Neighborhood nicknames are in (parentheses).
Boston is a city of diverse neighborhoods, many of which were originally towns in their own right before being annexed to the city. This contributes to a strong pride within the neighborhoods of Boston, and many people will often tell you they are from "JP" (Jamaica Plain), "Dot" (Dorchester), "Southie" (South Boston), or "Eastie" (East Boston), rather than that they are from Boston. Alternatively, people from the suburbs will tell you they are from Boston when in fact they live in one of the nearby (or even outlying) suburbs. If in doubt, you can look for "Resident Parking Only" street signs, which will identify what neighborhood you are in.
Another consequence of this expansion is that the neighborhoods, in addition to their cultural identities, also retained most of their street names, regardless of whether or not Boston -or another absorbed town- already had a street with the same name. According to a survey by The Boston Globe, there are at least 200 street names that are duplicated in one or more neighborhoods in Boston. For instance, Washington Street in Downtown Boston, is different from Washington Street in Dorchester and another Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. This can play havoc with web-based mapping and direction services.
Be aware that geographic references in district names tend to mean little. For example, South Boston is different from the South End, which is actually west of South Boston and north of Dorchester and Roxbury districts. Some other confusing notables: East Boston and Charlestown are further north than the North End. The West End is in the northern part of town (bordering the North End and Charles River).
Among Boston's many neighborhoods, the historic areas of [wiki=5f789c0171b44ed83a3a0a08f4d6b522]Back Bay[/wiki], [wiki=3117695310ba5df85ab5af948459ba1f]Beacon Hill[/wiki], [wiki=f00b497044256c4a4cfac6fb88f212c9]Chinatown[/wiki], [wiki=38432cf7b8c81c9cc18d25932b2498f8]Downtown[/wiki], [wiki=feee468c2766b3aa21faac4e6b47eadb]Fenway-Kenmore[/wiki], the [wiki=335086ed04b661a512292bc730df60be]Financial District[/wiki], Government Center, the [wiki=75b9237ae2118aa5f368e8ba98090892]North End[/wiki], and the [wiki=073f22a057268c58b1fb3273a994c538]South End[/wiki] comprise the area considered "Boston Proper." It is here where most of the buildings that make up the city's skyline are located.
The [wiki=5f789c0171b44ed83a3a0a08f4d6b522]Back Bay[/wiki] is one of the few neighborhoods with streets organized on a grid. It is so named because it used to be mud flats on the river, until the city filled in the bay in a land-making project ending in 1862. It is now one of the higher-rent neighborhoods in the city. The north-south streets crossing the axis of Back Bay are organized alphabetically. Starting from the east, at the Public Garden, and heading west, they are: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, Exeter, Fairfield, Gloucester (pronounced 'gloster'), and Hereford. After Hereford Street is Massachusetts Avenue, more commonly known as Mass. Ave., and then Charlesgate, which marks the western boundary of Back Bay. The alphabetical street names continue a little way into the Fenway neighborhood on the other side of Charlesgate, with Ipswich, Jersey, and Kilmarnock, but the streets are no longer arranged in a grid.
There are also several "districts" you might hear mentioned. "Districts" are generally areas of common interest located within a larger neighborhood:
* Leather District (sub-neighborhood of Chinatown)
* SoWa District (south of Washington, South End)
* Theatre District (south of Chinatown)
* Waterfront District (South Boston)
* Ladder District (Realtor phrase for Downtown Crossing)
We've grouped the largely unremarkable West End into Downtown; it's between Beacon Hill and the Charles River, and includes the high-rise neighborhood spanning from Charles/MGH to North Station.
Navigating the streets of Boston is difficult if you are not familiar with the area. While other American cities have their streets laid out in a grid ([wiki=d97e023dce2bb237a0d44f46d8ee9438]New York[/wiki], [wiki=9cfa1e69f507d007a516eb3e9f5074e2]Chicago[/wiki], [wiki=8b9c1179fe8a1c342a1950be99ac9c90]Indianapolis[/wiki], [wiki=3064b320cef260c8f077f7c12a080f33]Philadelphia[/wiki], [wiki=5047bc596a4bab2dc7f7c120bb22dec5]Phoenix[/wiki]), or along a river, lake, or other geographical feature ([wiki=ac69cbc800b7f96e0f5f588b7d032949]New Orleans[/wiki], [wiki=11b915670b63c790160e26af2dac39b7]Cleveland[/wiki]), the modern streets of Boston are a twisty and seemingly incomprehensible maze. Boston in the 1600s was a narrow peninsula surrounded by farmland and distant settlements. Landfill, urban expansion, waves of radical economic change, and new technologies have seen sensible street patterns added on to and collide in less sensible ways. Due to dense development, the older street patterns have largely remained in place without being adapted to their modern surroundings. In this way, Boston is more similar to old European cities than most typical large American cities that were geometrically planned, expanded into unsettled land, or were mainly settled in the late 20th century.
There are several visitor pass programs that offer discounted or free admission to a number of the sites listed below, among them the GoBoston Card [url=http://www.gobostoncard.com/]]and the Boston CityPASS [http://www.citypass.com/boston[/url]. Depending on the length of your stay and what you want to see, either program could potentially save you quite a bit of money.
A good resource for daily and nightly event listings of all sizes and interests can be found by picking up a free Weekly Dig or The Phoenix newspaper from one of the many free newspaper vending boxes located at most major busy intersections. Additionally, there are several free mobile applications like Hoppit and Nara to find great local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
*Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Phone: +1 617-524-1718[url=http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/].]T stop: Orange Line or Needham commuter rail to "Forest Hills" (last stop on the Orange Line). Come see the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world's leading centers for the study of plants. A park with beautiful landscaping and specimens.
*Boston Harbor Islands State Park, Phone: +1 617-727-5290 [url=http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/harbor.htm].]Take a Ferry (Long Wharf: Blue line to Aquarium), Phone: +1 617-223-8666 [url=http://www.bostonislands.com/[/url])]out to Georges Island and tour Fort Warren. See why Boston was the most defensible city in the New World. Shuttles leave from there to other islands in Boston Harbor--insect repellent is recommended. Ranger-led activities, events, narrations, or just swim, picnic, camp or fish. This is a hidden jewel that is off the beaten path. Plan to bring sunscreen, water, and a snack. Also note that depending on conditions in the harbor the return schedule can be delayed. If you're tight on time, err on the side of an earlier ferry to ensure arrival.
*Newbury Street [url=http://www.newbury-st.com[/url]]Eight blocks of high-end boutiques, hair salons, and galleries. Makes for a fabulous day of shopping and dining. The shops and restaurants tend to be expensive, but one needn't spend money to enjoy the area; one of Newbury's main attractions is simply people-watching. College students, urban professionals, tourists, and street performers all mix here. Newbury Street is accessible on the Green Line from the Arlington, Copley, and Hynes stations.
*Boston Common and Public Garden. A must-see for all visitors during the warmer months. The oldest public park in America. Ride the famous Swan Boats, walk across the world's shortest suspension bridge and generally enjoy the park with its shady trees, fountains, statues, sidewalk vendors, and greenery. Visit the "Cheers" bar across Beacon St, but be forewarned: only tourists go here. A great starting point for visitors interested in local historical sights, or on your way to Downtown Crossing or the Back Bay. Very nice foliage in the fall. The area east of Charles St is the Common, which is more open and less manicured. The area west of Charles St. is the Public Garden, which consists of many walking paths amid an impressive variety of well-maintained folliage. Accessible on the Green Line from Park Street, Boylston and Arlington stations, on the Red Line from Park Street station, and a short walk from any other downtown station.
*Community Boating. For kids between ages 10 and 18, membership is only $1 for the entire summer. Membership includes all sorts of sailing lessons (sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, etc.) along with other benefits. Each class takes a couple of days. 2-day membership is $100; 60-day membership is $159. Accessible on the Red Line from Charles/MGH station.
*Freedom Trail. [url=http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/]]A 2.5 mi (4 km) walking tour of 16 historic sites that begins at Boston Common, goes through downtown Boston, the North End and Charlestown, ending at the USS Constitution. Sites include the old State House, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's House, and the Old North Church. The Freedom Trail connects to the Boston Harbor Walk. The Freedom Trail is marked by a line of red paint or red brick in the sidewalk. The beginning of the trail is accessible on the Green Line or the Red Line from Park St station. However, all the lines are convenient at various points along the way, via several downtown stations.
*Faneuil Hall [url=http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/[/url]]and Quincy Market, downtown Boston. Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, two of Boston's oldest marketplaces, contain a great set of mainly tourist-oriented shops and eateries. Since Faneuil Hall Marketplace is private property, the street performers must audition and thus are consistently entertaining. Faneuil Hall also has a historic meeting hall in its upper levels, and is just down the street from the Old State House. Quincy Market has a number of food stalls from local (delectable) providers - coffee, pastries, candy, popcorn, sushi, Italian, lobster and lobster rolls, Chinese, sandwiches, etc. No farmers' market, all food is prepared. Great place to eat a wide variety of foods for cheap, especially with kids. Tables available in covered outdoor area immediately outside. Accessible on the Blue Line at State St., Government Center, and Aquarium stations, on the Orange Line at State St. station, and on the Green Line at Government Center station.
*Copley Square. Take a Duck Tour, +1 617-267-DUCK [url=http://www.bostonducktours.com/],]enjoy the fountains, visit the top of the nearby Prudential building, see the Boston Public Library, visit the beautiful Trinity Church, or go shopping along Newbury Street. Accessible on the Green Line at Copley station, or on the Orange Line at Back Bay station.
*Boston Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Av, [url=http://www.bso.org/[/url].]During the fall, winter and spring, the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra performs classical music. Tickets are available online or in the box office; they can be pricey at $29-$115. For a cheaper alternative, Tuesday and Thursday concerts have rush tickets (last-minute availability, no seat choice) which are sold starting at 5PM on the day of the concert for $9; Friday concerts start rush ticket availability at 10AM. Be sure to line up in advance for rush tickets. Weekend concerts do not sell rush tickets.
*Boston Pops Orchestra. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Av, +1 617-266-1492, CustomerService@bso.org. During the summer, the Pops perform programs of both classical and popular music, consistently pleasing audiences. Tickets can be had inexpensively and can be purchased either online or in the box office. Accessible on the E branch of the Green Line at Symphony station.
*New England Conservatory. This world-famous top-notch music school and also right around the corner from the Boston Symphony, is often overlooked by tourists in Boston but well-known among local musicians. Their performances, recitals, and chamber group concerts are usually free and unticketed. See the calendar at [url=http://concerts.newenglandconservatory.edu/index.php[/url]]for more information.
*Theater District. Washington St, Tremont St. Broadway is the undisputed center of the theater world, but Boston's Theater District is where most Broadway shows will preview and is usually the first stop on a show's touring run. Resident shows also run.
*Bicycling. 20 Park Plaza (Suite 528), +1 617-542-2453. The Minuteman Bikeway is one of the most heavily used rail trails in the United States. This eleven mile paved path is popular with walkers, cyclists, and in-line skaters. The route closely follows that taken at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Accessible on the Red Line at Davis and Alewife stations.
*Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory. Prudential Center, +1 617-859-0648. Tickets: Adults $11, Seniors $9, Children under 12 $7.50, Student with college ID $9, Military with DoD ID Free. Look around Boston from the second tallest skyscraper. Open daily. Winter (Nov thru Feb) 10AM-8PM; Summer (Mar thru Oct) 10AM-10PM.
*Sam Adams Brewery Tour. Phone +1 617-368-5080, 30 Germania St. (Orange line to "Stonybrook"). Take a tour of the Sam Adams brewery located in Jamaica Plain. Free samples of beer at the end.
*Harpoon Brewery Tour Phone +1 888-HARPOON. (Silver line Waterfront, fourth stop from South Station) Free sampling after tour.
*America's Original Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Its doors opened in 1987 to a packed house in Cambridge, MA and have been selling out the house ever since! It is a great combination of mystery, music, audience participation, food and fun. Different shows and locations for a memorable evening in Boston.
*Since 1935, more than 10 million people have traversed the thirty-foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world. This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Library.
*America's Largest Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Includes a gourmet four-course meal.
*Join the Experts in Mystery Entertainment for an exciting night out in Boston that is full of intrigue, deception, and delicious food!
The Greater Boston area has some 65 accredited institutions of higher learning, including many world-renowned colleges, universities, conservatories, and seminaries. The metro Boston area has something of around 250,000 students living in the area at any given time.
* Berklee College of Music [http://www.berklee.edu/]
* Boston Architectural College [http://www.the-bac.edu/]
* Boston Conservatory [http://www.bostonconservatory.edu/]
* Boston University (BU) [http://www.bu.edu/]
* Emerson College [http://www.emerson.edu/]
* Emmanuel College [http://www.emmanuel.edu/]
* Fisher College [http://www.fisher.edu/]
* Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) [http://www.massart.edu/]
* Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) [http://www.mcphs.edu/]
* Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) [http://www.mspp.edu/]
* New England Conservatory of Music [http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu/]
* New England School of Law [http://www.nesl.edu/]
* New England School of Acupuncture [http://www.nesa.edu/]
* Northeastern University [http://www.northeastern.edu/neuhome/index.php]
* School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) [http://www.smfa.edu/]
* Simmons College [http://www.simmons.edu/]
* Suffolk University [http://www.suffolk.edu/]
* Tufts University School of Medicine [http://www.medicine.tufts.edu]
* University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass) [http://www.umb.edu/]
* Wentworth Institute of Technology [http://www.wit.edu/index.php]
* Wheelock College [http://www.wheelock.edu/]
* Harvard University [http://www.harvard.edu/]
* Lesley University [http://web.lesley.edu/default.asp]
* Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [http://web.mit.edu/]
* The New England Institute of Art (NEiA) [http://www.artinstitutes.edu/boston]
* Boston College (BC) [http://www.bc.edu/]
* Brandeis University [http://www.brandeis.edu/]
* Bentley University [http://www.bentley.edu/]
* Tufts University [http://www.tufts.edu/] (partially in Somerville)
The biggest shopping areas in the inner Metro are the Back Bay and Downtown Crossing. In addition, there are two large malls in and near the center of the city.
* The Cambridgeside Galleria.This boilerplate shopping mall includes department stores, the Apple Store, a Best Buy, clothing stores, bookstores, a food court, and a Cheesecake Factory restaurant, all at mainstream retail prices. Accessible on the Green Line at Lechmere station, or the Red Line at Kendall/MIT station via a free shuttle van ("The Wave").
* Copley Place and Prudential Center. These malls are connected via pedestrian walkway over Huntington Av. They house department stores, clothing stores, bookstores, upscale shopping, a food court, many restaurants, and connect to several large hotels. Accessible on the Green Line at Copley, Hynes/ICA, and Prudential stations, and on the Orange Line at Back Bay station. `Visitors and locals alike use the mall to go between the South End and Newbury/Boylston Street areas, either to take advantage of the air conditioning during the summer or the warmth during the winter.
More local color can be experienced outdoors at any of several popular commercial areas:
* Newbury Street. This shopping street runs the length of the Back Bay neighborhood. Often called "the Rodeo Drive of the East," Newbury St is a wonderfully dense avenue colored by historic brownstones and lots of shops and restaurants. Extremely expensive near Boston Common, but gradually becoming more affordable as you move toward Massachusetts Avenue. One block north from Boylston St, which is similar but less so. Vehicular traffic can be very slow on Newbury St itself; take parallel streets unless you have time to see the sights from your car. Accessible on the Green Line from Arlington, Copley, and Hynes stations.
* Downtown Crossing(or "DTX"), Washington St. at Winter St. area. This shopping district is in Downtown Boston, just steps from Boston Common. The building, which once housed the now-closed Filene's Department store, was knocked down and there were plans for a 38-story tower which was to include a hotel and condos to be built. However, the development has since stalled due to financial problems of the developer. To date there has been no date for redevelopment set, so the location is now most infamous as the "Filenes Basement Hole." The rest of Downtown Crossing features large Macy's, music stores, souvenirs, general retail, and lots of street vendors and quick food. Accessible on the Red and Orange Lines at Downtown Crossing station, and with a brief walk, from the Red and Green Lines at Park St. station. Be advised: During weekdays this area is a very popular hangout for inner-city youth.
* Harvard Square. This historic and always-active square is located across the river in the city of [wiki=befe9d66da2a38ca28b954a7f1b0c515]Cambridge[/wiki]. Take a tour of Harvard University and the Yard, visit the historic cemetery, shop around. Several excellent bookstores, with plenty of restaurants and cafes to sit down and read a novel. See the famous chess tables outside Au Bon Pain where a scene in Good Will Hunting was filmed. Walk past the offices of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe, and say hello to the punks. Take a short walk down to the scenic Charles River. Street musicians often play near the famous Out of Town News. For a good burger, stop in a Bartley's, a Harvard landmark. For a fantastic margarita and cheap Mexican food, be sure to hit up the Border Cafe. The nonprofit Brattle theater shows classic and independent films. Accessible on the Red Line at Harvard station.
* Coolidge Corner, Harvard St. at Beacon St, Brookline. This shopping area is in the neighboring town of [wiki=180cce35f52208d46c94bde91ffe8ce6]Brookline[/wiki]. A little less urban, more like your local village shops and restaurants. The Coolidge Corner Theater is known for showing interesting independent and art house films. Beacon Street has interesting shops along much of its length, generally concentrated near areas such as St. Mary's, Washington Sq., etc. One can also walk north from Coolidge Corner along Harvard St. (which becomes Harvard Av.) towards Allston-Brighton (and the B branch of the Green Line) for additional shopping and dining. Accessible on the C branch of the Green Line at the Coolidge Corner stop.
* Charles St.From Beacon St. to Cambridge St. One of the more quaint shopping neighborhoods in Boston, starting just north of Boston Common. The mix of shops lends itself to window-shopping as well as ticking items off a shopping list. Multiple options for lunch or coffee make this a pleasant place to stroll for a couple hours. Accessible from the Charles St./Mass. General Hospital station on the Red Line.
Boston has excellent seafood from the nearby New England coast. Local specialties include baked beans, cod, and clam chowder. For dessert you'll have no trouble finding good ice cream. Boston (and New England as a whole) are one of the top per-capita ice cream consuming regions.
A variety of excellent ethnic restaurants can be found in neighborhoods such as the North End, Chinatown, Allston, or Coolidge Corner.
The best sit-down restaurants can be quite crowded in the evenings on weekends. Unless you have a reservation, be prepared to wait anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on how refined your tastes are.
The [wiki=75b9237ae2118aa5f368e8ba98090892]North End[/wiki] is full of Italian eateries, and it's certain that you'll find something here to your liking. Take the Green or Orange Lines to the Haymarket station, cross the Greenway park(what used to be Interstate 93 pre-Big Dig), and then follow the signs to Hanover Street, the main commercial thoroughfare. Most of the good restaurants are on this street or on side streets. If you visit the North End on the weekend in the summer you may encounter one of many saint's festivals. Streets are closed off and there are music, food, and parades of the saint's statues.
The Bull & Finch Pub in [wiki=3117695310ba5df85ab5af948459ba1f]Beacon Hill[/wiki] was the inspiration for the hit television show "Cheers." Very pricey for bar fare, but an essential part of the Boston tourist experience. The Beacon Street address is the original and does not look much like the set of the show. There is another Cheers at Faneuil Hall which is more of a replica of the TV set. If you ask a local for directions to Cheers, you may be directed to Faneuil Hall. The Beacon Street bar is referred to by its original name. Both locations are very touristy complete with souvenir shops.
Legal Sea Foods is a Boston original - well, technically Cambridge, since it started as a fish market in Inman Square, Cambridge. Legal Seafood is known for its New England Clam Chowder. Expect to pay between $25-30/person at dinner at one of their multiple locations.
Despite having a huge student population, the political clout of residential neighborhood associations who value late-night peace and quiet has historically kept Boston from offering many options for late-night dining. Most restaurants close by 10 or 11pm, even in college neighborhoods such as Allston and Brookline. Bars stay open till 2am for drinking but their kitchens usually close at midnight or earlier. Exceptions are found in Chinatown, where several eateries serve their full menu till 2AM or later, and in the South End, where dining until midnight is possible even early in the week. If you're planning a long night, though, it's probably best to plan ahead and buy some snacks in advance.
Boston also has a thriving food truck scene. The best way to find the food trucks and figure out where the are is your [url=https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boston-food-trucks/id570484087?ls=1&mt=8]iPhone[/url] or [url=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.bostonfoodtrucks.bft]Android[/url].
Boston has a thriving nightlife and is known to be a 'drinking' town. There are many venues that cater to college students, businesspeople, sports fanatics, and many others. Bar Hopping is very easy and commonly done.
In case you plan on taking the bus or the T back to your house or hotel be aware that the public transit system shuts down before 1am during the week and shortly after 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. If you want to go out and have people under 21 with you, you're going to have trouble finding a place that will let your group in; most clubs in and around town are 21+. During the day many bars pubs and bars serve food and therefore there is no age limit.
With a large Irish population, Boston has a number of very good Irish pubs. Irish pubs offer great food and drink and often live music in the evening. Many tourists look for an authentic "Boston Irish Pub". A good rule of thumb is if the establishment has a neon shamrock in the window, it is not an authentic Irish pub. For nightlife and club listings look for "Stuff @ Night" or "The Weekly Dig" in the free boxes on the street. The annual "Best of Boston" issue of the free Improper Bostonian is always a good bet for finding the kind of establishment that you are in the mood for.
Places densest in bars include:
* Canal Street (just south of TD BankNorth Garden)
* Boylston Street
* [wiki=feee468c2766b3aa21faac4e6b47eadb#Drink]Landsdowne Street and Fenway area[/wiki]
* [wiki=4df142c917a5701f7073855b0923c586#Drink]Harvard Ave/Brighton Ave in Allston[/wiki] - Since Allston is a "College Ghetto" this is a great place to be if you're younger than say 27. There are a couple establishments worth the trip for any age, too.
* [wiki=fc1fc27f70b6c075478ac64dda328fc4#Drink]Central Square in Cambridge and Harvard Square in Cambridge[/wiki]
* Seaport/Waterfront - specifically Northern Ave, where there are now several popular new bars with roof decks and patios that are packed in good weather
* Faneuil Hall - For the younger, dancier, suburban and tourist crowd.
All hotels are listed in the individual district articles.
Crime and other hazards in Boston are low for a major American city.
Some neighborhoods (especially Roxbury, Mattapan, and Dorchester) are more dangerous than average, and extra care should be taken there. It is even better to avoid walking in these areas at night if possible. Still, the biggest threats for tourists in Boston are mostly pickpockets.
Dangers related to alcohol consumption are not uncommon, such as fights and drunk driving. Be especially careful when there is a Red Sox and New York Yankees baseball game in progress. Wearing Yankees gear in any part of town (even if you're not from NY), especially in the Fenway area, is invitation to be verbally harassed by the locals. Although generally harmless and in good fun, it is not unheard of for these encounters to escalate into physical altercations, especially when there is excess alcohol consumption involved. It usually takes two people to start a fight, in these cases. Just walk away.
The safest places to have a night on the town in Boston are definitely Boylston Street in the Back Bay, around the Prudential Center area, Beacon Hill, the South End and Faneuil Hall. There are plenty of bars, pubs, clubs, and restaurants that cater to the college, professional, and upscale crowd, greatly reducing the likelihood of crime.
Boston's subway system, the MBTA, is generally safe compared to other major cities, but remember that it starts shutting down not long after midnight. Green Line trains and the northern half of the Red Line are mostly used by college students and young professionals moving to and from the immediate suburbs. Caution is still advisable late at night, especially when leaving the station or the train.
If there is an emergency, dial 911, a free call, from any telephone for police, medical, and fire services.
Greater Boston uses 10-digit dialing. This means you need to include the area code whenever you are making a call. The standard area code is 617, but some phone numbers, especially cell phones, use the new 857 overlay.
Boston makes an excellent starting point for any tour of [wiki=97ac5f13c9b11748606d82dc825af954]New England[/wiki].
*Take a ferry from the harbor in the summer or one of several daily Cape Air flights from Logan year-round to [wiki=aa3260e15c49d83b3d490b5089f79fb9]Provincetown[/wiki] (also known as P-town) to see some of the best entertainment and fun on [wiki=e8b3368b88d61bf89f13fbd587526a19]Cape Cod[/wiki].
*Take a ferry from June to October 31st and visit the World Wide Capitol of Haloween in the Historic Sea Port of [wiki=4d3135816d0a8f70354a0078aa348b5e]Salem (Massachusetts)[/wiki]. The Salem Ferry is a 92 Foot High Speed Catermaran that travels at 32 knots. The MBTA offers train service from Boston´s North Station 12 Months a Year along with bus service from Haymarket.
*Also on Cape Cod, [wiki=156cbfaa0f9c55b513d18678d6fd7519]Hyannis[/wiki] offers great beaches during the summer and plenty of food and nightlife year round, and is also the departure point for ferries to [wiki=6ac4e98f00f2c48284eb2cf3106de260]Nantucket[/wiki]. About a 90 minute drive each way, although plan extra time to account for bridge traffic on summer weekends. Hourly bus service is available 6am-Midnight from South Station to Hyannis on Plymouth & Brockton.
*Drive south or take the $7.75 commuter rail (Providence/ Stoughton Line [url=http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=PROVSTOU])]or $17 express Amtrak to [[Providence[/url]], [wiki=ac2713abe86d88f03326157f22a50869]Rhode Island[/wiki], which is home to its own share of art and culture, excellent Italian food, and a charming downtown area.
*A popular road trip is "Boston to the Bronx". The Drive is approximately 3.5 hours along US-20 or I-95. Minimum suggested time for the return trip is 2 days.
*New York City can also be reached by frequent bus service from South Station on Greyhound, Peter Pan, Megabus, BoltBus, Yo! Bus, Lucky Star. Walkup fares usually $15-$25 each way, less if you book a week or two in advance or take one of the Chinatown lines. (Note that Fung Wah busses, which developed an extremely poor safety record, was permanently ordered shut down by the Commonwealth and the federal government early in 2013.) Amtrak's North East Corridor also serves New York, but expect to pay $60-$100 each way, more if you take the high speed Acela Express.
*Drive south to [wiki=baedacbd547b9c4a0220df7716215af0]Falmouth[/wiki] and [wiki=edb23276195d84c37e88c5edb54d7841]Woods Hole[/wiki] and take the ferry to [wiki=e8a06d1be606ae24d3523090052a1439]Martha's Vineyard[/wiki] for a peaceful, scenic time on this small, charming island.
*Also take a road trip to the [wiki=145a494dde20df988b21f3812caa0ad7]North Shore[/wiki], [wiki=93dbcdbdb1450186e77539e56d716d3c]New Hampshire Seacoast[/wiki] and [wiki=2fb7b00e1a3e82ccee8212db3f1652f4]Southern Maine[/wiki]. All are easily accessible by car, and less than a 90 minute drive without the awful Cape Cod traffic in the summer months. Many destinations along the North Shore, including [wiki=c92ac5f6c7e3a3ece9ab6135cd73ec3f]Rockport[/wiki] and [wiki=99d44ef54d16ce112598421b1f94e13d]Manchester-by-the-Sea[/wiki] are reachable by the Rockport commuter rail [http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=NBRYROCK]
*Drive northwest on Route 2 or take the Fitchburg commuter rail [url=http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=FITCHBRG]]to historic [[Concord (Massachusetts)|Concord[/url]], where you can visit Minuteman National Historic Park, the site of the battles of Concord and Lexington; the homes of the authors Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorn, or Louisa May Alcott; or Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau in his book "Walden; or, Life in the Woods".
*Take a day trip north to the town of [wiki=4d3135816d0a8f70354a0078aa348b5e]Salem[/wiki], the home of the infamous Salem witch trials.
* [wiki=7aacf596c88ec0e411ab44b33d354fb6]Wrentham[/wiki] Village premium outlets. While not in Boston, a shopping trip to Boston by an international tourist is not complete without a visit to Wrentham Village. Its location off I-495, exit 15 makes it under an hour from Boston and most hotels will arrange transport. Wrentham’s stores range from the finest designer fashions and jewelry to home furnishings, housewares and electronics. You'll find all the big brands such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, Nike, DKNY, Burberry, Gap, Guess, Ann Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, Liz Claiborne, Swarovski, Royal Doulton, Calvin Klein, Benetton, Waterford Crystal, Williams-Sonoma and much much more.
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