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Apr 30th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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We have booked our hotel. We will be in the Copley area. In this location will we be able to see alot without having to drive? Also, we would like to see a Red Sox game, all games are sold out, is there much chance of getting a game day ticket on the street?
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Apr 30th, 2006, 01:52 PM
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As long as it is not against the Yankees, there are always people selling tickets on the street. We go to several Red Sox games a year and over the past decade have seen more of a police presence, and last year and this year, even seen people having tickets and money confiscated. Still, lots of people buy and sell tickets on the street so they can't all get arrested.

Red Sox reserve a limited number of tickets for each home game for day of game sales. Depending on opponent you need to get to ticket window from 1 day to one hour prior to game and try your chances.

Have heard ads for Marriott Copley offering room/ticket packages for some weekends.

Other than that or the street, you can always try stubhub or a ticket broker - but obviously you will pay at least double face value.

They are now allowing small backpacks into Fenway, but no food or drink is allowed to be brought in - and they do enforce that - even for water bottles.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 02:00 PM
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Itis a great location not to have to drive anywhere!! Put on your walking shoes, or hop on the T - Boston's Public Transit system....the Copley stop is practically outside your door!!

If you research the places you want to see, most of the websites give directions on how to get there using the T.

Red Sox sell approximately 500 standing room only tickets that go on sale the day of the game. I believe they go on sale at 5, but the line starts forming WAY before that, like midmorning!!!! Ace Tickets supposedly has them available online for most games, but I have never used them , so I cannot vouch for their reliability.

Enjoy your time in Boston - it really is user friendly!!
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Apr 30th, 2006, 03:01 PM
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Regarding Ace tickets - we have used them several times, including for Super Bowl tickets with no problem - they have actual offices, real live people, etc.

One other thought about buying tickets on the street. Many tickets bought on-line are now issued with a print-at-home option. There is nothing to stop a person from printing multiple copies of same ticket (they warn you about this on ticket site) but only first ticket of that specific barcode will be admitted. So you could be buying a duplicate/counterfeit ticket without knowing it.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 03:06 PM
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You definitely do not need (or want) a car. Aside from the ball game, what types of things are you looking to see and do in Boston?
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Apr 30th, 2006, 04:23 PM
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We want to walk the Freedom Trail but we are open to any ideas. By the way, we will be traveling with our 14 year old son.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 05:52 PM
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Havent' done freedom trail, but I would recommend the following that I've done as non-tourist:

1. Duck tour - hokey but fun
2. Harbor Islands - specifically to Georges Island. Plan to spend an hour wandering around.
3. Aquarium and / or science musuam are a must.
4. Dinner and dessert in the North End.
5. Walk along the harbor walk.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 07:48 PM
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If you don't go to a game (or even if you do), consider taking the Fenway park tour. they show you all over the park, including inside the green monster, and up in the press box.

you can most likely buy a ticket in the street. but I would probably feel more comfortable going through a ticket broker. If its a weeknight, and a less appealing opponent, you can probably get bleacher seats for around $50-60, I think. If you do decide to scalp, I always see the brokers around Kenmore square, right around the t-stop.
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May 1st, 2006, 09:05 AM
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freedom trail is a good one. interesting, self directed so you can bail if you're bored or lose interest half way through. and, it puts you near faneuil hall for some real fun. don't pass on this gem.
plus, way out at copley, you can take T to MFA up on huntington ave.
nice choice, i take my hat off to you.
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May 1st, 2006, 10:31 AM
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Depending on when your trip is, all Red Sox games are NOT sold out...even the Yankees. You do have to keep monitoring tickets.com and keep looking. Tickets are dropped all the time....including Yankees. I just got tickets for tonight's game against the Yankees....it just depends how comitted you are to checking the tickets.com sight.
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May 1st, 2006, 11:57 AM
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milemarker - were these standing room seats? I just got an email from RedSox ticket office about an inquiry on a totally different matter and they said they sell gameday standing room seats online - but will not publicize when. I did not know this until today.
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May 1st, 2006, 12:15 PM
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Copley A good area?

Yes. It is very centrally located. For good cheap eats try the Poor House, for a good burger rated by the phantom gourmet $1.80 try the Dead Poets Bar- they also have an assortment of international beers.

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May 1st, 2006, 12:27 PM
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You do need to watch the street tickets - I know someone who purchased some this way and was stopped from entering when they scanned the tickets at the gate -they had been reported as stolen. The new scanning system allows them to identify lost/stolen/scammed tickets immediately. Sadly, you cannot recoup your $$.

The duck tours are fun for all ages and the Fenway Park tour is a great idea!!
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May 1st, 2006, 12:48 PM
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Gail...

Not just SRO tickets, but all sorts of tickets can be found online on game days or a few days before...Monster SRO, Field Box, Pavillion, grandstand, etc....

What generally happens this time of year, is that tickets for each homestand start to appear about a week out, or a few days out....for example, for this upcoming homestand tickets are popping up for Yankees, and Blue Jays...in the next coming day or so, you'll start to see them showing up for the Baltimore series. They release tickets at all different times. The key is to keep checking back daily, even a couple times a day if you're able.

Also, if they are showing tickets, you might still get an error message that says there aren't any available...but just keep resubmitting the request. Most of the tickets will be pairs or singles in the same section/row......

Also, try calling the sox ticket offices...some operators will tell you they are sold out, others will have tickets to sell....it's really quite hit or miss, as the SOX are trying to crackdown on e-bay scalpers and such....if they catch you re-selling tickets, they will cancel ALL of the tickets you have ordered for the season, and those becoma available to the public again...
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May 1st, 2006, 01:04 PM
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halsar, I believe the Dead Poet's Bar you are referring to is Bukowski's Tavern on Dalton St. The have a $1.69 hamburger/hot dog deal M-Th from noon-8pm only. It is definitely the best deal around and I believe that they might allow a 14-year old come in and eat if it's early in the day.

jgreat, I second the Boston Harbor Islands idea, especially for your son. Georges Island has a cool old fort on it and it is possible to walk around the ruins and explore. It is one of the gems of this city. Plus the ferry ride out there is great (on a nice day anyway). What time of year will you be here and are you flying or driving?
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May 1st, 2006, 02:30 PM
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We took our two girls to Boston a few years ago when my husband ran the marathon. It was a wonderful trip. We were only there 2 days, plus the marathon day, but managed to make good use of our time. We walked the Freedom Trail, visited Harvard, and went to Plymouth Plantation. We visited the Old North Church and Paul Revere's house. Something we missed, but I think would be interesting is the Longfellow House and Visitor Center.

This site might be of some help: http://www.nps.gov/bost/pphtml/attractions.html
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May 2nd, 2006, 11:56 AM
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We will be driving from Kansas City, MO in July. Will get there on a Thursday afternoon and leave on Monday. We will be picking our daughter up at the airport Friday afternoon. Any info on the airport would be helpful.
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May 2nd, 2006, 12:18 PM
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Don't drive to the airport to pick up your daughter. If she doesn't have much luggage, take the T or water shuttle (it will be an adventure). If she has lots of luggage, take the T over but cab back. Logan airport is close to downtown. Parking at Logan is expensive and, depending on which terminal she arrives at, could be a convoluted long distance. The airport parking garage is under construction (enlargement) but in the interval there are fewer parking places. Go to www.massport.com for airport/parking info.
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May 2nd, 2006, 12:26 PM
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carlyshells-I found a pizza place down boylston street across the main road there by "B's Tavern" that sells pitchers of beer for $4. Do you know this place? What is the name? I think I am going to post a question for cheap eats in boston? Thanks
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May 2nd, 2006, 12:36 PM
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I would bring a frisbee for fun and maybe flashlights to explore the old fort-where the sun don't shine
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