- Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum306 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusettsrecommended Boston Tea Party Ship & MuseumWell this place is as random as random can be. It is located dead center in the middle of a river. On one side is a super fancy steakhouse and on the other is the Boston Children's Museum. It has two ... read moreships tied up alongside of it. These two ships have been on several TV shows that I have seen on the discovery channel. They take you on board with folks in costume, give you a bit of history, and let a couple of folks toss fake tea boxes overboard. It is a fun time and informative, but I have a lot more preferences than that. Pro Tip: Do visit the gift shop here as it is very nice. They also have 3 of everything. The folks in character I will admit did grate on my nerves significantly. I will admit that I didnt take the tour, but I watched a significant portion of it from the tea house entrances. ;) shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... The prices in the gift shop fluctuated from good to ridiculously high depending on what you were looking for. They also have some stuff on sale or clearance and those were the best deals that they had by far. I was able to make several purchases here and that made my trip gifts workout much easier... Its worth stopping in and checking out so say the least. Especially if you need some swag to take home for the friends and or relatives.Schel
a must see IMHO as well for quinessential Boston
- Harvard Museum of Natural History26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, United Statesrecommended Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryI really enjoyed this Museum but the munchkin hated it and got super freaked out. The first thing we saw was the rock room. This room is full of specialty geological anomalies that are extremely cool ... read moreto me. Everything from Gold nuggets bigger then your head to meteors heck they even geodes with giant crystal structures the size of a bathrub! There was a plant room which appeared to have most of the plants radioscoped and samples showing the detail magnified over 1000 times. These seemed to be made of plastic but were very interesting to see how the plants work. There was a room dealing with evolution and how they presuppose things started and have continued to evolve. I agree with the evolving portion but not how things started. I am a theist and not a big bang theory type. So yeah this room was a bit peculiar to me. Pro Tip: This museum is an optional part of the Boston City Pass that we used and enjoyed quite a bit. Then there is the room with embalmed creatures as well as color coordinated creatures. This is where the munchkin lost it and started to cry. She had a very hard time and was very scared by the snakes and other creatures in the jars of fluid. The taxidermied creatures also in some cases startled her. They also had mouse pelts pinned on a sample tray to show differences in them and that was the final straw for her. We quickly sped into the next room with tons of dinosaur bones. She stopped to look out the window as I checked out the room and enjoyed some very kewl historical displays. This was obviously cut very short as the munchkin was still unhappy. I tried to find an alternate path back to the entrance, however there wasnt an alternate route back. The adjoining rooms held more taxidermied and model animals. The munchkin was still unsettled though so we hurried through most of this area. Sadly we had to hustle back through this room and the previous rooms. Once we made our way back to the gift shop she started to settle and we decided to go. Lots of fun and I would love to see the full series of exhibits. It may have been too much for a seven yr old though as you can tell. Overall there are some interesting things here.Schel
great museum on MITs campus...
- Museum of Science1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston, Massachusetts, United Statesrecommended Museum of ScienceMuseum of Science or Kids Museum of Science. I am going to go with a combo. This is an outstanding science museum! Albeit its geared towards lil ones, there is a lot for adults as well. They have a ... read morenumber of various areas covered in this museum. Everything from animals, to the scietific method, trail and error, electricity, experimentation, advancements in technology, etc. There were a million items happening here simultaneously. This joint had several interactive items for kids and adults alike. Some are obviously more child oriented but allow for competition between kids or kids and their parents. My daughter and I both really enjoyed the bird stealth item. Sneaking up the ramp was a lot of fun, but it also lets me see what kind of skills you would need to be a hunter within the region depending on what the game you are after is. Pro Tip #1: Get the Boston CIty Pass (even if your a local) it has a great discount when you hit up multiple places within 9 days. This allows you to do two weekends in a row and take in a number of fun places. Your munchkins will love you for it! They have several penny smashers. These things are absolutely awesome as a souvenir and something that will help keep your childs memories for a place present. That and pictures make for a great cheap way to keep present the lessons and memories of a place like this. On a side note, WTH! Why are you charging another 50 bucks per parent and kid to see your special dead sea scrolls exhibit =\ That really sucked since I was very interested in seeing it, but on top of the large amount already paid just to go to the museum, that seemed beyond ridiculous. Pro Tip #2: Take the subway here. It is a huge savings $$$ and time wise as you can ditch the car and ride both ways for an adult and a munchkin for $11. Parking is more than that alone I believe. I also dont agree with some of the hypothesies that the museum declared as fact. For example the politics of global warming. There is not yet confirmation that this is a man made thing and not just a normal cyclical thing. Perhaps if we had more data than it would be solid but with scientists on both sides of this, it would be interesting to see both viewpoints covered, wouldnt it? Overall though it was a fantastic time for the munchkin and I highly suggest this as a stop for all locals and tourists.Schel
great museum for kids, check what their special adult exhibits are. When I was there last summer it was the dead sea scrolls
- Clover Food Truck Greenway, Boston, MArecommended Clover Food TruckLost along the Freedom Trail and we had no idea we were doing it backwards, the munchkin and I got hungered. Well we ran right into the closer truck between some umbrella ice cream stands and I was ... read morelike lets get rosemary french fries! The munchkin had been begging for some ice cream. So I was happy when her eyes lit up yeah, "I WANT FRENCH FRIES!" Pro Tip: Its mostly frufru food, but it is fresh. Even saw the guy cut our potatoes into fries like In & Out if they did skinny fries! They fried the freshly cut potatoes with fresh rosemary. It was delicious! The munchkin was like eww the green stuff is bad. I then took a bunch of fries covered with the rosemary popped them into my mouth and went YUMMMM! You should try them... and she hesitantly picked up a fry with one leaf on it and looked at it quizzically... I said come on, its just like your plant ("she" has a rosemary plant on the porch), and I cook with it all the time. So she summoned up her courage and slowly inevitably put the fry in her mouth. Her eyes engorged and she smiled from ear to ear. Then she downplayed it, ehhh its ok. She then proceeded to grab and stuff every fry with a piece of rosemary on it into her mouth as fast as she could! Consequently it was great grub. However, the price point at $3 is high but it is a tourist trap. Or it is a "high end" food truck. Regardless it was tasty but overpriced. The munchkin would inhale some more of those fries and I would enjoy a few again as well.Schel
If you can find it... they have some tasty vittles
- Lisa's Family Pizzeria903A Main Street, Woburn, MArecommended Lisa's Family PizzeriaOk so I was headed to this lil Thai joint next to my hotel when the munchkin complained she was wiped out after we had started to look for eyetalian grub after traipsing around beantown all day. Lo ... read moreand Behold the Thai joint was shut down even though the sign said open till 9:30 and it was 8pm! *SMH* Both the munchkin and I were disappointed... however past a house was a sign that filled me with hope, "Lisa's Family Pizzeria". To the munchkin I asked how about pizza, her response suuuuuurrrrre daddy... So we pulled up another 30 feet and parked in front of the house between the pizza joint and the Thai joint. As we stroll in, I notice that they have pizza by the slice. Dayem I notice its only cheese follows a split second later =\. So I ask the dude worken the counter how long to cook a pie? Dude responds 8 minutes to cook it. No lie, we walked out with the pie about 15 minutes later! hot dayum, some great stuff there IMHO. We decided to order the hawaiian as it has bacon and ham for much cheaper than the meat pie and i havent had it in ages. Pro Tip: call in your order ahead of time, it will save you lots o time. So the munchkin wanders into the small dining area as American Ninja warrior competition is on the tube. Some crazy stuff there. But we start chatting with the other friendly patrons, even if they are gruff, they seem to be some great folks. This made the brief wait go by in a split second. However, I noted a few things while seated, the tables were a bit sticky and the guy bringing food to the folks sitting wasnt the friendliest of dudes. Kinda like super bad day meets second job where customer service is his least thought in the world deals. Feel bad for that guy. hell he only gave us two micro thin paper plates when I asked for some out of a stack of about 5 bizillion on the edge of the counter *SMH* stingy azz muddah... well yeah you get it... I didnt even bother to ask for parm, I may have received a half used packet saved from someone else earlier today lol! However our pizza comes up and off we roll down to our hotel a few blocks away. The munchkin is complaining the pie smells way too good in the car and is practically salivating all over herself and the car on the ride. So we sit down open the box and dig in. LOVE AT FIRST BITE! The crust is unlike any that I have in recent memory. The sauce is ok. This is definitely not a sweet bread/sauce pie, but a succulent and delightful savory item that I could eat way too much and ohhh chit how did i gain 30 lbs overnight kinda action... But the cheese was good the toppings were good the sauce was a-ok but whoa nelly that crust was so decadent! I want more right now and i cant believe I am saving a some for breakfast when I hate myself for doing so. The price was decent a bit more than a chain, a bit bigger than a chain, and the taste that destroys all those crappy chains. I even like it more than costco pie and I love costco pie for the deal and the cheese on it, but yeah I might go back here even though I only have 3 nights in this area before traveling further on my vacay... I wanna try their other Italian stuff as it looks phenomenal and the other patrons were super high on it as well. I guess I am lucky I dont work or live near this joint... or maybe its just my wallet as I wont have to replace all my pants up a couple of sizes...Schel
This is a small local chain I believe with some good food and great people coming and going. Very friendly and tasty...
- 3 Country Bistro379 Main Street, Woburn, MArecommended 3 Country BistroAWESOME GRUB and experience for both the munchkin and I. So we had just landed at Boston Logan and checked into our hotel in Woburn. We were starving. There was a Thai place just a few doors down... ... read moreohhh chit its closed early 8pm on a day they show the sign open till 9:30... The munchkin had asked for Thai, so I did a quick search and this place was open for over another hour and a mile or two away. Off we absconded like a thief in the night. We parked and rolled up on the joint like we were casing it. Well we were kinda starving and ready to thief some grub if we had to. Instead we got a table and chilled. Pro Tip: COME HERE! I seriously doubt you will be disappointed... AND THEN IT HAPPENED! The munchkin sprung from her ipad and me from my mobile aps, to witness lo and behold the grub that had been delivered deftly to our table... First up was our shrimp tempura appetizer. Three pieces of shrimp, a bell pepper, a carrot, a string bean, and an American broccoli tree. Well these shrimp and veggies tasted delightful. They were light, not very oily, and were tasty as expected. Then arrived the munchkin's Pad See Ew. The noodles were double wide O_O Yes that means about 1.5" wide! BOOM. I have never seen that before anywhere in Thailand or in the States. They were much better than average with this one. They also had both American and Chinese broccoli within the Pad See Ew. Last but not least by any stretch of the imagination, was the Bulgogi. OMG THIS CHIT IS AMAZING! I know some that would call it Amazaballs... but I dont talk like that, thank God. Needless to say this dish was little bites of heaven with some cooked onions to act as a counterpoint. The little bit of au jus in the onions should be drizzled over your rice before placing meat and onions over it to grub. For a great surprise they brought out free melon chunks for desert with some kind of lobster cutout skewers. The skewers may have been beats, but I have no clue to be sure. So with great friendly service and awesome grub, I wish I could return here. I wish this joint was near my house instead of literally across the country from me. So good *salivates*drools* sorry! Just go grub here and leave me alone and dont tell me as I will just get jealous.Schel
great food about 10-15 minutes north of Boston
- Boston CommonTremont Street and Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116recommended Boston CommonWhen in Boston and you want to relax on a nice day maybe take a nap or have a snack… perhaps get a jog or walk in… where can you go? Seriously there isn’t much in this urban jungle that will free you ... read moreup for these activities except for the Common. They have all kinds of great stuff here. Fountains, play grounds, pond, what more do you want in a giant park… ohhh yeah benches, wild life (squirrels, winged creatures, and other furry fiends looking to steal your lunch!), food trucks, ice cream carts… basically something for everyone just about. Hell they even have swag vendors… In fact I am not sure what they don’t have here… it may be a shorter list, and I only went through half this place. Pro Tip: The Freedom Trail starts here! This is a great place to stop and rest or play in the grass too. Just be careful that a dog lover didn’t leave a landmine where you plan to sit, lay, or play… but there is a lot of open space here. Its like most major cities parks. They have a hill or raised ground within it and something for just about everyone to enjoy. Pro Tip #2: Pick up your trash litterbug! I just know that my time while in this park with the munchkin was time very well spent and greatly enjoyed by us both as we had a snack, took some pics, watched some animules and winged rodents, played in the park, and strolled around aimlessly for a bit… I hope you enjoy it as well!Schel
a must stop if you go to beantown you have to visit here...recommended Boston CommonIt was a hot day and I found myself in Boston Common. Kids were playing in the nearby playground and outdoor fountain, and the financial district sat waiting for me ahead. A musician was performing ... read moreseveral feet away, serving as a wonderful soundtrack to my afternoon. It was then that I fell asleep on the grass and woke up with ants in my pants. Good times! Boston Common, formed in 1634, is the oldest city park in America. It has a rich history, making it something of the heart of Boston.Keane
Great place for a walk.
- New England Aquarium1 Central Wharf, Boston, MArecommended New England AquariumSo this is purportedly the best aquarium in the NorthEast corner of the country. It has some very kewl features as well as a couple of things to make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... This aquarium has a ... read morecentral pillar tank that is teeming with thousands of fish. Literally there were more fish than the munchkin and I could count. They ranged from full sized ray's to sharks all the way down to some fish smaller than your hand. They also had a ton of specialty tanks situated around the edge of the building each set for a specific climate or tidal situation. They also had a ton of poisonous froggies from the amazon and a couple of snakes here n there. Outside they had a sea lion pool but it was almost a performance pool but there wasnt a show and i didnt see a sign stating that they had one. So maybe but probably not. Pro Tip: Get the citypass for Boston if you want to hit up this place and several others as you get a large discount when paying all of the entrance fees combined. They had a gift shop and several penny smashers were distributed around the facility. The souvenirs were very popular with the munchkin. At the bottom of the giant pillar aquarium was a broad expanse housing a lot of penguins. They had multiple types of penguins and all were either swimming or relaxing and staring at us weird humans. I have been to better and worse aquariums but this one seemed to definitely be in the middle of the pack to me. They had a couple of tidal pool/ray petting areas. These were not nearly as good as the other aquariums petting zones that we went to on this trip.Schel
best aquarium in new england
- Skywalk Observatory800 Boylston St, Boston, MA, United Statesrecommended Skywalk ObservatorySo you have a god complex? Just looking for a way to look down on almost everyone else whether they know it or not? Just like to have a great time equal on level to the local police ghetto birds? Well ... read morethis is where you need to go. Sweeping vistas are all around. I can only imagine the views at dawn and dusk on a partially clouded day. I am sure it is absolutely magnificent. Pro Tip: Get city pass if you can handle doing multiple major tourist visits in a single day. They had a ton of stuff up here for the average tourist or local looking for something new: photostrip booth, postcard booth, penny smasher, remote listening tour dealio (think semi-guided tour), and a souvenir shop. This all happens on the 50th floor. I had initially hoped to have been able to view things from much higher up, but I do not believe that there are more than 1 taller building anywhere near to Boston, and they dont have a viewing deck. There is not a line and you pay at the top. Walk up hop in an elevator, 20 seconds later hop off and pay to get in or use your pass. That was on a Saturday afternoon even! After initially being very apprehensive the munchkin loved being up here. She really enjoyed scoping out all of the pools and the tenements with things on the roof. I loved being up here and took tons of photos with various lenses just enjoying the view of Boston. Even thought its not exactly in downtown, You are still afforded a view of most of downtown. Definitely a touristy place, but dayem... how can you not enjoy being up 50 stories and gazing on the world going by somewhere way down below...Schel
Best view in Boston
- Freedom Trail99 Chauncy St., Boston, MA 02111recommended Freedom TrailSo you want to go on an absolutely awesome and great historical adventure? Do you wanna travel through the places that the beginnings of our country took root in and what it took those brave souls ... read moreparticipating in clandestine meetings to begin down the path to what is now the United States of America. Well then get your azzz to Boston and cruise the Freedom Trail. This place is oozing with history for anyone desiring their mind full of mush be hardened into some concrete facts and learned awareness. This particular trail takes you through the site of the Boston Massacre, the battle of Bunker Hill, aboard the USS Constitution, Down Paul Revere’s path to warn of the British, past multiple graveyards with revolutionary era persons/families of note, Churches, Meeting Houses, etc. Heck this is even a great way to get some exercise. Hike the trail see the sites and enjoy being out of doors. Even if you are a local it would be a nice urban hike. I know the munchkin and I enjoyed it. Pro Tip: For those adults who are a bit adventurous, you may want to try this hike with a stop at each tavern/pub/bar en the route. I have a friend who did it and the Freedom Trail Pub Crawl is epic from description. I did not do this since I was with the munchkin but it did sound like fun. The trail is very easy to spot all over town. If you are crossing an intersection look for red paint about 8”-10” wide. You will spot a double row of bricks with a single inch ” slate brick on either side for most of the rest of the trail all over town. The munchkin was playing the you cant step off the trail game most of the time. Very fun for a munchkin no doubt. She even wrangled me into playing it a bit as well as guiding me “blind” down the trail. Overall this outdoor urban hiking trail may have been my favorite thing in all of New England. There were a million places to get food, souvenirs, drinks, or anything else along its route. It was very very fun and well worthwhile. I highly suggest that you give this hike a chance if you have the opportunity to traipse down its margins…Schel
quinessential Bostonrecommended Freedom TrailIf it's not an incredibly blistering hot Boston day, I would recommend following the Freedom Trail for an adventure through history. If possible, get a guide or use your smartphone to look up each of ... read morethe stops so you can really get a sense of how important each attraction is.Keane
- BerryLine3 Arrow St, Cambridge, MArecommended BerryLineThe most creative froyo place! They always have different interesting, homemade flavors everyday. Sometimes there are rose flavors, graham cracker flavors, blue-berry oreo flavors, literally endless ... read morecombinations that differs from day to day. The toppings are extremely fresh and the service staff couldn't be nicer. If you are a froyo fan, BerryLine is here to impress.Sharon "Bubz" Z
Another local spot that's hard to resist when I'm in town. The creative flare and refreshingly tasty flavors of Berryline is to die for, period.
- Clover Food Lab1075 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA, United Statesrecommended Clover Food LabThe Clover Food Lab is super neat! This is a vegetarian joint where even meat lovers can't help but to visit from time to time. The establish is clean, modern and spacious, the waitress takes your ... read moreorder directly from her phone. The price are very reasonable, delicious and the drinks are refreshingly good. The concept of this place just makes me fall in love over and over again. Highly recommended if you are in the area!Sharon "Bubz" Z
There are some very famous restaurants in Boston, but I'll stick with the lesser known ones but of native Boston origin. Clover being one of them, perhaps little known to tourists but almost known to every student in and around Cambridge, these Food Labs (and Trucks) around Boston represents a healthy way of having fast and healthy foods without sacrificing taste, especially important for the busy lives of a student.
- MIT Stata Building411-467 Main St, Cambridge, Massachusettsrecommended MIT Stata BuildingI am biased and in love with the Stata center. As an undergrad studying at MIT, it was my second home since I probably spent more time there second to my dormitory. It is definitely one of the most ... read moreunique and fascinating structures I have ever seen, the eclectic geometric structures and materials that makes up the building represents innovation and functionality to the greatest extent, the technology embedded in the building is also forward-thinking, from harvest and recycling of rainwater to solar powered pumps. The blackboards spanning a few walls and student friendly facilities encourages collaborative learning.Sharon "Bubz" Z
I am biased and in love with the Stata center. As an undergrad studying at MIT, it was my second home since I probably spent more time there second to my dormitory. It is definitely one of the most unique and fascinating structures I have ever seen, the eclectic geometric structures and materials that makes up the building represents innovation and functionality to the greatest extent, the technology embedded in the building is also forward-thinking, from harvest and recycling of rainwater to solar powered pumps. The blackboards spanning a few walls and student friendly facilities encourages collaborative learning.
- Boston Pops Symphony Hall301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, United Statesrecommended Boston Pops Symphony HallListening to a world class orchestra performing in one of the most celebrated music halls in the world is an experience second to none. I attended the Pixar in Concert on 06/05/2013 performed by the ... read moreBoston Pops. This is my first time at the Symphony Hall and it is simply stunning. The interior is gilded gold with classical sculptures lining the walls, classically elegant and lavishly beautiful. The conductor and the Boston Pops took us through an enchanting journey of creativity with representative musical styles from all 13 Pixar films. The musical journey is accompanied by scenes from each of the films. The visual and auditory elements, along with the association from the memory lane with the films created an astonishingly emotional effect. The conductor also took the time to communicate with his audiences about the nature of the music and the intention of the composers for the piece. For the two hours, I was awed, entranced, and immersed in the world of Pixar; assaulted by waves of emotions. I really appreciated the fact that the hall for the Boston Pops concerts are converted into tables where groups of friends and family can share the experience while sipping on drinks or enjoying a meal. Turning a formal experience into something resembling a casual family night at home is perfect for the message the Pops are trying to convey through their popular concerts. Amazing performance, amazing atmosphere, amazing setting.Sharon "Bubz" Z
Similarly to the Boston Opera House, I have a secret love affair with the Symphony Hall. The first and only time I've been to the Boston Symphony hall is for a Pixar Pops concert, listening to a family casual concert surrounded by sculpture replicas of Greeks and Roman in a grand concert hall is something extraordinary. The experience induced me to learn about the acoustic architectural history of the hall as well as the origin of the Boston Pops - to provide more publicly accessible and enjoyable concerts to everyone, a mission persistently fulfilled by one of the foremost orchestras in the world.
- Boston Opera House 539 Washington St, Boston, MArecommended Boston Opera HouseExtraordinarily beautiful venue to spend a night enjoying the classics - whether it's a performance of Boston Ballet or a Broadway musical. The interior of the opera house is magnificent, the ... read morechandeliers' lights casting down on the columns and gilded interior grant the entire place with a hazy glow of glory. Inside the hall, the seating is divided into lower (orchestra) and upper (mezzanine, etc.) with a perfect combination of red seats against a golden hall. The ceiling is blessed with large murals similar to that of Renaissance Europe. The staff are efficient and absolutely pleasant, from the ticket checks at the door to the bag checks to the ushers nicely discouraging you from taking photography in the hall due to copyright issues with the performance, everyone is positively helpful, never imposing and a pleasure to deal with. The Opera House is just steps away from the Downtown crossing T station.Sharon "Bubz" Z
The white facade that combines French and Italian style architecture is a stark contrast from its adjoining buildings. I felt inevitably drawn to its beautiful exterior and even more stunning interior from the first time ever I stepped into the Boston Opera House. Secretly I love the theater more than the Broadway theaters I've been.
- Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall4 Faneuil Market Place, Boston, MA 02109recommended Quincy Market / Faneuil HallGreat spot that attracts many tourists and talents at the same time. In the summer, the place really comes to life, local musicians, dancers, stunt masters all show off their skills to impress their ... read moreaudience. Located just minutes away from Boston Commons, the theater district, Little Italy, Quincy market has lots of shops and local fooderies with variety of options to choose from.Sharon "Bubz" Z
Place of historical significance, local seafood specialties, and shops that represents everything Boston.
recommended CambridgeLove Cambridge! Home of Harvard University and MIT, Cambridge is filled with an atmosphere of academics. At the same time, it's subtly vibrant bordering the beautiful Charles river, frequented by the ... read morecrew and sailing teams, joggers and bicyclers. I always felt like it's a little peaceful haven that's just a river apart from one of the busiest cities in the country. The Boston skylines as viewed from the Cambridge side cannot be more gorgeous!Sharon "Bubz" Z
I have to second Cambridge. From the prestigious institutions of Harvard and MIT to the mesmerizing amount of local shops and fooderies in Harvard and Central square. Cambridge is a place quite unique to Boston.
- North EndHanover Street and Prince Street, Boston, MA 02113recommended North EndIf I have to choose just one single place to love in Boston, it would be North End (aka. Little Italy). I'm thoroughly infatuated with this little corner with great food, thriving Italian culture, and ... read morea piece of history. I remember my first food-venture in North End, equipped with the Yelp App, I was unable to decide where to go eat, because every single restaurant within my vicinity had 4+ stars. Being a lover for Italian food, over the years, I have been to countless restaurants at Little Italy and I was dazzled every time by the quality and authenticity of the foods. Most restaurant retained their European atmosphere, small, cozy, and sometimes buzzing with enthusiastic staff with an open kitchen. Some of the best seafood, Italian joints, and bakeries famed in all of Boston can be found here, Neptune Oysters and Daily Catch, Giacomo's and Mamma Maria, Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry. And my favorite entertainment spot - Improv Asylum also found its home here. And then there is me, who's on a mission to try all the wonderful places in North End.Sharon "Bubz" Z
North end to me is a foodie gem. Boston's little Italy is one of the few in the country that retains the Italian culture.
recommended PlymouthPlymouth is a small town just an hour or so south of Boston (and while gogobot lists it as being in Cape Cod, it really isn't). There is nice, walkable downtown area and a walkable waterfront ... read moredistrict. Plymouth is the location where the Pilgrims made their home when they came to the US.
- Salem Witch Museum19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970recommended Salem Witch MuseumThis was an interesting museum, but I thought it would be more. I agree that this is more of an exhibition than a museum with very little in the way of exhibits.Steve Baumgartner
I think a trip to Boston should also include a trip to Salem, which is in the Boston metro area, and known for the witch trials of the 1600s. If you don't go to the witch museum, there are other witch-related attractions here as well.
- Singing Beach119 Beach St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944recommended Singing BeachSinging Beach receives its name from the type of sand on the beach; the mineral content of the sand produces a distinct sound. I did not hear such a sound, nor can I explain further my Wikipedia level ... read moreof science, but I can attest that Singing Beach is a lovely place to spend a day, especially if you're in Boston and are looking to get away from the city.Keane
Take the train up here if you have a chance. It's very pretty. Get some ice cream by the train station too!
- Faneuil Hall1 Faneuil Hall Sq,, Boston, MA 02109-1632recommended Faneuil HallI may or may not have had a foodie rampage here throwing down substantial cash to try a number of local quick bites. Boston itself isn't too big, so the convenience of getting all that food under one ... read moreroof isn't a huge benefit, but still the environment is bustling and the crowds (if you can stand them) are kind of fun. Faneuil Hall was the meeting place for old Bostonians. It's a well-maintained and beautiful bit of history.Keane
One-stop place for lots of food. A bit touristy, but fun still.
- Mike's Pastry300 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113recommended Mike's PastryMike's is a pastry-lover's dream. All sorts of colorful concoctions line the display (including their famous cannoli and some really huge sweets). Arrive early because it can get busy. The location is ... read moregreat for anyone exploring the historic sites in North End. Be sure to check out the Paul Revere House and Mall if you're visiting for the first time.Keane
Get some cannoli!
- Stella1525 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118recommended StellaOne of my favorite memories of Boston includes a wonderful pear martini, delicious gnocchi and a beautiful setting. It was at Stella, a lovely Italian restaurant in the South End of Boston where I ... read moreexperienced this. While the prices were a bit high ($19 for the gnocchi alone) and the portions didn't impress, I still had a great time overall.Keane
- The Paul Revere House19 N Square, Boston, MA, United Statesrecommended The Paul Revere HousePaul Revere was one of my childhood heroes, which, in retrospect, I'm grateful for now, living in an age when people look up to frivolous icons like Justin Bieber. It's an amazing feeling, stepping ... read morethrough the house of the American hero that sounded the start of the Revolutionary War. And while Paul Revere never peed into a tavern mop bucket whilst drunk (not on record, anyway), he remains an entertaining figure to this day.Keane
- Head Of The Charles Regatta2 Gerrys Landing Road, Cambridge, MArecommended Head Of The Charles RegattaHOCR takes over Boston and Cambridge -literally the entire river front- one weekend every October. The course is three miles long, so it's great to walk along the course to check out all the tents ... read morewith food, samples and swag, or just find a bridge to cheer from. Some spectators watch for crashes under the Weeks Footbridge or the hairpin turn before the Elloit. It doesn't matter if you've never even heard of crew before, this is a great event.
- Samuel Adams Brewery Co30 Germania Street, Boston, MA, United Statesrecommended Samuel Adams Brewery CoThis is a great tour, with plenty of samples passed around at the end. Keep an eye out on the tour, you might see some of the brewers from the recent tv commercials. The brewery also offers a free ... read moreshuttle to a nearby pub on certain days.
- Fenway Park4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3409recommended Fenway ParkOne of the most historic ballparks still around! Red Sox games are always fun, and there are a ton a sports bars right near the park if you can't get a ticket to the game.Lauren Baker
Nothing is more quintessentially Boston than singing "sweet Caroline" during a game!recommended Fenway ParkEven if you despise the Red Sox, you have to take in a game at Fenway if you are there in season and they are playing. The whole experience is unique even if you've been to other ballparks. Whether ... read moreyou enter on Yawkey Way or Lansdowne Street, you will experience local flavor. When you enter, you are stepping into history. Take some time to look at the exhibitions they have inside before getting to your seat. A couple of pro tips: Seek out the giant Fenway Dog- this big tube of meat is actually quite tasty. Also, pass the usually, crappy beer choices and find Green Monsta IPA. You will thank me.Steve LeVine
If you can catch a game at Fenway, do it. Not much more uniquely Boston.
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Katie; Can not forget about the Green Monster (Fenway park) being declared a National Historic landmark in March 2012.
- Charlestown Navy Yard1 1st Avenue, Charlestown, MArecommended Charlestown Navy YardCharlestown Navy Yard is part of the National Park Service's park units. It has both a museum and ship USS Constitution. Disability access is limited and lots of walking. Disability is very limited to ... read moreboth on street and a parking garage across the street. You will need about 1 hour to 2 hours to visit the site.
- Boston Harbor Cruises100 Terminal Street, Charlestown, MA, United Statesrecommended Boston Harbor CruisesThis is part of the National Park Services Unit. I had gone on the Cruises out to Little Brewster Island. Going out was great to be able to see what is going in the harbor and the bird watching was. ... read moreThis boat is accessible, but no bathrooms. Disability Parking is in a paid lot to the far right of the small entrance office building.
- Boston National Historical ParkBoston, MArecommended Boston National Historical ParkBoston National Historical Park is part of National Park Services park unit. It includes the freedom trail and other historical sites in the downtown area of Boston. Disability Access is limited due ... read moreto curb cuts and reading some of the signs on the walls of the buildings. Disability Parking is limited and its on street parking. You can spend anywhere from 2 to 6 hours visit the different sites. Stop at the V.C. for all the information about this site.Jason Planck
With this trip you can get out on the water and see Boston from a different point of view.
- Harpoon Brewery306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210-2316recommended Harpoon BrewerySure, you can go to any brewery to see how beer is made. If you want to see how really good beer is made, go to Harpoon Brewery. They will have you wear safety goggles but you'll forget them very soon ... read moreafter being led on the tour. I found it to be fun entertaining and educational. The tour guides are very knowledgeable have a great sense of humor and love what they're doing- they're working in a beer factory after all. During the tour you'll be led into their tasting room. This is a happy place where you can get what seems like almost unlimited samples of most of their beers on tap. My personal favorites were the Leviathan IPA (quite a special brew indeed) and their Boston Irish Stout. They will also tell you how their spent grain is used in making their freshly baked pretzels in the larger tap room. You will be now told by me that this is unlike any pretzel you have ever had before. You will want to remember this a few minutes later when you actually go into the tap room after the tour. You will want to order this big puffy pretzel with two dipping sauces of your choosing of the quite a few that they offer. (Melted Garlic herb Parmesan butter and beer cheese were my two choices.) You will want to wash down the pretzel with one of their many tasty brews or go for a tasting flight. You will then thank me.Steve LeVine
Make sure to get one of their fresh baked pretzel and dipping sauces in their taproom- unlike any you have had before.
- Anthem Kitchen & Bar101 S Market St, Boston, MA, United Statesrecommended Anthem Kitchen & BarWhen you visit Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, which you will do when you visit Boston, and you want a good meal that avoids the crowds and the fake Irish touristy pubs, then pop into Anthem. The ... read moreprimary focus here is pub/comfort food but it's done really well. The burger here is actually quite great. What's even better is some of the local brews they offer. They even have Samuel Adams Brick Red Ale which is only sold in the Boston area and in limited spots at that. This was an amazing compliment to the burger. The prices are not outrageous and they will give you your money's worth in food and service.Steve LeVine
If you want a less touristy place for a bite when at Quincy Market, this is a great choice.
- Atlantic Fish Company761 Boylston St., Bostonrecommended Atlantic Fish CompanyAs with any major city, there will be plethora of good restaurants. This is one of the standouts in Boston. As with any coastal city, there are bound to be great seafood places. Again, this is a ... read morestandout. What's awesome is that this a more refined establishment yet far from stuffy. You will, however, be treated to amazing food prepared with skill and served by masterful staff. They know the difference between being attentive and overbearing. They will make great recommendations. They will ask if you want the steamed lobster removed from the shell before it is served to you. Even when you decline, the shell will be split perfectly and will be easy for you to handle while you do the work yourself. You know when the "drawn" butter is served in a small ramekin over a flame to keep it warm and melted, you've come to the right place. Also, despite being a fairly large place, even when packed the noise is not overbearing thanks to the high arched ceiling. This is not a place you can be disappointed with. Oh, and they take reservations.Steve LeVine
You'll find plenty of seafood restaurants in Boston but if you want that and an amazing restaurant experience, go here.
- Emmets Pub & Restaurant6 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108recommended Emmets Pub & RestaurantIf you are reading this, you are finding out about one of the best secrets in Boston. Here you will get an authentic Irish pub experience. This is not a douchey-tourist kind of place nor is it a ... read moregrungy hole-in-the-wall. Unlike some other places a short walk away near the Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area, they do not impose some artificial historical significance. What they do is pour a proper pint of Guinness or other great brew- some local like a Harpoon IPA. Now, many people upon seeing a flat iron steak (or "tavern steak") on a pub menu will cringe at the thought of trying to chew through a tough, grizzly piece of leather. I ordered such and my reaction was sheer delight having left not a trace of it ever being on my plate. Not a piece of fat or gristle. Nothing. The sautéed mushrooms and Rosemary fingerling potatoes that melted in my mouth were pure pleasure. After our very friendly waitress ended her shift, she handed us off to the barkeep, Ryan. He is the real deal- straight from Ireland with the warmth and personality to make you sure you are certainly welcome to be there. His recommendation of goat cheese cheesecake for dessert from their sister restaurant across the street (they were out of the Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake) was spot on. So delicious. I have no doubt I would be a regular here if I lived in the area.