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Boston College Visit with older teen. Highlights to see and do.

Boston College Visit with older teen. Highlights to see and do.

May 28th, 2016, 07:02 AM
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Boston College Visit with older teen. Highlights to see and do.

We are going to Boston in July to look at colleges. We are staying in Copley Square. Can you recommend the best things to see in Boston and the best casual and a few nice Boston places to eat? Is it best to see Boston by boat, trolley or red line then by foot? We do get tired after a few hours and need places to stop and grab food or a drink or to people watch. Anywhere near water is preferred too for evening dining.Thanks!
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May 28th, 2016, 08:35 AM
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Take the subway out to BC so your teen can experience how they will be traveling if they come to Boston.

Walk the Freedom Trail. Lots of places to eat and people watch along the way, especially near Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.

You might like to go on a whale watch or at least a shorter harbor cruise.

From Copley you are near the Green and Orange line subways. Use the route planner at www.mbta.com or google maps to figure out your transportation. Boston is compact and it's often faster to walk than take the subway a stop or two.

I like the first floor dining at Legal Harborside in the Seaport area for water views.
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May 28th, 2016, 10:10 AM
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Good suggestions by

The college scene is a little quieter in Boston in the summer. BC is fairly far out of the center of the action in Boston IMO.

In July, the saints' festivals should be starting on the weekends in the North End Italian neighborhood. Lots of food stands, but good restaurants too, cafes and pastry shops to get cannoli.
Your teen might like the Codzilla thrill boat ride in the harbor.
Plenty of museums, from science to art to marine life.
The weekend of July 29-31 is the iconic Lowell Folk Festival, reachable by train from Boston, a huge street fair and many stages with great music and food from all over the world.
It may be quite hot (or not, who knows) and if so you might want to spend time near the water, out on the harbor islands by boat, a whale watch, harbor cruise, or various beaches by train or T.
Eat lobster at James Hook or the like. Oysters at Island Creek.
Visit Harvard Square. Eat at Mr. Bartley's Burgers. There are often street performers in the evening around the square.
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May 28th, 2016, 12:37 PM
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What colleges are you visiting? Your title is making people assume BC but that may not be the case.
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May 28th, 2016, 01:28 PM
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Yes, I thought of that after posting. Because BC was capitalized I assumed the school. But it might be a Boston college visit.
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May 28th, 2016, 03:49 PM
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You definitely need to make appts for tours - no sure how often they are run during the summer but not much point in seeing a school without at least a basic tour.

Does your child yet have an idea for major or type of major (BA, BS or BFA) - or definite areas s/he is not interested in. May determine which school you visit unless you are planning to stay for a while and see all the majors.
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