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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Boston, off the beaten path

I am in Boston for the first time, looking for specific spots in and around the city. Please look over my list of places to visit, as well as my interest criteria. If you have an addition to make, I would appreciate reading it. Thx.

-landscape/architectural photography
-memorable scenary
-viewpoints, panoramas, sunsets
-the outdoors, hikes with a view,
-specialty/unique local cuisine
-unique, interesting experiences full of original character from the local area.

Public Garden
Sunset/night view of Boston skyline
Walk Boston neighbourhoods: --Beacon Hill/Charles Street, South End, Back Bay, North End/Hanover:
Harvard, Cambridge
Eat @ Durgin Park, Legal seafood, Union oyster


2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

Id suggest first
for scenery outdoors, nature AND history
Go to the Battle sites and walking paths of Lexington and Concord.
theres a beautiful nature trail and a nice old bridge where we fought the British army just outside Lexington. Theres also a farmhouse that is part of the trail where you can meet a "Minuteman" and see a colonial model of a farm. And a nice visitor centre soemwhere on the path as a bit of web searches and youll sort it.

specialty/unique local cuisine
Local cousine - YAH! I miss the seafood...u gotta try Legal Seafoods - near the Aquarium in the North End - try the Clam Chowda!

unique, interesting experiences full of original character from the local area.
U can try a night out in Southie that wud give u some local Irish/Boston character!

Beacon hill is very nice and The north end - just dont stay in the north end after dark - all the jocks come out to play.

Harvard Square, Cambride is wonderful - Try the Tex/Mex restaurant on Church street.

Cnetral Square is great for a night out - altho Manray club closed - im sure theres some great places still, The Middle East Bar, The Field Pub...ect

The best view of almost any city iv ever seen is Boston from the Mass ave bridge at night coming FROM cambride into Boston -its amazing!

but you should check out a RedSox Game - even if ur not a baseball fan - its a really fun time and nice old fashioned stadium. its our trump over New York right now since we lead the AL east! so far altho the midseason break is coming....

if u need anymore info IM me!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 20, 2007, at 3:49 AM by coldwarspy ]

3. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Try the Union Oyster House near Faneuil Hall. It is the oldest restaurant in the US. Good oysters and great bar.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 20, 2007, at 11:25 AM by S_Paradise ]

4. Posted by jodib (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I live near Boston, so a few suggestions...

There are a group of islands in Boston harbor that have been made a national park. I think there are ferries to them...lots of nature, good view etc.

If you have access to a car, the SOuth shore, where i live, has some great beaches- Duxbury, Minot, etc. Even Nantasket beach tho that one being more public and accessible has a lot of people on a hot day.

there is a point of land called "lands End" and another more woodsy area that has a nice set of trails through the woods that arrives our at the ocean overlooking the marshes on the south shore. One is in Hingham, one is in Norwell and both are run by the Trustees of Reservations or something like that. Lands End has an entrance fee the one in Norwell is free. Both are wonderful for scenery...

these are a few that come to mind atthe moment...


5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

yeah! - theres an old civil war fort on the harbour islands that you can take a ferry over from the piers next to the Aquarium. Thats a great idea.

and yeah South shore is a good idea to visit - Plymouth is a nice "old" Town with beaches and nice views ect. And good seafood.

6. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The only addition I can make is a walk along the Charles River Esplanade. Ideally, you should do this an hour before sunset.