I can't be the only person who settled for friday/sunday passes judging by how fast Saturday sold out. (This happened last year as well but, weather was awesome and my husband was with me (he had a logistics fail this year and can only come Friday) and we wandered on that red brick history tour walk.) I am at loose ends for Saturday because the snow sort of rules out my default option of what to do in a strange city (ie go on an epic walk until I come across something cool or get lost and need a cab back to the hotel).
I'm looking at museums in Boston, is one particularly cooler then the others? (Is fine art a lot bigger then the contemporary one, is the science center still cool to go to w out kids along etc?) Some great cafe ppl reccomend for lunch?Is there some awesome coffee shop to hole up in with a book and people watch? Are tours of the library really a thing? Is there some group of Saturday passless misfits like me having a card/board/etc game thing? Or, is my best bet to find a party Friday night and be too concerned w nurcing my hangover until the friend who's using my husband's Sunday pass shows up around dinner?
(Ok. That was a wall of questions...basically the fact I will need a destination in mind bc it's too cold to just explore is throwing me off. Can't windowshop on Newbury in the snow. I'm staying in back bay if it helps.)
Go to Harpoon Brewery if you've never been, get a pretzel with peanut butter sauce. It's within walking distance of the convention center.
If you want to play board games, I'm sure if you're at the Westin there could be other people in a similar situation just hanging out playing stuff.
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If you want to hole up in a cafe with a book....go to Trident on Newbury. Great breakfast/lunch food and great books. However, usually packed for breakfast/lunch hours on the weekend. In the afternoon it should be pretty decent for hanging out and reading with some coffee.
It was her home, but they call it a "Palace". If you tour it, you'll see why.
The art collection is astounding, and has to be worth hundreds of millions.
Not especially crowded, and you only need a few hours to get a worthwhile tour.
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The Westin lobby will have a gaming area on the Mezzanine all weekend. You could probably start a game there any time, and find other tabletop players looking for joiners in the evening.
Also, if you're into the Macabre, there's a medical science museum in Boston that's... memorable.
You can find the trailer and showtimes here.
As a Bostonian, I think I can answer most of your questions. The Museum of Science is ALWAYS cool regardless of your age. I would definitely check it out. The Museum of Fine Arts is larger than the Institute of Contemporary Art. I like them both, but I would go with the MFA over the ICA. Or even try ice skating on the Frog Pond.
I love Fire and Ice. There are two, one in Boston (kinda near the MFA) and one near Harvard University in Cambridge. They have all kinds of food to please anyone, and it is a completely new experience.
There is a cool Ice Bar in Faneuil Hall...if you want to get even more chilly.
I am willing to answer any questions you may have! Good luck!
I live right by that museum and I've never gone inside lol. ><
You guys have made me feel much better about being at loose ends on Saturday, I'm actually looking forward to it instead of being anxious now. Much
I also suggest the New England Aquarium. THEY HAVE A SHARK AND MANTA RAY PETTING ZOO!!! YOU CAN PET SHARKS :O (they do not bite. They are very small sharks, and mostly afraid of you, but they like pettings.)
The Aquarium you can do in a few hours even if you like to read every plaque. And as Lucid_Seraph said, you can pet rays and sharks. That was pretty awesome - especially the huge leopard ray.
The MFA I recommend devoting a good five hours to if you want to take it all in. Or, alternatively, you can hit the 12 "greatest hits" they have listed on the back of the MFA map and wrap it up in about an hour.
Is that this: http://www.yelp.com/biz/warren-anatomical-museum-boston ? It sounds interesting, I'd like to check it out!
you are awesome. Ive got a friend coming to keep me company now tho so, one pass wouldnt work.
Harvard just opened a brand new, renovated, museum building that combines three previous collections and puts them under one giant roof. I have seen some of the collections separately, but I haven't actually been to the new building yet. After years of construction it just re-opened like two weeks ago or so. Located on Quincy St right across the street from Sever Hall in Harvard Yard. Website is here: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/
You can also work your way up to Divinity Ave and check out Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum (Archaeology and Anthropology). While you're there, you can check out Memorial Hall (looks like a gigantic church, but isn't; lobby is open to public).
In this weather, I'd probably stick to the museums, but the campus is generally fun to explore. Many buildings are not restricted to students (and of course, a bunch are, too).
I listed a bunch of places to eat in Harvard Square in this thread, technically derailing it.
Whatever you do, enjoy yourself on Saturday!