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Michael from New Jersey asked

Two nights in Boston with three teens

Looking for the best things to do, and an affordable hotel. We are going the day after Christmas and we are driving from southern New Jersey. 

Boston (Massachusetts)

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answered first by
Claire from Fort Worth, Texas

First of all,  use the subway system. You will get anywhere you want to go in the Greater Boston area much faster this way.  This is a very user friendly system and not that expensive.  Harvard Square to Park Street in 8 minutes.  

Since it is Christmas, be sure you see The Commons all lit up for the holidays.   If you walk The Freedom Trail and time it to end up there as it gets dark you can see it.   

Harvard Square in Cambridge: right in the middle of Harvard University which is the home of several great museums.  Dinosaurs, minerals jewels, the Glass Flowers (do not miss) anthropology, history.  The Fogg Museum.  Harvard Semitic Museum at the Divinity School.  Harvard Square has a a huge number of bookstores and great eateries, and of course you can wander around the campus.  

Hop the Subway over to Boston:  New England Aquarium, Haymarket, Faneuil Hall (lots of fun with eateries and shops and the site of Patrick Henry's famous speech),  up to the North End where you will find the Old North Church and amazing Italian food.  Down at the harbor near the aquarium is the USS Constitution Museum, and possibly whale watching tours although it is going to be cold so they may not be going out.   

There is a Chinatown Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, lots of places to eat seafood and pizza, and old buildings to enjoy.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology is just upriver from Harvard, 

You can stay cheaper out  at the end of any of the subway lines and take the Subway in.  Link to the MBTA:  

If you are staying close in try to be as close to the subway as possible. 

This time of year, the Celtics and Bruins are playing in the Boston Garden.  

outside the city:  Salem (Massachusetts), Lexington (Massachusetts)/Concord (Massachusetts), Walden Pond are all fun, but with only 3 days you may not have time to get out there; besides that requires a car which means driving in Boston traffic  (not pretty)  

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Amazing recommendations, Claire! By the way, I'm a community manager here and I helped you geo-tag the rest of the places that you mentioned so that they all appear on your map. Thanks for sharing! :)

I can't figure out if these questions are brand new or not. I was answering a question about Yellowstone yesterday, and could not figure out when the people planned to take that trip. Weather is a very important consideration up there. How can we tell?

Thank you for the feedback, Claire! I'm sending this to the team. If you have any other thoughts, you can click on the "Feedback" link at the top of any page to let us know. Thanks again!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Harvard Square (attraction)
  2. The Commons (restaurant)
  3. The Freedom Trail (attraction)
  4. Harvard University (attraction)
  5. Fogg Museum (attraction)
  6. Harvard Semitic Museum (attraction)
  7. New England Aquarium (attraction)
  8. Haymarket (attraction)
  9. Faneuil Hall (attraction)
  10. North End (neighborhood)
  11. Old North Church (attraction)
  12. USS Constitution Museum (attraction)
  13. Chinatown Boston (attraction)
  14. Museum of Fine Arts (attraction)
  15. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (attraction)
  16. Salem (Massachusetts) (city)
  17. Lexington (Massachusetts) (city)
  18. Concord (Massachusetts) (city)
  19. Walden Pond (attraction)
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answered by
Kathleen from Boston, Massachusetts

Check out the Constitution Inn located in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.  It is reasonably priced and in a great location along the Freedom Trail.

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  1. Constitution Inn (hotel)
  2. Charlestown Navy Yard (attraction)
  3. Freedom Trail (attraction)
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