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Making the trip to Boston for the first time later this year.  Other than seeing Fenway (game and tour), any other recommendations?
TD Center tour?
Aquarium?
Walk the Freedom Trail?
Bunker Hill?Check out the North End? Universities?

Appreciate any advice!

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Freedom Trail is pretty much the greatest thing in the city and you should take a full day to do it without rushing.  It's a lot of walking but you want to hit every stop (I ran out of time for the USS Constitution). And Bunker Hill is part of the Trail. 

Also Google the oldest bars in Boston and do a bar crawl of them. You'll find at least 1 that goes back to the 1600s and a tavern where the Sons of Liberty drank is still in operation. 

You'll also want to walk through Boston Common just to say you did it, although I want very impressed. 

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I was disappointed with the Aquarium. I guess I figured it would be bigger and more stuff to see.

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Appreciate the Freedom Trail nod, Rossi. The Aquarium we can skip. The trip really centers around Fenway, but we'll hit Boston Common and likely do the Trail.

Gonna skip the bar crawl. Family vacation :)



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Freedom Trail is an absolute must. If you can get discounts on a duck tour you'll see a good bit of the downtown as well.

If you have a ways to get out there, I'd visit Salem as well, even if you're not into all the witch stuff. Nice little town. If you can manage a vehicle a trip up Cape Ann would be nice.

Beer at Trillium Brewing on Fort Point. Grab a few cans to take back to the hotel.



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Highlights of Boston for me included seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, kayaking on the Charles, eating at Atlantic Fish Company, and taking a Duck Boat tour. I thought the tour would be cheesy as hell and it was in its own way yet still managed to be fun as a way to get a driving tour of the city and its sights. Regarding seeing the Red Sox, there are a significant number of obstructed view seats and unobstructed view seats that don't actually face the infield, so beware when purchasing. The tickets aren't cheap to begin with, but it's worth paying a bit more to get a clear view as opposed to being behind a post, looking straight on at the Green Monster with home plate to your left at a 90 degree angle or dealing with the overhang of the roof/upper deck.

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tamalie wrote: Highlights of Boston for me included seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, kayaking on the Charles, eating at Atlantic Fish Company, and taking a Duck Boat tour. I thought the tour would be cheesy as hell and it was in its own way yet still managed to be fun as a way to get a driving tour of the city and its sights.

Yeah, I did the duck boat thing too and I would recommend that.  If you have a short time in Boston, between that and the Freedom Trail you'll pretty much at least pass by everything worth passing by.



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Go To Roxbury and Dorchester, see when true Boston Legends New Edition and New Kids on the block came from.

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I live in the Boston area. I would be down for grabbing a beer or whatever with whoever wants to meet up. This goes for Blazer during his trip and anyone else on this board that's in the area and wants to meet up sometime.

I would avoid Roxbury and Dorchester - they're dumps.

Boston is home to two of the top universities in the world -> Harvard and M.I.T. (where I went). Not much to see at M.I.T., but Harvard is your classic Ivy League pretty school that's part of a little city (Cambridge). Harvard Square is kind of a cool place to grab a lunch or coffee.

Aquirium blows.

North End has good Italian restaurants and bakeries. That's where Bruno Sammartino and Gorilla Monsoon would go to eat after WWF events at Boston Garden.

There's a famous Chinese restaurant in the Boston area that has a lot of wrestling history. Apparently it was kind of the place a lot of the wrestlers went to eat when visiting Boston. The place has tons of photos of all kinds of WWF stars who have eaten there along it's walls. It's called Kowloon Restaurant. Great place if you like classic American take-out style Chinese food.

https://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/

Check out the Wrestling page in their gallery section...
https://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/wrestling

Kowloon is out of the way if you are just visiting downtown Boston and don't have a car, but I should mention it just in case.
If you are just spending a day in the downtown area, I would just stick to the Fenway area if you like sports bars, North End for great Italian, or Faneuil Hall for history, and Boston Common / Theatre district for nightclubs/nightlife and uppity restaurants.

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One thing that we stumbled upon--and enjoyed-- was taking the train out to Jamaica Plain and the Sam Adams Brewery. The Brewery was okay, but afterwards you can go to "Doyle's", just down the street. They provide a free party bus shuttle service, even. I forget the exact specifics, but if you show them your Sam Adams Brewery ticket or receipt, they give you a Sam Adams pint glass.

Not pretty, but it's a fairly historic and famous bar, too, so there's that.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doyle%27s_Cafe

We took the long walk from downtown (Boston Common area) to Fenway along Commonwealth Ave. and stopped for brunch at Trident Books & Cafe in the "Back Bay" neighborhood. Good full plates of food; not just a coffee & book place.

For Fenway, I highly suggest not falling in love with your designated seat; wherever it may be. Fenway's much better if you walk around the entire place and explore all the different nooks n' crannies. Plenty of historical markers and relics, throughout, and there's even a gift tree from Japan behind the outfield seating. I'm not a Red Sox fan in the least, but I really enjoyed doing this. I consider Fenway a "living Museum".

If you really like the bar/pub atmosphere, go early and give yourself time to check out all the restaurants and stores around the park. The whole street outside the 3rd base side is closed off to auto traffic (Yawkey street...I think that's what it's called). Along with the official team store, some fun unofficial vendors are outside the park. Example: I saw one pop-up crew selling t-shirts that said: "Jeter drinks wine coolers".

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tamalie wrote: Highlights of Boston for me included seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, kayaking on the Charles, eating at Atlantic Fish Company, and taking a Duck Boat tour. I thought the tour would be cheesy as hell and it was in its own way yet still managed to be fun as a way to get a driving tour of the city and its sights. Regarding seeing the Red Sox, there are a significant number of obstructed view seats and unobstructed view seats that don't actually face the infield, so beware when purchasing. The tickets aren't cheap to begin with, but it's worth paying a bit more to get a clear view as opposed to being behind a post, looking straight on at the Green Monster with home plate to your left at a 90 degree angle or dealing with the overhang of the roof/upper deck.
Thanks for the words of wisdom.  I actually spent 4th of July weekend researching ticket views.  There are a couple of neat websites that show 3-D views based on the section, row and seat number.  I've heard this warning from others too, regarding the posts.  I really appreciate it.  So, all things considered, I ended up buying the family tix up in the pavillion seats.  No obstructed views up there, and they cost a bit more, but it will be worth it.  Also, since Fenway is an older stadium, these seats are not THAT high.  They'll give us a nice view.  Also thinking about doing one of the hour long tours earlier in the day.



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Qaenos wrote: I live in the Boston area. I would be down for grabbing a beer or whatever with whoever wants to meet up. This goes for Blazer during his trip and anyone else on this board that's in the area and wants to meet up sometime.

I would avoid Roxbury and Dorchester - they're dumps.

Boston is home to two of the top universities in the world -> Harvard and M.I.T. (where I went). Not much to see at M.I.T., but Harvard is your classic Ivy League pretty school that's part of a little city (Cambridge). Harvard Square is kind of a cool place to grab a lunch or coffee.

Aquirium blows.

North End has good Italian restaurants and bakeries. That's where Bruno Sammartino and Gorilla Monsoon would go to eat after WWF events at Boston Garden.

There's a famous Chinese restaurant in the Boston area that has a lot of wrestling history. Apparently it was kind of the place a lot of the wrestlers went to eat when visiting Boston. The place has tons of photos of all kinds of WWF stars who have eaten there along it's walls. It's called Kowloon Restaurant. Great place if you like classic American take-out style Chinese food.

https://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/

Check out the Wrestling page in their gallery section...
https://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/wrestling

Kowloon is out of the way if you are just visiting downtown Boston and don't have a car, but I should mention it just in case.
If you are just spending a day in the downtown area, I would just stick to the Fenway area if you like sports bars, North End for great Italian, or Faneuil Hall for history, and Boston Common / Theatre district for nightclubs/nightlife and uppity restaurants.

Great post, thanks.  So, we're staying in the Copley area.  Not knowing much about the city, is basically everything from Fenway on the west side to the harbor on the east considered "downtown"?  Copley to Fenway appears to be easily walkable.   Not sure if we'll be able to walk to the harbor.  Is it generally safe during the day?
Would like to visit Harvard...love that idea.
Got the little ones with us, so no bars.... :)



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BTW, the Duck Tours sound terrific. Will definitely do that.



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srossi wrote: tamalie wrote: Highlights of Boston for me included seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, kayaking on the Charles, eating at Atlantic Fish Company, and taking a Duck Boat tour. I thought the tour would be cheesy as hell and it was in its own way yet still managed to be fun as a way to get a driving tour of the city and its sights.

Yeah, I did the duck boat thing too and I would recommend that.  If you have a short time in Boston, between that and the Freedom Trail you'll pretty much at least pass by everything worth passing by.


This is on our list now for sure.  The Trail is basically an all day trek, right?



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Yes, the Trail is an all day trek. I know you said no pub crawl, but stop for lunch at "The Bell in Hand" it's the oldest bar in the U.S. The fish and chips were pretty good.

We stayed with a friend in the North End. It was fun. True mafiosos hanging out talking about "the cops busting their balls." I'm not making that up. It was like Sopranos.

Fenway is awesome.



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