Replies: 12 - Last Post: May 6, 2012 8:10 AM Last Post By: Brax
May 3, 2012 11:52 PM
I have had to sudddenly (just now) book 4 nights in Boston, travelling to visit the hometown of a dear departed buddy to pay my respects. I have to travel to the suburbs for the nights of 11/12 May and then into Boston for 2 nights 3 days for a look see.
Apart from the usual sights, Martha's Vineyard, Salem etc, what do you recommend? I am into cultures, love nightlife - bars etc - without getting plastered. A good suggestion for a central location would be appreciated, most likely will walk that freedom trail. I am not being lazy and am researching, but what with looking for tickets, rooms and local travel etc I am getting phased, and local knowledge can be oh so helpful.
Any decent locals want to meet up for a beer (on me) PM me. Mature UK guy, normally into hiking trekking etc - but not on this visit. Take care.
May 4, 2012 5:41 AM
May 4, 2012 6:29 AM
2Lexington and Concord are beween Boston and Carlisle, and are probably worth a stop if time allows.
Martha's Vineyard is not one of the usual sights of Boston. You won't be gong there in this time frame. Probably not Salem either.
May 4, 2012 7:46 AM
3The USS Constitution is a must see in the Boston area, and is within easy walking distance from downtown. It is the oldest commissioned navy vessel afloat in the world. An on-gong restoratin project is interesting to watch as craftsman restore the wooden boat. The adjacent museum provides all the historical information, and the ship is open to walk through on a guided tour offered by the U.S. Navy.
May 4, 2012 8:36 AM
May 4, 2012 2:26 PM
Lexington and Concord are good picks.
May 4, 2012 5:47 PM
6I also recommend a visit to Lexington and Concord, and specifically to Minute Man National Historical Park. Carlisle is about six miles north of Concord and a couple of miles further south is Walden Pond, which I would also recommend. There is an easy trail that goes around the pond and a replica of Thoreau's cabin. Everything is in full blossom and leafing out at the moment and it would be a lovely time to visit. We haven't seen the sun here in a while and next week it is also supposed to rain nonstop, but clearing towards the weekend you arrive.
May 4, 2012 11:29 PM
May 5, 2012 12:28 PM
8From Carlisle it's not far to Lowell. If you're interested in the history of the Industrial Revolution, there's a National Park which explores this topic - the mills, the mill-girls, etc. This would take most of a day, so you might not have the time. If you do go and are in Lowell for dinner, there are several good Cambodian restaurants.
Lots of good suggestions above, too.
May 5, 2012 8:16 PM
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May 6, 2012 8:10 AM
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