The Visitor's Guide to Boston

Visitors guide to Boston
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    Awesome thread (read part one) - thanks for putting this together!

    My Question - I'm a Broncos fan (come in peace) staying down here in Quincey. I want to watch the Broncos game tomorrow where there's lots of TVs, decent food, and the place won't be completely overrun with people. Any options? I guess they would need NFL Package. I don't need the Fenway Park experience or anything crazy like that. My wife is pregnant if that gives you an idea of what I'm looking for. Something low key but nice and has an adequate number of TVs.

    Our default is Buffalo Wild Wings but there's got to be a local chain or nice bar that would be better. Being crammed in a small bar with 500 people won't go over too hot with my wife though.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    The Fours on Cottge Ave. should be a good bet. Great Sports Bar like its namesake near Toronto Dominion Garden in Boston. Could be crowded at 1:00PM, though.
     
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    Second the Fours. Right in Quincy Center, lots of free parking. Adult atmosphere, not a rowdy college bar.
     
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    Is part 1 deleted???? I'm super pumped that after all these years I'll be attending my first game IN Boston for my wife and I's birthday. Seen the bloody leafs vs boston in Toronto one too many times, would be nice to be part of the home crowd for once. Going to be heading down sometime in November. Anyway have a few questions and was trying to get the old one to come but keeps saying the page can not be found....
     
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    It wasn't supposed to be deleted and hopefully it can be restored
     
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    The capital and largest city of Massachusetts, in the eastern part of the state on Boston Bay, an arm of Massachusetts Bay. Founded in the 17th century, it was a leading center of agitation against England in the 18th century and a stronghold of abolitionist thought in the 19th century. Today it is a major commercial, financial, and educational hub. Population: 591,000


    Map of Boston:

    This map is your guide to anything in Boston. Looking for the T, colleges, or museums? Look here! Looking for a list of only 24 hour businesses? This is the place! How about a bike map? Or the Freedom Trail? This includes those as well. Click away: http://http://www.boston-online.com/Maps/

    Also, interested in a specific part,activity, landmark, or place in Boston? Search it on GoogleMaps, here: http://http://maps.google.com/

    In need of tickets?

    For Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and New England Patriots Tickets, Try:

    http://http://www.ticketmaster.com/

    http://http://www.stubhub.com/

    http://http://www.aceticket.com/

    http://http://www.ticketliquidator.com/sports.aspx?utm_medium=3568239&utm_source=cjid&cji d=3568239

    http://http://www.ticketsnow.com/

    http://http://www.ticketcity.com/

    http://http://www.vividseats.com/

    http://http://www.razorgator.com/

    http://http://www.ticketnetwork.com/default.aspx


    Want to check out your view from the seats?

    Click here:

    http://http://mlb.mlb.com/bos/ballpa...ontent=parking
    Patriots: http://www.virtualbirdseye.com/2008/...irds-eye-view/
    Bruins: http://www.seats3d.com/nhl/boston_bruins/
    Celtics:http://http://www.seats3d.com/nba/boston_celtics/

    Parking Near the Garden: (Bruins/Celtics)

    **There is parking underneath the Garden. It is convienient before the game, to park and just head up to the ice/court, however the spaces are very narrow, the crew makes you back into a spot, and leaving after is nearly always a hassel. Not my personal favorite place, but the garage under the Garden is available.**

    Government Center Parking Garage

    $25.00 during events, hourly rates apply during non-event hours.

    "Our central location is just steps from the TD Garden, Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market, the North End, Suffolk University, the Bulfinch Triangle and City Hall Plaza."

    Address: 50 New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA, 02114

    For Step by Step directions to Government Center Parking Garage, click here: http://www.governmentcentergarage.com/boston-parking-map.html


    Basketball City Parking Garage

    $25.00 during events, hourly rates apply during non-event hours.

    35 Lomasney Way
    Boston, MA 02114

    For Step by Step directions to Basketball City, click here: http://www.basketballcity.com/bbc.php?city=boston&page=directions

    Parking near Fenway Park: (Red Sox)

    **Parking near Fenway can be tricky. The following link will be your best guide. It lists the name of each parking garage, its location on a map, the address it is located, and the rates at which you pay to park there.

    For a complete listing of parking garages near Fenway park, please click: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/directions/index.jsp?content=parking


    Getting To Boston, and getting around:

    Flying in?


    Check out Logan International Airport:
    http://http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/Pages/Default.aspx

    Amtrak User?

    http://http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage

    Your guide to the T:

    http://http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/getting_around/

    Renting a car?

    Logan airport has many car rental companies for you to choose from!

    In need of air, car rental and hotel assistance?

    Book through:

    http://http://www.expedia.com/Home.htm

    http://http://www.priceline.com/

    http://http://www.orbitz.com/

    The weather in Boston:

    Up to date current forecast, daily forecast, seven day forecast, and all details include water temperature and pollen count. Boston weather can be tricky, come prepared!

    http://http://www.boston.com/weather/

    Places to Stay in Boston



    Bulfinch Hotel
    Located .5 miles from the TD Garden

    107 Merrimac Street
    Boston, MA 02114


    http://http://www.hotels-rates.com/hotels_reservations/property/137141/

    Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf Located .5 miles from the TD Garden

    34-44 Charles River Avenue
    Boston, MA 02129

    http://http://www.hotels-rates.com/hotels_reservations/property/60576/

    Omni Parker House
    Located .6 miles from TD Garden

    60 School Street
    Boston, MA 02108

    http://http://www.hotels-rates.com/hotels_reservations/property/25242/

    Holiday Inn BOSTON AT BEACON HILL
    Located .7 miles from TD Garden

    5 BLOSSOM ST AT CAMBRIDGE ST
    Boston, MA 02114

    http://http://www.hotels-rates.com/hotels_reservations/property/16546/

    *For a complete listing of Boston Hotels, please visit

    http://http://www.hotels-rates.com/hotels/locations/Boston/MA/usa/469/




    Places to Eat in Boston


    Nebo
    Located .1 mile from TD Garden

    90 N Washington St
    Boston, MA 02114

    For Menus/Pricing, click here: http://www.nebopizzeria.com

    Joe Tecces Restauraunt and Café
    Located .1 Miles away from TD Garden

    61 N Washington St
    Boston, MA 02114

    For menus and pricing, click here: http://www.joetecces.com

    Sports Grille Boston
    Located .1 miles from TD Garden

    132 Canal St
    Boston, MA 02114

    For menus and Pricing, click here: http://http://sportsgrilleboston.com/.

    Boston Beer Works
    Located .1 miles from TD Garden

    112 Canal St
    Boston, MA 02114

    For menu and Pricing, click here: http://beerworks.net

    Fours
    Located .1 miles from TD Garden:

    166 Canal St
    Boston, MA 02114

    For menus and pricing: http://http://thefours.com/

    Cheers

    The Original:

    84 Beacon Street
    Boston, Massachusetts 02108

    The Replica:
    Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Quincy Market, South
    Boston, Massachusetts 02109

    Cheers Restauraunt offers a coupon for 5$ off your total bill by clicking here:http://www.cheersboston.com/pub/main_cheersbucks.html


    **FAN FAVORITE**

    Out of town people's first question typically relates to Mike's Pastry.

    Mike's Pastry:


    "Through these doors
    begins the extraordinary story of a world-renowned legend
    from Boston's "Little Italy", the North End."


    300 Hanover St
    Boston, Massachusetts 02113
    (617) 742-3050

    Open Mon-Tue,Sun 8am-10pm; Wed-Thu 8am-10:30pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11:30pm

    To start drooling over the cannolis and baked goods tourists rave about before you even arrive, please click: http://www.mikespastry.com/


    For a complete listing of Restaurants and Cafes, please visit: http://www.urbanspoon.com/ps/4/1280/Boston/Sports-Venues/TD-Banknorth-Garden.html

    Bars in Boston


    **The Fours, The Boston Sports Grille, and Boston Beer Works are all bars, in addition to restaurants**

    Hurricane O’Riellys

    150 Canal Street
    Boston, MA 02114-1805

    http://http://www.hurricaneoreillysboston.com/

    Sullivan’s Tap

    168 Canal St
    (between Causeway St & Traverse St)
    Boston, MA 02114

    The Penalty Box

    65 Causeway
    (between Lancaster St & Portland St)
    Boston, MA 02114

    For a complete listing of Bars in Boston, please visit: http://http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-p...oston%20garden


    Things to do in Boston


    The Duck Tours:

    "Boston Duck Tours is a great way to start off your visit to Boston. We give you a great overview of the city, show you many unique neighborhoods and splash you into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines"

    For more info and tickets, please visit:

    http://http://www.bostonducktours.com/tour_sites_main.html
    Sports Related Fun
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    -Explore the Boston Sports Trail:

    "Includes: Fenway Park, Boston Garden, Sports Museum, Boston Athletic Association, Boston Public Library, Matthews Arena, Bleacher Bar, Agganis Arena, Cabot Physical Education Center"

    http://http://www.geovative.com/GeoTours/tourView.asp?6174Vq=LIGE

    -Fenway Park Tours:

    "TOUR SCHEDULE
    • NON-GAME DAYS: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily; tours run every hour on the hour until 4 p.m.
    • GAME DAYS: 9 a.m. - three and a half hours prior to game time; tours run every hour on the hour until three and a half hours prior to game time
    TOUR PRICING
    • Adults: $12.00
    • Seniors: $11.00
    • Children (3-15): $10.00
    • Group tours are available (minimum of 40 people). Please contact the tour office at 617-226-6666 for more information."


    http://http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp
    -New England Sports Museum:
    The Sports Museum is located in the TD Banknorth Garden. This museums aim is to showcase the wealth of sports history New England has to offer.
    http://www.tdgarden.com/sportsmuseum/default.asp

    Museum Related Fun
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    Museum of Science

    "This interactive museum is sure to be fun for the whole family! From hands on exhibits to the planetarium, there is an endless amount of fun to be had".

    http://http://www.mos.org/

    Museum of Fine Arts:

    "From ground-breaking exhibits to state-of-the-art galleries the MFA has it all. From one of the world's largest Asian art collection to Egyptian mummies, the MFA has something for all visitors".

    http://http://www.mfa.org/

    The Freedom Trail:

    "One can take a self-guided tour or one of the many tours available through the Boston Common Visitors Center at 148 Tremont Street or the Bostix Booth located at Faneuil Hall. If you prefer to ride, you can pay for one of the trolley tours, which are unofficial guided tours, but do take the rider to many of the sites along the Trail and allow one to disembark at selected stops".

    http://http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/

    The New England Aquarium

    1 Central Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110

    http://http://www.neaq.org/index.php?gclid=CKfe4qqmi6sCFYXb4AodJnpavQ

    For a complete list of Museums, please visit:

    http://http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/museums.asp

    Shopping in Boston



    Downtown Crossing:

    "It is here, in the bustling fast-paced financial district, that you will find a full range of national department stores, boutiques and pushcarts."

    http://http://www.bostonbid.org/


    Faneuil Hall:

    "Here you will find over 40 pushcart eateries and 17 restaurants. Aside from the world class food, you can also find great shopping."

    http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

    Newbury Street:

    "World renowned shopping in some of Boston's most chic and fashionable stores"
    .

    http://http://www.newbury-st.com/

    **A bit further than Boston, but worth visiting:

    Patriots Place:

    "Shop. Dine. Enjoy. -There is something for everyone."

    "Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features more than 1.3 million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

    You will find major fashion retailers, live and interactive entertainment, eateries, a four-star hotel, state of the art theatre and much, much more.

    There is something for everyone at Patriot Place... a once in a lifetime experience, every day!

    Patriot Place hours of operation:
    10:00am - 9:00pm Monday-Saturday
    10:00am - 7:00pm Sunday"


    For more details on Patriots Place, please visit: http://http://www.patriot-place.com/


    For a complete listing of Shopping in Boston, please visit: http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/shopping_dining.asp

    Colleges in Boston:

    Only you know what you are looking for when it comes to your future campus. Opinions of others are great, but your best bet is to view the campus yourself and read about each school's ammentities on their home pages. Listed below are a few links to the schools most often questioned, and also a link to a site recommended by a fellow HF user. (Hoss75)

    Boston College::http://http://www.bc.edu/
    Boston University:http://http://www.bu.edu/
    Northeastern:http://http://www.northeastern.edu/
    Suffolk University:http://http://www.suffolk.edu/
    Harvard:http://http://www.harvard.edu/

    The Princeton Review:

    The Princeton Review is a webpage that allows students to search schools, compare schools, use tools such as SAT/PSAT preperation, find books, prepare students for undergrad or grad school and even has tools and tips useful for parents.

    Check it out for yourself at: http://http://www.princetonreview.com/about-us.aspx


    Other Fun Things to Touch Upon


    Going to the Garden:

    -Doors open an hour before game time, i.e., 6:00 for a 7:00 game, 12:00 for a 1:00 game, etc.
    -Warm ups are open to anyone, and you can get as close to the ice as you want until game time in which you will forced to go to your assigned seat.
    -The TD Garden does not serve alcohol to anyone under 25 with an out of state ID.
    -The proshop is located on the same level as the train station in the Garden, before going up the stairs/escalators to enter tha game. It is open before and after the game on all game days, and business hours on non-game days.
    -Bruins practices in Wilmington are typically opened to the Public, unless otherwise noted.

    Understanding the language:


    barrel - a trash can, garbage can
    blinkahs - automobile directional signals[34]
    Bubblah – drinking fountain.
    Bulls**t - has a second meaning of "very angry"
    clam diggers - short pants worn in the summer time
    "clickah/channel changer" - a television remote control
    frappe (pronounced /fræp/) – 'a blend of ice cream, milk, and syrup (In Boston milkshake refers to a concoction without ice cream, but merely with milk blended with flavored syrup by shaking.
    grindah - a baked submarine sandwich... NOT the equivalent of a toasted sub
    hub - Boston
    jimmies – 'chocolate ice cream sprinkles'/ rainbow jimmies - colored ice cream sprinkles
    packie – liquor store (from "package store")[42]
    pissah - means something akin to "great" either realistically or sarcastically.
    rotary – 'traffic circle
    Staties - Massachusetts State Troopers
    wicked - 'very', in the extreme; as in 'wicked pissa' meaning 'very good'.

    Moving to Boston? A few things to Consider:

    -You should not recognize the letter “R” as a part of the English language.
    - You know what a “regular” coffee is.
    -You should keep an ice scraper in your car year-round.
    - You should learn to tell the difference between a Revere accent and a Dorchester accent.
    - You should know how to pronounce the names of towns like Worcester, Billerica, Gloucester, and Haverhill.
    -You should know how to pronounce Yastrzemski. 20. You order iced coffee in January
    - You should know what they sell at a Packie.
    -You should kbnow what First Night is.
    -The words ‘WICKED’ and ‘GOOD’ go together.
    -You should own a “Yankees Suck” shirt or Hat.
    -You should know what a frappe is.
    -You should be able to complete the Following: “Lynn, Lynn…”
    -You should know how to merge from 6 lanes of traffic to 1.
    -You should know that Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens are more evil than Whitey Buldger.
    -You are expected to know who Whitey Bulger is.
     
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    I copied and pasted it just in case the migration didn't work
     
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    May want to remove NEBO from the list of places to eat, or at least adjust their address. They are on Atlantic Ave closer to South Station and the website link is different now.
     
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    Yea looks like we need to update a few things.

    I’m on vacation this week and can fix some stuff :)
     
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    @Alicat -- I was going to reach out to you and ask if you wanted to help me with this, now that I am back on the boards. I know it needs updating, but I haven't been active in quite some time. I can update the original thread if you want to chat with me regarding some updates etc. I'd love to have you on this :)
     
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    I have season tickets and travel in from Hartford. We come in on 90E. We always get killed by the traffic from the Warrior Ice Arena to the TD garden. Sometimes an hour or more to travel that small stretch. Is there a convenient place to get off 90, park and take the T or a commuter train into the game. Amy help or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
     
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    Safest bet coming in that direction is Riverside Station

    https://www.mbta.com/stops/place-river
     
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    I agree with Fenway that Riverside's a logical way to go in to the Garden. I'm more local, but that's my usual route. I occasionally drive into town, and, yes, traffic can be a mess. During the week for a 7 PM game, if I leave around 5:15 or 5:20, it'll take me more than an hour from about the Newton/Watertown exit (a bit before Warrior) to 93 North where I come in the back way, meaning I might miss warmups. If I can get out even a little earlier, the traffic's usually better, and certainly isn't worse.

    But...I save time on the other end as long as they're not doing insane construction work. Thursday, I got my folks from the Garden to home, near Riverside, in a little over half an hour. If you're looking to save time, the T may not be a huge benefit going in, and may cost you coming back. But if you're looking to save money, and you'd like an hour each way to surf on your phone, Riverside's a good option.

    The commuter rail's a bad idea IMO. Never tried it, but it leaves at awkward times for games. Unless you want to drink after, it's often not convenient.

    From Riverside, the T is also about an hour each way, give or take, when you include the fact that you have to switch at Government Center both ways. I did that today, and the train was about 10 minutes at Government Center when I got off. It's about the same going in, but you do save some time coming out.

    That said, for me, the kicker is pricing. To me, $48 (or $44 with AAA "discount") is insanity, and $40 at the Government Center garage isn't much better. Yeah, I'm sure there are places in Boston where I could walk a mile from the Garden to park, but that's adding 10-15 minutes of time, so I'm not saving much there. I'm happy to take the T in for $6 parking at Riverside and $4.50 round trip fare.
     
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    My issue with the Green Line is the T operates like it was still the 1960's instead of 2017.

    In theory C and E trains go to North Station but the reality is many C trains end at Government Center instead of continuing to Haymarket and North Station. The B line should also go to at least Government Center instead of ending at Park.

    Lechmere and Science Park are woefully underserved because the T even after 25 years still refuses to adapt to the large number of people who go to the Cambridgeside Mall. I have no clue what they are going to do when the extension to Somerville and Medford is finally done because that line will be 2 spurs - one track going to Union Sq Somerville and the other heading towards Tufts.

    I can honestly say and I think @Gee Wally will agree that going to the Garden via Lechmere was a lot easier 40-50 years ago than it is now. Today when I work a game I take the T in and now use Uber/Lyft to get home but I only live 2 miles from the Garden.
     
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    Lechmere was the only way we went. Right up until I left Arlington in the 80s. Park in Johnny Foodmaster . Take Claredon Hill bus to Lechmere. Trolley/train to North Station.

    Only time that was bad was when Arlington played Somerville in ‘The Tourney’. Many buses destroyed and a few chicklets knocked out.
     
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    Hello bruins fans,

    after a long wait I am able to make the trip from Germany to Boston and will be attending the next three home games. Until today I saw two games live and they lost both, (2010 in Prague the opening game against the Coyotes and in Boston against Vancouver in 2015) so hopefully they can break my personal curse and win at least one of those games :) Will be in Boston by my own and have more time since the short three day visit in 2015.

    What I wanted to ask since a lot of you guys are from the area or more experienced than me in regards to the area:

    - What are the little secrets you can recommend to see in the city? I mean not the typical tourist places.
    - For my work I have to stay a little in shape. So is there a gym with a day enter you can suggest?
    - What is the best way to transport? I will be living in Somerville during my visit
    - Is there an schedule for training at the Warrior Ice Arena?
    - What is an good place to see the game against New Jersey? I mean other than in Newark himself :)
    - Is there a legal way to get a chance to take a look to the inner of TD Garden and the Training Facility?
    - Which places to see for going out as an 29 year old male on the weekend?

    Thank you guys a lot in advance for answering my question. Hope to improve my English during the trip so next time my grammar could/should be better ;-)
     
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    I'll let others give their "hot spot" recommendations. Somerville is pretty vague, but the two options for transportation to the Garden would be the MBTA subway/light rail (aka "The T" - look for a white T with a circle around it) or Uber, a ride sharing service that's popular in the US.

    As far as the schedule at Warrior, here it is (they post it on bruins.com every week under "Bruins week ahead"):

    Bruins Week Ahead: November 17-23

    Scroll down and/or search for the words "Upcoming Schedule". They put this out every week, usually on Fridays covering the upcoming week. This week's practice schedule is 11 AM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, but it's subject to change and/or delays at the last minute. I wouldn't bank on Thursday, as it's a Thanksgiving holiday...unless the coach wants to give them a bag skate because they stunk in New Jersey. They won't be practicing at all on Friday, because as you probably know they play a matinee. The practices are 100% free - for locals who are reading this, be sure to get your parking ticket validated at the concession stand. (No, you don't have to purchase anything.) As far as public transport, you COULD take the MBTA commuter rail, but they don't run all that frequently. I've been to exactly one practice during the regular season ever...and it was the one where Rask got Bjorked into the net, so I'm a jinx.

    The practices aren't particularly interactive...the players don't exactly come out and shake hands, and I'm not "that guy" who bumps into them in the garage. It's basically a similar experience to watching the warmups at the Garden before the game, but with full ice and sometimes props like tires. (Pro tip: If you can, get to the Garden 30 minutes before the posted time, and watch the Bruins from section 22 in the Loge. Or, if you want to see the opposing team, section 2.) But it's definitely fun to watch, and I'd recommend it.

    The only formal tour of the Garden I know of is the Sports Museum tour. For posterity, here's a link:

    The Sports Museum - TD Garden - Boston, MA

    It's only running in the near future on the 22rd and the 27th, probably due to events and/or vacation. I've never been on the formal tour, but if you're interested in Boston sports history (Bruins, Celtics, college, other random stuff), it's worth it. I've been on the 5th/6th level, which is where all the exhibits are. I sincerely doubt you'll get a locker room tour at either facility.

    Best of luck, and enjoy your stay in Boston!
     
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    Thank you very much! I will try your advices
     
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    I know you said you were hoping to see non typical tourist places but while there this summer, we jumped on the trolley tour. I`m not one who typically enjoys this sort of thing, this is right in the wheelhouse of Mrs Odaat so what the boss wants, she gets and let me tell you, while I`ve been to Boston numerous times, and I was aware of some of the history, this tour was great, the various drivers we had were both knowledgeable and incredibly humorous.

    Loved the fact that we could jump off the tour at any time if there was a particular area of the city we thought maybe we`d like to check out, jump back on after we were done. We took the T line wherever we needed to go and it was easy for us as we stayed at Boston Park Plaza which is pretty central. We hit Bourque`s restaurant Tresca which was fantastic, while there the lounge area was pretty much occupied by 30 something`s, not necessarily a party spot but looked like a nice little spot to enjoy a few drinks
     
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    Non Tourist pubs in Boston:

    Doyle's on Washington St. In Jamaica Plain. Loads of Boston history.

    Eire Pub in Dorchester near St. Brendan's. Locals go there for chat and sport. President Reagan stopped there once for a pint. Clinton copycatted him a few years later.

    Faneuil Hall area near City Hall. Younger professionals tend to hang out there. Several spots.

    Mr. Dooley's near Quincy Market downtown. Good craik almost every night.
     
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    Thanks guys! I already landed two hours ago and will take a look at the suggested advices :)
     
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    Hey guys, most likely coming to the TD garden for my first game on Dec. 9. My brother lives in Ashland. Better to drive in or take the T? Also if driving is better, which garage do you recommend parking in?
     
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    It depends on how much you like your money versus liking your time. Traffic shouldn't be too bad on the weekend getting in to Boston, BUT the parking is usually expensive. I get a little nervous with some of the sketchy unoffical parking lots - but that's not due to any particular experience. Plus, walking 15-20 minutes to and from the game partially negates any time you save driving in instead of taking the T. If you park at the North Station Garage, you literally go from inside the garage to the North Station/Garden complex...BUT, it's like $48 now.

    You could take the T in from Riverside. Google maps says it's 25-30 minutes from Ashland to Riverside, but that's just generic Ashland. You start by getting on 90-E, and I'm about 99% sure the signage is reasonably good to tell you when you get off for Riverside. Once you hit Riverside station, you'll pay $6 to park there. Add the $2.75 fare for the T each way on paper tickets (or $2.25 if your brother has a free Charlie Card), and you've saved some cash. It takes about an hour to get from Riverside to the Garden, versus a little over half an hour driving. You'll take the T from Riverside to the end of the D part of the line, which is Government Center. Get off, and don't move - wait at the same platform for any train that doesn't say "Government Center" (ie a train that's going somewhere - either North Station or Lechmere). Take it 2 stops to North Station, and you're at the Garden - just follow the largest mass of people to get there. Coming back, you take any train at North Station 2 stops to Government Center, get off, and then take any train marked Riverside to the end of the line. (Sometimes they have Riverside trains come all the way up to North Station, but it's rare.)

    One other wrinkle: They're doing tree branch removal on the weekends along the D line for four weekends (including this one).

    Alerts < MBTA - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

    That means you have to get off the T, get on a bus, then get off the bus and back on the T. I've done it before, and it's not that bad, but it probably does add some time.
     
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    Wow, really appreciate the in depth info. Thanks man!
     

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