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Anyone live in Boston?

I have to travel there tomorrow for a conference, but I get there ~24 hours before the conference is scheduled to begin due to flight logistics. I have to waste the whole day tomorrow in downtown Boston.

Can you recommend anything cool to do? Anything worth seeing?

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Re: Anyone live in Boston?

  • Nikki is in Boston I believe.
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  • I used to live in Boston, as did Alecto. Nikki is there now.

    Unfortunately downtown Boston is not somewhere I hung out very often... it's more of a financial/business district so not somewhere I ever had a reason to go. The only draw for me was an H&M that's down there somewhere.

    Do you know exactly where you're going to be or how much time you have to kill? There's a lot that's close by if you travel by T. What sort of thing do you want to do? 

  • I'm staying at the Hyatt Regency downtown (Lafayette Street?). I'm looking for a cool shopping district, museum, science center or something along those lines.

    I get in at 8:30 tomorrow morning but the conference doesn't start until 7 the next morning.

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  • There is a pedestrian shopping area on Washington St right there. That's where the H&M was (is? not sure) along with a bunch of dept stores and all sorts of stuff. 

    You're close to the Downtown Crossing T stop (red line) and also close to the Park St stop (red & green intersect). The Park St station is right on the Northeast corner of Boston Common, which is a really nice place to wander around if it's a nice day. If you get on the green line you can go out to the Museum of Science, kind of far but easy to get to on the T.

    DH is napping but he knows the city better than me, I'll have him give me some ideas for you in a bit.

    I recommend familiarizing yourself with the T map first. It's pretty simple but confusing when you're trying to read it in a hurry!

    http://www.bostoncitylinks.com/boston-map.gif 

  • Your hotel is in downtown crossing.....lots of shops in the area but kind of down and dirty.

    You are about a 10 minute walk from the harbor where you can walk along the waters edge (start at Boston Harbor hotel) and make your way past the aquarium and onto the North End/Italian area (there is a walkway behind the Marriott to take you around). Hanover street is the main street in the North End with restaurants, cafes, and some shops etc. Try Cafe Vittoria for great cappuccino and tiramisu :http://www.vittoriacaffe.com/. From there circle back to Quincy Market/Fanueil Hall for more shops. Walk to Government Center, jump on the MBTA Green Line and get off at Arlington T stop (you can take B,C, D or E)  then either walk to Newbury Street for more shops/cafes in cute Bostonian buildings or walk along Boylston St to Copley Place and more shops etc in the Prudential Center. I would then jump back on the Green Line T and head on the E line to The Museum of Fine Arts http://www.mfa.org/ (free open house on Memorial Day) or The Isabella Gardner Museum http://www.gardnermuseum.org/ .

    That should give you a full days tourism and you will sleep like a baby!

  • There is the Harvard Museum of Natural History. http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu. It is open Monday.

    Take the Red Line to Harvard, and it's very easy to walk around Harvard Square. 

  • Thanks for all of the info, ladies!
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    From Park Street, you should be able to get to Newbury Street and Boylston street pretty well, which has some good shopping. Also around that area are the Boston Commons and Public Gardens.

    Do get to the science museum if you have time - it is so awesome! And they have a really cool omni theater there - like an IMAX only it's dome shaped.

  • You could always walk part of the freedom trail (starts at the Common), ride a swan boat (in the Public Garden). If you're looking to window shop, Newbury St is the place to go. Personally, I can't afford anything, but everything is so pretty! Also, for an art museum, I reccomend the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The MFA is nice, but it's your standard art museum. The ISGM is beautiful and boasts the single largest art heist in history...you can still see the empty frames... Have fun!
  • I am so bummed I didn't see this earlier. I live in Cambridge- everyone else hit all the good points! On top of what everyone recc'd I'd have suggested Quincy Market, which is right by Government Center.
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