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Kids on the subway???

We are arriving Boston June 20 for 3 days. Staying in Andover. We are a group of 6 adults, 7 kids and 2 babies. That means 2 strollers. From Andover, what is the best public transportation mode to get us to downtown Boston? We thought maybe driving south to a station would be best. Really don't know. Any advice would be great as we want this to be a good experience. The kids are very excited.

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1. Re: Kids on the subway???

If you've got that many people, it would pay to drive into the city. The $30 or so parking cost will be easily amortised and you'll be able to come (or go) as you please. If you have a large van or SUV, which is what I'm assuming, this should easily make sense. You can park in the Boston Common Underground Garage. Just make sure the vehicle you have is not extra-high. Otherwise, you will have to plan on parking in an open lot, rather than a garage which has height limitations.

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2. Re: Kids on the subway???

Sure, you can drive down to Wellington Circle station in Medford and take the T in. There are some open lots and a big garage. I understand they usually have spaces even at rush hour. Cost to park is about $5 a day. You might want to avoid rush hours, though, so you don't have to try and crowd your large group onto one train car or you could split up if need be.

Kids 11 and under ride free.Adults are $1.70 using a Charlie Card. Even though you are a large group, it still should be considerably cheaper for you to take the T assuming you have at least two cars. Parking in town will run you in the area of $35 a day or so, except on Sunday when it would be quite a bit cheaper.

Another option would be to drive to Anderson station in Woburn and take the commuter rail in instead of the subway. However, then you will have to plan your day around the commuter rail schedule and depending on your destination , switch to the subway when you get into North Station.

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3. Re: Kids on the subway???

Alan and I posted at the same time. Yes, if you only have one vehicle, economically it would make some sense to drive in. I'm not sure what time the Boston Common garage fills up on a weekday. That is the cheapest garage right downtown.

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4. Re: Kids on the subway???

But be aware that driving in Boston is not for the faint hearted! If you do decide to drive avoid rush hour, nose to tail driving is no fun when you're on vacation.

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5. Re: Kids on the subway???

Personally, I would drive in to the city and then use the subway to get around. In addition to the Boston Common garage you could also drive 93 south to exit 23 Purchase street. Get in to the left lane as you exit out of the tunnel to the set of lights. Take a left and proceed straight on Seaport Blvd/Northern Avenue where there are open air lots that charge $11 or $12 per day.

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6. Re: Kids on the subway???

Kids on the subway -- absolutely. Looking at your parking question, the optimal place to park might depend upon what else you are doing. With all those kids you want to avoid the wear and tear of many transitions. However, the Boston Common Garage is fairly central, and is near the Arlington and Boylston stops on the Green Line. If you are doing something specific, ask us again about optimal parking ideas for other locations. Would anyone else on this board know if the commuter train is an option for these folks (would take you in to "North Station" in Boston, which also connects to the subway)?

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7. Re: Kids on the subway???

Yes, commuter rail is definitely an option. There are two stops in Andover one in Ballardvale which has a smaller parking lot and the other stop is called the Andover stop which is more in the center of town with a larger lot to park in.

IMNTTRAVEL - I am very familiar with this area so please feel free to ask away!

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8. Re: Kids on the subway???

How about the best way to get to -on a Monday- the area of the Science Museum. And on another day, Faneuil Hall or the USS Constitution as a starting point? And what about Chinatown? I remember the Chinatown in San Francisco as a kid and thought our kids might enjoy Boston's.

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9. Re: Kids on the subway???

Yeah, we got REALLY lost -somewhere- after we accidentally crossed under to the airport. That was a few years ago. Some old guy by the docks gave us crazy accurate directions to get out of there. That was an adventure. We saw ALOT of Boston that day.

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10. Re: Kids on the subway???

You've got pretty much all areas of the city covered. Now your question was?? How to get to The Science Museum . Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution, Chinatown? From where? The Boston Common Garage? Subway, walk, subway, walk.

The Museum and Old Ironsides both have their own parking lots, but then is your question how to get to the other spots??