Boston Things to Do Tips by kazander
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Built in 1826, Quincy market was originally an open air food market. Faneuil Hall was constructed in 1776, it was known as "the cradle of liberty". Nowadays, this is the place to go if you want to shop til you drop. It's teeming with people, lots of tourists. There are a million shops and resturants lining the cobblestone streets. You will most likely see a few street performances going on as well. I've found lots of wonderful little things to buy in this marketplace. Most recently Lou bought me the most perfect necklace to wear for our wedding in a little gemstone shop.
Visiting Boston's Holocaust memorial is a very moving experience. Six tall glass towers reach towards the sky, their sides are etched with numbers that represent the victims. When you enter each tower you stand on a grate witch allows steam to rise through it, reminiscent of the gas chambers. Incribed on the innner walls of the tower are quotes from the victims. It's very powerful.
Address: Congress Street near Faneuil Hall,
Directions: The New England Holocaust Memorial is located in Carmen Park, Congress Street near Faneuil Hall, on Boston's historic Freedom Trail.
I love, love, love this museum! It is so peaceful here. Designed as and old Italian mansion, it's as though you are stepping into another time and place. The centerpiece is a large 4 story high courtyard with a glass ceiling. There are a beautiful variety of trees (my favorite was the fern tree) and flowers, including some amazing orchids I had never seen before here. Around the perimeter there are many rooms to explore with period furniture, and many paintings, books, some with illuminated manuscript, and other interesting pieces. There is no textbook coherence to how everything is set up. Ms. Gardner wanted to place the artwork in a way that was most enjoyable for viewing, which means that the way the art is displayed is as artistic as the pieces themselves. Not all like works are grouped together.
No photographs are allowed inside the museum, not even in the courtyard. You may take photos from the side garden.
The Museum Cafe is a lovely spot for lunch. We sat outside under the awning in the garden. Very realaxing.
Museum is closed on Mondays.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm(Galleries begin closing at 4:45 pm)
Adults: $10 ($11 on weekends)
College Students: $5 with current I.D.
Children under 18 are admitted free
Address: 280 The Fenway, Boston MA 02115
Directions: Not far at all from MFA, it's just around the corner. You could make a day of it museum hopping!
Other Contact: Box Office 617 278 5156
Phone: Information 617 566 1401
Old State House on the Freedom Trail
Way back in 7th grade I travelled Boston's Freedom Trail. A painted red line winding through the city will take you to many historical buildings and sites in Boston that played a significant role in the events that took place during the American Revolution. You can travel the trail on your own, or sign up for a tour guide.
Address: Start at the Boston Common
Phone: (617) 357-8300
We visited Boston's MFA when they were holding a special exhibition on Art Deco. To get into this show it was an additional $7, the regular cost of admission is $15. The show was definately worth it! Paintings furniture, posters and appliances from the era were on display as well as explanations and pieces that were the sources of inspiration for the artists.
Besides this special show,, we also explored the Chinese Art, the Egyptian rooms, the impressionists, the Renaissance and more. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
For lunch we went to the Gallery Restuarant, located right in front of the gift shop. The soup of the day was pumpkin, it was delicious!
The Museum is open 7 days a week
Mon-Tues, Sat & Sun 10am - 4:45pm
Weds, Thurs & Fri 10am - 9:45pm
Address: 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115-5597
Christian Science Center
The Christian Science Center is a really beautiful building. After we visited the Maparium we wandered around it. There is a large reflecting pool which captures the Prudential and other nearby buildings as well as the center and it's Chapel. At the end of the pool is a wonderful fountain which is at pavement level, you can, and are encouraged to walk right in. We had fun getting inside without getting wet, but I'm sure on a hot day it would be a welcome relief! The fountain does not run all day though, when we walked past it later on it had been shut off.
Address: Massachusetts Avenue
Back in the 7th grade I went on a class trip to Boston and one of the sights that stands out in my memory is the Maparium located in the Mary Baker Eddy Library in the Christian Science Center. It is a huge stained glass globe designed by Chester Lindsay Churchill and constructed between 1932 and 1935. There is a walkway that goes through the center of the globe for viewing from the inside with a brief audio and light presentation. Countries have changed a lot since the time of constuction. It is interesting to look at this globe and see how the world once was.
No pictures are allowed in the Maparium (well i guess they were 15 years ago, but as of my recent trip they were not)
Sculpture at the Esplanade
We came across this interesting sculpture while walking the esplanade along the Charles River. This beautiful tree lined walk takes you along the banks, past the sailing school, across some small islands, past the Hatch Shell and down past the bridges. Lots of people walk, bike and rollerblade down this paved walkway.
The Sculpture is of Arthur Fiedler, former conductor of the Boston Pops. A orchestra that plays only "popular" showtunes and such. They play every July 4th at the fireworks festivities. The sculpture is made of layered metal plates.
on a cloudy day...
Well if you are in Boston, the Hancock Tower really is a "must see" whether you want to or not! At 60 Stories high, it's the tallest building in town. Not to mention the shiny blue glass exterior that reflects surrounding buildings and beautiful sunsets!
We visited this building last year to watch the fireworks on the fourth of July. It was not the ideal place for viewing. It is too far up and back from the Charles to really hear anything (I love the sound of fireworks!)
The Charles River is where they hold the 4th of July Fireworks every year. The city of Boston puts on quite a display! Tons of boats put down anchor, some even tie themselves together, to watch the show. The Boston Pops play at the Hatch shell and the fireworks are choreographed to the music.
Directions: Storrow Drive / Memorial Drive
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