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Boston and New England itinerary

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Boston and New England itinerary

We are New Zealanders ( 3 adults) with a 15 day Eastern stay. We planned to spend 7-9 days in New York, and on route from NZ via LA thought we might stop first for a few days in in the Boston-New England area. We would welcome advice on how long to give this part of our trip, whether to base in Boston or move, and where we should visit.

One of us has limited walking; we have a 22 yr old daughter with us; One of us loves classical music and opera etc.

happy to go to interesting restaurants and cafes, a show, museum or art gallery etc, and we love nice scenery.

not so keen on very touristy or busy areas.

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You said in another thread that you are traveling in April... You should get tickets to the Boston Symphony. Very famous, highly-acclaimed Orchestra.

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Museum of Fine Art is the major general art museum with especially noteworthy Oriental and Old Kingdom Egyptian collections.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a reconstructed Italian palazzo with a fine collection and often has concerts

The Institute of Contemporary Art has beautiful new building on the harbor

Trinity Church is the quintessential Richardsonian Romanesque building and the masterpiece of HH Richardson - well worth a visit by any architecture devotee.

The main branch of the Boston Public Library is beautiful and often has exhibits.

Maybe the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library would be of interest? It is designed by IM Pei and overlooks Dorchester Bay.

The Aquarium is nice if that might be of interest - though it is often crowed with children.

The Science Museum might be of interest - at least the Planetarium - if you have an interest in astronomy? Although, it tends to have lots of kids.

The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard is worth a visit.

The State Capitol designed by Charles Bulfinch is actually surprisingly interesting - close enough to a museum. :-)

The Mapparium at the Christian Science Mother Church is unusual and not often crowded. It is a hollow walk-through glass globe with the map of the world circa 1935.

Both King's Chapel and Old North Church are interesting examples of colonial churches.

Also, though touristy, I've always liked Old Ironsides and the related museum.


The BSO was mentioned.

Opera: www.bostonoperahouseonline.com/calendar.htm

Ballet: bostonballet.org/tickets-and-performances.ht…

check out what's on tap concert-wise at:

Berklee School of Music

New England Conservatory

Jordan Hall, et al.



Check out the Colonial, Wilbur, etc., http://www.boston-theater.com/

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It's hard to beat how complete Bamayankee's write up was. A few details:

Berklee, New England Conservatory, and Boston Conservatory often have free or inexpensive performances. Boston Conservatory is becoming particularly well known for its theatre and musical theatre. Emerson University has terrific student productions and a really amazing art center called Emerson Arts right at Downtown Crossing. Also, you can't go wrong seeing theatre productions at the Boston Center for the Arts theaters. The area nearby is a beautiful historic collection of brownstone buildings.

If you can go to King's Chapel on a Tuesday at noon, they have free half hour music performances (they ask for a contribution, that goes entirely to the musician)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum also has wonderful chamber music performances: usually on Sundays, I think. That's in addition to their extraordinary art collection.

Berklee now runs a cafe that features music, at 969 Boylson street, IIRC. (I think it's called Cafe 969.)

For art galleries, if you are in town on the first Friday of the month, you will want to go to the First Friday art openings at the South Washington galleries. That's the best neighborhood for contemporary art at any time, Tues - Saturday. If you see a listing for Open Studios in a Boston neighborhood (weekends), that's a good way to see art, talk to artists, and maybe purchase some really reasonably priced art as souvenirs.

The best place to find this kind of listings is in the Phoenix, a free newspaper, and on their web site.

For your 22 year old, if s/he jogs or runs, the happening place to run is the Esplanade, next to the Charles River, with views of the Back Bay on one side and Cambridge on the other.

Getting around with limited walking will be hard, but luckily, Boston is a small city. You won't want to drive, but taxis should be able to get you from place to place fairly easily.

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thank you very much for this. i would not have got this detail off google, much obliged!

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