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Date: 5/3/10 12:01 PM

We are considering taking a day trip to Boston. We are going to take Amtrak or possibly drive.

I am hoping you could share good places to park and best way to move around the city. What do locals consider fun places to visit and eat? We would prefer places off the beaten path. Any fun family friendly bistros and best items on the menu? Scenic spots or parks good for a picnic?

We are not looking to spend a lot .The options need to be inexpensive and non-fussy. We also will have young kids (youngest is 5 yo). We were thinking to visit the Aquarium and take a duck-tour, but thatís pretty much what everybody does.

Would anybody care to share any suggestions?

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Date: 5/3/10 12:25 PM

The freedom trail is great, especially if you prep your kids a bit on American history. Some of the cemetaries along the freedom trail have all sorts of great people buried there...like mother goose.

The Children's museum is right near South station and is wonderful. Even for bigger kids. I love the science museum as well, but it is a bit spendy for a family.

The museum of fine arts is just world class.. one of the nice things about it is that paintings are often exhibited with the objects portrayed in the paintings displayed next to the paintings.. so the portrait of paul Revere holding one of his silver bowls is displayed with one of his bowls alongside...They also have had a terrific program of purchasing bencehs for the museum from artisalns..some of those benches are just drop dead beautiful

The Isabella stweart gerdner museum is also a special place..when I went several years ago they had a great self guided tour for kids that my kids really liked.

It's easy to get around by public transit. all the places I just mentioned are on the T. The swanboats are a sweet thing to do.. not high adventure but something nice to do for the 5 year old especially if they have read make way for ducklings.

If you want slightly off the beaten path, take the T to quincy and visit John and Abigail adams' homes..the town has it's own mini freedon trail.The town runs a little trolly for visitors that hits the highlights.

The Arboretum is wonderful. Check out www.boston.com for activities for families while you are there...because there are so many universities there are always terrific theatre productions and music performaces available at reasonable prices buut on by university students. Some of the best theatre I have ever seen was at some of these university sponsored productions.

I grew up in Boston and my family still lives there. It is a wonderful walking city.. a day may not be enough.

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Date: 5/3/10 8:17 PM

I wouldn't miss the science museum which has its own stop on the T. There are no cheap things to do in Boston however! I'm assuming you won't have a car to park so that will save $, but eating won't be cheap. Eating at Faneuil Hall is fun - and at time crazy! If you can eat early or later there it will be less crowded. They often have street entertainers there in the nice weather.

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Date: 5/4/10 0:13 AM

visit the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. It is part of the Christian Sicence Church near the Prudential Building (210 Mass Ave), check out Fenway Park, Old Ironsides ( you'll need a car), Bunker Hill Monument, State House

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Date: 5/4/10 10:21 AM

Thank you!

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Date: 5/4/10 12:57 PM

I would certainly advise taking public transportation, if at all possible. Boston is considered to be one of the worst cities to drive in, if not the worst. Many years ago, I used to date a New England guy who had attended MIT, and even he refused to drive in Boston! I saw cars driving up the wrong side of the road just outside our hotel in order to beat the traffic stopped at the lights, and it was basically just a total free for all.

That said, Boston is one of my favorite cities. Have fun on your trip :-)

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Date: 5/4/10 1:31 PM

I live in a neighborhood of Boston and agree completely with everything said already about driving in Boston. It's wicked dreadful. Also, the streets are confusing and street signs are rare.

However, if you are driving into the city on a Saturday or Sunday, you can park at the Boston Common Garage all day for $11. I recommend parking there immediately and walking everywhere, or taking the T. The garage is under the Common and you enter from Charles St. It's too expensive to park there on weekdays, though.

Enjoy!

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Date: 5/5/10 11:06 PM

Nata, I wouldn't drive if I were you. My husband and I took the train up to Boston last week and had a wonderful time without having to worry about driving in that horrendous traffic and trying to find parking. While having dinner in the North End we talked to a businessman from Atlanta who couldn't get over how difficult it is to get around Boston by car, he said he doesn't ever want to visit Boston again. Too bad, such a wonderful city.
We went on a tour of the Massachusetts State House, we loved it but children would be bored to tears.
Both of us are natives of Boston but lived out-of-state for 35 years and are now getting reacquainted with the city. Last year we took the Duck Tour with our 19 y.o. granddaughter and her 5 y.o. brother--it was so much fun. We had spent the earlier part of the day at the Museum of Science--wonderful. Will you be arriving at North Station if you take the train? Its very convenient to the science museum, the aquarium and you can get all over the city by the "T".
We can get passes to the museum through our local library, check and see if your library has that deal.
Are we allowed to mention a favorite restaurant on this site? We think the best restaurant in Boston for Italian food is Rabia's on Salem St. in the North End, it is just a few blocks from the Haymarket Sq. T stop. The food is wonderful and the people who work there are the best. My daughter, her husband and 3 kids ages 2, 4 and 9 ate there after visting the aquarium and said it was very child friendly.
Have fun!
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Date: 5/6/10 11:38 AM

P.S. Someone else mentioned the Children's Museum, I haven't been there but it is supposed to be very good and not so pricey. When we go to Boston we usually walk all over the city but the 5 y.o. would get very tired. If you go to www.mbta.com, you will find all you need to know about public transportation.
The food court at Quincy Market is another place where we have eaten. The food is much better than at food courts in malls. Also, it would be fun to pack a lunch and eat in Boston Public Garden, on Boston Common or (I think) on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway.
Get a map and have fun.

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Date: 5/6/10 12:26 PM

You might want to see Paul Revere's house, the oldest in Boston. It's near the Italian area (North End). Years ago, last time we were in Boston, we ate at a fabulous little hole-in-the-wall restaurant within a couple of blocks of Paul Revere's house... called Mangia Calamari. Best calamari I've ever had, very fresh. Don't know if it's still there.

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