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Josie from Eugene asked

What are some inexpensive, yet historic things to explore/see in Boston?

Will be in Boston for 3 days, hoping to stay in an airbnb, and then explore. We do have a car, but are open to public transit so we don't have to deal with parking. Anyone parked in Boston? Best parts of town to explore for GREEK food, and historic things...

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Mary from Leicester
Imo (solo middle-aged female traveller from the UK) Boston is a very walkable city and its public transport makes it easy to get around if your feet are tired!
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Walk the Boston Freedom Trail. You don't need to take a tour, even if they have re-started when you visit. The trail is marked in red on the sidewalks and lasts for 2.5 miles, taking you to many of the most interesting sites in the historical centre of the city:
https://www.thefreedomtrail.org/ 
2. Explore North End on foot. This is the most historical part of the city, with many older buildings still remaining as well as the Paul Revere House and Copp's Hill Burying Ground.
3.  Wander around Quincy Market Boston and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
4. Walk around Back Bay to see the Victorian brownstones.
5. Ride the Green Line through Tremont Street, the oldest subway tunnel in the US and the third oldest still in use in the world.
6. Take a sunset trip (if operating) round Boston Harbor , which includes watching the sunset cannon being fired from the USS Constitution.
7. Visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, if open. https://www.bostonteapartyship.com/ 
8. Take a 30-minute trip by commuter rail from North Station (MBTA) to Salem (Massachusetts) https://www.salem.org/your-adventure/?interest=history-buff

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Josie
Thank you Mary for this great answer! I appreciate it- plus the links. So great. When I was a child there was a song called Charlie and the MTA...I guess you had to pay to get OFF the communter rail, and he didn't have the money, so he could never get off. It would be great to see this. Thank you for your suggestions. I will put them on our agenda! · (1 like)
 
 
 

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  1. Boston (city)
  2. North End (neighborhood)
  3. Paul Revere House (attraction)
  4. Copp's Hill Burying Ground (attraction)
  5. Quincy Market Boston (restaurant)
  6. Faneuil Hall Marketplace (attraction)
  7. Back Bay (neighborhood)
  8. Boston Harbor (attraction)
  9. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (attraction)
  10. North Station (MBTA) (point of interest)
  11. Salem (Massachusetts) (city)
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Alice from Kiev
I loved the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, an art museum in what used to be a private Italian-style villa. Not sure if that's what you're looking for, but it's a stunning building with an indoor garden, and the art collection is worth seeing, too.

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