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Old 09-15-2019, 05:58 AM
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Ill be spending a day and night in Boston mid November. What will the weather be like and what are must sees?
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:23 AM
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But if I ever get there I would want to do the 2.5 mile FREEDOM TRAIL. I have read it takes two to three hours. Have a great time whatever you decide to do.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:26 AM
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Probably in mid 40s or so and could be a chilly breeze being right on the ocean. Will get dark about 4:30 due to just changing clocks.

Quincy Market is a pretty popular tourist shopping area. Walking part of the freedom trail will bring you by some historical sites.

I grew up an hour south of Boston and DS24 lives there now. He could probably tell you all the bars and clubs he and his buddies like, haha
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:26 AM
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We enjoyed the hop on hop off bus tour, which we did first to give us a general sense of the area. Then we got off at the park and saw the Boston Commons, Make Way For Ducklings statues, and did the swan boat ride. Also really enjoyed the walking tour of the Freedom Trail (which shows the major historical markers and buildings of Revolutionary times)

Eating on the harbor was beautiful, and we also did an evening boat tour of the harbor. Have fun!
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:28 AM
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from Boston. I am on the North Shore looking out the window at a beautiful clear sky, blue sea breaking on the rocky shore with that red boat building that artists made famous within my view. The weather is sunny and 70 degrees. You should have come today!

Here is what the people in Boston say about visiting in November:The air is usually crisp and comfortable for walking around, you'll still see plenty of gorgeous fall foliage color (at least during the first half of the month), and lots of things are going on.

Reality: It could be the most beautiful crisp fall air, or it could be damp, rainy mess. It's weather, who knows? Come anyway. The city is easy to get around. It seems really safe and because of the many, many colleges and universities within the city there are always students everywhere willing to answer questions and help strangers out.


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Old 09-15-2019, 06:39 AM
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I just did Boston Freedom Trail with out of town friends. Had not done whole thing for a number of years. It is definitely worth time. You can do all or part of it also. They say itís 2.5 miles, but be prepared for more than that.

There are many tours available from a kiosk on Boston Common, but if you follow the red brick trail, they arenít necessary. The National Park Service operates at Faneuil Hall, (which was wrapped in blue construction when I visited.)

Iím not sure if the hop-on-hop-off buses would be running in November or not. And there is also the Duck Boat tours (not on-off though) if they are still running.

Iíve not been to the newly renovated Boston Tea Party ship yet. There is also Faneuil Hall Market and nearby Boston Market place. And MANY museums to visit depending upon your tastes.

Weather can be cold in November, but not always. Layers work well around here.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:42 AM
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the Science Museum and the Aquarium! The T subway system is pretty easy to use. Have fun!
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:55 AM
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...I live nearby. It will not be 40 degrees. You really cannot predict. Two falls ago, it was in the 60-70 degree range until early December! Wear a down sweater type coat or sweater and toasty vest and booties. You will have plenty of fun spots to duck into if it does get chilly. Check out restaurants in the north end. Newbury street has great shops (and Stephanieís...restaurant). Museum of fine arts is wonderful too. Nearby is the Isabella Gardner museum...a hidden gem! I would do the freedom trail if you have time. Awesome experience!
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Old 09-15-2019, 08:26 AM
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Hereís the list of links I usually offer...
Boston sites...

Museums

Museum of Fine Arts - http://www.mfa.org (Lg. collection of Impressionistic art)
N. E. Aquarium - http://m.neaq.org
Children's Museum - http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - http://www.gardnermuseum.org/home
Science Museum - http://www.mos.org
Harvard Museum of Natural History - http://hmnh.harvard.edu
Museum of African American History - http://www.afroammuseum.org
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - http://www.bostonteapartyship.com


Freedom Trail - http://www.thefreedomtrail.org (Paul Revere House is on the Trail)
Bunker Hill Monument - http://www.nps.gov/bost/learn/historyculture/bhm.htm
Old Ironsides & USS Constitution Museum - http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
Duck boat tours - http://www.bostonducktours.com (MOST of the tour is on land!)
Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market - http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
JFK Library - http://www.jfklibrary.org AND the Commonwealth Museum is nearby - http://www.commonwealthmuseum.org
Boston Common & Public Gardens - ride the swan boats or skate on Frog Pond (winter) - http://bostonfrogpond.com
Boston Harbor Islands - http://www.bostonharborislands.org - outstanding!
Trailside Museum - outside of Boston - http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdo...ailside-museum
Zoos - Franklin Park & Stone - http://www.zoonewengland.org

Fenway Park tours - http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp

Here's a listing of links to forty museums in and around Boston - http://www.museumsofboston.org/index.php

Faneuil Hall (aka Quincy Market) - tourist attraction - http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
Theater life is great here! You can often get same day seats at half price - http://www.bostix.org/page/onsale_today.
Boston Common & Gardens - https://www.thefreedomtrail.org/free...n-common.shtml

There's much to do outside of Boston as well:

Plimoth Plantation - http://www.plimoth.org
Mayflower and Plymouth Rock - http://www.plimoth.org/what-see-do/mayflower-ii
Battleship Cove - http://www.battleshipcove.org
Quincy (home of Adams family) - http://www.quincyma.gov/visiting/
Lowell Spinners - minor league baseball - http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t558
Lowell (industrial revolution factory town) - http://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm
Salem (witch trials) - http://www.salemweb.com/guide/tosee.php
Old Sturbridge Village - https://www.osv.org
Concord & Lexington - http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm And... Liberty Tour - http://tourlexington.us/libertyride.html

Don't forget our beaches and other natural attractions!
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Old 09-15-2019, 08:28 AM
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Bostonís weather can be fickle, so hereís my list of indoor places to check out.

Boston sites...Indoor choices...

Museums

Museum of Fine Arts - http://www.mfa.org (Lg. collection of Impressionistic art)
N. E. Aquarium - http://m.neaq.org
Children's Museum - http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - http://www.gardnermuseum.org/home
Science Museum - http://www.mos.org
Harvard Museum of Natural History - http://hmnh.harvard.edu
Museum of African American History - http://www.afroammuseum.org
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - http://www.bostonteapartyship.com


Little outside, but most of is inside...Old Ironsides & USS Constitution Museum - http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org

Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market - http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
JFK Library - http://www.jfklibrary.org AND the Commonwealth Museum is nearby - http://www.commonwealthmuseum.org

Here's a listing of links to forty museums in and around Boston - http://www.museumsofboston.org/index.php

Faneuil Hall (aka Quincy Market) - tourist attraction - http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com
Theater life is great here! You can often get same day seats at half price - http://www.bostix.org/page/onsale_today


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Old 09-15-2019, 10:25 AM
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As someone who has been to Boston a few times, I'm practically a local. JK.

-Paul Revere's house
-Mike's Pastry
-St. Leonard's Church. It's beautiful. I'm not a religious person but enjoyed going in there.
-Aquarium
I mean, Harvard is nearby?
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Old 09-15-2019, 11:40 AM
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I love Boston and the people. You've already received a lot of great information. I'll be there again at the end of October. As PPs have said, the weather is fickle. It can be a gorgeous Indian summer or it can be very cold. Bring layers.

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Little outside, but most of is inside...Old Ironsides & USS Constitution Museum - http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
Just be aware that you need a US government issued ID or passport to enter this.

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Old 09-15-2019, 03:25 PM
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Thanks for that information about Old Ironsides! I guess I haven't been in a while! I'll add it to my original file.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:40 PM
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I live about 20 minutes north of Boston and usually it is chilly by that time. I would have a winter coat, hat, ant gloves with you. I highly recommend the City Bus hop on hop off tour. You will see and learn all about Boston. You can get off at different places you want to see and then get back on. The North end is a great place to eat if you like Italian. Top of the Hub in the Predential Building is another great place to eat with spectacular views but is pricey. Have a great time it is a great place to visit!
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:24 PM
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thank you thank you thank you for all that great info!

I was going to do Boston then head to Charleston, But I think Im going to do Boston, Salem, and Plymouth instead- that way I stay in the area and get to hit so many wonderful places.

One of the things not mentioned but I saw was Washingtons childhood home? Yes or no on that.

I lke the idea of hop on hop off and though I would love to do the Freedom Trail, Im not sure I could do the whole thing with my knee. Im so excited!!
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