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Hidden Treasures

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Hidden Treasures

I've been to Boston a few times so I know about all the cool touristy places, what I'm looking for are the hidden gems that only locals know about...

museums, neighborhoods, places with a great view, quiet spots etc...

the hidden gems that every city has...

thanks

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1. Re: Hidden Treasures

The courtyard in the Boston Public Library is a quiet, pretty place. The Mapparium at the Christian Science Center is a unique take-in.

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2. Re: Hidden Treasures

The Gardner Museum

The Glass Flowers

The Arboretum

The variety of ethnic restaurants (Brazilian, Ethiopian, Thai, and on and on) and neighborhood ethnic groceries/shops

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3. Re: Hidden Treasures

The very end of Long Wharf.

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4. Re: Hidden Treasures

What time of year will you be here?

Here are a few suggestions....

~Take a tour Boston Public Library's McKim Building

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…_McKim_Building

http://www.bpl.org/central/walkmckim.htm

~Walk to the Boston Harbor Walk then relax on the back stairs of the ICA (The ICA is free on Thursday nights and in the summer they offer live music on selected nights)

http://www.bostonharborwalk.com/

http://www.icaboston.org/

http://harborarts.org/

~Go to the Arnold Arboretum (May is beautiful)

http://arboretum.harvard.edu/

~Take a tour of Fort Independence at Castle Island (offered the End of May - Oct weekends or Thursdays nights only) or take a boat ride to one of Boston's Harbor Islands

http://www.bostonfortindependence.com/

~Have a drink at the Boston Hyatt Harboside's patio (or a bite to eat , their calamari's delicious) or go to the Boston Harbor Hotel and listen to live music (selected summer nights only)

http://www.bostonislands.com/

harborside.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

http://www.bhh.com/special_summer.htm

~ Have a picnic at the Charles River Esplanade

http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/charlesRiver/

Enjoy!

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5. Re: Hidden Treasures

Boston Athenaeum (http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/).

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6. Re: Hidden Treasures

Why not explore some neighborhoods outside of "Boston proper" and see how some other people live/play/eat/drink? Take the T to Davis Square or Central Square or Allston or Jamaica Plain or Southie (or any number of places) and see what you find.

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7. Re: Hidden Treasures

Agree with the Boston Harbor Islands idea, especially Georges Island.

http://www.bostonharborislands.com/georges

Boston, MA
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8. Re: Hidden Treasures

Love the JP suggestion - great food neighborhood! Also, take a self-guided tour of Boston women's history. I love the combination of the Back Bay East & Beacon Hill trail - not only do you get to see places like Louise May Alcott's home, you also get to see some of Boston's best architecture and the State House. Best of all, its free!!

http://bwht.org/tours#minitrails

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9. Re: Hidden Treasures

Check out the top questions links to the right -- quirky things and favorite things to do. Lots of ideas there.

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10. Re: Hidden Treasures

Union Square in the South End: stroll by the beautifully restored brick townhouses and then go for drinks and dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants in the area.