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Old 10-07-2013, 09:42 AM
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Heading to Boston for a long weekend (with kids)

Actually staying in Cambridge

Looking for kid-friendly "must-dos" and restaurants

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Aquarium is kinda cool
Museum of Science
Faneuil Hall food, adult beverages, shopping
Train trip to Concord for half a trip (the feds closed down the other half)
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Duck tours are going until Thanksgiving. It's usually a big hit with the kids. They put eisenglass curtains over the windows on cold days so you don't freeze to death.

USS Constitution tour is excellent.
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http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/
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Go to Faneuil Hall for lunch - screw the tourist trap restatuants, eat inside at one of the many take-away places. Otherwise the less frequented Durgen Park "Underground."

Then walk over to the Children's Museum on the harbor, afterwhich take a $8 cab ride to the Boston Common for a stroll. Also the aquarium is nice/fun - designed by the same group that designed the Baltimore aquarium.

Taking a Duck Boat is a great way to see the city on a tight time frame and it gets you on the water (Charles River).
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Originally Posted by porksoda View Post
Duck tours are going until Thanksgiving. It's usually a big hit with the kids. They put eisenglass curtains over the windows on cold days so you don't freeze to death.

USS Constitution tour is excellent.

I forgot about the Duck boats and a buddy drives one.

Forget the Constitution tour as it's closed. I learned at lunch that even though the parking lots at the North Bridge in Concord are free and not "really manned" the Feds blocked them off anyway. Many people are just stepping over the chains onto the grounds but the tour busses are parking wherever they can dropping people off.
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I second everything that has been recommended. Also, might want to take at least part of the Freedom Walk and maybe the Bunker Hill Monument.
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the boston naval yard is fun with the Constitution docked there. Faneuil hall is fun and The Kingfish is an excellent restaurant there. North side has good Italian food. Union Oyster house is Bostons oldest restaurant and pretty good food.
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Local news did an expose on health code violations at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market about a year ago. They may have cleaned things up since then, but at the time there was some things going on that made me never want to eat there again.

I didn't even think of USS Constitution being closed due to the government shutdown. Perhaps it'll be open by the time the OP visits. It's certainly worth the visit if it is.

Don't want to sound too much like a food snob, but I like Union Oyster House for t-shirts. Food, not so much.

For dining you have a lot of great options in Cambridge. North End Boston has some great restaurants as well.
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A visit to Mist-Rest's residence for a tour and dinner, if you bring him a 6 pack you'll also get a waterfront tour on an exceptionally one of a kind immaculate touring boat.
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A visit to Mist-Rest's residence for a tour and dinner, if you bring him a 6 pack you'll also get a waterfront tour on an exceptionally one of a kind immaculate touring boat.

Would that make me a 6 Pac Captain?


You are a real peach S-H. I guess that's why you're from Georgia.
Hope your son is all settled in.
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Would that make me a 6 Pac Captain?


You are a real peach S-H. I guess that's why you're from Georgia.
Hope your son is all settled in.

hahahhahhahaha, those lib professors are beating the 'schmaltz' out of him.
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How old are the kids?
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The childrens museum also another option to kill a few hours. 8 yo and younger is the cutoff IMO, maybe even 7.

For lunch, pay attention to where you see all the workers going. Most of the window restaurants downtown that take walk in traffic are pretty good and the Hall has decent grub. The best steakhouse in the city IMO is DelFriscos, but I eat there on an expense account as it aint cheap. I haven't been to Union Oyster House in years but it was pretty decent best I can remember. Being from MD your probably not after seafood though. Most of the north end restaurants are pretty decent, albeit a bit overpriced but they are in a city. Also a big fan of Pizzeria Regina and the thin greasy pepperoni pizza. Mr Dooleys used to be a solid Irish pub as well.

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Originally Posted by Elusive View Post
Heading to Boston for a long weekend...

Are you coming this weekend? It's Columbus Day weekend up here so things will be pretty crowded. Next weekend is the Head of the Charles Regatta and things will be even more crowded. Great time of year to be in Boston, however.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Go to Faneuil Hall for lunch - screw the tourist trap restatuants, eat inside at one of the many take-away places. Otherwise the less frequented Durgen Park "Underground."

Then walk over to the Children's Museum on the harbor, afterwhich take a $8 cab ride to the Boston Common for a stroll. Also the aquarium is nice/fun - designed by the same group that designed the Baltimore aquarium.

Taking a Duck Boat is a great way to see the city on a tight time frame and it gets you on the water (Charles River).
X2 this man knows what he's talking about.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Go to Faneuil Hall for lunch - screw the tourist trap restatuants, eat inside at one of the many take-away places. Otherwise the less frequented Durgen Park "Underground."

Then walk over to the Children's Museum on the harbor, afterwhich take a $8 cab ride to the Boston Common for a stroll. Also the aquarium is nice/fun - designed by the same group that designed the Baltimore aquarium.

Taking a Duck Boat is a great way to see the city on a tight time frame and it gets you on the water (Charles River).
I was going to type a bunch but then I saw this post. Second Durgin Park as well.
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Faneuil Hall x3 and a lot of the time street performers Hangout, outside the place and do some pretty cool stuff.

The duck boats a blast as well and if you are in the mood for Italian go to the North End and they have some of the best Italian food around.
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One of the kids is competing in the Head of the Charles so I know it will be crowded

I assume the Duck Boats will not be operating due to the regatta

I'll have a car but does it make sense to leave it parked and take taxis ?


Thanks for the great ideas and keep them coming
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The MIT robotics lab is awesome. Kids will love it.
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