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  • LAFFSTOP
    Mission Viejo, CA222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Living history in a ballpark format, I took the behind the scene tour as well. Which I enjoyed as much as seen my Hometown. Saint louis cardinals comma I sat on the green monster In my full cardinal regalia and the boston fans could not have been more hospitable .. That may have something to do with one of them pointed out that they've beat the cardinals in the World Series. The last two times comma but the boston fans were wonderful and the ballpark is breast taking
    Written 10 January 2024
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  • akt85
    Madison189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My dad and me walked the whole freedom trail. Well worth the exercise. If you stop and view all the sites on the trail, allow two days. The cemetery where Samuel Adams and Paul Revere are buried had laminated guides people could borrow to read all the marked graves.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Hale F
    Oxford, MS452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It takes at least three hours to do this justice. We did not have reservations and you can show up and get in with the quick ticketing. With such a big crowd getting in, I thought it would be crowded in the galleries but it wasn't, even at the renowned paintings. If you like French impressionists the museum has an extensive collection, especially Monet, and many others. The African and modern art sections were interesting. We only saw a fraction
    Written 5 May 2024
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  • Shirley N
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A brilliant attraction, and interactive, and the café had plenty of room, lots to see and hear about the history of the Boston Tea Party
    Written 18 March 2024
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  • Andrew T
    289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went around mid afternoon. Overall 7.9/10, not a ton of flowers in bloom but nice green space area to walk around and enjoy the space, weather or people.
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Eataroundwoburn
    Litchfield, NH706 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What to say, what to say! Hmmm how about awesome. Restaurants, stores, bakeries and friendly people. A must see area of Boston when in the area.
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • Christophe B
    Quebec City, Canada777 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fantastic surprise while visiting Boston. In particular, we loved the interior garden with the fountain. Such a peaceful space within such a busy city.
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • CHKV
    Clifton Park, NY63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is so much to see on JFk & Jackie. Interesting exhibit on the 1960 debates and election. A must do for any JFK or Jackie buffs. We spent about 3 hours there.
    Written 2 May 2024
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  • Molly J
    Perth, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a lovely walk through the common there are so many squirrels, highly recommend getting a coffee from starbucks just on the corner and a walk through to the monument.
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Loribbb
    Gaithersburg, MD11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ISG Museum is one of my favorite museums; I returned after last visiting in the 1980s. It's a personally curated collection, displayed as Isabella Stewart Gardner left things a hundred years ago. Research beforehand is highly suggested, but if you just go and look you'll still have a wonderful visit. They have audio guides (download before you go). Timed tickets are needed, and when I visited it was quieter near the 11 am opening than at about 2 pm when I left, but it was never too packed. If it gets busy, they'll control entry to the smaller rooms and you may have to wait on a line for a bit.

    My advice - arrive at the opening, take the vintage elevator to the 3rd floor of the palace, and work your way down. Most people will work their way up, so you'll have a few rooms to yourself for a few minutes. The courtyard and the building itself are really lovely (you can only look at the courtyard).

    There was a 9-minute intro film in the new building; it can be viewed anytime but you might like it as an orientation if you don't know the history. No, it did not mention the notorious robbery. Read up on this before you visit, and you'll see the empty frames where glorious works of art once hung. I teared up when I got to the Dutch room, as I recall the spectacular Rembrandts that were there.

    In each room, don't forget to look up, as some of the pieces are up high. And take time to appreciate the furniture, from various time periods and with spectacular and varied fabrics.

    The cafe was a treat; great table service and not-too-overpriced lunch entrees ($22-25). There are restrooms on several floors in the old and new buildings.

    After lunch, I revisited the palace, as the lighting changes during the day. The rooms are darker than 'regular' museums, and while it was a bit difficult to see some of the items in the morning light (with my old eyes), after noon the rooms were brighter. A tip - some of the most important pieces are near windows (again, this is arguable - you will have a lot of favorites once you've visited).

    They had maps with 'highlights' (arguable; there are many highlights) that you replace for someone else to use as you leave. There's also some signage and very helpful guards, but the art itself is not labeled, one of the lovely quirks of this museum. Rather than spend your time reading placards, you will spend your time looking at the art.

    The only place I found uncomfortably crowded was the gift shop.

    Depending on your level of interest, you could spend an hour here, or the whole day. There's a "living room" in the new building where you can browse art books and sit, and several rooms have benches for sitting.

    The buildings and restrooms are accessible. There are elevators if you need them.
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • tashad195
    Coventry, UK186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were spending a few days in Boston and didn't know what to do with our evening. We came across the brewery on a quick internet search and thought we'd check it out.

    We did a tour and stayed afterwards for some drinks and musical bingo - it ended up being one of the best nights of our trip! It was a great time, awesome vibe and the prices were really reasonable.
    Written 5 May 2024
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  • jerrys01
    Bel Air, MD587 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I appreciated our tour of the USS Constitution. The ship is really something to see. I was surprised at how short the decks were. I'm only 5'8", and on the lowest deck, my head actually touched the ceiling. You can also see how the sailors and officers lived, where the sailors shared hammocks and the officers (except the captain) had tiny cabins. There were docents dressed as sailors who answered questions, and I got a great picture of one of them.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Yolie
    Tampa, FL39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to walk and take pictures. The streets were clean. The street was unique.
    The homes were beautiful in the area some of a hill to walk.
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • hoben57
    Houston, TX86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's kind of like going to the mall. The central part is basically a giant food court with a big selection of things. We were there mid/late afternoon and it was mostly kids who were probably just out of school. To me, it's not really significant to the Freedom Trail but it is nice place to walk around and shop. The property was donated and named after merchant Peter Faneuil back in the 1740s.
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • James H
    Camp Hill, PA73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited here for the first time while on vacation and was not disappointed! The curators have done an amazing job detailing the history of how the USS Constitution came to be and the sailors' lives aboard the ship through fun, engaging, and interactive exhibits. Admission is by suggested donation (for two adults, we gave twenty dollars). The museum (and the separate USS Constitution ship) is a stop on Boston's Freedom Trail. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.
    Written 19 May 2024
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