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LewieP and LewieP's Mummy in Boston Tuesday before PAX East

LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
edited February 2010 in PAX Archive
So, me and LewieP will arrive on the Monday late afternoon, and once we've unpacked and stuff, any suggestions for what we can do on Monday evening or Tuesday day time? We're on the Magical Mystery Tour, the Pre-PAX Dinner and maybe the pub crawl on the Thursday night (at least Lewie will pub crawl, I'll probably just go to one pub, then sleep). We have no idea what to do/where to go. All/any suggestions are very welcome! Thank you.

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  • atiariatiari Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    It may be worth seeing if you can catch a tour of the freedom trail. Been a while since I've done it (about 15 years), but it was interesting nonetheless. Granted it would mean a lot more to an American and less a Brit, but it will still put perspective on what people go through to fight for what they believe in.

    Plus it'll be good exercise XD

    (Edit: found a link for you to look at if you are interested http://store.thefreedomtrail.org/publictours.aspx)

  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User
    edited February 2010
    The trolley tours are a good intro into the city as well. I brought my sister on one when she came to visit and she was a too cool for everything 14 year old who had to admit it was fun.

  • GundabadGundabad Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I have not seen a single person mention this yet, so here goes. My wife and I were in Boston last New Years Eve. It turns out it is incredibly dumb as nothing is open on New Years Day! The only thing we could find that was open was this interactive Egyptian Pyramid adventure called "Tomb", run by a company called 5 W!ts

    http://www.5-wits.com/

    It was definitely geared more towards kids but my wife and I (both 25) actually had a really fun time going through the adventure. The production values where really really high, and the adventure had some surprisingly interactive puzzles the tour group needed to figure out in order to advance, which impressed me. Overall, if you've got kids with you it's a must-stop. If you've got a lady with you, perhaps even an offbeat/funky date.

    In other news their site now says they are opening a 2nd location in the Spring, with submarine and spy themed adventures. Perhaps open in time for PAX East???

  • orangeyorangey Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Gundabad wrote: »
    th you it's a must-stop. If you've got a lady with you, perhaps even an offbeat/funky date.

    In other news their site now says they are opening a 2nd location in the Spring, with submarine and spy themed adventures. Perhaps open in time for PAX East???

    The second location is out in Foxboro at Patriot Place. I'm not sure if it'll be open by PAX East, but it is impossible to get there by public transportation without paying a hefty fee for a taxi.

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Aye, judging from the votes so far, we're going to be hitting very little on the freedom trail in the MMT... you'll definitely want to see some of those awesome historical sites while you're in town though! I get the feeling that both of you would get a kick out of the sights to see there!

    I'm so psyched that you guys are coming to PAX East too! Yay! It feels like it's been far too long since I've seen you both! =)

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited February 2010
    hey, if you're not adverse to hanging out with a random person, I'm arriving monday morning and would love to do some random stuff, otherwise I'll spend 3 days aimlessly wandering around the city.

    Oh a side note, I dont know how interested you and your son are in baseball, but I intend on going for a tour of Fenway Park and a tour of the MIT campus if they dont make the cut for MMT.

  • burnttoast45burnttoast45 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    There's always the art museum, the aquarium, and the science museum. A few indoor items in case the weather is poor.

    Gundabad: Glad you enjoyed the Tomb. Planning to check it out sometime soon.

  • CoctopusCoctopus Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Gundabad wrote: »
    I have not seen a single person mention this yet, so here goes. My wife and I were in Boston last New Years Eve. It turns out it is incredibly dumb as nothing is open on New Years Day! The only thing we could find that was open was this interactive Egyptian Pyramid adventure called "Tomb", run by a company called 5 W!ts

    http://www.5-wits.com/

    It was definitely geared more towards kids but my wife and I (both 25) actually had a really fun time going through the adventure. The production values where really really high, and the adventure had some surprisingly interactive puzzles the tour group needed to figure out in order to advance, which impressed me. Overall, if you've got kids with you it's a must-stop. If you've got a lady with you, perhaps even an offbeat/funky date.

    In other news their site now says they are opening a 2nd location in the Spring, with submarine and spy themed adventures. Perhaps open in time for PAX East???

    I second the suggestion of 5-wits. I've been twice and it is a really cool experience. Although I don't think I agree with the "it's for kids" bit. It really is for all ages and some of the puzzles can be a little tough, and there is always the possibility that you can "die" which results in a walk of shame out a side door apparently. It's a pretty unique thing to do.

  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    hey, if you're not adverse to hanging out with a random person, I'm arriving monday morning and would love to do some random stuff, otherwise I'll spend 3 days aimlessly wandering around the city.

    Oh a side note, I dont know how interested you and your son are in baseball, but I intend on going for a tour of Fenway Park and a tour of the MIT campus if they dont make the cut for MMT.

    OK, Baseball is just Rounders for boys!

    Apart from that, we'd love to meet up and do something, as long as it doesn't involve lots of walking, as I have CFS and can't walk far without regular stops for coffee/tea/hot chocolate/beer!
    atiari wrote: »
    Plus it'll be good exercise XD

    Guess i should have said about the CFS in my OP!

    Oh, and the 5wits thing is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, shame, it looks fun.

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  • atiariatiari Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    hey, if you're not adverse to hanging out with a random person, I'm arriving monday morning and would love to do some random stuff, otherwise I'll spend 3 days aimlessly wandering around the city.

    Oh a side note, I dont know how interested you and your son are in baseball, but I intend on going for a tour of Fenway Park and a tour of the MIT campus if they dont make the cut for MMT.

    OK, Baseball is just Rounders for boys!

    Apart from that, we'd love to meet up and do something, as long as it doesn't involve lots of walking, as I have CFS and can't walk far without regular stops for coffee/tea/hot chocolate/beer!
    atiari wrote: »
    Plus it'll be good exercise XD

    Guess i should have said about the CFS in my OP!

    Oh, and the 5wits thing is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, shame, it looks fun.


    My wife has Myasthenia Gravis which is why she never attended PAX with me in the past or now. There are a lot of places to stop and rest along the way, and it really is a lot of interesting facts you get to learn on the trip. But I don't think anyone will fault you for not doing it :)

  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    If you're feeling up for it, the City of Salem is a 30 minute train ride north of Boston. The city is famous for the witch trials and sea-faring trading. I highly recommend the Peabody Essex Museum up there. The city is very walkable, especially if you're going by train.

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Yes, and I may not know Bostons Subway system, but as a bergen county, NJ native (originally) Im genetically bred to navigate public transport systems, so if worse comes to worse, you pick out what you want to do, and I'll figure out the rest.

  • arsonisfunarsonisfun Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Yes, and I may not know Bostons Subway system, but as a bergen county, NJ native (originally) Im genetically bred to navigate public transport systems, so if worse comes to worse, you pick out what you want to do, and I'll figure out the rest.

    The Boston subway system is *very* simple IMO. Just take a look at the map beforehand and you should be fine. It's good to know which direction of the line you are headed down. Example - If you are at Park St on the Red Line and you want to go to Harvard, you're taking the Red Line train towards Alewife. If you were taking it from Havard to Park, you'd be taking the Red Line train towards Mattapan/Braintree.

    There are plenty of people around to ask in any event :)

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  • chupamiubrechupamiubre Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I know this is continuing to take this thread off topic but. Boston seems to have many zip car locations and zip cars are great. Its renting cars by the hour and usually decent prices and free gas and such. I think this is an option people should look into if they want to get around and don't want to get a cab and have a great aversion to public transportation like I do.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    hey, if you're not adverse to hanging out with a random person

    That's pretty much one of the best things about PAX <img class=" title=":wink:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

  • gilby123gilby123 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    If you have the extra money to spend and they're available, I HIGHLY recommend taking a Ducktour.

    http://www.bostonducktours.com/


    Great way to see a bunch of the city.

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  • CoctopusCoctopus Registered User
    edited February 2010
    gilby123 wrote: »
    If you have the extra money to spend and they're available, I HIGHLY recommend taking a Ducktour.

    http://www.bostonducktours.com/


    Great way to see a bunch of the city.

    Man, those things are the bane of my existence. Everywhere I live, they are there from Seattle to Boston to Baltimore. Although from what I remember, you can pick them up near the Hynes Convention Center, I think near the Shaw's. If people are really interested, I wouldn't stop them, but I've always found walking to be the best way to see a city rather than being driven around. Plus, the plastic duck bill things they give out are super annoying.

  • gilby123gilby123 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Coctopus wrote: »
    gilby123 wrote: »
    If you have the extra money to spend and they're available, I HIGHLY recommend taking a Ducktour.

    http://www.bostonducktours.com/


    Great way to see a bunch of the city.

    Man, those things are the bane of my existence. Everywhere I live, they are there from Seattle to Boston to Baltimore. Although from what I remember, you can pick them up near the Hynes Convention Center, I think near the Shaw's. If people are really interested, I wouldn't stop them, but I've always found walking to be the best way to see a city rather than being driven around. Plus, the plastic duck bill things they give out are super annoying.

    True, it's great to walk, but there's something cool about seeing the city, then seeing it from the River that I liked a lot.

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  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Serious question. Since you guys are British, wouldn't going on the magical mystery tour of Boston just feel like the city is rubbing your nose in the Revolutionary War?

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  • arsonisfunarsonisfun Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I know this is continuing to take this thread off topic but. Boston seems to have many zip car locations and zip cars are great. Its renting cars by the hour and usually decent prices and free gas and such. I think this is an option people should look into if they want to get around and don't want to get a cab and have a great aversion to public transportation like I do.

    That's a decent idea *if*

    a) You have a GPS for it as there are tons of one-ways/missing street signs/etc making navigation ... interesting.

    b) You don't mind driving in one of the very worst cities to drive in the US. Boston drivers are either very aggressive, or tourist/suburbanites who have no idea where they are going and thus do all sorts of dumb shit.

    Oh, and parking can be a bitch :)

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Serious question. Since you guys are British, wouldn't going on the magical mystery tour of Boston just feel like the city is rubbing your nose in the Revolutionary War?

    1. I'm not British, I'm Cumbrian! The damned Brits over-ran us in 500 AD! (I learnt to speak English when I was 10, when we moved to Manchester.)
    2. I am both anti-colonialist and anti-monarchist.
    3. But, I do like John Cleese (alleged) letter to you, specially point 11!:
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  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    arsonisfun wrote: »

    Oh, and parking can be a bitch :)

    To say parking in Boston can be a bitch is to say that eating a lot of wasabi can be a bit uncomfortable

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Oh, and Im bringing my new ingenuiTEA teapot, so we can have a cuppa before we set out upon our adventure.

  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Only if its Lady Grey - I'll bring some with me!

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited February 2010
    Only if its Lady Grey - I'll bring some with me!

    I've never had lady grey, I'm up to try some.

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