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walking in boston??

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walking in boston??

We will be in Boston at the end of July - staying

in Medford. We'll be taking the T in each

day - is it reasonable to assume that we can get to a main station (e.g. Downtown Crossing) and walk from there to various places - Fenway; Freedom Trail, etc.

We (dh and myself) are 'walkers' and have toured Glasgow, New York, Toronto and San Francisco basically on foot.....

Any input/suggestions appreciated.


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1. Re: walking in boston??

Some places you may walk(ex. Faneuil hall/Quincy Market to Boston Common) and some you will hop back on the "T" for a few stops (ex. downtown to fenway).

It's up too you how much walking you choose to do.

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2. Re: walking in boston??

You can use google map pedometer to measure distances in Boston (or anywhere else in the world, I guess):


If you're a walker you can walk EVERYWHERE. It is easy, and very pleasurable in decent weather, to walk from Fenway park to the Boston Common, and on to Faneuil Hall for example.

The subways are convenient if it is raining, snowing, or extremely hot, but otherwise you really don't need to take them inside the city.

So yes, your assumption is correct.

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3. Re: walking in boston??

Yes walking is a great way to see the city. You will notice so many details - elaborate door knockers, door frames, mouldings on the buildings, etc. If you are interested in walking tours check out Boston By Foot (www.bostonbyfoot.org). They offer historical walking tours of Bostons neighborhoods on the architecture, history, etc. One area I love to walk is Beacon Hill, Copley area, area around the USS Constitution, Public Garden, ...

Also compared to San Fran, the city is relatively flat so it is much easier to walk. If you're here for a few days consider getting the unlimited weekly pass for the MBTA it is worth it if you take more than 7 rides on a subway in a given period. Use the subway when you are tired or it is raining as Thomas suggested.

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4. Re: walking in boston??

It is great to walk! Not only that you can exercise, but there are a ton of things to take photos of when you walk. For example, when I walked in Boston, I saw a ton of foundation's buildings, as well as a ton of great old charm and modern architecture. Boston Common has things to take photos of too. Like a cart called Fried Dough. When walking, you might also stumble into hotels that people may have suggested to visit and look at, and you'll get that opportunity when you walk! And no- it isn't that steep either.

Freedom Trail is fairly walkable- you just need to cross the street several times throughout your walk, and know where to go and visit!

Hope this helps! And Medford is certainly not that far away (take the T and you will be fine!).

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