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Old 03-21-2014, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm coming up to Boston - or planning to - late june/early July. Any suggestions on stuff I should or places I should go for GSD fixes? Do you think the shelter will let me borrow a dog to sleep on my hotel bed for a few days? Last time I went it was in January, and although I had a blast, all the tours and stuff were closed.

I saw Fanuil Hall and wandered around Harvard and felt inferior. I explored the subway system (that was great...we got nothing like that here in Texas) and visted the historic oyster house and Regina's Pizzeria. Stopped in Salem and discovered it was full of strip shopping malls but they didn't have any historic Salem Witchcraft stuff going on.

I'm open to any helpful suggestions...short of staying in Texas.

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The aquarium and the science museum are my favorite. Also, check out The Daily Catch in the North end... limited seating, so a line forms (get there early), but it's so worth it. Incredibly fresh seafood, squid ink pasta, etc.

Salem is a lot more fun in the summer. The Salem Willows part is an old school boardwalk-style park, beautiful scenery, etc. Marblehead is also beautiful.
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Marblehead is beautiful-the aquarium is great too-Love Boston-
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Try the duck tours in Boston. I always take my relatives on that when they come to visit. Its a fun tour. Walk the freedom trail, visit the USS Constitution. Aquarium and Museum of Science is fun. Santarpios is the best pizza place in the North End. The JFK Library is in Boston. I've never been there but people say it's a good take.There's the Bunker Hill Monument, and The Old North Church. There are all kinds of shows to see at The Wang Theater, The Colonial Theater too if you are into broadway type shows. Salem is good in the summer, but best at Halloween time. They have the House of Seven Gables and other witch houses. The Lizzie Borden House and Battleship Cove are in Fall River. Plymouth Plantation, The Mayflower, and Plymouth Rock are all in Plymouth.
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Oh! There are some great farmer's and artisan's markets in both Boston and Salem... I'll have to dig up the names when I get home..


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Go to the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The McKim building usually has interesting art displays...but go to the research side and look around...look up...and go in the courtyard (have lunch next to the fountain). On the plaza in front of Trinity Church (across from the library) there are lunch time concerts (and a farmers market along the edge). You can see the tortoise and the hair bronze sculptures as this is where the marathon finish line. The scooper bowl (ice cream yum!) is often held in June in the Boston common (where you can wade in the frog pond). Take a swan boat ride in the public garden (and while there visit the famous bronze duck statues from make way for ducklings). Follow the red line (the freedom trail) and see Old north church and other sites of the revolution (it is painted on the brick). Head out to Jamaica Plain and row on Jamaica Pond (part of the emerald necklace)- a small fee and a drivers license is all it takes. Stroll along the Charles river. Visit the Museum of Science, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the art museum, the institute of contemporary art... What are you into? They've got it there!
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OO wander Beacon Hill...take a state house tour....visit the african american history museum in Beacon Hill...visit the victorian house on Beacon street...
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Get a hotel on the freedom trail, that could keep you busy the entire time.

The museum of fine arts is amazing - especially if they have their Egyptian stuff out. Science museum is huge too. Duck boat tours go right by the place but I'm not sure it stops since we always dropped out the boat in the Charles and did the duck boat tour in our own boat.

Catch a harbor cruise, the islands are so beautiful. If you've got time, catch a ferry to Provincetown. Forget the history bit about the pilgrims landing there, Provincetown is a wild and insane beautiful place you will never forget. Although be warned you'll see drag queens in P Town.

Or you could get in your rental car and drive south on the expressway to Rt 3 down to plimouth plantation, keep going and you're on cape cod about an hour out of Boston.

Also south of Boston about an hour and a half is my favorite old city, Newport RI. Newport is amazing to walk around in the summer.
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Jeez, all the suggestions so far make me think maybe I should stay longer than planned. I was definitely thinking of staying at the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast (I am absolutely certain she did it....just no other reasonable possible suspect) Is there a subway out to Fall Rivers? (I loved the subway. That was so cool) One of the things I love about Boston is the history so I'll check into the Salem tour..it's bound to be open in June. Oh I've got a whole list of ideas now. Last time I wandered around and just generally fell in love with Boston ( I loved the dark alleys; I wandered thru several of them one day. WE just don't have this stuff in Forney Tx) ...this time I'm going to do stuff.

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Jeez, all the suggestions so far make me think maybe I should stay longer than planned. I was definitely thinking of staying at the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast (I am absolutely certain she did it....just no other reasonable possible suspect) Is there a subway out to Fall Rivers? (I loved the subway. That was so cool) One of the things I love about Boston is the history so I'll check into the Salem tour..it's bound to be open in June. Oh I've got a whole list of ideas now. Last time I wandered around and just generally fell in love with Boston ( I loved the dark alleys; I wandered thru several of them one day. WE just don't have this stuff in Forney Tx) ...this time I'm going to do stuff.

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No there isn't the subway ( we call it the T) to Fall River. I live 15 minutes from Boston and Fall River is about an hour drive south of me, so about 45 minutes from Boston.
You should also try Newbury St of you like high end shopping.
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