My husband and I lived in Back Bay with our first 2 kids from July 2000- July 2001. We are returning this weekend with all 4 kids (had 2 more since!) to visit all our favorite things from that year. It is really tough making the itenirary because there is too much that were our favorites! I have a few questions for those currently familiar with the city. I had heard after 9/11 that the John Hancock Observatory had been closed indefinitely. Is that still closed? If so, did the one on top of the Pru close also or is it still open? We always thought that was a nice start to a tour, or a nice wrap up at the end of one. I understand the Tea Party ship was closed due to fire. (bummer, that's one thing I always wanted us to do and we never got to!). I am assuming that the Aquarium T stop on the blue line is now reopened? Is the Mapparium at the Christian Science Church open? Is that a good thing to do? It was closed when we were there. Some restaurant favorites now- Jae's on Columbus, Thornton's on Huntington, McCormick and Schmick's on ? (near theatre district), No Name- are these still there? For good seafood (esp lobster, that's what I want) where do you recommend? I had 2 great lobster meals at McCormick and Schmicks, and a mediocre one at Legal in Copley, and we never made it to No Name, though heard good things about it. Was the Legal meal just a fluke? The service was really bad/long that time too at Legal- not a good thing with 4 kids, esp a 2 and 1 yr old! And finally, any new things around or festivals this weekend that would be must sees? Oh- aren't swan boats going until Oct? We are staying at the Lenox at Boylston and Exeter and I am very excited about that!
thanks for any help!