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Boston 'To Do'!

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Boston 'To Do'!

A friend and i will be in Boston in March for ten days. I am looking for the best comedy club to go to and looking for a literary pub crawl. Recommendations?

What else should I put on the 'To Do' list?

Interests include sports, Irish pubs, archaeology (First Nations culture as well as early Europeans in NA), art, science, tracing my family tree in this area, controlling my ADD, dining experiences, wine, some antiques, education... .

Thank you for your help!

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1. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

For sports, take a tour of Fenway Park. For archaeology, consider a visit to the Peabody Museum at Harvard, (http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/) which has exhibits on native American and other world cultures. In ten days you should be able to see a lot in Boston. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston underwent a major expansion that opened in 2010, and is now on my list of must sees in Boston for art and archaeology enthusiasts; in addition to a fabulous display of early American art, it has a decent collection of Egyptian and Roman artifacts.

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2. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

Thank you! These ideas sound great. and I am making visits to all three venues part of my plans. Any microbreweries you would recommend?

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3. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

You should definitely go to the North End (Little Italy)...and very hearby is a great English pub called The Black Rose. Really nice comfy place.

As for breweries, Sam Adams and Harpoon.

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4. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

For genealogy look at the website of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. Www.americanancestors.com. They are located on Newburyport St.

For an Irish pub, go to J.J. Foley's in the South End.

For more art, the Gardner Museum.

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5. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

Ting means Newbury Street

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6. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

Geez, of course Newbury St. Darn auto correct. Thanks Mahj.

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7. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

Thank you, takearide, ting and Mahj. The ancestry site sounds great and if The Black Rose is on State St, it's where my friend wants to spend St Patrick's Day- yeah!

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8. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

Here's a bit of follow up on the New England Historic Genealogical Society (http://www.americanancestors.org/). I'm a member and thought these tips might help.

If you're an old hand at family research you might not need it but they have forms you can download to begin your research at home. These will also help you gather the information you'll need to do more tracing when you are here.


You might want to contact them before your trip as well and set up an appointment with a staff member to work with you. That way you'll make the most of your time and find the best of their files quickly. Non-members can buy a day pass for $15 and the staff time is at an hourly rate. They also hold regular tours of the library.

Be sure to check the hours. They are closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. and Wednesday is the only evening hours.

Finally, the building itself and the objects they have collected are well worth a tour. There is also a virtual tour on line to give you a taste.


This is a treasure that is often missed when people come to Boston.



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9. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

Yep, 13PAT....160 State Street! It's a comfy place and in a great area!


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10. Re: Boston 'To Do'!

First off, black rose is very definitely an Irosh bar, not english. And don't go to the Black Rose on St. Pats unless you want to spend $40 for cover and be thrown out after one hour so they can let another 200 pay the cover as well.