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Boston with an 18 year old

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Boston with an 18 year old

We will be in MA for 10 days the middle of Aug. We will be in Boston from Aug. 14-18 for business commitments. I am looking for some fun ideas to keep an 18 year old boy interested while my husband is working. Any suggestions on ways to break up our 5 days in Boston would be great. We want to see the sights without overloading on any given day. Because we have so much time we are looking for some fun activities to do that might balance the historical sight seeing that most tourists focus on (we do want to see all/most of the city). We have Red Sox tickets already purchased.

From Aug. 19-22 we have free time and can rent a car. I am looking for some ideas for close get aways. If we go to Cape Cod which areas would be most appealing to a teen age boy? And at this late date could we find a place to stay? What other areas might be fun? We love the outdoors. Whale watching, fishing, jet skiing, hiking, bicycling (unless the weather is stifling)etc. all would be great.

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1. Re: Boston with an 18 year old

A couple of ideas:

Codzilla high-speed boat ride leaves from Long Wharf

Whale watches leave from Long Wharf, too

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2. Re: Boston with an 18 year old

Bostoncitywalks.com has an whole city walking tour every morning at 10 and a Thursday Evening excursion to Harvard Square.

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3. Re: Boston with an 18 year old

You could take a day trip to Cape Ann - it's a quick drive up the coast just north of Boston. Rockport is fun for walking, maybe eating a lobster roll taking a walk on the town beach and you can take a whale watching trip from Gloucester:


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Taking the high speed ferry (90 minutes each way) from Boston to Provincetown, on the very tip of Cape Cod would make for an adventurous, fun, daytrip. P-town is a unique, really enjoyable town.


If you decide to go to Salem, there's also ferry service for that too. Nice, 45 minute ferry ride up along the coastline.


If you wanted to stay closer to Boston, you could always go out and explore and enjoy the Boston Harbor Islands. Georges and Spectacle are both do-able in one day, and there's others worth visiting as well.


You could take a bus or rent a car (preferrable) and head down to Newport, Rhode Island for the day. Tour some Mansions, walk the Cliff Walk, do a Harbor Cruise, have some good food on Thames Street. The 10 mile, Ocean Drive Loop is also a Newport staple.


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5. Re: Boston with an 18 year old

You could also take a drive up to Portsmouth, NH and go to Water Country. It's a decent waterpark.


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6. Re: Boston with an 18 year old

Maybe a little Cape Cod getaway to end your trip? I'm sure he could meet new friends at a family resort like the Red Jacket Beach Resort. They have availability for your dates.

Small, private beach, indoor/outdoor pools, whirlpool, tennis, shuffleboard, and parasail, jet-ski and kayak rentals available at the resort.

If you wanted to go biking, you could drive 15 minutes to the head of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, rent some bikes at Barb's and take off on a beautiful Cape Cod Bike Path. It runs for some 20+ miles, so go as far as you like then turn around and head back.

If you don't go whale watching out of Boston, there's whale watching out of Barnstable Harbor. It's around a 20 minute drive from the resort. The Concierge at the Red Jacket will arrange whatever you want to do.

I'll leave the website if this seems like somewhere you would like to hang out for a few days.


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Be careful about trying to get to Cape Cod on a Friday or Saturday, the traffic can be terrible, but if you go, go to the National Seashore. Consider too a day trip to Martha's Vineyard where you can rent bikes with which to explore.

Harvard Square in the evening might be enjoyable, usually there is street entertainment, and there is always good food and people watching. Take the subway.

There is a very active music scene in Boston with many under 21 shows.

The Harvard museums are very good, often overlooked, and inexpensive. My favorite is the Harvard Museum of Natural History which has an old world Victorian feeling to it.

The Minuteman National Historic Park in Concord may be interesting if your son enjoys history. While there you could rent a canoe at the South Bridge Boat House and canoe the Concord River down to the Old North bridge where the shot heard 'round the world was fired.

A driving tour of Newburyport, Rockport, Marblehead, and Gloucester will give you a taste of the Northshore, it's senic beauty and history, and its maritime heritage.

The Mount Auburn Cemetary is a good place to walk and stretch your legs and the old and elaborate monuments and landscape architecture can be facsinating.

Consider driving down the coast of Maine. Get a good map and explore some of the smaller pennisular towns and find a good lobster and steamer dinner.

If you feel very adventurous, you could drive to Montreal for an overnight visit. It's about a 5 hr drive one way through NH and VT. Just bring your passports.

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8. Re: Boston with an 18 year old

One other idea; the North End of Boston is great and is the largest little Italy in the US. A feast day would be a good time to visit it, have a good Italian meal topped off with some gelato and fresh canoli.


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9. Re: Boston with an 18 year old

I like Will's idea -- ferry to P-town. You can climb Provincetown monument, trek through the dunes, visit the great shops and restaurants, and take a whale watch tour. My boys always loved it.

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