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Currently looking to visit Boston this fall (10/3 - 10/9) and was looking for suggestions on where to stay/what to do/places to eat.

We are planning on visiting historical places so we are looking for not so pricey locations to stay that are fairly decently rated. Where should we be looking to stay at that won't break the bank?


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Probably not in Boston. Very expensive. Look for places that are near the T stations.

If you are going for the history of the revolution, then reverse this route and stay in the Concord/Lexington area: http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/ge...rd-boston/

If you are interested in the Salem witches, then look here: http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/...appenings/ (There are links to info about the MBTA Commuter Rail, in general, as well.)

If either one interests you, then look on http://www.tripadvisor.com/ and get suggestions from someone who is a "destination expert" whichever locale is good.
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Definitely look at the sights that Thumper has linked above. Boston is a small city and very walkable so no need to get a rental car. The subway "T" is quite extensive and reasonably priced. A seven day pass will cost you $19 pp for unlimited trips. You can pay to do the Freedom Trail but you can also do a self guided tour. Just follow the brick pathway and you'll see a lot of historical sights.

If you like Italian food the North End is the place to be. There is a big debate about who has better cannolis, Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry. I'll leave that up you. Seafood I like the No Name restaurant which is right on the waterfront. Nothing fancy but good food. If you want upscale you can go to Legal Seafood. I tend to avoid it because it's expensive and now a chain restaurant.
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We usually visit Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall which are not far from the North End. If you're going with kids, the aquarium is in the neighborhood.

Boston Science Museum is also worth a visit. We've done the self guided Freedom Trail. Also, grab a beer at Cheers just to say you've been there.https://cheersboston.com/

You do not want to drive. Traffic is crazy. Ask for directions and the simplest answer is, "You can't get there from here."
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Boston (and surrounding areas) is such a fun area to visit. If you're going to stay in the city - yes, it will be more expensive, but you won't need a rental car. If you're going to want to visit areas away from the city - you may want to stay outside of the city and get a rental car. For example, if you stay out in Waltham, for example, there are quite a few chain hotels there w/free parking. You can drive your car to a T Station and park there to take the T into the city. You can use your car to go historical areas like Walden Pond, Concord, Lexington, Minute Man Park which can be harder to get to if you're strictly using just public transportation.

I don't find driving in Boston a problem...but if you stay in downtown Boston and get a rental car, be prepared for the parking fees from your hotel which can be pretty expensive. So if you go that route - you may want to find off site parking.

Get a travel book from the library, go on TripAdvisor and look around at what you think you and your family will be interested in doing. What's fun for me - may be a total snorefest to you.

A lot of folks love the North End for Italian food. Meh...LOL. I'm just jaded, having lived in the area, still visit a few times a year, and I just think it's not as good as it used to be - to each their own. I'm also Italian, so I haven't yet found a restaurant that is as good as my mother's and grandmother's cooking. Smilie You may find a place you love there. To each their own. It's good people watching - I'll give it that!
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A lot of folks love the North End for Italian food. Meh...LOL. I'm just jaded, having lived in the area, still visit a few times a year, and I just think it's not as good as it used to be - to each their own. I'm also Italian, so I haven't yet found a restaurant that is as good as my mother's and grandmother's cooking. Smilie You may find a place you love there. To each their own. It's good people watching - I'll give it that!
Exactly. I'll go if people I'm with really want to go. I'm originally a Providence Italian and I feel the same way about the North End food -- and, when in RI, about the food on The Hill.

Good advice on rental car parking in the city. We stayed at the Marriott Long Wharf and parking cost $40 -- and that was 5 years ago. It is up over $50 and $37 for off site -- that is per night not per week.

Could also consider a day rental if you do stay in the city.
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A few of the hotels I've stayed at that I would give my stamp of approval are:
  • Hyatt Regency Boston
  • Onyx Hotel
  • Boston Marriott Cambridge (not in the heart of Boston, but there's a T stop right outside of the hotel)

Other things to do:
  • Swan Boats - Fairly cheap
  • Duck Boat Tour
  • Prudential Center
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Good advice on rental car parking in the city. We stayed at the Marriott Long Wharf and parking cost $40 -- and that was 5 years ago. It is up over $50 and $37 for off site -- that is per night not per week.
I forgot to mention too...that many hotels don't offer in/out privileges for parking. It can be very expensive. If you do need parking in the city near your hotel - just use google - lots of info online on alternatives.
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Quote from Zodiac View Post :
Currently looking to visit Boston this fall (10/3 - 10/9) and was looking for suggestions on where to stay/what to do/places to eat.

We are planning on visiting historical places so we are looking for not so pricey locations to stay that are fairly decently rated. Where should we be looking to stay at that won't break the bank?


Thanks.

Can you share some more details on types of food you like (and budget) and we can provide some more specific recommendations.


The new Public Market just opened this month in Haymarket right near Faneuil Hall - whole bunch of local artisanal shops


https://bostonpublicmarket.org/





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Quote from megakimcheelove View Post :
Can you share some more details on types of food you like (and budget) and we can provide some more specific recommendations.


The new Public Market just opened this month in Haymarket right near Faneuil Hall - whole bunch of local artisanal shops


https://bostonpublicmarket.org/





Any suggestions would be helpful, not looking anything in particular...not a big seafood person but will be giving it a shot because of it being "fresher".

Italian, mexican, chinese, anything that is well known really.

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Dim Sum in Chinatown is fun. Hei la Moon and China Pacific are two of the bigger ones that have the hot carts coming around the huge room. It gets really loud but it's a lot of fun with a group of people. I gone with just my sister or with a group of 20 fun either way.

If you like Vietnamese check out Pho Pasteur located on Washington St. on the fringe of Chinatown. I take the T there during the winter, have a bowl and take two home for dinner later. Huge bowl of soup for cheap money!
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We just spent a few days in Boston. We splurged for a convenient location and it proved to be worth the expense. It was nice to be able to run home to rest and/or change after a long day of touring by foot, and then head out again for the evening.

We rented a car our first few days and went to Concord & Lexington (loved that part of our trip), and Salem. We actually followed a history road trip guide we found online and went up to the Maine border and meandered back down into Boston.

We did several tours, our favorites were the Free Tours On Foot. The guides are fabulous. Unfortunately I think they do fewer tours in the fall, but if you can at least get the Freedom Trail and Harvard, I think you'll be pleased. We also did the Fenway tour, which was cool even without being a baseball junky. We skipped a lot of the museums. They didn't seem like must-sees if you live/travel in a city with decent aquariums, science center, etc. the exception was the Fine Art museum, which we visited and loved. Even if you're not a big art fan, they have a huge Ancient Civilizations collection which will please the history buff in you.

We found a 'Hidden Boston' list online and it was fun to find a few things from that list.

Food, honestly, nothing stands out as particularly noteworthy. We used Yelp as our guide, which worked out nicely. The only really noteworthy meal i can think of that's worth seeking out was Ice Cream on Newbury St. I don't recall the name of the place, but it's a few doors down from Pinkberry.
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The only really noteworthy meal i can think of that's worth seeking out was Ice Cream on Newbury St. I don't recall the name of the place, but it's a few doors down from Pinkberry.
Amorino's and Emack & Bolio's are both pretty good.
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Probably not in Boston. Very expensive. Look for places that are near the T stations.

If you are going for the history of the revolution, then reverse this route and stay in the Concord/Lexington area: http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/ge...rd-boston/

If you are interested in the Salem witches, then look here: http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/...appenings/ (There are links to info about the MBTA Commuter Rail, in general, as well.)

If either one interests you, then look on http://www.tripadvisor.com/ and get suggestions from someone who is a "destination expert" whichever locale is good.
If you're into bars, Hong Kong http://hongkongboston.com/index.html is a fun place. $1 meat on a stick and big drinks and good Chinese food too. They have a karaoke night and some other stuff going on too.

Theres the bowling alley near the ball park that's pretty cool to hangout. Rather large on the inside, pool, bowling, darts, food and drinks so it's a cool place. Lots of bars and places to eat near there. Also there is Tasty Burger near by that's pretty dam good! I would say if you're into burgers check this place out.

We go for partys so can't help with historical stuff.
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Thank you for all of the information, looks like we will be staying in Revere, MA for majority of the stay.

We will also have a rental car, thanks again and still open to any and all suggestions.

You've all been repped.
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