Sunday, November 05, 2006

One Day In Boston


It sounds like the name of a new TV show but it is actually one day in my life. Next month I'll be traveling to Boston for business and since I've never been there I decided to stay through the weekend. I fly in on a Thursday. Work all day Friday and fly out on Sunday. So, that gives me all day Saturday - one day- to see Boston. It's quite overwhelming. I'm starting to look online for things to do because I'm afraid if I don't have a lot of ideas I'll be so overwhelmed that I'll do something lame like go to a movie or hang out at the hotel bar the entire time.

I found this walking tour not far from my hotel. But, it is going to be December so I don't know how long I'll last outside and some of the places along the tour don't appear to be open on Saturdays. Suggestions are welcome. What one thing do you think I must do to get a real taste of Boston?

I've been thinking what I would suggest to someone if they asked me the same thing about Los Angeles. I would have to say Venice Beach for sure. It was one of the first places I had to see when I got here and I still love it. Other, obvious stuff, like Hollywood and all its touristy stuff is way overrated.

9 comments:

alphawoman said...

You need to get in touch with Paul from, Single Man Writing...now it's called Waterboy (ex-Belfast Cowboy of AOL) He lives in the outskirts of Boston I believe. Joe and I wandered around for days there. Salem is just miles north.

Lisa :-] said...

I've always wanted to "do" Boston. I'm most interested in the historical aspects of the city, so I would be found hanging around anywhere really old, like more than 200 years.

Mary had a good idea about asking Paul...

Lee said...

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time in Boston, Robbie. You might run into the "Boston Legal" crowd! ;)

Say 'G'day" to James Spader for me! ;)

sunflowerkat119 said...

I don't know Boston at all, but I think Mary's right. Paul would be a great resource.

Phinney said...

i've been there several times, their aquarium is one of the best i've seen. quincy market is colorful and fun...and a walk around the italian area is nice and interesting. other than that, i've been to the science museum (geared towards kids) and the hard rock cafe. that's about it! will wait to hear all about what you decide to do. have a good trip! ~phinney

Wil said...

The walking tour is such that you can pick it up and skip venues as your interest and stamina allow. Don't miss Fanueil Hall. Eat lunch at Legal Seafoods. If you want a warm inside venue to visit, the Boston Aquarium is always good, as is the Computer Museum. Might want to take a jog along the Charles, past Harvard, just so you can say you've been there...

Becky said...

Ah Boston. My old stomping grounds. I'll second (or third) the votes for Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market (great food and shopping). The New England Aquarium is top knotch if you like that sort of thing (I do.) The Aquarium is located on the waterfront (the harbor, ya know, the whole Tea Party deal) where there is loads to see and photograph.

The Swan Boats in the Public Gardens won't be running, but there will probably be ice skating on the frog pond (fun and great photo opp).

If shopping is your bag, walk the length of Newbury Street for all the ritzy shops. And the end of the street you'll find Copley Plaza - a beautiful shopping mecca with the Prudential Center sky walk and observatory as a bonus.

If it's the history that attracts you, you could visit Paul Revere's house or walk the Freedom Trail (probably too cold in December tho.) Museum of Fine Arts is nice too.

Do you love the night life? Clubs are in Kenmore Square.

Good grief...so much. The North End (like Little Italy). China Town. The Old North Church (one if by land, two if by sea). The theater district. The Symphony or the Pops. The annual production of The Nutcraker will happen in December...if you want to see The Boston Ballet in action. That was our Christmas family tradition for a number of years.

Beantown Trolly...Boston Movie Tour...JFK Library...good lord, it's endless!

Remo said...

It sounds like a well-deserved reward. Sorry I learned about your cross-country sojourn too late to have a special surprise waiting for you in Gila Bend.

Anonymous said...

Hmm...well, I was born in Cambridge and raised in MA. But it's been ages. If I recall, Newberry Street is where all the artsy folk, shops and venues are. I would say similar to Venice but New England style.

I'll be there in December too. Wouldn't that have been a kick to be there at the same time!

Enjoy. Bundle up!