Back Bay: Posh Boston neighborhood just south of the Charles River between the Fenway/Longwood area and downtown. Contains the grand part of Commonwealth Ave, Copley Square, the Prudential Center, and Newbury Street. Very picturesque. Street parking is available. Public Transportation access to Green lines (both D and E).
Beacon Hill: Extremely picturesque neighborhood very convenient to Mass General/Downtown. Could get to the Brigham via D/E Green lines. There is also a Partners shuttle that runs between Mass General to the Brigham (stopping at the Pru on the way). The shuttle starts around 6 am and runs until 7 or 8 pm which could be a transportation option.
Brighton/Allston: Boston neighborhood just west of Brookline between Boston College and Boston University. Only a few miles drive from the Brigham. Lots of condos, apartments, and students. Many small cheap restaurants, bars, and funky stores. Street parking is available with a resident’s permit. Public Transportation Access: Cleveland Circle Area is accessible to the D line at the Reservoir Stop (also has access to B and C lines); possible bus routes: 47, 65, 66.
Brookline: A separate town from Boston and a very popular place to live. Located adjacent to the Longwood area to the west and north. Several neighborhoods are within walking distance (Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village), on the D line (stops Brookline Village, Brookline Hills, Beaconsfield, and Reservoir), or on bus lines (60, 65, 60). It is a mixture of urban/suburban with combination of apartments, condo, homes, and little neighborhoods. No overnight street parking in Brookline.
Cambridge: City of Harvard and MIT across the Charles River from Boston. Although there is no direct T access to Longwood (the Red Line runs through Cambridge), it is not that far of a drive (or bike). Also, there are some buses that run from Cambridge to the Longwood area. The Harvard M2 shuttle from Harvard Yard/Johnston Gate is free with a Harvard ID. The 66 and 47 buses also provide transportation.
Fenway: In the top three of popular places to live. Within walking distance of the Brigham, it is the neighborhood that surrounds the baseball stadium. One pearl, if interested in the Fenway is to contact the Copley Management Company directly to avoid real estate agent charges. This management company owns a large number of buildings in the area. Access to downtown is available via the green D line and 55 bus.
Jamaica Plain: Described as rivaling Cambridge “as the most eclectic area in Greater Boston,” it also rivals Brookline as one of the most popular places to live. Residents who live here are big fans and specifically mention good restaurants, shops, organic grocery, the Jamaica Pond with its bike/walking trails and the Arnold Arboretum. It is just south of the Longwood Area/Mission Hill. Street parking is fairly available. The 39 bus is a main transportation to the Brigham. Southern JP is also accessible to the Orange T line.
Mission Hill: The Northeastern corner of Roxbury in which the Brigham actually sits. The advantage is that one can roll out of bed and be at work after a 5 minute walk.
Roslindale: Located south of Jamaica Plain next to the Arnold Arboretum. Roslindale Village is an up and coming business district with lots of restaurants, a grocery store and a brand new book store. The nearest T is the Orange Line, Forest Hills (approximately 1 mile). In terms of driving, it is very centrally located to all the hospitals (estimated driving time VA (10 min), Faulkner (5 min) and Brigham (10 min)). Public transportation is possible: 2 buses via Forest Hills to the Brigham, bus 20 min to VA. The commuter Rail is 15 minute trip to Back Bay and South Station (downtown). Free ample resident street parking.
The South End. Neighborhood just south of the Back Bay (they are separated by the Mass Pike). It is the heart of Boston’s gay community. Newer, trendier neighborhoods full of row houses and brownstones.
Our residents are able to take advantage of the many historical and entertaining attractions that the city of Boston is able to offer. Below are a just a few local attractions in the close proximity to the hospital.
Discount movie tickets are available through BWH Partners Perks for use at local movie theaters such as Fenway AMC and the Boston Common movie theaters which both boast large screens with surround sound.
Coolidge Corner Cinema: Boston's only non-profit independent movie house, where you can see movies the way they were meant to be seen. Coolidge offers comfort, beauty and the chance to experience the best film and video programming around - from hot independents to classic revivals, to extraordinary selections of world cinema.
Kendall Square Cinema: For foreign, independent and artsy films. 1 Kendall Square Cambridge, MA, (617) 499-1996.
Brattle Cinema: This Harvard square theater screens classic, cutting-edge and world cinema with a different double feature almost every day. For schedules call 617-876-6837 or visit their website at www.brattlefilm.org.
The Huntington Theater: Established in 1982 as a professional theatre in residence at Boston University, the Huntington offers a six-play season. The Huntington has received three Tony Award nominations for productions transferred to Broadway and six Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production. For information and schedules: http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/.
Publick Theatre: Outdoor plays performed on the banks of the Charles River in the summer. For information call 617-PUBLICK.
Comedy Connection: Located in Fanueil Hall. See the next new genius of comedy. Call 617-248-9700 for information.
Shakespeare in the Park: Your favorite plays enacted outdoors in the Boston Common that typically runs for 2.5 weeks over the summer. Call 617-624-6780 for schedules.
The Boston Ballet:Performances at the Wang Theater. Student rush tickets with your Harvard ID are available for $15 if you are <30 years old, one hour prior to the start of the show. For information go to www.bostonballet.org.
Lyric Stage Company: Located in Copley Square. Call 617-437-7172 for tickets and schedule or visit www.lyricstage.com
Bostix: The only place to get ½ price theater tickets on the day of the performance. Booths both at Faneuil Hall and Copley Square. For listings: www.bostix.com.
The Improv Asylum:The funniest show you’ll ever be a part of. Sketch comedy with audience participation. More information at www.improvasylum.com or call 617-263-NUTS
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Tickets on normal concert days range from $16-70. Scheduling and ticket purchase information can be found at http://www.bso.org/.
Comcast Center: (Formerly the Tweeter Center) large concerts rock/pop concerts by your favorite artists. Go to http://www.livenation.com/Comcast-Center-tickets-Mansfield/venue/8213 for schedules and tickets.
Wally’s Café: The nightclub is located at the famed intersection of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenues. The area was once the home to many of Boston's famous jazz clubs during the nineteen forties and fifties. Nightclubs with names like the High Hat, Savoy Ballroom, Chicken Lane, Wig Wam, Big M, and Wally's Paradise played a major role introducing jazz to the New England community. Located at 427 Mass Ave.Boston, www.wallyscafe.com.
Tanglewood: The summer home of the BSO, located in Lenox, MA (about 2.5 hour drive from Boston) boasts an outdoor amphitheater with indoor and lawn tickets. Picnicking on the lawn makes a great Sunday afternoon activity. Also watch open rehearsals of artists such as Renee Flemming, Harry Connick Jr and the Beach Boys. Tickets $16 for Lawn tickets. Schedule and ticketing info found at www.bso.org.
Johnny D's: Located in Davis Square (Somerville) 17 Holland St., near the Davis Square T stop. Enjoy Sunday Jazz brunch or an evening of jazz. For schedules and info: www.johnnyds.com.
Paradise Lounge: Small and intimate place to hear your favorite bands. Located on 967 Commonwealth Avenue. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for schedules and tickets.
Ryles Jazz club: Enjoy brunch on Sunday at this Cambridge establishment. Located at 212 Hampshire street in Cambridge near the Central Square T stop. For upcoming listings go to www.rylesjazz.com or call 617-876-9330.
The Hatch Shell: Located outside on the Esplanade, this venue boasts free outdoor pop, rock and jazz concerts in the summer months. For schedules go to: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/hatch_events.htm
Middle East Café: Live music, often free or for a nominal cover charge. Alternative and Indie Music. For information visit: www.mideastclub.com
Museum of Science: Brush up on your skills and catch an educational IMAX movie. Admission is $14. Take the T to science park stop. For information visit www.mos.org or call 617-723-2500.
The Children’s Museum: Let the inner child in you run free. Located at 300 Congress Street in Boston near the South Station T stop. Contact at 617-426-5446. Admission is $7 for adults.
JFK Museum:Chronicles the life of JFK. Admission is $8 with student ID. Located at Columbia Point , Boston. Phone: (617) 514-1600.
Sports Museum: New England’s finest athletes on display. Located in Brighton. Call 617-787-7678 for additional information.
Harvard University Art Museums: Sackler, Busch-Reisinger and Fogg Art Museums. Located on 32 Quincy St, Cambridge. Free with Harvard ID. Contact at http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/ or call 617-495-9400.
Museum of Fine Arts: See the permanent collection, the latest exhibition, watch an independent film, attend a lecture, or show up for a singles night. Admission is $15, and is free Wednesday evening from 4 pm to 9:45 pm. For more information on upcoming events go to www.mfa.org.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo surrounding an interior courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the world, including works by Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Degas, and Sargent. Special contemporary and historic exhibitions, America's oldest museum music program, and an artist-in-residence program enrich the permanent collection and provide ongoing inspiration for visitors. In celebration of the museum's founder, all visitors who are named "Isabella" are admitted free.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History: Free with Harvard ID. Call 617-495-2341 or go to www.hmnh.harvard.edu for more information.
Newbury Street Mural: The Newbury Street mural was designed by winners of a local art contest in 1991. The mural depicts 81 people including JFK, Babe Ruth and Bette Davis, each figure with a Boston connection.
Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MOCA): Incredible mills converted into gallery space. One of the largest collections of contemporary art. Located on 87 Marshall Street in North Adams, MA. For info go to www.massmoca.org. Admission $8 with student ID.
Peabody Museum: Founded in 1866, it is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology and houses. Located at 11 Divinity Ave in Cambridge. Admission free with Harvard ID. For more information go to www.peabody.harvard.edu.
The Museum of Afro-American History: A not-for-profit history institution dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans during the colonial period in New England. From the museum, one can take a guided tour of the Black Heritage Trail. Admission is free. For information call 617-739-2300 or visit www.afroammuseum.org.
Peabody Essex Museum : Famous for its Asian art and maritime collections. Located in Salem on East India Square, Phone: 978-745-9500 or go to www.pem.org for more details. Admission $9 with student ID.
DeCordova Museum: Famous for its outdoor sculpture collection. Admission is $4 with student ID. Located on 51 Sandy Pond Road in Lincoln, MA , Phone: 781/259-8355 or www.decordova.org.
The Freedom Trail: One of America’s first historic walking tours, the Freedom Trail takes the visitor to 16 historic colonial sites. A red line on the sidewalk/streets guides the way. Walking the complete tour takes approximately 2-3 hours. Call 617-242-5642 for more information.
Boston Harbor Island State Park: For an $8 ferry charge to the island, you can experience a reenactment of the civil war. Call 617-727-7676 for information.
Bunker Hill Monument and Museum: Where the revolutionary war was born. Located on 43 Monument Square, Charlestown, MA. Phone : 617-242-5641. Admission is free.
Cheers: Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name... Restaurant and pub with casual atmosphere and, more importantly, filled with Cheers memorabilia. Gift shop on first floor. Located at 84 Beacon Street on the Boston Common. Phone number is 617-277-9605.
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum: Throw a bale of tea overboard and learn about Boston’s history Congress Street Bridge – Boston, Phone: (617) 338-1773
Old North Church: The place where the 2 lanterns were hung to warn Bostonians that the British were coming in April 18th, 1775. Admission free. Located on 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA. Telephone: (617) 523-6676
The Women’s Heritage Trail: Visit the homes and workplaces of Boston’s most remarkable women. Call 617-522-2872 for information.
JFK’s birthplace: This Brookline house contains many of the artifacts from late in the President’s life. Call 617-566-7937 for information phone: (617) 338-1773
Head of the Charles Regatta: Premiere international regatta held on the Charles River each October. For more information go to www.hocr.org.
Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics: Tickets for the TD Garden available through www.ticketmaster.com
Boston Breakers: New England’s professional women’s soccer team. Games are held on Nickerson Field during the spring and summer.
Red Sox: Enjoy a game at historic Fenway Park. Or see the Green Monster up close and personal while touring Fenway Park. Fee is $5. Call 617-236-6666 for information.
Boston Marathon: Cheer or run on Patriot’s day in April.
New England Revolution: Info at www.revolutionsoccer.net
New England Patriots: Info at www.patriots.com
Local College Sports teams: (Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and many more)
Cambridgeside Galleria mall: 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA 02141, 617-621-8666. Located near the Lechmere T stop. Mall Hours: M-Sat: 10am-9:30pm Sun: 11am-7pm. Hip urban center, with spectacular waterfront location, offers more than 120 of Boston's favorite stores, specialty boutiques and restaurants.
Garment district: If you need that outfit for a certain someone’s 70’s party, go to this warehouse of second-hand clothing where clothes are sold by the pound. Located on 200 Broadway St in Cambridge near the Kendall Sq T stop. Call 617-876-5230 for information.
Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market: For tchatchkas and more visit the kiosks and shops. Convenient to arrive by Government Center T stop.
Chestnut Hill Mall: Located on route 9 in Chestnut Hill. This is an upscale mall that boasts classical piano playing while you shop.
Natick Mall/Shopper’s world: Keep going down route 9 towards Framingham and you will hit true suburbia, packed with back-to-back TGIFriday’s, Olive Garden, Bennigans and Sizzler. This is a huge mall complex. If you are really adventuresome, visit Jordan’s Furniture between the Natick Mall and shopper’s World on Rt 9 in Natick to see their IMAX and fantasy land of furniture.
Newbury Street: World renowned shopping in some of Boston's most chic and fashionable stores.
Wrentham outlets: Located near Stoughton (no sales tax!) More info at http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=10
Kittery, ME: For more info: http://www.thekitteryoutlets.com/
City Hall Plaza - Cambridge St, in Govt Center. Open on Mon and Wed from 11 am to 6 pm, through Nov 25. Closed for Mon holidays.
Copley Square - St. James Ave Open on Tues and Fri from 11 am to 6 pm, through Nov 24.
Mission Hill - Huntington Ave and Tremont St, Brigham Circle. Open on Thurs from 11 am to 6 pm, through Nov 15.
South Boston - W Broadway Municipal Front parking lot. Open on Mon from 10 am to 6 pm, through Nov 23.
Coolidge Corner - parking lot on Centre St West, off Beacon St.. Open on Thurs from 1:30 pm until dusk, June 18 through Oct 29.
Fields Corner - Capitol Supermarket parking lot on Park St. Open on Sat from 9 am to noon, from July 12 through end of Oct.
Franklin Park Community - next to the FP Zoo. Open on Sun from 1 to 4 pm, from mid-Aug through end of Oct.
Bank of America parking lot - Centre St. Open on Tues from noon to 5 pm and on Sat from noon to 3 pm from July through Nov.
Bowdoin Sq - Bowdoin St Health Center. Open on Thurs from 3 to 7 pm from July through Oct.
Chocolate Madness Festival: This festival is held in Brookline each April. Tickets are $ 35 and may be purchased online at www.massnaral.org.
Chinatown: Difficult parking, but delicious food. Favorites include: Grand Chou Chow 41-45 Beach St. Phone: 617/292-5166 or 617/426-6266 and China Pearl (great Dim Sum), 9 Tyler street, Phone: 617-426-4338.
Cambridge: If you dare to head across the river, try Central kitchen, a hip late-night bistro located on 567 Mass Ave in Central Square, phone: 617 491 5599. Or try the Green Street Grille for Caribbean fare located at 280 Green Street, Central Square, (617) 876-1655. For Afghani food try Helmand, 143 1st Street, Cambridge, phone 617-492-4646; reservations are recommended. Oleana at 134 Hampshire St. in Cambridge, phone (617) 661-0505- Save this for a special occasion as it is pricey but great food.
South End: With the highest population of expensive dining in Boston, this is a hot spot for trendy haute cuisine. When it’s time to splurge try Union Bar and Grille on 1357 Washington Street, 617-432-0555 or B & G Oysters at 550 Tremont Street phone: (617)423-0550, just two of the many wonderful and expensive restaurants in this neighborhood.
Brookline: Try Pho Lemongrass, 239 Harvard St, Brookline (617) 731-8600 www.pholemongrass.com for great, inexpensive Vietnamese or Khao Sarn, 617.566.7200, 250 Harvard St. for amazing Thai. Matt Murphy's Irish pub, 14 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-232-0188 for shepherd's pie. And if you want to splurge, Fugakyu, 1280 Beacon Street, Brookline, (617) 734-1268 for sushi and Fireplace (617) 975-1900 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline.
Jamaica Plain: Try Wonderspice Cafe for excellent Cambodian/Thai food, 697 Centre St Jamaica Plain ,(617) 522-0200; Brendan Behan Pub, voted the best Guiness in America by the Irish Times, located on 378 Centre St in JP, phone: 617-522-5386. JP Seafood café, 730 Centre Street in JP, 617-983-5177 has excellent Japanese/Korean. El Oriental de Cuba, 416 Centre Street, (617) 524-6464 for good and cheap Cuban food. FJ Doyles 3484 Washington Street, 617/524-2345 the best burger joint/bar in JP, perhaps in all of Boston.
North End: The oldest neighborhood district in Boston with the best Italian food in Boston. Try Trattoria Il Panino, 11 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113, Phone (617) 720-1336 or Pomodoro at 319 Hanover Street, Phone: (617)-367-4348. For dessert indulge in Mike's Pastry at 300 Hanover Street. The cannoli is supposedly President Clinton’s favorite desert.
Chestnut Hill: Try Oishi in Chestnut Hill 612 Hammond Street, (617) 277-7888, for delicious sushi at the right price. Only 2 tables and a sushi bar, so lines can be long on the weekend.
Downtown: No Name Restaurant on the Fish Pier Street on the Waterfront. Famous for their clam chowder.
Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage – the best (Harvard Square)
Publick House – Belgian ale house with amazing burgers and mac and cheese (Washington Square, Brookline)
R.F. O’Sullivan (Cambridge) - truly fantastic burgers of all shapes and sizes
Pourhouse (Boston, Boylston St across from Hynes) -- half price burgers on Saturday nights. Try the 3/4 lb Texas burger for 4 bucks.
U burger (Kenmore square) - fresh fries and great chicken sandwiches too!
Washington Square Tavern (Washington Sq @ Beacon St)--one of the best burgers I've had; plus great beer and wine list. Large common table in middle of restaurant great for big groups.
Legal Seafood – great clam chowder and excellent seafood (many locations in town)
Bob’s Lobster (small seafood shack in Newburyport)
The Lobster Shack (small seafood shack in Rockport)
Woodman's (Northshore)-claims to have invented fried clams. Catered Joel's clam bake.
Fugakyu – arguably the best sushi in Boston but perhaps a bit pricey (Brookline)
Super Fusion – as good as Fugakyu without the décor and half the price (Washington Square in Brookline; they also opened a new restaurant in Watertown, which is getting great reviews)
Oiishi – others argue this is the best (in Newton and a new location downtown)
Several restaurants in Porter Sq (1815 Mass Ave, Cambridge) - Blue Fin, Ittyo, Tampopo, Sapporo Ramen
Regina’s pizza - you have to go the original location in the North End, near the Paul Revere House and Old North Church (North End)
Bertucci - Many locations. Closest one is next to Children's. Delicious rolls.
Emma's Pizza: In Kendall Square, near the movie theatre. Incredible yuppie gourmet pizza, thin crust with fantastic sangria. Ask for Jeff the head waiter, and tell him that Sagar sent you. Not kidding.
Punjab (Arlington) worth the drive, the Korma is to die for
Rani (Coolidge Corner in Brookline)
Mela (South End) - pricey but great: get the goat curry.
Punjabi Daba (Inman square - a hole in the wall place but some of the best Indian I have had, very reasonably priced). If you are feeling brave, order the goat masala. You won't be sorry.
Kashmir (Newbury and Gloucester)
Blue Ribbon BBQ (Arlington)
Red Bones (Somerville)
Koreana (Korean BBQ, between Central and Inman)
Soulfire (Allston/Mission Hill) - great pork spare ribs and baby back ribs, mac and cheese is really good
Taiwan Café (Chinatown, Oxford St) - authentic Taiwanese, great (and big!) dumplings, sweet and sour pork is awesome
Shanghai Village (Arlington)
Mulan (Cambridge) - Taiwanese
Chau Chow City (Chinatown) - Cantonese. Dim sum.
China Pearl (Chinatown) - Cantonese. Dim sum.
Sichuan Garden (Brookline, Washington St) - Good spicy Sichuan (Szechuan) food
Mary Chung's (Cambridge, Mass Ave)
Koreana (Cambridge, Central Square)
Brown Sugar (Cambridge and Boston locations) - Fenway location on Jersey St now renamed Thaitation - used to be the best curry in town
Khao Sarn (Coolidge Corner in Brookline)
Dok Bua (Brookline, Harvard St) - slightly cheaper and more laid back than Khao Sarn but way, way better.
Rod Dee (Brookline, Coolidge Corner and Washington Square) - great take-out; there was one in Fenway but sadly it burned down
Anna’s Taqueria – great burritos and quesadillas (Brookline, Boston, and Cambridge locations)
Zocalo – great chiles rellenos and fresh guacamole (Allston/Brighton and Arlington)
Ole Mexican Grill – slightly upscale Mexican (Inman Square, Cambridge)
Tu y Yo – traditional Mexican, no cheesy Tex-Mex here (Davis Square in Somerville)
Midwest Grill (Cambridge) - churrascaria
Pho Pasteur – classic, not much décor or service here though (Chinatown)
Pho Lemongrass – nicer and more variety in dishes (Coolidge Corner in Brookline)
Pho Hoa (Chinatown) - located next door to Pho Pasteur and offers a similar menu.
Michael’s Deli – the best corned beef reuben in town (Coolidge Corner in Brookline)
Brookline Spa – delicious hot and cold subs and sandwiches, awesome pizzas (Brookline Village in Brookline)
WAN convenience store (Tremont St near Brigham) - ask Al for the pastrami sandwich his way. He takes his time but you won't be sorry.
Parish Cafe (near Arlington T) - awesome gourmet sandwiches created by chefs from around the city, outdoor patio is great during the summer
All-Star Sandwich (Inman Sq, Cambridge) - excellent all-around sandwiches, many specials.
Tasca – off the beaten path, but authentic and good (Brighton)
Tapeo – right on Newbury St with outdoor seating (Downtown Boston)
Toro - On Washington Street in South End (a block up from BMC).
Best Tapas in Boston.... by far! Dali (Cambridge)
Café Jaffa – great shawarmas one block off of Newbury St (Downtown Boston)
Oleana's (Inman Square) - arguably one of the best restaurants in town (Mediterranean/Spanish/Turkish) - beautiful outdoors patio on sunny days.
Addis Red Sea.
Homemade Ice Cream:
Bedford Farms (Concord and Bedford locations)
Smitty’s Ice Cream (2 Cape Cod locations in Falmouth)
Christinas (Inman Square): recently featured in Gourmet/Bon Appetit
JP Licks (many locations)
Athan's (Washington Square) - Greek pastry shop with gelato and a nice hangout place on a summer day.
Franklin Café (South End, Gloucester) - Excellent bistro food at a very reasonable price [all entrees under $20], they don't take reservations so either show up early, on an off day/time, or be prepared to wait a little while depending on the group size
Hammersly Bistro (South End) - fancy place and a bit pricey, but amazing food
Sibling Rivalry (South End) - pricey, but good
L'Espalier (Back Bay) - extremely pricey and completely decadent, tasting menu: Monday night special $50 for 4 course meal including wine pairings with each course, Sel De La Terre (Downtown) - more laid back sister restaurant to L'Espalier
Rendezvous (Central Square) -- amazing food, not as pricy as most French restaurants, owned by really good people too
Craigie on Main (Cambridge): Fantastic restaurant. Pricey, but worth it!
Lineage (Coolidge Corner) - very nice fresh new age American food, reasonably priced for a nice place
Carmen (North End) - intimate setting, great food
Giacomo's (North End)- an institution in the North End
La Summa (North End) - very good food and reasonably priced, accordion on some weekend nights
Carlo's Cucina (Allston) - best Italian outside of North End
Mike's Pastry (North End) - a Boston landmark, great cappucinos/lattes, amazing canolis and pastries
La Morra (Brookline Village) - very good food, reasonably priced for a nice place
Helmand (Cambridge) - delicious
Franklin Park Zoo: Call 617-541-LION for details about upcoming exhibits.
The Skywalk at the Prudential Building: Ride up to the 50th floor for a panoramic view of the Boston skyline. Open 10 AM to 10 PM. Tickets are $4.
Ice skating: During the winter months ice skate on the Boston Common Frog Pond. Admission $3. Skate rental $5. Call 617-635-2197 for further information.
Bowling: Try the Milky Way Lounge and Bar where you can bowl, drink and catch a live show. For info visit www.milkywayjp.com .
Boston Harbor Cruises: Take the North Station or Aquarium stop on the T line. Bay State Cruise Company offers a 90-minute tour called an "Outer Harbor Cruise" for $7. Boats leave hourly from 10 AM to 5 PM on weekends in good weather. The BayState ticketing office is located next to the Long Wharf Marriott in the marina and can be reached at (617) 723-7800. If the simple seven-dollar variety sounds too tame, you can choose from several types of specialty cruises. For example, in addition to the standard hour-and-a-half ride, BayState runs island clambakes and entertainment cruises during the summer.
Continuing Education: Classes offered across the city in subjects from language to dance. For full listing resource go to www.boston-online.com/Education/Adult/.
Community Boating: The largest, oldest, and best public sailing program in the United States, and serves as a model program for many others. Full year $175, 60 day $125 and they have lessons. For information go to www.community-boating.org.
Beantown trolley: Tickets are available aboard and are $16 for adults. One ticket entitles you to unlimited rides with stops along the Freedom Trail, U.S.S. Constitution, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Beacon Hill, MFA and many other historical sites.
Duck Tour: Ride around Boston in converted world war II machines that hold 32 passengers, and travel through historic sites in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, downtown Boston and the North End. The big splashdown is in the Charles River, where passengers are encouraged to quack as they embark on a 30-minute cruise. Admission $20 with your student ID.
In line skating: Go skating on Memorial drive along the Charles River every Sunday when 1.5 miles is closed off for pedestrians. You can rent inline skates or take lessons.
Boston Public Library: The first free library in the USA. Free art and architecture tours available. Phone 617-536-5400.
Swan Boats: Ride on the Boston common in a Swan Boat. Fare $2 per ride. Go to www.swanboats.com or call 617-522-1966 for information.
The New England Aquarium: Explore fishy habitats, seal shows, IMAX theater and whale watching. Admission is $13. Whale watching and admission is $35. Visit online at www.neaq.org or call 617-973-5200.
Sail: Rent a sailboat and take lessons at the dock near the LongfellowBridge on the esplanade. For information call 617-523-1038.
Castle Island: Visit Fort Independence and stroll around the “Sugar Bowl,” a walkway that extends over the water. For information call: 617-268-5774.
Rent a canoe or kayak in the Charles River: Call 617-462-2513 for details.
BodyScapes: Multiple locations including across the street from Children’s Hospital. Reduced fee with Brigham ID, $49 per month. Info at bodyscapes.com.
Boston Sports Club: Call (617) 266-7400 for information. Ask for BWH employee discount.
Heathworks Fitness Centers for Women: Info at www.healthworksfitness.com.
America’s Stonehenge: Just 40 miles north of the city is a megalithic enigma known as Mystery Hill and referred to as America's Stonehenge. Although the builders of this 30-acre site filled with low rock walls, underground tunnels, and primitive cave-like buildings remains a mystery, scientists have dated pottery shards found at the site to 1000 BC, while charcoal from one of the fire pits was found to be 4000 years old using radiocarbon dating. Located in Salem, New Hampshire. From Boston take I-93 to exit 3. Admission $8.50. For further information go to www.stonehengeusa.com.
Fall Foliage tour: Driving Tour from Boston that stops at Lowell, Lawrence, Harvard, Lexington and Concord. Along the way watch the leaves turn, pick pumpkins and apples. From National Geographic Driving Guide: New England. Visit: www.gonewengland.about.com/cs/fallfoliage/a/aadrivema.htm for route and details.
The Peace Abbey: A Pacifist Memorial, Veganpeace Sanctuary, and Greater Boston Vegetarian Resource Center, located 17 miles west of Boston Visitors are welcome to visit the animals, memorials, resources and sanctuaries. For more information go to http://www.peaceabbey.org/.
Minute Man Historical Park: At Minute Man National Historical Park, the Battles of Lexington and Concord are brought to life through the preservation, restoration and interpretation of significant sites from "that famous day and year" when Colonists took up arms in defense of liberty and touched off the American Revolution. Try biking along the Minuteman bikeway, a 12 mile trail from Davis Square to Lexington. For information: www.minutemanbikeway.org and www.nps.gov/mima.
Walden Pond: Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helping to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. Because of Thoreau's legacy, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement. Park Interpreters provide tours and ongoing educational programs. A great place to relax and be inspired by nature. Located at 915 Walden St., Concord. For information call 978 369-3254 or visit their website at http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/.
Rockport (Cape Ann): This is a little sea side fishing town with a walking area at the harbor with shops and restaurants... including a hole in the wall place where you can get a lobster, cooked for you fresh and ready to eat, for about $8. For information call the Rockport Chamber of Commerce: 1-978-546-6575 or go to www.rockportusa.com.
Middlesex Fells Reservation: Located about 6 miles from downtown Boston, the Fells has some great mountain biking close to the city. It's about a 10 minute ride from TuftsUniversity. Nice combination of technical single track with high speed open areas to ride. For information go to http://www.fells.org/.
Lynn Woods: The most technically difficult biking around here. Follow route 1 North until you hit the entrance to Lynn Woods (about 1/2 hour drive from the city), http://www.nemba.org/trails/massachusetts/lynn-woods .
Mount Monadnock: In southwestern New Hampshire, a little less than 2 hours from Boston. The most hiked mountain in the country! You can see Boston from the summit on a clear day. For more information and directions, check out: www.nhstateparks.org/ParksPages/Monadnock/Monadnock.html.
White Mountains, New Hampshire: Get there by driving north for about 2 hours on I-93. This national park has tons of great hikes of all levels of difficulty (including some very tough climbs), good for day hikes and for backpacking. For more info, check out www.fs.fed.us/r9/white/. There is also a good deal of downhill and cross country skiing here in the winter.
Mount Greylock: Near North Adams in the northwest corner of Massachusetts.http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/mtGreylock/ About 3 hours driving from Boston, so it's worth it to go overnight. There is a lodge on top of the mountain, car camping, and backpacking sites. On your way back you can check out the Mass MoCA (museum of contemporary art) http://www.massmoca.org/ if you're into that kind of thing.
Blue Hills Reservation: On the southern edge of Boston, and accessible by public transportation. There are some nice, easy day hikes here. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/blue.htm
The Arnold Arboretum: 125 Arborway in Jamaica Plain, just a few minutes down the road from the Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. A beautiful park owned by Harvard University, with hundreds of different plants and trees from around the world. It is not strenuous hiking, but it is a beautiful place for a long walk or a bike ride. One annual highlight is Lilac Sunday, every May. www.arboretum.harvard.edu/index.html
Plum Island: For beach hiking near Newburyport on north shore just before NH border; >6 miles of protected beach without vehicle access. Number of visitors is limited and they often close parts for nesting, but if you get in, it is fantastic hiking on protected pristine beach. For information go to /www.plum-island.com.
White Mountains: Probably the best hiking around, which some of you may already be familiar with. For information go to www.visitwhitemountains.com.
CraneBeach: Argilla Road, Ipswich (978)-356-4354 . To get there, take the Tobin/Mystic Bridge to Route 1 North. Take Route 1 to Route 128 North, and follow that highway to Route 1A North 9 (Exit 20). After Route 133 turns off on the right, take the third right, onto Argilla Road. Crane Beach is two and a half miles down the road.
Wingaersheek Beach: Situated approximately 35 miles north of Boston. To get to Wingaersheek, take the Tobin/Mystic Bridge to Route 1 North. Take Route 1 North to Route 128 North. Take Exit 13 to Atlantic Street, which leads to the beach entrance.
Buzzard’s Bay Beach: Take I-93 South to Route 3. Before Route 3 ends at the Sagamore Bridge, take Route 6 West towards Buzzards Bay. Cross the Bourne Bridge and follow Route 28A South. The beaches are all located off this route. Takes 1.5 hours.
Cannon Mountain: Located about 2 hours north of the city, a straight shot up 93, in Franconia state park. 2000 foot vertical, not bad for being so close. Can easily squeeze in a day trip on your one weekend day off. Tuesdays and Thursdays are $20 per lift ticket. www.cannonmt.com.
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