Boston Journals

Touring HISTORIC BOSTON

A September 1996 trip to Boston by TRAVELPRO guide

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Quote: We found historic Boston a very easy city to tour with its great sightseeing trolleys and efficient subways. Armed with all-day trolley passes, we listened to the guide/driver's history, and we hopped off and on the trolley, exploring the sites that interested us the most.

Touring HISTORIC BOSTON

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Boston Tea Party Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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200 years of U.S. history becomes a real adventure when touring Boston. We started our tour of Boston’s historic sites by walking a few blocks from our suburban hotel to catch the subway to downtown Boston. We started and ended our tour for two days at Faneuil Hall (site of may fiery town hall meetings) and Quincy Marketplace near the waterfront in downtown Boston. Here we soaked up the ocean breezes and walked along the waterfront. After touring Boston’s sights on the trolley, we enjoyed a delightful evening meal each evening in this marketplace (which contains many restaurants and food stalls) before we headed back to our hotel on the subway. We feasted on great seafood a...Read More

Durgin-Park

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Restaurant | "Durgin Park"

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We know now why this restaurant in front of Faneuil Hall is a Boston legend. It is filled with both history and excellent food. They are famous for their New England-style ribs. Since we were in Boston, however, I opted for their scallops, and they were delicious. My husband tried their Yankee Pot Roast and found it very tasty and fork tender. We both sampled the baked beans at Durgin Park and found they are made the good old fashioned way. They are served in small crocks and accompanied by melt-in-your mouth cornbread that is very rich and yellow. For dessert, I coudn't resist their fresh baked Indian pudding served with whipped cream. It's a delicious spicy butterscotch...Read More

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Durgin-Park
340 Faneuil Hall
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
+1 617 227 2038

Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum

Attraction | "Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum"

Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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This was one of the most interesting and informative trolley stops. At the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, everyone participates in a mock town hall meeting. At the end of the meeting, the leader/guide dumps a bale-size "tea" bundle overboard.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have had this much fun in the classroom while learning history when we were children?

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2003

Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
Congress Street Bridge
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
+1 617 338 1773

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You can take a harbor cruise to the JFK Museum and Library during the summer tourist season. However, when we visited in the fall, the cruises had stopped for the season so we took the subway to the JFK/ University of Massachusetts stop where a free shuttle bus takes visitors to the presidential library.

We saw Jackie’s wedding dress being assembled into a new exhibit. Since her death, the Kennedy family has donated many personal items to the museum from her estate.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2003

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
(617) 929-4500

Hancock Tower

Attraction | "John Hancock Observatory"

Hancock Tower Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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We encountered much interesting history on the observation deck of the 60-floor John Hancock Tower, a sparkling mirror-glass skyscraper in Copley Square in Boston's historic Back Bay. It's probably the best place to get an overall view of Boston. You look down from a towering 740 feet above the heart of Boston. It is the tallest building in all of New England and nationally acclaimed for for its award-winning design. The express elevator whisks you straight up to the top floor where you can see sail boats dotting the Charles River, bustling Loan International Airport, and even New Hampshire's White Mountains in the distance. Inside in a heavily-protected showcase, we viewed an origina...Read More

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Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street
Boston, Massachusetts

The Computer Museum

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The Computer Museum Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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It's great for both children and adults too. Five large, colorful galleries are filled with over 150 fun, easy-to-use exhibits that delight, entertain, and inform. There's something for the pre-schoolers, grade, and high school students, and lots of information for adults to absorb. I've been operating a computer since the early 1980s and I learned many things about computers.

The Computer Museum is the world’s first museum devoted to history of computers. It contains fascinating early computers, computer-related artifacts, as well a huge walk-through computer. We were intrigued with the display of a 1950s machine punching out the early cardboard IBM cards.

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The Computer Museum
300 Congress St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
(617) 426-8855

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Many fine foods originated in Boston--from Boston baked beans to Boston cream pie. One of the most interesting Boston food origination stories is the the Parker House Roll. My mother used to make this light and fluffy clover-leaf rolls. While in Boston, I picked up this fascinating information about how this popular roll originated. It was created by accident at Boston’s Parker House, one of America's finest hotels of the 19th century. By the 1870s, most deluxe hotels like the Parker House were switching their food service away from the traditional "American Plan," by which everyone ate the same meals and paid for them whether they ate them or not. They were changing to the more popul...Read More