Posted by: chiarraigrrl | August 1, 2014

Things to do in Boston…

View from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Boston

For simplicity for visitors arriving for a few days, I recommend getting seven-day LinkPasses for the T- it’s $19 for unlimited travel on subway and local bus services, and makes it much easier to go through the turnstiles than buying a ticket each time you go. Info on passes is here: http://mbta.com/fares_and_passes/passes/. You can buy passes from the machines at any T station. If you really need a cab, I strongly recommend Boston Metro Cab (and they didn’t even pay me anything)- http://boston-cab.com/

Boston Harbor Cruises and the whale watches go from Long Wharf: http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/ (historic sightseeing cruises are here: http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/boston-harbor-cruises/historic-boston-tour/schedule-rates/)

Everyone forgets about the Harbor Islands, which are a wonderful day out and have something for everyone, from historic forts to good hiking trails and activities for all ages. Info on the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area (and ferries out to the islands) is here: http://bostonharborislands.org/

The New England Aquarium is always a good day out: http://www.neaq.org/index.php

Many of the hop-on hop-off tour buses stop at Aquarium Station. I personally recommend the Upper Deck Trolley tours, because I felt they were the best value- the two-day ticket includes an extra loop up around Harvard/MIT/Cambridge, and also a trip on a Harbor Splash duck tour and potentially a free Charles Riverboat Cruise https://bostonsupertours.com/buy-tickets/).  It’s also not far to Faneuil Hall (another excellent offering from the National Parks Service:  http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/fh.htm and http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/freedom-trail/faneuil-hall.shtml) and the shops of Quincy Market (N Market St. and S. Market St.- http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/ and http://www.bostoncentral.com/activities/quincy_market/p231.php):

Dinner at Legal Seafoods is a must: http://www.legalseafoods.com/ (Legal Harborside has gorgeous views across the harbor, and is easily accessible from the T- the Silver Line (make sure to get SL1, not one of the other Silver Line routes) goes from the airport and would drop you off a couple of blocks from Legal- just ask the driver to give you a shout, they’re usually pretty helpful. http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-harborside)

For window shopping don’t miss Newbury Street- http://www.newbury-st.com/ or http://www.newburystreetleague.org/.

The Mapparium is amazing: a three-story stained-glass globe of the world that you can walk through: http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/exhibits/mapparium

And at the Public Gardens (beautiful in their own right), of course, there’s the Swan Boats: http://swanboats.com/

The Museum of Science is excellent, if that’s of interest: http://www.mos.org/ (and accessible from the T- check their directions here).

There’s also the Museum of Fine Arts (http://www.mfa.org/), which is on the Green Line (Green line E train to the Museum of Fine Arts stop):

And of course the Cheers bar is on Beacon Street: http://www.cheersboston.com/ (Green line T from Government Center to Arlington stop, walk through the Public Gardens to Beacon Street):

The Sam Adams brewery tour is always popular, too, if a little awkward to get to- I do think the hop-on hop-off tour may stop nearby, though: https://www.samueladams.com/brewery-and-craft/our-brewery

If you decide to go to a bunch of attractions, the GoBoston card looks like a good discount card option to investigate: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-discount-card.html#goboston)

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  1. Reblogged this on Help traveling and commented:

    A co-worker was heading to Boston for a weekend a while ago and asked for my recommendations for things to do. This is what I came up with…


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