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How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

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NervousNell
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How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

We've never been and we are planning to go soon.
I'm curious how long we need to see the main sites and attractions.
DH is a big history buff so he wants to see things along the Freedom trail, Old North Church etc
I know it's not a huge city and I don't want us to be bored or have too many days but I want to be able to comfortably see things without rushing.
We were thinking a 3 day weekend- like arrive early afternoon on a Saturday and leave in the afternoon on Monday.
Is that enough?
If you've been there, what do you think on a timeline?
How many days did you go for?

Message edited 4/6/2023 6:09:34 PM.

Posted 4/6/23 6:08 PM
 
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BargainMama
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How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

We did 3 days and it was great! Get the Go City Boston pass and do the hop on off trolley. We did just about every stop on that and the pass saved us SO much. We used it for Aquarium, Legoland, Trolley, Paul Revere, Blue Man Group, the John Hancock tower or whatever it is! And more!

Posted 4/6/23 6:19 PM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

Posted by BargainMama

We did 3 days and it was great! Get the Go City Boston pass and do the hop on off trolley. We did just about every stop on that and the pass saved us SO much. We used it for Aquarium, Legoland, Trolley, Paul Revere, Blue Man Group, the John Hancock tower or whatever it is! And more!



That sounds great thank you! I'll look into it
So 3 days was enough then right?

Posted 4/6/23 6:25 PM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

We did a full 2 days there and thought that was good. We walked some of the freedom trail, stopped at Mike's Pastry in the North end (best cannoli's), did a duck boat tour, visited Harpoon brewery (they have great pretzels), and also Sam Adams but apparently I believe they have a location close to Fanueil Hall now which would be convenient because the brewery itself was out of the way from everything.

Posted 4/7/23 8:52 AM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

I took my niece last summer. We got there Sunday around 4. Did a ghost tour that evening.

Monday: Whale watching and then walked around Faneuil Hall, got cannolis.

Tuesday: Boston Tea Party, aquarium (doesn't take long), walked around more.

Wednesday: We did a day trip to Martha's Vineyard.

Posted 4/7/23 1:41 PM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

We just returned from Boston, loved it! I think three days is just right. We took the ferry from Orient and arrived early afternoon.

Highly recommend staying here- the perfect spot and such an incredible building. Your husband will love the history of the hotel. They also have the only 360 observation deck in town and it is for hotel guests only. We do not own Marriot time share, just booked a cash room with AAA discount. If that property isn't available there is another Marriot close by on Long Wharf I have also stayed at and would recommend.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/bosch-marriott-vacation-club-pulse-at-custom-house-boston/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0

Duck tours are really fun and give you a great highlights tour of the city. A good activity to do early on your trip so you can go back and explore things that interest you...So many things to see and do!!

Check out Limoncello in the North End too! Delicious and an easy walk from the hotel. Great back story there as well...the owner won a scratch off lottery ticket and had enough to open his dream restaurant. He is always there in the restaurant welcoming his guests. Love that place!

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Posted 4/9/23 8:19 PM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

I think three days is good but I would go Friday night so you have the full days Saturday and Sunday.

Posted 4/10/23 9:46 AM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

Posted by lululu

I think three days is good but I would go Friday night so you have the full days Saturday and Sunday.



Thanks I think that is what we decided to do. We are going to go Friday so we don't have to rush. Get there, get settled, etc

Posted 4/10/23 10:40 AM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

Posted by Michmouse

We just returned from Boston, loved it! I think three days is just right. We took the ferry from Orient and arrived early afternoon.

Highly recommend staying here- the perfect spot and such an incredible building. Your husband will love the history of the hotel. They also have the only 360 observation deck in town and it is for hotel guests only. We do not own Marriot time share, just booked a cash room with AAA discount. If that property isn't available there is another Marriot close by on Long Wharf I have also stayed at and would recommend.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/bosch-marriott-vacation-club-pulse-at-custom-house-boston/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0

Duck tours are really fun and give you a great highlights tour of the city. A good activity to do early on your trip so you can go back and explore things that interest you...So many things to see and do!!

Check out Limoncello in the North End too! Delicious and an easy walk from the hotel. Great back story there as well...the owner won a scratch off lottery ticket and had enough to open his dream restaurant. He is always there in the restaurant welcoming his guests. Love that place!



Thank you for all the great suggestion! I will be looking into all of these.

Posted 4/10/23 10:40 AM
 

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Re: How many days do I need for a trip to Boston?

Posted by Michmouse

We just returned from Boston, loved it! I think three days is just right. We took the ferry from Orient and arrived early afternoon.

Highly recommend staying here- the perfect spot and such an incredible building. Your husband will love the history of the hotel. They also have the only 360 observation deck in town and it is for hotel guests only. We do not own Marriot time share, just booked a cash room with AAA discount. If that property isn't available there is another Marriot close by on Long Wharf I have also stayed at and would recommend.

https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/bosch-marriott-vacation-club-pulse-at-custom-house-boston/overview/?scid=f2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0

Duck tours are really fun and give you a great highlights tour of the city. A good activity to do early on your trip so you can go back and explore things that interest you...So many things to see and do!!

Check out Limoncello in the North End too! Delicious and an easy walk from the hotel. Great back story there as well...the owner won a scratch off lottery ticket and had enough to open his dream restaurant. He is always there in the restaurant welcoming his guests. Love that place!



I agree with all except I have not stayed at the Pulse. I have stayed at a Pulse but it a different city.
The Marriot at the Long Wharf is a favorite of mine as is the Parker Omni House. The Omni has a great before and after bar with a great Boston Cream martini.
Hay Market is on Saturday and it's fun to browse through.
Contessa is a beautiful place for brunch but it is hard to get a reservation.

Posted 4/11/23 9:01 AM
 
 

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