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Birthday Surprise

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Birthday Surprise

HI,

I'm lucky enough to be visitng the East Coast in May and June with my wife. Whilst we are away it will be her birthday, unfortuntaley the date falls on day when we are due to be driving from New York to Boston. I would really like to surprise her by taking her somewhere unexpected on the journey, she has had a hard year and I want to cheer her up.

I'd be very gratefull for any suggestions that people have for places to go on the journey or in Boston.

She has a wide range of interests and so the best ideas will be more down to the quality/unusuallness/ fun of the place activity rather than the theme. She does like quirky things and places, particularly prisons/dog the bounty hunter etc but also more active fun activites like cycling or climbing. Anything that is out of the ordinary.

Many Thanks

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1. Re: Birthday Surprise

Have dinner at the Liberty Hotel, the former jail. Or better yet, stay there as well.

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Are you planning to stay over on the journey, or is this just an hour's diversion?

One "Quirky" thing I'd recommend is Gillette Castle State Park in CT. It's the home of William Gillette, who was famous on Broadway in the early part of the 19th century for playing Sherlock Holmes. He built his home as a replica of an English Castle and donated it to the state of CT as a park when he died. It's fun.

Another option is the USS Nautilus Submarine museum in Groton CT. It's home of the USS Nautilus, the world's first Nuclear powered sub. You can tour the sub and the museum itself is fun. It only takes a couple of hours at most, and it's right off the highway on the way to Boston, if you take I-95.

Another "Quirky" option is the Essex Steam Train. It's an old fashioned Steam Train that runs through the CT river valley. It's fun.

Finally, there's Mystic Seaport, which is in Mystic CT. If you or your wife like Maritime history at all, it's a great place to visit.

Here are links:

www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325204

http://www.ussnautilus.org/

http://www.essexsteamtrain.com/

http://www.mysticseaport.org/

Edited: 23 April 2013, 16:28
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3. Re: Birthday Surprise

If she enjoys casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut would be more than happy to welcome you both.

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As Alanm suggested, Liberty hotel is a converted Jail, it is a good suggestion for stay. Another one I can think of is the Chocolate Buffet @ Langham hotel - …langhamhotels.com/restaurants/chocolate_bar…

Also, please take a look at the suggestions in this thread - tripadvisor.com/…48546094

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5. Re: Birthday Surprise

This is unrelated to your specific question, but is there a particular reason you are driving from NYC to Boston? There is excellent rail service (Amtrak) and having a car is a handicap in both NYC and Boston (and expensive to park).

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