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Old 08-07-2017, 08:37 AM
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Hi! know some of you are very knowledgeable about Boston and I'm going there for the first time for a long weekend soon. I'm traveling by myself and taking Amtrak and confused...which station is better if I won't be driving and want to get a taxi to the Marriott in Cambridge? I see they have a station called Back Bay and one called South Station. Also....what would be the three most important things to do....I'll be there for just 3 days and my daughter and her 4 yr old will meet me for 2 of those days....so we'll be looking for kid friendly stuff to do. TIA!


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Old 08-07-2017, 08:55 AM
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I have never been there but would love to. There is a great deal of history there so that would be my focus. Here are the places Trip Advisor suggests.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...achusetts.html

I would do the Freedom Trail, the Boston Tea Party Museum and the USS Constitution Museum. But that is just me.


If you have never been to a Holocaust museum that would be something to consider doing on your day alone. Yes, it is very sad but also very moving emotionally. It is something we need to all remember so we can prevent it from being repeated in history. JPO I have been to the one in D.C., Dallas and Houston.

Have a wonderful trip. I am sure people who have been to Boston or live there will give even better advice. But I love to travel and Boston is on my list of places to visit so I wanted to put my 2 cents worth in.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:08 AM
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I am not sure if this one will stay but please feel free to reach out via PM. I went to school in Cambridge and would be happy to help you.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:12 AM
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Boston Children's Museum would be fun with your grandchild.
http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:19 AM
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It doesn't matter which station - both you will be able to get a quick taxi to Cambridge. Neither is far from there.

Do you like sports? Always good to get in a game at Fenway if the Red Sox are in town. Also, the science museum is great!

As an fyi, the Holocaust Memorial isnt a museum like the one in DC - it's more of a monument you can walk through so you don't need to plan much time around it


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Old 08-07-2017, 09:31 AM
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Boston Children's museum
New England Aquarium
maybe a duck boat tour
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:38 AM
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Either station will give you easy taxi access to get to Cambridge. For your solo day, the Freedom Trail is great, either by foot or on a hop-on, hop-off trolley. Once yourDD and her child arrive, both the Children's Museum and The Science Museum are wonderful adventures. The Science Museum is on the Cambridge side of the Charles River and either before or after going there you could do a Duck Boat tour which is boarded just outside. It's a fun way to see the city and enjoy a cruise on the Charles as well. Have fun!!
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:11 AM
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I lived in the Boston area for quite some time. I think either station would be fine. I personally preferred South Station. It's big, but there are lots of signs to help you figure out where to go. I have taken taxis from there before.

As for things to do, I definitely recommend the Duck Tour! I took my mom when she came to visit and it was so much fun. The tour guides are great and they have different characters that narrate the tours. They usually give you a lot of history of the city as well. The duck tour goes into the water as well and it's really beautiful. When I went on the tour, they let any kids on board drive the boat if they wanted to.

If you like baseball, definitely try to check out a Red Sox game. I also loved the aquarium. There so much to do and so much history in Boston. It's a great place to visit. Have fun!
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:20 AM
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With a four year old, I second the Boston Children's Museum suggestion.

The New England Aquarium is another good choice for a four year old. My kids, at this age, loved the ramp walk around and up the four story tank.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:36 PM
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I would do an hop on hop off trolley tour. You can go to different parts of Boston and get all sorts of information. Some packages are good for 2 days and include a boat tour. Groupon also has some at discounted prices. Your granddaughter will like to Children's Museum and Faniel Hall is close by too. Have a good time. Boston is a great city!


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Old 08-07-2017, 03:12 PM
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Science Museum, Aquarium & Children's Museum are good for 4 year olds! I'm including my standard list of Boston websites for you to help you decide.


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 and 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 08-07-2017, 03:57 PM
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I would walk the Freedom Trail on the day that your granddaughter isn't there. There's many sites along the way and tours with interpreters. You should also try to catch a game at Fenway Park. You can line up for tickets 2-3 hours before the game and usually get tickets. Don't try to buy them online. You'll get better seats for face value at the park on game day.

With your granddaughter, I also agree with other recommendations of visiting the Boston Children's Museum. On another day you could take a Duck Boat Tour and ride the Swan Boats at Public Garden and walk through Boston Common and Faneuil Hall. The New England Aquarium is also in the vicinity, but it isn't the greatest aquarium. You may choose to go out on a boat instead - maybe go whale watching.

If you visit in August, each weekend the North End (Italian section of Boston with the best restaurants) has feast day festivals with lots of food vendors, games, and entertainment in the streets. It's lots of fun for all ages.

Have fun! It's a great city!
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:50 AM
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Before you go give your DD the book Make Way for Ducklings. Then ride the Swan Boats and find the sculpture of the ducklings following their mama in the Public Garden.

The other suggestions are all great too.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:07 AM
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Thanks, everybody.....you've all been so helpful. I'm feeling so much better about taking this trip to Boston with all these great suggestions. I know for sure we'll do that duck tour and I'll walk the Freedom Trail. I'll think fondly of all my buddies here at PT. Thanks again!
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