Boston Journals

2012 Massachusetts Summer Vacation

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An August 2012 trip to Boston by dutchjamaican

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: In August of 2012 our family of four vacationed in Boston, MA. day-tripping to various cultural, historical and amusement attractions.

Freedom Trail

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Attraction | "Toeing the Red Line."

Freedom Trail Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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At 3.2 miles long and with an average elevation gain of 183 feet I wasn’t entirely sure if the kids would be able to manage Boston’s Freedom Trail in a single day. In the end they did pull it off and even though we would love to have spent more time at many of the sites along the way it turned out to be a memorable, albeit exhausting, day for all of us.Inner Harbour FerryThe tour started off with a short ride on the Inner Harbour Ferry. The little, aging, MBTA operated ferry boat snakes in between its larger sisters (Boston Harbour Cruises, Codzilla and Whale Watcher Catamarans) to collect passengers travelling from Long Wharf, home of the New England Aquarium, to the Navy Yard...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2012

Freedom Trail
15 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
(617) 242-5642

Castle Island Historic Site

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Attraction | "Pleasure Bay, Castle Island and Sullivan's"

Castle Island Historic Site Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Having a few hours to kill we decided to make a circuit around Pleasure Bay, before returning our rental car to Alamo at Logan Airport.Pleasure Bay can be found at the East end of South Boston, just across from the airport. Sheltered by the Head Island Causeway the Bay is popular with local swimmers, sunbathers and sail boaters while the Causeway itself is utilized by anglers, walkers, runners and skaters. The path around Pleasure Bay has been designated a Healthy Heart Trail by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and a full circuit is approximately 4K. (Incidentally I find that Boston is one of the best cities for walking and running).Bear i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2012

Castle Island Historic Site
William J. Day Blvd.
South Boston, Massachusetts 02127
(617) 268-5744

Amity Island Scavenger Hunt

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Edgartown Intersection Photo, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard
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This was originally supposed to be a review about doing the Amity Trivia Hunt, part of Jaws Fest on Martha’s Vineyard. However, due to a variety of circumstances, although we did purchase the hunt, we were unable to start it, let alone complete it.I have therefore filed this piece under Stories and Tips to provide some advice for anyone considering participating in this event in the future.Some background info:In 1972 the movie Jaws burst onto the screen defining the whole concept of the summer blockbuster, becoming the highest grossing movie ever at the time and instantly garnering a cult following. To stage Amity Island from Peter Benchley’s novel, director Steven...Read More

Fenway Park

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Attraction | "Catching a Game at Historic Fenway Park"

Fenway Park Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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If you’re going to experience one MLB game in your life, there is probably no better choice than to watch the Red Sox play at home in historic Fenway Park.Fenway, which celebrated its centennial in 2012, is the oldest Major League ballpark still in use (the Minor League Rockwood Field in Birmingham, AL dating from 1910 is the oldest in the world) and arguably the most famous sporting venue in the United States.Located just south of the Charles River Basin between the Downtown and Brookline areas Fenway shows its age by having no parking facilities worth mentioning. Drivers can get parking in private garages and supermarket parking lots for anywhere from $25 to $50 depending on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2012

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 482-4769

Canobie Lake Park

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Attraction | "Canobie Lake Park, Salem NH."

Canobie Lake Park Photo, Salem, New Hampshire
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In the heart of New England near Salem, New Hampshire, lies Canobie Lake Park a lightly themed, medium sized amusement park with rides for all ages.For older kids and grown-ups Canobie features 3 Roller Coasters, a Water Coaster, 2 Log Flumes and 2 Extreme Spinners.Attractions that are fun for the whole family: Boat, Cable Car & Train Rides, the Castaway Island Water Park, a Ferris wheel, various Arcades, a Pirate Ship and a Theatre with daily tribute shows to popular artists.The littlest ones will enjoy a seemingly endless host of Carousels, Spinner Rides, Track Rides, Bumper Cars and a kiddie-sized coaster dubbed the "Dragon". This choice of rides for younger ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2012

Canobie Lake Park
85 North Policy Street
Salem, New Hampshire 03079
(603) 893-3506

Chuck E. Cheese's Natick

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Restaurant | "Chuck E. Cheese's Natick, MA."

Chuck E. Cheese's Natick Photo, Natick, Massachusetts
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Chuck E. Cheese’s is a chain of pizza restaurants slash gaming arcades with a cartoon theme surrounding the title character and his band. The various locations offer an animatronics stage show, token operated kiddie rides, arcade & video games as well as a small indoor play area for tots.The penny arcade games offer players rewards in the form of tickets which can be redeemed for a selection of prizes. Rewards range from small candies and dollar-store toys viewable in a glass counter up front, to the larger stuffed animals and board games displayed on the wall behind.For some reason our kids really dig going to Chuck E. Cheese’s, so we usually plan for half a day at a local...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2012

Chuck E. Cheese's Natick
801 Worcester Street
Natick, Massachusetts 01760
(508) 650-9497

George's Surf 'N Turf

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Restaurant | "George's Surf and Turf"

George's Surf 'N Turf Photo, Worcester, Massachusetts
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Lovers of fried foods (and who isn’t) and in particular fried seafood will probably feel clam-happy at George’s Surf & Turf in the small community of Uxbridge, Massachusetts.Located right on the forested Uxbridge Road this little unassuming looking dive offers pretty good road-side fare at reasonable prices in a no-frills environment. Only outside seating is available with covered picnic tables on both the street-side and woods-side of the establishment. In the evenings one can opt for car-hop service (sans roller-skates) by leaving your car lights on in the parking lot.George’s specializes in deep-fried Surf such as: Shrimps, Scallops (Bay and Sea), Clams (Whole and Strip...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2012

George's Surf 'N Turf
116 Uxbridge Road
Mendon, Massachusetts 01756
(508) 473-2125

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV)

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Attraction | "Redcoats and Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village"

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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If you are planning a trip to Old Sturbridge Village, check their website to find out if your visit coincides with one of the many historical events that take place there every year. For the price of one admission you’ll be getting two attractions (or three if you are able to take advantage of the free second visit).Military buffs and anyone interested in learning more about the American War of Independence should definitely check out "Redcoats and Rebels" (R&R), New England’s largest reenactment event held at Old Sturbridge for two days in August.Close to 1000 enthusiasts portray, in full battle dress, the Colonial, British, French, Hessian and Native American troops who t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2012

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV)
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
(508) 347-3362

Blue Moon Bagel Cafe

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Restaurant | "Blue Moon Bagels every day."

Blue Moon Bagel Cafe Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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In Medfield, Massachusetts (about 25 miles Southeast of Boston center) you’ll find the Blue Moon Bagel Café, a great little family-run bakery & sandwich deli. The store is located in a shopping plaza off Main Street, next door to a Shaw’s Supermarket.While the exterior blends in with the rest of the strip mall’s façade and is distinguishable only by the billboard sign facing the parking lot, the café’s interior is invitingly decorated in warm tones and wood finishing.The owners have over 35 years of bakery experience and it shows in the selection of their ingredients (organic flour, no preservatives or additives) and in the quality of their product.In addition t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2012

Blue Moon Bagel Cafe
236 Main Street
Medfield, Massachusetts 02052
(508) 359-8880

Southwick's Zoo

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Attraction | "Southwick's Zoo, Mendon, MA."

Southwick's Zoo Photo, Worcester, Massachusetts
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Southwick’s Zoo can be found near the towns of Mendon and Uxbridge, Massachusetts, about 45 miles/1 hour Southeast from Boston via Interstates 90 and 495 or 26 miles/half an hour Northwest out of Providence via the 146 Worcester-Providence Turnpike. At 300 acres Southwick is larger than the next three largest New England zoos (Beardsley, Franklin Park and Roger Williams) combined. Since each of those other zoos boasts a greater number of both species and specimens, this means that in theory Southwick’s should have more square footage per individual than their competitors, which is always a good thing.Southwick’s keeps around 100 different animal species in average-sized but wel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2012

Southwick's Zoo
2 Southwick Street
Mendon, Massachusetts 01756
800-258-9182

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

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Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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About mid-way between the towns of Mansfield and Franklin, Massachusetts, just south of Interstate 495 you’ll find the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets; one of the largest factory outlet malls in New England.The mall is laid out in simple fashion with five parallel streets connecting the parking lot to the East with the main North-South promenade (Wrentham Street) to the West. The grounds are very well maintained and immaculately clean.All the walkways along the storefronts are covered, but you cannot complete an entire circuit of the mall sheltered from the elements as there are no canopies connecting one side of a street to another. A suggestion would be to connect all the Ea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2012

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
One Premium Outlets Boulevard
Wrentham, Massachusetts
(508) 384-0600