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Cambridge with teens

regina, sk
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Cambridge with teens

We are from Western Canada and are visiting Cambridge/Boston in August 2010 for my son; he is entering the U.S. Open Rubicks Cube tourny (he's very good!)

I've been searching for things to do; it seems my husband and I would be satisfied doing most anything I've searched for online, but what can I take my 18 and 15 year old sons to do? The 15 year old will be busy in the tourny for the weekend but we're planning a week long trip. We did discover Codzilla and have planned on that. I will enjoy shopping...We plan on renting a car but after searching it seems like we should maybe do the public transport thing???

Gotta keep those teens busy.........Any suggestions?

PS they won't be interested in anything Historic.

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1. Re: Cambridge with teens

Whale Watch:

http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/

Museum of Science

http://www.mos.org/

A Day at the Beach

thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/northeast-ma…

Fenway Park Tour

boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp

Mapparium

marybakereddylibrary.org/exhibits/mapparium

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2. Re: Cambridge with teens

Hi, plenty of activities in the summer to keep the boys busy. Here's some more!!!

Charles River Kayaking Tours:

http://www.paddleboston.com/main.php

Segway Tours:

http://www.bostongliders.com/

Bicycle Tours:

http://www.urbanadventours.com/

Blue Man Group:

http://www.blueman.com/tickets/boston

Sheer Madness:

https://www.shearmadness.com/

Boston Harbor Islands:

http://www.bostonislands.com/

Prudential Skywalk Observatory:

prudentialcenter.com/shop/shop_detail.php…

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3. Re: Cambridge with teens

What kind of things are they interested in?

I would disagree with the Museum of Science suggestion...I think a 15 year old would be pretty unimpressed.

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4. Re: Cambridge with teens

Highly recommend that you do not rent the car. Boston and Cambridge are walkable cities and/or have public transportation. Avoid the hassle, avoid paying high parking fees, and skip the car. As for events etc. - plenty of things to do including concerts, theater, street performers, restaurants, museums etc. Summer offers many a free event too. What dates will you be here?

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5. Re: Cambridge with teens

Make sure to bring dry clothes after your Codzilla Ride, you will get wet!

The Museum of Science and the MIT Museum should be a must for your two boys. (The MIT Museum is free on Sunday mornings.) You might also want to stop by the ICA. (free on Thursday nights after 5)

Even if your kids are not into history, they might like to climb up the Bunker Hill Monument and take a tour of the USS Constitution (Old Ironside) and I would still recommend a Boston Duck Tour. Also, see If you can get tickets to a Red Sox game.

http://web.mit.edu/museum/

http://www.icaboston.org/

http://www.bostonducktours.com/

charlestownonline.net/bunkerhillmonument.htm

http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/

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6. Re: Cambridge with teens

I forgot to mention Harvard Square. There are a shops, restaurants and street entertainers. While you are there, you can also take a Harvard University tour or go to the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/

http://www.harvard.edu/visitors/

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7. Re: Cambridge with teens

Club Passim in Harvard Square is a great venue for live music -- mostly folk and "alternative" though lots of genres are represented. As I recall, the shows are open to teens (i.e. not just 21+) and this might be a nice evening spot if your sons are into music.

Harvard Square is also just generally a nice place to hang out, get an ice cream, see the street performers, etc. Likewise with Quincy Market downtown. If you want to go shopping without having your sons get too bored, you might also try Newbury Street in the Back Bay and Charles Street on Beacon Hill -- they've both got some nice shops, but with lots of variety and plenty of cafes and restaurants.

In addition to the things that were mentioned, you can catch the high-speed ferry over to Provincetown and spend a day on Cape Cod, or take the commuter rail out to one of the beach towns.

Closer to home, there are inexpensive ferries that will take you out to the Boston Harbor Islands (30 min. ride) -- there is some history there, such as a Civil War fort, but also great scenery and just lots of places to walk and explore.

Just a guess, but Harvard's collection of Historical Scientific Instruments might appeal to them as well, perhaps also the natural history museum there.

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8. Re: Cambridge with teens

hmm, what are they interested in.....well in my opinion teens can be tough to please. They will be interested in shopping for a short while. They'd be interested in anything different that they don't normally see - with the exception of museums and such.....that'd probably bore them.

So far there's a lot of great suggestions from so many of you, and thank you...!!! I'm sure that once we get there and use some of these ideas we'll all be happy.

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9. Re: Cambridge with teens

Thanks for the advice on the car. We'll probably be there from Aug 5 - 12. The Rubicks cube tourny is on the weekend, so maybe we'll just skip the rental car for that time, but we'd love to travel a bit and see more of new england. Cape Cod sounds great (for me, again, don't know how the teens will feel about that).

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10. Re: Cambridge with teens

Well, if you go North to New Hampshire, your boys might enjoy The Flume, a drive up MT Washington or a zip line. You can stop at Canobie Lake Park on your way up to the White Mountains.

(And you might enjoy the Outlet Shopping!)

http://www.visitnh.gov/flume/index.html

http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/

http://www.thecog.com/

http://www.alpinezipline.com/

http://www.canobie.com/

http://www.visitwhitemountains.com/

http://www.settlersgreen.com/