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Art Museum465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA(617) 267-9300
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Excellent Facilities Excellent Service Excellent - With more than 450000 works, the MFA can keep you busy for a lifetime, especially with the new Americas Wing. Come on Wednesdays, when it's free from 4-9:45pm ... but don't miss the expert-led wine tastings between 5:30-7:30pm (AKA Winesdays). Come to enjoy live concerts, Summer Fridays in Calderwood Courtyard, October Fashion Month. Free admission and 10%-off in the Gift shop for Boston-area students (e.g. Northeastern, MIT, Harvard, BU), but don't forget the ID! Pro Tip: A ticket allows one free repeat visit within 10 days. Return again, instead of trying to tour the entire museum in one day.
Stadium4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA(877) 733-7699
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Excellent Facilities Excellent Service Very good - A must-visit for any traveling tourist; historic, as it's the oldest park in the MLB. Enjoy a Red Sox game with friends/family on a warm summer night. Also, take a look in center field to find the “lone red seat,” where Ted Williams hit the longest recorded home run at Fenway (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21) -- officially measured at 502 feet (153 m). Pro Tip: $12 daily tours from 9am - 4pm every hour (on the hour), seven days a week, or until three hours prior to game time. Highlights: Green Monster, Fenway Frank, Sausages (from Street Vendors on Yawkey Way), Singing (Sweet Caroline & Dirty Water). PS - Don't forget to bring your glove! :-D
Art Museum280 Fenway, Boston, MA(617) 566-1401$$
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Excellent Facilities Excellent Service Very good - One of Boston's most beloved institutions, with more than 2500 pieces, elegant architecture, and a mesmerizing courtyard filled year-round with flowers. Charming and beautiful (with dim lighting and unlabeled paintings) -- this Venetian palazzo houses the Gardner private collection, a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Consider reading "The Gardner Heist" beforehand. Pro-Tip: Free admission for anyone named Isabella (lifetime) or those celebrating a birthday! Reduced admission for students & seniors, or those with an MFA ticket/member-card.
Shopping Mall4 S Market St, Boston, MA(617) 523-1300
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Very good Facilities Very good Service Good - Built by artist John Smibert in 1742 in the style of an English country market, with an open ground floor and an assembly room -- before the American Revolution, Faneuil Hall served as a meeting place for the Sons of Liberty (led by Samuel Adams). Fun Fact: Knowledge of the Grasshopper Weather Vane was used as a test to determine if people were spies during the Revolution! The area attracts 18+ million people per year (read: it's tourist-central), mainly due to the variety of shops/push-carts, food stalls, full-service restaurants + bars, street performances, and history to be learned. Pro Tip: Park further away, and walk (or take public transit) there for a visit.
Science Museum1 Science Park, Boston, MA(617) 723-2500
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Excellent Facilities Excellent Service Excellent - Spend an entire day here, then come back to see everything that you missed. Membership highly recommended: pays off after three trips in a year, with special access privileges (like skipping admissions + entry to Exhibit Halls). Classic Picks: baby chickens, dinosaurs, the Omni theater, musical stairs, the jump wall, lightning show, bees, and astronaut ice cream. The Charles Hayden Planetarium boasts a multi-million dollar projection system, with the ability to see the entire known universe, known as the most technologically-advanced digital theater in New England. Highlights: Free Wi-Fi ("MoS_WiFi"), Mathematics Room (Blue Wing), Butterfly Garden, 3D Theater, Pompeii Exhibit, Simulator Experience.
Aquarium1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA(617) 973-5200$$
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Very good Facilities Very good Service Very good - Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium gets over 1.3 million visitors in a year -- it's a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. Stare at stingrays from the spiral staircase of the Great Ocean Tank (revolutionary in its build/design/experience) or cradle a hermit crab in the Touch Tank... then, say hello to Myrtle, the 500-lb Sea Turtle (watch a feeding, if you can). Six seals play year-round in the glass-enclosed, outdoor [free] Atlantic harbor tank. Buy paintings by the seals in the gift shop -- yes, the seals paint. Highlights: Penguin Exhibit.
Art Museum100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA(617) 478-3100$$
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Very good Facilities Very good Service Very good - Free admission every Thursday night from 5-9pm, with occasional performances, artist talks, and a stunning view of the harbor (could this be a first date with you-know-who?). Fun Fact: When the ICA's new building was built in 2001, it became the first new art museum to be built in nearly a century. Student discounts.
Art Museum26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA(617) 495-3045
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Very good Facilities Very good Service Very good - Revel in amazement at this Victorian-style maze of glass cases (mostly dead creatures). Inside, one will find prehistoric fossil invertebrates, reptiles, a Kronosaurus, over 3000 glass flowers (commissioned in 1886, representing more than 830 plant species), a 1642-lb amethyst geode, and the world's largest turtle shell. Pro-Tip: MA residents get in for free on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Sundays before noon (Bring ID, and remind them); plus, any paid admission also provides access to the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Bring a date (or family) for the Comparative Zoology Exhibit!
Movie Theater290 Harvard St, Brookline, MA(617) 734-2501
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Excellent Facilities Excellent Service Very good - Open since 1933, with a mix of first-run and independent productions. The interior is indie establishment is phenomenally nostalgic. The place serves beer/wine daily until 10pm. Go for the midnight screenings -- horror shockers, avant-garde, interactive features, and cult/niche/campy classics. Movie marathons, live performances, and panels happen on occasion as well.
Brewery306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA(617) 456-2322
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Joshua Berk reviewed a year ago
Appeal Very good Facilities Very good Service Very good - Everyone's other favorite in-town brewery has free week-day beer tastings at 4pm Monday - Friday, and 2pm Wednesday - Friday (no reservation needed). Parking is free, but make sure and get there early because they sell out quick. Be sure to attend Harpoon Fest 3x/year (May for Summer, Octoberfest, and St. Patrick's Day).
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