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Boston Metro Guide

[Last Updated 26 September 2005]

Welcome! Use this page to locate interesting places to visit in the Boston metropolitan area.
Indoor Activities
  1. Boston Children's Museum 300 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210, Tel: 617-426-8855
  2. Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: 617-536-5400
  3. The Breakers 44 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 [70-room mansion built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who established the Vanderbilt family fortune in the steamship and railroad industries; 74 mi southwest of Boston ]
  4. DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773, Tel: 781-259-8355
  5. Hartmann Model Railroad and Toy Museum Route 16/302, Town Hall Road, Intervale, NH 03845, Tel: 603-356-9922 [139 mi north of Boston]
  6. Harvard Museum of Natural History 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: 617-495-3045
  7. Kids Playground 15 Normac Road, Woburn, MA 01801, Tel: 781-935-2300 [14 mi north of Boston]
  8. Mapparium 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, Tel: 888-222-3711 [Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity]
  9. Montshire Museum of Science 1 Montshire Road, Norwich, VT 05055, Tel: 802-649-2200 [128 mi northwest of Boston]
  10. Museum of Science Science Park, Boston, MA 02114, Tel: 617-589-0100
  11. New England Aquarium Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, Tel: 617-973-5200
  12. Salem, Massachusetts
  13. Simons IMAX Theater [3D movies]
  14. Vermont Toy and Train Museum Quechee Gorge Village, US Route 4, Quechee, VT 05059 [134 mi northwest of Boston]

Outdoor Activities
  1. Barnstable County Fair [annual fair, 22-30 July 2005]
  2. Boston Common [bounded by Tremont, Beacon, Charles and Boylston Streets]
  3. Boston Duck Tours [tour of Boston on a World War II amphibious landing vehicle]
  4. Boston Harbor Islands
  5. Boston Public Garden/Swan Boats [bounded by Beacon, Charles, Arlington, and Boylston Streets]
  6. Canobie Lake Park 1 Keewaydin Drive, Salem, NH 03079, Tel: 603-893-5511 ["America's most beautiful and popular amusement park!"; 33 mi northwest of Boston]
  7. Cape Ann [epicenter of the largest earthquake to hit Massachusetts, in 1755, with an estimated magnitude of 6.0]
  8. Cape Cod
  9. Cutter Farm 710 Mammoth Road, Dracut, MA 01826, Tel: 978-957-4161 [pony rides; 32 mi northwest of Boston]
  10. Domenik Flippello Playground, Arlington Street between Berkeley Street and Coolidge Hill Road, Watertown, MA ["the best sprinkler park ever"]
  11. Edaville [amusement park]
  12. Flume Gorge Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH [147 mi northwest of Boston]
  13. Kimball Farm
  14. Marino Lookout Farm [apple/nectarine/peach/pear/raspberry/strawberry picking]
  15. Marshfield Fair [annual fair, 19-28 August 2005]
  16. Menotomy Rocks Park [hiking/nature]
  17. Middlesex Fells Reservation Stoneham, MA
  18. Minuteman Commuter Bikeway [bike path through Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington, and Lexington]
  19. Ogunquit, Maine [white sand beach, art galleries, shops, restaurants, hotels; 72 mi northeast of Boston]
  20. Salem Willows Amusement Park 171-185 Fort Avenue, Salem, MA 01970, Tel: 978-745-0251 [23 mi northeast of Boston]
  21. Skyview Playground and Recreation Center, Eastern Avenue between Scituate Street and Grandview Road, Arlington, MA ["always a cool breeze, view of downtown skyline, and the best slide"]
  22. Southwick's Zoo 2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA 01756, Tel: 800-258-9182, 508-883-9182 ["New England's largest zoo"; 45 mi southwest of Boston]
  23. Stone Zoo
  24. Storyland [amusement park]
  25. Taste of Boston [17-18 September 2005]
  26. Topsfield Fair [annual fair, 1-10 October 2005]

Malls and Shopping Centers
  1. Arsenal Mall 485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472, Tel: 617-923-4700 [located inside a historic World War II arsenal; 67 stores]
  2. Burlington Mall 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803, Tel: 781-272-8667 [155 stores]
  3. Cambridgeside Galleria Cambridge, MA [mall; 120 stores]
  4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston, MA [mall/shopping center; 100 stores]
  5. Fellsway Plaza, Medford MA [shopping center]
  6. Fresh Pond Shopping Center, Cambridge, MA
  7. Garage, Cambridge, MA [mini-mall]
  8. Gateway Center Everett, MA [shopping center]
  9. Kittery Outlets Kittery, ME [60 mi northeast of Boston]
  10. Meadow Glen Mall Medford, MA [50 stores]
  11. Porter Exchange Cambridge, MA [mini-mall; 28 stores]
  12. Porter Square Galleria, Cambridge, MA [mini-mall; 12 stores]
  13. Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, MA [15 stores]
  14. Settlers' Green Outlet Village North Conway, NH [50 stores]
  15. Shops at Copley Place Boston, MA [mall; 100 stores; John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) was the first "great American artist," a portraitist.]
  16. Shops at Prudential Center Boston, MA [mall; 75 stores]
  17. Twin Cities Plaza, Somerville, MA [shopping center]
  18. Watertown Mall, Watertown, MA
  19. Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Wrentham, MA [170 stores]

    Malls in Other Parts of the US/World:
  20. Harbour City Kowloon, People's Republic of China [Hong Kong's largest mall; 752 stores]
  21. Mall in Columbia 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, Tel: 410-730-3300 [230 stores]
  22. Mall of America Interstate 494 and Highway 77, Bloomington, MN, Tel: 800-879-3555 ["America's largest mall"; 400 stores]
  23. Palisades Center 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994 [286 stores]
  24. Paramus Park 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ 07652, Tel: 201-261-8000 [109 stores]
  25. Queens Center 90-15 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, NY 11373, Tel: 718-592-3900 [opened in October 1973; 70 stores]
  26. Riverwalk Marketplace #1 Poydras Street, Suite 101, New Orleans, LA 70130, Tel: 504-522-1555 [mall; 165 stores]
  27. Roosevelt Field Old Country Road and Meadowbrook Parkway, Garden City, New York 11530, Tel: 516-742-8000 [mall; 249 stores]
  28. SM Megamall EDSA Corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Business District, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Tel: 63-2-633-5043 [opened in June 1991; 800 stores]
  29. Silver Sands Factory Stores 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL ["the nation's largest designer outlet center"; 100 stores]
  30. South Street Seaport Mall 19 Fulton Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10038, Tel: 212-732-8257 [100 stores]
  31. Suntec City Mall 03 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, Tel: 65-6295-2888 [Singapore's largest mall; 270 stores]
  32. West Edmonton Mall, #2472, 8882 - 170 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5T 4M2, Canada, Tel: 780-444-5200 ["world's largest mall"; world's first megamall, opened 1981-1985; 910 stores]
  33. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917, Tel: 845-928-4000 [220 stores]

    See the Encyclopedia.com entry for shopping center for an interesting summary of the history of the modern shopping center.

Other Shopping
  1. Barnes and Noble 660 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215, Tel: 617-267-8484 [books]
  2. Borders Books Music Movies & Cafe 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA 02141, Tel: 617-679-0887 [books]
  3. Charles Ro Supply Company 662 Cross Street, Malden, MA 02148, Tel: 781-321-0090 ["America's largest train store"]
  4. Christmas Tree Shops 1298 Worcester Road, Sherwood Plaza, Natick, MA 01760, Tel: 508-655-9800 [furniture and household goods at unbelievably low prices]
  5. Geoclassics Gems and Minerals 7N Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109, Tel: 617-523-6112 [fossil and geological specimens]
  6. Globe Corner Bookstore 28 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: 617-497-6277 [maps]
  7. Harvard Coop 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: 617-499-2000 [books and school supplies]
  8. Million Year Picnic 99 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, Tel: 617-492-6763 ["New England's oldest and best comic store"]
  9. New England Comics 14A Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel:617-354-5352 [comic books]
  10. New England Mobile Book Fair 82-84 Needham Street, Newton Highlands, MA 02461, Tel: 617-964-7440, 617-527-5817 ["New England's largest book store"; large selection of books at low prices]
  11. Nostalgia Factory Charlestown Commerce Center, 50 Terminal Street, Building 2, Boston, MA 02129, Tel: 617-241-8300, 800-479-8754 [movie posters, postcards, memorabilia]
  12. Out of Town News, 0 Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: 617-354-7777 [domestic and foreign magazines and newspapers]
  13. Virgin Megastore 360 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115, Tel: 617-896-0950

Restaurants
  1. Bickford's Family Restaurants 349 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145, Tel: 617-591-9733
  2. Bugaboo Creek Steak House 617 Arsenal Street, Arsenal Mall, Watertown, MA 02472, Tel: 617-924-9000
  3. California Pizza Kitchen Cambridgeside Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA 02141, Tel: 617-225-2772; Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199, Tel: 617-247-0888
  4. Changsho Chinese Cuisine 1712 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: 617-547-6565
  5. Cheesecake Factory Cambridgeside Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA 02141, Tel: 617-252-3810; Prudential Center, 115 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02199, Tel: 617-399-7777
  6. Chili's Grill and Bar Family Restaurant Copley Place, 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: 617-859-0134
  7. Cracker Barrel 1048 South Street, Wrentham, MA 02093, Tel: 508-384-0477; 215 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, Tel: 508-347-8925
  8. Durgin Park 340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109, Tel: 617-227-2038
  9. Elephant Walk 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, Tel: 617-492-6900 [Cambodian and French]
  10. Friendly's Meadow Glen Mall, 385 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA 02155, Tel: 781-396-9534; 560 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02172, Tel: 617-924-3068
  11. Island Hopper South Pacific Cuisine 91 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, Tel: 617-266-1618 [Asian cuisine]
  12. Kaya Korean and Japanese Restaurant 1924 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, Tel: 617-497-5656, 617-497-5252; 581 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: 617-236-5858, 617-437-1882
  13. King and I 145 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114, Tel: 617-227-3320 [Thai]
  14. Legal Sea Foods Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199, Tel: 617-266-6800; Copley Place, 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: 617-266-7775; Kendall Square, 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02139, Tel: 617-864-3400
  15. Martsa on Elm 233-A Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144, Tel: 617-666-0660
  16. Rainforest Cafe Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803, Tel: 781-272-7555
  17. Ristorante Marino 2465 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, Tel: 617-868-5454
  18. Shilla Korean and Japanese Restaurant, 57 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
  19. Stephanie's on Newbury 190 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: 617-236-0990
  20. Texas Roadhouse 31 Mystic View Road, Everett, MA 02149, Tel: 617-381-9598
  21. TGI Friday's 33 Mystic View Road, Everett, MA 02149, Tel: 617-387-5226; 26 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: 617-266-9040
  22. Thai Dish 259 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, Tel: 617-437-9611

Colleges and Universities
  1. Boston University (BU) Boston, MA 02215
  2. Brown University Providence, RI 02912, Tel: 401-863-1000 [51 mi southwest of Boston]
  3. Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 03755, Tel: 603-646-1110 [127 mi northwest of Boston]
  4. Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138
  5. Lesley University 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: 800-999-1959
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
  7. Northeastern University 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, Tel: 617-373-2000
  8. Tufts University Medford, MA 02155
  9. Yale University New Haven, CT [135 mi southwest of Boston]

Transportation
  1. Amtrak
  2. Boston's Logan International Airport
  3. Greyhound
  4. MapQuest
  5. Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA)
  6. Peter Pan Bus Lines