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1. Posted by chelisek (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

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I will be traveling to Bsoton for a weedding over labor day weekend in 2006. I will only have 2 full days to do my own thing, and need to get advice on what that should be.

I would like to take advantage of the water, so any recommmendations on water activity like whale watching etc. please.

Also, is is too ambitious to rent a car and drive along the coastline? I like to see the small towns in the area that make up new england and am not opposed to navigating the area, but only if there is something worthwhile.

Looking for warm weather activity as opposed to indoor museums and shopping.

thanks all!

2. Posted by jazzdog (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi,

You are travelling to a wonderful part of the American coastline. The city of Boston itself has lots to do that time of year. You can spend the day walking the Freedom Trail, which will take you around all the historic areas of the city.

You can take a whale watch cruise from the New England Aquarium or a few other companies that operate in the wharf area.

Beacon Hill and its streets and alleys and red-brick houses will allow you to experience 19th century Boston.

You don't need a car to get around Boston... in fact it's a waste of money.

However if you want to spend a day outside then my advice is to head north or south and follow the coastline either way and rent a car for the day or two.

Heading south will take you to Cape Cod and sandy beaches and the national seashore park. I used to live on the cape and so I'm a little biased in its favor. The cape has route 6A and you'll experience a slew of picturesque towns and villages. Be warned Labor Day weekend is a popular tourist time on the cape.

You should read up further on the cape as you may be able to combine a visit to a quieter region of the cape and a whale watch trip. Stellwagen Bank is close to Provincetown on Cape Cod and is the destination for most of the whale watch cruises that leave from the Massachusetts coastal towns.

Heading north of Boston takes you to Salem and the Cape Ann area. Gloucester and Newburyport are all outdoor experiences, and also have whale watch crusies leaving from their towns. The town of Rockport is on route and one of the most photographed villages in New England.

If you'd like me to be more specific then I'd be happy to provide more details offline. You can email me a private message and provide more parameters on things you like to do, days available, etc.

Whatever you decide to do you'll enjoy Boston. It's one of America's most beautiful cities. A nice mixture of old and new.

Best Wishes,

Cliff Calderwood

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting chelisek

I will be traveling to Bsoton for a weedding over labor day weekend in 2006. I will only have 2 full days to do my own thing, and need to get advice on what that should be.

I would like to take advantage of the water, so any recommmendations on water activity like whale watching etc. please.

Also, is is too ambitious to rent a car and drive along the coastline? I like to see the small towns in the area that make up new england and am not opposed to navigating the area, but only if there is something worthwhile.

Looking for warm weather activity as opposed to indoor museums and shopping.

thanks all!

You only have 2 days and there is lots to see. When you are in Boston take a ride on the Duck Boats. Like the previous msg said, transportation within Boston is easy and cheap using the subway or bus system. At the South Station train station you can find lots of free info on Boston sights. There are tours you can sign up for that make a pick up from that train station.

Slightly different than the other recommendations is to take the "T" into Providence, RI. You can walk around that town and see a slightly different part of New England. The "T" is a local train that makes connections between many towns in Massachusetts and has one line south from Boston to Providence.

Going to the beach can be fun but that will eat up a lot of your short time.

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

Things do in Boston:

1. Freedom Trail
2. Bunker Hill Monument and USS Constitution (sometimes not included in standard Freedom Trail tours)
3. Harvard Square
4. Boston Tea Party Ship
5. Boston Harbor Islands (Brewster island if you can only pick one)
6. Whale watching

Hope this helps.

Pranav

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6. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

recommendations is to take the "T" into Providence, RI.

hmm I think u mean the commuter rail? is that stil the T?

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting jeffG

recommendations is to take the "T" into Providence, RI.

hmm I think u mean the commuter rail? is that stil the T?

Either way. The "T" comes from M B T A. Masschusetts Bay Tranportation Authority.

The MBTA manages and puts out the schedules for the commuter trains.