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Old 05-23-2018, 02:35 AM
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We're headed to Boston for the weekend (1st time ever). Was planning to fish, I certainly appreciate the offers, but plans have changed.

I'm looking for recommendations for places to go, see, eat, etc, and places to avoid.

We are going to Fenway Park Friday night to watch the game, but want to hear from you local guys on other things that we need to do and see.

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Tons of stuff to do...I would recommend the Freedom Trail walk as well as a tour on the duck boats.
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Give us a little idea of what you are looking for. Are you going to sightsee only in Boston? Do you want to get out of town at all? Do you want to do the touristy things or get off the beaten path? Do you want museums or outdoors activities? As said, there is a ton of things to do and see in and around Boston.
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:27 AM
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If the weather is nice take a ferry ride to either Hull (long wharf) or Hingham (rowes wharf), it will take about an hr and you'll see the inner harbor, outer harbor and hingham/hull bay as well as the harbor islands. Ferry also has a bar and I think its less than $10 per person
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If you're Italian or like Italian food, the north end should be on your list. Not sure if the Boston harbor cruises are running yet but would be a good chance to get on the water for a bit.
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When you are near Fenway...
If you are hungry, check out Eventide, Island Creek Oysters, Tiger Mamma. All close by and pretty good food. The first two are new england-y.
The last is yummy!

I second the harbor tours. There could be some whale watching boat trips and an architectural tour from the water.
There's a nice harbor walk from North End to Seaport.
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We're mainly sight seeing and looking for good food and beer. Maybe head to Martha's Vineyard one day and maybe do the Sam Adams tour one day. Nothing really set in stone as our original plans changed about a month ago.

It is our 35th wedding anniversary.
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Thanks for the food suggestions near Fenway. We love oysters so...........

Harbor tour sounds real interesting, as well.
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
We're mainly sight seeing and looking for good food and beer. Maybe head to Martha's Vineyard one day and maybe do the Sam Adams tour one day. Nothing really set in stone as our original plans changed about a month ago.

It is our 35th wedding anniversary.
FWIW, you're approx. an hour north of New Bedford, which has a fast ferry to MV called the Seastreak. Not sure what their schedule is like just now but it's pricey compared to taking the Steamship Authority (1 hour boat ride) from Woods Hole, which is another hour away..
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
FWIW, you're approx. an hour north of New Bedford, which has a fast ferry to MV called the Seastreak. Not sure what their schedule is like just now but it's pricey compared to taking the Steamship Authority (1 hour boat ride) from Woods Hole, which is another hour away..
That's good to know. Thanks....
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There is always the Cheers Bar at 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 (not far from Fenway). Yes this is very touristy. No the inside is nothing like the TV set. But it is fun walking down the stairs and opening the door and seeing if everyone will say your name (which they won't).
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Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
There is always the Cheers Bar at 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108 (not far from Fenway). Yes this is very touristy. No the inside is nothing like the TV set. But it is fun walking down the stairs and opening the door and seeing if everyone will say your name (which they won't).

Thought about that, too. What do you mean they won't know my name? Lol.....
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If your name is "Norm!", they might. :-)
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I won't repeat any of the above suggestions, which are all good.

If you have not been here before, go to the Top of the Hub for dinner or just a drink. The views really are amazing because there is only one other tower as tall. The bar and the food are both good. Top of the Hub

Depending on your tolerance for alternative life styles, take the fast ferry to Province town for a day. Provincetown Ferry - Schedule and Fares | Boston Harbor Cruises

If you like walking around the waterfront, try the Seaport District: https://www.bostonseaport.xyz/places/ The No name restaurant still exists and is something of an institution: Our Boston Seafood Restaurant Welcomes you - No Name Restaurant

Quincy Market is a typical tourist spot and for good reason. There is always something going on there. Quincy Market | All about the historic Quincy Market in Boston Durgin Park is another institution and worth taking in for lunch: Durgin Park Restaurant

The Union Oyster House is the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the country. The building is pre-revolutionary war. Union Oyster House, Boston, MA :: Seafood and History at America's Oldest Restaurant

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has great exhibits that rotate in and out. Look through the website for something that strikes your fancy: https://www.mfa.org/visit

If you actually wander down to New Bedford and you really are a person of the sea, you should go to the whaling museum. https://www.whalingmuseum.org/visit

If you stay in town, check out the Aquarium. Home - New England Aquarium
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
We're mainly sight seeing and looking for good food and beer. Maybe head to Martha's Vineyard one day and maybe do the Sam Adams tour one day. Nothing really set in stone as our original plans changed about a month ago.

It is our 35th wedding anniversary.
I would pass on Sam Adams and do Harpoon for a big brewery experience, harpoon is right in the seaport. Moreover, you said "good" beer so you should hit Trillium in the Kennedy park (I am asked by colleagues and friends to bring Trillium whenever I visit them). That all said I'm more of coors lights drinker.

Best oysters in town, arguably, are going to be at Neptune in North End. There is also a deer island creek restaurant over near Fenway that aint to shabby either. Another good spot is B&G oyster in the South end. Price goes up in the order listed. Avoid the Union oyster house (and anything for that matter in, around or near Faneul Hall) unless you are looking for a tourist trap.
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That's funny. I think the UOH is great. Just ate there about a month ago.
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That's funny. I think the UOH is great. Just ate there about a month ago.
I've been there too but for the the price I think you can do better elsewhere, that place is same price as deer island creek. I'm more of a vignette than a cocktail sauce oyster guy too.

to OP, there are also $1 oyster specials you can find too, e.g. Marliave was doing them 5-7 for a while but you gotta check if they're still doing that (I don't work downtown anymore so haven't been there in a while)
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That's funny. I think the UOH is great. Just ate there about a month ago.
Really?! I've had visitors insist on going a few times and never thought it was any good!

If you want a real New England dinner, go have prime rib at Durgin Park, it's quite an experience although some will say it is a bit touristy which I would disagree with. That said most traditional "New England" food is pretty crappy unless you like your fish dipped in 4 inches of flavorless batter and cooked to death! That's not to say that Boston doesn't have some of the best food choices of any major city, just a lot of the local seafood places are going to offer you something like lobster pie which sounds great until you get a bowl of lobster meat in butter with broken crackers on top! Reading the menu and asking question will avoid that. As someone said, the North End is a must if you are looking for great food! I really like Bacco but most of the restaurants are pretty good - Al Dente, L'Osteria. For dessert everyone will suggest Mike's or Modern Pastry and they are not worng by any means but to sit and enjoy your pastry, try the Gelataria at the corner of Hanover and Parmenter. On a nice night they open all the windows/doors and you can enjoy people watching! Have fun and watch where you park in the city if you're driving, most areas are resident permit only. Enjoy yourself and root AGAINST the Red Sox!! lol
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Might want to go whale watching. Either leave from the Rose Wharf or head to Gloucester
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Really?! I've had visitors insist on going a few times and never thought it was any good!

If you want a real New England dinner, go have prime rib at Durgin Park, it's quite an experience although some will say it is a bit touristy which I would disagree with. That said most traditional "New England" food is pretty crappy unless you like your fish dipped in 4 inches of flavorless batter and cooked to death! That's not to say that Boston doesn't have some of the best food choices of any major city, just a lot of the local seafood places are going to offer you something like lobster pie which sounds great until you get a bowl of lobster meat in butter with broken crackers on top! Reading the menu and asking question will avoid that. As someone said, the North End is a must if you are looking for great food! I really like Bacco but most of the restaurants are pretty good - Al Dente, L'Osteria. For dessert everyone will suggest Mike's or Modern Pastry and they are not worng by any means but to sit and enjoy your pastry, try the Gelataria at the corner of Hanover and Parmenter. On a nice night they open all the windows/doors and you can enjoy people watching! Have fun and watch where you park in the city if you're driving, most areas are resident permit only. Enjoy yourself and root AGAINST the Red Sox!! lol
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