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4 days in Boston in January

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4 days in Boston in January

Hello

I will have four days in Boston on my own in January 2010, and since this is my first time I was hoping someone could give me some suggestions on what to do, where do to go, what to see etc (what to wear!!! I'm guessing it's going to be really cold).

I'm interested in art, music (jazz), dance, culture in general. In other words not much of a party animal or a shopper.

Many thanks :-)

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1. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

You are right, it will be cold! You will need hat, gloves, all weather boots, and a warm coat. Depending on where you are staying, you should be able to use the subway to most venues, tho if you are out later in the evening, plan on taking a taxi. The city is small and walkable, altho not so much if we have a lot of snow. Boston has world-class museums in the Museum of Fine Arts www.mfa.org and the Institute of Contemporary Arts www.icaboston.org and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum www.gardnermuseum.org Here is a link for city events -

http://www.cityofboston.gov/ARTS/ Several good places for jazz are Scullers www.scullersjazz.com

and Ryles www.rylesjazz.com

Also - the Beehive has good live music www.beehive.boston

Edited: 05 December 2009, 23:51
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2. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

sorry - the link for The Beehive is www.beehiveboston.com

Edited: 05 December 2009, 23:52
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3. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

Thanks Kendrick! That's really helpful! Do you think it would be worth taking any day trips out of the city? If so, any ideas... suggestions?

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4. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

Hi, I think you will find plenty to keep you busy in the city. The weather is really a big factor in my response - January can be tough! Where are you staying, if I may ask?

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5. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

waspgoddess, Cambridge is so close to Boston proper that most Bostonians would not think to suggest you take a "day trip" outside of the city to see Harvard and MIT. It's really no distance at all.

Boston is very small, easily walkable, and (if anything) has too much public transportation considering how small it is.

there isn't really much of a jazz scene here.

it's a very small city with a very limited jazz, dance, or museum scene. to say that Boston's museum's are "world class" is a bit of a stretch, by American standards it is however very historical, and "cultured."

I would say that the Boston Symphony Orchestra is "world-class" as is Harvard, but that's about it.

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6. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

The easiest day trip to take in January is to Salem MA. There you have the hsitory of the Witch Trials as well as a rich maritime/ China Trade history. The Peabody Essex Museum is very interesting.

Be warned ... there's also some tackiness, that exploits the witch trials, where were actually a very bleak time in US history.

You would get there by taking a train (Commuter Rail) from North Station, which is right 'downtown'.

Here's some sites that might spark your interest.

http://www.nps.gov/sama/index.htm

http://www.salem.org/

http://www.salemweb.com/

http://www.pem.org/

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7. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

For jazz, I would go to Wally's Cafe. It is truly a Boston institution and isn't a watered-down jazz place like Ryles can be.

Seriously, this is a good, local, tiny hole-in-the-wall kinda place where you never know who is going to pop in and start jammin.

http://www.wallyscafe.com/

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8. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

oh...also, not sure the days of the week you'll be here, but the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) has free admission on Wednesday nights. It's open until 9:45 pm.

And, there are 1/2 price ticket booths in Copely Square and Fanueil Hall where you can get day-of-show tickets for 1/2 price.

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9. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

Oh...and something else I recently did that was very fun is a Haunted Boston tour of Boston Common. (Not to be confused with the Ghosts and Graveyard tour, which is a little hokey).

This tour is led by a historian and offers some pretty cool info on weird stuff that's happened in and around Boston Common, from revolutionary times through the Boston Strangler. It's not a "scary" tour, just interesting stuff that's occurred right there in the center of Boston! It's only $15.

http://www.hauntedboston.com/

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10. Re: 4 days in Boston in January

Thank you all for your suggestions so far. How about food? I understand clam chowder and crab cakes are de rigueur, any other must-haves? And desserts? I absolutely love desserts, and wouldn't mind spending a few hours in a cosy cafe or two with a nice slice of cake.

Many thanks again :-)