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Boston with a teen on July 4

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Boston with a teen on July 4

Planning on spending a week in Boston around the 4th. First, what area is best to stay in to be near the fireworks. Also, what fun stuff would there be to do with my 15 year old boy including day trips? Thanks.

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1. Re: Boston with a teen on July 4

Hi, adler!

With a week planned for Boston, it's not imperative that you stay in any one area. All the Boston neighborhoods that tourists usually stay would be fine. These include..

The Downtown, Quincy Market/Harborfront, Financial District, Back Bay/Copley, Beacon Hill, Kenmore Square, North End or South End. Even areas such as the Seaport/South Boston Waterfront, Charlestown, and certain parts of Cambridge would also work, although not quite as convienently as the above mentioned locations.

The Fireworks are set off on the Charles River, and getting there is super easy. Depending on where you stay, you can walk there or take the subway there, but trust me, Boston is a small town that is easy to get around.

All that said, an area like the Quincy Market/Harborfront area with a 15 year old boy would be a good choice.

Many of the land and water based tours originate in that general area, and most 15 year old boys like to be in the middle of the action.

You can catch ferries from Long Wharf to Salem, Provincetown and the Boston Harbor Islands, all worthy trips to take with a 15 year old Son. There's also Whalewatches and various Harbor Cruises that leave from there.

The Duck Tour is there, too, and that will take you on a land and river cruise of the town. This is another tour that a 15 year old would PROBABLY enjoy.

The nearby Quincy Market, with all it's free street performers, is also something that the teens really enjoy. Inside Quincy Market is a HUGE Food Court with over 100 different vendors.

Hotels in this area include Marriott Long Wharf, Marriott's Custom House, Millenium Bostonian, and even a hotel like the Hilton Financial District, which is located rather close by to this general area.

If you really want to stay in this area then you really need to book one of these hotels soon, before they're fully booked for 4th of July.

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2. Re: Boston with a teen on July 4

Look into the Back Bay or Boston Common/Theatre District - centrally located in Boston. If you want to experience the whole fireworks/ Boston Pops Concert in person, plan on getting to the Esplanade early in the day on the 4th and spending the day there. You can also try to find a spot on the Cambridge side of the river or from the Mass. Ave bridge.

As for the 15 year-old, what are his interests? Sports? history? Science? the beach?

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3. Re: Boston with a teen on July 4

Some things that may be of interest to a 15 year old by depending on his interests:

Museum of Science/Planetarium (just updated to digital)

Fenway Park Tour and/or Red Sox game

Blue Man Group show

Edited: 20 April 2011, 13:28
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Another cool thing to do would be to go out to Castle Island and see the Ol' Ironsides turnaround/volley. Every year, the USS Consitution is turned around (to ensure even weathering), and makes a loop past Fort Independence in South Boston. The ship then uses its cannons to give the fort a 21 gun salute. VERY COOL. I'm unsure exactly what time is planned for 2011.

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5. Re: Boston with a teen on July 4

Is your son interested in science fiction or comic books, or does he like to read in general? Either way, Harvard Square is a good place for a teen. Lots of music stores, book stores, etc. Lots of teens and youth oriented businesses, as you might expect. A number of pretty cheap places for lunch too. You can walk to the Charles River on one side, a; if it's Sunday Memorial Drive is closed to car traffic and he can skateboard or you both can ride a bike along the river. If you walk south of Harvard Square, towards Central Square, along Mass Ave, you'll come to Pandemonium Books, a great sci-fi bookstore (my major xmas shopping outpost). Google "Harvard Square" and "Central Square" for a fuller listing. Have fun!

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6. Re: Boston with a teen on July 4

There's also the high-speed Codzilla boat ride on the harbor. Leaves from Long Wharf. I think this would be a hit with a 15-year old boy.

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