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boston trip report - one day

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boston trip report - one day

So, our retirement present for spouse's mother, affectionately known as "granny" was wonderful. an all expense paid trip to new england in the fall to celebrate. just returned yesterday from a 5 day trip to boston, new hampshire and vermont. the colors were better in certain regions than others. there was no rhyme or reason. some northern spots didn't have as much color as the lower valleys and lakes...go figure. anyway here are the highlights:

day one- oct.4checked in at holiday inn express boston. it's a little south of downtown, but the price was right, the staff nice, beds comfy and the continental breakfast was free, plus all of boston was booked up and i got this after a last minute cancellation. 6 minute walk to the red line stop which then took us via a red line transfer to the prudential center for the start of our duck tour. this was a lot of fun and informative. these amphibious crafts (both a motor vehicle and a boat) were crazy to look at, but comfy too. the conDUKtors make the trip out of the ordinary. after the tour we walked through boston public garden. this was an unseasonably warm day. high 70's and humid, but rather than fall colors there were lots of flowers still in bloom and lots of people out and enjoying the great weather. walked through a cemetery where sam adams, john hancock AND mother goose were buried. morbid but interesting. lunch at cheers, soo soo food, but great atmosphere and one of the old cast members was there signing autographs to raise money for a children's charity. drove to charlestown to see uss constitution, old ironsides, and bunker hill. the old ship is really great and you can tour four levels for free. it is still stationed with navy personnel and they have great facts about the history. the adjacent museum is great and there is a suggested donation at the door. from there, we took a water taxi over to long wharf which lets you out at the best fresh seafood restaurant around, legal sea foods. the clam chowder is sublime and with the crusty french rolls they serve, it's a meal in itself. could have spent more time in boston obviously, but new hampshire, specifically lake sunapee awaits and so on we go. more to come......

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1. Re: boston trip report - one day

Good TR so far weather is starting to cool down.

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2. Re: boston trip report - one day

Devonandjeff

How far is the water taxi from old ironside? I was thinking about the duck tours but the water taxi is so much cheaper and a good way to get on the water for a view.

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I think you folks are confusing the Water Taxi and the ferry to the Charlestown Navy Yard from Long Wharf. The former is an on-demand servie that costs between $10 and 15 a person to various points around the harbor. The latter is a "T" commuter boat that costs $1.75 and is not to be confused with the Water Taxi.

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Your right I am confused. Thanks for clearing that up. So how far is the ferry (the $1.70 fare I looking to cut corners) from old ironside?

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Here's a link on the MBTA web site that talks all about the boat available. There is a nice map also:

www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/whats_new/?id=13455

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6. Re: boston trip report - one day

The ferry leaves you with just a few minutes walk to Old Ironsides. You essentially have to go from one wharf to another.

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Thanks for the info less than 20 days and counting.

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8. Re: boston trip report - one day

dapmag3,

the ferry takes about 10 minutes each direction, and it usually picks up every 15 minutes on the quarter hour. yes, i was confusing the water taxi with the ferry. the ferry was cheap and fast and it beats driving a car and paying 30 bucks for parking in the city. we parked in the navy yard near the constituion for 7.00 and then took the ferry over and back....much more economical.

have fun!

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9. Re: boston trip report - one day

will post the remainder of the trip report on the new hampshire forum.

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