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Things to Do In Boston?

I’m probably going to Boston for a week next month. Never been to the States before, so I’m pretty psyched. And a little lost…

Anyway, I’m going to be visiting a friend of mine. He’ll be at work most days, so it’s up to me to keep myself entertained.

Any good ideas? I really don’t want to to the whole tourist-thing, but I’m up for anything fun and/or interesting.

And obviously I need a good gym…

Any help appreciated!

Newbury street. Ton of shops and restaurants/outdoor cafe style set ups, great place to kill an afternoon by just people watching.

Boston is the greatest city on Earth. It’s not in the nucleus of the city, but if you take the orange line to the Forest Hills stop, you can visit Forest Hills Cemetery. It’s an astoundingly beautiful place. If you take the 28 bus, you can get to Franklin Park, which has a great zoo and is beautiful as well. Neither of these are touristy.

Be warned, though, these are both in rough parts of town, so go during the day and don’t look like an out-of-towner. Regarding gyms, stay out of the East Boston Planet Fitness. Otherwise, you’re fine.

there’s a ten game homestand may 11-20. lift, eat, sleep, game, repeat.

Hang out with me in Downtown Crossing, what part of Boston are you going to be in? Plenty of decent gyms around the north and south shores, Golds in Stoughton is 24/7, Powerhouse in Woburn is also 24/7, stay away from Workout Worlds and Super Fitness they suck.

You can Visit the Museum of Science in Cambridge and see our inacurrate dinosaur, or go to the Museum of Fine Arts and go to the Egyption tomb, as well as the Japanese armor.

[quote]Pauliewalnuts wrote:
Newbury street. Ton of shops and restaurants/outdoor cafe style set ups, great place to kill an afternoon by just people watching.[/quote]

I used to live on newbury st. On certain days, it really is a circus, you don’t even really need to DO anything but walk from the Commons to mass ave. and take in all the overall buzz of the place.

Check out the Cafe/bookstore(whose name slips my mind at the moment) on Newbury St. They’ve got some real good food, and you can sit and read.

As for a gym, The Y in boston. Outside of a modernized glass wall machines room on the first floor, the rest of the Y here is grimy and old-school. The weight room is a dungeon, the basketball courts are up high, the whole place has a really powerful vibe to it, the type you might get from a couple hundred year old haunted house.

I would recommend also going to cambridge, the harvard and MIT campuses are nice, I used to play soccer out there.

Also, just, in general, walk around the city. Boston is a great city for walking in, I know they advertise that as a draw, but it is really the truth. Walk from the financial district to back bay, that’s about the length of the city, and you’ll see bits of everything it has to offer.

The christian science center in the back bay is especially nice to walk through, there is a giant reflection pool, some fountains, and grandiose architecture.

The T is also limited fun, mostly because it is well organized and relatively small as far as subways go, it’s as good a way to get around town as any.

There are always shows going on at Berklee and the surrounding clubs.

To add to or expand upon the above:

Gotta catch a Sox game at Fenway. Buy them here: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos or walk up to the window right before game time to purchase tickets reserved by players that went unclaimed (a good bet if they’re playing a crappy team and Dice-K isn’t pitching).

Walking the Freedom Trail is an excellent way to spend the day, particularly if you are interested in American history in the Revolutionary War era: http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

Even though your first instinct isn’t to do the tourist thing, you may still enjoy a Duck Tour: http://www.bostonducktours.com/

You can also take the Red Line subway out to the Harvard Square stop in Cambridge and spend some time exploring the Harvard Campus – MIT is also near there. And if you go to MIT, you’re right by the Charles River, so you could spend some time out there.

Given your timing, you’re probably early for any Shakespeare in the Park or concerts at the Hatch Shell, but I would look into it nonetheless.

My restaurant recommendations are probably old, but if you want any let me know.

I also suggest getting a Lonely Planet guide for Boston - I love those books: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/north-america/usa/boston

Definitely hit the North End for Dinner one night if you can (Italian Food)

Hasn’t quite found its way onto the tourism maps yet. :wink:

If you run out of things to do in Boston proper (don’t forget China Town, Legal Seafood, Thaniel Hall, the Waterfront, Old Ironsides, etc.), there are a lot of sights in the surrounding areas as well:

NEARBY:
Salem (of witch trials fame)
Glouchester (famous fishing port)
Lexington/Concord (of start of revolutionary war fame)

FARTHER AWAY (bus service or rent a car for the day):
Newport, RI (beaches, seaport, mansions)
Casinos: Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods (not Las Vegas, but a lot closer, hourly buses leaving from China Town)

Dog Racing Tracks: Raynham, Lincoln, RI
Fall River Naval Museum (Battleship Massachussetts, plus a host of smaller ships)

White Mountains/Mt Washington, NH.
Concerts: Foxboro Stadium, The Hatch Shell, Great Woods, Boston/TD Bank North Garden)
Cape Cod: beaches, seafood

Depending on exactly when you are here:
Air Shows (RI and MA)
Tall Ships in Newport, RI.

I’m sure there are a lot of others I am forgetting…

[quote]BostonBarrister wrote:
Gotta catch a Sox game at Fenway. Buy them here: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos or walk up to the window right before game time to purchase tickets reserved by players that went unclaimed (a good bet if they’re playing a crappy team and Dice-K isn’t pitching).
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And before the game you can have a workout at Gold’s Gym on Landsdowne Street, right next to the ballpark. The best gym in Boston I’ve trained in. (Eric’s Excel IS the best, but it is in Waltham, so it doesn’t really count. :wink: )

Take in a Sox game man. Cant beat our stadium atmosphere.
Many good places to go out at night too.
Just stay away from the gold diggin hoes that can habitat the area, not that I know of them or anything.

[quote]Malevolence wrote:
Pauliewalnuts wrote:
Newbury street. Ton of shops and restaurants/outdoor cafe style set ups, great place to kill an afternoon by just people watching.

I used to live on newbury st. On certain days, it really is a circus, you don’t even really need to DO anything but walk from the Commons to mass ave. and take in all the overall buzz of the place.

Check out the Cafe/bookstore(whose name slips my mind at the moment) on Newbury St. They’ve got some real good food, and you can sit and read.[/quote]

Trident Bookstore. Excellent place.

Are you talking about the one in Oak Square? Does Boston have any other YMCAs?

[quote]I would recommend also going to cambridge, the harvard and MIT campuses are nice, I used to play soccer out there.

Also, just, in general, walk around the city. Boston is a great city for walking in, I know they advertise that as a draw, but it is really the truth. Walk from the financial district to back bay, that’s about the length of the city, and you’ll see bits of everything it has to offer.

The christian science center in the back bay is especially nice to walk through, there is a giant reflection pool, some fountains, and grandiose architecture.

The T is also limited fun, mostly because it is well organized and relatively small as far as subways go, it’s as good a way to get around town as any.

There are always shows going on at Berklee and the surrounding clubs.[/quote]

Print out this guy’s quote and do everything on his list. Those are my fondest memories of Boston wrapped up in one succinct message. Take the Blue Line, it smells like the ocean. If you get off at the Maverick Square Trolley stop and someone asks you about an electrician, she’s trying to sell you sex. If you go by the Christian Science center, do it at night. Everything is lit up and looks far more beautiful. Beacon Hill has the oldest architecture in the city and it’s all very lovely. To whoever said the MoS was in Cambridge, it’s at North Station in Boston, but a stone’s throw from Cambridge Side Galleria. If you find yourself in a place called Brookline, go to Pino’s for pizza. Delicious. If a local recommends Anna’s Taqueria, stay the hell out of it. I hate that place.

[quote]Easy E wrote:
Take in a Sox game man. Cant beat our stadium atmosphere.
Many good places to go out at night too.
Just stay away from the gold diggin hoes that can habitat the area, not that I know of them or anything.[/quote]

Yeah, if you can actually get tickets to a Red Sox game (baseball) that would be fun. Lots of choices in the area, Lansdowne St. has a bar for everyone. Boston Beer Works is right next to the Stadium, good micro brews. There are a couple of places to shoot pool near the stadium as well. Boston Billiards and Jillians.

Lots of good local bands all over Boston and Cambridge. Check out bostonphoenix.com. They have listings for music, food, arts, etc.

There are a ton of great restaurants in Boston, and everything is accessible by the T (subway).

And if you do end up training in Waltham be sure to eat at knowfat…fantastic air fries, steak tips and brocolli.

Wear a NY Yankees cap and a redsox sucks T-Shirt and introduce yourself to everyone you meet as Eric Cressey.

[quote]Mr. Clean & Jerk wrote:
If a local recommends Anna’s Taqueria, stay the hell out of it. I hate that place.[/quote]

BLASPHEMY! I just had a quesadilla Al Pastor and it was amazing. It is over rated in general though. At least the one in Somerville has gone down recently.

See a Red Sox game (FYI, it’s hard to get tickets, especially cheap). Walk around the city, it’s small enough that it won’t talk too long. See Newbury street, go through the Commons, stroll along the Charles River. If you get a chance, my favorite food in the area is at Kelly’s Roast Beef, there’s one in Saugus, Revere and Medford, none of which are actually in the city.

[quote]Pauliewalnuts wrote:
And if you do end up training in Waltham be sure to eat at knowfat…fantastic air fries, steak tips and brocolli.[/quote]

seconded.

[quote]veruvius wrote:
BLASPHEMY! I just had a quesadilla Al Pastor and it was amazing. It is over rated in general though. At least the one in Somerville has gone down recently.[/quote]

I assume you’ve never dined at Boca Grande.

Looks like I won’t be bored. :wink:

Just booked my tickets! May 23. to May 30. Boston, here I come!

I’m going to print this thread, do some research and reply/ask more stupid questions.

Thanks, everyone - now I’m really looking forward to this trip!