Boston and surrounding area

We spent four days in Boston visiting the city and surrounding areas

Riverwalk a lovely way to spend time in the city

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 13, 2011

The Riverwalk in Providence is a nice way to spend some time whilst you wander around the city. We noticed it from one of the windows in the mall and decided to investigate.

The river runs through the city and they have made pathways along the sides of the river so you can walk alongside. There are a few restaurants at the mall end with patios overlooking the river. Some of the pathway is cobbles, so not good if you are wearing heals.

As we walked along we saw many artists set up with easels painting and sketching the scenery. There are several places where there are bridges where you can cross the river and swap sides.

The end of the walk ends at the bay where the river ends.

A really nice way to relax and see some sights.
Waterplace Park & Riverwalk
Memorial Boulevard
Providence, Rhode Island, 02903

Providence Place is an average mall

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 13, 2011

We stopped off here whilst visiting Providence for the day. We were looking for somewhere to park and saw the mall so knew most malls had parking so….

We parked very easily and made our way to the mall. There are three floors with all the usual shops such as Lord & Taylor, Old Navy, American Eagle, Borders etc. There is also a food court with Popeye's, Sbarro, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Johnny Rockets as well as a sushi place and a few others I can't remember.

The mall also has a IMAX theatre with 16 screens, but we never used this so cannot comment.

Overall a pretty average mall with a decent selection of shops and eateries.

We were not sure how much the parking would be as we hadn't looked as we entered, but after wandering the mall, then pending a hour or two walking round the city we ended up paying $1for approx three hours parking which I thought was very good.

Nothing overwhelming to say about it, but equally nothing bad.
Providence Place Mall
One Providence Place
Providence, Rhode Island, 02903
(401) 270-1000

Lobster Hut - a bit fast-food but very tasty

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 7, 2011

Whilst in Plymouth we wanted to find somewhere to eat where we could get fresh fish - after all we were right on the coast. We walked past the Lobster Hut and decided to take a look at the menu.

We went into the lobby area and there was a stand full of menus so we took a look and decided that we liked what we saw. They had various types of fish such a haddock, shrimps, oysters, lobster, scallops etc. They also had burger options for those who didn't like fish.

When we went into the restaurant we were a little shocked to find we had to order as we went in and then take a ticket and wait for our number to be called. We had not expected it to be a fast food type place, but as we were hungary and already in there decided to order.

I had shrimp with french fries and my husband had fish & chips, we both had soft drinks. It came to around $25.

We placed our order and paid then found a table and waited for our order to be called. We waited about five minutes and then it arrived. Again it was a little disheartening to find everything on paper plates with plastic cutlery, but we gave them the benefit of the doubt.

We are glad we did as both dishes were very fresh and tasty. My husband loved his fish so much I wished I had had it too, but the fried butterfly shrimps were huge and lovely.

Once you have finished you throw your plates etc into the bins and leave.

As I said I was expecting a sit down proper restaurant and was a bit disappointed with the McDonald's type setting, but the food was very very nice and so I cannot complain. If you are happy with this then you will not go far wrong, but if you want a proper restaurant where you are waited on then you will need to find somewhere else.
Lobster Hut
25 Town Wharf
Plymouth, Massachusetts, 02360
(508) 746-2270

Wolfborough Diner, small but offers good food

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 7, 2011

We went on a driving tour round the lakes in New Hampshire and came across the village of Wolfboro. Being a little hungry we looked for a place to eat and found the Wolfborough Diner which strangely spelt its name different from the village.

It is a small place with a big menu. There are only a dozen or so table and the floor is wonky as are the walls which give it a little charm. The waitress was friendly enough and as we had British accents made sure we understood that chips were crisps and fries were chips. AsI mentioned there are lots of items on the menu and they serve breakfast all day. I chose the chicken parmesan sandwich which was lovely and very tasty.

The bathrooms are one person rooms about 3 feet square, so very tight even for little ol' me.

All in all the service was good, the menu extensive and the food tasty. So overall I recommend it.
Wolfeborough Diner
5 North Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH

Prudential Centre Skywalk offers fantastic views of Boston

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 5, 2011

The Prudential Centre Skywalk is a great place to get an overview of Boston. It only cost $12 per adult and is well worth the money.

After buying the ticket you are directed to an elevator to take you to the 50th floor. You have the option of taking a self-guided audio tour or you can just wander around. On this floor you get uninterrupted 360 degree views of the city, so choose a nice day to visit.

You will see Copley Square, the airport, harbour area, Hancock Tower, Fenway Park, Boston Common amongst lots more. There are many residential areas to see with all the red brick buildings and amazing architecture. There is also a good view of MIT as well as Harvard etc.

Make sure you have your camera with you. You can literally see for miles and the photos I have uploaded really speak for themselves. There are bulletin boards dotted around giving extra info about the views and buildings etc you can see. Many are interactive to keep kids entertained.

A very worthwhile tour. IF you feel like eating in the sky you can then go to the 52nd floor to the restaurant "The Top of the Hub"
Prudential Center Skywalk
800 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Duck Tours - best 80 minutes!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 5, 2011

We decided to take the Duck Tour so that we could see as much of the city as possible. We went to the Museum of Science to get the tickets and arrived at 9:45 am and were able to get tickets for the 10:30 tour.

We waited outside for the tour where several ducks were waiting. When the time came we had our photos taken and boarded the duck. There are about 30 different ducks and we were on one called Arbourway Alex a white flowery one. Every duck is captained by men and women who act our different personalities and themes. We had Jason the Argonaut who dressed in a short white toga.

Jason was a very funny and entertaining guy who narrated throughout the tour pointing out all the sights. Every so often someone on the street would quack at us and we quaked back. The tour took us all around the city from the commercial district, financial district, Copely Square, USS Constitution, Prudential Centre, Boston Common and then into the Charles River.

Once we got into the water Jason let some of the children on board drive the duck and took pictures of them driving. Parts of the tour take in the Freedom Trail so a good way to view this before embarking on the walking tour, or an alternative if you don't want to walk it.

The tour lasted 80 minutes in total and was fun and entertaining. I would recommend everyone visiting Boston for the first time to take the tour as soon as they arrive to get a good overview of the city. We did this and then went back to certain places we saw on the tour and decided not to visit others we previously would have.

An excellent trip which costs $32 per adult and is worth every cent. The photos they take cost $20 and you are encouraged to tip the captain as well.
Boston Duck Tours
3 Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
(617) 723 3825

Walk past, do not enter Beantown Pub

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 4, 2011

Whilst we walked around Boston we decided we needed to eat and came across this pub. The menu was posted outside and looked good with plenty of options, so in we went.

The notice at the entrance said wait to be seated and eventually we were. The table we had was very wonky and kept tilting so my husband had to keep his foot on the base to steady it.

After five minute a waitress came over and asked us what drink we wanted, she took our order and left. She then went to the bar and chatted with friends using all sorts of language and profanities which we though was wrong in this settling. Especially as there were children in the restaurant too.

We eventually got our drinks and placed our food order. We had to wait some time for our meal to arrive. My husband had ordered fish and chips and thought that they had actually gone out to sea to catch it! When the food arrived it looked okay, but that is where the good things ended. The fish was not fresh and my husband was very disappointed with it. The fries were also frozen. I had chicken parmesan but the chicken and sauce were tasteless and the spaghetti was slimy and again tasteless and seemed reminiscent of the stuff that comes out of a can.

The worst meal either of us has had in a long time and certainly not worthy of a tip for quality of food or service. Big thumbs down.

Beantown Pub
100 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02108

Hampton Inn, Logan Airport - Great hotel & great price

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Muchmor on July 4, 2011

This Hampton Inn is located close to Logan airport, however we were not flying, we simply used this hotel as our base to visit several places in New England.

Although it is not close to the centre of Boston, the city is easily accessible thanks to the shuttle bus service the hotel providers free of charge. It leaves the hotel every 20 minutes and drops people off at the airport or the local T stop (Wood Island) where you can catch the subway straight into the city. Whenever you want to return to the hotel you simply phone them and ask to be collected. We did this and waited approximately 10 mins - very good service. Parking is free at the hotel and they also offer a park & fly option so you can leave your vehicle there for the duration of your holiday.

The hotel location is not the best area as it is very industrial so there are not really any amenities close by, certainly none within walking distance i.e restaurants, shops etc. This did not matter to us as we made sure we ate before returning to the hotel.

We had a king room which was very spacious and clean. We had a king bed, sofa, coffee table, desk, drawers, flat screen TV and bedside cabinets. There is a small wardrobe and a more than adequate bathroom with tub, shower vanity and toilet - all very clean. Internet is complimentary to all rooms and they also have a business centre you can use free of charge.

Although the hotel does not have a restaurant it does have a bar which opens in the evenings as well as a fitness centre and large pool. A complimentary hot breakfast is provided every morning between 6 and 10 am. We were there for four nights and had different options each morning. There is fruit, cereals, bagels, waffles as well as a choice hot options such as scrambled egg, meat patties, sausage etc. Every evening cookies are available and tea and coffee is available 24/7 in the lobby.

Overall I have nothing but good to say about this hotel. It is definitely worth considering if you want to visit Boston without the high prices of city hotels and without the high parking prices. It makes for a very carefree and easy hotel option.
Hampton Inn Boston Logan Airport
Revere, 02151

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