I'm hoping someone can help. We will be driving to Boston in August and were looking for a decent hotel. The budget is $150-200. We would prefer to leave our car at the hotel and use public transportation. We were trying to avoid the downtown area for hotels so we wouldn't have to pay $30-$40 additonal per day for parking. Is there an nice area close by where the parking charges are not as much but still we are able to access the downtown area (back bay) via public transport?
Some one recommended staying in Salem and taking the ferry to Boston. Would that be a good idea?
We are planning to go to the childrens museum, hop on hop off, duck tours, public gardens, aquarium since we have a 2 yr old. Are there any other places recommended for a toddler to enjoy?
We may go to the York zoo and the premium outlet mall outside of Boston as well depending on the time left.
Your help and suggestions will be highly appreciated.