but nobody got hurt. It took engineers years to fix the problem. This is a beautiful building and definately worth a picture of two. One can't walk through Copley Square without noticing The John Hancock Tower. I believe its the tallest building in New England. From just about...

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  • Newbury Street

    Boston Things to Do

    The most fashionable street in all of Boston must surely be Newbury streeet. Lined with beautiful Brownstones and shops on the ground levels, Newbury street is a great place to find yourself during your visit to Boston. A very trendy street with high end shopping and dinning, you're sure to find everything and anything your little heart desires...

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  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library & Museum

    Boston Things to Do

    This striking building, designed by I.M. Pei, houses the Presidential Library of John F. Kennedy. At the library's museum, you are immersed in a multimedia presentation of the the former President's campaign for the Presidency, as well as his accomplishments during his tragically abbreviated term of office. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for...

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  • State House

    Boston Things to Do

    The Massachusetts State House can be found right at the start of the Freedom Trail. On the day that I visited, the State House was easy to spot from across the common with the dome glistening in the Autumn sunshine. The State House is open to the public from 10:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday and after passing through a security check I went up to...

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  • Museum of Science

    Boston Things to Do

    Museum of Science is worth visiting for everyone who is interested in how the world around us revolves, how things work, and especially why. The museum is stacked full of all kind of fancy gadgets that exemplify a certain law of physics with fun and interactive way. Almost everything can be touched and adjusted. We spent good three hours there...

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  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Boston Things to Do

    It is a home and museum with gardens. I was not able to get that far to see due to time constraints, but it is said to be good. Collection of art is large. Venetian architecture prevails inside. Located in the BAck BAy area and times are Tuesday-Sunday with a cost of $12.

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  • Charles River

    Boston Things to Do

    We were lucky enough to be in Boston at the time of the Head of the Charles Regatta. We spent a very pleasant day on the banks of the Charles River watching rowers compete in a multitude of races and were able to cheer on a number of British teams. The event was over two days with more than 8,000 rowers from around the world competing as well as...

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  • King's Chapel

    Boston Things to Do

    This church was originally used by the British colonialists for their Anglican services from the time the original wooden structure was built in 1688. To make room for the growing number of its faithful, the church was expanded to its present-day granite structure in 1749. Following the revolution, the church became a Unitarian church. Adjacent to...

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  • Esplanade - Hatch Shell

    Boston Things to Do

    The Esplanade is a long stretch of land along the banks of the Charles River made into a nice park. It is separated from the rest of Boston by Storrow Drive and is only accessible by a number of pedestrian bridges. It's a nice place for a stroll along the river and watch the sailboats. During summer you can attend free music at the Hatch Memorial...

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  • Old South Church

    Boston Things to Do

    THIS GREAT HIGH-STEEPLED CHURCH is often confused with the Old North Church. But the Old South Meeting House has plenty of history of its own. Here a group of colonists planned the Boston Tea Party and dressed as Indians before heading down to the wharf. They dressed as Indians not to put the blame on an Indian tribe, but rather to conceal their...

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  • Trolley Tours

    Boston Things to Do

    being a historic and touristy City, there are various Boston Trolley Buses plying routes around the boston area and beyond like Cambridge or Yorktown this trolley tours are different from the regular big bus tours in the fact that you can hop on and off the designated trolley stops which are located beside the major attractions and you can spend...

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  • The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum

    Boston Things to Do

    We went to the Boston Tea Party Museum a few days after it opened. The historical actors and authenticity of the ships and meeting house were terrific. Loved the Robinson Tea Chest and treats at Abigail's Tea Room! The film at the end was very powerful. All in all a great experience and well worth visiting this tour right on the harbor, very lovely...

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  • Salem Witch Museum

    Boston Things to Do

    We took the subway to the Fleet Center then onto a commuter train to Salem. We saw the witch museum, the House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthornes birthplace, and did some shopping at the local stores

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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

    Boston Things to Do

    Smaller in scale than the Big Sail, Transparent Horizon by Louise Nevelson, is another noteworthy sculpture. Made of corten steel, and clearly abstract in its composition, it is worth a few minutes of pondering on the probable message its creator wants to convey.

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  • Haymarket

    Boston Things to Do

    Personally, I don't shop at Haymarket. I have no need to buy fruit or veggies by the sackful. And the few times I ever did buy produce there, the vendors wouldn't let me touch or select anything on my own and they were rude and obnoxious. If I want to be treated that way, I'll just call a family member. However if you visit our fair city, you...

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  • Go Boston Card: 31 Boston Attractions

    Boston Things to Do

    If you plan on hitting most of the tourist attractions around Boston, then the Go-Boston Card is a must. It it now good for over 60 attractions. We purchased the 5-day card, and used it to do almost everything. There were very few things that we wanted to do that didn't accept the Go-Boston Card. It comes with a great tourist book that highlights...

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