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2015 Magical Mystery Tour (Wed&Thurs prePAX adventuring) SCHEDULE UP

punziepunzie Cookie PimpRegistered User regular
edited February 2015 in PAX East
PAX East 2015 Magical Mystery Tour of Boston!

Twitter: PAX_MMT Follow this to keep track of where we are in real time. Very useful if you want to join up partway through!

Who: You! And me. And other PAX peeps. AKA your future friends.
What: Visit interesting places in and around Boston.
Where: Schedule Tposted below.
When: The two days before PAX: Wed 3/4 and Thurs 3/5. Traditionally runs from 9am to 5pm but you don't have to do the whole thing.
Why: See something of Boston other than the convention center and your hotel. And do it with cool people!
How: Boston's public transit. We'll be using the T (subway and buses) to get around. You can by a pass for $19 that will get you unlimited rides for a week. (Better than paying $2.50 per ride!) When we leave the morning meetups, I'll be making sure everyone has a pass.

Schedule:
Wednesday:
9:30 meetup- out front of the BCEC
9:45 travel time (silver, red, green e lines)
10:30 Museum of Fine Arts
12:00 travel time (walk)
12:15 Isabella Sewart Gardner Museum
1:30 travel time (green line)
2:00 lunch- Cheers (the original on Beacon St)
3:30 travel time (green line)
4:00 Museum of Science

Thursday:
9:30 meetup
9:45 travel time (walk)
10:00 Institute of Contemporary Art
11:00 travel time (walk)
11:30 Tea Party Ship and Museums
1:00 travel time
1:30 lunch- Fanueil Hall
3:00 travel time
3:30 Aquarium

Voting:
Is done. Schedule posted above.

Potential Destinations:
You don't need this any more. Hidden behind a spoiler tag until next year.
Items in bold are places we went last year.
Prices listed are per each adult. Discounts are often given for children, seniors, students, and sometimes military.
Any notes about reservations are for my benefit.
[url="http://www.abigailadamsbirthplace.com/]Abigail Adams House[/url]
What it is: Birthplace of Abigail Adams, first lady of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
Price: $5 each, plus $25 private tour fee
Hours: 1pm-4pm
Website: http://www.abigailadamsbirthplace.com/
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
What it is: 1 hour tour of tea ships and historic items related to the Boston Tea Party. Throw tea in the ocean just like Ye Olde Ancestors!
Price: $25 (or $22.50 if purchased online in advance)
Hours: 10am - 4 pm
Website: http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/
Additional Notes: Group rates for 25+
Boston Symphony Orchestra
What it is: 1-1.5 hour guided tour of Symphony Hall.
Price: $10
Hours: Wed, 4pm
Website: www.bso.org
Additional Info: A reservation for a group tour will need to be made 3 weeks in advance.
Commonwealth Museum
What it is: A museum specializing on Massachusetts history.
Price: Free! (I suspect donations are encouraged.)
Hours: 9am - 4:45pm
Website: www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/museum/index.htm
Duck Tour
What it is: 80 minute land and water tour in a repurposed WWII vehicle
Price: $34.99
Hours: tours don't start until 3/17
Website: http://www.bostonducktours.com/
Additional Notes: group rates for 20+

F1 Boston
What it is: Kart Racing (no blue shells)
Price: $10 for an F1 license and $30 to actually drive on the track
Hours: 12pm - 10pm
Website: www.f1boston.com/
Additional Notes: Reservations suggested. It's a bit out of the way since it's in Braintree and using public transit will take us about an hour to get there by bus. Must be 18+ with valid driver's license. There are also a bunch of other rules you might want to read.
Fenway Park
What it is: The Green Monstah! 50 minute tour of the Red Sox's home field
Price: $20
Hours: 11am - 5pm at each hour
Website: mlb.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/tour.jsp
Fort Independence
What it is: Fort built in 1851 on the oldest continuously fortified site in British North America
Price: free!
Hours: closed for the winter
Website: http://www.bostonfortindependence.com/
Additional Notes: You can always walk around the outside of the fort.

Franklin Zoo
What it is: A zoo. Look at the animals.
Price: $17.95
Hours: 10am-4pm
Website: www.zoonewengland.org/page.aspx?pid=219
Additional Notes: Animal exhibits include Tropical Forrest, Giraffe Savannah, Kalahari Kingdom, Serengeti Crossing, Tiger Tales, Franklin Farm, and Outback Trail. Read more here.
Freedom Trail
What it is: A walking tour of historic Boston sites. Roughly 2.5 miles in 90 minutes
Price: $13 for guided tour
Hours: 11am & 12pm
Website: www.thefreedomtrail.org/
Additional Notes: We can do a self-guided tour to avoid the ticket price, but it's less fun.
Spots on the Trail:
Boston Common
State House
Park Street Church
Granary Burying Ground
King’s Chapel
King’s Chapel Burying Ground
Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School (Oldest Public School)
Old Corner Book Store
Old South Meeting House ($6)
Old State House ($7.50)
Site of Boston Massacre
Faneuil Hall
Paul Revere House ($3.50)
Old North Church
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
Bunker Hill Monument
USS Constitution
Additional Notes: We can take the Boston Town Crier tour instead. It seems nearly identical on paper.
Gibson House Museum
What it is: Museum of a late 1800's row house
Price: $9 guided tour
Hours: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Website: www.thegibsonhouse.org/
Additional Notes: Museum is 4 floors and has no elevator. Cash or check ONLY, no cards accepted! Group of 12+ needs an advance reservation.
Harpoon Brewery
What it is: hour-long brewery tour with tasting
Price: $5
Hours: 12pm - 5pm, starting every hour
Website: www.harpoonbrewery.com/
Additional Notes: 21+ unless accompanied by parent
Harvard Museum of Natural History
What it is: Natural history museum. Exhibits on dinosaurs, fossils, evolution, minerals, and the glass flowers.
Price: $12 (includes admission to Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology)
Hours: 9am - 5pm
Website: www.hmnh.harvard.edu/
Institute of Contemporary Art
What is it: An art museum. They claim even the architecture of the building is interesting and noteworthy.
Price: $15
Hours: Wed 10am - 5pm, Thu 10am - 9pm
Website: www.icaboston.org/
Isabella Sewart Gardner Museum
What it is: Art in a 3 story “Venetian-style palace” with courtyard
Price: $15
Hours: 11am - 5pm (open until 9pm on Thursday)
Website: www.gardnermuseum.org/
Additional Notes: $2 discount if you visit here and the Museum of Fine Arts within 2 days. Bonus: the website says if your name is Isabella, you get in free :P
JFK Presidential Library & Museum
What it is: Museum dedicated to JFK
Price: $14
Hours: 9am - 5pm
Website: www.jfklibrary.org/
Additional Notes: group rates for 12+ with reservations. Main exhibit halls currently closed for renovation.
Mary Baker Eddy Library
What it is: Library/museum centered around a female writer in the late 1800’s
Price: $6 each
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Website: www.marybakereddylibrary.org/
Additional Notes: Home to the Mapparium! A 3 story painted glass globe. (Viewable only by tour. Tours are every 20 minutes, starting at 10:20am.) Might be closed for renovations...
45-60 minute guided tours available, but only listed on the group rate page. I may have to reserve it (if we have a group of 15+).
Modern Pastry
What it is: Pastry shop in the North End.
Price: depends on what you buy
Hours: 8am - 10:00pm
Website: www.modernpastry.com/
Additional Notes: People said Mike's Pastry was too tourist-y so this is the chosen alternative.
MIT
What it is: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Campus tours, public art collection, museum (with exhibits on robots, stop-motion photography, and other cool stuff), and more
Price: many things are free. $10 for the museum
Times: varies depending on what we do. Campus tours are 11am and 3pm. Museum hours are 10am - 5pm. Art tours must be scheduled in advance.
Website: http://web.mit.edu/institute-events/visitor/
Additional Notes: They periodically have some very cool-sounding events. Check out what will be happening when we're in town.
Museum of African American History
What it is: Abiel Smith School (first public school specifically for African American children), African Meeting House (the center of Boston's African American community in the 1800's), and an optional 1.6 mile walking tour
Price: $5
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Website: www.afroammuseum.org/
Museum of Fine Arts
What it is: Museum of Fine Arts. Can't say it any plainer than that.
Price: $25
Hours: 10am – 9:45 pm
Website: www.mfa.org/
Additional Notes: Check the current and upcoming exhibits to see what will be showing while we're in town.
Museum of Science
What it is: Science!
Price: $23
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Website: www.mos.org/
Additional Notes: The temporary exhibit when we'll be there is about food. You can also visit the planetarium for an additional $5.
New England Aquarium
What it is: An aquarium. Look at the otters, turtles, penguins, octopi, etc.
Price: $24.95
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Website: www.neaq.org/
Additional Notes: They recently finished a remodel. Read about what's new here. Group rates available for 10+. They have an IMAX theater but we probably won't be there long enough to see anything (and it costs another $9.95).
Sam Adams Brewery
What it is: 1 hour brewery tour with samplings
Price: Free! (suggested donation: $2)
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Website: www.samueladams.com/
Additional Notes: All ages allowed, but if you want to sample the beers, you must be 21+ and have a valid ID. International people, have your passport with you!
Skywalk Observatory
What it is: In the Prudential building, 50 stories up, 360 view of city. Audio tours available.
Price: $15
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Website: www.prudentialcenter.com/shop/shop_detail.php?id=64
Sky Zone
What it is: Indoor trampoline park
Price: $9 for 30min or $13 for 60min. +$2 for "sky socks"
Hours: 3pm-8pm
Website: http://www.skyzone.com/Boston#1385350-welcome
Sports Museum (TD Bank Garden)
What it is: a sports museum
Price: $10
Hours: 10am – 4pm
Website: http://www.sportsmuseum.org/
Stone Zoo
What it is: A zoo. Look at the animals.
Price: $8.95
Hours: 10am-5pm
Website: www.zoonewengland.org/page.aspx?pid=220
Additional Notes: Animal exhibits include Yukon Creek, Windows to the Wild (small birds, mammals, and primates), Treasures of the Sierra Madre, Barnyard, Himalayan Highlands, and the Gibbon exhibit. Read more here.
Taza Chocolate Factory Tour
What it is: 45 minute tour of a chocolate factory
Price: $5
Hours: 11am-6pm
Website: http://www.tazachocolate.com/
Additional Notes: Must wear closed-toe shoes, no jewelry or perfume, hair/beard net provided. Reservation required.
USS Constitution
What it is: guided tour of the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat
Price: Free!
Hours: 10am - 4pm (Thurs-Sun only)
Website: http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/
Additional Notes: All bags subject to visual search. Valid government-issued ID required to board the ship if you're 18+ (you can still explore the shipyard without showing ID).

Interested parties:
-Punzie (your leader)
-Aylaviere
-Blackrobe
-ClannMorgan
-Docteh
-ebagazare +1
-flashe
-fullofgrace +1
-jdixon1972
-Khaytor
-Kiss Me GoodBye
-Kyuss
-Malgaras
-melzway +1
-OutaSync
-scottyb1218
-smantz0rZ

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  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    Now that South is done, I get to put together the East tour!
    Does anyone have a new suggestion for a place we can visit? I'll recheck everything on the list to edit prices and stuff and I think I have a couple new things to add too. Hope to have voting live within 2 weeks.

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  • chellerschellers New HampshireRegistered User regular
    I hope East doesn't rain like South. I'm such a baby.

  • scottyb1218scottyb1218 BostonRegistered User regular
    I'm interested in attending. I'm local, but these are great options, and I would love to hang with fellow PAXers!

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  • ClannMorganClannMorgan Registered User regular
    I'm local and would really like to check out the SAB...and then hit up the Natural History museum, went there once and it's pretty cool.

  • BlackrobeBlackrobe Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    I just moved to Quincy, I'll probably be checking this out!

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  • jdixon1972jdixon1972 Registered User regular
    Yeh, i'll be going this year to at least part of the day. Couldn't do it last year so i'm really looking forward to it this year.

  • MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
    Just got home, but ready to go again! See you folks there, both days this time!

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  • cabsycabsy the fattest rainbow unicorn Registered User regular
    I will say that from experience the freedom trail is a little less than awesome with a large group like the MMT - it's hard to hear once you get above a certain number of people, just because one person narrating can only talk so loud, y'know?

  • fullofgracefullofgrace Registered User regular
    *waves*

    Hubs and I are definitely in for both days! I look forward to the MMT every year.

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  • KyussKyuss Registered User regular
    I'd be interested in some brewery tours on Thursday.

  • macrogeekmacrogeek Registered User regular
    Kyuss the Sam Adams tour was really cool on the MMT last year. Even if the MMT doesn't do it, it's worth checking out on your own. (you have to call ahead for tickets, but they are free)

  • smantz0rZsmantz0rZ BostonRegistered User regular
    As a local I think I'd be interested in halping out.

  • KyussKyuss Registered User regular
    macrogeek wrote: »
    Kyuss the Sam Adams tour was really cool on the MMT last year. Even if the MMT doesn't do it, it's worth checking out on your own. (you have to call ahead for tickets, but they are free)

    Thanks for the tip, I'll do that.

  • ClannMorganClannMorgan Registered User regular
    @punzie when does the schedule come out?

  • AylaviereAylaviere Registered User regular
    Thinking I'd like to attend this finally, I'd be able to make some of it on the Thursday.

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  • melzwaymelzway Registered User regular
    Me and my sonare in for Wednesday

  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    edited February 2015
    @punzie when does the schedule come out?

    ...later. First I have to recheck the info in the existing potential stops, add in some new ones, then everyone gets to vote and THEN I make a schedule. It's usually done about a week before, I think. I have other PAXy things that take way more planning and take precedence to this. The tour can be slapped together last second if need be (and, yes, that's happened).

    @kyuss Sam Adams doesn't need a call ahead. You have to show up to get your "ticket" (beer bottle label) any time on the day you want to tour. So later tours can fill up quicker if people showed up earlier that day to get tickets for that time slot. This is part of the reason we always do it as the first stop of the day.

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  • melzwaymelzway Registered User regular
    I meant Thursday.

  • ClannMorganClannMorgan Registered User regular
    edited February 2015
    I'll keep my eyes open for the schedule...I'd be interested in Wednesday activities...but I'm also on the fence because I loath the T.

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  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    Public transit is much less stressful with your new PAX friends because they're there to distract you and have fun with :) That said, I'm gonna try to limit our t-time this year because of all the snow issues, delays, shuttle buses, etc that we're going through right now. Not that walking will be much better since half our sidewalks don't exist. Sigh. Maybe the MMT will just become baking cookies at Punzie's house...

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  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    edited February 2015
    I changed the voting this year. I grouped things that are near each other and am making you choose a group instead selecting a bunch of the individual places. This way our travel is as limited as possible. This has the unintended side effect of making us visit mostly new places, which is a bonus for me and any repeat tourists. Unfortunately, it also means no Sam Adams this year (please don't throw things at me).

    Handy google forms voting thingy: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AbwgmSAE4dQR299RY_Iq-zYMkm2n2faKnyxifqDNgis/viewform?usp=send_form
    It'll basically be open until I have time to make the schedule. Don't ask me when that will be because I don't know.

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  • Lady LilybellLady Lilybell Geeky Crafter & Baker South Shore, MARegistered User regular
    My two cents, The Isabella Sewart Gardner Museum is the most beautiful place I've ever been in Boston. The courtyard is breathtaking by itself.

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  • melzwaymelzway Registered User regular
    I'm not complaining. I like Sam Adams but after one visit there really isn't a reason for a second or third. Excited about the changes.

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  • melzwaymelzway Registered User regular
    I have to add that I like all the choices and had a hard time choosing. I'd like to do the freedom trail but if it's too cold......(I'd still do it.)

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  • ClannMorganClannMorgan Registered User regular
    punzie wrote: »
    no Sam Adams this year (please don't throw things at me).

    I would, but I I might spill my beer :P

  • DoctehDocteh Registered User regular
    punzie wrote: »
    Sam Adams this year

    I don't remember going to any brewerys in San Antonio and I still had a great time. Sadly I'll miss the Weds MMT this year.

  • KhaytorKhaytor MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    Count me in on Thursday and possible a +3.
    I'm a local and sucker for the Museum of Fine Arts.
    Also the Institute of Contemporary Art is pretty awesome.

  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    I keep thinking maybe I'll close the google form and then more people vote. I think Thursday evening I'll shut it down and make the schedule.

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  • KyussKyuss Registered User regular
    I was looking forward to Sam Adams, being my first time. I understand why you'd want to skip it but looks like I'll be venturing there on my own. I might hit up Harpoon too and make it an all brewery day as a primer for the Pokecrawl. No worries, maybe next year. :)

  • ebagazareebagazare Registered User regular
    Thanks for putting this together! I plan on being in town both wed and thurs with a plus one.

  • Kiss Me GoodByeKiss Me GoodBye Registered User regular
    I may be interested in this! I've been wanting to see more of the city and get in early afternoon on Wednesday!

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  • flasheflashe Craft Beer Aficionado US - East CoastRegistered User regular
    Already voted, but I had a potatoe moment and voted for the ships....given that the weather won't be improving anytime soon. I'm down for whatever is decided.

  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    I closed voting but don't expect the schedule until some time tomorrow. I pretty much have it figured out in my head, I just need to work out exact times.

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  • ClannMorganClannMorgan Registered User regular
    edited February 2015
    I didn't vote because still trying to get off work Wednesday :x and juggle getting ready for Thursdays PPD, packing the car, and all of the other craziness leading up to PAX.

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  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    edited February 2015
    Well this is going to be the most "cultured" MMT yet. Look at all those museums:
    Wednesday:
    9:30 meetup- out front of the BCEC
    9:45 travel time (silver, red, green e lines)
    10:30 Museum of Fine Arts
    12:00 travel time (walk)
    12:15 Isabella Sewart Gardner Museum
    1:30 travel time (green line)
    2:00 lunch- Cheers (the original on Beacon St)
    3:30 travel time (green line)
    4:00 Museum of Science

    Thursday:
    9:30 meetup- out front of the BCEC
    9:45 travel time (walk)
    10:00 Institute of Contemporary Art
    11:00 travel time (walk)
    11:30 Tea Party Ship and Museums
    1:00 travel time
    1:30 lunch- Fanueil Hall
    3:00 travel time
    3:30 Aquarium


    Wednesday afternoon, we can try to hit the Museum of Science, the Sports Museum (both about 20 minutes away), or just break for the day. Or something else we decide that day.
    EDIT: Put in Museum of Science as last stop on Wednesday. Because science. We can still change it day-of if someone has a better idea :)

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  • melzwaymelzway Registered User regular
    Looks great! Wish I could so Wednesday too.

  • fullofgracefullofgrace Registered User regular
    This looks great! Here's hoping our travel works out so we can do most/all of Wednesday and Thursday this year.

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  • rtm416rtm416 NYRegistered User regular
    Maybe I can swing by for lunch on Thursday before heading to the Westin.

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  • OutaSyncOutaSync Registered User new member
    edited February 2015
    I will be joining you. Maybe not every stop but likely most of both days. I would also suggest looking at the Boston CityPASS. Basically it's like paying for the Aquarium and Fine Arts museum and getting the Science museum and Skywalk/Natural History museum free. I've used these in New York and Seattle and they are great. If you get this make sure you get the new $49 pass as it goes into effect after March 1.

    Note: If you choose to have them email you the ticket voucher, and who wouldn't, you MUST print out a hard-copy and bring it pick up your ticket booklet. They want a piece of paper and will not scan it off your phone. Was a hassle the first time I used it because I forgot.

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  • punziepunzie Cookie Pimp Registered User regular
    Oh I didn't even realize we were doing citypass things. Good tip. Those are available at all places included in the citypass so we can pick them up at the MFA on Wednesday. However, if you're going to the tea party ship with us, go ahead and grab that one online because you'll save a couple bucks.

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