(Closed) Fun things to do in Boston!

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Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s whale season! You could take a whale watching trip from the New England Aquarium!

My favorite restaurant in Boston = Addis Red Sea (Ethiopian). There is one right next to the Back Bay T stop in the heart of Boston, and one in Porter Sq in Cambridge (red line on the T).

Ditto to what many other people have said about the North End/Freedom Trail/shopping.

If you feel like venturing out of the city, Concord/Lexington are really beautiful and historical. Walden Pond (of Walt Whitman fame) is also there, as well as a beautiful sculture garden called the DeCordova.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ooh! It depends on what you want to do.

-Touristy/classic stuff – North End/Faneiul Hall/Freedom Trail/Newbury St/Boston Common

-Outdoorsy – Definitely go to Walden Pond, or there are GREAT beaches on the North Shore (about an hour outside the city) – Crane’s, Plum Island (off Newburyport), also Rockport/Gloucester areas are super romantic and cute for a fun dinner-on-the-water spot.

-Foodie tour- LOTS of amazing restaurants in the South End! Sibling Rivalry, Tremont 647, Metropolis, to name a few.. I am partial to the food here over the North End (esp if you want something other than Italian), and it’s less touristy. But a bit harder to get to (T to Back Bay on Orange line or Arlington on Green Line and walk).

-Educational – Go to Harvard Sq and walk around the yard, it’s BEAUTIFUL! The tours they give of campus are also quite interesting

-Nightlife – The famous tourist spot is Top of the Hub (restaurant at the top level of the Prudential Center)- it’s pricey but much fun eating and looking at the city all lit up. Lots of fun bars in Cambridge and downtown too.. tell us what you like and we’ll give you some ideas!

-Live Music: TT the Bears or The Middle East (both in Central Sq) have great live rock shows most nights of the week.

-Museums: My personal favorite is the Museum of Science (Cambridge), but the Isabella Garder Museum (Back Bay) is AMAZING, so is the Museum of Fine Arts (Longwood) and the brand new Institute of Contemporary Art (Waterfront).

 

Okay I’ll stop – but please let me know if you want more suggestions/details about any of the above. 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

OH YEAH and like everyone else said, do a Duck Tour!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m getting so hungry reading these – second the Tealuxe and Addis Red Sea suggestions! Another favorite is Orinoco in the South End (South American food).

I would recommend taking either a Duck Tour or a Trolley Tour your first day there to get a look at the whole city. Keep in mind that Boston is definitely SMALL (compared to other big cities) and VERY walkable. Don’t be afraid of public transportation, the T is really easy and if you aren’t sure where you’re going, ask.

The Museum of Fine Arts is great, they’re just finishing up a huge addition onto it but I’m not sure when that portion will be open. The Aquarium is fun, but really small compared to others I’ve been to before, I wouldn’t necessarily say it is worth the price of tuition.

Some great activities to do are a whale watching tour or a Boston harbor cruise, if you’re into boats and water.

You may want to sign up for the Boston Groupon mailing list because there are frequently deals on activities (tours, whale watching, etc.) and a TON of restaurant deals, it could be a great way to save money!

Have fun, if you have any more specific questions, let us know!!

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Aww Boston girls!!! I knew you were on here somewhere!! I can’t really add to the above for activies! But you can sign up for buywithme.com and get some really good 50% off deals on spas and restaurants in the area to get even more bang for your buck!!!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

Definitely head to the North End for a great Italian meal. Then top off the night with some dessert from Modern Pastries. And if you like Mexican, check out Anna’s Taqueria. Fantastic burritos!

As most have said, the Freedom Trail is great if you’re into history. 

If you’re into live music, definitely check out the Middle East. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Everyone has said tons of great suggestions!

Sonsie on Newbury St is a fun restaurant as well! And they have outdoor seating so it’s a great place to people watch.

Beacon Hill area is fun too, I second Mike’s in the North End- classic, classic Italian bakery and its the same family running it that opened it! Their canolis are the BEST!

Have fun!!

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Where are you staying? Depending on the location, I would plan your days and itinerary around loops to and from your hotel.

If you’re into classical music, take a look at the summer series for New England Conservatory and Berklee (the Boston Pops, summer orchestra of the BSO, go to Tanglewood out in Lenox for the season).

For a lovely itinerary, take the T to Park Street in the morning and explore the Common and Public Gardens while it’s cool and empty. Walk by Downtown Crossing (don’t try it at night!!), past Suffolk Law, and down to Government Center/Quincy Market. Have lunch from the interior food vendors rather than the restaurants — the food is ALL pretty great — grab a cup of iced coffee, and head down to the waterfront. Watch the boats or take a short cruise out to Boston Light, then return for live music, beautiful pictures, and romantic strolling. Meander over to the North End for dinner, and pick any place that isn’t right on Hanover St. Or, find the original Pizzeria Regina’s for a bustling, casual perfect pizza dinner. For dessert, two options: get a small Italian coffee and pastry or gelato from any place BUT Mike’s (sorry folks, this tourist trap doesn’t even make the best cannolis. The place next door, however…), or hop back on the T and take it alllll the way back up to Park, where you’ll have another leisurly stroll through the Gardens until you get to Finale’s, the dessert-only restaurant across from Maggiano’s (another great Italian eatery).

As people have mentioned before, this is a walker’s paradise. Let us know what your interests are, and I’m sure the bees can customize our recs for you!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

live in boston and agree with what everyone else has said. If you need resourcse, i HIGHLY recommend this website of “bostons hidden restaurants” :

http://www.hiddenboston.com/

 

Also, if you’re looking for nightlife/shows/entertainment, go to http://www.boston.com and there is a tab on top that says “things to do”… always has lists of comedy shows, concerts, etc. Prices vary and some stuff is even free!!!

 

Good luck!

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