OT: Must See Things in New England

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  1. smudubs

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    I am sorry to come here with something so off topic, but I will be moving my son from the Dallas area to Boston for college and we will be back in August with my daughter to visit schools. My question is simple, I will be with my son for about a week before he begins summer school and am wondering what you guys think are must see/do things in the area. I have only been to Boston once and that was over 20 years ago, so any suggestions, including places to stay, things to do and places to eat will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Excalibur

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    You looking to stay in the general Boston vicinity, or are you willing/looking to do some driving around?
     
  3. alfonse

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    Vermont
     
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  4. 8893

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    In Boston, the Commons and Fanueil Hall. And definitely go to a game at Fenway.
     
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  5. temery

    temery What?

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    My first question: Are there are good New England pizza places outside of Connecticut?
     
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  6. Deepster

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    First off, don't waste your time doing anything in CT that doesn't involve New Haven pizza. The rest of the state sucks. Especially Hartford.
     
  7. pj

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    Block Island, RI - bicycling, beach, restaurants and bar
    Newport/Middletown, RI - beach and mansions
    Newburyport / Plum Island, MA
    Mt Welch & Dickey, NH - hiking
     
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  8. Marat

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    How about Portland, Maine?
     
  9. August_West

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    No.
    If you are outside of the CT/RI northern borders, you are out of the Pizza Belt, and your chances of getting a good slice, while not nil, are greatly diminished.

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  10. superjohn

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    Deepster's bunker.
     
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  11. fleudslipcon

    fleudslipcon We are still UConn!!

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    Guy's from Texas. He most likely wants meat!
     
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  12. fleudslipcon

    fleudslipcon We are still UConn!!

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    If you don't mind the drive head to Acadia National Park in Maine.
    Definitely Newport if you like history.
    Cape Cod.
    Mystic Seaport.
     
  13. david

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    You're a clown
     
  14. Deepster

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    Oh wait. You HAVE to see the Old State House....and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. So much fun.

    Read all of the other posts so far. One person mentions Mystic Seaport, which really isn't all that good anyway. What CT recommendations do you have...other than calling me a clown?
     
  15. AZHuskiePop

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    No
     
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  16. fleudslipcon

    fleudslipcon We are still UConn!!

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    Gillette Castle
     
  17. Excalibur

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    If you are staying in Boston -- like 8893 says, Fanuil Hall/Quincy Market, Boston Common, Fenway

    If you want to do some day trips, you can drive up to Gloucester, Rockport, Newburyport, and Plum Island. If you're willing to go further, Newport, RI is probably a better/more interesting trip. Mystic Seaport area is nice in CT, but not so much so that it justifies the extra driving time.

    You could also hop a ferry from the Cape to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, or drive to Rhode Island and take a boat to Block Island.

    If you're looking to drive for more than a day trip and spend the night somewhere, I would suggest a drive to Maine, perhaps up to Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor. It's a long trip but one of the truly unique places in the country.
     
  18. david

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    Mystic
    Connecticut Science Center
    Gillette Castle
    Mark Twain House
    Casinos
    New England Air Museum
    Maritime Aquarium
    Several museums in Hartford/New Haven

    These are just off the top of my head.
     
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  19. Willy Gee

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    "If you don't mind the drive head to Acadia National Park in Maine." This would be my answer. I love that place.

    I live in Vermont. Nothing to see here.
     
  20. BUHusky

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    Gampel Pavilion (for the banners, not the tiles).
     
  21. Da_Aisijimo_Gou

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    Cmon, Enzo Patoni tiles don't pop up just anywhere.
     
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  22. temery

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    Gotta pick up a game at Fenway.
     
  23. superjohn

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    Went last summer after not going since I was a little kid, the view of the CT. River is stunning. I love that area of the state.
     
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  24. superjohn

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    If you like art The Wadsworth Atheneum is an awesome museum, the New Britain museum is also damn impressive for a city of that size.
     
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  25. Kitaman

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    The JFK Presidential Library is nice.

    The Cape (including beaches) in August of course, perhaps get on a boat to see some whales or even charter fishing.

    Get on a boat and tour the Boston harbor.

    Gawking at the Rhode Island mansions is a nice day trip.

    I haven't been to the Aquarium but I hear good things.

    Pig out on the local seafood (Atlantic Ocean fresh).
     
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    I did the same thing as you. I went as a kid and returned with family in August. The drive up is interesting and views are great. It doesn't seem to be very crowded, either which is good.
     
  27. AZHuskiePop

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    If you like history your going to the right place.
    In Boston walk the freedom trail, visit old Ironsides. ( Commanded by a Connecticut Guy in the war of 1812)
    Take a drive over to Concord ,which is a very beautiful town , but stand on Concord bridge where the dream called American Independence ,became something real.
    If you go to Ct make what for You would be a pilgrimage to Durham Connecticut.
    The ancestral home of the Austin family and nearby where the father of Texas was educated along with a fellow alumni who was the author of the 13th Amendment. Two of the more significant events in US History.
    As a fellow Westerner a huge point missed by even many of these loyal fans is the compactness of the Northeast especially CT allows access to a multiplicity of activitie . Ct is about half the size of Metro Phoenix.
    I love the Newport RI and the mansions indicative of the excesses of that error
    When I lived in Ct and entertained Midwestern visitors ,good fresh seafood was always high on the list.
    I love Cape Ann ,north of Boston.
    Have New England clam chowder in Salem and visit the house of seven gables or witch museum , go on a whale watch out of Gloucester,or visit the artsy Town of Rockport.
    Caution if you go to a Sox game and purchase any gear ,venturing into western Connecticut could be hazardess to your health.
    People have been killed in Ct over sports , the myth of the passionless fan in CT is just that. We can make the SEC fans look normal.
    If the Big 12 adds UConn it will immediately become the favorite destination.
    Nowhere in the US is there more things to do in such a small area
     
  28. mauconnfan

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    Newport RI for a couple days. Ocean Drive, some shopping, sightseeing, drinking.
     
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    Cape Cod, Newport RI, NYC
     
  30. smudubs

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. We are doing a father-son road trip so driving won't be a problem seeing as we're driving from suburban Dallas. Planning to save Maine for August trip because our daughter wants to visit a couple of schools there. Needless to say both kids want the Hell out of Texas for a few years. I'm hoping to make a road trip during basketball season to check out you guys.